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The 2005 French Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XCI Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France, was the tenth round of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on the 3 July 2005.[1] The race would be dominated by drivers using Michelin tyres, after the controversial United States Grand Prix saw all of the French shod cars withdraw.[1]

After the fallout from the US Grand Prix the F1 field reconvened in France, with the Michelin tyred section of the field assured that there would be no repercussions for their actions.[1] Fortunately there would be no issues during practice caused by tyre failures, with Michelin reported to be using a harder compound than before.[1]

Qualifying would see Fernando Alonso secure pole position, edging out Jarno Trulli in the Toyota.[1] Kimi Räikkönen claimed third but was slapped with a ten place grid penalty so would start thirteenth, while Michael Schumacher was the best Bridgestone runner, being promoted to third.[1]

The start of the race would see Alonso's Renault sprint into an early lead, while Trulli fended off the attentions of Schumacher.[1] Behind, Rubens Barrichello made ground with a move on Takuma Sato, while Räikkönen sprinted into the top ten with a strong start.[1]

Alonso would continue to build his lead in the early stages, quickly establishing a five second lead as Trulli fended off Schumacher.[1] They were joined in the lead group by Barrichello as Sato lacked their pace, while Räikkönen continued his move up the field after his grid penalty.[1]

Barrichello kick started the first pit phase when he stopped on lap fifteen, with Trulli and Schumacher stopping on the following tour.[1] Schumacher would ultimately emerge at the head of that group, while Alonso stopped on lap twenty without losing the lead.[1]

The two McLaren-Mercedes, meanwhile, would run in second and third, opting for a one-stop strategy, with Juan Pablo Montoya running ahead of Räikkönen.[1] They duly stopped and rejoined in second and third having out-paced the Schumacher group, but with Räikkönen moving ahead of Montoya by virtue of stopping three laps later.[1]

Räikkönen was hence off to chase down Alonso, although the Spaniard was able to make his second stop without losing the lead.[1] Behind, Montoya's pace collapsed when his tyres faded, before a hydraulic failure on lap 46 ended his race and let Schumacher through to third.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, with Alonso cruising through the final laps to claim victory, ten seconds clear of Räikkönen.[1] Schumacher was a distant third to complete the podium, while Jenson Button moving into fourth with a strong final stint.[1] Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve completed the scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Michael Schumacher in a sparse IMS ensured that the German ace was in title contention, having moved into third. However, he was still 25 points shy of Fernando Alonso in the lead, but was just three off of Kimi Räikkönen who had lacked the fortune of his competitors. Elsewhere, Rubens Barrichello had also made ground to move into fourth ahead of Jarno Trulli, with 21 drivers now on the board.

In the Constructors Championship it was Renault who continued to lead the away, leaving the US having not raced, but with 76 points. McLaren-Mercedes were next having also failed to race in the US, while Ferrari had moved into third, level on 63 points with the Anglo-German alliance. Behind, Williams-BMW and Toyota were still tied on 47, while Jordan-Toyota and Minardi-Cosworth had added their names to the score sheet.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 French 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 France Olivier Panis 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 French Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:14.412 213.401 km/h
2 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:14.521 +0.109s 213.089 km/h
3* 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.559 +0.147s 212.980 km/h
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.572 +0.160s 212.943 km/h
5 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.655 +0.243s 212.706 km/h
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.832 +0.420s 212.203 km/h
7 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:14.887 +0.475s 212.047 km/h
8 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.051 +0.639s 211.584 km/h
9 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.406 +0.994s 210.588 km/h
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.566 +1.154s 210.142 km/h
11 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.699 +1.287s 209.773 km/h
12 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:15.771 +1.359s 209.574 km/h
13 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.885 +1.473s 209.259 km/h
14 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:16.207 +1.795s 208.375 km/h
15 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:16.434 +2.022s 207.756 km/h
16 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:16.547 +2.135s 207.449 km/h
17 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:17.857 +3.445s 203.959 km/h
18 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:17.960 +3.548s 203.689 km/h
19 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:18.047 +3.635s 203.462 km/h
20 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:18.335 +3.923s 202.714 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.
  • * Räikkönen was awarded a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 70 1:31:22.232 1 10
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +11.805s 13 8
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 70 +1:21.914 3 6
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 69 +1 Lap 7 5
5 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 2 4
6 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 69 +1 Lap 6 3
7 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 11 2
8 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 69 +1 Lap 10 1
9 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 5
10 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 15
11 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 69 +1 Lap 4
12 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 68 +2 Laps 12
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 67 +3 Laps 19
14 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 66 +4 Laps 14
15 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 66 +4 Laps 17
Ret 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 46 Engine 8
Ret 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 37 Puncture 20
Ret 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 33 Puncture 18
Ret 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 30 Hydraulics 9
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1 Fuel pressure 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fernando Alonso secured his fifth win of the season to extend his Championship lead, leaving France with 24 points in hand. Kimi Räikkönen was still his closest challenger, moving onto 45 points for the campaign, while Michael Schumacher had slipped 29 points off the lead in third. Jarno Trulli and Rubens Barrichello completed the top five, while Jenson Button had become the 22nd scorer of the campaign with his first points of the season.

In the Constructors Championship it had been another strong day for Renault, leaving France with 89 points and an increased lead. McLaren-Mercedes remained their nearest threat, slipping eighteen points behind, while Ferrari had moved closer to their Anglo-German rivals, sitting just two behind. Toyota and Williams-BMW were next, while BAR-Honda's first points of the campaign ensured all ten constructors had scored.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 69
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 45
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 40
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 31 ▲1
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 29 ▼1
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld 25
7 Australia Mark Webber 22
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 22
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 20
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard 17
11 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 16
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 7
13 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 6
14 Austria Alexander Wurz 6
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 6
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 5 ▲6
17 India Narain Karthikeyan 5 ▼1
18 Netherlands Christijan Albers 4 ▼1
19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 4 ▼1
20 Austria Christian Klien 4 ▼1
21 Austria Patrick Friesacher 3 ▼1
22 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 89
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71
3 Italy Ferrari 69
4 Japan Toyota 53 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 47 ▼1
6 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 22
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 13
8 Ireland Jordan-Toyota 11
9 Italy Minardi-Cosworth 7
10 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 5

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E 2005 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • BAR • Renault • Williams • McLaren • Sauber • Red Bull • Toyota • Jordan • Minardi
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
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
Other Drivers Badoer • Bernoldi • Gené • Kiesa • Kovalainen • Montagny • Panis • Rosberg • Speed • Yamamoto
Cars Renault R25 • McLaren MP4-20 • Ferrari F2004M • Ferrari F2005 • Toyota TF105 • Williams FW27 • BAR 007 • Red Bull RB1 • Sauber C24 • Jordan EJ15 • Minardi PS04B • Minardi PS05
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Bahrain • San Marino • Spain • Monaco • Europe • Canada • United States • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Turkey • Italy • Belgium • Brazil • Japan • China
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