MICHAEL, RUBENS AND THE RED MACHINES

6th Constructors´Worldchampionship in a Row for Ferrari

Dr Luca di Montezemolo once had studied international law in New York City. After the famous Gianni Agnelli as the magnate of the FIAT empire had passed away some time, the former rally driver is Italy´s most powerful industrialist. On Monday after Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello had secured Ferrari´s sixth constructors´title in a row at the Budapest Hungaroring Dr di Montezemolo promised further two championships to be won in the years to come. Ferrari as the winner take it all in 2004, the prognosis of the moderate lawer is no wishful thinking for this reason. Realism often had been a problem at Maranello for many decades, but since Michael Schumacher is reigning in the holy halls of the Ferrari factory, pragmatism has found it´s way through the offices and workshops. In Budapest the red machines of Michael and Rubens dominated the race from start to finish with not the smallest chances for any other competitors. Fernando Alonso in the Renault, the 2003 convincing winner in Hungary, entering the first corner third place to come to the podium the same position, was no real rival for the Ferraris. The quality of the Michelin rubber was not as good as in the year before. The rest of the grid was only able to compete for points to make the frustration be kept in certain limitations.

Williams BMW had taken the revolutionary nose scone of Dr Antonio Terzi away from their FW26, the handling had become a lot better by the new, conventional front section to bring both Montoya and Pizzonia into the points. The Jungle Boy, in 2003 sacked at Jaguar at the middle of the season, again showed a good performance - in contrast to Williams´s other test driver Marc Géne as the first replacement for Ralf Schumacher, who is still suffering under his injuries from Indianapolis.

Kimi Raikkonen had married his girl-friend Jenny Dahlmans shortly before the Hungarian Grand Prix in an old castle near Finland´s Haemeenlinna. But the Iceman had got no points as wedding gift, he retired in lap with electric troubles very early in lap 13. David Coulthard, wearing an exciting helmet design during practice, was too slow to come home only ninth place.

At Toyota new technical director Mike Gascoyne had introduced radical changes. Several departments at the Cologne based factory have got new structures and Cristiano da Matta and team manger Ange Pasquali had been sacked before Budapest. Engine designer Norbert Kreyer, former Zakspeed and the man behind the successful power units from the Rally Celica, the Le Mans GT 1 up to the Grand Prix engine of the present, had left the Japanese team voluntarily. Ricardo Zonta, who had driven his last Grand Prix in Hockenheim 2001 (as the replacement for sacked Heinz Harald Frentzen at Jordan Honda) joined Toyota at the side of Olivier Panis. Young Ryan Briscoe from Australia (his grandfather Frank Lehner had been a co-driver at Mercedes-Benz in Budapest back in 1926) got the great chance as the team´s third driver for Friday´s free practice sessions. But inspite the new TF104B, in fact a new car (new crash test) presented at the German Grand Prix, the things have not become better at Toyota, the Gascoyne Effect will come into action in 2005 at the earliest point.

The greatest discussions were produced by Jenson Button´s controversial switch from BAR Honda to Williams BMW for 2005 - inspite of an exsisting contract with British American Racing. Now lawyers are involved in the case, it´s result will be interesting not only from the sporting aspect. Ferrari´s only problem at the Hungaroring was the refuelling equipment produced by French company Intertechnique and that could be solved. Michael Schumacher only has to score two points more than team mate Barrichello for winning his seventh drivers´title. On Monday before the 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix a crowd of 60 000 had attended the Minardi F1x2 Grand Prix at South Africa´s Kyalami for the benefit of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the winners of the two 10 laps races with eight Minardi double seaters were Gimmi Bruni and local hero Alex van der Merwe. Kyalami had been host of the South Africa Grand Prix until 1993 with an interruption caused by the Apartheid Policy. The famous Kyalami Ranch, the hotel consisting of several bungalows, once had been founded by a former KLM pilot. In the dialect of the natives Kyalami means: My Home.

Jutta Schmitt

 

Results
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Starting Grid

1 M Schumacher 1:19.146

2 R Barrichello 1:19.323

3 T Sato 1:19.693

4 J Button 1:19.700

5 F Alonso 1:19.969

6 A Pizzonia 1:20.170

7 JP Montoya 1:20.199

8 G Fisichella 1:20.324

9 J Trulli 1:20.411

10 K Raikkonen 1:20.570

11 M Webber 1:20.730

12 D Coulthard 1:20.897

13 O Panis 1:21.068

14 C Klien 1:21.118

15 R Zonta 1:21.135

16 N Heidfeld 1:21.180

17 G Pantano 1:22.356

18 Z Baumgartner 1:24.329

19 G Bruni 1:24.679

20 F Massa no time

 

Race

Marlboro Magyar Nagydij 2004, Hungaroring, Budapest, 70 Laps á 4.31 km = 306.663 km, Weather: Air 26°C Track 43°C Humidity 39%

1 M Schumacher 1:35.26.131

2 R Barrichello +4.696

3 F Alonso +44.599

4 JP Montoya + 1:02.613

5 J Button + 1:07.439

6 T Sato +1 Lap

7 A Pizzonia +1

8 G Fisichella +1

9 D Coulthard +1

10 M Webber +1

11 O Panis +1

12 N Heidfeld +2 Laps

13 C Klien +2

14 G Brini +4

15 Z Baumgartner +5

 

Retirements

G Pantano, Lap 48: Gearbox

J Trulli, 41: Oil Leak

R Zonta, 31: Elektronics

F Massa, 21: Brakes

K Raikkonen, 13: Electric

 

Fastest Lap

M Schumacher 1:19.071 (Lap 29)

 

Worldchampionship Standings
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Drivers

1 M Schumacher 120

2 R Barrichello 82

3 J Button 65

4 J Trulli 46

5 F Alonso 45

6 JP Montoya 38

7 D Coulthard 19

8 K Raikkonen 18

9 T Sato 18

10 G Fisichella 14

11 R Schumacher 12

12 M Webber 7

13 F Massa 5

14 O Panis 5

15 A Pizzonia 4

16 C da Matta 3

17 N Heidfeld 3

18 T Glock

19 Z Baumgartner 1

 

Constructors

1 Ferrari 202

2 Renault 91

3 BAR Honda 83

4 Williams BMW 54

5 McLaren Mercedes 37

6 Sauber Petronas 19

7 Toyota 8

8 Jaguar Cosworth 7

9 Jordan Ford 5

10 Minardi Cosworth 1

 

Photos
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Photos © sutton-images.com, graphics by project * 2000

 

© 2004 by researchracing

 

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