2005 USA GP – Michael Schumacher wins six car race

On this day in 2005 Michael Schumacher celebrated his first and only victory in the season after all 14 Michelin runners withdrew from the race after taking part only in formation lap due to safety concerns.

The 2005 USA GP is one of the most controversial races in Formula 1’s recent history. Michelin brought the tyres that could not withstand heavy loads in the last, extremly fast banked corner after multiple blowouts in free practice.

Michelin’s suggestions to solve the problem by installing the chicane was rejected by Bridgestone and after completing the formation lap all the cars with Michelin tyres (14/20) withdrawn into the pits. So in the race we only saw six cars – two Ferraris, two Jordans and two Minardis.

Toyota started the qualifying with a very light car, probably bearing in mind the potentially withdrawal from tomorrow’s race and Jarno Trulli won the first pole position for a Japanese manufacturer.

Michael Schumacher came to the first and only victory in 2005 after winning a team-mate Rubens Barrichello in the battle of two Ferrari. Thiago Monteiro in Jordan was third securing his first and only podium in Formula 1.

“It was a weird race, and it was unusual to see other cars coming into the pits at the start. But then, Rubens and I had a close race, it was only two of us.”

“It’s a shame we could not race in the normal way, with everyone else, because I think we could win, we had a strong car.”

“The situation we had today was out of our hands and I do not know the details of the problems that others have. But what I know is that we’ve left the tyres with more performance and less durability because Bridgestone knew how stressed tyres are here.”

STARTNI POREDAK

1 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:10.625
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:10.694 0.069
3 3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:11.277 0.652
4 6 G.Fisichella Renault 1:11.290 0.665
5 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:11.369 0.744
6 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:11.380 0.755
7 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:11.431 0.806
8 4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:11.497 0.872
9 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 1:11.527 0.902
10 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:11.555 0.930
11 10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 1:11.681 1.056
12 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 1:11.691 1.066
13 17 Ricardo Zonta Toyota 1:11.754 1.129
14 15 Christian Klien Red Bull/Cosworth 1:12.132 1.507
15 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 1:12.430 1.805
16 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 1:12.682 2.057
17 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 1:13.462 2.837
18 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 1:13.632 3.007
19 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 1:13.776 3.151
20 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 1:14.494 3.869

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 73 1:29:43.181
2 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 73 1:29:44.703 1.522
3 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 72 1:29:50.824 1 Lap
4 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 72 1:30:21.953 1 Lap
5 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 71 1:30:28.309 2 Laps
6 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 71 1:30:43.889 2 Laps
16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 0 Not started
9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 0 Not started
3 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 0 Not started
6 G.Fisichella Renault 0 Not started
5 Fernando Alonso Renault 0 Not started
4 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 0 Not started
7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 0 Not started
12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 0 Not started
10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 0 Not started
11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 0 Not started
17 Ricardo Zonta Toyota 0 Not started
15 Christian Klien Red Bull/Cosworth 0 Not started
8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 0 Not started
14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 0 Not started

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:11.497 (lap 48)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 9/19 RACES

1 Fernando Alonso 59   6 10 10 10 8 5 10
2 Kimi Räikkönen 37   1 6 10 10 10
3 Michael Schumacher 34   2 8 2 4 8 10
4 Rubens Barrichello 29   8 1 6 6 8
5 Jarno Trulli 27   8 8 4 6 1
6 Nick Heidfeld 25   6 3 8 8
7 Mark Webber 22   4 3 2 3 6 4
8 Ralf Schumacher 20   4 5 5 3 3
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 17   10 4 3
10 David Coulthard 17   5 3 1 1 5 2
11 Juan Pablo Montoya 16   3 5 2 4 2
12 Felipe Massa 7   2 5
13 Tiago Monteiro 6   6
14 Alexander Wurz 6   6
15 Jacques Villeneuve 5   5
16 Narain Karthikeyan 5   5
17 Christijan Albers 4   4
18 Pedro de la Rosa 4   4
19 Christian Klien 4   2 1 1
20 Patrick Friesacher 3   3
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1   1
22 Jenson Button 0  
23 Takuma Sato 0  
Anthony Davidson 0  
Ricardo Zonta 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Renault 76   16 10 10 10 12 5 13
2 McLaren/Mercedes 63   4 5 10 6 12 14 2 10
3 Ferrari 63   8 2 8 3 10 14 18
4 Williams/BMW 47   4 6 3 5 3 14 8 4
5 Toyota 47   12 13 4 11 3 1 3
6 Red Bull/Cosworth 22   7 4 1 1 1 5 3
7 Sauber/Petronas 12   2 5 5
8 Jordan/Toyota 11   11
9 Minardi/Cosworth 7   7
10 BAR/Honda 0  

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