The 2005 United States Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXXIV Foster's United States Grand Prix, was the ninth race of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, USA, on 19 June 2005.[1] The race proved to be among the most controversial in F1 history, as Michael Schumacher led just five other cars throughout the race.[1]

The cause of the controversy would be an accidents for Ralf Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta in practice, caused by a failure of their Michelin tyres on the banking.[1] The French tyre manufacturer then approached the FIA, track organisers and rivals Bridgestone to find a compromise, with negotiations going on through to race morning.[1]

In the mean time, qualifying would see Michelin shod Jarno Trulli claim pole position for Toyota, ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.[1] Indeed, the top four would all qualify on Michelin tyres, with Michael Schumacher the best of the six Bridgestone shod drivers down in fifth.[1]

Into race morning and Michelin's group of runners had provided various solutions, but could not reach a compromise with the FIA or Ferrari.[1] These included putting a chicane on the entry to turn thirteen, allowing Michelin runners to change tyres mid-race but not score points, and to change the race to a non-Championship round, with Michelin shod drivers using an alternate track layout.[1]

However, all of those proposals were rejected, despite all fourteen of the Michelin runners lining up on the grid.[1] However, all of the seven team principles agreed to withdraw from the race, with their drivers duly diving into the pitlane and their pit garages at the end of the formation lap.[1]

With that just the two Ferraris, the two Jordan-Toyotas and the two Minardi-Cosworths lined up on the grid, amid a chorus of boos and shouts from the crowd.[1] Regardless, the race was officially started with Schumacher streaking ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello, while the two Jordans battled to the Minardis.[1]

With just six cars on track, and two of them representing the reigning World Champions, there was little surprise that there was next to no on-track action.[1] Indeed, within ten laps Schumacher and Barrichello had already built enough of an advantage to pit without dropping behind the Jordans, while the 100,000 strong crowd had already dispersed.[1]

There would only be one on-track pass throughout the race, with Christijan Albers taking fourth from Narain Karthikeyan.[1] That position would be reversed during the first round of stops, with Tiago Monteiro easing into a lonely third place and looking set for his maiden podium finish.[1]

The second half of the race saw Barrichello almost challenge Schumacher for the lead as the duo completed their second stops, with the German ace exiting the pitlane alongside the Brazilian.[1] Ultimately, Barrichello was run wide onto the grass by his teammate as they battled with Schumacher romping away from that moment on.[1]

With that the race was over, with Schumacher cruising home ahead of Barrichello, while Monteiro claimed a little bit of history by becoming the first Portuguese driver to claim a podium finish.[1] Karthikeyan, Albers and Patrick Friesacher completed the points as the entire field finished, although it was a very quiet IMS when the drivers made the trip to the podium.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory for Kimi Räikkönen ensured that the Finn had closed the gap back to Fernando Alonso at the head of the Championship, although the Spaniard still enjoyed a fair lead. Indeed, Alonso left Canada having failed to score, but with twelve points in hand over Räikkönen, with the pair set to duel for the title over the rest of the season. Behind, Jarno Trulli slipped ten off of Räikkönen in third, Nick Heidfeld retained fourth, while Michael Schumacher broke into the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a strong day for McLaren-Mercedes, although they were still shy of Renault's 76 point tally. The Anglo-German alliance would hence leave Canada thirteen off the French squad, with an identical margin keeping them ahead of Williams-BMW and Toyota. The latter duo had both ended the eighth weekend of the season on 47 points for the campaign, Williams-BMW ahead on countback, while Ferrari completed the top five, just two points behind.

Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2005 United States 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
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
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 United States Scott Speed 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 Monaco Robert Doornbos Ireland Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]
  • * Zonta replaced Schumacher in the #17 Toyota after practice.[2]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1 Report[edit | edit source]

Q2 Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:10.625 213.681 km/h
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.694 +0.069s 213.472 km/h
3 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:11.277 +0.652s 211.726 km/h
4 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1:11.290 +0.665s 211.687 km/h
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:11.369 +0.744s 211.453 km/h
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:11.380 +0.755s 211.421 km/h
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:11.431 +0.806s 211.270 km/h
8 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:11.497 +0.872s 211.075 km/h
9 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:11.527 +0.902s 210.986 km/h
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:11.555 +0.930s 210.904 km/h
11 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.681 +1.056s 210.533 km/h
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:11.691 +1.066s 210.503 km/h
13 17 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 1:11.754 +1.129s 210.319 km/h
14 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:12.132 +1.507s 209.216 km/h
15 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:12.430 +1.805s 208.356 km/h
16 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 1:12.682 +2.057s 207.633 km/h
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:13.462 +2.837s 205.429 km/h
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:13.632 +3.007s 204.854 km/h
19 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 1:13.776 +3.151s 204.554 km/h
20 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 1:14.494 +3.869s 202.583 km/h
WD* 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 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.
  • * Schumacher was withdrawn after an accident in practice.[4]

Original Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Pre-race[edit | edit source]

Post-parade lap grid[edit | edit source]

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Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
2
______________
Row 2 3 ______________
4
______________
Row 3 5 ______________
Michael Schumacher 6
______________
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________
Row 5 9 ______________
10
______________
Row 6 11 ______________
12
______________
Row 7 13 ______________
14
______________
Row 8 15 ______________
16
______________
Row 9 17 ______________
Tiago Monteiro 18
______________ Christijan Albers
Row 10 19 ______________
Narain Karthikeyan 20
______________ Patrick Friesacher

Note: Only six grid slots were filled at the start of the race, due to 14 cars withdrawing at the end of the parade lap.

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 73 1:29:43.181 5 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 73 +1.522s 7 8
3 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Ireland Jordan-Toyota 72 +1 Lap 17 6
4 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Ireland Jordan-Toyota 72 +1 Lap 19 5
5 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Italy Minardi-Cosworth 71 +2 Laps 18 4
6 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Italy Minardi-Cosworth 71 +2 Laps 20 3
DNS 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota
DNS 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
DNS 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda
DNS 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault
DNS 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
DNS 4 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda
DNS 7 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-BMW
DNS 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
DNS 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW
DNS 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
DNS 17 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota
DNS 15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Cosworth
DNS 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Williams-BMW
DNS 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Cosworth
WD 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.


Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 59
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 37
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 34 ▲2
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 29 ▲3
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 27 ▼2
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld 25 ▼2
7 Australia Mark Webber 22 ▼1
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 20
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard 17
11 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 16
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 7
13 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 6 ▲5
14 Austria Alexander Wurz 6 ▼1
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5 ▼1
16 India Narain Karthikeyan 5 ▲5
17 Netherlands Christijan Albers 4 ▲2
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 4 ▼3
19 Austria Christian Klien 4 ▼3
20 Austria Patrick Friesacher 3 ▲1
21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 ▼4
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 76
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 63
3 Italy Ferrari 63 ▲2
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 47 ▼1
5 Japan Toyota 47 ▼1
6 Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 22
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 12
8 Ireland Jordan-Toyota 11
9 Italy Minardi-Cosworth 7 ▲1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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