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The 2004 French Grand Prix, otherwise formally known as the XC Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France, was the tenth round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on 4 July 2004.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher collect his ninth winner's trophy of the campaign, defeating Fernando Alonso in a straight duel.[1]

Indeed, the Spaniard had been the man to beat in qualifying, sweeping to his first pole position of the season for Renault.[1] Schumacher would hence have to settle for second, while David Coulthard and Jenson Button shared the second row for McLaren-Mercedes and BAR-Honda respectively.[1]

The start of the race played out as expected, with Alonso's superior launch-control system catapulting him into the lead ahead of Schumacher's #1 Ferrari.[1] Behind, Jarno Trulli would challenge for second having streaked up from fifth to third in the #7 Renault, leaving Coulthard and Button to squabble for fourth, with the Englishman emerging ahead of the Scot.[1]

Alonso and Schumacher quickly checked out at the head of the field, largely due to the fact that both had opted for a light opening fuel load.[1] Behind, Trulli had to put up a ferocious defence to keep Button at bay, while Coulthard was being harassed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Räikkönen and Rubens Barrichello.[1]

Schumacher was, unsurprisingly, the first man to stop on lap eleven, having set a series of fastest laps to challenge Alonso.[1] The Spaniard duly made his stop three laps later, and with Schumacher getting caught in an almighty Jaguar-Ford Cosworth/Sauber-Petronas squabble, the #8 Renault emerged ahead of the #1 Ferrari.[1]

With both Jaguar and Sauber opting for two-stop strategies, Schumacher would lose more time in the traffic, before Felipe Massa finally stopped from second on lap 21.[1] Once clear Schumacher was told to throw everything he could at Alonso's four second lead, and duly carved half-a-second a lap out of the Spaniard before stopping on lap 29.[1]

Determined not to be thrown off by Schumacher's early second stop, Renault instructed Alonso to stay out, despite the fact that the Spaniard had been pushing his Michelin tyres harder than planned to keep the #1 Ferrari at bay.[1] Somewhat inevitably his pace collapsed, and hence gifted the lead to Schumacher when he stopped two laps later, the German ace having set a succession of new lap records.[1]

Indeed, the Ferrari team had opted to short-fill Schumacher, replacing a three-stop strategy for a four-stop, intending to keep the German on low fuel throughout.[1] The #1 Ferrari hence managed to build a ten second lead before making its third stop, before catching back up to Alonso before their final stops.[1]

Ultimately light-fuel and soft tyres prevailed, with Schumacher able to exit the pits from his fourth stop with a healthy lead over Alonso.[1] The closing laps saw the #8 Renault gradually draw the Ferrari back in, although time would run out long before Schumacher's lead was threatened.[1]

With that the race was run, with Schumacher cruising through to claim his ninth win, a result which also secured his 60th win for Ferrari.[1] Alonso was a slightly frustrated second, while behind Trulli made a mistake at the final corner to gift Barrichello the final podium spot, having fended off the Brazilian and Button through the final stages.[1] The Italian racer hence had to settle for fourth ahead of Button's BAR, with Coulthard, Räikkönen and Montoya completing the points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Unsurprisingly an eighth win of the season had allowed Michael Schumacher to extend his title lead to eighteen points with half the season to run. Furthermore, his closest challenger was teammate Rubens Barrichello, and the latest spat of "team orders" in the US had made it clear that the Brazilian was not allowed to fight the German ace for race victories, let alone the crown. Jenson Button was therefore Schumacher's closest competitor, albeit with a 36 point deficit at the halfway point.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari continued to ease away at the head of the pack, leaving North America with a huge 142 point tally. That left them with over double the number of points of second placed Renault, meaning the French squad were realistically in a fight for second with BAR-Honda. Eight points split the pair at the halfway point, while Minardi-Ford Cosworth were on the scoresheet for the first time, after a pointless run extending back to the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 French 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 Spain Marc Gené 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 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:13.750 1:13.698
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:13.541 1:13.971 +0.273s
3 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.649 1:13.987 +0.289s
4 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:13.772 1:13.995 +0.297s
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:13.949 1:14.070 +0.372s
6 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.377 1:14.172 +0.474s
7 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.130 1:14.240 +0.542s
8 4 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:14.133 1:14.275 +0.577s
9 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.736 1:14.346 +0.648s
10 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.478 +0.780s
11 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:14.245 1:14.553 +0.855s
12 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.332 1:14.798 +1.100s
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.205 1:15.065 +1.367s
14 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:14.540 1:15.130 +1.432s
15 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.793 1:16.177 +2.479s
16 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:14.627 1:16.200 +2.502s
17 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:16.366 1:16.807 +3.109s
18 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:15.913 1:17.462 +3.764s
19 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:18.070 1:17.913 +4.215s
20 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:18.108 1:18.247 +4.549s
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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 70 1:30:18.133 2 10
2 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 70 +8.329s 1 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 70 +31.622s 10 6
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 70 +32.082s 5 5
5 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 +32.482s 4 4
6 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +35.520s 3 3
7 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +36.230s 9 2
8 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 70 +43.419s 6 1
9 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 70 +52.394s 12
10 4 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW 70 +58.166s 8
11 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 13
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 69 +1 Lap 15
13 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 69 +1 Lap 16
14 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 11
15 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 68 +2 Laps 14
16 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 68 +2 Laps 17
17 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 18
18* 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 66 Gearbox 19
Ret 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 31 Accident 20
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 15 Engine 7
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Bruni was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher's march to a seventh World Championship continued in France with his ninth win of the campaign, leaving the German ace just ten shy of the 100 point mark. Teammate Rubens Barrichello had lost more ground, now facing a 22 point gap to the German ace, while Jenson Button in third left Magny-Cours 42 points away. Jarno Trulli had closed in on the Brit in the fight for third, while Fernando Alonso had inched closer to their fight in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship another strong weekend for Ferrari had put the Scuderia onto 158 points, and hence ensured they still had double the points of their closest challengers. Indeed, Renault left their home race, on the 25th anniversary of their maiden victory, on 79 points, and had hence all but given up hope of challenging for the crown. They were hence working to consolidate second ahead of BAR-Honda, with the Anglo-Japanese alliance having broken clear of Williams-BMW in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 90
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 68
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 48
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 46
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 33
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 25
7 Japan Takuma Sato 14
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 12 ▲1
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 ▼1
11 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 10
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 5
13 France Olivier Panis 5
14 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3
15 Australia Mark Webber 3
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3
17 Germany Timo Glock 2
18 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 158
2 France Renault 79
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 62
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 37
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 22
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 15
7 Japan Toyota 8
8 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 5
9 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
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
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