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Flag-of-japansmall  2004 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 17 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season
Circuit Suzuka
Date October 10, 2004
Official name XXX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 53 laps, 307.771 km (191.224 mi)</td></tr>
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:33.542
Fastest lap
Driver 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:32.730 on lap 30
Podium
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Third 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda

The 2004 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on October 10, 2004 at the Suzuka Circuit. All the running on Saturday was cancelled due to Typhoon Ma-on, meaning that both the qualifying sessions were run on Sunday morning. The grid was shaken up due to rain, Ralf Schumacher and Mark Webber taking fortunate grid positions due to being allotted early running in the session.

While Michael Schumacher was not as competitive towards the end of the season as he had been en route to his seventh title, Japan could be seen as normal service resumed, the German winning comfortably from pole. Ralf was behind him, taking his first podium since breaking his back at Indianapolis. It was the last time the Schumacher brothers finished in one-two formation (having done so on four other occasions: 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, 2001 French Grand Prix, 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, 2003 Canadian Grand Prix). At Suzuka in 2003 BAR upset the form book with a double points finish - in 2004 this was commonplace, although 11 points was still their biggest haul of the season. Contact between David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello ended the race for both drivers. Webber retired in bizarre circumstances - part of the seat had overheated, causing burns to his buttocks.

This was Jarno Trulli's first race with the Toyota team. This was Olivier Panis's last race as he decided to retire from the race seat. But he stayed with the Toyota team, as the test driver. This was Rubens Barrichello's only DNF of the season after colliding with David Coulthard on lap 38.


ClassificationEdit

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time[1] Gap
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:33.542
2 4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:34.032 +0.490
3 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:34.571 +1.029
4 10 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:34.897 +1.355
5 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:35.157 +1.615
6 16 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.213 +1.671
7 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:36.136 +2.594
8 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.156 +2.614
9 7 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve Renault 1:36.274 +2.732
10 17 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:36.420 +2.878
11 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:36.663 +3.458
12 6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.820 +3.278
13 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:37.653 +4.111
14 15 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:38.258 +4.716
15 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:38.637 +5.458
16 18 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:41.953 +8.411
17 19 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 1:43.533 +9.991
18 20 22px-Flag of Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:48.069 +14.527
19 21 22px-Flag of Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth no time no time
20 12 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas no time no time
  • Qualifying was held on Sunday morning due to weather conditions on Saturday

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:24:26.985 1 10
2 4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +14.098 2 8
3 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 53 +19.662 5 6
4 10 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 53 +31.781 4 5
5 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 53 +37.767 11 4
6 6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +39.362 12 3
7 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 53 +55.347 13 2
8 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 53 +56.276 7 1
9 12 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:29.656 19  
10 7 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve Renault 52 +1 Lap 9  
11 16 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 52 +1 Lap 6  
12 15 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 14  
13 18 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 52 +1 Lap 16  
14 17 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Toyota 51 +2 Lap 10  
15 19 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 51 +2 Lap 17  
16 20 22px-Flag of Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 50 +3 Lap 18  
Ret 21 22px-Flag of Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 41 Spin 20  
Ret 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 38 Collision 8  
Ret 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 38 Collision 15  
Ret 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 20 Overheating 3  

Lap leadersEdit

Standings after the race Edit

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 146
2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 108
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 85
4 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 54
5 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 48
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 254
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BAR-Honda 116
3 22px-Flag of France Renault 100
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 74
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit


Previous race:
2004 Chinese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
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2004 Brazilian Grand Prix
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