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2004 United States Grand Prix

  2004 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season

Date June 20 2004
Official name XXXIII Foster's United States Grand Prix
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
4.195 km (2.606 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 306.016 km (190.238 mi)
Weather Fine with temperatures reaching up to 75 °F (24 °C); wind speeds approaching speeds of 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Attendance 92,000
Pole position
Driver Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:10.223
Fastest lap
Driver Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:10.399 on lap 7
First Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third Takuma Sato BAR-Honda
Fernando Alonso before the race. He was unable to finish the race, due to a tyre-related problem.
The McLaren mechanics push Kimi Räikkönen's MP4-19 into the garage during qualifying.
Fernando Alonso during free practice.
Zsolt Baumgartner became the first Hungarian driver in Formula One to score a point.
Ralf Schumacher is attended to by Professor Sid Watkins after impacting the wall out the outside of turn 12 on lap 9.

The 2004 United States Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 20, 2004 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Rubens Barrichello started from pole from team-mate Michael Schumacher after setting a time of 1:10:223.

As the formation lap started, Juan Pablo Montoya's BMW Williams failed to start. Running to the pit lane, he was able to start in a spare car. Montoya ran most of the race and was on track for a points finish but was eventually black flagged for changing his car too late.

There was a pile-up at the start of the race in turn 1, which caused Christian Klien, Felipe Massa, Giorgio Pantano, and Gianmaria Bruni to retire from the race. The safety car was deployed and pulled in on lap six.[2]

On lap seven Fernando Alonso, in a Michelin-tyred Renault, crashed out from third place at the end of the main straight after his right rear tyre deflated.

On lap nine, the left rear tyre on Ralf Schumacher's Michelin-tyred Williams failed, pitching his car backward into the concrete wall at speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h). Schumacher remained in his car on the track for nearly two minutes before the medical car arrived, and was determined to have suffered a fractured spine. Michael Schumacher admitted after the race that he considered retiring from the race to see to his brother. The safety car was again deployed to clear up the wreckage left by the Williams car and so that the medical teams could get to Ralf.

The lead Ferrari of Michael Schumacher pitted and rejoined in the lead.

The two Ferrari drivers led the entire race. Michael Schumacher finished first, Barrichello placed second and Takuma Sato collected the only podium finish of his Formula One career when he placed third. He became only the second Japanese driver to achieve a podium finish and the last until Kamui Kobayashi finished third at the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix. The race also saw the first ever point scored by a Hungarian driver in Formula One, with Zsolt Baumgartner finishing eighth.



Pos No Driver Constructor Time[3] Gap
1 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:10.223
2 1 Michael 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 Juan Pablo 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 Cristiano 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 Giancarlo 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 Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:14.812 +4.589
20 7 Jarno Trulli Renault no time no time


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 73 1:40:29.914 2 10
2 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 73 +2.950 1 8
3 10 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 73 +22.036 3 6
4 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 73 +34.544 20 5
5 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 73 +37.534 8 4
6 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1 Lap 7 3
7 5 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1 Lap 12 2
8 21 Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 70 +3 Laps 19 1
9 11 Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 65 Hydraulics 14  
Ret 14 Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 60 Engine 10  
Ret 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 40 Engine 16  
Ret 9 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 26 Gearbox 4  
Ret 16 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 17 Collision Damage/Gearbox 11  
Ret 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 9 Tyre/Accident 6  
Ret 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 8 Tyre 9  
Ret 15 Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Collision 13  
Ret 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 15  
Ret 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 0 Collision 17  
Ret 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 0 Collision 18  
DSQ 3 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 57 Disqualified 5  

Lap leaders

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ """Weather information for the "2004 United States Grand Prix. The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  2. ^ Jones, Bruce (2005). Grand Prix 2005. Carlton. p. 82. ISBN . 
  3. ^ "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
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