GP Germany 2004 at the Hockenheimring

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GP Germany 2004 at the Hockenheimring
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P ole: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1.13 , 306 min.

1. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1: 23.54.848 h
2. Jenson Button (BAR-Honda) + 8.388 s
3. Fernando Alonso (Renault) + 16.351 s

Never in 60 years of Formula 1 has there been such a superior driver as in the 2004 season. Michael Schumacher wins 13 of the 18 races. Of course, his home game in Hockenheim too. The pole position of the insatiable already indicates a continuation of the one-man show of the Kerpener. To make matters worse, Jenson Button, one of the potential opponents of the overpowering Ferrari star, will be punished by ten starting positions at the German GP for an engine failure.

Schumacher only has to fear his special friend Juan Pablo Montoya, with whom he is shares the front row for the tenth time this season. For Montoya it is always a celebration when he can overtake Schumacher and thereby annoy him. You almost get the impression that this feat is more important to the Colombian than a victory.

Montoya with a false start at Hockenheim

Nothing will come of a pair run into the first corner, because Montoya is slow to get going due to clutch problems. Fernando Alonso, David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen pull past the Williams. After two laps Schumacher is shown the lead over Raikkonen. To everyone's surprise, the Finn is slowly fighting his way towards the Ferrari.

The dream of a Silver Arrows victory on home soil was shattered when the rear wing of the McLaren broke on lap 14 when braking into the north curve. Raikkonen thunders into the tire wall.

Duel with Button for Hockenheim victory

Schumacher's new opponent is Jenson Button. It is a long-distance duel that will only dissolve after the series of last refueling stops in favor of Michael Schumacher. The BAR pilot first has to fight his way forward from his 13th starting position. Since he has more gasoline on board than his competitors, he always overtakes Schumacher during pit stops.

The Englishman is involved in a duel with Alonso, which keeps the audience in suspense for 18 laps. Button prevails. Almost without a fight, because Alonso radioed the pits: 'I don't feel any grip at the front anymore.' He saved himself in third place.

Button fights with an open visor

Button fights with youHelmet visor that wants to open constantly. On the straight he drives with one hand. With the other he covers his visor. For this there is praise from the master at the finish 'Jenson pushed me to the limit. For a moment I wasn't sure if I could win the race.'

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