FERRARI'S PARTY AT MONZA: BARRICHELLO WINS
by Maximiliano Catania/FUNO!
Buenos Aires (AR), 14 Sep 2004
Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2004-EF) clinched first win of 2004 season (8th victory of his career) by winning Italian Grand Prix, held at mythical Monza Circuit. Brazilian driver was escorted by multichampion Michael Schumacher, a fact that helped to build the best scenario for the Scuderia Ferrari's party. Although a fair start (Schumi spun off at third corner and Rubinho lost his gap advantage on first quarter of race due to wrong selection of tyres), the red cars had a strong bouncing-back since second half of GP to lead at will. They also were favoured by early retirement of Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes) and out-of-track of Fernando Alonso (Renault). Jenson Button (BAR-Honda), however, kept a steady pace to be on the podium (3rd). It's worth to be remarked the quick, right action of firemen to extinguish fire from Gianmaria Bruni's Minardi-Cosworth, while Italian driver was pitting.