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The 2004 Spanish Grand Prix, officially known as the XLVI Gran Premio Marlboro de España was the fifth race of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the slightly redesigned Circuit de Catalunya on 9 May 2004.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher continue his domination of the 2004 season, claiming his fifth straight victory ahead of Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.[1]

Qualifying would see Schumacher sweep to his fourth pole position of the season in the #1 Ferrari, beating Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams-BMW by 0.617s.[1] Takuma Sato and Jarno Trulli were next for BAR-Honda and Renault respectively, while Barrichello was fifth.[1]

The start saw an electric start from Trulli catapult the Renault from fourth to first, while Montoya comparatively limped away to drop to fourth.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, was left to fend off a strong starting Sato, while Barrichello just fell shy of beating Montoya's Williams into the first corner for fourth.[1]

Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen and Giancarlo Fisichella all made ground, while Jenson Button remained in a lowly fourteenth.[1] Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld were the big losers in the midfield, although an otherwise clean opening lap saw no major issues across the field.[1]

The early stages saw Schumacher settle in behind Trulli's leading Renault, making no attempt to pass despite the fact that his Bridgestone tyres were suffering in the wake of the Michelin shod Renault.[1] Yet, when Trulli pitted on lap eight for his first stop, Schumacher would have enough grip and pace on his worn tyres to secure the lead when he stopped two laps later.[1]

The rest of the early stops would leave Barrichello, on a two-stop strategy, leading the field until lap seventeen, a decision which effectively jumped the Brazilian ahead of Montoya and Trulli.[1] With that the Ferraris were away, while Trulli faced no opposition from Montoya, who was struggling with balance on his second set of tyres.[1]

The second round of stops for those on three-stops were more interesting, as Barrichello had to push if he was to challenge Schumacher, who had built a 22 second lead over his heavier fuelled teammate.[1] Ultimately, however, those hopes were extinguished as the Brazilian failed to react, and so the order remained unchanged out front.[1]

Elsewhere the race was likewise proving fairly tame, with Montoya slipping down the order as his Williams remained stubbornly difficult to drive, no matter what tweaks to the aero the engineers made.[1] Alonso hence moved into fourth after jumping both Montoya and Sato in the pits, while Fisichella was crawling all over the back of the Colombian ace, a fight mirrored behind by Ralf Schumacher and Felipe Massa.[1]

The final round of stops saw the Ferrari team have a minor panic, with Michael Schumacher, now five seconds ahead, picking up a cracked exhaust, prompting Ross Brawn to tell his driver to ease the pace.[1] That should have allowed Barrichello to challenge, although the Brazilian was undermined at his final stop when the mechanics forgot to bring out fresh tyres for the #2 Ferrari, costing him a lot of time.[1]

Elsewhere, Button mounted a late race bid to get into the points, leap frogging several cars in the pitlane, before launching attacks on Massa, Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher as the final laps ticked away.[1] His bid was further aided by Montoya's retirement, triggered by a brake failure, although having barged his way through to seventh, the BAR-Honda suddenly lost pace and fell back behind Schumacher's #4 Williams.[1]

With that the race was run, with Michael Schumacher nursing his car through its cracked exhaust to claim his fifth straight win of the campaign, leaving him with a perfect score of 50 points.[1] Barrichello was next having never seriously challenged, while Trulli was a fairly satisfied third to complete the podium, having just kept teammate Alonso at bay.[1] Sato was next ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Fisichella, while Massa ran out of time to catch Button and hence missed out on the final point.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:16.320 1:15.022
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.574 1:15.639 +0.617s
3 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.434 1:15.809 +0.787s
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:16.156 1:16.144 +1.122s
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:16.655 1:16.272 +1.250s
6 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:16.040 1:16.293 +1.271s
7 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:16.168 1:16.313 +1.291s
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:17.011 1:16.422 +1.400s
9 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.212 1:16.514 +1.492s
10 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.465 1:16.636 +1.614s
11 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:16.758 1:17.038 +2.016s
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.746 1:17.444 +2.422s
13 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.240 1:17.445 +2.423s
14 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.462 1:17.575 +2.553s
15 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:17.043 1:17.802 +2.780s
16 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:17.864 1:17.812 +2.790s
17 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.771 1:17.866 +2.844s
18 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:20.372 1:19.817 +4.795s
19 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:17.965 1:20.607 +5.585s
20 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:21.620 1:21.470 +6.448s
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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 66 1:27:32.841 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 66 +13.290s 5 8
3 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 66 +32.294s 4 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 66 +32.952s 8 5
5 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 66 +42.327s 3 4
6 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 66 +1:13.804 6 3
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 66 +1:17.108 12 2
8 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 65 +1 Lap 14 1
9 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +1 Lap 17
10 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 10
11 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 13
12 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 9
13 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 65 +1 Lap 11
Ret 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 51 Steering 19
Ret 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 46 Brakes 2
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 43 Throttle 16
Ret 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 33 Hydraulics 7
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 33 Hydraulics 15
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 21 Spin 18
Ret 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 17 Spin 20
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A fifth straight victory in the opening five races left Michael Schumacher as the overwhelming favourite for the crown, leaving Spain on a maximum score of 50 points. That left him eighteen clear of Rubens Barrichello, with the Brazilian himself holding an eight point advantage over Jenson Button in third. Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli rounded out the top five, level on 21 points, while Giancarlo Fisichella had become the season's thirteenth different point scorer.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had once again extended their Championship lead, leaving Spain with 82 points after their third one-two of the campaign. Renault had retained second after their double score, while BAR-Honda had lost ground to their French rivals in third, slipping ten behind. Williams-BMW were next, two off the Anglo-Japanese alliance, while McLaren-Mercedes were an increasingly disappointing and distant fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 50
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 32
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 24
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 21 ▲1
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 21 ▲1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 18 ▼2
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
8 Japan Takuma Sato 8
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 2 ▲3
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 1 ▼1
12 Australia Mark Webber 1 ▼1
13 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 82
2 France Renault 42
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 32
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 30
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
Catalunya2007
Races 19511952–195319541955–1967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982–19871986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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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