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The 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise formally known as the VII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 20 March 2005.[1] The race would see Fernando Alonso claim his first victory of the season in dominant fashion, defeating former teammate Jarno Trulli.[1]

Despite complaints after the opening round in Australia, cumulative qualifying would return in Malaysia, and would see Alonso secure pole position for Renault.[1] Trulli subsequently got his Toyota alongside the Spaniard, while Australia winner Giancarlo Fisichella secured third ahead of Mark Webber.[1]

Amid the familiar Malaysian conditions of humidity and heat the race would start very cleanly, with Alonso streaking ahead of Trulli to secure the lead.[1] Behind, Jenson Button, Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello all made some early progress, diving through the midfield into the first corner after poor quali-performances left them at the back of the field.[1]

Unfortunately for Button he and teammate Anthony Davidson would retire very early on, both suffering engine failures in spite of taking fresh Honda engines in their BARs ahead of the race.[1] Button's demise would also remove Patrick Friesacher from the race as he slipped on the Honda's oil while, out front, Alonso set a series of fastest laps to leave an all Italian scrap for second between Trulli and Fisichella.[1]

The fight for second would only be interrupted by the first round of stops, with Alonso and Trulli stopping on lap 21 to leave Fisichella in a temporary lead.[1] He stopped on the following tour to hand the lead to Kimi Räikkönen, who duly delivered two new lap records before diving into the pits himself.[1]

That late push put the Finn into fourth ahead of Webber and Ralf Schumacher, although is race was soon curtailed by a puncture, that sent the McLaren-Mercedes sliding off the circuit.[1] He eventually limped back to the pits with the entire tyre missing, rejoining in a lowly thirteenth having lost almost a full lap.[1]

As the second stint developed it became clear that the Sepang circuit was punishing the tyres, with Fisichella the big victim as he picked up several blisters.[1] Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were also notable blistered battlers, although while Trulli held onto a secure second, Fisichella would drop back into the sights of Webber's Williams-BMW.[1]

Webber moved into striking position several laps later, although his lunge at turn thirteen only allowed Schumacher to nose alongside, while Nick Heidfeld joined the fight.[1] Schumacher then lunged at the Williams into turn fourteen and ran the Australian wide, a move which also caused Heidfeld to lose time.[1]

However, Heidfeld still had momentum, and an excellent double tow allowed him to pass Schumacher into turn one, only for the German racer to retaliate and take fifth back at turn four.[1] However, Schumacher would run wide during the next battle and hand the position to Heidfeld, who subsequently fled up the road to catch teammate Webber, just as the Aussie lined up another attack on Fisichella.[1]

This time Fisichella would defend aggressively, resulting in contact at the final corner that left both cars out of the race with damage.[1] Heidfeld hence slipped through to claim third ahead of Schumacher, with the second Toyota's pace deteriorating rapidly as the race wore on.[1]

With that the race was run, with Alonso remaining unchallenged through the second round of stops to claim victory ahead of Trulli, who claimed Toyota's maiden podium finish.[1] Heidfeld survived well to complete the podium, while Schumacher's fading tyres allowed Juan Pablo Montoya to sweep past the Toyota for fourth late on.[1] The remaining points went to David Coulthard, a quiet Michael Schumacher and Christian Klien.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Opening day victory for Giancarlo Fisichella left the Italian racer atop the Championship, holding ten points and a two point lead. Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso completed the early top three, while David Coulthard and Mark Webber rounded out the top five. The remaining opening day scorers were Juan Pablo Montoya, Christian Klien and Kimi Räikkönen.

In the Constructors Championship it was double podium finishers Renault who left the opening round at the head of the hunt, leaving Australia with sixteen points. Defending Champions Ferrari would begin the season in second, eight behind the French manufacturer, while debutantes Red Bull-Cosworth were in third, just point behind the Italian giants. Completing the scorers list were Williams-BMW and McLaren-Mercedes, level on four points.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2005 Malaysian 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
Anthony Davidson
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 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 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]
  • * Sato was withdrawn from the race weekend due to illness.[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2 Total
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:32.582 1:35.090 3:07.672
2 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:32.672 1:35.253 3:07.925 +0.253s
3 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:32.765 1:35.683 3:08.448 +0.776s
4 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:33.204 1:35.700 3:08.904 +1.232s
5 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 1:33.106 1:35.901 3:09.007 +1.335s
6 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.839 1:36.644 3:09.483 +1.811s
7 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:33.724 1:35.865 3:09.589 +1.917s
8 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:33.809 1:35.881 3:09.832 +2.028s
9 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:33.616 1:36.216 3:09.832 +2.160s
10 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:33.464 1:36.453 3:09.917 +2.245s
11 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.333 1:36.757 3:10.090 +2.418s
12 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:34.162 1:37.340 3:11.502 +3.830s
13 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:34.072 1:37.561 3:11.633 +3.961s
14 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:34.151 1:37.733 3:11.884 +4.212s
15 4 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.866 1:37.024 3:11.890 +4.218s
16 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:34.887 1:38.108 3:12.995 +5.323s
17 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:37.806 1:39.850 3:17.656 +9.984s
18 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:37.856 1:40.106 3:17.962 +10.290s
19 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.268 1:41.918 3:21.186 +13.514s
20 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:40.432 1:42.569 3:23.001 +15.329s
WD* 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda Withdrawn
Source:[4][5][6][3]
  • 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.
  • * Sato was unable to take part in qualifying or the race due to illness.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 1:31:33.736 1 10
2 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 56 +24.327s 2 8
3 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 +32.188s 10 6
4 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +41.631s 11 5
5 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 56 +51.854s 5 4
6 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +1:12.543 8 3
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 56 +1:19.988 13 2
8 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +1:20.835 7 1
9 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1:21.580 6
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Laps 14
11 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 17
12 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 53 +3 Laps 18
13 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 52 +4 Laps 19
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 49 Handling 12
Ret 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 36 Collision 3
Ret 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 36 Collision 4
Ret 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 26 Spin 16
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 2 Engine 9
Ret 4 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom BAR-Honda 2 Engine 15
Ret 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 2 Accident 20
WD 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fernando Alonso moved to the top of the Championship after his victory in Malaysia, leaving Sepang with sixteen points to his name. Teammate Giancarlo Fisichella made way for him, dropping to second after his retirement, while Jarno Trulli had leapt into third after his podium finish. The Italian racer headed a quartet of drivers on eight points, with twelve drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had continued to build their early advantage, moving onto 26 points after Alonso's triumph. Toyota, meanwhile, had streak straight into second after their maiden trip to the podium, a point ahead of Red Bull-Cosworth in third. The Austrian rookies were themselves a point ahead of Ferrari and Williams-BMW, while McLaren-Mercedes were a further point behind as the final scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 16 ▲2
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 ▼1
3 Italy Jarno Trulli 8 ▲6
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8 ▼2
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8 ▼1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 8
7 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6 ▲11
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4 ▲4
9 Australia Mark Webber 4 ▼4
10 Austria Christian Klien 3 ▼3
11 Germany Michael Schumacher 2 ▲7
12 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 ▼4
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 16
2 Japan Toyota 12 ▲4
3 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 11
4 Italy Ferrari 10 ▼2
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 10 ▼1
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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
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