F1 » 30 May 2004
Europe 2004 - Too easy for Schumacher.
Sadly for Sato's afternoon - which had been filled by one of his finest F1 drives to date - the move was never quite on, the BAR coming from too far back and at too acute an angle to make the pass stick. Barrichello, undoubtedly unsighted as to what his rival was trying, claimed his line, with Sato's car coming off worst in the ensuing contact, its front wing folding under the wheels before being spat out to the extreme edge of the road.
As Button inherited the final podium spot, Sato returned to the pits for a slightly tardy change of nose, but it mattered little for the Japanese star, as his Honda engine reprised the show put on by its sister at Monaco, leaving him frustrated and dejected as the final retiree.
Button again tried to close the gap to Barrichello but, even with their main rival now on the sidelines and allowing them to back off, the two Ferraris remained out of reach, some 27secs separating red from white at the chequered flag. The two Renaults followed a similar distance behind, again taking two handfuls of points, while Fisichella defied the odds by claiming another three marks despite starting from the very back row. Webber, his tyres wearing more than most, gave Jaguar a fillip after its Monaco debacle by holding off the lapped Montoya to the end.
None had answer to the man out front, however, as Schumacher showed his home fans just what the opening five rounds had been about.
1. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 60 laps 1hr 32min 35.101secs
2. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +17.989secs
3. Jenson Button Britain BAR-Honda +22.533secs
4. Jarno Trulli Italy Renault-Renault +53.673secs
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault +1m 00.987secs
6. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Sauber-Petronas +1m 13.448secs
7. Mark Webber Australia Jaguar-Cosworth +1m 16.206secs
8. Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW +1 lap
9. Felipe Massa Brazil Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
10. Nick Heidfeld Italy Jordan-Ford +1 lap
11. Olivier Panis France Toyota-Toyota +1 lap
12. Christian Klien Austria Jaguar-Cosworth +1 lap
13. Giorgio Pantano Italy Jordan-Ford +3 laps
14. Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Cosworth +3 laps
15. Zsolt Baumgartner Hungary Minardi-Cosworth +3 laps
Rtd Takuma Sato Japan BAR-Honda 47 laps completed
Rtd David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes 25 laps completed
Rtd Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 9 laps completed
Rtd Ralf Schumacher Germany Williams-BMW 0 laps completed
Rtd Cristiano da Matta Brazil Toyota-Toyota 0 laps completed
Michael Schumacher Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 29.468secs
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