15 August 2004
Hungary 2004: Ferrari 1-2 seals constructors'.
"We came here with the objective of consolidating our championship position and in fact we have edged a fraction closer to Renault; held station with Williams, and pulled away even further from McLaren," he noted. "So we have to be pleased, even though the race itself was somewhat disappointing. However, we have achieved our second two car points finish in a row, and that is a much better performance than we have seen all season. With that in mind, and with five races to go, I have the feeling that we are going to be a strong contender all the way to the end however one can't help but admire and congratulate Ferrari for their superb performance. This serves as a stark reminder of how hard we have to work to get to the very top."
Antonio Pizzonia was seventh, as he again stood in for the injured Ralf Schumacher, while the final point went to Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella. The Italian, who will join Renault in 2005, was satisfied with his performance.
"The race went almost exactly the way I expected it to, right down to the start! It was a good race for me, and even though one point isn't really enough it was still good to score it," he noted. "The car had very good pace and balance, and the sole problem was the tyres graining two or three laps after each pit stop, but that cleared up after five or six laps. I did my best and really pushed, and I didn't make any mistakes, so I am pleased with myself and the teamwork and now I'm really looking forward to Spa."
David Coulthard and Mark Webber completed the top ten, both a lap down, while Olivier Panis, Nick Heidfeld and Christian Klien were 11th, 12th and 13th. The Minardi's of Gianmaria Bruni and Zsolt Baumgartner brought up the rear.
In total 15 runners were classified at the finish, the five retirees, Giorgio Pantano (out on lap 48 - gearbox), Jarno Trulli (out on lap 41 - engine), Ricardo Zonta (out on lap 31 - lost power), Felipe Massa (out on lap 21 - brakes) and Kimi Raikkonen (out on lap 13 - engine).
The race itself though, was best summed up by ITV commentator James Allen, who said: "The highlight was Ross Brawn eating a banana."
Says it all really - by no means a classic.
Roll on Spa... has to be better - doesn't it?
1. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 70 laps 1hr 35mins 26.131secs
2. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +4.6secs
3. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault +44.5secs
4. Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW +62.6secs
5. Jenson Button Britain BAR-Honda +67.4secs
6. Takuma Sato Japan BAR-Honda +1 lap
7. Antonio Pizzonia Brazil Williams-BMW +1 lap
8. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
9. David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
10. Mark Webber Australia Jaguar-Cosworth +1 lap
11. Olivier Panis France Toyota-Toyota +1 lap
12. Nick Heidfeld Italy Jordan-Ford +2 laps
13. Christian Klien Austria Jaguar-Cosworth +2 laps
14. Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Cosworth +4 laps
15. Zsolt Baumgartner Hungary Minardi-Cosworth +5 laps
Rtd. Giorgio Pantano Italy Jordan-Ford 48 laps completed
Rtd. Jarno Trulli Italy Renault-Renault 41 laps completed
Rtd. Ricardo Zonta Brazil Toyota-Toyota 31 laps completed
Rtd. Felipe Massa Brazil Sauber-Petronas 21 laps completed
Rtd. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 13 laps completed
Michael Schumacher Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 19.071secs lap 29
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