Race Results 2004


Round 11 - GREAT BRITAIN, Silverstone - Race Results

Conditions: dry; Temperatures: track °C, air °C

Position  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops
1  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  1h 24m 42.700s 60 2
2  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 02.130s 60 3
3  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Ferrari (B)  + 0m 03.114s 60 3
4  Jenson BUTTON  BAR Honda (M)  + 0m 10.683s 60 3
5  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  Williams BMW (M)  + 0m 12.173s 60 3
6  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 0m 12.888s 60 2
7  David COULTHARD  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 19.668s 60 3
8  Mark WEBBER  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  + 0m 23.701s 60 2
9  Felipe MASSA  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 0m 24.023s 60 2
10  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  + 0m 24.835s 60 3
11  Takuma SATO  BAR Honda (M)  + 0m 33.736s 60 2
12  Marc GENE  Williams BMW (M)  + 0m 34.303s 60 3
13  Cristiano DA MATTA  Toyota (M)  + 1 lap 59 2
14  Christian KLIEN  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  + 1 lap 59 2
15  Nick HEIDFELD  Jordan Ford (B)  + 1 lap 59 2
16  Gianmaria BRUNI  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 4 laps 56 4
 Not classified
Ret  Giorgio PANTANO  Jordan Ford (B)  Spin 47 2
Ret  Jarno TRULLI  Renault (M)  Accident 39 2
Ret  Zsolt BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth (B)  Engine 29 2
Ret  Olivier PANIS  Toyota (M)  Cockpit fire extinguisher
 went off!
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I was lucky enough to be at the race today ... and it looked great from the stands! I'm still watching it on TV, so can't yet tell if it was the thrill of the occasion or a genuinely good race!

The Minardis ran completely free of any corporate identification or sponsors logos this afternoon, displaying instead a simple "John Boy" message on rear wing and sidepods in memory of their Sporting Director, John Walton, who died on Friday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. It was touching that Mark Webber ran down the grid shortly before the start to shake both Minardi drivers by the hand and wish them well in a race run with heavy hearts.

The start was uneventful, all got away cleanly ... and in Raikkonen's case, very fast ... he had an impressive 1.3s gap to second place Barrichello by the end of the first lap.

The first round of pit stops proved decisive as it became evident that Michael Schumacher was again running a different strategy to those around him ... two-stopping, he took the lead as others pitted and retained it after his own first stop. While Raikkonen drove a more competitive race than we have seen from either McLaren so far this season, he couldn't do enough to beat the all-conquering Schumacher.

Panis was the first to retire, in a bizarre incident when the cockpit fire extinguisher went off! Baumgartner was next, his smoking engine eventually giving up the ghost on lap 30.

A heavy crash, possibly caused by a broken rear suspension, ended Jarno Trulli's race on lap 40 and brought the safety car out ... giving a glimmer of home that Raikkonen might get back on terms with Schumacher ... well, I did say it was only a glimmer!

Pantano spun out on lap 48 and the last of the finishers, Bruni, had a fairly torrid race ... suffering a drive-thru penalty for blue flag infringement shortly before his third scheduled stop, he was perhaps a little to eager to make up time when he pitted and drove away with the fuel hose still attached ... several Minardi pit crew suffered minor injuries, but Bruni did at least get his car to the finish, albeit 4 laps down.

Drive of the day for me was Fisichella ... finishing 6th from 20th on the grid ... great job Fisi!

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