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The 2004 Chinese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the I Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix, was the sixteenth round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, on 26 September 2004.[1] The race, which was the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix, would see Rubens Barrichello claim victory from pole position, fending off Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen.[1]

Indeed, the Brazilian was the man to beat throughout the weekend, beating Räikkönen in qualifying by 0.116s to claim top spot on the grid.[1] His main rival for second in the Championship, Button, would claim third ahead of Felipe Massa, while freshly declared Champion Michael Schumacher would start from the pitlane after an engine change.[1]

It was a fairly even start for both Barrichello and Räikkönen off the grid, meaning the Brazilian was able to sweep inside to prevent the Finn from diving past.[1] Behind, Button made a poor getaway and so was instantly jumped by Massa and Fernando Alonso, with the Spaniard also taking the #12 Sauber-Petronas on his way past.[1]

Barrichello soon set about trying to build a lead, although Räikkönen remained glued to his tail as the first few laps ticked away.[1] Behind Button stormed past Massa to secure fourth prior to sending his BAR-Honda scything past Alonso for third, while Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher moved in to attack Massa.[1]

At the back, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher was making little ground, with Ferrari having opted to fill the #1 car completely to try and go as far as possible on his first stint.[1] That ultimately resulted in him getting caught behind Christian Klien for numerous laps, only to smash the Jaguar-Ford Cosworth out of the race, before a spin dumped him back down the field.[1]

Massa sparked the first stops on lap ten, with race leaders Barrichello and Räikkönen, both on three-stop strategies coming in two laps later.[1] Button assumed the lead for two laps before making his stop, rejoining in third behind the former duo, with no changes to the gaps between the trio.[1]

Back with Schumacher and the #1 Ferrari was now fully up to speed, with a series of fastest laps carrying the German ace through the midfield to run shy of the points, prior to making his first stop of the afternoon.[1] Button, meanwhile, was dropping away from the leaders as the fight for victory continued, signalling that BAR had adopted a two-stop strategy.[1]

That curve-ball ultimately allowed the Brit to pass Räikkönen when the final round of stops began, while also ensuring that Barrichello had to push hard towards the end of his third stint.[1] Ultimately the #2 Ferrari would emerge ahead of the BAR but right into traffic, allowing both Button and Räikkönen to latch onto his tail with time running out.[1]

Yet, there would be no late changes for victory, with Barrichello able to keep both at arm's length to claim victory, and the runner-up spot in the Championship.[1] Button and Räikkönen were half a second apart to complete the podium, with the rest of the points heading to Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya, Takuma Sato, Fisichella and Massa.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher had seen his lead in the Championship cut for the first time since he crashed out in Monte Carlo, although he had already claimed the crown. Indeed, race winner Rubens Barrichello had closed the gap to 38 points, but with three races to go was unable to challenge his teammate. He had, however, all but sealed the runner-up spot, needing to outscore Jenson Button by four points across the remaining races.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari continued their record points haul chase, leaving their home race on 234 points. BAR-Honda, meanwhile, had overhauled Renault to claim second place as the European season drew to a close, moving three ahead of the French squad. Williams-BMW, meanwhile, were set to fall out of the fight for second, and had only just kept McLaren-Mercedes at bay for fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 B
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW26 BMW P84 3.0 V10 M
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW26 BMW P84 3.0 V10 M
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19B Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19B Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 M
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 3.0 V10 M
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 3.0 V10 M
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 M
10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 M
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 V10 B
12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 V10 B
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Ford Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 M
15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Ford Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 M
16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104B Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
17 France Olivier Panis Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104B Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
35 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 M
37 Sweden Björn Wirdheim United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Ford Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 M
38 Australia Ryan Briscoe Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104 Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
39 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
40 Belgium Bas Leinders Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:33.787 1:34.012
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.499 1:34.178 +0.166s
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.273 1:34.295 +0.283s
4 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.816 1:34.759 +0.747s
5 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:33.849 1:34.891 +0.879s
6 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:34.599 1:34.917 +0.905s
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.738 1:34.951 +0.939s
8 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:34.153 1:34.975 +0.963s
9* 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.051 1:34.993 +0.981s
10 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.355 1:35.029 +1.017s
11 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:34.016 1:35.245 +1.233s
12 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:34.334 1:35.286 +1.274s
13 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Renault 1:34.425 1:35.384 +1.372s
14 14 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 1:34.958 1:35.410 +1.398s
15 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:34.808 1:36.507 +2.495s
16 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:35.447 1:36.535 +2.523s
17 19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:37.143 1:37.140 +3.128s
18* 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:37.510 1:40.240 +6.228s
NC 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:36.623
NC* 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:33.185
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Sato, Baumgartner and Schumacher all received ten place grid penalties for engine changes.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 2
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 2 3 ______________
Jenson Button 4
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 4 7 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 8
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 5 9 ______________
David Coulthard 10
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Webber 12
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 7 13 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 14
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 8 15 ______________
Christian Klien 16
______________ Timo Glock
Row 9 17 ______________
Gianmaria Bruni 18
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 10 19 ______________
Zsolt Baumgartner 20
______________ Michael Schumacher*
  • * Schumacher would start the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 56 1:29:12.420 1 10
2 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 +1.035s 3 8
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1.469s 2 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 +32.510s 6 5
5 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 +45.193s 10 4
6 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 +54.971s 18 3
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +1:05.454 7 2
8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +1:20.080 4 1
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1:20.619 9
10 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 11
11 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Renault 55 +1 Lap 12
12 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 20
13 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 14
14 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 8
15 19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 19
16 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 53 +3 Laps 19
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 38 Wheel 17
Ret 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 37 Damage 5
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 35 Transmission 13
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 11 Collision 15
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher had failed to score for only the second time in 2004, although as he had already secured the crown that was of little concern. Behind, teammate Rubens Barrichello used his second victory in a row to secure second in the Championship, moving 29 points clear of Jenson Button with just twenty left to fight for. The Brit himself, meanwhile, was guaranteed third in the Championship, while Fernando Alonso held fifth place by four points.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had moved onto 244 points for the season after securing their fourteenth win of the season, leaving them just one shy of the record for most wins in a single campaign. The fight for second, meanwhile, was moving more in BAR-Honda's favour with just two races to go, with the Anglo-Japanese squad moving nine ahead of Renault. They would therefore take the runner-up spot if they outscored the French manufacturer by nine in Japan, with third the worst that either squad could finish the season.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 136
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 108
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 79
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 50 ▲1
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 46 ▼1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 46
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 34
8 Japan Takuma Sato 26 ▲1
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24 ▼1
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 21
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 11
13 Australia Mark Webber 7
14 France Olivier Panis 6
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 6
16 Austria Christian Klien 3
17 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3
19 Germany Timo Glock 2
20 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 244
2 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 105
3 France Renault 96
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 64
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 32
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 10
8 Japan Toyota 9
9 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 5
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E 2004 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Williams • McLaren • Renault • BAR • Sauber • Jaguar • Toyota • Jordan • Minardi
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Montoya • 4 R. Schumacher • 4 Gené • 4 Pizzonia • 5 Coulthard • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Trulli • 7 Villeneuve • 8 Alonso • 9 Button • 10 Sato • 11 Fisichella • 12 Massa • 14 Webber • 15 Klien • 16 Da Matta • 16/17 Zonta • 16 Trulli • 17 Panis • 18 Heidfeld • 19 Pantano • 19 Glock • 20 Bruni • 21 Baumgartner
Other Drivers Badoer • Davidson • De la Rosa • Doornbos • Kovalainen • Monteiro • Piquet • Rosberg • Rossi • Wurz
Cars Ferrari F2004 • BAR 006 • Renault R24 • Williams FW26 • McLaren MP4-19 • Sauber C23 • Jaguar R5 • Toyota TF104 • Jordan EJ14 • Minardi PS04B
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Bahrain • San Marino • Spain • Monaco • Europe • Canada • United States • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • China • Japan • Brazil
See also 2003 Formula One Season • 2005 Formula One Season • Category
V T E China Chinese Grand Prix
Circuits Shanghai International Circuit (2004–present)
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