2004 Chinese Grand Prix

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2004 Chinese Grand Prix
Race 16 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One World Championship
Shanghai International Racing Circuit track map.svg
Race details
Date 26 September 2004
Official name 2004 Formula 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Shanghai, China
Course Permanent Racing Facility
Course length 5.451 km (3.387 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 305.066 km (189.559 mi)
Weather Sunny with temperatures reaching up to 27 °C (81 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:34.012
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:32.238 on lap 55 (lap record)
Podium
First Ferrari
Second BAR-Honda
Third McLaren-Mercedes
Lap leaders

The 2004 Chinese Grand Prix (officially the 2004 Formula 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix)[2] was a Formula One motor race held on 26 September 2004 at the Shanghai International Circuit. It was Race 16 of 18 in the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship and was the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix. The 56-lap race was won by Rubens Barrichello for the Ferrari team, from a pole position start. Jenson Button finished second for the BAR team, with Kimi Räikkönen third in a McLaren. This was the first race back for Ralf Schumacher after injuries in the 2004 United States Grand Prix three months prior.

Following a clean start, Rubens Barrichello won the race with Jenson Button in second and Kimi Räikkönen in third place. Michael Schumacher finished in 12th place after a race with several incidents, including a collision, a spin and a puncture.

Jarno Trulli missed this inaugural Grand Prix after he left the Renault team after the 2004 Italian Grand Prix due to his strained relationship with team boss, Flavio Briatore.[citation needed] This was the only Grand Prix race in 2004 that he missed.

Friday drivers[edit]

The bottom 6 teams in the 2003 Constructors' Championship were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. These drivers drove on Friday but did not compete in qualifying or the race.

Constructor Nat Driver
BAR-Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Sauber-Petronas -
Jaguar-Cosworth Sweden Björn Wirdheim
Toyota Australia Ryan Briscoe
Jordan-Ford Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Minardi-Cosworth Belgium Bas Leinders

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:33.787 1:34.012
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.499 1:34.178 +0.166
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:34.273 1:34.295 +0.283
4 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:33.816 1:34.759 +0.747
5 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:33.849 1:34.891 +0.879
6 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:34.599 1:34.917 +0.905
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:33.738 1:34.951 +0.939
8 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:34.153 1:34.975 +0.962
9 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:34.051 1:34.993 +0.981
10 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.355 1:35.029 +1.017
11 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:34.016 1:35.245 +1.233
12 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:34.334 1:35.286 +1.274
13 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Renault 1:34.425 1:35.384 +1.372
14 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Toyota 1:34.958 1:35.410 +1.398
15 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld * Jordan-Ford 1:34.808 1:36.507 +2.495
16 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:35.447 1:36.535 +2.523
17 19 Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 1:37.143 1:37.410 +3.398
18 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:37.510 1:40.240 +6.228
19 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:33.185 No time
20 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:36.623 No time
Source:[3]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Tyre Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari B 56 1:29:12.420 1 10
2 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda M 56 + 1.035 3 8
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes M 56 + 1.469 2 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault M 56 + 32.510 6 5
5 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW M 56 + 45.193 10 4
6 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda M 56 + 54.791 18 3
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas B 56 + 1:05.454 7 2
8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas B 56 + 1:20.080 4 1
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes M 56 + 1:20.619 9  
10 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth M 55 + 1 Lap 11  
11 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Renault M 55 + 1 Lap 12  
12 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari B 55 + 1 Lap PL  
13 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford B 55 + 1 Lap 14  
14 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota M 55 +1 Lap 8  
15 19 Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford B 55 +1 Lap 16  
16 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth B 53 +3 Laps 19  
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth B 38 Mechanical 17  
Ret 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW M 37 Collision damage 5  
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Toyota M 35 Transmission 13  
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth M 11 Suspension 15  
Source:[4][5]
  • Michael Schumacher started the race from the pitlane.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather info for the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ "2004 FORMULA 1™ Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix - Race". Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. ^ "2004 Chinese Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited.
  4. ^ "2004 Chinese Grand Prix - Race Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ "2004 Chinese Grand Prix - Race Results & History - GP Archive". GPArchive.com. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  6. ^ a b "China 2004 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

External links[edit]

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2004 Italian Grand Prix
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2004 Japanese Grand Prix
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Coordinates: 31°20′20″N 121°13′11″E / 31.33889°N 121.21972°E / 31.33889; 121.21972