Michael Schumacher secured his 76th victory and sixth in the first seven races of the 2004 F1 season in his 200th appearance in Formula 1 while second places Rubens Barrichello rounded the fourth 1-2 for Ferrari in 2004.

After Trulli interrupted Schumacher’s winning streak at the start of the season, Germans returned to his old habits on his home race at Nurburgring and secured a convincing pole position with six tenths advantage ahead of Sato in BAR Honda, which was the first front row start in his F1 career.

Schumacher had a very light fuel load and kept the lead at the start, but entered the pits already in the eighth round which clearly indicated that he was on the three stop strategy. Sato was also on the same strategy, but he had more fuel and pitted in lap 12.

Raikkonen started well from the fourth place behind Schumacher, Sato and Trulli and was second at the end of the first lap, which was a good thing for Schumacher because he held Alonso, who was third behind Schumacher and Raikkonen. After an exceptionally short first stint from eight laps, Schumacher had more than 17 seconds ahead of Raikkonen and returned in sixth place after his first pitstop.

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Raikkonen has already retired in lap 9 due to the Mercedes engine failure that had a new piston specification for that race while his team-mate Coulthard also retired in the lap 25, also due to the engine.

Barrichello was only seventh in qualifying with heavier car (fifth at the end of the first lap), but he was on a two stop strategy (pitted in laps 15 and 38), while Schumacher pitted in the laps 8, 28 and 44.

Schumacher has easily won with 17.989 seconds ahead of Barrichello and Button in BAR Honda who beat Monaco GP winner Trulli in Renault for more than half a minute.

Sato retired in lap 47 due to a Honda engine failure after leading for two laps for the first time in his F1 career.

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:28.351
2 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:28.986 0.635
3 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:29.135 0.784
4 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:29.137 0.786
5 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:29.245 0.894
6 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:29.313 0.962
7 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:29.353 1.002
8 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:29.354 1.003
9 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:29.459 1.108
10 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:29.697 1.346
11 16 C.da Matta Toyota 1:29.706 1.355
12 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 1:31.431 3.080
13 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 1:31.604 3.253
14 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:31.797 3.446
15 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 1:31.979 3.628
16 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:31.982 3.631
17 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 1:34.398 6.047
18 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas
19 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth
20 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes

RACE RESULTS

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1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 60 1:32:35.101
2 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 60 1:32:53.090 17.989
3 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 60 1:32:57.634 22.533
4 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 60 1:33:28.774 53.673
5 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 60 1:33:36.088 1:00.987
6 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 60 1:33:48.549 1:13.448
7 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 60 1:33:51.307 1:16.206
8 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 59 1:32:46.774 1 lap
9 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 59 1:33:16.843 1 lap
10 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 59 1:33:17.176 1 lap
11 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 59 1:33:43.733 1 lap
12 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 59 1:34:16.086 1 lap
13 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 58 1:33:06.003 2 laps
14 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 57 1:33:28.380 3 laps
15 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 57 1:33:50.760 3 laps
(5) 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 47 1:13:27.792 Engine
(7) 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 25 39:26.125 Engine
(5) 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 9 13:57.943 Engine
4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 0 Collision
16 C.da Matta Toyota 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:29.468 (lap 7)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7/18 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 60   10 10 10 10 10 10
2 Rubens Barrichello 46   8 5 8 3 8 6 8
3 Jenson Button 38   3 6 6 8 1 8 6
4 Jarno Trulli 36   2 4 5 4 6 10 5
5 Fernando Alonso 25   6 2 3 5 5 4
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 24   4 8 6 5 1
7 Ralf Schumacher 12   5 2 2 3
8 Takuma Sato 8   4 4
9 Felipe Massa 5   1 4
10 Giancarlo Fisichella 5   2 3
11 David Coulthard 4   1 3
12 Cristiano da Matta 3   3
13 Mark Webber 3   1 2
14 Nick Heidfeld 2   2
15 Olivier Panis 1   1
16 Kimi Räikkönen 1   1
17 Zsolt Baumgartner 0  
18 Christian Klien 0  
19 Giorgio Pantano 0  
20 Gianmaria Bruni 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 106   18 15 18 13 18 6 18
2 Renault 61   8 6 8 9 11 10 9
3 BAR/Honda 46   3 6 10 8 5 8 6
4 Williams/BMW 36   9 8 2 8 3 5 1
5 Sauber/Petronas 10   1 2 4 3
6 McLaren/Mercedes 5   1 3 1
7 Toyota 4   4
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 3   1 2
9 Jordan/Ford 2   2
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

RACE – Part 1

RACE – Part 2

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