2005 Japanese Grand Prix

The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 9 October 2005 at the Suzuka Circuit. McLaren's Kimi Räikkönen won the race after starting from 17th place and overtaking race leader Giancarlo Fisichella on the final lap. This race also marked Ralf Schumacher's sixth and last pole position of his career (and Toyota's second).

2005 Japanese Grand Prix
Race 18 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 9 October 2005
Official name XXXI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.771 km (191.224 mi)
Weather Partially cloudy and dry with temperatures reaching up to 25 °C (77 °F)[1]
Attendance 155,000 (Sunday)
Pole position
Driver Toyota
Time 1:46.106
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:31.540 on lap 44
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Renault
Third Renault


The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix was the eighteenth race of the 2005 Formula One season. A wet qualifying led Toyota's Ralf Schumacher to qualify on pole, which would be the last pole position of his career. Meanwhile, the typical frontrunners qualified further down the grid.

The race started off with Ralf Schumacher leading and Fisichella getting ahead of Button while Takuma Sato and Rubens Barrichello went off the track and collided resulting in the Brazilian suffering a left rear puncture. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and both McLaren drivers were making quick progress through the field. Towards the end of lap 1, a safety car was deployed when Juan Montoya's car went off track at the beginning of the pit straight. He tried to go around the outside of Villeneuve, who pushed him off, resulting in a 25 sec penalty at the end of the race for the Canadian. Montoya's crash affected the Constructors' Championship as it meant that only Räikkönen could score points for McLaren.

After the safety car, the remaining favourites that had started from the back continued to make progress. Alonso tried to pass Christian Klien into the final chicane but went off, coming back to the track ahead of him. He gave the position back only to repass Klien back immediately by getting back into his slipstream. Race stewards came on to the radio telling the Renault team to let Klien back past again, so Alonso did. By this time he was four and a half seconds behind Michael Schumacher, but he closed that gap with ease, while Räikkönen got right behind them too.

In the first round of pitstops, Ralf Schumacher pitted very early and went down to eighth position while Giancarlo Fisichella took a comfortable lead. Well behind Fisichella, Alonso and Räikkönen were putting pressure on Michael Schumacher. Alonso, with the lightest car of the trio, went around the outside of Schumacher through 130R corner on lap 20, but needed to pit briefly after making the pass. Michael Schumacher and Kimi Räikkönen continued scrapping for a couple more laps before their pitstops, both of them rejoining the track ahead of Coulthard and Alonso. Laps later Räikkönen passed Schumacher and closed in on Button and Webber. Alonso passed Schumacher for the second time and by this point he started to close in on Räikkönen, who was stuck behind Webber and Button. Fisichella still looked favourite to win the grand prix, as he was 20 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. Alonso, running lighter again, needed to pit earlier than the rest of this pack. Fisichella pitted next and rejoined right behind Button, Webber and Räikkönen.

Button and Webber pitted, Webber got out ahead of Button and they both got out ahead of Fernando Alonso. Räikkönen, finally with a clear track ahead, set a series of fastest laps, the best being a 1:31.540, and then pitted. By then he was only 5 seconds behind Fisichella and was closing on the Renault. Meanwhile, Alonso had got past Button who was slipping back to Coulthard and Michael Schumacher. Alonso then passed Webber for third. Up the road, Räikkönen was now right on the tail of race leader Fisichella. With 3 laps to go, Fisichella went defensive under braking at the Casio Triangle, which allowed Räikkönen to get a tow on the pit straight. Fisichella defended but the story repeated next lap, and this time Räikkönen was able to get past around the outside of turn 1 of the final lap.

Räikkönen won the race, taking his final victory for McLaren and the team's 6th win in a row, ahead of Fisichella, Alonso, Webber, Button, Coulthard, Michael Schumacher, and Ralf Schumacher. Post-race saw the disqualification of Takuma Sato after an earlier collision with Jarno Trulli.



Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 17   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:46.106
2 3   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:46.141 +0.035
3 6   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:46.276 +0.170
4 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 1:46.464 +0.358
5 4   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:46.841 +0.735
6 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:46.892 +0.786
7 7   Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:47.233 +1.127
8 11   Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:47.440 +1.334
9 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:48.248 +2.142
10 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:48.278 +2.172
11 19   Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:48.718 +2.612
12 8   Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 1:48.898 +2.792
13 21   Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:50.843 +4.737
14 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:52.676 +6.570
15 20   Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 1:52.894 +6.788
16 5   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:54.667 +8.561
17 9   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 2:02.309 +16.203
18 10   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes no time
19 16   Jarno Trulli Toyota no time
20 18   Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota no time


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:29:02.212 17 10
2 6   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 53 +1.633 3 8
3 5   Fernando Alonso Renault 53 +17.456 16 6
4 7   Mark Webber Williams-BMW 53 +22.274 7 5
5 3   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 53 +29.507 2 4
6 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 53 +31.601 6 3
7 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 +33.879 14 2
8 17   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 53 +49.548 1 1
9 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 53 +51.925 4
10 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 53 +57.509 10
11 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 53 +1:00.633 9
12 11   Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:23.221 8
13 18   Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 52 +1 Lap 20
14 20   Robert Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 15
15 19   Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 51 +2 Laps 11
16 21   Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 49 +4 Laps 13
Ret 8   Antônio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 9 Spun off 12
Ret 16   Jarno Trulli Toyota 9 Collision damage 19
Ret 10   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 0 Accident 18
DSQ 4   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 52 Disqualified 5

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.


  1. ^ Weather info for the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ "2005 FORMULA 1™ Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ "2005 FORMULA 1™ Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - Race". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Japan 2005 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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