2005 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 11 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
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Date 10 July 2005
Official name LVIII Foster's British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
5.141 km (3.194 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.46 km (191.64 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:19.905
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:20.502 on lap 60
Podium
First Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes

The 2005 British Grand Prix (formally the LVIII Foster's British Grand Prix) was a Formula One race held at Silverstone Circuit on 10 July 2005. It was the eleventh race of the 2005 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

For the second consecutive race, Renault's Fernando Alonso took pole position while his championship rival, McLaren's Kimi Räikkönen, was demoted ten places on the grid following an engine failure. Räikkönen, who had originally qualified second with a time just 0.027 seconds slower than Alonso's, suffered this engine failure during Saturday free practice. This promoted BAR's Jenson Button, in his home race, to the front row, with the top ten being completed by Juan Pablo Montoya in the second McLaren, Jarno Trulli in the Toyota, Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari, Giancarlo Fisichella in the second Renault, Takuma Sato in the second BAR, Ralf Schumacher in the second Toyota, Michael Schumacher in the second Ferrari, and Jacques Villeneuve in the Sauber. Jordan's Tiago Monteiro started at the rear of the grid after failing to set a time, following an engine failure during Friday practice.

Before the race, a minute of silence was held as a mark of respect for those who had lost their lives in the London bombings three days earlier.[1]

The weather was hot, with air temperature at 30°C, and the track temperature at 45°C as the cars completed the formation lap. Sato stalled as he came to the grid, but race director Charlie Whiting nonetheless started the race, with the safety car being deployed on lap 2 to allow the marshals to safely return the BAR to the pit lane. Sato would eventually rejoin the race, two laps behind the leaders. Montoya made a fast start, passing Button off the grid and then overtaking Alonso for the lead into Becketts. After the safety car period, Montoya retained the lead until the first round of pit stops, although Alonso remained no more than a second and a half behind as he and the Colombian traded fastest laps. Button held third, while Barrichello and Fisichella passed a slow-starting Trulli, who in turn was holding up Michael Schumacher. Räikkönen, already up four places, was thus able to close up behind Schumacher and Trulli, but was unable to overtake them until the pit stops.

The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, his first victory for McLaren.

Montoya made his first pit stop on lap 21, a lap earlier than planned due to traffic.[2] Alonso followed on lap 23, rejoining the race almost side-by-side with Montoya, who again held his line. Fisichella led for the next two laps, setting the fastest lap in the process, before making his first stop. On lap 28, with every driver except Sato having pitted, Montoya led Alonso by three seconds, followed by Fisichella, Button, Barrichello, Räikkönen, Michael Schumacher and Trulli.

Fernando Alonso took pole position, but had to give best to Montoya in the race.

On lap 32 Barrichello, on a three-stop strategy, made his second stop. This enabled Räikkönen, now the fastest man on the track, to close up behind Button. Montoya responded to his team-mate's pace, and to Alonso, by setting back-to-back fastest laps on laps 40 and 41, increasing his lead over the Spaniard to over six seconds. On lap 43, Räikkönen took fourth when Button made his second stop, easily retaining this position after his own stop two laps later. Montoya pitted on lap 44, putting Alonso back in front, before Barrichello made his third stop on lap 45. On lap 46 Fisichella, on course for his first podium since winning the opening race of the season in Australia, made his second stop, but stalled as he tried to leave the pits, promoting Räikkönen to third.

Alonso led for five laps before pitting on lap 49, but lost time trying to lap Trulli. This meant that he did not have a big enough lead to make his stop and rejoin the race in front of Montoya, though he was comfortably ahead of Räikkönen. In the end, the Colombian took his first win for McLaren by 2.7 seconds. Räikkönen set the fastest race lap on the final circuit to finish less than 12 seconds behind Alonso, while Fisichella ended up 3.5 seconds behind the Finn. Button finished a distant fifth, ahead of Michael Schumacher and Barrichello, while Ralf Schumacher edged out Toyota team-mate Trulli for the final point.

There was only one retirement in the race, Jordan's Narain Karthikeyan dropping out on lap 11 with an electrical failure.

The result allowed Alonso to increase his lead over Räikkönen in the Drivers' Championship by two points, 77 to 51. Michael Schumacher remained in third on 43 points, while Montoya moved up to sixth with 26. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren reduced the deficit to Renault by three points, 102 to 87, Ferrari remaining in third on 74.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:19.905
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.932 +0.027
3 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:20.207 +0.302
4 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.382 +0.477
5 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:20.459 +0.554
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:20.906 +1.001
7 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:21.010 +1.105
8 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:21.114 +1.209
9 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:21.191 +1.286
10 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.275 +1.370
11 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:21.352 +1.447
12 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:21.997 +2.092
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:22.108 +2.203
14 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 1:22.117 +2.212
15 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 1:22.207 +2.302
16 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:22.495 +2.590
17 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:23.583 +3.678
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:24.576 +4.671
19 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 1:25.566 +5.661
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota No time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:24:29.588 3 10
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 60 +2.739 1 8
3 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +14.436 12 † 6
4 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 60 +17.914 6 5
5 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 60 +40.264 2 4
6 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 +1:15.322 9 3
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 60 +1:16.567 5 2
8 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 60 +1:19.212 8 1
9 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 60 +1:20.851 4
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 16
11 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 59 +1 Lap 11
12 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 59 +1 Lap 14
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 13
14 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 10
15 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 15
16 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 58 +2 Laps 7
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 58 +2 Laps 20 ‡
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 18
19 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 56 +4 Laps 19
Ret 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 10 Electrical 17
  • † For the second race in a row, Kimi Räikkönen received a ten-position grid penalty for an engine change.
  • Tiago Monteiro did not complete a qualifying lap, having already received a ten-position grid penalty for an engine change.

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British GP 2005 Review". Formula One Rejects. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: British GP, 2005". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
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