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2004 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Rick Dikeman.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,14,26)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE,7,7)
Putative Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F2004, 2.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, cast aluminum engine, DOHC, Magnetti-Marelli fuel injection, seven-speed semi-automatic sequential, titanium gearbox, Brembo ventilated carbon disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon composite honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 955 horsepower (Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Aldo Costa).

The FIA as a cost savings measure imposes a one powerplant-per weekend rule, subject to grid penalty for engine change outs, for all teams participating in the 2004 season. Scuderia Ferrari with its F2004 entry overwhelms the field in 2004 after winning fifteen of eighteen races en route to its sixth consecutive constructors' title. Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher leaves enthusiasts boggled with his unprecedented thirteen race victories which takes him to his fifth consecutive and seventh overall drivers' crown, clearly marking the German as the most successful driver in F1 history. Michael Schumacher wins five consecutive races from season onset. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Bahrain in April. Michael Schumacher collects his 75th career series victory at Barcelona in May. Michael Schumacher wins seven consecutive races between late May and mid-August. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Shanghai in September.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari281     Schumacher M180
BAR Honda88     Barrichello113
Renault73     Button71
Williams BMW55     Alonso41
McLaren Mercedes44     Montoya JP41
Sauber Petronas12     Raikkonen38

Noteworthy 2004 Races

2004 LXII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2004 2004 LXII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (259.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a French Renault R24 under Jarno Trulli (IT) in 1:45:46.6 (average 91.46 mph), under a second (.497) ahead of a BAR under Jenson Button. Trulli moves out front on Lap 46 of 77 after race leader Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari, following the safety car, tangles with Juan Pablo Montoya in his Williams on the Tunnel exit while swerving to maintain heat in his rubber. The contact sends Schumacher into the ARMCO and Trulli races past and away to snare his maiden F1 victory after 118 starts. Photo Credit: James Moy.