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The 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix, officially advertised as the II Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, was the third race of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Bahrain International Circuit on 3 April 2005.[1] The race would see Fernando Alonso sweep to victory for Renault, beating former teammate Jarno Trulli for the second race in succession.[1]

Qualifying, which continued to use the cumulative format introduced at the start of the season, would see Alonso claim pole position, edging out Michael Schumacher.[1] Trulli would start from third ahead of the two Williams-BMWs, while Ralf Schumacher in the second Toyota completed the top six.[1]

Race day saw the old track and air temperatures obliterated as the field assembled on the grid, with the air temp peaking at 42.5°C as the field lined up for the start.[1] That may have been a factor in Christian Klien stalling on the formation lap, with the Austrian's Red Bull-Cosworth pushed into the pits to be restarted.[1]

Fortunately there were no issues for the start proper, with Alonso streaking away to secure the lead ahead of Schumacher.[1] Instead, the German ace came under attack from a fast starting Trulli, but managed to force the Italian back down to third, while Rubens Barrichello streaked into the top ten in the #2 Ferrari.[1]

Alonso quickly established a lead at the head of the field, although there was some panic within the garage as the sister Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella made a smokey exit on lap four.[1] Yet, the Spaniard was not affected and continued to eek out his meagre lead, with Schumacher's #1 Ferrari remaining glued to his tail.[1]

That was, until the German ace made a rare mistake, spinning at turn nine when lining up a move on the Spaniard.[1] He duly retired at the end of the lap as his team diagnosed a hydraulic failure on the scarlet Ferrari, ending a 58 Grand Prix streak of mechanical fortitude.[1]

With that Alonso was away, with Trulli and Mark Webber three seconds behind, while Ralf Schumacher moved into fourth.[1] That was changed at the first round of stops as Alonso escaped further up the road, while Schumacher slipped behind Kimi Räikkönen.[1]

Prior to the second round of stops Webber would compromise his race with a spin at turn nine, which not only allowed Räikkönen and Schumacher to pass but also flat-spotted his tyres.[1] He duly dropped out of the fight for the podium, with the order out front remaining unchanged through the second refuelling phase.[1]

Indeed, there would be no fighting at the front of the field for the rest of the race, leaving most of the interest in Webber's slow drift back towards Pedro de la Rosa and Rubens Barrichello.[1] Their fight would last until de la Rosa finally claimed fifth on the penultimate lap, while Barrichello's pace collapsed in the closing stages, allowing Felipe Massa to challenge the #2 Ferrari.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Alonso cruised through the final laps to claim his second straight victory, and the 100th for a Renault engine.[1] Trulli continued his strong form to claim second ahead of Räikkönen, with Schumacher, de la Rosa, Webber, Massa and David Coulthard claiming the rest of the points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Fernando Alonso moved to the top of the Championship after his victory in Malaysia, leaving Sepang with sixteen points to his name. Teammate Giancarlo Fisichella made way for him, dropping to second after his retirement, while Jarno Trulli had leapt into third after his podium finish. The Italian racer headed a quartet of drivers on eight points, with twelve drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had continued to build their early advantage, moving onto 26 points after Alonso's triumph. Toyota, meanwhile, had streak straight into second after their maiden trip to the podium, a point ahead of Red Bull-Cosworth in third. The Austrian rookies were themselves a point ahead of Ferrari and Williams-BMW, while McLaren-Mercedes were a further point behind as the final scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 Bahrain 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 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 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 Austria Alexander Wurz 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:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2 Total
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:29.848 1:32.054 3:01.902
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:30.237 1:32.120 3:02.357 +0.455s
3 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:29.993 1:32.667 3:02.660 +0.758s
4 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:30.390 1:32.827 3:03.217 +1.315s
5 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:30.592 1:32.670 3:04.262 +1.360s
6 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:30.952 1:32.319 3:03.271 +1.369s
7 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:30.646 1:32.723 3:03.369 +1.467s
8 10 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.725 1:32.648 3:03.373 +1.471s
9 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.594 1:32.930 3:03.524 +1.622s
10 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:30.445 1:33.320 3:03.765 +1.863s
11 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:30.957 1:33.391 3:04.348 +2.446s
12 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:30.933 1:34.269 3:05.202 +3.300s
13 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:31.113 1:34.450 3:05.563 +3.661s
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:31.211 1:34.633 3:05.844 +3.942s
15* 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:31.826 1:35.867 3:07.693 +5.791s
16 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.318 1:35.665 3:07.983 +6.081s
17 19 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:33.424 1:36.004 3:09.428 +7.526s
18 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:33.190 1:36.953 3:10.143 +8.241s
19* 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:34.005 1:36.417 3:10.422 +8.520s
20* 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:38.848 1:36.413 3:11.261 +9.359s
Source:[3][4][5][6]
  • 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.
  • * Barrichello, Albers and Friesacher were all handed ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Fernando Alonso 2
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Jarno Trulli 4
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 3 5 ______________
Mark Webber 6
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Christian Klien* 8
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 5 9 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 10
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 6 11 ______________
Jenson Button 12
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 7 13 ______________
Takuma Sato 14
______________ David Coulthard
Row 8 15 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 16
______________ Tiago Monteiro
Row 9 17 ______________
Narain Karthikeyan 18
______________ Christijan Albers
Row 10 19 ______________
Patrick Friesacher 20
______________ Rubens Barrichello
  • * Klien was unable to start after stalling on the formation lap.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 57 1:29:18.531 1 10
2 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +13.409s 3 8
3 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +32.063s 6 6
4 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 57 +53.272s 6 5
5 10 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +1:04.988 8 4
6 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 57 +1:14.701 5 3
7 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +1 Lap 12 2
8 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 14 1
9 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 20
10 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 55 +2 Laps 16
11* 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 54 Suspension 15
12 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 54 +3 Laps 19
13 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 53 +4 Laps 18
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 46 Clutch 11
Ret 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 27 Brakes 13
Ret 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 25 Engine 4
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 12 Hydraulics 2
Ret 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 4 Engine 10
Ret 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 2 Electrical 17
DNS 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Villeneuve was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]
  • Klien was unable to start the race after an electrical failure on the grid.[7]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Two wins and a second place for Fernando Alonso in the opening three rounds had left the Spaniard atop the Championship as the European season approached, leaving Bahrain with 26 points. That translated into a ten point advantage over second placed Jarno Trulli, with the Italian racer six ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella in third. Behind, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard completed the top five, level on nine, with fourteen drivers on the score board.

In the Constructors Championship Renault continued their early-season break away at the head of the pack, departing Sakhir on 36 points and a nine point advantage. Toyota had remained their closest challengers, while McLaren-Mercedes had moved into third, and just managed to stay within a race weekend's worth of points of the early leaders. Behind, Williams-BMW moved into fourth ahead of Red Bull-Cosworth, while Ferrari slipped to sixth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 26
2 Italy Jarno Trulli 16 ▲1
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 ▼1
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9 ▲4
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 9
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8 ▼2
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 8 ▼1
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 7 ▲4
9 Australia Mark Webber 7
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6 ▼3
11 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 4 ▲11
12 Austria Christian Klien 3 ▼2
13 Brazil Felipe Massa 2
14 Germany Michael Schumacher 2 ▼3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 36
2 Japan Toyota 25
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 19 ▲3
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 13 ▲1
5 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 12 ▼2
6 Italy Ferrari 10 ▼2
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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