2005 British Grand Prix

The 2005 British Grand Prix (officially the 2005 Formula 1 Foster's British Grand Prix) was a Formula One race held in Silverstone Circuit on 10 July 2005 at 13:00 BST (UTC+1). It was the eleventh race of the 2005 Formula One season and the last race for then Minardi driver Patrick Friesacher.

2005 British Grand Prix
Race 11 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 10 July 2005
Official name 2005 Formula 1 Foster's British Grand Prix[1]
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.141 km (3.194 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.46 km (191.64 mi)
Weather Sunny, Air: 27 °C (81 °F), Track 47 °C (117 °F)
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:19.905
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:20.502 on lap 60
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Renault
Third McLaren-Mercedes
Lap leaders

Friday driversEdit

The bottom 6 teams in the 2004 Constructors' Championship were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. These drivers drove on Friday but did not compete in qualifying or the race.

Constructor Nat Driver
McLaren-Mercedes   Pedro de la Rosa
Sauber-Petronas -
Red Bull-Cosworth   Vitantonio Liuzzi
Toyota   Ricardo Zonta
Jordan-Toyota   Robert Doornbos
Minardi-Cosworth -


For the second consecutive race, Renault's Fernando Alonso took pole position while his championship rival, McLaren's Kimi Räikkönen, was demoted ten places on the grid following an engine failure. Räikkönen, who had originally qualified second with a time just 0.027 seconds slower than Alonso's, suffered this engine failure during Saturday free practice. This promoted BAR's Jenson Button, in his home race, to the front row, with the top ten being completed by Juan Pablo Montoya in the second McLaren, Jarno Trulli in the Toyota, Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari, Giancarlo Fisichella in the second Renault, Takuma Sato in the second BAR, Ralf Schumacher in the second Toyota, Michael Schumacher in the second Ferrari, and Jacques Villeneuve in the Sauber. Jordan's Tiago Monteiro started at the rear of the grid after failing to set a time, following an engine failure during Friday practice.

Before the race, a minute of silence was held as a mark of respect for those who had lost their lives in the London bombings three days earlier.[2]

The weather was hot, with air temperature at 30 °C, and the track temperature at 45 °C as the cars completed the formation lap. Sato stalled as he came to the grid, but race director Charlie Whiting nonetheless started the race, with the safety car being deployed on lap 2 to allow the marshals to safely return the BAR to the pit lane. Sato would eventually rejoin the race, two laps behind the leaders. Montoya made a fast start, passing Button off the grid and then overtaking Alonso for the lead into Becketts. After the safety car period, Montoya retained the lead until the first round of pit stops, although Alonso remained no more than a second and a half behind as he and the Colombian traded fastest laps. Button held third, while Barrichello and Fisichella passed a slow-starting Trulli, who in turn was holding up Michael Schumacher. Räikkönen, already up four places, was thus able to close up behind Schumacher and Trulli, but was unable to overtake them until the pit stops.

The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, his first victory for McLaren.

Montoya made his first pit stop on lap 21, a lap earlier than planned due to traffic.[3] Alonso followed on lap 23, rejoining the race almost side-by-side with Montoya, who again held his line. Fisichella led for the next two laps, setting the fastest lap in the process, before making his first stop. On lap 28, with every driver except Sato having pitted, Montoya led Alonso by three seconds, followed by Fisichella, Button, Barrichello, Räikkönen, Michael Schumacher and Trulli.

Fernando Alonso took pole position, but had to give best to Montoya in the race.

On lap 32 Barrichello, on a three-stop strategy, made his second stop. This enabled Räikkönen, now the fastest man on the track, to close up behind Button. Montoya responded to his team-mate's pace, and to Alonso, by setting back-to-back fastest laps on laps 40 and 41, increasing his lead over the Spaniard to over six seconds. On lap 43, Räikkönen took fourth when Button made his second stop, easily retaining this position after his own stop two laps later. Montoya pitted on lap 44, putting Alonso back in front, before Barrichello made his third stop on lap 45. On lap 46 Fisichella, on course for his first podium since winning the opening race of the season in Australia, made his second stop, but stalled as he tried to leave the pits, promoting Räikkönen to third.

Alonso led for five laps before pitting on lap 49, but lost time trying to lap Trulli. This meant that he did not have a big enough lead to make his stop and rejoin the race in front of Montoya, though he was comfortably ahead of Räikkönen. In the end, the Colombian took his first win for McLaren by 2.7 seconds. Räikkönen set the fastest race lap on the final lap to finish less than 12 seconds behind Alonso, while Fisichella ended up 3.5 seconds behind the Finn. Button finished a distant fifth, ahead of Michael Schumacher and Barrichello, while Ralf Schumacher edged out Toyota team-mate Trulli for the final point.

There was only one retirement in the race, Jordan's Narain Karthikeyan dropping out on lap 11 with an electrical failure.

The result allowed Alonso to increase his lead over Räikkönen in the Drivers' Championship by two points, 77 to 51. Michael Schumacher remained in third on 43 points, while Montoya moved up to sixth with 26. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren reduced the deficit to Renault by three points, 102 to 87, Ferrari remaining in third on 74.



Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:19.905
2 9   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.932 +0.027
3 3   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:20.207 +0.302
4 10   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.382 +0.477
5 16   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:20.459 +0.554
6 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:20.906 +1.001
7 6   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:21.010 +1.105
8 4   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:21.114 +1.209
9 17   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:21.191 +1.286
10 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.275 +1.370
11 11   Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:21.352 +1.447
12 7   Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:21.997 +2.092
13 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:22.108 +2.203
14 8   Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 1:22.117 +2.212
15 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 1:22.207 +2.302
16 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:22.495 +2.590
17 19   Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:23.583 +3.678
18 21   Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:24.576 +4.671
19 20   Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 1:25.566 +5.661
20 18   Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota No time


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:24:29.588 3 10
2 5   Fernando Alonso Renault 60 +2.739 1 8
3 9   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +14.436 12 † 6
4 6   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 60 +17.914 6 5
5 3   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 60 +40.264 2 4
6 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 +1:15.322 9 3
7 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 60 +1:16.567 5 2
8 17   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 60 +1:19.212 8 1
9 16   Jarno Trulli Toyota 60 +1:20.851 4
10 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 16
11 7   Mark Webber Williams-BMW 59 +1 Lap 11
12 8   Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 59 +1 Lap 14
13 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 13
14 11   Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 10
15 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 15
16 4   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 58 +2 Laps 7
17 18   Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 58 +2 Laps 20 ‡
18 21   Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 18
19 20   Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 56 +4 Laps 19
Ret 19   Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 10 Electrical 17
  • † For the second race in a row, Kimi Räikkönen received a ten-position grid penalty for an engine change.
  • Tiago Monteiro did not complete a qualifying lap, having already received a ten-position grid penalty for an engine change.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • 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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "British". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 12 July 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  2. ^ "British GP 2005 Review". Formula One Rejects. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Grand Prix Results: British GP, 2005". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ "2005 FORMULA 1™ Foster's British Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ "2005 FORMULA 1™ Foster's British Grand Prix – Race". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Britain 2005 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
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