The 2005 Chinese Grand Prix (officially the 2005 Formula 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix) was the nineteenth and final Formula One motor race of the 2005 Formula One season which took place on 16 October 2005 at the Shanghai International Circuit. This was the second Chinese Grand Prix to be held since the event's 2004 inception. The race was won by the new World Champion, Renault's Fernando Alonso. McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen was four seconds behind in second position, a reflection of their season long duel for the championship. Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher was third. Renault won the Constructors' Championship at this race; they had led McLaren by two points before the start of the race. This was the final race for Antônio Pizzonia, the Minardi and Jordan teams, although both teams continued into 2006 under different names (Scuderia Toro Rosso and Midland F1 Racing respectively). This was also the last win for a car equipped with a 6-speed gearbox and with a V10 engine.
|2005 Chinese Grand Prix|
|Race 19 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||16 October 2005|
|Official name||2005 Formula 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix|
Shanghai International Circuit|
|Course||Permanent Racing Facility|
|Course length||5.451 km (3.387 mi)|
|Distance||56 laps, 305.066 km (189.559 mi)|
|Time||1.33.242 on lap 56|
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.
|McLaren-Mercedes||Pedro de la Rosa|
|Red Bull-Cosworth||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
During warmup, as the cars ran from the pits to line up on the grid, a slow-moving Michael Schumacher pulled left into the path of Christijan Albers who was at speed. The cars collided causing considerable damage to each, earning Schumacher a reprimand from the stewards after the race. Both drivers changed to their teams' spare cars and started the race from the pitlane, along with Narain Karthikeyan. Alonso dominated the race, taking a lights-to-flag victory, capping a best ever season for Renault which included victories in both titles. Renault's number two driver Giancarlo Fisichella's chances of making the podium ended when he received a drive-through penalty for obstructive driving in the pits during the second safety car period. He ended the race less than a second behind Ralf Schumacher. Red Bull Racing's Christian Klien had a career best drive to take fifth position with Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Jenson Button completing the point scoring finishers. Räikkönen recorded the race's fastest lap, a record equalling tenth for the season.
Qualifying took place on October 15.
|5||10||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren-Mercedes||1:35.188||+1.108||5|
|7||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Cosworth||1:35.428||+1.348||7|
|14||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Cosworth||1:36.472||+2.392||14|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Bold text indicates the World Champions.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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