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Germany 2004 - Button steals the show 19 Jul 2005

Podium and results:
1st: Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari, 2nd left.
2nd: Jenson Button (GBR) BAR, left.
3rd: Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault, 2nd right.
With Paolo Martinelli (ITA) Ferrari engine designer, right.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004 Jenson Button (GBR) BAR Honda 005 finished in 2nd place.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004 Antonio Pizzonia (BRA) Williams FW26 
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004 The grid forms up
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-19B crashed heavily after his rear wing broke.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004

Practice at Hockenheim last year indicated a great race in prospect, with Ferrari, Williams, McLaren and BAR all looking strong. It was Michael Schumacher who shone in qualifying, though, with a stunning final sector lifting him three tenths of a second clear of Juan Pablo Montoya’s Williams. Jenson Button was a very close third for BAR, but an engine change meant he would drop to 13th on the grid, a penalty which most expected to keep the Brit off the podium come Sunday afternoon. How wrong they were.

As Schumacher took the lead at the start of the race, McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen was the only man able to stay with the German. However, with a great tussle looking imminent, Raikkonen crashed out through no fault of his own on lap 14 after the rear wing came off his car at speed. With Fernando Alonso inheriting second place, Schumacher was never again threatened and attention switched to Button’s charge through the field. It culminated in a superb battle with Alonso, the BAR driver seizing what would eventually be a fairly comfortable second.

David Coulthard finished fourth for McLaren, ahead of Montoya, who never recovered from a slow start, and Mark Webber’s Jaguar. Webber’s former team mate, Antonio Pizzonia, scored his first championship points, as Williams gave the Brazilian a race outing, taking over from fellow tester Marc Gene as replacement for the injured Ralf Schumacher. Takuma Sato took the final point for BAR, but Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello was out of luck. He lost a front wing at the first corner after running into the rear of Coulthard and then suffered a puncture on the final lap, bringing his car to a halt within sight of the line and leaving the Brazilian classified only 12th.

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