The numbers are impressive. Between them, Michael Schumacher and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello won 15 grands prix from 18 starts, and for 10 years the car shared the record of most victories in a season with the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 and Ferrari's own F2002. More recently, Mercedes has moved the goalposts, with 19 wins in 2016, and 16 in both '14 and '15. But Schumacher's strike rate of 13 individual successes remains a record, albeit one matched by his friend and countryman Sebastian Vettel in '13.
Above all, the F2004 was one of the quickest F1 race cars we've ever seen. It had a good but not spectacular record in qualifying, with 12 poles in 18 events, but Schumacher's 10 fastest laps in one season has been equalled only by Kimi Raikkonen, in 2005 and '08. Barrichello added four more fastest laps to bring the F2004's overall tally to 14.
Subsequent rule changes designed to cut speeds, and the end of sprints between refuelling stops, meant that many of those lap records stood for years. And despite the dramatically increased speeds we saw in 2017, seven benchmarks set by the F2004 survive at venues still in use.