Kimi Raikkonen won his first and only race in Monaco in 2005, where he has convincingly won from pole position in front of two BMW Williams drivers Heidfeld and Webber.

Monaco was the sixth race of the season and after the first five races of the championship Fernando Alonso convincingly led with 44 points (out of a maximum of 50), Trulli was second with 26, and Raikkonen third with 17 points after winning in previous race in Spain.

Monaco GP was also the last race with two day qualifying – the drivers were driving just one timed lap, the first part was on Saturday with minimum amount of fuel, and on Sunday they had race fuel onboard with agregate times deciding the starting grid.

Raikkonen was half a second faster than Alonso on Saturday, and on Sunday, due to Alonso’s lower fuel load, he reduced the gap to less than tenth of a second.

In the race Raikkonen stormed to the victory while Alonso had problems with rear tyre wear (that year the tyres had to last whole race), and both BMW Williams drivers Heidfeld and Webber overtook him on the track.

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Kimi Raikkonen and Martin Whitmarsh, 2005 Monaco GP

Webber celebrated his first career podium after driving in Minardi in 2002 and for Jaguar in 2003 and 2004.

This is great. To win is always fantastic, but Monaco is a special challenge”, said Raikkonen.

“We have been strong throughout the weekend and I was able to pretty much control the race. I was able to push and open up a considerable gap, and when the time was right I simply came into the pits, refuel and still rejoin the race in the lead. After that I could take it a bit easier and look after the car and the Michelin tyres.”

“Once again, thank you to the entire team and everybody at Michelin – we have worked hard, and I think we have the best package out there at the moment. Our World Championship battle has gained momentum today, we will take one race at a time and continue to do our best.”

STARTING GRID

1 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 2:30.323
2 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 2:30.406 0.083
3 7 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 2:31.656 1.333
4 6 G.Fisichella Renault 2:32.100 1.777
5 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 2:32.590 2.267
6 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 2:32.883 2.560
7 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 2:33.867 3.544
8 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 2:34.736 4.413
9 11 J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 2:34.936 4.613
10 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 2:34.983 4.660
11 12 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 2:35.120 4.797
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull/Cosworth 2:37.152 6.829
13 20 P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 2:40.810 10.487
14 21 Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 2:42.206 11.883
15 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 2:43.078 12.755
16 10 J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes
17 19 N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 2:43.442 13.119
18 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota

#10-Juan Pablo Montoya
Back of the grid penalty
#17-Ralf Schumacher
10 place grid penalty for engine change
#19-Narain Karthikeyan
10 place grid penalty for engine change

RACE RESULTS

1 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 78 1:45’15.556
2 Nick Heidfeld Williams/BMW 78 1:45’29.433 13.877
3 Mark Webber Williams/BMW 78 1:45’34.040 18.484
4 Fernando Alonso Renault 78 1:45’52.043 36.487
5 10  J.P.Montoya McLaren/Mercedes 78 1:45’52.203 36.647
6 17  Ralf Schumacher Toyota 78 1:45’52.733 37.177
7 M.Schumacher Ferrari 78 1:45’52.779 37.223
8 R.Barrichello Ferrari 78 1:45’53.126 37.570
9 12  Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 77 1:46’03.563 1 lap
10 16  Jarno Trulli Toyota 77 1:46’14.202 1 lap
11 11  J.Villeneuve Sauber/Petronas 77 1:46’14.667 1 lap
12 G.Fisichella Renault 77 1:46’41.615 1 lap
13 18  Tiago Monteiro Jordan/Toyota 75 1:46’31.025 3 laps
14 21  Christijan Albers Minardi/Cosworth 73 1:46’20.060 5 laps
(12) 15  Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull/Cosworth 59 1:20’44.485 Contact
(14) 20  P.Friesacher Minardi/Cosworth 29 41’57.170 Spun off
(7) 14  David Coulthard Red Bull/Cosworth 23 30’12.171 Collision
(18) 19  N.Karthikeyan Jordan/Toyota 18 27’26.214 Contact

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:15.842 (lap 40)

Kimi Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 Monaco GP F1 2005

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 6/19 RACES

1 Fernando Alonso 49   6 10 10 10 8 5
2 Kimi Räikkönen 27   1 6 10 10
3 Jarno Trulli 26   8 8 4 6
4 Mark Webber 18   4 3 2 3 6
5 Nick Heidfeld 17   6 3 8
6 Ralf Schumacher 17   4 5 5 3
7 Giancarlo Fisichella 14   10 4
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 14   3 5 2 4
9 Michael Schumacher 12   2 8 2
10 David Coulthard 10   5 3 1 1
11 Rubens Barrichello 9   8 1
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 63   16 10 10 10 12 5
2 McLaren/Mercedes 51   4 5 10 6 12 14
3 Toyota 43   12 13 4 11 3
4 Williams/BMW 35   4 6 3 5 3 14
5 Ferrari 21   8 2 8 3
6 Red Bull/Cosworth 14   7 4 1 1 1
7 Sauber/Petronas 7   2 5
8 Jordan/Toyota 0  
9 BAR/Honda 0  
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

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