Michael Schumacher won the second race of the 2004 F1 season in searing heat of Malaysia, where he beat Juan Pablo Montoya in BMW Williams while Jenson Button finished on the podium for the first time in his F1 career.

Schumacher and Barrichello dominated in colder conditions in the first race in Australia with a dominant 1-2 victory, but in hot Malaysia, Michelin was more competitive even though Schumacher still got the pole position with six tenths advantage ahead of Webber in Jaguar who sealed his first F1 front row start.

Barrichello was the third in front of Montoya, Raikkonen, Button and Ralf Schumacher and Trulli was eighth for Renault while Alonso started 19th after his qualifing spin and was already 10th at the end of the first round.

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Schumacher kept the lead at the start, but Webber had a very bad start and fell to ninth place at the end of the first round. At the end of the first lap, Schumacher led with two seconds ahead of Barrichello who was under the huge pressure from Montoya in the BMW Williams.

The rain started to fall in the second round, but it turned out to be short lived and the track soon dried. Montoya overtook Barrichello after Brazilian made an error which was also exploited by Raikkonen.

Webber was the lightest of the leading drivers and went in the pits for the first time in the lap five, but in the lap nine  several other drivers dived into the pits including the leading Schumacher while Montoya stayed on the track for another three laps.

Button beat Raikkonen through the pitstops and the Finn later retired in the lap 40 due to a gearbox failuere while he was on his way to fourth place, showing some good pace for McLaren.

Four laps before the end of Sato retired due to engine failure while he was eighth and the team was relieved that the failure did not occur on Button’s car as he was excellent third.

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Schumacher celebrated with five-second advantage over Montoya, who set the fastest lap of the race, and Button finished third and finished the race on the podium for the first time in his F1 career.

Button had missed the best opportunity for the podium in Malaysia two years earlier when Schumacher, due to the steering issue on Button’s Renault R202, overtook him in the last corner of the last lap and made it possible to finish all 2002 F1 races on the podium (17/17).

Barrichello finished fourth, 13.6 behind Schumacher, Trulli was fifth and Coulthard sixth after having managed to resist Alonso’s pressure. Massa in Sauber won the last point, but with a lap behind the winner.

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:33.074
2 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:33.715 0.641
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:33.756 0.682
4 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:34.054 0.980
5 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.164 1.090
6 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:34.221 1.147
7 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:34.235 1.161
8 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:34.413 1.339
9 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.602 1.528
10 16 C.da Matta Toyota 1:34.917 1.843
11 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:35.039 1.965
12 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 1:35.061 1.987
13 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 1:35.158 2.084
14 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:35.617 2.543
15 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 1:36.569 3.495
16 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 1:38.577 5.503
17 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 1:39.272 6.198
18 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 1:39.902 6.828
19 8 Fernando Alonso Renault
20 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 56 1:31:07.490
2 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 56 1:31:12.512 5.022
3 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 56 1:31:19.058 11.568
4 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 56 1:31:21.106 13.616
5 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 56 1:31:44.850 37.360
6 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:32:00.588 53.098
7 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 56 1:32:15.367 1:07.877
8 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 55 1:31:27.195 1 lap
9 16 C.da Matta Toyota 55 1:31:33.594 1 lap
10 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 55 1:32:07.028 1 lap
11 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 55 1:32:24.626 1 lap
12 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 55 1:32:38.018 1 lap
13 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 54 1:32:23.137 2 laps
14 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 53 1:31:29.590 3 laps
15 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 52 1:25:54.251 Engine
16 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 52 1:31:11.143 4 laps
(3) 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 40 1:05:20.117 Transmission
(17) 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 34 58:50.006 Gearbox
(4) 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 27 44:23.259 Engine
(17) 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 23 39:32.640 Spun off

Fastest lap: Juan Pablo Montoya – 1:34.223 (lap 28)

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DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/16 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 20   10 10
2 Rubens Barrichello 13   8 5
3 Juan Pablo Montoya 12   4 8
4 Jenson Button 9   3 6
5 Fernando Alonso 8   6 2
6 Jarno Trulli 6   2 4
7 Ralf Schumacher 5   5
8 David Coulthard 4   1 3
9 Felipe Massa 1   1
10 Cristiano da Matta 0  
11 Takuma Sato 0  
12 Christian Klien 0  
12 Giancarlo Fisichella 0  
14 Olivier Panis 0  
15 Giorgio Pantano 0  
16 Gianmaria Bruni 0  
17 Zsolt Baumgartner 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 33   18 15
2 Williams/BMW 17   9 8
3 Renault 14   8 6
4 BAR/Honda 9   3 6
5 McLaren/Mercedes 4   1 3
6 Sauber/Petronas 1   1
7 Toyota 0  
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 0  
9 Jordan/Ford 0  
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

SCHUMACHER’S POLE POSITION LAP (1:33.074)

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