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The XLVIII Allianz Grand Prix of Europe, otherwise officially known as the 2004 European Grand Prix, was the seventh round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 30 May 2004.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher re-establish himself as the dominant force in F1 in 2004, claiming his sixth win of the season.[1]

Indeed, having been beaten in Monte Carlo there would be no beating Schumacher on home soil, the German ace sweeping to pole position in qualifying by two thirds of a second.[1] Takuma Sato was his closest challenger in second ahead of Jarno Trulli, while Kimi Räikkönen secured his best grid slot of the season with fourth.[1]

Furthermore, there was no stopping the #1 Ferrari at the start, which sprinted away to leave Sato and Trulli to fight for second.[1] Their squabble proved so intense that they allowed Räikkönen to sneak into second, and left themselves vulnerable to a fast starting Fernando Alonso over the rest of the opening lap.[1] Behind, the Williams-BMWs removed each other from contention, with Ralf Schumacher ultimately taking Cristiano da Matta out as well when attempting to rejoin.[1]

All hopes of Michael Schumacher being challenged at all in the European Grand Prix evaporated during the early laps, with Räikkönen simply lacking the pace to keep pace with Schumacher.[1] Indeed, the McLaren-Mercedes was only really managing to keep the chasing pack at bay rather than fight for the lead, with Schumacher quickly building a ten second lead.[1]

Such was Schumacher's pace that when he stopped on lap nine he was able to rejoin in seventh, just behind the sextet headed by Räikkönen.[1] Räikkönen then prompted McLaren fans' hearts to drop when he stopped on the following lap, handing Alonso the lead.[1]

Alonso's stop on the following tour handed Sato the lead, before the Japanese ace himself stopped after two further laps.[1] Rubens Barrichello hence led for the next three laps before completing the first pit-cycle, handing the lead back to teammate Schumacher, as he rejoined in third behind Sato.[1]

Indeed, slick work from BAR-Honda in the pits had aided both drivers, with Sato jumping into second, while Jenson Button had jumped both Renaults to secure fourth.[1] Their fight with Barrichello would hence be the main draw for the rest of the afternoon, as Räikkönen's race came to a familiarly smokey end with his engine let go after his stop.[1]

The BAR-Honda/Barrichello fight would be seemingly concluded when Barrichello made his second stop on lap 38, for the Brazilian was able to rejoin in third ahead of Button.[1] Sato, meanwhile, would leave the pits from his final stop behind his teammate, although Button wisely opted to let the Japanese racer through, knowing he was yet to stop himself.[1]

Unfortunately for Sato his hopes of a maiden podium finish, let alone beating Barrichello were ended by an optimistic lunge on the #2 Ferrari in the closing stages, which only succeeded in breaking his own front wing.[1] Sato duly limped back to the pits for repairs, but was forced to retire, as Button took up the charge, although the Brit was too far behind to challenge the Brazilian.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher had paced himself beautifully at the head of the field, and hence had an untroubled run to his sixth victory in seven races.[1] Barrichello and Button completed the podium, five seconds between them, while Trulli, Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, Mark Webber and Montoya secured the remaining points.[1]

Background[]

For the first time in 2004 Michael Schumacher had not only failed to win but also failed to score in Monte Carlo, meaning his Championship tally remained at 50 points. That had allowed Rubens Barrichello to close the gap at the head of the title hunt, although the Brazilian was still twelve points off his teammate's tally. Jenson Button was a further six behind, one point ahead of race winner Jarno Trulli, with just four drivers yet to score in 2004.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had seen their lead slightly reduced as a result of their lone score in Monte Carlo, although they still held a healthy 36 point margin. Renault had done the "damage" courtesy of Trulli's win, although they were still two races worth of points behind the Scuderia. BAR-Honda were next ahead of Williams-BMW, while Sauber-Petronas had claimed fifth from McLaren-Mercedes.

Entry list[]

The full entry list for the 2004 European 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 MP4-19 Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19 Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 M
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 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 Cristiano da Matta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104 Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
17 France Olivier Panis Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104 Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
19 Italy Giorgio Pantano 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 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104 Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
39 Germany Timo Glock 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 Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1 Report[]

Q2 Report[]

Qualifying Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:28.278 1:28.351
2 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:27.691 1:28.986 +0.635s
3 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:29.905 1:29.135 +0.784s
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.897 1:29.137 +0.786s
5 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:28.816 1:29.245 +0.894s
6 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:29.069 1:29.313 +0.962s
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:29.014 1:29.353 +1.002s
8 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:29.092 1:29.354 +1.003s
9 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:28.655 1:29.459 +1.108s
10 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:29.243 1:29.697 +1.346s
11 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:29.272 1:29.706 +1.355s
12 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:30.933 1:31.431 +3.080s
13 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:32.216 1:31.604 +3.253s
14 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:30.579 1:31.797 +3.446s
15 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:31.928 1:31.979 +3.628s
16 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:31.879 1:31.982 +3.631s
17 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:33.061 1:34.398 +6.047s
EXC* 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:33.077 1:34.022
NC 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:29.327
NC 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.717
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.
  • * Bruni was excluded from the results of qualifying for ignoring a red light in the pitlane.[5]
  • Coulthard and Fisichella received ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[5]

Grid[]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 2 3 ______________
Jarno Trulli 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Jenson Button 6
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 5 9 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 10
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 6 11 ______________
Cristiano da Matta 12
______________ Christian Klien
Row 7 13 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 14
______________ Mark Webber
Row 8 15 ______________
Giorgio Pantano 16
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 9 17 ______________
Zsolt Baumgartner 18
______________ David Coulthard
Row 10 19 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 20
______________ Gianmaria Bruni

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 1:32:35.101 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 60 +17.989s 7 8
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 60 +22.533s 5 6
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 60 +53.673s 3 5
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 60 +1:00.987 6 4
6 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 60 +1:13.448 18 3
7 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 60 +1:16.206 14 2
8 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 59 +1 Lap 8 1
9 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 16
10 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 13
11 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 59 +1 Lap 10
12 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 12
13 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 15
14 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 19
15 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 17
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 47 Engine 2
Ret 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 25 Engine 20
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9 Engine 4
Ret 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 0 Collision 9
Ret 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 0 Collision 11
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Michael Schumacher's domination of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship resumed after his Monaco blip, with his sixth win of the campaign leaving him on 60 points. Rubens Barrichello hence slipped fourteen points behind having finished second to his teammate, while Jenson Button was now 22 off the German ace. Jarno Trulli, meanwhile, had slipped a little further behind the Brit in fourth, while Fernando Alonso completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari smashed through the 100 point barrier at the seventh race of the campaign, leaving the Nürburgring on 106 points. Renault were still second, 45 off the leaders, while BAR-Honda remained in third, inching away from Williams-BMW. Sauber-Petronas were next having broken into double figures for the season, with McLaren-Mercedes still stuck on five points.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 60
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 46
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 38
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 36
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 25 ▲1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 24 ▼1
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
8 Japan Takuma Sato 8
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 5
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 5 ▲2
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4 ▼1
12 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3 ▼1
13 Australia Mark Webber 3 ▲2
14 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 ▼1
15 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
16 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 106
2 France Renault 61
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 46
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 36
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 10
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5
7 Japan Toyota 4
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3 ▲2
9 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

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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 • Williams FW26 • McLaren MP4-19 • McLaren MP4-19B • Renault R24 • BAR 006 • Sauber C23 • Jaguar R5 • Toyota TF104 • Toyota TF104B • 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
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