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The LXVI Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, otherwise known as the 2004 German Grand Prix, was the twelfth round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 25 July 2004.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to his eleventh victory of the season, matching his own record for most wins in a single season.[1]

Indeed, almost the entire weekend proved to be a Schumacher benefit in front of his home fans, with the German ace sweeping to pole position during qualifying.[1] Juan Pablo Montoya would led the anti-Schumacher charge in second for Williams-BMW, with Jenson Button edging out the two McLaren-Mercedes for third, only for an engine penalty to dump him back down the field.[1]

The start would also favour the German ace, with the #1 Ferrari instantly sprinting away to claim the lead.[1] The rest of the field were left to fight amongst themselves, with Fernando Alonso getting a perfect start to streak from fifth to second.[1]

Behind, Rubens Barrichello tried too hard to make up for his poor qualifying performance, and hence removed his front wing on the side of David Coulthard in the field corner.[1] That, however, was the only incident of not on the opening lap, with Kimi Räikkönen lining up a move on Alonso for second.[1]

The Finn duly dived past the Spaniard on the second tour, although even the revamped McLaren was not enough to catch Schumacher's fast disappearing Ferrari.[1] Indeed, a low-fuel first stint allowed Schumacher to build a fair lead before leading the field into the pits, leaving two-stoppers Mark Webber and Button at the head of the field.[1]

Räikkönen's race came to a spectacular end shortly after his stop, a rear wing failure throwing the McLaren off the circuit, while Webber pitted and rejoined in a terrific fight for sixth between Jarno Trulli and Takuma Sato.[1] Button, meanwhile, would rejoin in third behind Alonso after making his stop, handing the lead back to Schumacher.[1]

The second round of stops saw Button once again run long compared to the rest, although it was not enough for him to jump Alonso, with the BAR emerging just behind the Renault.[1] The pair would fight until Button's tyres faded, with BAR having swapped the Brit to a three stop in a bid to jump the Spaniard.[1]

The fight for second would resume shortly before the third round of stops, with Button once again rejoining just behind the Renault.[1] This time, however, Button would make one of his many lunges at the hairpin stick, although he would only finish off the move by holding the inside line into the Mercedes Stadium a few seconds later.[1]

With that Button was away to chase Schumacher, while Alonso tumbled back towards Coulthard citing a front wing issue.[1] Behind, Montoya ran in a lonely fifth ahead of Webber, while the returning Antônio Pizzonia slowly closed in on his former teammate having out-fought Sato.[1] The Japenese racer himself was left to fend off Barrichello for the final point, until the Brazilian suffered a left-rear puncture.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher would be untroubled by Button as he swept to his eleventh win of the campaign, leaving the German ace on the verge of the title.[1] Button and Alonso duly completed the podium, while Coulthard and Montoya completed the top five ahead of Webber, Pizzonia and Sato.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Ten wins equated to 100 points for Michael Schumacher leaving the British Grand Prix, with the German ace charging towards his seventh World Championship crown at an alarming rate. Indeed, teammate and closest challenger Rubens Barrichello left Silverstone 26 points behind, while third placed Jenson Button was in danger of falling out of the "fight" completely. Otherwise it had been a productive day for Button as he had inched further away from Jarno Trulli, while Fernando Alonso retained his top-five status.

As their lead driver marched to the Drivers Championship so too did Ferrari, whom left the UK with 174 points to their name. Renault were forming the closest challenge to the Scuderia, although their non-score meant that the gap between the top two was up to 95 points, the equivalent of four race weekend's worth of points. Instead, the French squad were in a fight for second, with BAR-Honda having inched closer to twelve behind the tricolour registered squad.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 German 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 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 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 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 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 German Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.042 1:13.306
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.391 1:13.668 +0.362s
3* 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:13.535 1:13.674 +0.368s
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.842 1:13.690 +0.384s
5 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.640 1:13.821 +0.515s
6 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:13.582 1:13.874 +0.568s
7 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:13.737 1:14.134 +0.828s
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.111 1:14.278 +0.972s
9 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.465 1:14.287 +0.981s
10 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:13.641 1:14.368 +1.062s
11 4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.422 1:14.556 +1.250s
12 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.093 1:14.802 +1.496s
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.090 1:15.011 +1.705s
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:13.914 1:15.395 +2.089s
15 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:15.119 1:15.454 +2.148s
16 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:13.899 1:15.454 +2.148s
17 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:16.167 1:16.192 +2.886s
18 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:16.538 1:16.310 +3.004s
19 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:17.283 1:18.055 +4.749s
20 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:17.515 1:18.400 +5.094s
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.
  • * Button was handed a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 2 3 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 4
______________ David Coulthard
Row 3 5 ______________
Fernando Alonso 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 5 9 ______________
Olivier Panis* 10
______________ Antônio Pizzonia
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Webber 12
______________ Christian Klien
Row 7 13 ______________
Jenson Button 14
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 8 15 ______________
Cristiano da Matta 16
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 9 17 ______________
Giorgio Pantano 18
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 10 19 ______________
Gianmaria Bruni 20
______________ Zsolt Baumgartner
  • * Panis started the race from the pitlane after stalling at the first attempted start.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 66 1:23:54.848 1 10
2 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 66 +8.388s 13 8
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 66 +16.351s 5 6
4 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +19.231s 4 5
5 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 66 +23.055s 2 4
6 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 66 +41.108s 11 3
7 4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 66 +41.956s 19 2
8 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 66 +46.842s 8 1
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 66 +1:07.102 14
10 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 66 +1:08.578 12
11 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 66 +1:10.258 6
12 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 66 +1:13.252 7
13 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +1 Lap 16
14 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 65 +1 Lap 9
15 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 63 +3 Laps 17
16 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 62 +4 Laps 18
17 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 62 +4 Laps 19
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 42 Handling 18
Ret 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 38 Puncture 15
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 Rear wing 3
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher marched on towards his fifth straight World Championship crown with his eleventh win of the season, leaving Germany on 110 points. Rubens Barrichello had slipped 36 points behind his teammate after failing to score, while Jenson Button would fall out of the fight if he failed to beat Schumacher in Hungary. Behind, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso completed the top five, while Antônio Pizzonia had become the season's nineteenth scorer.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had managed to once again increase their lead, leaving Germany with 99 points in hand. Renault were the team closest to challenging the Scuderia, but with such a huge gap ahead were instead focused on fending off BAR-Honda for second. The Anglo-Japanese squad had closed the gap between the two to just nine points, with the pair set to duel for the runner-up spot as Williams-BMW continued to fall away.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 110
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 74
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 61
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 46
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 39
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 33
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 19 ▲2
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 18 ▼1
9 Japan Takuma Sato 15 ▼1
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
12 Australia Mark Webber 7 ▲2
13 Brazil Felipe Massa 5 ▼1
14 France Olivier Panis 5 ▼1
15 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3
17 Germany Timo Glock 2
18 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 2 ▲4
19 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 184
2 France Renault 85
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 76
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 47
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 37
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 18
7 Japan Toyota 8
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 7 ▲1
9 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 5 ▼1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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