22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg  2005 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
Date March 20, 2005
Official name Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.54 km (3.44 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.878 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 3:07.672 (2 laps)
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:35.483 on lap 23
First 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Second 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota
Third Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW

The 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Sepang on March 20, 2005.

Summary Edit

This was another dominant win from Renault, as their number 1 driver Fernando Alonso secured his first win of the season from pole position. At the start he led from Jarno Trulli, before finishing the race 20-odd seconds ahead of the Italian, claiming Toyota's first ever podium position.

Third place was taken by Nick Heidfeld in the Williams. He had been trailing Alonso's team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella, and his own teammate Mark Webber who collided at the end of lap 35. Having been passed by the Australian, Fisichella attempted to retake the position on the inside heading into the final corner, but lost control and slid into Webber's car.

Fourth was McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya, after starting from 11th on the grid. He was followed home by Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Christian Klien. This made it 4 points finishes from 4 starts for Red Bull Racing. Kimi Räikkönen suffered a puncture immediately after his pitstop, and despite setting the fastest lap was unable to make up enough positions to score any points.

After retiring from the Australian Grand Prix a lap from the end, which caused the rules to be changed, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson retired on the second lap of the race, both from engine failures. Davidson was substituting at British American Racing, as regular driver Takuma Sato was forced to withdraw with a fever. Alonso's win made him the first Spaniard ever to lead the Formula 1 World Championship.

The race ended Ferrari's run of 22 consecutive podium finishes, which started at the 2003 Italian Grand Prix.

The race also marked Rubens Barrichello's 200th Grand Prix.

Friday drivers Edit

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 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Sauber-Petronas none
Red Bull-Cosworth 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi
Toyota 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta
Jordan-Toyota 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Minardi-Cosworth none

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 56 1:31:33.736 1 10
2 16 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 56 +24.327 2 8
3 8 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 56 +32.188 10 6
4 10 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 56 +41.631 11 5
5 17 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 56 +51.854 5 4
6 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +1:12.543 8 3
7 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 56 +1:19.988 13 2
8 15 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Cosworth 56 +1:20.835 7 1
9 9 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1:21.580 6
10 12 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 14
11 19 22px-Flag of India Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 17
12 18 22px-Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 53 +3 Laps 18
13 21 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 52 +4 Laps 19
Ret 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 49 Handling 12
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 36 Collision 3
Ret 7 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Williams-BMW 36 Collision 4
Ret 11 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 26 Spun Off 16
Ret 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 2 Engine 9
Ret 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson BAR-Honda 2 Engine 15
Ret 20 22px-Flag of Austria Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 2 Spun Off 20

Standings after the raceEdit

Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 16
2 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
3= 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 8
3= 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 8
3= 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 8
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of France Renault 26
2 Flag-of-japansmall Toyota 12
3 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Cosworth 11
4= 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 10
4= 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 10

Previous race:
2005 Australian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2005 season
Next race:
2005 Bahrain Grand Prix
Previous race:
2004 Malaysian Grand Prix
Malaysian Grand Prix Next race:
2006 Malaysian Grand Prix
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