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2005 Monaco Grand Prix

  2005 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 19 in the 2005 Formula One season
Date May 22 2005
Official name LXIII Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.34 km (2.075 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.52 km (161.85 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 2:30.323 (aggregate)
Fastest lap
Driver Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:15.842 on lap 40
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Williams-BMW
Third Williams-BMW

The 2005 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the LXIII Grand Prix de Monaco) was a Formula One motor race held on May 22, 2005 at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The race, contested over 78 laps, was the sixth round of the 2005 Formula One season and the 63rd running of the Monaco Grand Prix. It was won by polesitter and McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen. Williams driver Nick Heidfeld completed the race in second position whilst his team-mate, Mark Webber, completed the podium by finishing in third place.

This was the first Monaco Grand Prix held after the death of Prince Rainier III. His death was the reason why the Princely Family did not attend the Grand Prix.


  • Report 1
  • Classification 2
    • Qualifying 2.1
    • Race 2.2
  • Standings after the race 3
  • References 4


Polesitter Kimi Räikkönen led the field from the start of the race, and though he was at first closely followed by Fernando Alonso, he was more than five seconds ahead by the twentieth lap. Meanwhile, Karthikeyan retired with a hydraulic failure. The race progressed otherwise uneventfully, with Alonso followed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, and Mark Webber, until the twenty-third lap, when Christijan Albers spun his Minardi into a wall at Mirabeau, blocking about two-thirds of the width of the track. David Coulthard, arriving behind him, swerved and successfully stopped his Red Bull without damage; however, Michael Schumacher plowed into Coulthard, breaking off his own nosecone and damaging the Red Bull's suspension beyond repair. As more drivers reached the blocked turn, the Safety Car was deployed so that marshals could remove Albers' car.

Both Renault drivers pitted immediately, but Räikkönen - acting on instructions from McLaren chief strategist Neil Martin - continued on in what was to prove a winning move.[1] Though this seemingly put Räikkönen in a bad spot, as all of his close competitors had pitted, he fought back with a series of brilliant laps that would give him a 34.7-second lead by the time he pitted on lap 42. Alonso, whose car was substantially slower as it was full of fuel, and whose rear tyres were wearing rapidly, was unable to catch up, and Räikkönen, after pitting, returned to the track still 13 seconds ahead. He would go on to win the race having led every lap of it. Liuzzi, meanwhile, had pulled into the pits with a smoky engine failure.

Nick Heidfeld worked his way up from sixth grid position, passing his own teammate in the pits after Williams called him in a lap earlier whilst Alonso was badly holding the two Williams drivers up. After Heidfeld's stop, a superb overtaking manoeuvre into the Nouvelle chicane put him ahead of Alonso. Webber tried to follow suit a lap later, but on the first attempt Alonso cut the corner and stayed in front. On the second attempt Alonso cut the corner again, this time clearly intentionally, but Webber eventually succeeded in overtaking him and claiming his first career podium in Formula One and scoring Williams last double podium finish until the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over nine years later. Alonso straggled into fourth, his rear tyres almost entirely bald. Montoya advanced from sixteenth on the grid to an eventual fifth, finishing on Alonso's tail, followed by Michael and Ralf Schumacher, who crossed the line almost side-by-side.

Both Red Bull Racing cars ran with the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Livery and, for this race, the Red Bull Racing pit crew dressed up as Imperial Stormtroopers. It didn't help the team's fortunes, as this was the first race where they failed to score points.



Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 order Q1 time Q1 pos Q1+Q2 time
1 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 18 1:13.644 1 2.30.325
2 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 17 1:14.125 2 2.30.406
3 7 Mark Webber Williams-BMW 13 1:14.584 3 2.31.656
4 6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 14 1:14.783 4 2.32.100
5 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 16 1:15.189 7 2.32.590
6 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 9 1:15.128 6 2.32.883
7 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 11 1:15.329 8 2.33.867
8 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 4 1:16.186 11 2.34.736
9 11 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 5 1:15.921 9 2.34.936
10 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 10 1:16.142 10 2.34.983
11 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 8 1:16.218 12 2.35.120
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 1 1:16.817 13 2.37.152
13 20 Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 2 1:18.574 14 2.40.810
14 21 Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 3 1:19.229 15 2.42.206
15 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 7 1:19.408 16 2.43.078
16 10 Juan Pablo Montoya# McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:14.858 5 NO TIME
17 19 Narain Karthikeyan* Jordan-Toyota 6 1:19.474 17 2.43.422
18 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 15 - 18 NO TIME
* = Narain Karthikeyan had an engine change
# = Montoya's Saturday time of 1:14.858 deleted as punishment for role in earlier practice accident


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:45:15.556 1 10
2 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 78 +13.877 6 8
3 7 Mark Webber Williams-BMW 78 +18.484 3 6
4 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 78 +36.487 2 5
5 10 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 78 +36.647 16 4
6 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 78 +37.117 18 3
7 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 78 +37.223 8 2
8 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 78 +37.570 10 1
9 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 11  
10 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 77 +1 Lap 5  
11 11 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 9  
12 6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 77 +1 Lap 4  
13 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 75 +3 Laps 15  
14 21 Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 73 +5 Laps 14  
Ret 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth 59 Mechanical 12  
Ret 20 Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 29 Accident 13  
Ret 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth 23 Collision damage 7  
Ret 19 Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 18 Hydraulics 17  

Standings after the race

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


  1. ^ Garside, Kevin (2005-05-23). "E-mail keeps Raikkonen on road to glory". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
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Preceded by
2004 Bahrain Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
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Succeeded by
2006 Brazilian Grand Prix
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