Kimi Raikkonen secured one of his best wins in Formula 1 on this day in 2005, after starting from the 17th on the grid in the Japanese GP and overtaking Giancarlo Fisichella in the last lap.

Thanks to the rain in qualifying, Raikkonen, like Alonso and Montoya, started near the back of the grid in unnatural positions for McLaren and Renault who had the fastest cars that season while Ralf Schumacher started from the pole position ahead of Button in BAR Honda and Fisichella in Renault.

Fisichella led more than half the race (27 laps) but in the last round Raikkonen managed to beat him on the outside of the first corner and record the seventh win of the season.

Raikkonen McLaren MP4-20 Japanese GP F1 2005 Photo McLaren

Alonso already secured his title in previous race in Brazil, but the constructors’ championship battle was still alive.

After Japan, where Raikkonen celebrated in front of Fisichella and Alonso, and Montoya retired after an early crash, Renault had two points more than McLaren, one race before the end of the season.


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