THE WALL

Clever Raikkonen and a lot of chaos on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

"Something is wrong with the car," Fernando Alonso radiowed to the Renault pit in lap 38. The Spaniard had lost his lead to Juan Pablo Montoya in the McLaren Mercedes after crashing into the wall the same place Narain Karthikeyan (Jordan Toyota) had done before in lap 24. This way also the second Renault was out of the race caused be a broken rear suspension, while Alonso`s team mate Giancarlo Fisichella had to retire with collapsed hydraulics in lap 32. Another contact with the wall, this time in the last bend, concerned pole sitter Jenson Button. The Briton, on the way to the first points for BAR Honda in 2005, had crashed in lap 46 making the safety car come out for four laps and causing a lot of confusion. All drivers had come into the pits for their last halts of the race immidiately and so the safety car had not been in front of the current leader, but ahead of Ralf Schumacher´s Toyota on eighth position. Juan Pablo Montoya, leading his team mate Kimi Raikkonen by some four seconds, had done a very late pit during the safety car period. When he had left the pit lane, red light had been shown. For the first time since Michael Schumacher (Benetton Ford) at Silverstone in 1994 a Grand Prix driver received the black flag to disqualify him from the race. The Colombian was clever enough to come into the pits at once, but McLaren´s dream of a one-two of the Silver Arrows was over. In contrast to that Ferrari´s Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, who both had suffered under gearbox problems during practice or qualifying, were very satisfied with positions two and three on the podium. Schumacher had had a bad start not knowing the reason for and the Brazilian had made a battle through the whole field being last on the grid (and therefore starting from the pit lane) with no time scored caused by the gearbox troubles. Kimi Raikkonen did a very clever job in spite serious steering problems and a little rain during the last 15 laps. In contrast to the Nuerburgring this time Alonso had to retire making the championship situation become neutral.

Neither Jenson Button nor Michael Schumacher had been able to profit from their front row positions. The Renaults, with a revised traction control for better behaviour on the back tyres, had attacked immidiately from second row ahead of the first corner with Fisichella taking the lead to dominate the race until lap 32. Also the McLaren Mercedeses of Montoya and Raikkonen were able to overtake the BAR Honda and the Ferrari at once.

Local hero Jacques Villeneuve, whose father Gilles had won his first Grand Prix in a Ferrari (out of totally six) at the debut of the Isle Notre Dame back in 1978, had crashed into Takuma Sato´s BAR Honda very early in the 2005 Grand Prix du Canada to fetch a new nose from the Sauber pit in lap 2. Later the Canadian blocked leader Alonso when being lapped already in lap 22, the Spaniard got very angry about it. There are rumours about a great disharmony between the Sauber Petronas team and the 1997 world champion. Sauber should have said: Villeneuve is to slow. And the Canadian should have accused his Swiss team: They do not make use of my experience. In Montreal Felipe Massa scored an excellent fourth place defending that result until the finish line in a fierce battle with Mark Webber´s Williams BMW.

Also disharmony is reported from Williams and BMW, where Nick Heidfeld this time sustained a blown engine in lap 43.

The only team on the top with no points available after eight races in 2005 is still BAR Honda. Takuma Sato had to come into the pits in lap 22 for a long repair. In lap 46 the Japanese re-entered the race to give it up definitely some laps later: His left rear brake had caught fire to make the car spin.

That Montreal is killing brakes also had to be experienced by Jarno Trulli, lying on a fine third place, eight laps before the chequered flag coming out. His brake right front disc had exploded at the end of the start and finish straight. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve had got a new asphalt, but at several sections of the track the surface had broken to be repaired over night by using concrete.This time tropical weather conditions were seen in the Quebec metropolis, where the winters often are bitter cold.

Excellent results again were noticed for Red Bull bringing their cars home seventh and eight place. After four Grand Prix with Vitantonio Liuzzi in the second car, Austria´s Christian Klien was back again. Third driver of the popular British-Austrian team of soft drink magnate Dietrich Mateschitz for Friday testing in Montreal and Indianapolis is Scott Speed. The young US-American comes from the Red Bull American driver search and is currently driving GP2.

At the end of the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix Michael Schumacher (on a three stop strategy in contrast to most of the rivals) was able to give some pressure on leading Kimi Raikkonen, but the Finn was able to resist it. Juan Pablo Montoya had brought his baby son Sebastian to a Grand Prix. At Jordan Toyota sporting director Trevor Carlin had been replaced by Adrian Burgess. Some two decades ago Bernie Ecclestone had said: Grand Prix Racing needs a quick German, a woman and a negro. The quick German is there for many years with Michael Schumacher. The woman is on the way with lovely Danica Patrick. But where is the negro?

JS

 

Starting Grid
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1 J Button 1:15.217

2 M Schumacher 1:15.475

3 F Alonso 1:15.561

4 G Fisichella 1:15.577

5 JP Montoya 1:15.669

6 T Sato 1:15.729

7 K Raikkonen 1:15.923

8 J Villeneuve 1:16.116

9 J Trulli 1:16.201

10 R Schumacher 1:16.362

11 F Massa 1:16.661

12 D Coulthard 1:16.890

13 N Heidfeld 1:17.081

14 M Webber 1:17.749

15 C Albers 1:18.214

16 C Klien 1:18.249

17 N Karthikeyan 1:18.664

18 T Monteiro 1:19.034

19 P Friesacher 1:19.574

20 R Barrichello no time

Results
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2005 Grand Prix du Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Isle Notre Dame; Montreal,
70 Laps à 4.316 km = 305.270 km, Weather: Air 33°C, Track 41°C, Humidity 55%

1 K Raikkonen 1:32:09.290

2 M Schumacher +1.137

3 R Barrichello +40.483

4 F Massa +55.139

5 M Webber +55.779

6 R Schumacher +1 Lap

7 D Coulthard +1

8 C Klien +1

9 J Villeneuve +1

10 T Monteiro +3 Laps

11 C Albers +3

 

Retirements

J Trulli, Lap 62: Brakes

JP Montoya. 52: Disqualified

J Button, 46: Accident

N Heidfeld, 43: Engine

T Sato, 40: Brakes

P Friesacher, 39

F Alonso, 38: Suspension

G Fisichella, 32: Hydraulics

N Karthikeyan, 24

 

Fastest Lap

K Raikkonen 1:14.384 (Lap 23)

 

Wordchampionship Standings
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Drivers

1 F Alonso 59

2 K Raikkonen 37

3 J Trulli 27

4 N Heidfeld 25

5 M Schumacher 24

6 M Webber 22

7 R Barrichello 21

8 R Schumacher 20

9 G Fisichella 17

10 D Coulthard 17

11 JP Montoya 16

12 F Massa 7

13 A Wurz 6

14 J Villeneuve 5

15 P de la Rosa 4

16 C Klien 4

17 V Liuzzi 1

 

Constructors

1 Renault 76

2 McLaren 63

3 Williams BMW 47

4 Toyota 47

5 Ferrari 45

6 Red Bull Cosworth 22

7 Sauber Petronas 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos © British American Racing, Ferrari Press Office, Renault F1, Sauber Motorsport, TMG,
Red Bull Racing and West McLaren Mercedes

 

© 2005 by researchracing

 

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