On this day in 2004, Michael Schumacher won his six consecutive race in the season after he started from the pole position at his home race at Hockenheim.

Michael won in Hockenheim for the 11th time in the first 12 races of the season (lost only in Monaco where Trulli won in Renault), the day after winning his seventh pole position of the season. Raikkonen in a McLaren was only a second behind Schumacher and set the fastest lap of the race when his rear wing failed in lap 13 in the first corner.

Button came from the 13th place to the second after a great fight with Fernando Alonso in Renault who finished third. Raikkonen’s 10th lap (1:13.780) was the fastest in the whole race and still the fastest race lap at this circuit.

Schumacher also made his jubilee 100th start from the first row but also the 50th consecutive race without mechanical failure (the last one he experienced was in Hockenheim in 2001 when he retired due to engine failure on a spare car).

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Photo: Ferrari

“What a weekend after yesterday’s pole position and today’s victory! I am extremely happy and have no words to describe this, I feel the emotions of the audience and have heard them when I crossed the line despite the engine noise,” Schumacher said.

“It was a tough race, I was under the pressure from Kimi, then Jenson and Fernando. I was able to keep the gap bur nor really extend it.”

“How do I feel abut 50 straight races without a mechanical failure? It is self-explanatory, it is wonderful and a result not just of the reliability but the fact that everything in the team is spot on.”

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.306
2 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:13.668 0.362
3 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:13.690 0.384
4 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:13.821 0.515
5 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:13.874 0.568
6 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:14.134 0.828
7 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:14.278 0.972
8 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:14.287 0.981
9 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:14.368 1.062
10 4 Antônio Pizzonia Williams/BMW 1:14.556 1.250
11 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:14.802 1.496
12 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 1:15.011 1.705
13 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:13.674 0.368
14 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 1:15.395 2.089
15 16 C.da Matta Toyota 1:15.454 2.148
16 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:15.616 2.310
17 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 1:16.192 2.886
18 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 1:16.310 3.004
19 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 1:18.055 4.749
20 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 1:18.400 5.094

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 66 1:23:54.848
2 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 66 1:24:03.236 8.388
3 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 66 1:24:11.199 16.351
4 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 66 1:24:14.079 19.231
5 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 66 1:24:17.903 23.055
6 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 66 1:24:35.956 41.108
7 4 Antônio Pizzonia Williams/BMW 66 1:24:36.804 41.956
8 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 66 1:24:41.690 46.842
9 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 66 1:25:01.950 1:07.102
10 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 66 1:25:03.426 1:08.578
11 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 66 1:25:05.106 1:10.258
12 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 66 1:25:08.100 1:13.252
13 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 65 1:24:15.001 1 lap
14 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 65 1:24:29.351 1 lap
15 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 63 1:23:58.555 3 laps
16 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 62 1:24:07.080 4 laps
17 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 62 1:25:09.155 4 laps
(16) 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 42 56:45.429 Retired
(12) 16 C.da Matta Toyota 38 49:13.705 Tyre
(3) 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 13 16:35.279 Wing

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen – 1:13.780 (lap 10)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 12/18 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 110   10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
2 Rubens Barrichello 74   8 5 8 3 8 6 8 8 8 6 6
3 Jenson Button 61   3 6 6 8 1 8 6 6 4 5 8
4 Jarno Trulli 46   2 4 5 4 6 10 5 5 5
5 Fernando Alonso 39   6 2 3 5 5 4 8 6
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 33   4 8 6 5 1 1 4 4
7 David Coulthard 19   1 3 3 2 3 2 5
8 Kimi Räikkönen 18   1 4 3 2 8
9 Takuma Sato 15   4 4 6 1
10 Giancarlo Fisichella 13   2 3 5 3
11 Ralf Schumacher 12   5 2 2 3
12 Mark Webber 7   1 2 1 3
13 Felipe Massa 5   1 4
14 Olivier Panis 5   1 4
15 Cristiano da Matta 3   3
16 Nick Heidfeld 3   2 1
17 Timo Glock 2   2
18 Antônio Pizzonia 2   2
19 Zsolt Baumgartner 1   1
20 Christian Klien 0  
21 Marc Gené 0  
22 Giorgio Pantano 0  
23 Gianmaria Bruni 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 184   18 15 18 13 18 6 18 18 18 16 16 10
2 Renault 85   8 6 8 9 11 10 9 5 13 6
3 BAR/Honda 76   3 6 10 8 5 8 6 6 6 4 5 9
4 Williams/BMW 47   9 8 2 8 3 5 1 1 4 6
5 McLaren/Mercedes 37   1 3 1 7 5 5 10 5
6 Sauber/Petronas 18   1 2 4 3 5 3
7 Toyota 8   4 4
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 7   1 2 1 3
9 Jordan/Ford 5   2 3
10 Minardi/Cosworth 1   1
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