Raikkonen wins entertaining Monaco GP
Racing series F1 Date 2005-05-22 (Monaco)
By Nikki Reynolds - Motorsport.com</I>
Kimi Raikkonen took his second consecutive win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix, the McLaren man leading from pole to flag and too far ahead of the rest to be troubled. Williams had a grand time to see Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber come home second and third respectively, Heidfeld's best result to date and Webber's first F1 podium finish.
Kimi Raikkonen. Photo by xpb.cc.
It was a clean start, with pole sitter Raikkonen beating Renault's Fernando Alonso to the first corner to hold on to the lead. Webber lost out, dropping to fifth, while the second Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella moved up to third. Further down the grid, Felipe Massa got a good start to beat Sauber teammate Jacques Villeneuve and the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello to take ninth.
By the end of lap two, Juan Pablo Montoya, who started at the back, had got his McLaren up to 12th. The top three started pulling away, Raikkonen and Alonso trading fastest laps but Kimi was widening the gap between them. Toyota's Ralf Schumacher, who was also a back-starter, had moved up behind the Red Bull of Tonio Liuzzi just outside the top ten.
The opening stages were fairly static and Jordan's Narain Karthikeyan was the first to have a troublesome time. He dived into the pits early after contact with the barriers -- he was then in and out of the pits in rapid succession with various problems before finally giving up and retiring with damaged hydraulics.
At the front Alonso was quicker than Raikkonen in the first sector but Raikkonen was making it up in the later stages of the lap. Ralf was still stuck behind Liuzzi and Montoya behind Barrichello but then an incident occurred that changed the whole outlook of the race.
Christijan Albers. Photo by xpb.cc.
Christijan Albers' Minardi spun at Mirabeau and came to halt across the track. David Coulthard's Red Bull was first to arrive at the scene and could have perhaps avoided it but he was hit from behind by the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher. The pair of Saubers arrived, followed by Montoya and there was a bit of a traffic jam.
Massa, Villeneueve and Montoya all managed to escape unscathed but Coulthard was forced to retire with a broken rear wing and diffuser damage. Michael also had to pit for a new nose cone and the safety car was deployed while the Minardi was cleared, although Albers did manage to rejoin the race.
"It was unfortunate but that's racing, especially at Monaco," said Coulthard. "I could see what had happened but Michael behind me obviously couldn't and hit the back of me, breaking my rear suspension. It's very disappointing."
The two-stoppers headed into the pits while the safety car was out and it was rather confusing when the race restarted to figure out who was doing what. The order was Raikkonen and Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who both hadn't stopped, from Alonso, who had, then Webber, Heidfeld and Massa, who had stopped, and Villenevue, who hadn't.
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