2005 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 16 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
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Date September 11, 2005
Official name LXII Belgian Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.976 km (4.334 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 306.944 km (190.735 mi)
Weather Wet and dry
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:46.391
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota
Time 1:51.543 on lap 44
Podium
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Renault
Third BAR-Honda

The 2005 Belgian Grand Prix (formally the LXII Belgian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 11 September 2005 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. It was the sixteenth round of the 2005 Formula One season and the sixty-second Belgian Grand Prix. The 44-lap race was won by Kimi Räikkönen for the McLaren team, from a second position start. Fernando Alonso finished second in a Renault, with Jenson Button third for the BAR team.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Before the race, Renault were leading the Constructors' Championship with 144 points and McLaren were second with 136 points, with Ferrari third on 58 points. In the World Drivers' Championship, Renault driver Fernando Alonso was leading with 103 points; Kimi Räikkönen was second on 76 points, 27 points behind Alonso. Behind Alonso and Räikkönen in the Drivers' Championship, Michael Schumacher was third on 55 points in a Ferrari, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Jarno Trulli on 50 and 43 points respectively.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Four practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday from 11:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 15:00 local time, with the final two sessions held on Saturday morning between 09:00 to 09:45 and 10:15 to 11:00.[1]

Saturday's afternoon qualifying session took place as a one-lap session held between 13:00 and 14:00. Drivers went out one at a time in the reverse order of their finishing positions at the previous race. The cars ran on the fuel that would be used for the Sunday race.[1]

Giancarlo Fisichella started the race from 13th place– the result of a ten-place grid penalty given for an engine change between final practice and qualifying on the Saturday.

Race[edit]

Kimi Räikkönen won the race for the second consecutive year for McLaren.

The race took place in the afternoon from 14:00 local time. On lap 14, Takuma Sato hit Michael Schumacher's car from behind, causing both to retire. Antônio Pizzonia crashed into Juan Pablo Montoya– in second position at the time– shortly before the finish of the race. Jacques Villeneuve was able to secure a high position thanks to a one-stop pit strategy while other drivers stopped as many as five times. This race saw the final points scored by Tiago Monteiro and the Jordan team. It was also the final time that a BAR car finished on the podium. Also, Ralf Schumacher scored his last, and Toyota's first, fastest lap.

Post-race[edit]

The race stewards ruled that Sato had caused the collision with Schumacher, and he would consequently drop ten places on the grid for the next Grand Prix. They also fined Pizzonia $8,000 for his collision with Montoya.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.391
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.440 +0.049
3 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:46.497 +0.106
4 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:46.596 +0.205
5 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:46.760 +0.369
6 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:47.401 +1.010
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:47.476 +1.085
8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:47.867 +1.476
9 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:47.978 +1.587
10 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:48.071 +1.680
11 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:48.353 +1.962
12 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:48.508 +2.117
13 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:48.550 +2.159
14 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:48.889 +2.498
15 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 1:48.898 +2.507
16 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 1:48.994 +2.603
17 20 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 1:49.779 +3.388
18 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:49.842 +3.451
19 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 1:51.498 +5.107
20 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:51.675 +5.284
Source:[2]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 44 1:30:01.295 2 10
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 44 +28.394 4 8
3 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 44 +32.077 8 6
4 7 Australia Mark Webber Williams-BMW 44 +1:09.167 9 5
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 44 +1:18.136 12 4
6 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 44 +1:27.435 14 3
7 17 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 44 +1:27.574 5 2
8 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 43 +1 Lap 19 1
9 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 16
10 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 43 +1 Lap 7
11 19 India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 43 +1 Lap 20
12 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 42 +2 Laps 18
13 20 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 41 +3 Laps 17
14 10 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 40 Collision 1
15 8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 39 Collision 15
Ret 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 34 Accident 3
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 18 Engine 11
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 13 Collision 6
Ret 4 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 13 Collision 10
Ret 6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 10 Accident 13
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2005 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 15 December 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "2005 FORMULA 1™ Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 26 November 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "2005 FORMULA 1™ Belgian Grand Prix - Race". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 


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