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

1 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 2:42.880
2 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 2:43.441 0.561
3 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 2:44.105 1.225
4 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 2:44.511 1.631
5 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 2:44.518 1.638
6 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 2:44.658 1.778
7 10 Alexander Wurz McLaren/Mercedes 2:44.689 1.809
8 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 2:45.196 2.316
9 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 2:45.243 2.363
10 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 2:45.416 2.536
11 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 2:46.259 3.379
12 6 G.Fisichella Renault 2:46.710 3.830
13 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 2:47.244 4.364
14 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 2:48.070 5.190
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull/Cosworth 2:48.155 5.275
16 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 2:52.099 9.219
17 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 2:54.252 11.372
18 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 2:44.930 2.050
19 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 2:57.048 14.168
20 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/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

LAST 10 MINUTES OF THE RACE

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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