On this day in 2004 Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello led a dominant Ferrari 1-2 in the first ever Bahrain GP after securing a front row lockout for the Maranello team.

Bahrain was the third race of the championships that for the first time in history had 18 races, but new track brought no change at the top.

Michael Schumacher convincingly won his third pole position in three race in 2004 (1:30.139), which was 58th in his career), 0.391 seconds ahead of his team mate Barrichello, 0.442 s in front of Montoya in Williams and 0.494 s in front of his brother Ralf in second Williams.

Fifth and sixth at the start were BAR Honda drivers Sato and Button with about seven tenths of a second behind dominant Schumacher.

Schumacher and Barrichello kept their lead and sealed a convincing 1-2 victory for Ferrari, 26 seconds ahead of Button while Schumacher also set the fastest lap of the race (1:30.252), which was only one tenth of a second slower than his pole position lap.

Button finished third for BAR Honda, Trulli fourth for Renault, and fifth was Sato in second BAR Honda 006. Alonso finished sixth from 16th place ahead of Ralf Schumacher in Williams and Webber in Jaguar who scored the last point.

Montoya had a disappointing race that he finished in 13th place with a lap behind, and McLaren was the only team to retire its both cars due to engine problems. Apart from Raikkonen and Coulthard, only Baumgartner retired for Minardi.

STARTING GRID

11M.SchumacherFerrari1:30.139
22R.BarrichelloFerrari1:30.5300.391
33J.P.MontoyaWilliams/BMW1:30.5810.442
44Ralf SchumacherWilliams/BMW1:30.6330.494
510Takuma SatoBAR/Honda1:30.8270.688
69Jenson ButtonBAR/Honda1:30.8560.717
77Jarno TrulliRenault1:30.9710.832
817Olivier PanisToyota1:31.6861.547
916C.da MattaToyota1:31.7171.578
105David CoulthardMcLaren/Mercedes1:31.7191.580
1111G.FisichellaSauber/Petronas1:31.7311.592
1215Christian KlienJaguar/Cosworth1:32.3322.193
1312Felipe MassaSauber/Petronas1:32.5362.397
1414Mark WebberJaguar/Cosworth1:32.6252.486
1519Giorgio PantanoJordan/Ford1:34.1053.966
168Fernando AlonsoRenault1:34.1303.991
1720Gianmaria BruniMinardi/Cosworth1:34.5844.445
  Pitlane start
1818Nick HeidfeldJordan/Ford1:33.5063.367
196Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren/Mercedes
2021Z.BaumgartnerMinardi/Cosworth1:35.7875.648

RACE RESULTS

11M.SchumacherFerrari571:28:34.875 
22R.BarrichelloFerrari571:28:36.2421.367
39Jenson ButtonBAR/Honda571:29:01.56226.687
47Jarno TrulliRenault571:29:07.08932.214
510Takuma SatoBAR/Honda571:29:27.33552.460
68Fernando AlonsoRenault571:29:28.03153.156
74Ralf SchumacherWilliams/BMW571:29:33.03058.155
814Mark WebberJaguar/Cosworth561:28:39.2551 lap
917Olivier PanisToyota561:28:41.2501 lap
1016C.da MattaToyota561:28:53.5151 lap
1111G.FisichellaSauber/Petronas561:28:54.5151 lap
1212Felipe MassaSauber/Petronas561:28:59.1641 lap
133J.P.MontoyaWilliams/BMW561:29:09.3331 lap
1415Christian KlienJaguar/Cosworth561:29:24.6511 lap
1518Nick HeidfeldJordan/Ford561:29:45.3821 lap
1619Giorgio PantanoJordan/Ford551:28:50.5512 laps
1720Gianmaria BruniMinardi/Cosworth521:30:00.1295 laps
 
(9)5David CoulthardMcLaren/Mercedes501:18:55.708Engine
(18)21Z.BaumgartnerMinardi/Cosworth441:12:02.526Engine
(11)6Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren/Mercedes711:10.116Engine

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 3/19 RACES

1Michael Schumacher30  101010
2Rubens Barrichello21  858
3Jenson Button15  366
4Juan Pablo Montoya12  48
5Fernando Alonso11  623
6Jarno Trulli11  245
7Ralf Schumacher7  52
8Takuma Sato4  4
9David Coulthard4  13
10Felipe Massa1  1
11Mark Webber1  1
12Cristiano da Matta0  
13Olivier Panis0  
14Giancarlo Fisichella0  
15Christian Klien0  
16Giorgio Pantano0  
17Gianmaria Bruni0  
18Nick Heidfeld0  
19Zsolt Baumgartner0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1Ferrari51  181518
2Renault22  868
3Williams/BMW19  982
4BAR/Honda19  3610
5McLaren/Mercedes4  13
6Sauber/Petronas1  1
7Jaguar/Cosworth1  1
8Toyota0  
9Jordan/Ford0  
10Minardi/Cosworth0  
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