Champion Fernando Alonso edged out Michael Schumacher in a thrilling tussle as Kimi Raikkonen charged from the back.
The Formula One calendar was extended to nineteen rounds this year, but the sport would have been far better served by ending on the high of last weekend’s thrilling Japanese Grand Prix than the forgettable affair that was the Chinese round.
Kimi Raikkonen took his best win to date in a race packed with scintillating overtaking, controversy and one sizeable shunt.
Fernando Alonso became the F1’s youngest ever drivers’ champion by scoring his 13th podium in 17 races at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos.
Kimi Raikkonen took his sixth win of 2005, but Fernando Alonso was right there once again, notching up fifth second-place of the year and needing only six more points to become the youngest ever world driver’s champion.
As a motor racing fan looking for entertainment the Italian Grand Prix was a horror show of the problematic 2005 regulations. In the end Juan Pablo Montoya won, having never really been pushed, but he bravely drove the final laps with a failing left-rear tyre at speeds of over 350 kph. Championship hopeful Kimi Raikkonen’s … Continue reading Italian Grand Prix 2005 Review
Kimi Raikkonen’s fifth Grand Prix win of 2005 was as emphatic as he could have hoped for. But he only drew two points closer to Fernando Alonso in the championship battle, after a late altercation between Juan Pablo Montoya and Tiago Monteiro.
Kimi Raikkonen was finally graced with some good fortune at the Hungaroring and claimed his fourth win of the season while title rival Fernando Alonso hit trouble.
Kimi Raikkonen’s third successive car failure robbed him of yet another potential victory. That and a qualifying error by team mate Juan Pablo Montoya has given Fernando Alonso an almost insurmountable advantage in the title chase. The German Grand Prix was not the overtaking-fest the media hype promised it would be beforehand. What action there … Continue reading Alonso grabs another win as Raikkonen’s car fails
“Watch the Ferraris”, everyone seemed to be saying after the United States ‘race’. “They’ve made a big step forward.” Michael Schumacher unusually bullish, suggested as much after qualifying. But on the track, Fernando Alonso blitzed them all for his fifth win from ten. It was not a thrilling French Grand Prix. Indeed, after the shame … Continue reading Alonso cruises to fifth win as Raikkonen limits damage
Juan Pablo Montoya broke his 2005 duck and took his first win for McLaren in fine style. But a second consecutive weekend troubled by engined failure for Kimi Raikkonen stymied his assault on Fernando Alonso’s championship lead. The final practice session for the British Grand Prix had barely begun when the number nine McLaren-Mercedes of … Continue reading Montoya grabs win as Alonso extends points lead
The political strife that has dogged the 2005 season behind the scenes finally boiled over onto the track, leaving the US Grand Prix an unedifying farce that may have caused terminal damage to F1’s reputation in the USA.
The Canadian Grand Prix proved dramatic and incident-filled from start to finish, if lacking in much outright racing. But, with Kimi Raikkonen winning and Fernando Alonso failing to score, it gave a welcome shot in the arm for the championship battle. Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher provided the Saturday shock by stealing the front row … Continue reading Raikkonen takes vital win as Renault falter
Fernando Alonso kept Kimi Raikkonen under pressure throughout the European Grand Prix and capitalised at the last possible moment, when Raikkonen’s suspension shattered and pitched the Finn into the barriers. Alonso now has a 32-point advantage in the title race. From the outset the European Grand Prix looked like it was going to be McLaren-Mercedes … Continue reading Last-lap drama for Raikkonen hands Alonso victory
Kimi Raikkonen continued his assault on Fernando Alonso’s championship lead by winning the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen delivered a performance worthy of his McLaren predecessor and compatriot Mika Hakkinen as he left the field standing in Spain.
The San Marino Grand Prix may have been Fernando Alonso’s third win this year, but it was also a warning the he will not have an easy run to the title.
Fernando Alonso again swept all before him to take a second consecutive win – including the new Ferrari F2005s which failed even to score points.
Fernando Alonso staked a claim to the 2005 world championship with a crushing display in the Malaysian heat, while Michael Schumacher could only manage seventh as Ferrari’s poor start to its title defence continued.
Giancarlo Fisichella won in his first drive for Renault.