2005 San Marino Grand Prix

The 2005 San Marino Grand Prix (formally the Formula 1 Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005) was a Formula One motor race held on 24 April 2005 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. The 62-lap race was the fourth round of the 2005 Formula One season, and the 25th running of the San Marino Grand Prix.

2005 San Marino Grand Prix
Race 4 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One World Championship
Race details
Date April 24, 2005
Official name Formula 1 Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.933 km (3.065 miles)
Distance 62 laps, 305.609 km (189.897 miles)
Weather Warm and cloudy
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 2:42.880 (aggregate)
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:21.858 on lap 48
First Renault
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes
Lap leaders
Alonso and Schumacher battle for the lead in the closing stages of the race.

The race was won by Renault driver Fernando Alonso, who extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship after his third win and fourth podium from four races. Michael Schumacher finished the race in second position for the Ferrari team, only two-tenths of a second behind Alonso having challenged him for the win late into the race. BAR driver Jenson Button crossed the line in third place, but his team were subsequently disqualified for underweight cars; third place was then awarded to McLaren driver Alexander Wurz.

Pole position was taken by McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen, using the aggregate system which was in the rules at the start of the 2005 season. He led the race from the start until his retirement on lap 9 due to a driveshaft failure. Alonso took the lead and kept it except during the pit stop phases when it was held by Button, and later Schumacher when he overtook Button.

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   Christian Klien
Toyota   Ricardo Zonta
Jordan-Toyota   Robert Doornbos
Minardi-Cosworth -



Vitantonio Liuzzi replaced Christian Klien in the second Red Bull car, for this and the next three races; after unanimous agreement between the teams, Klien was allowed to race car #37 for Red Bull in the Friday practice sessions. Alexander Wurz drove the second McLaren-Mercedes car, in place of the injured Juan Pablo Montoya. During the first qualifying session on Saturday, Red Bull announced that they would use Ferrari engines for two years, beginning from the 2006 season.


Räikkönen led from pole, pulling out a gap of several seconds, before his McLaren retired on lap nine with driveshaft problems. Alonso took over the lead, and was unchallenged until lap 50, when Michael Schumacher emerged from the pits just behind him. Schumacher had started 13th, and had been unable to pass Jarno Trulli for 20 laps, until the Italian pitted allowing Schumacher to increase his pace. After pitting himself, he emerged in third place ahead of Trulli and started to catch race leader Alonso. He caught up with second place driver Jenson Button and overtook him, overturning a 20-second gap in 13 laps. After the second round of pit-stops he emerged from the pits seconds behind Alonso. The next 12 laps saw the two battle for the lead but Schumacher was unable to overtake Alonso who took the race victory. Third was Button, followed by Wurz's McLaren, Takuma Sato, Jacques Villeneuve, Trulli and Ralf Schumacher. Ralf was later given a 25-second penalty as he was released into the path of Nick Heidfeld; this temporarily dropped him to 11th place.[1]


During checks after the race it was found that Button's car had been under the 600 kg minimum weight requirement when drained of fuel. The race stewards cleared Button, as they believed data provided by BAR-Honda was sufficient to prove that they had been operating inside the rules, but the FIA appealed sending them to court.[2] They were found guilty, but the FIA's preferred penalty of having the team disqualified from the championship for the year was not carried through, and they were given a two-race ban, starting from the next round in Spain. In addition, Button's teammate Sato, who had finished 5th on the track, was disqualified from the race despite his car not being found to be underweight.[3] Wurz was thus promoted to third, followed by Villeneuve, Trulli, Heidfeld, Mark Webber and Liuzzi.

Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button celebrate on the podium. Button was later disqualified from the race along with BAR team-mate Takuma Sato.

British broadcaster ITV attracted controversy when it cut to a commercial break during the closing moments of the race which garnered 126 complaints from viewers. Media regulator Ofcom ruled that ITV breached section 6.7 of the Rules on the Amount and Scheduling of Advertising.[4] The broadcasters also had not shown the post-race press conference segment featuring Jenson Button's comments about the race.[5] ITV repeated the last three laps after the race and as a result of these complaints, the server on their website crashed. An on-air apology was made by presenter Jim Rosenthal before the start of the next race in Spain two weeks later.[6] In a 2022 interview on The Race's Bring Back V10's podcast looking back retrospectively at the race Ted Kravitz (who was ITV's pitlane reporter at the event) stated ITV held off going to the final commercial break because of Jenson Button leading the race at certain points and the assumption that Schumacher would pass Alonso relatively quickly as the reason for the channel delaying an advert break until the closing laps and also criticised Ofcom for their response to complaints.[7]



Qualifying times from both Saturday and Sunday morning.

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Total Gap
1 9   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.886 1:22.994 2:42.880
2 5   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:19.889 1:23.552 2:43.441 +0.561
3 3   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:20.464 1:23.641 2:44.105 +1.225
4 7   Mark Webber Williams-BMW 1:20.442 1:24.069 2:44.511 +1.631
5 16   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:20.492 1:24.026 2:44.518 +1.638
6 4   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:20.851 1:23.807 2:44.658 +1.778
7 10   Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.632 1:24.057 2:44.689 +1.809
† 8 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:20.593 1:24.337 2:44.930 +2.050
9 8   Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 1:20.807 1:24.389 2:45.196 +2.316
10 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:20.892 1:24.351 2:45.240 +2.363
11 17   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:20.994 1:24.422 2:45.416 +2.536
12 11   Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:20.999 1:25.260 2:46.259 +3.379
13 6   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:21.708 1:25.002 2:46.710 +3.830
14 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.260 1:26.984 2:47.244 +4.364
15 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 1:21.632 1:26.438 2:48.070 +5.190
16 15   Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 1:21.804 1:26.351 2:48.155 +5.275
17 19   Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:23.123 1:28.976 2:52.099 +9.219
18 18   Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 1:25.100 1:29.152 2:54.252 +11.372
19 20   Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 1:26.484 1:30.564 2:57.048 +14.168
20 21   Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:25.921 No time No time No time
  • Note: Felipe Massa had an engine change, meaning he started from 18th on the grid.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Fernando Alonso Renault 62 1:27:41.921 2 10
2 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 +0.215 13 8
3 10   Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 62 +27.554 7 6
4 11   Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 62 +1:04.442 11 5
5 16   Jarno Trulli Toyota 62 +1:10.258 5 4
6 8   Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 62 +1:11.282 8 3
7 7   Mark Webber Williams-BMW 62 +1:23.297 4 2
8 15   Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 62 +1:23.764 15 1
† 9 17   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 62 +1:35.841 10  
10 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 18
11 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 14
12 19   Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 61 +1 Lap 16
13 18   Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 60 +2 Laps 17
Ret 21   Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 20 Hydraulics 20
Ret 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 18 Electrical 9
Ret 9   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 9 Driveshaft 1
Ret 20   Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 8 Clutch 19
Ret 6   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 5 Accident 12
‡ DSQ 3   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 62 Fuel (+10.481) 3
‡ DSQ 4   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 62 Fuel (+34.783) 6
  • Note: Post-race, Ralf Schumacher was penalised 25 seconds for being released unsafely into the path of Nick Heidfeld from his second pitstop; Toyota withdrew their initial appeal before the hearing.
  • Note: Also post-race, Jenson Button's car was found to be 4.99 kg (11 lb) underweight; stewards initially accepted BAR's explanation as a fuel system anomaly on April 25. However, on May 5, an FIA court of appeal disqualified both BAR cars and banned them from the next two races for "highly regrettable negligence and lack of transparency",[11] noting that BAR's fuel system effectively "used fuel as ballast",[12] illegal under current Formula One regulations.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The podium ceremony was conducted with Jenson Button in 3rd place, prior to his disqualification.


  1. ^ "Pitlane Politics". GrandPrix.com. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2006.
  2. ^ "The FIA versus the FIA". GrandPrix.com. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Button's BAR banned for two races". Guardian News and Media Limited. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
  4. ^ Welsh, James (18 July 2005). "126 viewers complain over ITV F1 ad break". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 29 November 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. ^ "F1 broadcaster guilty". updatef1.com. 18 July 2005. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  6. ^ Hancock, Matthew (25 April 2005). "Rosenthal sorry for race break". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Bring Back V10s: Alonso defeats Schumacher, Ad break enrages". THE RACE. The Race Media. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  8. ^ "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005 - Saturday Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  9. ^ "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005 - Sunday Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  10. ^ "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino 2005 - Race". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Tribunal bans Button for two races, takes away points". Sportsline.com. 5 May 2005. Archived from the original on 10 May 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  12. ^ "BAR team handed two-race ban". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 5 May 2005. Archived from the original on 7 February 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  13. ^ a b "San Marino 2005 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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