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  2004 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - road course.svg
Date June 20, 2004
Official name XXXIII Foster's United States Grand Prix
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
4.195 km (2.606 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 306.016 km (190.238 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:10.223
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:10.399 on lap 7
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda

The 2004 United States Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 20, 2004 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

There was a pile-up at the start of the race in turn 1, which caused Christian Klien, Felipe Massa, Giorgio Pantano, and Gianmaria Bruni to crash out and retire from the race.

A few laps later, a rear tyre on Ralf Schumacher's Williams failed, pitching his car into the concrete wall at speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h), Schumacher suffered a fractured spine. Michael Schumacher reportedly said after the race that he considered retiring from the race to see to his brother. The Safety Car was deployed to clear up the wreckage left by the Williams car and so that the medical teams could get to Ralf.

The two Ferrari drivers led the entire race. Michael Schumacher finished first, Barrichello placed second and Takuma Sato collected the only podium finish of his career when placed third. The race also saw the first ever point scored by a Hungarian driver in Formula One, with Zsolt Baumgartner finishing eighth.

The McLaren mechanics push Kimi Räikkönen's MP4-19 into the garage during qualifying.
Fernando Alonso before the race. He was unable to finish the race, due to a tyre-related problem.


Contents

Classification

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time[1] Gap
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:10.223
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:10.400 +0.177
3 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:10.601 +0.378
4 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:10.820 +0.597
5 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:11.062 +0.839
6 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:11.106 +0.883
7 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.137 +0.914
8 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:11.167 +0.944
9 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:11.185 +0.962
10 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:11.286 +1.063
11 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:11.691 +1.468
12 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.026 +1.803
13 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:12.170 +1.947
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:12.470 +2.247
15 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:12.721 +2.498
16 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:13.147 +2.924
17 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 1:13.375 +3.152
18 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:14.010 +3.787
19 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:14.812 +4.589
20 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault no time no time
Fernando Alonso driving for the Renault Formula One team during practice.
Coulthard catching Fisichella rapidly.
Button behind the wheel for BAR in practice. He retired from the race.

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 73 1:40:29.914 2 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 73 +2.950 1 8
3 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 73 +22.036 3 6
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 73 +34.544 20 5
5 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 73 +37.534 8 4
6 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1 Lap 7 3
7 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1 Lap 12 2
8 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 70 +3 Laps 19 1
NC 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 65 +8 Laps 14  
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 60 Engine 10  
DSQ 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 57 Disqualified 5  
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 40 Engine 16  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 26 Gearbox 4  
Ret 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 17 Gearbox 11  
Ret 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 9 Tyre 6  
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 8 Tyre 9  
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Collision 13  
Ret 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 15  
Ret 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 0 Collision 17  
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 0 Collision 18  

Notes

References

Previous race:
2004 Canadian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2004 season
Next race:
2004 French Grand Prix
Previous race:
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2005 United States Grand Prix

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