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The 2004 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise formally known as the XXXI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, (XXXI フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese), was the seventeenth and penultimate round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on 10 October 2004.[1] Staged on the weekend where Typhoon Ma-on swept across Japan, the race would see Michael Schumacher claim a dominant victory for Ferrari, his thirteenth of the campaign.[1]

Indeed, the typhoon had been predicted to batter Suzuka on its way across the Japanese islands, and hence caused Saturday's running to be cancelled.[1] That meant that qualifying was staged on Sunday morning, with Schumacher claiming pole position ahead of brother Ralf Schumacher, while Mark Webber claimed third ahead of Takuma Sato and Jenson Button.[1]

Ultimately the typhoon missed Suzuka entirely, and hence meant that, barring some heavy rain on Saturday, there had been no issues at the circuit.[1] Furthermore, the circuit would be completely dry fort he race, with bright, sunny conditions ensuring everyone started on dry tyres.[1]

The start itself saw hopes of Michael Schumacher being challenged instantly vaporised, for the #1 Ferrari made a barnstorming start to claim the lead.[1] Ralf Schumacher was hence left to settle into second, while Button dived past Webber and Sato to secure third.[1]

Indeed, Michael Schumacher quickly stamped his authority, rapidly building a lead over his closet pursuers with a suspected three-stop strategy.[1] Behind, Ralf Schumacher ran on his own, while Button faced some stiff competition from teammate Sato, with the BAR-Hondas eventually swapping over on lap eight with Sato on a lower fuel strategy.[1]

The first round of stops were triggered by Ralf Schumacher, although hopes that Michael Schumacher was on the same three-stop strategy were broken when he continued through to lap thirteen.[1] Such was the #1 Ferrari's lead by that staged that Schumacher was able to stop without losing the lead, while teammate Rubens Barrichello gained a lot of ground at his first stop.[1]

The order remained unchanged after the first round of stops, and would stay that way through the second, with Schumacher stopping without losing the lead, while Sato briefly ran in second until making his stop.[1] Unfortunately for the home fans a long stop for the #10 BAR ensured that Sato tumbled back down the order, with Ralf Schumacher another loser.[1]

With Michael Schumacher out of sight the rest of the race was focused on a three way fight for second, with Button holding Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard at bay.[1] That would become a four-way tussle in the latter stages as Barrichello swept up behind them, until he removed himself and Coulthard from the fight with a clash at the chicane.[1] Button and Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, would swap positions at the final round of stops, with the BAR not responding well to its final set of tyres.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher claimed his thirteenth win of the season unopposed, reasserting his dominance from the first two thirds of the season.[1] Ralf Schumacher and Button duly completed the podium ahead of Sato, with Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya and Giancarlo Fisichella completing the points scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 Japanese 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 FO110Q 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19B Mercedes FO110Q 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 Italy Jarno Trulli 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 Free Practice Sessions
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 M
40 Belgium Bas Leinders Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

Friday PracticeEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

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

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2
Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:47.906 1 1:45.388 1
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:49.846 3 1:46.874 4
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:53.517 8 1:50.060 13
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:55.632 12 1:49.736 12
Source:[3][4]

QualifyingEdit

Sunday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:38.397 1:33.542
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:38.864 1:34.032 +0.490s
3 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:39.710 1:34.571 +1.029s
4 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:40.135 1:34.897 +1.355s
5 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:41.423 1:35.157 +1.615s
6 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:37.716 1:35.213 +1.671s
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:40.151 1:36.136 +2.594s
8 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.126 1:36.156 +2.614s
9 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Renault 1:41.857 1:36.274 +2.732s
10 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:40.029 1:36.420 +2.878s
11 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:42.056 1:36.663 +3.458s
12 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.517 1:36.820 +3.278s
13 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:44.370 1:37.653 +4.111s
14 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:42.054 1:38.258 +4.716s
15 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:41.001 1:38.637 +5.095s
16 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:42.434 1:41.953 +8.411s
17 19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:43.682 1:43.533 +9.991s
18 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:45.415 1:48.069 +14.527s
NC 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
NC 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:41.707
Source:[5][6][7]
  • Bold indicates their best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:24:26.985 1 10
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +14.098s 2 8
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +19.662s 5 6
4 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +31.781s 4 5
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 +37.767s 11 4
6 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +39.362s 12 3
7 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +55.347s 13 2
8 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +56.276s 7 1
9 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:29.656 19
10 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Renault 52 +1 Lap 9
11 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 52 +1 Lap 6
12 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 14
13 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 16
14 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 51 +2 Laps 6
15 19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 17
16 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 50 +3 Laps 18
Ret 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 41 Spin 20
Ret 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 38 Collision 8
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 38 Collision 15
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 20 Overheating 3
Source:[8]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A thirteenth win of the season for Michael Schumacher left the German ace on 146 for the season, meaning just fifth in the final race of the season would take him past 150 points, a dauntingly impressive points haul. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had failed to score having already secured second in the title hunt, while Jenson Button had likewise already secured third before the battle of Japan. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, had inched closer to ensuring that he claimed fourth, inching six clear of Juan Pablo Montoya.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari ended the weekend on 254 points for the season, resulting in a huge 138 point lead over second placed BAR-Honda. The Anglo-Japanese squad themselves had all but guaranteed their spot as runners-up, needing to score just three points at the season finale in Brazil to beat Renault. The French squad were hence set to finish third, while Williams-BMW and McLaren-Mercedes would duel for fourth on the final day.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 146
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 108
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 85
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 54
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 48 ▲1
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 46 ▼1
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 37
8 Japan Takuma Sato 31
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 22
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 20
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 116
3 France Renault 100
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 74
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 33
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

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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 Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 19951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
See also Pacific Grand Prix
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