Michael Schumacher won for the fifth consecutive time at the start of the 2004 F1 season, day after winning the fourth pole position in 2004 and thus equating the 12-year-old record of Nigel Mansell who also won first five races of the season.

It was his 200th GP start, race victory number 75 and fastest lap number 60.

After Jenson Button beat him in Imola qualifying and won his first career pole, Schumacher convincingly won the pole position in Barcelona ahead of Montoya (+0.617) and Sato (+0.787) while Button made a mistake in the fast Turn 9, went off the track and started just 14.

Trulli has qualified fourth in Renault and Barrichello fifth in second Ferrari with more fuel onboard as the Brazilian was on a two stop strategy while the drivers ahead of him were on a three stop strategy.

Trulli had a fantastic start from the fourth place and took the lead which he held until the end of the ninth lap when he first entered the pits while Schumacher pitted lap latter and returned ahead of him.

Schumacher had a problem with a cracked exhaust during the race, but managed to reach the finish line and keep the first place in front of two stopping Barrichello and Trulli.

Fernando Alonso failed to repeat last year’s performance when he splitted the Ferraris and finished fourth behind his teammate while Takuma Sato finished fifth in BAR Honda.

Ralf Schumacher won the only points for Williams in sixth place after Montoya retired in lap 46 due to brake problems while Fisichella finished seventh in Sauber Ferrari. The final point was won by Jenson Button in a race where he should compete for the podium.

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.022
2 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:15.639 0.617
3 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:15.809 0.787
4 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:16.144 1.122
5 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:16.272 1.250
6 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:16.293 1.271
7 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:16.313 1.291
8 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:16.422 1.400
9 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:16.514 1.492
10 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:16.636 1.614
11 16 C.da Matta Toyota 1:17.038 2.016
12 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 1:17.444 2.422
13 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.445 2.423
14 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:17.575 2.553
15 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 1:17.802 2.780
16 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 1:17.812 2.790
17 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:17.866 2.844
18 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 1:19.817 4.795
19 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 1:20.607 5.585
20 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 1:21.470 6.448

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 66 1:27:32.841
2 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 66 1:27:46.131 13.290
3 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 66 1:28:05.135 32.294
4 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 66 1:28:05.793 32.952
5 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 66 1:28:15.168 42.327
6 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 66 1:28:46.645 1:13.804
7 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 66 1:28:49.949 1:17.108
8 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 65 1:27:40.536 1 lap
9 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 65 1:27:57.220 1 lap
10 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 65 1:28:14.419 1 lap
11 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 65 1:28:17.262 1 lap
12 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 65 1:28:17.539 1 lap
13 16 C.da Matta Toyota 65 1:28:23.263 1 lap
(14) 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 51 1:11:17.704 Hydraulics
(8) 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 46 1:02:19.938 Brakes
(15) 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 43 58:52.203 Throttle
(14) 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 33 45:18.994 Hydraulics
(17) 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 33 45:30.426 Hydraulics
(19) 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 31 44:28.507 Brakes
(20) 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 17 24:31.705 Spun off

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:17.450 (lap 12)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 5/18 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 50   10 10 10 10 10
2 Rubens Barrichello 32   8 5 8 3 8
3 Jenson Button 24   3 6 6 8 1
4 Fernando Alonso 21   6 2 3 5 5
5 Jarno Trulli 21   2 4 5 4 6
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 18   4 8 6
7 Ralf Schumacher 12   5 2 2 3
8 Takuma Sato 8   4 4
9 David Coulthard 4   1 3
10 Giancarlo Fisichella 2   2
11 Felipe Massa 1   1
12 Kimi Räikkönen 1   1
13 Mark Webber 1   1
14 Cristiano da Matta 0  
15 Olivier Panis 0  
16 Christian Klien 0  
17 Giorgio Pantano 0  
18 Gianmaria Bruni 0  
19 Zsolt Baumgartner 0  
20 Nick Heidfeld 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 82   18 15 18 13 18
2 Renault 42   8 6 8 9 11
3 BAR/Honda 32   3 6 10 8 5
4 Williams/BMW 30   9 8 2 8 3
5 McLaren/Mercedes 5   1 3 1
6 Sauber/Petronas 3   1 2
7 Jaguar/Cosworth 1   1
8 Toyota 0  
9 Jordan/Ford 0  
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

FULL RACE – Part 1

FULL RACE – Part 2

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