Ferrari Academy driver Mick Schumacher paid a fitting tribute to his father, on account of the Italian motorsport giants’ 1000th Grand Prix. This is the second time Mick drove the F2004, largely considered to be the team’s most successful car ever. He took it out for a spin at Hockenheim last year – just prior to the German Grand Prix.
And this year, the F2004 was out on the tracks of Mugello as part of a demonstration run. Safe to say, Mick certainly enjoyed driving his father’s 7th and final Championship-winning car.
The legacy of Ferrari’s F2004 can by no means be understated. Weighing 605 kgs, it is said that the car has a horsepower range of 850-1000. Alongside teammate Rubens Barrichello, the legend that is Michael Schumacher took the 2004 Formula One season by storm.
Securing the world title with a grand total of 148 points, Schumacher won 13 of 18 races with the F2004. To this day, Michael Schumacher holds the joint-record (13) with Sebastian Vettel, for most races won in a season. All thanks to the mightily fierce and powerful F2004.
Ferrari dominance in 2004, courtesy of Michael Schumacher
One would do well to recount the car’s performance in the 2004 French Grand Prix. Despite Renault’s Fernando Alonso securing pole position in Qualifying, the 70-lap race saw Ferrari use a four pit-stop strategy.
For someone who watches Formula One today, it surely would sound baffling! But, with some innovative thinking by Chief Strategist Luca Baldisserri, Michael Schumacher was able to win that race.
The car has indeed seen a host of dramatic, pulsating, and dominant victories at the hands of its driver.
Fast forward 16 years and the video sees Mick Schumacher incorporating his own unique driving style. He has been widely tipped to make the move to F1 next year, with Alfa Romeo and Haas as possibilities.