|2004 Italian Grand Prix|
|Race 15 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||12 September 2004|
|Official name||Formula 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2004|
|Location||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.793 km (3.600 miles)|
|Distance||53 laps, 306.720 km (190.587 miles)|
|Weather||Wet track at the start, dry later on|
|Time||1:21.046 on lap 41 (lap record)|
The 2004 Italian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2004) was a Formula One motor race held on 12 September 2004 at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. It was Race 15 of 18 in the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship. Ferrari took a 1–2 in front of the delighted Tifosi, with Rubens Barrichello ahead of teammate Michael Schumacher. Both cars had to make their way through the field from the back, Barrichello having made an early pitstop after choosing the wrong tyres at the start and Schumacher having spun on the first lap. This was the last race for Giorgio Pantano.
The race was perhaps best known for speed records set during the race. In the first part of qualifying (which did not count towards grid positions), Juan Pablo Montoya lapped Monza in his Williams FW26 at an average speed of 262.242 km/h (162.950 mph), which at the time, was the fastest lap recorded at Monza, and the highest average speed over one lap in Formula One. These records would stand until the 2018 edition. The next day in the race, Montoya's teammate Antônio Pizzonia reached a top speed of 369.9 km/h (229.8 mph), the fastest speed recorded in Formula One at the time (it was to be exceeded by Montoya at the 2005 edition).
In the Minardi pit garage, the car of Gianmaria Bruni caught fire after fuel escaped from the hose onto the hot bodywork during a routine pit-stop, and it was put out without any serious injury. Bruni inhaled some of the extinguishant and was having trouble breathing and so the team decided to retire the car.
The bottom 6 teams in the 2003 Constructors' Championship were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. These drivers drove on Friday but did not compete in qualifying or the race.
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap||Grid|
|2||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||1:19.525||1:20.620||+0.531||2|
|17||18||Nick Heidfeld||Jordan-Ford||No time||1:22.301||+2.212||201|
- ^1 – Nick Heidfeld received a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change in Friday practice.
- ^2 – Zsolt Baumgartner received a penalty of one second for cutting a leg during the classification.
|5||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||53||+32.352||2||4|
|12||12||Felipe Massa||Sauber-Petronas||52||+1 Lap||16|
|13||15||Christian Klien||Jaguar-Cosworth||52||+1 Lap||14|
|14||18||Nick Heidfeld||Jordan-Ford||52||+1 Lap||PL|
|15||21||Zsolt Baumgartner||Minardi-Cosworth||50||+3 Laps||19|
|Ret||8||Fernando Alonso||Renault||40||Spun off||4|
|Ret||17||Olivier Panis||Toyota||0||Spun off||13|
- Coulthard and Heidfeld started the race from the pitlane.
Championship standings after the race
- Bold text and an asterisk indicates the World Champions.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Formula 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2004 – Race". Formula1.com. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
- "Grand Prix Results: Italian GP, 2004". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- Privateer Ferrari entry in 1950 French Grand Prix, which is often a source of incorrect count for their races as a team (as opposed to as a manufacturer) doesn't count towards the team's participations.
- "2004 Italian Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying Results". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "2004 Italian Grand Prix – Race Results". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Italy 2004 – Championship". StatsF1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.