Ferrari F2004

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Ferrari F2004
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 2004.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Designer(s) Ross Brawn (Technical Director)
Rory Byrne (Chief Designer)
Predecessor F2003-GA
Successor F2005
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear) As front
Engine Ferrari Type 053 2,997cc V10 naturally aspirated Mid-engine rear wheel drive
Transmission Ferrari 7-speed (+ reverse) semiautomatic sequential, electronically controlled, longitudinally mounted Limited-slip differential
Weight 605 kg (1,333.8 lb) (including driver, water and lubricant)
Fuel Shell Fuel
Shell Lubricant
Tyres Bridgestone
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 1. GermanyMichael Schumacher
2. BrazilRubens Barrichello
Debut 2004 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
20 15 12 14
Constructors' Championships 1 (2004)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2004, Michael Schumacher)

The Ferrari F2004 is a championship-winning Formula One racecar, designed by Rory Byrne, Ross Brawn and Aldo Costa for the 2004 Formula One season. Heavily based on the previous season's F2003-GA,[1] the F2004 continued the run of success the team had enjoyed since 1999, winning the team's 6th straight Constructors' Championship and 5th straight Drivers' Championship in 2004.

Design[edit]

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.

Performance[edit]

The car was as successful as the equally dominant 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.

After the 2004 season the car was developed further as a testbed 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 successor, the F2005, at the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix.

In all, the car scored 272 championship points in its career, but its championship in 2004 also marked the end of Ferrari's Constructors Championship winning streak, beginning with the 1999 Formula One season.

The F2004 was used as the basis for the 2008 "Powered by Ferrari" A1 Grand Prix car.

Legacy[edit]

The fastest laps at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Bahrain International Circuit, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Circuit de Monaco, Nürburgring GP-strecke, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Hungaroring, Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Shanghai International Circuit all remain the current lap records, even though eight out of these ten tracks are still used in F1 as of 2014.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (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 F2004 Ferrari V10 B AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA 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 F2004M Ferrari V10 B AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA JPN CHN 100* 3rd
Michael Schumacher Ret 7
Rubens Barrichello 2 Ret

* 10 points scored with the F2004M

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leonardo Acerbi (2006). Ferrari: A Complete Guide to All Models. MotorBooks International. pp. 361–. ISBN 978-0-7603-2550-6. Retrieved 2 August 2013. "The Ferrari F2004 looked like a logical evolution of the previous season's F2003-GA, at least as far as its exterior lines were concerned. But a more careful examination of it confirmed the new car was the result of detailed refinement, partially ..." 
Awards
Preceded by
Bentley Speed 8
Autosport
Racing Car Of The Year

2004
Succeeded by
McLaren MP4-20