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2005 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXXIV Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held on at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil on 25 September 2005. The race, contested over 71 laps, was the seventeenth round of the 2005 Formula One season. The race was won by McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who took the final race victory of his career, ahead of his team-mate, Kimi Räikkönen, who finished second. Renault driver Fernando Alonso became the Drivers' Champion for the first time after he finished the race in third place. Only he and Räikkönen had entered the race within mathematical contention of winning the title, and Alonso's podium ensured that he did with two rounds remaining. Alonso also qualified in pole position for the race, but the fastest lap went to Räikkönen.


  • Summary 1
    • Qualifying 1.1
    • Race 1.2
  • Classification 2
    • Qualifying 2.1
    • Race 2.2
  • Standings after the race 3



As Takuma Sato was subject to a ten-place grid penalty given for the accident in the Belgian Grand Prix where he crashed into Michael Schumacher, Sato did not attempt a qualifying lap. Jarno Trulli also had a ten-place penalty, in his case the result of an engine change before qualifying. The Italian started from 18th on the grid.


Juan Pablo Montoya won the race ahead of teammate Kimi Räikkönen; McLaren's first 1-2 finish since the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso finished 3rd and thus became World Champion for the first time, at the time the youngest ever champion at 24 years and 59 days. Jacques Villeneuve was forced to start from pit lane as a penalty for infringement of parc ferme regulations. After getting involved in an accident at the start of the race, Mark Webber was able to rejoin, over 20 laps behind the leaders and do some laps, sufficient to position himself fourth in the official qualifying order for the subsequent Grand Prix at Suzuka. Due to a driveshaft failure, this was Tiago Monteiro's only retirement of the 2005 season.


Commentators have judged Renault's qualifying performance as evidence that their "conservative phase" was over. Renault's Pat Symonds had said that the team was not aiming to settle for a simple podium finish, rather they were aiming to win. BBC's Maurice Hamilton said that "the thought that Fernando Alonso might cruise to the Championship.....was dispelled in the most convincing fashion". McLaren CEO Ron Dennis remained confident of his team's race strategy given Juan Pablo Montoya's strong second position, despite a major error in the qualifying lap of Kimi Räikkönen.


Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:11.988
2 10 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.145 +0.157
3 6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:12.558 +0.570
4 3 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:12.696 +0.708
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.781 +0.793
6 15 Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 1:12.889 +0.901
7 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:12.976 +0.988
8 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:13.041 +1.053
9 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:13.151 +1.163
10 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:13.183 +1.195
11 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:13.285 +1.297
12 11 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:13.372 +1.384
13 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 1:13.387 +1.399
14 7 Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:13.538 +1.550
15 8 Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 1:13.581 +1.593
16 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:13.844 +1.856
17 19 Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:14.520 +2.532
18 21 Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:14.763 +2.775
19 4 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda No time
20 20 Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth No time Spin


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:29:20.574 2 10
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 71 +2.527 5 8
3 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 71 +24.840 1 6
4 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +35.668 7 5
5 6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 71 +40.218 3 4
6 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 71 +1:09.173 9 3
7 3 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 4 2
8 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 70 +1 Lap 10 1
9 15 Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 6
10 4 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 19
11 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 8
12 11 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 20
13 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 69 Engine 17
14 21 Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 16
15 19 Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 68 +3 Laps 15
Ret 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 55 Driveshaft 11
NC 7 Mark Webber Williams-BMW 45 +26 Laps 12
Ret 20 Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 34 Engine 18
Ret 8 Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 0 Collision 13
Ret 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 0 Collision 14

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.
Previous race:
2005 Belgian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2005 season
Next race:
2005 Japanese Grand Prix
Previous race:
2004 Brazilian Grand Prix
Brazilian Grand Prix Next race:
2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

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