2005 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 2 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
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Date March 20, 2005
Official name Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.54 km (3.44 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.878 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 3:07.672 (2 laps)
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:35.483 on lap 23
Podium
First Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Second Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota
Third Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW

The 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Sepang on March 20, 2005.

Summary[edit]

This was another dominant win from Renault, as their number 1 driver Fernando Alonso secured his first win of the season from pole position. At the start he led from Jarno Trulli, before finishing the race 20-odd seconds ahead of the Italian, claiming Toyota's first ever podium position.

Third place was taken by Nick Heidfeld in the Williams. He had been trailing Alonso's team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella, and his own teammate Mark Webber who collided at the end of lap 35. Having been passed by the Australian, Fisichella attempted to retake the position on the inside heading into the final corner, but lost control and slid into Webber's car.

Fourth was McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya, after starting from 11th on the grid. He was followed home by Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Christian Klien. This made it 4 points finishes from 4 starts for Red Bull Racing. Kimi Räikkönen suffered a puncture immediately after his pitstop, and despite setting the fastest lap was unable to make up enough positions to score any points.

After retiring from the Australian Grand Prix a lap from the end, which caused the rules to be changed, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson retired on the second lap of the race, both from engine failures. Davidson was substituting at British American Racing, as regular driver Takuma Sato was forced to withdraw with a fever. Alonso's win made him the first Spaniard ever to lead the Formula 1 World Championship.

The race ended Ferrari's run of 22 consecutive podium finishes, which started at the 2003 Italian Grand Prix.

The race also marked Rubens Barrichello's 200th Grand Prix.

Friday drivers[edit]

The bottom 6 teams in the 2004 Constructors' Championship were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. These drivers drove on Friday but did not compete in qualifying or the race.

Constructor Nat Driver
McLaren-Mercedes Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Sauber-Petronas none
Red Bull-Cosworth Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi
Toyota Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Jordan-Toyota Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Minardi-Cosworth none

Classification[edit]

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

Standings after the race[edit]

Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


Previous race:
2005 Australian Grand Prix
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Next race:
2005 Bahrain Grand Prix
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2004 Malaysian Grand Prix
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2006 Malaysian Grand Prix

Coordinates: 2°45′39″N 101°44′18″E / 2.76083°N 101.73833°E / 2.76083; 101.73833