FIA Formula One World Championship - Round 5 Spanish GP, 7-9 May 2004 Race
May 9, 2004 Barcelona
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Takuma Sato and Jenson Button both drove assured races to claim a points finish in this afternoon's Spanish Grand Prix, bringing their cars home in fifth and eighth position respectively. Starting from a career best third place, Sato shot off the grid and managed to snatch second from Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams), only to lose out when Renault's Jarno Trulli stormed into the lead of the Spanish Grand Prix from fourth on the grid, diving past Montoya, Sato and the Ferrari of pole sitter Michael Schumacher. The Honda-powered Japanese driver ran in third position until the first round of pit stops when he emerged in fifth. Sato ran in fourth position for a brief nine lap spell as those ahead started to pit again, but was back in fifth place after his own second stop on lap 26.
After the excitement of three consecutive podium finishes, today's race was pretty ordinary for Jenson Button. The B.A.R Honda star got away smoothly from the seventh row and managed to move up one spot to 13th on lap three as he overtook the Toyota of Cristiano Da Matta. Following a fairly lengthy pit stop on lap 10, the Briton rejoined in 14th place, moving up to 10th position by lap 23 as Giorgio Pantano, Juan Pablo Montoya, Christian Klien retired from the action and the pit stop sequence was completed.
Michael Schumacher won the 66 lap Spanish Grand Prix, his 200th race, and was joined on the podium by Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Renault's Jarno Trulli. Fernando Alonso (Renault), B.A.R Honda's Takuma Sato and Williams Ralf Schumacher finished fourth, fifth and sixth while Giancarlo Fisichella (Sauber) and B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button complete the point scoring positions.