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The 2004 Italian Grand Prix, officially the LXXV Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2004, was race number fifteen of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on 12 September 2004.[1] The race would see Rubens Barrichello sweep to victory ahead of teammate Michael Schumacher, and hence led a Ferrari one-two in their 700th Grand Prix as a factory team.[1]

It would be a record breaking three days in Monza, with pre-qualifying seeing Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest ever average lap speed for a flying lap at 262.242 km/h (162.900 mph).[1] However, the Colombian racer would be beaten to pole position by Barrichello in full qualifying, while newly re-crowned Champion Schumacher would start from third alongside Fernando Alonso.[1]

Rain on race morning would cause some confusion, with the track still damp in places ahead of the start.[1] Most of the field would, however, opt for their usual grooved slick tyres, although Barrichello, David Coulthard and Felipe Massa decided to use intermediates instead.[1]

That proved to be the wrong move for Coulthard, with the Scot diving into the pits at the end of the formation lap.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, would ace his start to claim an early lead from a flying Alonso, knowing that he would have to maximise his low fuel setup to remain in the fight for victory.[1]

Behind, Schumacher would battle with Montoya for third into the Rettifilo, only to run onto the concrete and cut the chicane.[1] He duly handed the position back but also lost out to Kimi Räikkönen, before Antônio Pizzonia tipped him into a spin at the second chicane, sending the German ace down to fifteenth.[1]

Barrichello would break away in the early laps, although a sudden jump in track and tyre temperatures allowed Alonso to catch and pass the #2 Ferrari moments before Barrichello swept into the pits.[1] Jenson Button, meanwhile, was the man to watch as he challenged the new race leader, while Schumacher was back in the top ten, but behind Barrichello after the Brazilian's stop.[1]

Alonso bailed five laps later to hand the lead to Button, whose tyres faded badly in the final laps of his stint to leave him at the head of a queue of cars.[1] He would, however, hang on to be one of the last stoppers, and would rejoin without losing the lead as Barrichello, on a very high fuel load, was mugged by the pack behind.[1]

The middle stint saw Button just hang on to his lead, with the Brit running too much wing to escape from the pack.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would move up the order during the second stint with his Bridgestones enjoying the improving conditions, and would become a major contender for victory after the second round of stops.[1]

Indeed, after disposing of Takuma Sato for fourth after his second stop, Schumacher would inherit second when Alonso spun into the gravel at the second chicane.[1] Button then fell to the charging #1 Ferrari, sending the tifosi into rapturous cheers, while Barrichello made his second and final stop from the lead, rejoining ahead of the fight.[1]

Team orders came into play from that moment on, with Barrichello and Schumacher holding station to claim a one-two for Ferrari, and a rare victory for the Brazilian.[1] Button was third having remained too much of a threat for the Ferraris to fight, with Sato, Montoya, Coulthard, Pizzonia and Giancarlo Fisichella completing the scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship was over with four races to go after the Belgian Grand Prix, for Michael Schumacher had built an unassailable lead of 40 points. Indeed, while Rubens Barrichello could mathematically match his German teammate's 128 point tally, the Brazilian would miss-out on countback courtesy of Schumacher's twelve victories. Barrichello would hence spend the rest of the campaign fighting to hold second, and would leave Belgium with a 23 point advantage over Jenson Button.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had once again extended their title winning tally, moving onto 216 points. It was status quo behind as Renault, BAR-Honda and Williams-BMW all failed to score, with Williams running out of time to catch their former engine partners. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes had closed onto the back of their Anglo-German rivals, with just five points splitting the pair.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 Italian 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 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 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 Australia Ryan Briscoe 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 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:20.552 1:20.089
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:19.525 1:20.620 +0.531s
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:20.528 1:20.637 +0.548s
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:20.341 1:20.645 +0.556s
5 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:19.733 1:20.715 +0.626s
6 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:19.856 1:20.786 +0.697s
7 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.501 1:20.877 +0.788s
8 4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:19.671 1:20.888 +0.799s
9 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:21.011 1:21.027 +0.938s
10 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.414 1:21.049 +0.960s
11 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 1:21.829 1:21.520 +1.431s
12 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.783 1:21.602 +1.513s
13 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:22.169 1:21.841 +1.752s
14 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:22.114 1:21.989 +1.900s
15 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:20.357 1:22.239 +2.150s
16 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:20.571 1:22.287 +2.198s
17* 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:22.301 +2.212s
18 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:23.264 1:23.239 +3.150s
19 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.082 1:24.808 +4.719s
20 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.963 1:24.910 +4.821s
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.
  • * Heidfeld was handed a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 1:15:18.448 1 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +1.347s 3 8
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +10.197s 6 6
4 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +15.370s 5 5
5 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +32.352s 2 4
6 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +33.439s 10 3
7 4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +33.752s 8 2
8 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +35.431s 15 1
9 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 53 +56.761s 12
10 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 53 +1:06.316 9
11 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 53 +1:22.531 11
12 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 16
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 14
14 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 20
15 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 50 +3 Laps 19
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 40 Spin 4
Ret 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 33 Accident 17
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 29 Fire 18
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 Water leak 7
Ret 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 0 Collision 13
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 136
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 98
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 71
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 46
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 45
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 42
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 28
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24
9 Japan Takuma Sato 23
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 19
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 10
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 234
2 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 94 ▲1
3 France Renault 91 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 29
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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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
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