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2004 Monaco Grand Prix

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The 2004 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held from May 20 to May 23 at the Circuit de Monaco.

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One of the most eventful races of the 2004 season, the Monaco Grand Prix saw Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher qualify in fourth place (his time was actually fifth best; his brother Ralf qualified second, but was dropped ten places as a penalty for changing engines). Italian Renault driver Jarno Trulli took his first pole position and made it his first race win, breaking the elder Schumacher's streak of race wins.

The race began with Trulli on pole and BAR's Jenson Button behind; Renault's Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher occupied the second row. After two aborted starts (Olivier Panis stalled his Toyota and Trulli's Renault leaked coolant onto the track) the parade lap began; Panis stalled again and started the race from the pits. As the race began, BAR's Takuma Sato made an excellent start, moving from eighth to fourth in seconds. Presently Sato's engine began smoking; on the third lap, it exploded spectacularly and released an enormous cloud of smoke, in which Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella collided with McLaren's David Coulthard and overturned several times. Both drivers were unhurt but out of the race, as was Sato.

Out came the yellow flags, and the race proceeded under the safety car until the eighth lap, at which point Alonso fought Trulli for the lead, followed by Button. When the race restarted, Juan Pablo Montoya moved past Rubens Barrichello to take sixth position, and Trulli set three consecutive fastest laps, but was only able to increase his lead to 1.2 seconds over Alonso. The leaders began their first pit stops on lap 18, and by Michael Schumacher's stop on lap 26, Trulli led from Alonso, with Schumacher now in third ahead of both Kimi Räikkönen and Button.

On lap 28, Räikkönen retired with mechanical troubles, joining Jaguar's Christian Klien and Mark Webber, as well as Jordan's Giorgio Pantano and Minardi's Gianmaria Bruni on the sidelines.

In an attempt to lap Ralf Schumacher, who was down in 11th position, Alonso got offline and crashed heavily in the tunnel. The safety car was immediately deployed, and all of the front-runners (except Michael Schumacher and Montoya) took the opportunity to pit. As the safety car prepared to pit for the race restart, Schumacher suddenly slowed in the tunnel, briefly locking his car's brakes; Schumacher and Montoya collided, pushing the F2004 into the tunnel wall, ending Schumacher's hopes for a sixth consecutive victory and a perfect season.

As the order settled down towards the end of the race, Trulli led from Button, with Barrichello in third. The top three were a lap in front of the rest of the field, and the only drivers with a chance of winning the race. Barrichello needed to pit with 22 laps remaining, and rejoined too far behind the top two in order to make a challenge. From then on, it was a straight fight between Trulli and Button, but Monaco is notoriously the hardest circuit to make a passing move on, and Button could not find a way past, leaving Trulli to take his maiden victory.

Classification

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 77 45:47.3 1 10
2 9 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 77 +0.4 s 2 8
3 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 77 +75.7 s 6 6
4 3 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 76 +1 Lap 9 5
5 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 76 +1 Lap 16 4
6 16 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 76 +1 Lap 15 3
7 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 75 +2 Laps 17 2
8 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 74 +3 Laps 13 1
9 21 Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 71 +6 Laps 19  
10 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 69 Gearbox 12  
Ret 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 45 Accident 4  
Ret 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 41 Accident 3  
Ret 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 27 Pneumatics 5  
Ret 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 15 Gearbox 20  
Ret 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 12 Transmission 18  
Ret 14 Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 11 Loss of drive 11  
Ret 10 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 2 Engine 7  
Ret 5 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 2 Accident 8  
Ret 11 Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 2 Accident 10  
Ret 15 Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Accident 14  

Notes

Template:F1 race reportfr:Grand Prix automobile de Monaco 2004 es:Gran Premio de Mónaco de 2004 sv:Monacos Grand Prix 2004

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