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Engine change for Michael Schumacher 26 Sep 2004

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2004 returns to the pits after spinning in qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, 25 September 2004

Michael Schumacher will start the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix from the back of the grid or from the pit lane after Ferrari decided to change the engine on his car following qualifying.

Schumacher ended Saturday’s qualifying session bottom of the timesheets after spinning off in spectacular style at the very first corner.

However, he had been due to start from 17th on the grid ahead of Takuma Sato and Zsolt Baumgartner, who had already both had engine changes, and Gianmaria Bruni, who also spun off on his qualifying lap.

Regulations state that anyone changing engine between qualifying and the race must go to the back of the grid. Ferrari may also opt to start Schumacher from the pitlane depending on their chosen race strategy. The team did not reveal the reason for the engine change, though it may be purely a precautionary measure, given Schumacher’s already poor grid position.