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The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix, officially the XXXI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXXI フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese) was the eighteenth and penultimate round of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on 9 October 2005 at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan.[1] The race would see Kimi Räikkönen claim arguably his greatest race victory, overtaking race leader Giancarlo Fisichella on the final lap.[1]

Qualifying had resulted in an incredibly mixed grid, with Räikkönen, freshly crowned Champion Fernando Alonso and former Champion Michael Schumacher all qualifying at the back of the field due to changing conditions.[1] They would line up in seventeenth, sixteen and fourteenth respectively, while Juan Pablo Montoya failed to set a time at all.[1]

With four quali-aces at the back Ralf Schumacher was left to claim pole position for Toyota at their home race, ahead of a Honda powered BAR in the hands of Jenson Button.[1] Fisichella would claim third ahead of Christian Klien of Red Bull-Cosworth, while Takuma Sato started his home race in fifth.[1]

The start of the race saw Ralf Schumacher sprint into an early lead, leaving Button to try and fend off a fast starting Fisichella.[1] Behind, Sato's hopes were ended when he clashed with Rubens Barrichello, leaving both with damage, while Räikkönen, Alonso and Montoya made early progress, streaking up the order.[1]

However, Montoya's race would ultimately prove to be a short one, with the #10 McLaren-Mercedes crashing out at the end of lap one after being forced off track by Jacques Villeneuve.[1] That resulted in an appearance for the Safety Car as Montoya escaped unharmed, while Villeneuve was slapped with a time penalty.[1]

The restart saw Ralf Schumacher again make a strong getaway, with Fisichella also opening out a gap over Button.[1] Behind, Alonso had to twice hand back a position to Klien after accidentally passing the Austrian racer by cutting the chicane, allowing Räikkönen to close right onto his tail.[1]

Once clear of Klien both Alonso and Räikkönen would charge onto the back of Michael Schumacher, just as the first pitstops were beginning.[1] Ralf Schumacher was the first of the leaders to stop, handing a comfortable lead to Fisichella, while Alonso lined-up a stunning move on the #1 Ferrari.[1]

Running lighter than both Michael Schumacher and Räikkönen, Alonso would throw everything he had at the #1 Ferrari, opening an opportunity at 130R.[1] The Spanish ace duly danced his Renault right around the outside of Schumacher's car on lap 20, a move that would be fondly remembered as the greatest in the Japanese Grand Prix's history.[1]

A lap later and Alonso made his first stop, followed a couple of laps later by first Schumacher and then Räikkönen.[1] They duly rejoined ahead of Alonso, who had got caught behind David Coulthard, with Räikkönen immediately attacking and passing Schumacher to move into fourth.[1]

Räikkönen spent the rest of the second stint hunting down Button and Mark Webber, in second and third, catching them just as they ventured into the pits.[1] Fisichella also stopped to leave Räikkönen in the lead, with the Finn duly delivering a bunch of fastest laps in clear air before making his stop.[1]

That push meant that the Finn emerged from the pits just five seconds behind Fisichella, although with time running out.[1] Behind, Alonso was able to battle past Coulthard, Schumacher and Button to challenge Webber, while Button slipped back towards Schumacher and Coulthard.[1]

With three laps to go Fisichella began to defend, and hence allowed Räikkönen to twice draft alongside him into the first corner only to fend off the Finn's lunge.[1] However, at the start of the final lap Räikkönen was able to sell the Italian racer a dummy, sweeping around the outside of the Renault through turn one to claim the lead.[1]

That proved to be the decisive move, with Räikkönen sprinting away to secure victory ahead of the Italian.[1] Behind, Alonso managed to elbow his way past Webber to complete the podium, and ensure that Renault moved back ahead of McLaren-Mercedes in the Constructors Championship ahead of the season finale in China.[1] The rest of the points would go to Webber, Button, Coulthard, Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 Japanese 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 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 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Ireland Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15B 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 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:46.106 197.022 km/h
2 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:46.141 +0.035s 196.957 km/h
3 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:46.276 +0.170s 196.707 km/h
4 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:46.464 +0.358s 196.359 km/h
5 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:46.841 +0.735s 195.666 km/h
6 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:46.892 +0.786s 195.573 km/h
7 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:47.233 +1.127s 194.951 km/h
8 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:47.440 +1.334s 194.576 km/h
9 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:48.248 +2.142s 193.123 km/h
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:48.278 +2.172s 193.070 km/h
11 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:48.718 +2.612s 192.288 km/h
12 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:48.898 +2.792s 191.970 km/h
13 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:50.843 +4.747s 188.602 km/h
14 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:52.676 +6.570s 185.534 km/h
15 20 Monaco Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:52.894 +6.788s 185.175 km/h
16 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:54.667 +8.561s 182.312 km/h
17* 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2:02.309 +16.203s 170.921 km/h
NC 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
NC 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota
NC 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota
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 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 2
______________ Jenson Button
Row 2 3 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 4
______________ Christian Klien
Row 3 5 ______________
Takuma Sato 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Mark Webber 8
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 5 9 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 10
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 6 11 ______________
Narain Karthikeyan 12
______________ Antônio Pizzonia
Row 7 13 ______________
Christijan Albers 14
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 8 15 ______________
Robert Doornbos 16
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 9 17 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 18
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 10 19 ______________
Jarno Trulli* 20
______________ Tiago Monteiro
  • * Trulli started the race from the pitlane.[4]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:29:02.212 17 10
2 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 53 +1.633s 3 8
3 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 +17.456 16 6
4 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +22.274s 7 5
5 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +29.507s 2 4
6 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 53 +31.601s 6 3
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +33.879s 14 2
8 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 53 +49.548s 1 1
9 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 53 +51.925s 4
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +57.509s 10
11 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 +1:00.633 9
12* 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:23.221 8
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 52 +1 Lap 20
DSQ 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 Disqualified 5
14 20 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Italy Minardi-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 15
15 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 51 +2 Laps 11
16 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 49 +4 Laps 13
17 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 9 Accident 12
Ret 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 9 Damage 19
Ret 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Accident 18
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Villeneuve awarded a 25 second time penalty for causing a collision.[5]
  • Sato was disqualified from the race results after an earlier collision with Trulli.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 123
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 104
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 62 ▲1
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 60 ▼1
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 53
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 43
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 39 ▲1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 38 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 36
10 Australia Mark Webber 34
11 Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24
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 France Renault 176 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 174 ▼1
3 Italy Ferrari 100
4 Japan Toyota 82
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 64
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 37
7 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 30
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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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
See also 2004 Formula One Season • 2006 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
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