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The 2004 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on March 7, 2004 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuitmarker. Michael Schumacher won the race for Ferrari from pole position in a very dominant fashion, with his team-mate Rubens Barrichello finishing behind him in second. This one-two finish gave Ferrari a strong 9 point lead in the constructors' standings after just one race. Williams, Renaultmarker and BAR gathered points together, while McLarenmarker, a team that had enjoyed success in years preceding this only managed one point, with David Coulthard finishing a lapped 8th.


Qualifying resulted in a Ferrari one-two, with Juan Pablo Montoya 3rd on the grid for Williams. Gianmaria Bruni, Christian Klien and Olivier Panis all failed to set a qualifying time.

The race proved that Ferrari once again had a dominant car, with Michael Schumacher winning from team-mate Rubens Barrichello, while the rest of the field was over 20 seconds behind. Schumacher led every one of the 58 race laps. At the start, Montoya was jumped by the Renaultmarker of Fernando Alonso. Montoya attempted to regain the place by going around the outside of the Spaniard into the first turn, but outbraked himself and ran wide. This dropped him behind his team-mate Ralf Schumacher, who'd qualified 8th. Despite repassing Ralf Schumacher on-track, the Colombian ended up behind him again by the race's end in 5th place.

Fernando Alonso gave Renault a podium with 3rd place, while Jenson Button got BAR off the mark with 6th. Jarno Trulli finished 7th in the Renault and was the first lapped runner. McLarenmarker seemed to be less competitive than in recent years, with Kimi Räikkönen becoming the first retirement of the year, dropping out with an engine problem, and with David Coulthard picking up just 1 point in 8th place. They had only qualified in the mid-field, with Räikkönen and Coulthard 10th and 12th respectively.

Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella had a long battle for position in the midfield with Jordan's Nick Heidfeld. Fisichella passed Heidfeld, who later dropped out of the race with a transmission failure.

Other retirements were Zsolt Baumgartner (Minardi), Mark Webber (Jaguar) and Felipe Massa (Sauber). Mark Webber qualified in 6th place, and was running in the race with the Williams and BAR teams, but he suffered a transmission failure on lap 29. Felipe Massa survived a full 360 degree-spin before pulling off with a blown engine.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 1:24:15.757 1 10
2 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 58 +13.605 2 8
3 8 Fernando Alonso Renaultmarker 58 +34.673 5 6
4 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 58 +1:00.423 8 5
5 3 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 58 +1:08.536 3 4
6 9 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 58 +1:10.598 4 3
7 7 Jarno Trulli Renaultmarker 57 +1 Lap 9 2
8 5 David Coulthard McLarenmarker-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 12 1
9 10 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 57 +1 Lap 7
10 11 Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 57 +1 Lap 14
11 15 Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 19
12 16 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 56 +2 Laps 13
13 17 Olivier Panis Toyota 56 +2 Laps 18
14 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 55 +3 Laps 16
Ret 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 44 Engine 11
Ret 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 43 Transmission 15
NC 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 43 Not Classified 20
Ret 14 Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 29 Transmission 6
Ret 21 Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 13 Electrical 17
Ret 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLarenmarker-Mercedes 9 Engine 10



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  2. "2004 Australian Grand Prix starting grid" Retrieved 28 December 2007
  3. "Dominant Australian GP win for Schumacher" Retrieved 28 December 2007

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