Fernando Alonso secured his first victory in the 2005 F1 season from pole position, confirming that Renault will compete for the championship title while Jarno Trulli finished second and gave Toyota’s first Formula 1 podium.
After Fisichella won from pole position in the first race in Australia where Alonso finished third from the 13th on the grid, Renault was again fastest on a completely different track in Malaysia and Alonso won the pole position ahead of Trulli in Toyota and Fisichella in second Renault.
Alonso was the fastest on Saturday (1:32.582) on a single-lap with minimum amonut of fuel, 0.090 s in front of Trulli, and on Sunday morning he confirmed his pole position with 0.253 s advantage in front of Trulli with race fuel onboard.
It was the fourth pole position for Alonso after winning his first in Malaysia in 2003 and adding another in Hungary while his third pole came in 2004 French GP.
Alonso kept the lead at the start of the race ahead of Trulli and Fisichella, led 51 out of 56 laps and finally celebrated with 24 seconds ahead of Trulli in Toyota and Heidfeld in BMW Williams.
Fisichella collided with Webber when he tried to recover the lost third place at the end of the lap 35, but lost control as both drivers retired from the race.
Heidfeld finished third in the BMW Williams with less than eight seconds behind behind Trulli – it was the second career podium for the German after 2001 Brazilian GP and the first of three podiums in 2005. He will also collect his last, 13th podium in Formula 1, in Malaysia driving the 2011 Renault R31.
Montoya finished fourth for McLaren, fifth was Ralf Schumacher in second Toyota, and the seven time world champion Michael Schumacher was only seventh from the 13th position in last year’s F2004M.
Schumacher split two Red Bull drivers who finished sixth (Coulthard) and eighth (Klien) while Raikkonen was only ninth for McLaren ahead of Massa in Sauber.
It was a very hot weekend in Malaysia with a track temperatures rising above 50 degrees Celsius, and Michelin tyres shaded the Bridgestone in a season in which the tyres had to withstand qualifying and the whole race.
Only Schumacher in Ferrari managed to score points for Bridgestone in seventh place, but since only Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi were driving on Bridgestone that is not so surprising.
It was the jubilee 10th victory for Alonso and second from 15 podiums in 19 races in 2005 F1 season.
Victory in Malaysia was second in the F1 career for Alonso who took the lead in the drivers’ championship, becoming the first Spaniard to lead the F1 championship.
|7||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull/Cosworth||3:09.589||1.917|
|8||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull/Cosworth||3:09.700||2.028|
|6||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull/Cosworth||56||1:32:46.279||1:12.543|
|8||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull/Cosworth||56||1:32:54.571||1:20.835|
|10||12||Felipe Massa||Sauber/Petronas||55||1:31:45.412||1 lap|
|12||18||Tiago Monteiro||Jordan/Toyota||53||1:31:52.049||3 laps|
|13||21||Christijan Albers||Minardi/Cosworth||52||1:32:07.696||4 laps|
Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen 1:35.483 (lap 23)
DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/19 RACES
|5||Juan Pablo Montoya||8||3||5|