2005 Malaysian Grand Prix
|Race 2 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season|
|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)|
|Time||3:07.672 (2 laps)|
|Time||1:35.483 on lap 23|
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 also marked Rubens Barrichello's 200th Grand Prix.
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.
|McLaren-Mercedes||Pedro de la Rosa|
|Red Bull-Cosworth||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
Standings after the race
Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
2005 Australian Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
2005 Bahrain Grand Prix
2004 Malaysian Grand Prix
|Malaysian Grand Prix||Next race:
2006 Malaysian Grand Prix