2005 German Grand Prix
|Race 12 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season|
|Date||July 24, 2005|
|Official name||LXVII Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland|
|Location||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.574 km (2.842 mi)
|Distance||67 laps, 306.458 km (190.414 mi)|
|Time||1:14.873 on lap 24|
|Second||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren-Mercedes|
The 2005 German Grand Prix (formally the LXVII Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland) was a Formula One motor race, held on July 24, 2005 at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. The race, contested over 67 laps, was the twelfth round of the 2005 Formula One season. Renault driver Fernando Alonso won the race, taking his sixth victory of the season, whilst Juan Pablo Montoya finished second for the McLaren team. BAR-Honda driver Jenson Button, completed the podium by finishing in third position. It was his first podium finish of the season, because the BAR team had been disqualified from the San Marino Grand Prix.
As a consequence of the race, Alonso extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship by 10 points to 36 points over his main title rival, McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen, who had retired from the lead of the race, but still remained second in the standings. Ferrari driver and reigning world champion Michael Schumacher, finished the race in fifth position and retained third place in the standings, albeit being 40 points behind Alonso. Juan Pablo Montoya was still in fourth, and Rubens Barichello remained fifth despite finishing out of the points. In the Constructors' Championship, Renault extended their lead to 22 points from title rivals McLaren. McLaren increased the gap between themselves and third placed Ferrari to 17 points, whilst Toyota and Williams remained fourth and fifth respectively.
Kimi Räikkönen qualified first and maintained this position after the start and first round of pitstops. Meanwhile, his team mate Juan Pablo Montoya, had gained nine positions in the first lap after he had failed to set a qualifying time and started last on the grid.
However, on lap 35, Räikkönen's car suffered a hydraulic failure forcing his retirement from the race. This meant that Fernando Alonso inherited first position. It was Räikkönen's fifth consecutive retirement at the circuit. Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello suffered from the poor durability of the Bridgestone tyres on their Ferraris again, particularly Schumacher who had chosen a softer compound. This allowed Jenson Button to overtake Schumacher to take second place, although he quickly pitted, allowing Montoya take gain the position. Montoya then managed to stay ahead of Button after his own second stop. In the final laps of the race, Schumacher's problems allowed Giancarlo Fisichella to take his fourth place. During the race Jacques Villeneuve was in three separate collisions; he clashed with Barrichello on lap 1, Robert Doornbos on lap 4, and Tiago Monteiro on lap 27.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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