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Even in a history as extensive, illustrious and successful as Scuderia Ferrari’s, there are few more dominant cars than their 2004 FIA Formula 1 World Championship competitor, the F2004. The phenomenal Ferrari F2004 emerged victorious from fifteen of the eighteen races, making it one the most dominant machines to have ever competed in the sport. The F2004 was to be the culmination of the remarkable Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Michael Schumacher ‘golden era’, after a hugely successful period where Ferrari earned six successive Constructors’ titles and five uninterrupted Drivers’ Championships in six years.
The F2004’s total of fifteen victories has since been bettered only by the hybrid-era domination of Mercedes, racing in longer seasons. Thirteen of those victories were in the hands of German Michael Schumacher, the other two with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello. The duo, in their fourth straight season as teammates, also achieved a further fourteen second or third placed finishes (two for Schumacher, twelve for Barrichello), with at least one of the drivers making an appearance on the podium at every single race. Its extraordinary reliability was second to none; the team only recorded two retirements, and both were due to collisions rather than mechanical mishaps. The F2004 earned twelve pole positions and fourteen fastest laps, simply blowing the competition away. In fact, it was Ferrari's domination which led to rule changes for 2005, which did help to end the Italian’s successful run, but the modified F2004M chassis was still good enough to finish on the podium in the Australian GP season opener.
The 2004 season saw the pinnacle of Ferrari’s ‘Golden Era’ with several records set: Ferrari clinched a sixth consecutive Constructors’ Championship, their fourteenth title overall, whilst Schumacher won his fifth consecutive Drivers’ Championship, his record-extending seventh overall. Schumacher extended his record for most wins in a season with thirteen, and set a new one for 10 fastest laps in a single season (many of which stood for nearly fifteen years), whilst his seven consecutive wins equalled Alberto Ascari’s streak for Ferrari in 1952 and 1953. Schumacher’s pole position at Suzuka was his eighth at the Japanese Grand Prix, equalling Ayrton Senna’s record for most pole positions at the same Grand Prix.
This fine 1:8 scale model of the Ferrari F2004 is precisely as raced to victory by Michael Schumacher in the Gran Premio Foster’s di San Marino 2004 at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on the 25th of April 2004. The fourth round of the 2004 season came on the heels of three straight pole positions and victories for Michael Schumacher. Qualifying at Imola saw a surprise however, as BAR-Honda’s Jenson Button took top spot ahead of the German. At the race start, both made clean starts with Schumacher slotting in behind for most of the first lap, until Williams-BMW’s Juan Pablo Montoya attempted to pass around the outside of the Tosa corner. Schumacher squeezed Montoya onto the grass, forcing the pair to touch wheels as they exited the corner. That fighting allowed Button to build a small lead on the opening lap, although that gap would quickly close. When he dived into the pits for his first stop on lap nine, Schumacher was freed and, two lap records and a pit stop later, the race was effectively over, the German establishing a demoralising lead well ahead of Button. Indeed, the entire fight for the victory was over from that moment, Schumacher cruising to the finish line to continue his perfect start to the year.
This model has been hand-crafted utilising the original CAD data supplied directly by Scuderia Ferrari and has undergone strict scrutiny by both the design and engineering teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
The Ferrari F2004 - 2004 San Marino Grand Prix Winner is limited to just 99 pieces at 1:8 scale.
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