Race Results 2005


Round 8 - CANADA, Montreal - Race Results

Conditions: dry; Air 32°C, Track 47-41°C

Position  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops
1  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  1h 32:09.290 70 2
2  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  + 01.137s 70 3
3  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Ferrari (B)  + 40.483s 70 2
4  Felipe MASSA  Sauber Petronas (M)  + 55.139s 70 2
5  Mark WEBBER  Williams BMW (M)  + 55.779s 70 2
6  Ralf SCHUMACHER  Toyota (M)  + 1 lap 69 2
7  David COULTHARD  Red Bull Cosworth (M)  + 1 lap 69 2
8  Christian KLIEN  Red Bull Cosworth (M)  + 1 lap 69 2
9  Jacques VILLENEUVE  Sauber Petronas (M)  + 1 lap 69 3
10  Tiago MONTEIRO  Jordan Toyota (B)  + 3 laps 67 3
11  Christijan ALBERS  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 3 laps 67 3
 Not classified
Ret  Jarno TRULLI  Toyota (M)  Brake failure 62 2
Ret  Jenson BUTTON  BAR Honda (M)  Accident damage 46 2
Ret  Nick HEIDFELD  Williams BMW (M)  Engine 43 1
Ret  Takuma SATO  BAR Honda (M)  Transmission 41 2
Ret  Patrick FRIESACHER  Minardi Cosworth (B)   39 3
Ret  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  Accident damage 38 2
Ret  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Renault (M)  Hydraulics 33 2
Ret  Narain KARTHIKEYAN  Jordan Toyota (B)  Accident damage 24 2
DSQ  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  McLaren Mercedes (M)  Black-flagged 52 2

Barrichello starts from pitlane, giving him the chance to change strategies with a fuel top-up, after gearbox problems prevented him setting a time in qualifying.

Button has problems with gearbox on parade lap (team radio) - stuck in 1st gear, but it seems to clear and he leads the field round very slowly to take up his second career pole position - is this deliberate with Michael Schumacher alongside on the front row? The Bridgestones are notoriously slow to get up to speed on cold tyres.

Button gets away promptly but doesn't seem to pick up speed and both Renaults sweep past, Fisichella sneaking ahead of his team mate into Turn 1 ... that will set the cat among the pigeons on the pit wall!

Villeneuve pits on lap 2 for a new nose having tangled with someone although everyone else appears to escape unscathed from the usual first lap scramble through Turns 1 and 2. Montoya showed some of his old bullish form in getting in front of Schumacher who finds himself down in 6th. He pits on lap 13, confirming he'd run light in qualifying to secure a good position but his cold tyres at the start negated that advantage. Button follows him into the pits on lap 16, confirming he also qualified light ... pole position may have boosted his confidence, but not his race position apparently ... back out in P7!

The Renaults and McLarens pit on successive laps, clearly on the same strategy. Sato retires with gearbox problems ... or so we think, but BAR decide to bolt on the T-car gearbox and get him back out to give him a better slot for the qualifying run at Indianapolis ... how long before he rejoins?

Karthikeyan is the first confirmed retirement, right rear puncture and broken suspension after kissing the famous Champions' Wall. As the commentators are working themselves into a frenzy figuring out how Renault are going to get Alonso past Fisichella without breaching the "no team orders" rule, Fisichella slows dramatically and retires with a hydraulic problem - not a happy boy!

Alonso takes over the lead with Montoya in second ... but Alonso is the next to fall victim to a wall, but at turn 3 for a change, also retiring with broken right rear suspension. At this traditionally high-attrition circuit, Friesacher is the next to go with a loss of hydraulic pressure, closely followed by Heidfeld with a blown BMW engine.

Sato rejoins the race 24 laps down ... about 30 minutes for a full gearbox change, Kwik-Fit could learn a thing or two from the BAR boys ... but the team's satisfaction is short-lived as Button takes his turn at the Champion's Wall and loses his right front wheel. The Safety Car is deployed which triggers a dash for the pits by those approaching their pit stop window. Montoya, now race leader, misses the call and Raikkonen is pitted first.

Montoya goes in next lap but comes out into the middle of the train following the SC ... speculation from the commentators that he may be penalised for squeezing past Coulthard on exiting the pits ... did he overtake under the SC? What we'd all missed is that the pit lane exit is closed while the Safety Car is in the pit straight, and Montoya had exited past the red light ... he was black-flagged on lap 52.

With 17 laps to go, there are reports of rain starting to fall and umbrellas spotted in the crowd down at the Casino hairpin, but the track surface is so hot that this never becomes a problem. With Michael Schumacher closing on race leader, Raikkonen, Trulli retires from 3rd when his right front brake disk explodes at the end of the back straight.

Shortly afterwards, Sato retires ... again ... when his rear brakes lock at the hairpin, the smoke pouring from the car indicate something other than driver error! Not his weekend, but he did make up four positions on track and with Montoya black-flagged, will go out 6th rather than 1st for qualifying at Indy.

With only five cars left on the same lap, things settle down in the closing laps ... only Massa and Webber racing to the line for 4th position, Massa held off the Australian to take his best finish of the season. Drive of the day has to go to Barrichello who quietly got on with his own race while all around him threw theirs away, and from dead last at the start, finished on the podium in 3rd!

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