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The 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the VI Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 21 March 2004.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher collect his second victory of the campaign, as Jenson Button secured his maiden podium finish.[1]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher claim a much predicted pole position, although there was a surprise in second as Mark Webber completed the front row for Jaguar-Ford Cosworth.[1] Rubens Barrichello put the second Ferrari into third ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, while Kimi Räikkönen and Button shared the third row.[1]

There would be action before the race even got underway, with Räikkönen spinning on the formation lap, although he would recover to take his fifth place grid slot.[1] This was due to a light drizzle falling over some parts of the circuit, although there was no choice but to start on dry tyres.[1]

The start itself saw Schumacher expertly pull away to claim the lead, while Webber tumbled down the field.[1] The rest of the field would hence swamp the #14 Jaguar, with a fast starting Fernando Alonso storming through from nineteenth to tenth behind the Australian.[1]

The rest of the opening lap saw the field sort itself out, before the rain intensified on the second lap.[1] The increasing rain allowed Jarno Trulli to pass Button, only for the Brit to get revenge at the following corner, while Alonso picked his way into the points with a move on Webber, leaving him stuck behind David Coulthard.[1]

The rain soon stopped, although it had allowed Montoya to prevent Schumacher charging away in the opening laps, meaning the Williams-BMW remained a significant threat for victory.[1] Behind, Webber's bad day was made even worse when contact with Ralf Schumacher shredded his right rear tyre, while Takuma Sato went for a bounce through the gravel.[1]

Michael Schumacher then gave the rest of the field hope with an early stop on lap nine, although Montoya was unable to respond when the Ferrari rejoined.[1] The other stops saw Trulli jump Coulthard, while Alonso remained behind the Scot, as Nick Heidfeld lost out on a chance to challenge for points due to a fuel rig failure.[1]

Unfortunately the rest of the race proved fairly undramatic, until Button jumped into third ahead of Räikkönen and Barrichello in the final round of stops.[1] He was subsequently aided by a transmission failure for Räikkönen in the closing stages, although that would only release Barrichello's Ferrari to hunt down the BAR-Honda.[1]

Indeed, having been denied a maiden podium several times in the past by a charging Ferrari, Button and BAR were in for a nervous end to the race, with Button unable to respond to Barichello's pace.[1] They were also given a scare when the sister car of Sato retired late on, although as they started the final lap it seemed as if Button had enough in hand.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher was able to keep Montoya at arm's length to claim victory, five seconds clear of the Colombian charger.[1] Behind, a jubilant Button secured third, and hence the biggest cheer from the crowd, with Barrichello, Trulli, Coulthard and Felipe Massa securing the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher opened his sixth title defence with a convincing victory at the opening round, leaving Australia with ten points. Rubens Barrichello was second as he opened his account for the season, with Fernando Alonso completing the early top three. Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were next ahead of Jenson Button, with Jarno Trulli and David Coulthard also picking up points at the opening round.

In the Constructors Championship a one-two for Ferrari at the opening round left them in an already daunting position, holding eighteen points. Williams-BMW had half the number of points in second, and were a point ahead of Renault in third, who were the only other double scorers. BAR-Honda and McLaren-Mercedes were the only other scorers in Australia.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 Malaysian 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:33.865 1:33.074
2 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:34.016 1:33.715 +0.641s
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:34.132 1:33.756 +0.682s
4 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:34.941 1:34.054 +0.980s
5 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.452 1:34.164 +1.090s
6 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.528 1:34.221 +1.147s
7 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:34.777 1:34.235 +1.161s
8 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:33.264 1:34.413 +1.339s
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.321 1:34.602 +1.528s
10 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:35.864 1:34.917 +1.843s
11 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:35.132 1:35.039 +1.965s
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:34.877 1:35.061 +1.987s
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:35.618 1:35.158 +2.084s
14 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:35.247 1:35.617 +2.543s
15 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:36.769 1:36.569 +3.495s
16 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:38.729 1:38.577 +5.503s
17 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:39.805 1:39.272 +6.198s
18* 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:39.902 +6.828s
NC* 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:33.193
NC* 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.971
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.
  • * Pantano, Alonso and Sato all received ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 56 1:31:07.490 1 10
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 +5.022s 4 8
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 +11.568s 6 6
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 56 +13.615s 3 5
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 56 +37.360s 8 4
6 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +53.098s 9 3
7 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 +1:07.877 19 2
8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 11 1
9 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 10
10 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 13
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 12
12 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 14
13 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 18
14 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 53 +3 Laps 16
15* 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 Engine 20
16 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 52 +4 Laps 17
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 40 Transmission 5
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 34 Transmission 15
Ret 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 27 Engine 7
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 23 Spin 2
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Sato was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher continued his perfect start to the 2004 season with victory in Malaysia, leaving the second round with a full points tally of twenty points. Teammate Rubens Barrichello was second, seven behind already, while Juan Pablo Montoya had moved up into third after his second place finish. Jenson Button had also moved up courtesy of his podium finish, with Felipe Massa having been the only driver to add their name to the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had almost secure a whole race weekend's advantage in terms of points, leaving the second round with 33 points to their name. That translated into a sixteen point lead over Williams-BMW in second, while Renault were in third, a further three behind. BAR-Honda were next ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, while Sauber-Petronas completed the scorers list.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 20
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 13
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 12 ▲2
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button 9 ▲2
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 8 ▼2
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 6 ▲1
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 5 ▼3
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 1 ▲7
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 33
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 17
3 France Renault 14
4 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 9
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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
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