Race Results 2005


Round 19 - CHINA, Shanghai - Race Results

Conditions: dry; Air 25°C, Track 28°C

Position  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops
1  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  1h 39m 53.618s 56 2
2  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 04.015s 56 2
3  Ralf SCHUMACHER  Toyota (M)  + 0m 25.376s 56 2
4  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Renault (M)  + 0m 26.114s 56  3*
5  Christian KLIEN  Red Bull Cosworth (M)  + 0m 31.839s 56 2
6  Felipe MASSA  Sauber Petronas (M)  + 0m 36.400s 56 2
7  Mark WEBBER  Williams BMW (M)  + 0m 36.842s 56 2
8  Jenson BUTTON  BAR Honda (M)  + 0m 41.249s 56 2
9  David COULTHARD  Red Bull Cosworth (M)  + 0m 44.247s 56 2
10  Jacques VILLENEUVE  Sauber Petronas (M)  + 0m 59.977s 56 2
11  Tiago MONTEIRO  Jordan Toyota (B)  + 1m 24.648s 56 2
12  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Ferrari (B)  + 1m 32.812s 56 3
13  Antonio PIZZONIA  Williams BMW (M)  Puncture 55 2
14  Robert DOORNBOS  Minardi Cosworth (B)  Retired last lap 55 3
15  Jarno TRULLI  Renault (M)  + 1 lap 55 3
16  Christijan ALBERS  Minardi Cosworth (B)  Wheel nut failure 51 3
 Not classified
Ret  Takuma SATO  BAR Honda (M)  Gearbox 34  2*
Ret  Narain KARTHIKEYAN  Jordan Toyota (B)  Spin 28 1
Ret  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  McLaren Mercedes (M)  Drain cover damage 24 3
Ret  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  Spin 22 0

* Includes drive-thru penalty, in Sato's case for a jump start, and in Fisichella's case for obstructive driving in the pit entry when pitting during the second Safety Car period.

The final race of the season started inauspiciously when M Schumacher and Albers crashed on their way to the grid, both having to start from the pitlane in the spare car. Karthikeyan pits at the end of the parade lap, presumably to change fuel strategy.

Montoya takes 4th from Button at the start, with the Renaults of Alonso and Fisichella retaining 1st and 2nd respectively. With Raikkonen seemingly unable to do anything about Fisichella, Alonso pulls away steadily in the early laps.

M Schumacher not making much progress, up to 16th in first 5 laps, but presumably 1-stopping so there is time yet for his strategy to play out. Sato receives a drive-thru penalty for jumping the start.

Montoya pits for a new tyre after hitting a loose drain cover at Turn 10 and the Safety Car is deployed while the chunk of metal is retrieved and checks are made on the other covers. Right in the first pit stop window, virtually the whole field pits. Button and Coulthard had pitted just before the SC and lost 3 places as a consequence. Montoya had to pit again for fuel, as teams cannot refuel while carrying out a wheel change.

Rounding off a miserable weekend and, by his standards, a poor season, M Schumacher spins under the Safety Car and dumps his Ferrari in the gravel. The embarassed former champion keeps his helmet on as he trudges back to the pits.

Montoya pits again immediately after the restart and retires, the drain cover having punched a hole in the floor of his McLaren, damaging the radiator which resulted in engine failure. Renault are now more or less assured of the Constructors Championship with Raikkonen the sole remaining McLaren.

Karthikeyan, with tyre pressures still low after the long SC period, has a massive accident, scattering debris right across the track - he's OK but the Safety Car is deployed again while the marshalls clear up.

McLaren, with only one car left, manage to get Raikkonen past Fisichella in the pits, despite Fisichella slowing the field to avoid queuing behind Alonso for his stop - a strategy that back-fired when he was awarded a drive-thru penalty for his trouble.

Sato coasts to a halt on the restart with gearbox failure, a sorry end to an erratic season. BAR are very unhappy with Webber, who they say backed off over 20 car lengths behind the SC (only 5 car lengths are permitted), losing Button yet more time. The stewards will investigate post-race, which seems pretty pointless in the final race of the season, although they seemed to find time to investigate Fisichella for a similar offence (see above).

Barrichello, struggling on worn Bridgestones, goes wide letting through Webber and Button, but Coulthard doesn't quite make it. He eventually gets past and Barrichello then pits to change a flat-spotted left front. He did however manage to hold up Webber, Button and Coulthard long enough for Klien, Massa and R Schumacher (the only cars not to pit under the second SC) to pit and get back out in front. Fisichella serves his drive-thru penalty as late as possible and loses only one place, to R Schumacher who takes his second podium of the season.

Albers loses a left front wheelnut on lap 52 but manages to get back to the pits to retire. Webber is climbing all over the back of Massa with two laps to go, but is unable to find a way past. Raikkonen is setting fastest lap after fastest lap, but too late to do anything about Alonso who leads from start to finish. Trulli pits with two laps to go for a new front left tyre, dropping back to 15th.

On the final lap, Pizzonia retires with a puncture, and Doornbos pulls into the garage without crossing the finish line, thereby finishing a lap down.

Alonso, revs his engine so hard in parc ferme that he sets his car on fire ... he seems quite happy to have added the Constructors Championship to the Drivers title he secured last weekend!

Another season over, three teams disappearing to emerge with new names next year - Sauber becomes BMW, Jordan becomes Midland and Minardi becomes the Red Bull junior team under the less than original handle of Squadro Toro Rosso. With six driver slots still undecided for next year and the rumour of not one, but two new teams joining the grid, the winter could be quite interesting! See you in the Spring :-)

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