Michael Schumacher has taken a pole position and victory on this day in 2004 after a powerful typhoon Ma-on struck Japan and postponed qualifying on Sunday morning.

The seven-time world champion has convincingly won his eighth pole position of the season with half a second ahead of his brother Ralf in the BMW Williams and 1.1 seconds ahead of third-placed Webber while the fourth and fifth were BAR Honda drivers Sato and Button with 1.4 and 1.7 seconds behind.

Although Ralf initially followed Michael, the Ferrari driver had been in the forefront of his younger brother and convincingly won from the pole position with 14 seconds advantage while the third Button delayed 20 seconds for the winner.

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Start of the 2004 Japanese GP

It was the fourth and last time that the Schumacher brothers took the first two places on the podium after Canada and France in 2001, Brazil in 2002 and Canada in 2003.

The BAR Honda drivers finished third and fourth, third race in a row to win 11 points, which was their highest score in a 2004 race.

Schumacher sealed seventh title three races earlier in Belgium and victory in Japan was his 13th and last of the season as Juan Pablo Montoya celebrated in the last race in Brazil.

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Michael Schumacher celebrates his record 13th victory in 2004
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