2005 Chinese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 19 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
Shanghai International Racing Circuit track map.svg
Date October 16, 2005
Official name II Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Shanghai, China
Course Permanent Racing Facility
5.451 km (3.387 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 305.066 km (189.559 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1.34.080
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1.33.242 on lap 56
Podium
First Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota

The 2005 Chinese Grand Prix was the final Formula One motor race of the 2005 Formula One season, which took place from October 14–16, 2005 at the Shanghai International Circuit. This was the second Chinese Grand Prix to be held since the event's 2004 inception. The race was won by the new World Champion, Renault's Fernando Alonso. McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen was four seconds behind in second position, a reflection of their season long duel for the championship. Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher was third. Renault won the Constructors' Championship at this race; they had led McLaren by two points before the start of the race. This was the final race for the Minardi team, after participating in F1 for 20 years. This was also last win for a car equipped with a 6-speed gearbox.

Race[edit]

During a warm up lap as the cars were lining up on the grid from the pit lane, Christijan Albers and Michael Schumacher's cars collided. Both were forced to start from the pits in their teams' spare car, along with Narain Karthikeyan who also missed the start. Alonso dominated the race, taking a lights-to-flag victory, capping a best ever season for Renault which included victories in both titles. Renault's number two driver Giancarlo Fisichella's chances of making the podium ended when he received a drive-through penalty for obstructive driving in the pits during the second safety car period. He ended the race less than a second behind Ralf Schumacher. Red Bull Racing's Christian Klien had a career best drive to take fifth position with Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Jenson Button completing the point scoring finishers. Räikkönen recorded the race's fastest lap, a record equalling tenth for the season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying took place on October 15.

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:34.080
2 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:34.401 +0.321
3 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.488 +0.408
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:34.801 +0.721
5 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.188 +1.108
6 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:35.301 +1.221
7 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:35.428 +1.348
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:35.610 +1.530
9 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:35.723 +1.643
10 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:35.739 +1.659
11 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:35.898 +1.818
12 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.044 +1.964
13 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 1:36.445 +2.365
14 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 1:36.472 +2.392
15 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:36.707 +2.627
16 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:36.788 +2.708
17 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:37.083 +3.003
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.105 +5.025
19 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 1:39.233 +5.153
20 20 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.460 +5.380
The race was won by Fernando Alonso in the Renault.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 56 1'39:53.618 1 10
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 56 +4.015 3 8
3 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 56 +25.376 9 6
4 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 56 +26.114 2 5
5 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +31.839 14 4
6 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 56 +36.400 11 3
7 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 56 +36.842 10 2
8 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 56 +41.249 4 1
9 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +44.247 7
10 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 56 +59.977 16
11 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 56 +1:24.648 19
12 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 56 +1:32.812 8
13 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 55 Tyre 13
14 20 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 55 Out of fuel 20
15 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 55 +1 Lap 12
16 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 50 Wheel nut 18
Ret 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 34 Gearbox 17
Ret 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 28 Accident 15
Ret 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 24 Engine 5
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 20 Spun off 6

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Previous race:
2005 Japanese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2005 season
Next race:
2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Previous race:
2004 Chinese Grand Prix
Chinese Grand Prix Next race:
2006 Chinese Grand Prix

Coordinates: 31°20′20″N 121°13′11″E / 31.33889°N 121.21972°E / 31.33889; 121.21972