Race Results 2004


Round 16 - CHINA, Shanghai - Race Results

Conditions: dry; Temperatures: track 40-34°C, air 29-27°C

Position  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops
1  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Ferrari (B)  1h 29m 12.420s 56 3
2  Jenson BUTTON  BAR Honda (M)  + 0m 01.035s 56 2
3  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 01.469s 56 3
4  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  + 0m 32.510s 56 2
5  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  Williams BMW (M)  + 0m 45.193s 56 2
6  Takuma SATO  BAR Honda (M)  + 0m 54.791s 56 2
7  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 1m 05.464s 56 3
8  Felipe MASSA  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 1m 20.080s 56 3
9  David COULTHARD  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 1m 20.619s 56 3
10  Mark WEBBER  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  + 1 lap 55 2
11  Jacques VILLENEUVE  Renault (M)  + 1 lap 55 2
12  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  + 1 lap 55 3
13  Nick HEIDFELD  Jordan Ford (B)  + 1 lap 55 2
14  Olivier PANIS  Toyota (M)  + 1 lap 55 3
15  Timo GLOCK  Jordan Ford (B)  + 1 lap 55 2
16  Zsolt BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 3 laps 53 3
 Not classified
Ret  Gianmaria BRUNI  Minardi Cosworth (B)  Front wheel came off 38 2
Ret  Ralf SCHUMACHER  Williams BMW (M)  Accident damage 37 3
Ret  Ricardo ZONTA  Toyota (M)  Gearbox 35 3
Ret  Christian KLIEN  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  Accident damage 11 1

Michael Schumacher elected to start from the pitlane, allowing a change of strategy after his qualifying spin on Saturday.

Clean start but Button away slowly, losing two places off the grid. Passes Massa quickly but it takes a little longer to get past Alonso, by lap 8, he's back to 3rd.

After 10 laps, Schumacher still down in 17th, a heavy fuel load apparently hampering his efforts to make up ground. He lunges down the inside of Klien at the chicane, banging wheels and taking the place, but bringing an end to Klien's race who retired in the pits with broken suspension.

Schumacher finally seems to have found his pace as his fuel load decreases, although he spins and recovers on the straight in the process. He pits on lap 21 having set consecutive fastest laps.

Button pits later than Barrichello and Raikkonen ahead of him, but is off the pace and falling back with a full fuel load. Is he on a different strategy?

Button takes his second stop on lap 35, confirming a 2-stop strategy. He comes out ahead of Raikkonen who has also taken his last stop but has he done enough to take the lead from Barrichello? Meanwhile Schumacher is touring into the pits with a left rear puncture - not his day!

His brother Ralf, returning from a 3 month break after his accident at Indianapolis, clashes with Coulthard and pulls into the pits with a puncture and suspected broken suspension. By the time the team had established there was no damage to the suspension, it was too late to rejoin the race. Coulthard gets a puncture as a result but manages to get back to the pits without losing too much time. The incident is under investigation by the stewards.

Barrichello, still to make his final stop, looks to have enough pace to keep the lead. Bruni's race comes to a premature end when his left front wheel parts company with his car!

Barrichello takes his final stop and comfortably keeps the lead. Button's lack of pace on a full fuel load has cost him victory, but the 2-stop strategy looks have secured 2nd. Raikkonen has other ideas however, and is closing fast in the final stages of the race.

Sato meanwhile has quietly (and invisibly as far as the TV cameras are concerned) made his way from 19th to 6th, a good result for BAR in their quest to take 2nd in the Constructors' Championship.

Barrichello takes the victory, securing 2nd place in the Drivers' Championship. Button hangs on for 2nd, Raikkonen just behind in 3rd and Alonso a distant 4th. Montoya, after a lacklustre afternoon, manages to take 5th, with the Saubers of Fisichella and Massa taking the final points in 7th and 8th respectively. Schumacher finishes a lap down in 12th, just behind Villeneuve on his return to F1 for Renault.

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