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The XLIX Allianz Grand Prix of Europe, otherwise known as the 2005 European Grand Prix, was the seventh round of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 29 May 2005.[1] The race would see Fernando Alonso secure his third win of the season, albeit after race leader Kimi Räikkönen suffered a suspension failure on the final lap.[1]

Qualifying, which saw a return to a more simplified one-lap format, would see Nick Heidfeld sweep to his first, and ultimately only, pole position for Williams-BMW.[1] Räikkönen was next for McLaren-Mercedes ahead of the second Williams of Mark Webber, while Championship leader Alonso would start from sixth.[1]

There were no issues ahead of the start of the race, until Giancarlo Fisichella stalled as the field began to line-up after completing the formation lap.[1] That start therefore had to be aborted as the Renault was dragged into the pits, with a second formation and attempt made a few minutes later.[1]

Fortunately the second attempted start would pass without issue, with Räikkönen immediately screaming away to claim the lead.[1] That left pole sitter and Heidfeld and his teammate Webber to fight for second, although sluggish starts from both Williams' allowed Jarno Trulli and Juan Pablo Montoya to pass the Australian racer.[1]

Yet, Webber would try and retaliate into the tight first corner, but would only manage to smash his own suspension as he slid into Montoya.[1] The rest of the field were hence forced to take avoiding action, resulting in Ralf Schumacher and Takuma Sato both picking up front wing damage.[1]

The early stages saw Räikkönen ease into a small lead, while Trulli was sent back to ninth having received a penalty for a grid infringement.[1] Elsewhere, Rubens Barrichello charged into the points with moves on Jenson Button and Vitantonio Liuzzi, only to open the first pitstop window.[1]

Räikkönen would lead all bar five laps during the pitstop phase, with first David Coulthard and then Alonso taking over from the Finn.[1] Regardless, it was still Räikkönen who led once the field had all stopped, with Heidfeld retaining second, Alonso moving into third, while Barrichello streaked into fourth.[1]

With that the race began to settle down, with the order out front remaining unchanged until Räikkönen locked up at the chicane and ran wide.[1] That allowed Heidfeld to dart past as the McLaren picked up bargeboard damage, before another lock-up prior his second stop caused a bigger flat-spot to develop on his front right tyre.[1]

Yet, Räikkönen would retake the lead before the second round of stops, and would build a huge fifteen second advantage over Alonso as Heidfeld slipped to third, on a three stop.[1] Indeed, Alonso would briefly challenge after making his third and final stop, although with time running out the Renault had no real response to the McLaren.[1]

With that the race looked to be over, although Räikkönen would struggle with a worsening vibration as the final laps ticked away.[1] Then, as he came to start the final lap the vibration drastically worsened, causing the McLaren's front right suspension to shatter and send the Finn skating off the circuit.[1]

Alonso duly streaked through to claim the lead and victory, while Heidfeld and Barrichello inherited podium spots.[1] Coulthard was next ahead of Michael Schumacher, with Giancarlo Fisichella, Montoya and Trulli claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Despite failing to finish on the podium for the first time in 2005, Fernando Alonso had once again extended his lead, leaving Monte Carlo on 49 points. Race winner Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had moved into second, but was left some 22 points adrift on the Spaniard in-spite of his second consecutive win. Behind, Jarno Trulli slipped a point behind the Finn, while Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was still advantage Renault, although their lead had come down after the efforts of McLaren-Mercedes. Indeed, the two squads were separated by twelve points leaving Monaco, down from Renault's former eighteen point lead. Behind, Toyota had made way for McLaren, slipping eight behind, while it was status quo for the rest of the scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 European 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 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 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 Austria Christian Klien 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 France Franck Montagny 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 European Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:30.081 205.735 km/h
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.197 +0.116s 205.470 km/h
3 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:30.197 +0.287s 205.081 km/h
4 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:30.700 +0.619s 204.331 km/h
5 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.890 +0.809s 203.904 km/h
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:31.056 +0.975s 203.532 km/h
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:31.249 +1.168s 203.101 km/h
8 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:31.392 +1.311s 202.784 km/h
9 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:31.566 +1.485s 202.398 km/h
10 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:31.585 +1.504s 202.356 km/h
11 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.205 +2.124s 200.996 km/h
12 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:32.553 +2.472s 200.240 km/h
13 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:32.594 +2.513s 200.151 km/h
14 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:32.642 +2.561s 200.047 km/h
15 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.891 +2.810s 199.511 km/h
16 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:32.926 +2.845s 199.436 km/h
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:35.047 +4.966s 194.986 km/h
18 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:35.954 +5.873s 193.143 km/h
19 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:36.192 +6.111s 192.665 km/h
20 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:36.239 +6.158s 192.571 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 59 1:31:46.648 6 10
2 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 59 +16.567s 1 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 59 +18.549s 7 6
4 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 59 +31.588s 12 5
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 59 +50.445s 10 4
6 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 59 +51.932s 9 3
7 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 59 +58.173s 5 2
8 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 59 +1:11.091 4 1
9 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 59 +1:11.529 14
10 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1:35.786 13
11* 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 Suspension 2
12 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 58 +1 Lap 16
13 15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 58 +1 Lap 15
14 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 58 +1 Lap 11
15 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 58 +1 Lap 17
16 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 58 +1 Lap 19
17 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 57 +2 Laps 20
18 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 56 +3 Laps 18
Ret 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 33 Spin 8
Ret 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 0 Collision 3
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Räikkönen was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A third win of the campaign left Fernando Alonso in command of the Championship, particularly as it had come courtesy of misfortune for main rival Kimi Räikkönen. Indeed, had the Finn won the race then he would have cut the Spaniard's advantage to fifteen points, but his late retirement meant he instead left Germany some 32 points behind. Räikkönen would, however, retain second ahead of Jarno Trulli, while Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had increased their lead, leaving Germany with a 23 point lead. Like lead driver Räikkönen, McLaren-Mercedes had faced a huge swing in points as a result of the Finn's late retirement, but would retain their status in second place. Toyota, meanwhile, had lost more ground in third, and were just a point ahead of Williams-BMW, while Ferrari were making steady ground in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 59
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 27
3 Italy Jarno Trulli 27
4 Germany Nick Heidfeld 25 ▲1
5 Australia Mark Webber 18 ▼1
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17 ▲1
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 17 ▼1
8 Germany Michael Schumacher 16 ▲1
9 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 16 ▼1
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 15 ▲1
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 15 ▼1
12 Austria Alexander Wurz 6
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5
14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 4
15 Austria Christian Klien 3
16 Brazil Felipe Massa 2
17 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 76
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53
3 Japan Toyota 44
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 43
5 Italy Ferrari 31
6 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 19
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 7

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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References:

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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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