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The 2005 Australian Grand Prix, officially advertised as the LXX Foster's Australian Grand Prix was the opening round of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on 6 March 2005.[1] The race would see Giancarlo Fisichella claim victory on his debut for Renault, as defending World Champion Michael Schumacher retired with damage.[1]

The winter had seen several changes made to the field, with Jaguar and Ford the notable absentees over the winter. Jaguar had become Red Bull having been bought by the Austrian drinks firm, while Jaguar's former owners Ford had ended all of their F1 programmes, including their long standing partnership with Cosworth. The small British firm would continue to supply F1 engines, however, with Red Bull and Minardi using their latest units.

Elsewhere there had been some major changes on the driver front, with Juan Pablo Montoya moving to McLaren-Mercedes from Williams-BMW.[1] He replaced the veteran David Coulthard, who moved to Red Bull, Ralf Schumacher moved to Toyota, meaning Williams were left to hire Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld, while 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve rejoined the paddock as he took a seat at Sauber-Petronas.[1]

Furthermore, there had been some significant changes to the rule book, with both tyres and engines affected.[2] Each driver's engine would now have to last two full race weekends (excluding free practice and barring a failure), while each driver was only allowed to use a single set of tyres for the Grand Prix.[2]

Into the first weekend of the 2005 season itself and it was clear that Ferrari's domination from 2004 was over, as both Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello failed to get into the top ten.[1] Instead, it was Fisichella who emerged on pole position ahead of Jarno Trulli in qualifying, with a new format seeing a driver's times from Q1 (low fuel) and Q2 (starting fuel) combined.[1]

The first attempt at starting the race would have to be aborted when Kimi Räikkönen stalled, meaning a lap was struck from the distance.[1] The second attempt passed without issue, with Fisichella streaking ahead of Trulli at the head of the field.[1]

Those two quickly established a lead at the head of the field, while home hero Webber tried in vain to find a way past Coulthard who had jumped the Aussie at the start.[1] Indeed, the new Red Bull was not the quickest car in the field, and hence ensured that the Scot had a queue of cars behind him throughout the early laps.[1]

That queue allowed Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello to climb up the order, before the first round of stops partially reset the field.[1] Indeed, while Fisichella remained at the head of the field ahead of Trulli, Barrichello and Alonso would jump the rest of the Coulthard conga to move into third and fourth.[1]

That soon became second and third, however, as Trulli's pace collapsed as a blister opened up on his second set of Michelin tyres.[1] With that the race began to settle down, with Trulli falling down the field, with the field remaining largely unchanged through the second round of stops.[1]

The only changes to come during that period would involve two potential title contenders, who both tangled with back markers.[1] The first incident saw Schumacher close the door on Heidfeld, resulting in both cars receiving terminal damage, before Montoya lost a lot of time when he ran off the circuit lapping a Minardi.[1]

With that the race was run, with Fisichella cruising through the third and final stint to claim his first win for Renault.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, would fend off a challenge from Alonso in the closing stages as they completed the podium, with the rest of the points awarded to Coulthard, Webber, Montoya, Christian Klien and Räikkönen.[1]

The race was also significant as the first to feature an Indian born driver in the form of Narain Karthikeyan, while Tiago Monteiro became the first Portugese driver to race in F1 since Pedro Lamy in 1996.

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004M Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004M Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 B
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 007 Honda RA005E 3.0 V10 M
4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 007 Honda RA005E 3.0 V10 M
5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R25 Renault RS25 3.0 V10 M
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R25 Renault RS25 3.0 V10 M
7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW27 BMW P84-5 3.0 V10 M
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW27 BMW P84-5 3.0 V10 M
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 V10 M
10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 V10 M
11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C24 Petronas 05A 3.0 V10 M
12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C24 Petronas 05A 3.0 V10 M
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 M
15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 M
16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF105 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 M
17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF105 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 M
18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CRL-3 3.0 V10 B
21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CRL-3 3.0 V10 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
35 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 V10 M
37 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 M
38 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF105 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 M
39 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Ireland Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2005 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2 Total
1 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:33.171 1:28.289 3:01.460
2 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:35.270 1:29.159 3:04.429 +2.969s
3 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.717 1:28.279 3:04.996 +3.536s
4 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:36.984 1:29.862 3:06.846 +5.386s
5 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:38.320 1:28.892 3:07.212 +5.752s
6 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:37.486 1:29.991 3:07.477 +6.017s
7 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:39.717 1:29.413 3:09.130 +7.670s
8 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:41.512 1:30.616 3:12.128 +10.668s
9 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.325 1:29.320 3:14.645 +13.185s
10 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.997 1:30.561 3:15.558 +14.098s
11 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:45.481 1:31.341 3:16.822 +15.362s
12 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:44.357 1:32.735 3:17.092 +15.632s
13 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:47.708 1:29.758 3:17.466 +16.006s
14 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:46.846 1:33.483 3:20.329 +18.869s
15 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:51.495 1:31.222 3:22.717 +21.257s
16 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:50.864 1:37.499 3:28.363 +26.903s
NC 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:49.230
NC* 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:57.931
NC* 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda
NC 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
Source:[4][5][6][7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Schumacher and Sato were awarded ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[7]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 2
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 2 3 ______________
Mark Webber 4
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 3 5 ______________
David Coulthard 6
______________ Christian Klien
Row 4 7 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 8
______________ Jenson Button
Row 5 9 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 10
______________ Kimi Räikkönen*
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Narain Karthikeyan
Row 7 13 ______________
Fernando Alonso 14
______________ Tiago Monteiro
Row 8 15 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 16
______________ Patrick Friesacher
Row 9 17 ______________
Christijan Albers 18
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 10 19 ______________
Michael Schumacher 20
______________ Takuma Sato
  • * Räikkönen would start the race from the pit lane.[7]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2005 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 57 1:24:17.336 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 57 +5.553s 11 8
3 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 57 +6.712s 13 6
4 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 57 +16.131s 5 5
5 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 57 +16.908s 3 4
6 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +35.033s 9 3
7 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 57 +38.997s 6 2
8 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +39.633s 10 1
9 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +1:03.108 2
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 57 +1:04.393 18
11* 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 Withdrawn 8
12 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 56 +1 Lap 15
13 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +1 Lap 4
14* 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 55 Withdrawn 20
15 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 55 +2 Laps 12
16 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 55 +2 Laps 14
17 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 53 +4 Laps 16
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 42 Collision 19
Ret 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 42 Collision 7
Ret 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 16 Gearbox 17
Source:[8]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Button and Sato were withdrawn so that BAR could change their engines without incurring a penalty at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix.[1]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Opening day victory for Giancarlo Fisichella left the Italian racer atop the Championship, holding ten points and a two point lead. Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso completed the early top three, while David Coulthard and Mark Webber rounded out the top five. The remaining opening day scorers were Juan Pablo Montoya, Christian Klien and Kimi Räikkönen.

In the Constructors Championship it was double podium finishers Renault who left the opening round at the head of the hunt, leaving Australia with sixteen points. Defending Champions Ferrari would begin the season in second, eight behind the French manufacturer, while debutantes Red Bull-Cosworth were in third, just point behind the Italian giants. Completing the scorers list were Williams-BMW and McLaren-Mercedes, level on four points.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 6
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 5
5 Australia Mark Webber 4
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 3
7 Austria Christian Klien 2
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 16
2 Italy Ferrari 8
3 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 7
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 4
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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