Friday, May 06, 2005

Extremely late comments on the San Marino GP

I didn't get to see it but the race was a scorcher. Renault won for the fourth time in as many races and Fernando Alonso took his third straight win but only by 0.2s over Michael Schumacher in the new Ferrari F2005. Ferrari had been running the F2004 car for the first 4 races due to some issues with the F2005. But it seems to have been ironed out. Maybe. Rubens Barrichello went out on lap 18 of the 62 lap race with "electrical problems."

Jenson Button and Takuma Sato disqualified from third and fifth respectively following a BAR weight infringement. Thursday the BAR-Honda team was handed a two-race suspension due to the infringement. Additionally, a 25-second penalty was added to Ralf Schumacher's race time for an unsafe pit lane maneuver. This took him from what could have been a sixth place finish to just out of the points in ninth. Team Toyota will not be happy with that.

Red Bull Racing finished in the points again and have now scored points in every race so far. Granted it's not been at the same level as Renault. The former Jaguar-Cosworth team has scored 7, 4, 1 and 1 points for a total of 13. However, that is enough to put them in sixth place in the Constructors Championship.

2005 Drivers Championship
Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Spanish Renault 36
2 Jarno Trulli Italian Toyota 20
3 Giancarlo Fisichella Italian Renault 10
3= Michael Schumacher German Ferrari 10
5 Nick Heidfeld German Williams-BMW 9
5= Ralf Schumacher German Toyota 9
5= David Coulthard British Red Bull Racing 9
5= Mark Webber Australian Williams-BMW 9
9 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Ferrari 8
9= Juan Pablo Montoya Colombian McLaren-Mercedes 8
11 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish McLaren-Mercedes 7
12 Alexander Wurz Austrian McLaren-Mercedes 6
13 Jacques Villeneuve Canadian Sauber-Petronas 5
14 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish McLaren-Mercedes 4
15 Christian Klien Austrian Red Bull Racing 3
16 Felipe Massa Brazilian Sauber-Petronas 2
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian Red Bull Racing 1

2005 Constructors Championship
Pos Constructor Points
1 Renault 46
2 Toyota 29
3 McLaren-Mercedes 25
4 Ferrari 18
4= Williams-BMW 18
6 Red Bull Racing 13
7 Sauber-Petronas 7
Now it's on to Spain, where there's sure to be one or two people cheering for Alonso.

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