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The 2005 Italian Grand Prix, officially the LXXVI Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia, was race number fifteen of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy on 4 September 2005.[1] The race was won by McLaren-Mercedes driver Juan Pablo Montoya with Championship leader Fernando Alonso of Renault in second.[1]

Montoya's teammate and title pretender Kimi Räikkönen had been the man to beat in qualifying, although a ten place grid penalty meant that the Finn was unable to start on pole position.[1] That meant that Montoya would head the field on the grid, with Alonso promoted onto the front row of the grid.[1]

Räikkönen's hopes of victory were further dented by a poor start, for he slipped behind Jacques Villeneuve with a cautious getaway.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Montoya got the jump on Alonso to lead into the Rettifilo, with the rest of the field pouring through the first chicane in their wake.[1]

In the midst of the crowd David Coulthard would clip the back of Giancarlo Fisichella and break his front wing, while Mark Webber did the same on the back of Coulthard's Red Bull-Cosworth.[1] Christijan Albers, meanwhile, would be caught out by Narain Karthikeyan as the Indian racer's Jordan-Toyota suddenly changed lines into the chicane, resulting in the Minardi-Cosworth pitching the Jordan into a spin.[1]

Into the early stages and Montoya was able to escape up the road from Alonso, the McLaren showing tremendous straight-line speed.[1] Alonso himself, meanwhile, was soon able to escape the attentions of Jenson Button, sat in a lonely third, while Jarno Trulli found himself fighting with the Ferraris for fourth, with Michael Schumacher only able to pass the Toyota after cutting the first chicane.[1]

Räikkönen, meanwhile, would remain stuck behind Villeneuve's Sauber-Petronas outside the top ten, and would only be released when the Canadian ace followed the Ferraris into the pits on lap fourteen.[1] Now clear, however, Räikkönen would deliver a series of stunning laps, in the midst of which he would set a new record for highest top-speed achieved in a Grand Prix at 370.1 km/h (230.0 mph).[1]

Indeed, the Finn would benefit massively during the first pit-phase, becoming the last man to stop to leap up ahead of Button, the Ferraris, Trulli and the rest of the top ten to move into third.[1] He would also briefly battle with Alonso, before his single stop just shy of half-distance dropped him back down to fifth behind Trulli.[1]

However, Räikkönen would see his hopes of a podium, and the World Championship, shredded moments after leaving the pitlane, as a tyre failure caused his left-rear tyre to fall apart at Lesmo.[1] He duly charged around on three wheels to pit for a replacement, but dropped back behind Villeneuve to twelfth as a result.[1]

With Räikkönen out of the hunt attention turned to the second round of stops, although there would be little change to the order.[1] Indeed, the only change to the order would come via the antics of Antônio Pizzonia in the Williams-BMW, who battled his way into fourth before dropping back to seventh.[1]

Räikkönen would, however, have one last blast, barging through to fourth before hunting down Fisichella, in third, int he closing stages.[1] However, a spin at Roggia saw the #9 McLaren narrowly avoid beaching itself, and would leaving Räikkönen trailing Trulli.[1]

With that the race was effectively run, with Montoya cruising through the final laps to claim victory ahead of Alonso.[1] Fisichella completed the podium in third, well clear of Räikkönen, with Trulli and Ralf Schumacher trailing for Toyota.[1] Pizzonia was next to claim an impressive seventh on his Williams-BMW return, while Button could only muster eighth after his strong quali-run.[1]

This was the first race since the 1961 Dutch Grand Prix that all of the starting/qualifying drivers had finished, ending a run of 649 Grand Prix. This feat would not be repeated again until the 2011 European Grand Prix.

BackgroundEdit

Kimi Räikkönen continued his push for the 2005 World Championship with his fifth win of the season, leaving him 24 points off the lead. Indeed, by finishing second Championship leader Fernando Alonso had minimised the damage Räikkönen had done to his lead, with those two effectively now in a duel for the title. Indeed, third placed Michael Schumacher had slipped 40 points behind, with just 50 left on the table for the remaining five races.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had retained their lead, although McLaren-Mercedes were becoming an ever looming threat, and with a seemingly quicker car. Indeed, the Anglo-German alliance had cut the French squad's advantage to just nine points in Turkey, as those two, like their lead drivers, set about duelling for the crown. Third placed Ferrari were no realistically too far back to challenge, with Toyota and Williams-BMW completing the top five.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 Italian 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* Germany Nick Heidfeld
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 EJ15 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 EJ15 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
40 Italy Enrico Toccacelo Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS05 Ford Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]
  • * Pizzonia would replace Heidfeld during the race weekend as a result of illness.[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1* 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.878 257.855 km/h
2 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.054 +0.176s 257.295 km/h
3 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:21.319 +0.441s 256.457 km/h
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:21.369 +0.491s 256.299 km/h
5 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:21.477 +0.599s 255.959 km/h
6 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:21.640 +0.762s 255.448 km/h
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:21.721 +0.843s 255.195 km/h
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:21.962 +1.084s 254.445 km/h
9 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:22.068 +1.190s 254.116 km/h
10 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:22.266 +1.388s 253.505 km/h
11 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:22.304 +1.426s 253.387 km/h
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.356 +1.478s 253.227 km/h
13 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:22.532 +1.654s 252.687 km/h
14 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.560 +1.682s 252.602 km/h
15 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:23.060 +2.182s 251.081 km/h
16 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:23.291 +2.413s 250.385 km/h
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:24.666 +3.788s 246.318 km/h
18 20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:24.904 +4.026s 245.628 km/h
19 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:25.859 +4.981s 242.896 km/h
20 21 Netherlands Christian Klien Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:26.964 +6.086s 239.810 km/h
WD 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW Withdrawn
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 received a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[4]
  • Heidfeld was withdrawn from the race weekend due to illness.[4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:14:28.659 1 10
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 +2.479s 2 8
3 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 53 +17.975s 8 6
4 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +22.775s 11 5
5 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 53 +33.786s 5 4
6 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 53 +43.925s 9 3
7 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +44.643s 16 2
8 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +1:03.635 3 1
9 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:15.413 15
10 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +1:36.070 6
11 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 12
12 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 7
13 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 13
14 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 52 +1 Lap 14
15 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 10
16 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 4
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 51 +2 Laps 17
18 20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 18
19 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 20
20 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 50 +3 Laps 19
WD 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW colspan="3"
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With four races to go the World Championship battle seemed to be over, for Fernando Alonso had managed to extend his lead to 27 points over Kimi Räikkönen. That meant that the Spanish ace could secure the title in Belgium if he out-scored the Finn by four points in Spa. Räikkönen, meanwhile, would have to beat Alonso in each of the four remaining races just to stand a hope of taking the crown, with those two the only drivers mathematically in the fight.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a fairly even day for the main protagonists, with McLaren-Mercedes only able to nudge a point closer to Renault's 144 point tally. Indeed, the Anglo-German squad were sat eight off the French manufacturer with four rounds to go, and were the only constructor feasibly capable of overhauling the French squad in 2005. Indeed, Ferrari were still mathematically in the hunt, but with a huge 58 point deficit to the leaders.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 103
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 76
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 55
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 50
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 43
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 41
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 35
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 31
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 24 ▲1
11 Australia Mark Webber 24 ▼1
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 21
13 Brazil Felipe Massa 8
14 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 6
15 Austria Alexander Wurz 6
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 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 ▲5
23 Japan Takuma Sato 1 ▼1
24 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 144
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 136
3 Italy Ferrari 86
4 Japan Toyota 78
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 54
6 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 27
7 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 25
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 14
9 Ireland Jordan-Toyota 11
10 Italy Minardi-Cosworth 7

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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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
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