2004_United_States_Grand_Prix

2004 United States Grand Prix

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

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 crash out and retire from the race.

A few laps later, a rear tyre on Ralf Schumacher's Williams failed, pitching his car into a brick wall at speeds of up to 180mph, Schumacher suffered a fractured spine. Michael Schumacher reportedly said after the race that he considered retiring from the race to see to his brother. The Safety Car was deployed to clear up the wreckage left by the Williams car and so that the medical teams could get to Ralf.

The two Ferrari drivers led the entire race. Michael Schumacher finished first, Barrichello placed second and Takuma Sato collected his first podium finish of his career when placing third. The race also saw the first ever point scored by a Hungarian driver in Formula One, with Zsolt Baumgartner finishing eighth.

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Classification

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 +8 Laps 14  
Ret 14 Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 60 Engine 10  
DSQ 3 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 57 Disqualified 5  
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 Gearbox 11  
Ret 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 9 Tyre 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  

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