Formula 1 News - August 2005
|2005 FIA Formula One World Championship|
Round 14: Turkish Grand Prix
21 August: RÄIKKÖNEN AND MICHELIN MAKE HISTORY IN TURKEY
Kimi Räikkönen (Team McLaren Mercedes/Michelin) has entered the record books as the first man to win a Formula One grand prix in Turkey. The Finn was initially beaten away from pole position by Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault/Michelin), but he recovered first place before the lap was over and went on to score a dominant victory.
For much of the afternoon it looked as though Räikkönen would spearhead a McLaren 1 -2. His team-mate Juan Pablo
Montoya swept past the Renaults of world championship leader Fernando Alonso and Fisichella – who had swapped places on lap two
– after the first round of refuelling stops. The Colombian ran a safe second until three laps from the end, when backmarker Tiago
Monteiro (Jordan-Toyota) ran into him and caused him to spin. Montoya rejoined just ahead of Alonso, but he then ran wide as a
result of a damaged diffuser and the Spaniard snatched second place, 18.6s behind the winner.
Fisichella took fourth after holding off a late challenge from Jenson Button (B·A·R - Honda/Michelin), who made good progress through the field after a qualifying error left him 13th on the grid. Michelin drivers took a clean sweep of the top nine positions, with Jarno Trulli (Toyota) taking sixth ahead of Red Bull team-mates David Coulthard and Christian Klien, who capitalised on good starts, and Takuma Sato (B·A·R -Honda). Condemned to the back of the grid for impeding rival Mark Webber (BMW WilliamsF1 Team/Michelin) during qualifying, the Japanese driver started from the pits after pausing for a pre-race fuel top-up. He made strong progress, however, and set some impressive lap times during the race’s closing stages.
Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber-Petronas) also started well down after spinning off during qualifying. The former world champion finished as best of the remaining Michelin runners, in 11th place. Ralf Schumacher (Toyota) came in 12th after being forced wide at the first corner and dropping to the tail of the field. Villeneuve’s team-mate Felipe Massa pitted for a new front wing at the end of the opening lap, after being involved in the same incident that delayed Schumacher. He was eventually forced to retire when his engine began to lose power. Williams team-mates Webber and Nick Heidfeld both withdrew after suffering a succession of incidents on right-rear tyres. No other Michelin team was affected and technicians from both companies will be analysing data to determine the cause.
Pierre Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director
Nick Shorrock, Director of Michelin F1 activities
Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula One, Team McLaren Mercedes
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