Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello gave Ferrari their sixth 1-2 victory in the first nine races of the 2004 F1 season and Takuma Sato finished on the podium for the first and only time in F1, but the race will be remembered for the big crash for Ralf Schumacher after Michelin tyre failure.

Schumacher celebrated in eight of the first nine races of the season, with DNF in Monaco, and in qualifying Barrichello made a little surprise by winning his first pole position of the season (he later won three more in Italy, China and Brazil). Michael’s gap was 0.177 seconds.

Behind the Ferrari in the first row there were two BAR Honda drivers Sato and Button and two Williams drivers Montoya and Ralf while Kimi Raikkonen was in competitive seventh after the disastrous start of the season for McLaren.

Barrichello kept the lead in front of Schumacher, but a safety car came out on after a start collision involving five drivers, four of whom retired.

USA GP Indianapolis F1 2004 start of the race Photo Ferrari
Start of the 2004 USA GP (Photo: Ferrari)

At a resumed start, Schumacher overtook Barrichello and won the race, though the Brazilian came close to him in the final stage of the race.

Takuma Sato finished third and won his first and only podium in Formula 1, Jarno Trulli was fourth for Renault, Olivier Panis fifth for Toyota and McLaren drivers Raikkonen and Coulthard were sixth and seventh.

The last point was won by Hungarian Zsolt Baumgatner in Minardi as the last finisher.

Michelin didn’t learn the lesson

The race was definitely marked by the failures of Michelin tyres that were announcing what would happen to the US GP in 2005. First victim was Fernando Alonso in Renault who had a failure at the end of the main straight while just moments later Ralf Schumacher crashed into the wall at the final corner after another Michelin blowout.

Despite walking away from the accident, Ralf missed the next six races and returned in the Chinese GP.

STARTING GRID

1 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:10.223
2 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:10.400 0.177
3 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:10.601 0.378
4 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:10.820 0.597
5 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:11.062 0.839
6 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:11.106 0.883
7 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:11.137 0.914
8 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:11.167 0.944
9 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:11.185 0.962
10 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:11.286 1.063
11 16 C.da Matta Toyota 1:11.691 1.468
12 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:12.026 1.803
13 15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 1:12.170 1.947
14 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 1:12.470 2.247
15 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:12.721 2.498
16 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 1:13.147 2.924
17 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 1:13.375 3.152
18 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 1:14.010 3.787
19 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 1:14.812 4.589
20 7 Jarno Trulli Renault

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 73 1:40:29.914
2 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 73 1:40:32.864 2.950
3 10 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 73 1:40:51.950 22.036
4 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 73 1:41:04.458 34.544
5 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 73 1:41:07.448 37.534
6 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 72 1:40:57.710 1 Lap
7 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 72 1:41:24.532 1 Lap
8 21 Z.Baumgartner Minardi/Cosworth 70 1:40:44.850 3 Laps
9 11 G.Fisichella Sauber/Petronas 65 1:34:00.119 Hydraulics
(6) 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 60 1:26:06.270 Oil leak
(5) 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 57 1:21:43.514 Disqualified
(11) 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan/Ford 43 1:05:42.905 Engine
(12) 9 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 26 44:11.192 Gearbox
(12) 16 C.da Matta Toyota 17 31:45.019 Gearbox
(6) 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 9 14:43.278 Accident
(3) 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 8 13:27.097 Accident
15 Christian Klien Jaguar/Cosworth 0 Collision
12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 0 Collision
19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan/Ford 0 Collision
20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi/Cosworth 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Rubens Barrichello – 1:10.399 (lap 7)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 9/18 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 80   10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
2 Rubens Barrichello 62   8 5 8 3 8 6 8 8 8
3 Jenson Button 44   3 6 6 8 1 8 6 6
4 Jarno Trulli 41   2 4 5 4 6 10 5 5
5 Fernando Alonso 25   6 2 3 5 5 4
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 24   4 8 6 5 1
7 Takuma Sato 14   4 4 6
8 Ralf Schumacher 12   5 2 2 3
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 10   2 3 5
10 David Coulthard 9   1 3 3 2
11 Kimi Räikkönen 8   1 4 3
12 Felipe Massa 5   1 4
13 Olivier Panis 5   1 4
14 Cristiano da Matta 3   3
15 Nick Heidfeld 3   2 1
16 Mark Webber 3   1 2
17 Timo Glock 2   2
18 Zsolt Baumgartner 1   1
19 Christian Klien 0  
20 Giorgio Pantano 0  
21 Gianmaria Bruni 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 142   18 15 18 13 18 6 18 18 18
2 Renault 66   8 6 8 9 11 10 9 5
3 BAR/Honda 58   3 6 10 8 5 8 6 6 6
4 Williams/BMW 36   9 8 2 8 3 5 1
5 McLaren/Mercedes 17   1 3 1 7 5
6 Sauber/Petronas 15   1 2 4 3 5
7 Toyota 8   4 4
8 Jordan/Ford 5   2 3
9 Jaguar/Cosworth 3   1 2
10 Minardi/Cosworth 1   1

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