Ferrari F2004

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Ferrari F2004
Ferrari F2004M
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 Moulded carbon fibre & Honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear) Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Length 4,545 mm (179 in)
Width 1,796 mm (71 in)
Height 959 mm (38 in)
Engine Ferrari Tipo 053 3.0 L (3,000 cc; 183 cu in) V10 (90°) @ 19,000 RPM naturally aspirated in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Transmission Semi-automatic Sequential Limited-slip Differential Gearbox Seven Speed Forward + One reverse
Power 880–950 horsepower (660–710 kW) @ 19,000 RPM
Weight 605 kg (1,334 lb)
Fuel Shell Fuel
Lubricants Shell Lubricant
Brakes Carbon brake discs, pads and calipers
Tyres Bridgestone
BBS Racing Wheels : 13"
Competition history
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 1. GermanyMichael Schumacher
2. BrazilRubens Barrichello
Debut 2004 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps
20 15 30 12 14
Constructors' Championships 1 (2004)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2004, Michael Schumacher)

The Ferrari F2004 was a highly successful Formula One racing car 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 for Michael Schumacher, his 7th world drivers' title overall, in 2004. It is one of the most dominant cars in the history of Formula One. The car also brought a close to Ferrari's and Michael Schumacher's five-year domination of the sport, leaving the door open for Renault and Fernando Alonso.

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. Michael Schumacher won a single-season record of 13 races (Sebastian Vettel equaled this number in 2013) and gained a record breaking seventh World Championship, while Ferrari was a clear winner 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, 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 six out of these nine tracks are still used in F1 as of 2016.

Ferrari F2004 being presented at Ferrari Racing Day, Shanghai, 2014

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 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 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 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 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 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