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The 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix, officially the XXXIV Grande Prêmio do Brasil, was race number seventeen of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on 25 September 2005.[1] The race would see Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Räikkönen secure a dominant one-two for McLaren-Mercedes, as Fernando Alonso finished third to claim his maiden World Championship title with two races to go.[1]

Qualifying would see Alonso finally challenge for pole position, sweeping to the top spot as he attempted to wrap up the title.[1] Montoya was next ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, while Alonso's main rival Räikkönen would start down in fifth behind Jenson Button.[1]

The start would see Montoya challenge Alonso into the Senna S, although the Spaniard stood his ground and retained the lead.[1] However, all of the attention was on the field behind, as David Coulthard smashed into the back of Antônio Pizzonia, having misjudged the Brazilian racer's manoeuvre ahead.[1]

That impact sent Pizzonia's Williams-BMW straight into the side of the sister car of Mark Webber, leaving all three drivers with heavy damage.[1] Furthermore, it would result in an early appearance for the Safety Car, as Webber dragged his hobbled Williams back to the pits.[1]

The restart came on lap three, with Alonso able to ace the restart to deny Montoya the ability to challenge, only to misjudge his entry into turn two.[1] The extra momentum ensured that the #5 Renault washed out wide, and hence allowed Montoya to slip right under his rear wing.[1] Moments later and the #10 McLaren was diving past the #5 Renault to claim the lead into turn four.[1]

Montoya soon checked out, while Alonso paced himself against Räikkönen, who had beaten Fisichella and Button at the original start.[1] Fisichella, meanwhile, found himself fighting with Michael Schumacher for fourth through the early laps, while Button headed a long line of cars, the result of the BAR-Honda lacking straight-line speed.[1]

However, the order would remain static, and would only change as the first pitstops of the afternoon were staged on lap fifteen.[1] Alonso duly became the first of the leaders to stop on lap 22, dropping to sixth before the rest of the stops unfolded.[1]

With Alonso's stop completed Räikkönen knew he had to push, and would subsequently deliver a string of fastest laps prior to his stop, the last of the leaders.[1] The ploy worked and the Finn duly streaked out of the pits with time in hand over Alonso's Renault, and with Montoya within touching distance ahead.[1]

The two McLaren-Mercedes checked out at that point, hoping that Alonso would challenge them and potentially push his Renault into a retirement.[1] However, the Spanish ace knew that third would be enough for him to claim the crown, and with Schumacher, now ahead of Fisichella, too far back to challenge, could afford to nurse his Renault to the flag.[1]

With that the race was effectively over before the halfway point, with the second round of stops resulting in no change at the front of the field.[1] Behind, Button and Ralf Schumacher would slip out of the points during that second pit phase, while Tiago Monteiro retired for the first time in his F1 career.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Montoya and Räikkönen would have a well mannered duel for victory in the closing stages, with the Colombian ace emerging ahead.[1] Alonso, meanwhile, would duly claim third and the World Championship after a quiet afternoon, setting a new record as the youngest ever Champion, eclipsing Emerson Fittipaldi's 33 year-old mark.[1]

Michael Schumacher, Fisichella, Rubens Barrichello, Button and Ralf Schumacher would claim the remaining points, as McLaren overhauled Renault in the Constructors Championship.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Kimi Räikkönen ensured that the title fight would go on for at least one more race, although the Finn was facing a very one-sided battle. Indeed, second place in Spa for Fernando Alonso ensured that the Spaniard had to score just six points across the final three rounds to claim the crown, leaving Belgium with 25 points in hand. Behind, Michael Schumacher was set to fight with Juan Pablo Montoya to finish third, while Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fisichella were to battle for fifth.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had once again inched closer to leaders Renault, leaving Belgium with a six point deficit. Those two would hence battle it out over the final three races, with a huge 56 point gap back to Ferrari in third, now mathematically out of the fight. Toyota were the Scuderia's biggest threat, ten behind the Italian manufacturer, with Williams-BMW set to round out the top five.

Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2005 Ferrari 055 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2005 Ferrari 055 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 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW27 BMW P84-5 3.0 V10 M
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 V10 M
10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Team 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 EJ15B Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15B Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS05 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 B
21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS05 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
35 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Team 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 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 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 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:11.988 215.486 km/h
2 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.145 +0.157s 215.017 km/h
3 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:12.558 +0.570s 213.793 km/h
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:12.696 +0.708s 213.387 km/h
5 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.781 +0.793s 213.138 km/h
6 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:12.889 +0.901s 212.822 km/h
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:12.976 +0.988s 212.569 km/h
8* 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:13.041 +1.053s 212.379 km/h
9 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:13.151 +1.163s 212.060 km/h
10 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:13.183 +1.195s 211.967 km/h
11 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:13.285 +1.297s 211.672 km/h
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:13.285 +1.297s 211.672 km/h
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:13.387 +1.399s 211.378 km/h
14 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.538 +1.550s 210.944 km/h
15 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.581 +1.593s 210.821 km/h
16 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:13.844 +1.856s 210.070 km/h
17 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:14.520 +2.532s 208.164 km/h
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:14.763 +2.775s 207.488 km/h
NC 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda
NC 20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth
Source:[3][4]
  • 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.
  • * Trulli received a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[4]
  • Sato would receive two ten place grid penalties, one for changing his engine, the other for causing a collision in the 2005 Belgian Grand Prix.[4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:29:20.574 2 10
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +2.527s 5 8
3 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 71 +24.840s 1 6
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 +35.668s 7 5
5 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 71 +40.218s 3 4
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 71 +1:09.173 9 3
7 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 4 2
8 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 70 +1 Lap 10 1
9 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 6
10 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 19
11 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 8
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 20
13* 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 69 Puncture 17
14 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 16
15 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 68 +3 Laps 15
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 55 Electrical 11
NC 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 45 +26 Laps 12
Ret 20 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 34 Water leak 18
Ret 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 0 Accident 13
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 0 Collision 14
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Trulli was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Webber was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Third place in Brazil was enough for Fernando Alonso to claim the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship with two rounds to spare, ending the weekend on 117 points. His closest challenger Kimi Räikkönen had technically closed the gap, although he was still 23 points behind with only twenty points to fight for. The Finn hence had to settle for second, as behind Juan Pablo Montoya moved ahead of Michael Schumacher on countback.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had moved ahead of Renault at the head of the pack, and could therefore claim the crown in Japan. Indeed, should the Anglo-German alliance outscore Renault by sixteen points in Suzuka then they would claim the crown, while Renault would take the lead heading into the finale if they outscored McLaren by three. Elsewhere, Ferrari had moved seventeen points clear of Toyota in third, while Williams-BMW were set to finish in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 117
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 94
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 60 ▲1
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 60 ▼1
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 45 ▲1
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 43 ▼1
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 38 ▲1
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 38 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 32
10 Australia Mark Webber 29
11 Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 21
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 9
14 Brazil Felipe Massa 8
15 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 7
16 Austria Alexander Wurz 6
17 India Narain Karthikeyan 5
18 Austria Christian Klien 5
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers 4
20 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 4
21 Austria Patrick Friesacher 3
22 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 2
23 Japan Takuma Sato 1
24 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 164 ▲1
2 France Renault 162 ▼1
3 Italy Ferrari 98
4 Japan Toyota 81
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 59
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 33
7 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 27
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 17
9 Ireland Jordan-Toyota 12
10 Italy Minardi-Cosworth 7

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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