2005 Monaco Grand Prix

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Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 2005 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the LXIII Grand Prix de Monaco) was a Formula One motor race held on May 22, 2005 at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The race, contested over 78 laps, was the sixth round of the 2005 Formula One season, the 63rd running of the Monaco Grand Prix, and the as a round of the World Championship. It was won by polesitter and McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen. Williams driver Nick Heidfeld completed the race in second position whilst his team-mate, Mark Webber, completed the podium by finishing in third place.

This was the first Monaco Grand Prix held after the death of Prince Rainier III. His death was the reason why the Princely Family did not attend the Grand Prix.


Report

Polesitter Kimi Räikkönen led the field from the start of the race, and though he was at first closely followed by Fernando Alonso, he was more than five seconds ahead by the twentieth lap. Meanwhile, Karthikeyan retired with a hydraulic failure. The race progressed otherwise uneventfully, with Alonso followed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, and Mark Webber, until the twenty-third lap, when Christijan Albers spun his Minardi into a wall at Mirabeau, blocking about two-thirds of the width of the track. David Coulthard, arriving behind him, swerved and successfully stopped his Red Bull without damage; however, Michael Schumacher plowed into Coulthard, breaking off his own nosecone and damaging the Red Bull's suspension beyond repair. As more drivers reached the blocked turn, the Safety Car was deployed so that marshals could remove Albers' car.

Both Renault drivers pitted immediately, but Räikkönen - acting on instructions from McLaren chief strategist Neil Martin - continued on in what was to prove a winning move. Though this seemingly put Räikkönen in a bad spot, as all of his close competitors had pitted, he fought back with a series of brilliant laps that would give him a 34.7-second lead by the time he pitted on lap 42. Alonso, whose car was substantially slower as it was full of fuel, and whose rear tyres were wearing rapidly, was unable to catch up, and Räikkönen, after pitting, returned to the track still 13 seconds ahead. He would go on to win the race having led every lap of it. Liuzzi, meanwhile, had pulled into the pits with a smoky engine failure.

Nick Heidfeld worked his way up from sixth grid position, passing his own teammate in the pits after Williams called him in a lap earlier whilst Alonso was badly holding the two Williams drivers up. After Heidfeld's stop, a superb overtaking manoeuvre into the Nouvelle chicane put him ahead of Alonso. Webber tried to follow suit a lap later, but on the first attempt Alonso cut the corner and stayed in front. On the second attempt Alonso cut the corner again, this time clearly intentionally, but Webber eventually succeeded in overtaking him and claiming his first career podium in Formula One. Alonso straggled into fourth, his rear tyres almost entirely bald. Montoya advanced from sixteenth on the grid to an eventual fifth, finishing on Alonso's tail, followed by Michael and Ralf Schumacher, who crossed the line almost side-by-side.

Both Red Bull Racing cars ran with the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Livery and, for this race, the Red Bull Racing pit crew dressed up as Imperial Stormtroopers. It didn't help the team's fortunes, as this was the first race where they failed to score points.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 order Q1 time Q1 pos Q1+Q2 time
1 9 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 18 1:13.644 1 2.30.325
2 5 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault 17 1:14.125 2 2.30.406
3 7 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Williams-BMW 13 1:14.584 3 2.31.656
4 6 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 14 1:14.783 4 2.32.100
5 16 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 16 1:15.189 7 2.32.590
6 8 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 9 1:15.128 6 2.32.883
7 14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 11 1:15.329 8 2.33.867
8 1 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 4 1:16.186 11 2.34.736
9 11 Template:Flagicon Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 5 1:15.921 9 2.34.936
10 2 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 10 1:16.142 10 2.34.983
11 12 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 8 1:16.218 12 2.35.120
12 15 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 1 1:16.817 13 2.37.152
13 20 Template:Flagicon Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 2 1:18.574 14 2.40.810
14 21 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 3 1:19.229 15 2.42.206
15 18 Template:Flagicon Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 7 1:19.408 16 2.43.078
16 10 Template:Flagicon Juan Pablo Montoya# McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:14.858 5 NO TIME
17 19 Template:Flagicon Narain Karthikeyan* Jordan-Toyota 6 1:19.474 17 2.43.422
18 17 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 15 - 18 NO TIME
* = Narain Karthikeyan had an engine change
# = Montoya's Saturday time of 1:14.858 deleted as punishment for role in earlier practice accident

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:45:15.556 1 10
2 8 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 78 +13.877 6 8
3 7 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Williams-BMW 78 +18.484 3 6
4 5 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault 78 +36.487 2 5
5 10 Template:Flagicon Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 78 +36.647 16 4
6 17 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 78 +37.117 18 3
7 1 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 78 +37.223 8 2
8 2 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 78 +37.570 10 1
9 12 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 11  
10 16 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 77 +1 Lap 5  
11 11 Template:Flagicon Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 9  
12 6 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 77 +1 Lap 4  
13 18 Template:Flagicon Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 75 +3 Laps 15  
14 21 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 73 +5 Laps 14  
Ret 15 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 59 Mechanical 12  
Ret 20 Template:Flagicon Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 29 Accident 13  
Ret 14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 23 Collision damage 7  
Ret 19 Template:Flagicon Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 18 Hydraulics 17  

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso 49
2 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 27
3 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli 26
4 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber 18
5 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher 17

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon Renault 63
2 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Mercedes 51
3 Template:Flagicon Toyota 43
4 Template:Flagicon Williams-BMW 35
5 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 21

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  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

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