On 30th May 2004 the European Grand Prix was held at the Nurburgring. Starting from pole was Michael Schumacher in the F2004. For Scuderia Ferrari it was pole number 171 and for the German it was his sixtieth.
After the start, Michael Schumacher put on one of his demonstrations of superiority, setting the fastest lap on all seven opening laps to easily pull away from his closest pursuer, Kimi Raikkonen. At the end of this impressive stint, the Finn was already 17 seconds behind and Michael was looking at his sixth win from seven races. Adding to the delight of the Maranello team, was the performance of Rubens Barrichello, who after coming off best in a duel with the Japanese driver Takuma Sato in the BAR, took second place to present Ferrari with its 65th one-two finish.
After this race, Michael’s championship lead was already impressive, because while it was actually “only” 14 points, it was also undeniable, that his closest pursuer was his own team-mate Rubens Barrichello. Therefore the real competition came from Jenson Button who was 22 points adrift and back then, a win was only worth ten points.