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The 2004 San Marino Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIV Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino, was the fourth round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on 25 April 2004 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher collect his fourth straight win to continue his perfect start to the season, having tactically jumped Jenson Button mid-race.[1]

Indeed, it was the Brit who had emerged from qualifying as the fastest driver in the field, ending Ferrari and Schumacher's pole position streak.[1] Schumacher would, however, secure second in the #1 Ferrari, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello securing the second row.[1]

The start of the race saw Button's BAR-Honda beat the Ferrari off the line, causing some concern for the tifosi who had expected Schumacher to streak past.[1] Instead, the defending Champion would have to settle for second, with the rest of the field charging through the first corner behind them without issue.[1]

Indeed, it was only when the field hit the brakes for the Tamburello chicane that some major dramas occurred, with David Coulthard slamming the back of Fernando Alonso.[1] The Scot duly went bouncing across the gravel trap with a front wing missing, while Alonso lost a few places controlling his suddenly sliding Renault.[1]

Schumacher would also survive an attack from Montoya at Tosa, with a dubious claim that the "could not see" the Colombian's #3 Williams-BMW as he elbowed Montoya wide onto the grass.[1] Montoya duly slipped back to fight with his teammate Ralf Schumacher, resulting in the younger Schumacher going for a slide across the grass, a move which allowed Takuma Sato to pass the #4 Williams.[1]

That fighting allowed Button to build a small lead on the opening lap, although Michael Schumacher would quickly demolish that to glue himself to the Brit's tail.[1] Indeed, it seemed only a matter of time before the BAR succumbed to the Ferrari, and when Button dived into the pits for his first stop on lap nine, the race was effectively over.[1]

Two lap records and a stop later and Schumacher was scrambling out of the pitlane ahead of the BAR, much to Button's dismay.[1] With that the Ferrari was away, with Schumacher establishing a demoralising lead, while Button ran in an increasingly lonely second, well clear of Montoya.[1]

Indeed, the entire fight for the podium, let alone victory, was over from that moment, with the second round of stops seeing Montoya, Button and Schumacher come in and stop without losing their positions.[1] Behind, there was more interest as Barrichello closed in on Ralf Schumacehr, but could not find a way past, while Felipe Massa and Mark Webber squabbled outside of the top ten.[1]

The third round of stops would see Jarno Trulli jump Barrichello, while Alonso jumped both of them, but on-track action was limited.[1] Elsewhere, a promising run in the points for Sato would be ended by another dramatic engine failure, while Alonso inadvertently tipped Ralf Schumacher into a spin at Tosa, before charging off after Montoya.[1]

With that the race was over, with Michael Schumacher cruising through the final laps to claim another ominous victory ahead of Button.[1] Montoya completed the podium before Alonso could catch him, while Trulli likewise fended off a charge from Barrichello to secure fifth.[1] Ralf Schumacher would recover to seventh after his Alonso tap, while Kimi Räikkönen scored his first points of the campaign, albeit in a disappointing eighth.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher continued his charge towards the title with his third win in three races in 2004, ending the weekend on a maximum score of 30 points. Rubens Barrichello was now the only driver within a win's worth of points of the German ace, making the German the favourite for the title already. Jenson Button, meanwhile, had moved into third after a second successive podium, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso completing the scorers.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari looked to be in a class of their own, having dropped just three points across the opening three rounds. They therefore had a crushing 29 point lead over second placed Renault, while Williams-BMW slipped to third, three of the French manufacturer. BAR-Honda, meanwhile, had drawn level with the Anglo-German alliance, with McLaren-Mercedes completing the top five.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 San Marino 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 San Marino Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:20.632 1:19.753
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:20.440 1:20.011 +0.258s
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:19.805 1:20.212 +0.459s
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:20.927 1:20.451 +0.698s
5 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:20.423 1:20.538 +0.785s
6 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:21.799 1:20.895 +1.142s
7 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:20.984 1:20.913 +1.160s
8 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.458 1:20.921 +1.168s
9 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:21.669 1:21.034 +1.281s
10 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:21.737 1:21.087 +1.334s
11 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.566 1:21.091 +1.338s
12 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.154 1:21.532 +1.779s
13 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:21.231 1:21.558 +1.805s
14 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:22.246 1:21.949 +2.196s
15 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:24.643 1:23.352 +3.599s
16 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:23.055 1:23.488 +3.735s
17 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.463 1:26.899 +7.146s
18* 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:27.319 1:46.299 +26.546s
NC 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:20.716
NC* 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.181
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.
  • * Baumgartner and Räikkönen awarded ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 62 1:26:19.670 2 10
2 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 62 +9.702s 1 8
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 62 +21.617s 3 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 62 +23.654s 6 5
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 62 +36.216s 9 4
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 62 +36.683s 4 3
7 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 62 +55.730s 5 2
8 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1 Lap 20 1
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 18
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12
11 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 61 +1 Lap 13
12 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1 Lap 11
13 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 8
14 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 60 +2 Laps 8
15 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 58 +4 Laps 19
16* 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 Engine 7
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 48 Driveshaft 16
Ret 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 32 Accident 10
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 22 Brakes 17
Ret 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 6 Accident Hydraulics
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 moved onto a maximum score of 40 points in front of the loyal tifosi, and hence established a sixteen point lead at the head of the Championship hunt. His teammate Rubens Barrichello had retained second, although Jenson Button was a strong third, just a point behind the Brazilian after three straight podium finishes. Behind the table was fairly static, with Kimi Räikkönen moving off the foot of the table after his first point score (and race finish) of the campaign.

Ferrari had likewise only dropped another five points from their almost flawless start to the campaign, leaving San Marino on 64 for the season. Renault, meanwhile, had slipped further behind, 33 behind having scored 31 points of their own, while BAR-Honda and Williams-BMW were level on 27 in third. McLaren-Mercedes then completed the top five, yet to break into double figures, with Sauber-Petronas and Jaguar-Ford Cosworth the only other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 40
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 24
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 23
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 18
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 16
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 15
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9
8 Japan Takuma Sato 4
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4
10 Brazil Felipe Massa 1
11 Australia Mark Webber 1
12 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 ▲8
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 64
2 France Renault 31
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 27 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 27 ▼1
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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