The 2005 Chinese Grand Prix, formally known as the II Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix (II 中石化中国大奖赛 in Chinese) was the nineteenth and final round of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, on 16 October 2005.[1] The race, which was the 750th Grand Prix to be staged, would see Fernando Alonso secure victory, a result which also secured the Constructors Championship for Renault.[1]

Indeed, Renault would end their title winning campaign in fine style, as Alonso led teammate Giancarlo Fisichella to a front-row lockout for the French manufacturer.[1] Kimi Räikkönen would lead the McLaren-Mercedes charge for the title from third, with Juan Pablo Montoya fifth, with the Anglo-German squad needing to out-score Renault by two points in the season finale.[1]

Ahead of the race there would be a major revision to the grid, as out-going Champion Michael Schumacher found himself stranded at the side of the circuit, having collided with Christijan Albers.[1] They hence had to start the race from the pitlane in their spare cars, joined by Narain Karthikeyan after he had issues in his Jordan-Toyota.[1]

With the grid somewhat thinned the start would prove fairly tame, as Alonso sprinted into an early lead ahead of Fisichella.[1] The Italian racer would instead work to block Räikkönen's attempts to move into second with an aggressive defence into turn one, while Montoya jumped Jenson Button to claim fourth.[1]

The early stages saw Alonso ease away at the head of the pack, aided by a freshly updated engine and the fact that Fisichella was not pushing too hard.[1] Indeed, Fisichella was instead playing the team game, using his superior straight-line speed to prevent the McLarens from passing without drawing them onto the back of his race leading teammate.[1]

A rather tepid race would develop thereafter, with no changes to the order until Tiago Monteiro ventured into the pits on lap fifteen.[1] However, a lap later and Alonso's sixteen second lead would be wiped out by the Safety Car, which was scrambled after Montoya's McLaren was effectively written off by a loose drain cover.[1]

Montoya's demise made it almost impossible for McLaren to beat Renault in the Constructors Championship, with the entire field pouring into the pits for their first stops.[1] Räikkönen's stop was the longest but he would scramble away still in third behind Fisichella, as Schumacher's ignominious race continued with a race-ending spin under the safety car on cold tyres.[1]

The race resumed with Alonso instantly sprinting into an early lead, quickly building a three second lead as Fisichella again prioritised blocking Räikkönen.[1] As a result, the race quickly developed into a procession once again, until the safety car appeared for a second time nine laps later as Karthikeyan had gone skating off the circuit at turn thirteen and demolished his Jordan in the barriers.[1]

Once again the majority of the field would dive into the pits, although this time Fisichella would drive well below the speed limit in the pits to hold up the rest of the field.[1] This would ultimately result in a drive-through penalty for the #6 Renault, as well as allow Räikkönen to jump him, although the ploy worked to keep Alonso at the head of the safety car train.[1]

Furthermore, several drivers opted against stopping, and so Alonso would take the restart with Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien and Felipe Massa separating him from Räikkönen.[1] As a result Alonso was able to build a decisive lead, while the Finn had to wait until those three pitted for their final stops to finally move back into second.[1] Fisichella would also filter back into third, only for his drive through penalty to jump him back behind Ralf Schumacher in fourth.[1]

With that the race was run, with Alonso cruising through the final laps to claim victory ahead of Räikkönen.[1] Fisichella ran out of time to get back into podium contention and so had to settle for fourth behind Ralf Schumacher, although that was more than enough for Renault to claim the Constructors Championship.[1] The rest of the points would go to Klien, Massa, Mark Webber and Button.[1]

The Chinese Grand Prix of 2005 would also be notable as the last race for BAR Minardi and Jordan as constructors, as they became Honda, Toro Rosso and Midland respectively in 2006. It would also be the final Grand Prix to be won by a V10 engine, while Räikkönen would match the record for most fastest laps in a single season with ten.

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory for Kimi Räikkönen meant that the Finn closed the gap to Fernando Alonso atop the Championship, although with the Spaniard having already been declared Champion that was little more than a footnote. Behind, Michael Schumacher had moved back ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in the fight for third, establishing a two point advantage, while Giancarlo Fisichella had closed in on both in fifth. That was the only major fight remaining in the Drivers' Championship heading into the season finale, with Räikkönen already guaranteed second place.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had overturned McLaren-Mercedes' two point lead to claim a two point lead of their own, meaning there would still be a crown to be awarded in China. It would likely be winner takes all in the season finale, with a one-two for either team enough to see them lift the trophy. Behind, Ferrari had mathematically secured third ahead of Toyota, who were likewise set to finish fourth ahead of Williams-BMW.

Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2005 Chinese 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 RS25E 3.0 V10 M
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R25 Renault RS25E 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 TF105B Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 M
17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF105B 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 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 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 EJ15B Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1 Report[edit | edit source]

Q2 Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:34.080 208.584 km/h
2 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:34.401 +0.321s 207.875 km/h
3 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.448 +0.368s 207.771 km/h
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.801 +0.721s 206.998 km/h
5 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.188 +1.108s 206.156 km/h
6 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:35.301 +1.221s 205.912 km/h
7 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:35.428 +1.348s 205.638 km/h
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:35.610 +1.530s 205.246 km/h
9 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:35.723 +1.643s 205.004 km/h
10 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:35.739 +1.659s 204.970 km/h
11 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:35.898 +1.818s 204.630 km/h
12 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:36.044 +1.964s 204.319 km/h
13 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.445 +2.365s 203.469 km/h
14 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:36.472 +2.392s 203.412 km/h
15 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:36.707 +2.627s 202.918 km/h
16 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:36.788 +2.708s 202.748 km/h
17 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:37.083 +3.003s 202.132 km/h
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.105 +5.025s 198.008 km/h
19 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:39.233 +5.153s 197.753 km/h
20 20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.460 +5.380s 197.301 km/h
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.

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 1:39:53.618 1 10
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +4.015s 3 8
3 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 56 +25.376s 9 6
4 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 56 +26.114s 2 5
5 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +31.839s 14 4
6 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +36.400s 11 3
7 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 +36.842s 10 2
8 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 +41.249s 4 1
9 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +44.247s 7
10 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +59.977s 16
11 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 56 +1:24.648 19
12 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 56 +1:32.812 8
13* 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 55 Puncture 13
14* 20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 55 Fuel pump 20
15 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 12
16* 21T Netherlands Christian Klien Italy Minardi-Cosworth 50 Wheel 18
Ret 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 34 Gearbox 17
Ret 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 28 Accident 15
Ret 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 24 Engine 5
Ret 1T Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 22 Spin 6
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Pizzonia, Doornbos and Albers were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

The Chinese Grand Prix brought the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship to an end, with Fernando Alonso declared as Champion with 133 points to his name. That meant he finished the season 21 points clear of Kimi Räikkönen in second, while out-going Champion Michael Schumacher ended the season in third, 71 points off the lead. Juan Pablo Montoya and Giancarlo Fisichella completed the top five, with 24 drivers having scored points across the nineteen Grand Prix.

In the Constructors Championship it was Renault who ended the season as Champions, leaving the season finale with 191 points and eight race wins. McLaren-Mercedes hence had to settle for being runners-up, having registered 182 points and ten race wins, suggesting they had in-fact had the faster car. Third, meanwhile, would go to former Champions Ferrari, the only other car to break the 100 point barrier, as all ten constructors scored points in 2005.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 133
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 112
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 62
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 60
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 58
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 45 ▲1
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 43 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 38
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 37
10 Australia Mark Webber 36
11 Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24
13 Brazil Felipe Massa 11 ▲1
14 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 9 ▼1
15 Austria Christian Klien 9 ▲3
16 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 7 ▼1
17 Austria Alexander Wurz 5 ▼1
18 India Narain Karthikeyan 5 ▼1
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 France Renault 191
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 182
3 Italy Ferrari 100
4 Japan Toyota 88
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 66
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 38
7 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 34
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 20
9 Ireland Jordan-Toyota 12
10 Italy Minardi-Cosworth 7

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Button • 4 Sato • 4 Davidson • 5 Alonso • 6 Fisichella • 7 Webber • 8 Heidfeld • 8 Pizzonia • 9 Räikkönen • 10 Montoya • 10 De la Rosa • 10 Wurz • 11 Villeneuve • 12 Massa • 14 Coulthard • 15 Klien • 15 Liuzzi • 16 Trulli • 17 R. Schumacher • 17 Zonta • 18 Monteiro • 19 Karthikeyan • 20 Friesacher • 20 Doornbos • 21 Albers
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