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Monaco  2004 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season
Monte Carlo Formula 1 track map.svg
Date May 23, 2004
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.34 km (2.075 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 257.18 km (159.775 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Italy Jarno Trulli Renault
Time 1:13.985
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:14.439 on lap 23
Podium
First Italy Jarno Trulli Renault
Second United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR Honda
Third Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2004 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 23, 2004 at the Circuit de Monaco.

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Summary

One of the most eventful races of the 2004 season, the Monaco Grand Prix saw Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher qualify in fourth place (his time was actually fifth best; his brother Ralf qualified second, but was dropped ten places as a penalty for changing engines). Italian Renault driver Jarno Trulli took his first pole position and made it his first race win, breaking the elder Schumacher's streak of race wins.

Michael Schumacher and Takuma Sato, in qualifying, en route to setting the fifth and eighth best times respectively

The race began with Trulli on pole and BAR's Jenson Button behind; Renault's Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher occupied the second row. After two aborted starts (Olivier Panis stalled his Toyota and Trulli's Renault leaked coolant onto the track) the parade lap began; Panis stalled again and started the race from the pits. As the race began, BAR's Takuma Sato made an excellent start, moving from eighth to fourth in seconds. Presently Sato's engine began smoking; on the third lap, it exploded spectacularly and released an enormous cloud of smoke, in which Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella collided with McLaren’s David Coulthard and overturned. Both drivers were unhurt but out of the race, as was Sato.

Out came the yellow flags, and the race proceeded under the safety car until the eighth lap, at which point Alonso fought Trulli for the lead, followed by Button. When the race restarted, Juan Pablo Montoya moved past Rubens Barrichello to take sixth position, and Trulli set three consecutive fastest laps, but was only able to increase his lead to 1.2 seconds over Alonso. The leaders began their first pit stops on lap 18, and by Michael Schumacher's stop on lap 26, Trulli led from Alonso, with Schumacher now in third ahead of both Kimi Räikkönen and Button.

On lap 28, Räikkönen retired with mechanical troubles, joining Jaguar's Christian Klien and Mark Webber, as well as Jordan's Giorgio Pantano and Minardi's Gianmaria Bruni on the sidelines.

In an attempt to lap Ralf Schumacher, who was down in 11th position, Alonso got offline and crashed heavily in the tunnel. Alonso was enraged by this incident, and publicly accused Ralf of dangerous driving. The safety car was immediately deployed, and all of the front-runners (except Michael Schumacher and Montoya) took the opportunity to pit. As the safety car prepares to pit for the race restart, it is common for the lead driver to slow down, to bunch up the field and choose the opportunity to accelerate to the starting line. It is also common for drivers to swerve back and forth, accelerate and decelerate rapidly to impart heat into their brakes and tires. Montoya (who was a lap down) seemed to be watching his mirrors and not what was happening in front of him as they entered the tunnel. Schumacher suddenly slowed in the tunnel, Montoya swerved to the inside of the turn ran into the back of Schumacher, pushing the F2004 sideways and into the wall. This accident ended Schumacher's hopes for a sixth consecutive victory and a perfect season.

As the order settled down towards the end of the race, Trulli led from Button, with Barrichello in third. The top three were a lap in front of the rest of the field, and the only drivers with a chance of winning the race. Barrichello needed to pit with 22 laps remaining, and rejoined too far behind the top two in order to make a challenge. From then on, it was a straight fight between Trulli and Button, but Monaco is notoriously the hardest circuit to make a passing move on. Therefore, Button having no chance of passing, Trulli took the win by close to half a second.

Thursday Drivers

Constructor Nat Driver
BAR-Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Sauber-Petronas -
Jaguar-Cosworth Sweden Björn Wirdheim
Toyota Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Jordan-Ford Germany Timo Glock
Minardi-Cosworth Belgium Bas Leinders

Classification

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time[1] Gap
1 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.985
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:14.345 +0.360
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:14.396 +0.411
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:14.408 +0.423
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.516 +0.531
6 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.592 +0.607
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:14.716 +0.731
8 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:14.827 +0.842
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.951 +0.966
10 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:15.039 +1.054
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:15.352 +1.367
12 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.725 +1.740
13 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:15.859 +1.874
14 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.919 +1.934
15 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:16.169 +2.184
16 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:16.248 +2.263
17 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:16.488 +2.503
18 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 1:17.443 +3,458
19 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:20.060 +6.075
20 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:20.115 +6.130

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 77 1:45:46.601 1 10
2 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 77 +0.497 2 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 77 +1:15.766 6 6
4 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 76 +1 Lap 9 5
5 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 76 +1 Lap 16 4
6 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 76 +1 Lap 15 3
7 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 75 +2 Laps 17 2
8 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 74 +3 Laps 13 1
9 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 71 +6 Laps 19  
10 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 69 Gearbox 12  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 45 Collision 4  
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 41 Accident 3  
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 27 Pneumatics 5  
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 15 Gearbox 20  
Ret 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 12 Transmission 18  
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 11 Gearbox 11  
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 2 Engine 7  
Ret 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 2 Collision 8  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 2 Collision 10  
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Accident 14  

Notes

References

Previous race:
2004 Spanish Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2004 season
Next race:
2004 European Grand Prix
Previous race:
2003 Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix Next race:
2005 Monaco Grand Prix

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