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Monte Carlo 2004 - chronology

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chronology of race weekend

startstart cancelled
startMichael Schumacher, Takuma Satocollision
1Christian Klien, Nick Heidfeldretired - collision
3Takuma Satoretired - engine
3Giancarlo Fisichella, David Coulthardretired - collision
SC phase start
SC phase end
8Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichelloovertaking
10Ralf Schumacher, Zsolt Baumgartnerovertaking
12Mark Webberretired - unknown
12Olivier Panis, Gianmaria Bruniovertaking
12Ralf Schumacher, Gianmaria Bruniovertaking
13Giorgio Pantanoretired - engine
16Gianmaria Bruniretired - unknown
28Kimi Räikkonenretired - unknown
28Juan Pablo Montoya, Nick Heidfeldovertaking try
29Juan Pablo Montoya, Nick Heidfeldovertaking
42Ralf Schumacher, Fernando Alonsoretired - accident
SC phase start
46Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoyaretired - collision
SC phase end
Cristiano da Mattadrive through penalty
Trulli's first victory
The first big surprise is happening in the qualification: Trulli in front of Ralf Schumacher and Alonso, Michael Schumacher only 5th.

Ralf Schumacher is set back 10 places, so his brother can go into the race from the 4th position on the grid.

At the start, both Renaults take the lead, Sato is able to overtake both Ferraris and Kimi Räikonnen is also overtaking Michael Schumacher.

Takuma Sato is driving extremely slow and is holding back the whole field. Lucky for Michael Schumacher, Sato's motor breaks and in the resulting safety car phase Schumacher is able to gain the time lost.

After overtaking Räkonnen and Button in the pits, Schumacher tries to close the gap to the Renaults, but is only able to gain 1 or 2 tens of a second per lap.

Then Alonso has an accident during overlapping in the tunnel which results in yet another safety car phase.

In this phase Schumacher collides with Montoya and has to retire from a race for the first time for over a year.

Still, even without Schumacher's collision, Trulli probably would have won the race because while Schumacher was in front of him, he needed one extra pitstop.

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