On this day in 2005 Fernando Alonso won his third consecutive race of the 2005 F1 season in Imola where he held off Michael Schumacher who pushed him hard until the very last corner of the race.

Renault celebrated in the first three races of the 2005 season while McLaren won the first pole position of the season in Imola with Kimi Raikkonen after solving the problem of heating the tyres for one lap qualifying that hampered them in the first three races.

Raikkonen led until driveshaft failure when Fernando Alonso took the lead. Schumacher made a mistake on Sunday’s qualifying (he was third behind Raikkonen and Alonso on Saturday) and started only 13th.

But Schumacher muscled his way past trough the field and challenged leading Alonso until the last lap of the race

Watch the exciting fight of two world champions on the fantastic Imola circuit, which was penultimate F1 race on that track in the last year for the V10 engines.

STARTING GRID

19Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren/Mercedes2:42.880
25Fernando AlonsoRenault2:43.4410.561
33Jenson ButtonBAR/Honda2:44.1051.225
47Mark WebberWilliams/BMW2:44.5111.631
516Jarno TrulliToyota2:44.5181.638
64Takuma SatoBAR/Honda2:44.6581.778
710Alexander WurzMcLaren/Mercedes2:44.6891.809
88Nick HeidfeldWilliams/BMW2:45.1962.316
92R.BarrichelloFerrari2:45.2432.363
1017Ralf SchumacherToyota2:45.4162.536
1111J.VilleneuveSauber/Petronas2:46.2593.379
126G.FisichellaRenault2:46.7103.830
131M.SchumacherFerrari2:47.2444.364
1414David CoulthardRed Bull/Cosworth2:48.0705.190
1515Vitantonio LiuzziRed Bull/Cosworth2:48.1555.275
1619N.KarthikeyanJordan/Toyota2:52.0999.219
1718Tiago MonteiroJordan/Toyota2:54.25211.372
1812Felipe MassaSauber/Petronas2:44.9302.050
1920P.FriesacherMinardi/Cosworth2:57.04814.168
2021Christijan AlbersMinardi/Cosworth

RACE RESULTS

1 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 62 1:27:41.921  
2 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 62 1:27:42.136 0.215
3 10 Alexander Wurz McLaren/Mercedes 62 1:28:09.475 27.554
4 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 62 1:28:46.363 1:04.442
5 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 62 1:28:52.179 1:10.258
6 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 62 1:28:53.203 1:11.282
7 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 62 1:29:05.218 1:23.297
8 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull/Cosworth 62 1:29:05.685 1:23.764
9 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 62 1:29:17.762 1:35.841
10 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 61 1:27:43.565 1 lap
11 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 61 1:28:07.742 1 lap
12 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 61 1:28:24.807 1 lap
13 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 60 1:29:02.239 2 laps
 
(3) 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 62 1:27:52.402 DSQ
(5) 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 62 1:28:16.704 DSQ
(16) 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 20 29:48.688 Gearbox
(15) 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 18 26:11.325 Electrical
(18) 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 9 13:39.307 Halfshaft
(18) 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 8 12:03.336 Clutch
(11) 6 G.Fisichella Renault 5 7:19.330 Spun-off

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:21.858 (lap 48)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 4/19 RACES

1 Fernando Alonso 36   6 10 10 10
2 Jarno Trulli 20   8 8 4
3 Giancarlo Fisichella 10   10
4 Michael Schumacher 10   2 8
5 Nick Heidfeld 9   6 3
6 Ralf Schumacher 9   4 5
7 David Coulthard 9   5 3 1
8 Mark Webber 9   4 3 2
9 Rubens Barrichello 8   8
10 Juan Pablo Montoya 8   3 5    
11 Kimi Räikkönen 7   1 6
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 Tiago Monteiro 0  
19 Narain Karthikeyan 0  
20 Jenson Button 0  
21 Patrick Friesacher 0  
22 Christijan Albers 0  
23 Takuma Sato 0  
Anthony Davidson 0        

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Renault 46   16 10 10 10
2 Toyota 29   12 13 4
3 McLaren/Mercedes 25   4 5 10 6
4 Ferrari 18   8 2 8
5 Williams/BMW 18   4 6 3 5
6 Red Bull/Cosworth 13   7 4 1 1
7 Sauber/Petronas 7   2 5
8 Jordan/Toyota 0  
9 BAR/Honda 0  
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  
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