Kimi Raikkonen won first F1 race in Turkey on this day in 2005 where he celebrated in front of Fernando Alonso in Renault and team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya who lost the second place in the final laps.

After 13 of the 19 races of the championship, Alonso had 26 points ahead of Raikkonen, but the Finn used speed advantage of his McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 and secured the pole position with a heavier car than two Renault drivers Fisichella and Alonso who started second and third. Montoya started fourth and completed the first two rows for McLaren and Renault.

Raikkonen lost a place to Fisichella in the first lap, but overtook him in the third sector of the same lap and clawed back the lead after his mistake. The Finn had no problems and secured the victory while Montoya was on his way to the second place before he eventually lost to Alonso as he spun while trying to overtake Monteiro who was one lap behind.

Fisichella finished fourth after starting from the second place and Button finished fifth, 1.4 behind the Fisichella, starting from 13th place due to his mistake in Turn 8 in qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen Turkish GP F1 2005 Photo McLaren LAT
Raikkonen won his fifth race of the season in Turkey (Photo: LAT / McLaren)

Raikkonen led all the laps in the race while Montoya only took the fastest lap in which he was 0.260 seconds faster than him. After Turkey, Raikkonen reduced Alonso’s advantage to 24 points and McLaren was nine points behind Renault, five races before the end.

“I am very happy to have won the first Turkish GP, here we have come up with a strong basis thanks to the good work done at the factory which definitely made our weekend a lot easier,” said Raikkonen.

“I did not make the best of starts, because I had a wheelspin which allowed Fisichella to pass, but later he went wide to allow me to get the lead again. I pushed as much as I could but we knew our strategy would work so really after the first stops I could be safe. ”

“I had a few moments with traffic which is always frustrating, but there is no doubt that our package is very fast. As a team we were a bit unhappy today for what happened to Juan Pablo because two points in the end could mean a lot.”

McLaren failed to clinch their first 1-2 of the season despite having the fastest car since fourth race of the season. They will achieve their first 1-2 in 2005 at the 18th race of the season in Brazil where Alonso will seal the title with third place.

STARTNI POREDAK

1 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:26.797
2 6 G.Fisichella Renault 1:27.039 0.242 0.279
3 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:27.050 0.253 0.291
4 10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 1:27.352 0.555 0.639
5 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:27.501 0.704 0.811
6 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 1:27.929 1.132 1.304
7 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 1:27.944 1.147 1.321
8 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:28.419 1.622 1.869
9 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:28.594 1.797 2.070
10 15 Christian Klien Red Bull/Cosworth 1:28.963 2.166 2.495
11 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:29.369 2.572 2.963
12 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 1:29.764 2.967 3.418
13 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:30.063 3.266 3.763
14 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 1:30.710 3.913 4.508
15 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 1:32.186 5.389 6.209
16 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas
17 20 Robert Doornbos Minardi/Cosworth
18 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota
10 place grid penalty due to engine change
19 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari
10 place grid penalty due to engine change
20 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda
Pitlane start due to Parc Ferme rules breach

RACE RESULTS

1 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 58 1:24:34.454
2 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 58 1:24:53.063 18.609
3 10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 58 1:24:54.089 19.635
4 6 G.Fisichella Renault 58 1:25:12.427 37.973
5 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 58 1:25:13.758 39.304
6 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 58 1:25:29.874 55.420
7 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 58 1:25:43.750 1:09.296
8 15 Christian Klien Red Bull/Cosworth 58 1:25:46.076 1:11.622
9 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 58 1:26:24.441 1:49.987
10 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 57 1:24:37.474 1 lap
11 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 57 1:25:08.046 1 lap
12 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 57 1:25:08.608 1 lap
13 20 Robert Doornbos Minardi/Cosworth 55 1:24:48.942 3 laps
14 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 55 1:25:01.551 3 laps
15 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 55 1:25:15.082 3 laps
(16) 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 48 1:19:07.025 Withdrew
(17) 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 32 1:15:05.648 Withdrew
(14) 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 29 45:00.449 Tyre
(11) 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 28 42:06.759 Engine
(19) 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 20 32:29.364 Tyre

Fastest lap: Juan Pablo Montoya – 1:24.770 (lap 39)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 14/19 RACES

1 Fernando Alonso 95 6 10 10 10 8 5 10 10 8 10 8
2 Kimi Räikkönen 71 1 6 10 10 10 8 6 10 10
3 Michael Schumacher 55 2 8 2 4 8 10 6 3 4 8
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 40 3 5 2 4 2 10 8 6
5 Jarno Trulli 39 8 8 4 6 1 4 5 3
6 Giancarlo Fisichella 35 10 4 3 3 5 5 5
7 Ralf Schumacher 32 4 5 5 3 3 2 1 3 6
8 Rubens Barrichello 31 8 1 6 6 8 2
9 Nick Heidfeld 28 6 3 8 8 3
10 Mark Webber 24 4 3 2 3 6 4 2
11 Jenson Button 23 5 4 6 4 4
12 David Coulthard 21 5 3 1 1 5 2 2 2
13 Felipe Massa 8 2 5 1
14 Tiago Monteiro 6 6
15 Alexander Wurz 6 6
16 Jacques Villeneuve 6 5 1
17 Narain Karthikeyan 5 5
18 Christian Klien 5 2 1 1 1
19 Christijan Albers 4 4
20 Pedro de la Rosa 4 4
21 Patrick Friesacher 3 3
22 Takuma Sato 1 1
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 1
24 Robert Doornbos 0
Anthony Davidson 0
Ricardo Zonta 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Renault 130 16 10 10 10 12 5 13 13 13 15 13
2 McLaren/Mercedes 121 4 5 10 6 12 14 2 10 8 16 8 10 16
3 Ferrari 86 8 2 8 3 10 14 18 6 5 4 8
4 Toyota 71 12 13 4 11 3 1 3 6 1 3 11 3
5 Williams/BMW 52 4 6 3 5 3 14 8 4 5
6 Red Bull/Cosworth 27 7 4 1 1 1 5 3 2 3
7 BAR/Honda 24 5 4 6 5 4
8 Sauber/Petronas 14 2 5 5 1 1
9 Jordan/Toyota 11 11
10 Minardi/Cosworth 7 7
Turkish GP F1 2005 podium Photo LAT XPB
Turkish GP F1 2005 podium (Photo: LAT XPB)
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