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On 25th July 2004, the German Grand Prix was held at Hockenheim. In qualifying, Michael Schumacher and the F2004 was in a class of his own, beating Juan Pablo Montoya in the Williams by three and a half tenths and Kimi Raikkonen in the McLaren by almost four. In the other Ferrari, Rubens Barrichello fared less well and was only seventh, at around a second down.
In the race, the German won as he pleased, only briefly losing the lead during the pit stops. Michael thus took his 81st win, the 178th for Ferrari, crossing the line ahead of Jenson Button in the BAR and Fernando Alonso in the Renault.
Schumacher thus extended his championship lead with 110 points to 74 for team-mate Barrichello and 61 for Button. In the Constructors’ table, Ferrari led Renault by 99 points.