Kimi Raikkonen retired in the last lap of the European GP on this day in 2005 after his front right suspension broke after severe vibration due to flat spot on his tyre as Fernando Alonso secured fourth win in the first seven races.

Raikkonen has convincingly won the last two races in Spain and Monaco, although he still had 22 points less than Alonso, but the fight for the title seemed to be on as Alonso and Renault dominated in the first four races.

Heidfeld won his first and only F1 pole position in the BMW Williams FW27 thanks to less fuel in the car than the second-placed Raikkonen while Alonso was sixth in Renault with even more fuel behind the fifth Montoya in McLaren.

The start had to be repeated because of Fisichella who stalled on the grid and the drivers started another warm-up lap while the race was shortened by one lap.

2005 European GP Nurburgring Kimi Raikkonen McLaren MP4-20 last lap Button

Raikkonen beat Heidfeld at the start and moved to the lead, Webber dropped from third to fifth while Alonso was fifth at the end of the first lap. Heidfeld was the first to enter the pits already in the lap 12, six laps before Raikkonen while Alonso stayed five more laps.

After the first pitstops, Raikkonen was four seconds ahead of Heidfeld and 18 seconds ahead of Alonso, but lost concentration in the lap 30 when he went wide in Ford chicane and Heidfeld took the lead before entering the pits for the second time. Raikkonen damaged the bargeboards behind the front wheels and Alonso reduced his advantage by four seconds.

Few laps later, Raikkonen blocked the front right wheel while lapping Villeneuve in Sauber, who was ignoring the blue flags, and damaged his tyre, which would later cause big vibrations. Alonso also made a mistake after driving the fastest lap of the race in lap 44 and lost about seven seconds in the Dunlop corner.

2005 European GP Nurburgring Fernando Alonso Renault RS25 win

Eight laps before the end of the race, Raikkonen was 7.4 seconds ahead of Alonso, but the right front wheel vibration was getting stronger and the two laps before the end his advantage dropped to 2.7 seconds.

McLaren decided to gamble and not change the tyre (which was allowed because it was clear that it threatened to blow) because in that case they would lose the victory to Alonso who already had a big advantage in the drivers’ championship.

The gamble didn’t pay off as Raikkonen had an suspension failure at the start of the last lap, 1.5 s in front of Alonso, on the braking for the first corner, after which he almost hit Button at BAR Honda. Alonso celebrated in front of Heidfeld and Barrichello and increased his advantage to 32 points.

STARTING GRID

1 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 1:30.081
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:30.197 0.116
3 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 1:30.368 0.287
4 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:30.700 0.619
5 10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 1:30.890 0.809
6 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.056 0.975
7 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:31.249 1.168
8 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:31.392 1.311
9 6 G.Fisichella Renault 1:31.566 1.485
10 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:31.585 1.504
11 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:32.205 2.124
12 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 1:32.553 2.472
13 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:32.594 2.513
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull/Cosworth 1:32.642 2.561
15 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 1:32.891 2.810
16 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:32.926 2.845
17 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 1:35.047 4.966
18 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 1:35.954 5.873
19 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 1:36.192 6.111
20 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 1:36.239 6.158

2005 European GP Nurburgring Alonso Heidfeld Barrichello podium

RACE RESULTS

1 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 59 1:31:46.648
2 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 59 1:32:03.215 16.567
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 59 1:32:05.197 18.549
4 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 59 1:32:18.236 31.588
5 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 59 1:32:37.093 50.445
6 6 G.Fisichella Renault 59 1:32:38.580 51.932
7 10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 59 1:32:44.821 58.173
8 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 59 1:32:57.739 1:11.091
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull/Cosworth 59 1:32:58.177 1:11.529
10 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 59 1:33:22.434 1:35.786
11 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 58 1:30:08.373 Suspension
12 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 58 1:31:48.301 1 lap
13 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 58 1:32:15.608 1 lap
14 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 58 1:32:32.755 1 lap
15 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 58 1:33:11.372 1 lap
16 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 58 1:33:12.277 1 lap
17 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 57 1:33:19.276 2 laps
18 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 56 1:32:15.162 3 laps
(14) 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 33 52:32.130 Spun off
7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Fernando Alonso – 1:30.711 (lap 44)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Fernando Alonso 59   6 10 10 10 8 5 10
2 Kimi Räikkönen 27   1 6 10 10
3 Jarno Trulli 27   8 8 4 6 1
4 Nick Heidfeld 25   6 3 8 8
5 Mark Webber 18   4 3 2 3 6
6 Giancarlo Fisichella 17   10 4 3
7 Ralf Schumacher 17   4 5 5 3
8 Michael Schumacher 16   2 8 2 4
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 16   3 5 2 4 2
10 Rubens Barrichello 15   8 1 6
11 David Coulthard 15   5 3 1 1 5
12 Alexander Wurz 6   6
13 Jacques Villeneuve 5   5
14 Pedro de la Rosa 4   4
15 Christian Klien 3   2 1
16 Felipe Massa 2   2
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1   1
18 Jenson Button 0  
19 Tiago Monteiro 0  
20 Narain Karthikeyan 0  
21 Takuma Sato 0  
22 Patrick Friesacher 0  
23 Christijan Albers 0  
Anthony Davidson 0  

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CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Renault 76   16 10 10 10 12 5 13
2 McLaren/Mercedes 53   4 5 10 6 12 14 2
3 Toyota 44   12 13 4 11 3 1
4 Williams/BMW 43   4 6 3 5 3 14 8
5 Ferrari 31   8 2 8 3 10
6 Red Bull/Cosworth 19   7 4 1 1 1 5
7 Sauber/Petronas 7   2 5
8 Jordan/Toyota 0  
9 BAR/Honda 0  
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

2005 European GP Nurburgring Kimi Raikkonen McLaren MP4-20 last lap

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