2005 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  2005 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
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Date April 24, 2005
Official name Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
4.933 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.609 km (189.897 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 2:42.880 (aggregate)
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:21.858 on lap 48
Podium
First Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third Austria Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes

The 2005 San Marino Grand Prix (formally the Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005) was a Formula One race held on 24 April 2005 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy. The race, contested over 62 laps, was the fourth round of the 2005 Formula One season, and the 25th running of the San Marino Grand Prix.

The race was won by Renault driver Fernando Alonso, who extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship after his third win and fourth podium from four races. Michael Schumacher finished the race in second position for the Ferrari team, only two tenths of a second behind the winner Alonso having challenged him for the win late into the race. BAR driver Jenson Button crossed the line in third place, but his team were subsequently disqualified for underweight cars. Third place was then awarded to McLaren driver Alexander Wurz.

Pole position was taken by McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen, using the aggregate system which was in the rules at the start of the 2005 season. He led the race from the start until his retirement on lap 9 due to a driveshaft failure. Alonso took the lead and kept it except during the pit stop phases when it was held by Button, and later Schumacher when he overtook Button.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Vitantonio Liuzzi replaced Christian Klien in the second Red Bull car, for this and the next two races; after unanimous agreement between the teams, Klien was allowed to race car #37 for Red Bull in the Friday practice sessions. Alexander Wurz drove the second McLaren-Mercedes car, in place of the injured Juan Pablo Montoya. During the first qualifying session on Saturday, Red Bull announced that they would use Ferrari engines for two years, beginning from the 2006 Formula One season.

Race[edit]

Räikkönen led from pole, pulling out a gap of several seconds, before his McLaren retired on lap nine with driveshaft problems. Alonso took over the lead, and was unchallenged until lap 50, when Michael Schumacher emerged from the pits just behind him. Schumacher had started 13th, and had been unable to pass Jarno Trulli for 20 laps, until the Italian pitted allowing Schumacher to increase his pace. After pitting himself, he emerged in third place ahead of Trulli and started to catch race leader Alonso. He caught up with second place driver Jenson Button and overtook him, overturning a 20 second gap in 13 laps. After the second round of pit-stops he emerged from the pits seconds behind Alonso. The next 12 laps saw the two battle for the lead but Schumacher was unable to overtake Alonso who took the race victory. Third was Button, followed by Wurz's McLaren, Sato, Villeneuve, Trulli and Ralf Schumacher. Ralf was later given a 25 second penalty as he was released into the path of Nick Heidfeld. This temporarily dropped him to 11th place.[1]

During checks after the race it was found that Jenson Button's car had been under the 600 kg minimum weight requirement when drained of fuel. The race stewards cleared Button, as they believed data provided by BAR-Honda was sufficient to prove that they had been operating inside the rules, but the FIA appealed sending them to court.[2] They were found guilty, but the FIA's preferred penalty of having the team disqualified from the championship for the year was not carried through, and they were given a two-race ban, starting from the next round in Spain. In addition, Button's teammate Takuma Sato, who had finished 5th on the track, was disqualified from the race despite his car not being found to be underweight.[3]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Alonso and Schumacher battle for the lead in the closing stages of the race.

Qualifying times from both Saturday and Sunday morning.

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 order Q1 time Q1 pos Q1+Q2 time
1 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 18 1:19.886 1 2:42.880
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 20 1:19.889 2 2:43.441
3 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 8 1:20.464 5 2:44.105
4 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 16 1:20.442 4 2:44.511
5 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 19 1:20.492 6 2:44.518
6 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 7 1:20.851 10 2:44.658
7 10 Austria Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:20.632 8 2:44.689
† 8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 15 1:20.593 7 2:44.930
9 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 6 1:20.807 9 2:45.196
10 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 13 1:20.892 11 2:45.240
11 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 17 1:20.994 12 2:45.416
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 11 1:20.999 13 2:46.259
13 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 4 1:21.708 15 2:46.710
14 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 5 1:20.260 3 2:47.244
15 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 14 1:21.632 14 2:48.070
16 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 1 1:21.804 16 2:48.155
17 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 3 1:23.123 17 2:52.099
18 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 12 1:25.100 18 2:54.252
19 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 10 1:26.484 20 2:57.048
20 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 9 1:25.921 19 Accident in Q2
  • Note: Felipe Massa had an engine change, meaning he started from 18th on the grid.

Race[edit]

Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button celebrate on the podium. Button was later disqualified from the race along with BAR team-mate Takuma Sato.
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 62 1:27:41.921 2 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 +0.215 13 8
3 10 Austria Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 62 +27.554 7 6
4 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 62 +1:04.442 11 5
5 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 62 +1:10.258 5 4
6 8 Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 62 +1:11.282 8 3
7 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 62 +1:23.297 4 2
8 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 62 +1:23.764 15 1
† 9 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 62 +1:35.841 10  
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 18
11 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 14
12 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 61 +1 Lap 16
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 60 +2 Laps 17
Ret 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 20 Hydraulics 20
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 18 Electrical 9
Ret 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 9 Driveshaft 1
Ret 20 Austria Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 8 Clutch 19
Ret 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 5 Accident 12
‡ DSQ 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 62 +10.481 3
‡ DSQ 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 62 +34.783 6
  • Note: Post-race, Ralf Schumacher was penalised 25 seconds for being released unsafely into the path of Nick Heidfeld from his second pitstop; Toyota withdrew their initial appeal before the hearing.
  • Note: Also post-race, Jenson Button's car was found to be 4.99 kg (11 lb) underweight; stewards initially accepted BAR's explanation as a fuel system anomaly on April 25. However, on May 5, an FIA court of appeal disqualified both BAR cars and banned them from the next two races for "highly regrettable negligence and lack of transparency",[4] noting that BAR's fuel system effectively "used fuel as ballast",[5] illegal under current Formula One regulations.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pitlane Politics". GrandPrix.com. 2005-04-25. Retrieved 2006-11-13. 
  2. ^ "The FIA versus the FIA". GrandPrix.com. 2005-04-25. Retrieved 2006-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Button's BAR banned for two races". Guardian News and Media Limited. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  4. ^ CBS SportsLine.com wire reports (2005-05-05). "Tribunal bans Button for two races, takes away points - Formula One - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Race Results, Standings". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
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