2005 Australian Grand Prix
Round 1 - Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit - 6th March 2005
The Australian GP saw the curtain come up on F1 2005. A new aggregate qualifying format for this season certainly mixed up the grid. Pole Position was taken by Renault new boy Giancarlo Fisichella, while David Coulthard’s first outing for Red Bull land the Scot a 5th place grid slot, just ahead of team mate Christian Klien in 6th. Ferrari’s dominance of 2004 at least in qualifying looked like a thing of the past, with Barrichello the highest placed Ferrari in 11th.
The stalled McLaren of Kimi Raikkonen saw another formation lap take place, but at the second start Fisichella led away successfully, while some late braking from an on fire DC saw him pass Villeneuve and Webber into Turn 1 for 3rd. Sato also made the best of the restart to make his way through the grid, even passing Champion Schumacher.
Some great racing between a slipping Villeneuve and a recovering Alonso saw the pair battling hard over 9th. Raikkonen had starting from the pits, but caught up with Michael Schumacher for 15th. After the first round of pit stops Fisichella retained the lead while DC managed to pass Trulli for 2nd. Barrichello & Alonso were the biggest winners after their stops, climbing up to 4th & 6th.
Michael’s miserable opening race got worse after a collision with Heidfeld. The Williams driver tried an over ambitious overtake into Turn 3 that didn’t work. It forced both drivers’ into retirement in what was a highly debated racing incident.
Barrichello & Alono’s earlier charge continued and they moved up to 2nd & 3rd, ahead of DC & Webber who slipped to 4th & 5th. But it wasn’t enough to catch Fisichella who lead the field home to claim the maiden win of 2005 and his first win for Renault. Both Honda’s retired from the race on the last lap of the race so to avoid engine penalties in Malaysia.
- Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
- Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
- 6th Mar 2005
- 58 laps
- Lap Record: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:24.125, 2004
- Driver of the Day
- F Alonso - Renault
|2||R Barrichello||Ferrari||+13.6 secs|
|3||F Alonso||Renault||+34.6 secs|
|4||R Schumacher||Williams||+60.4 secs|
|5||JP Montoya||Williams||+68.5 secs|
|6||J Button||BAR||+70.5 secs|
|7||J Trulli||Renault||+1 Lap|
|8||D Coulthard||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|2||JP Montoya||Williams||+8.6 secs|
|3||K Raikkonen||McLaren||+9.1 secs|
|4||M Schumacher||Ferrari||+9.4 secs|
|5||J Trulli||Renault||+38.8 secs|
|6||H Frentzen||Sauber||+43.9 secs|
|7||F Alonso||Renault||+45.0 secs|
|8||R Schumacher||Williams||+45.7 secs|