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2005 Belgian Grand Prix

  2005 Belgian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
Date September 11 2005
Official name LXI 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 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 LXI 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. The race, contested over 44 laps, 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.

Contents

  • Report 1
    • Background 1.1
    • Practice and qualifying 1.2
    • Race 1.3
    • Post-race 1.4
  • Classification 2
    • Qualifying 2.1
    • Race 2.2
  • Standings after the race 3
  • References 4

Report

Background

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

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 sessons 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

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

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

Qualifying

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

Race

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

Standings after the race

  • 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

  1. ^ a b "2005 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF).  
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