Ferrari F2004

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Ferrari F2004
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 2004.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Ferrari
Team/s Ferrari
Designer Rory Byrne
Drivers 1. Michael Schumacher
2. Rubens Barrichello
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, pushrod
Engine Ferrari 053/B/C 90° V10 engine
Gearbox Ferrari seven-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Royal Dutch Shell
Tyres Bridgestone
Debut 2004 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 20
List of Formula One World Constructors' Champions 1
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions 1
Race victories 15
Pole positions 12
Fastest laps 14

The Ferrari F2004 was designed by Rory Byrne, Ross Brawn and Aldo Costa for the 2004 Formula One season. Extremely fast and amazingly reliable, the F2004 is considered the pinnacle of the modern V10-era Formula One car. Heavily based on the previous season's F2003-GA, the F2004 continued the success the team had enjoyed since 1998.

The car was based on the same design principles pioneered in the F2002, honed and modified even further. For instance the periscope exhausts were smaller and mounted closer to the car's centre line, the rear wing was enlarged and the rear suspension redesigned to be kinder to its tyres, a major problem in the F2003-GA. The engine was designed to last a full weekend in accordance with the FIA's technical regulations for the season. As a result the gearbox also had to be redesigned to be more resilient.

The car was as successful as the equally-dominating F2002, winning 15 out of 18 races, and scoring 12 pole positions including many lap records which still stand to this day. Michael Schumacher gained a record breaking seventh world championship and Ferrari were clear winners in the constructors' championship.

The car was developed as a test bed for 2005 and used in the first two races. Despite a podium finish in the 2005 Australian Grand Prix, the car was retired to make way for its evolution, the F2005, at the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix.

In all, the car scored 272 championship points in its career, but it also marked the end of Ferrari's List of Formula One World Constructors' Champions winning streak since the 1999 Formula One season.

The F2004 is used as the basis for the 2008-onwards "Powered by Ferrari" A1 Grand Prix cars.

Complete Formula One results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
2004 Formula One season F2004 Ferrari V10 engine Bridgestone 2004 Australian Grand Prix 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2004 Spanish Grand Prix 2004 Monaco Grand Prix 2004 European Grand Prix 2004 Canadian Grand Prix 2004 United States Grand Prix 2004 French Grand Prix 2004 British Grand Prix 2004 German Grand Prix 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix 2004 Belgian Grand Prix 2004 Italian Grand Prix 2004 Chinese Grand Prix 2004 Japanese Grand Prix 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix 262 1st
Michael Schumacher 1 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 12 1 7
Rubens Barrichello 2 4 2 6 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 12 2 3 1 1 Ret 3
2005 Formula One season F2004M Ferrari V10 engine Bridgestone 2005 Australian Grand Prix 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix 2005 San Marino Grand Prix 2005 Spanish Grand Prix 2005 Monaco Grand Prix 2005 European Grand Prix 2005 Canadian Grand Prix 2005 United States Grand Prix 2005 French Grand Prix 2005 British Grand Prix 2005 German Grand Prix 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix 2005 Turkish Grand Prix 2005 Italian Grand Prix 2005 Belgian Grand Prix 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix 2005 Japanese Grand Prix 2005 Chinese Grand Prix 100* 3rd
Michael Schumacher Ret 7
Rubens Barrichello 2 Ret

* 10 points scored with the F2004M

See also

Other dominant F1 cars of different eras:

  • Ferrari F2002
  • Lotus 79
  • McLaren MP4/4
  • Mercedes-Benz W196
  • Williams FW14
Preceded by
Bentley Speed 8
Racing Car Of The Year

Succeeded by
McLaren MP4-20
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