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2005 FIA Formula 1 Season
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Champion Constructor: Renault (FR,1,2)
Putative Constructor: Renault (FR)
Champion Driver: Fernando Alonso (ES,1,1)
Putative Driver: Fernando Alonso (ES)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model R25, 2.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, alloy engine, DOHC, Magnetti-Marelli fuel injection, six-speed semi-automatic sequential, Hitco ventilated carbon disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon composite aluminum honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 905 horsepower (Tim Densham, Bob Bell, Axel Plasse, Rob White, Dino Toso).

The FIA in a stark modification to its regulations in 2005 prohibits the changing of rubber for all entries during service. The sanctioning body also mandates a two-weekend minimum utilization for all power units, subject to grid penalty for any mid-weekend change outs. Renault catches a victory from driver Fernando Alonso in the season finale at Shanghai in October to secure its maiden Formula 1 constructors' title over McLaren and its first year-end Grand Prix honorific in nearly a century. The French make snaps an impressive six-year stranglehold upon the constructors' perch by Scuderia Ferrari as the 24-year old Alonso (seven victories) holds off a determined charge from McLaren driver Kimi Räikkonen (seven victories) and becomes the youngest drivers' champion in series history. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Istanbul in August. New Racing Makes: Austrian Red Bull. Racing Evolution: Integrated engine/chassis management system (Renault, Magneti Marelli). Tuned mass damper stability system (Renault).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Renault185     Alonso148
McLaren Mercedes173     Raikkonen126
Scuderia Ferrari78     Montoya JP57
Toyota53     Schumacher M50
Williams BMW40     Fisichella44
BAR Honda21     Trulli32

Noteworthy 2005 Races

2005 LXIII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2005 2005 LXIII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (263 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes under Kimi Räikkönen (FI) in 1:45:15.6 (average 91.91 mph), under fourteen seconds ahead of a Williams entry. Räikkönen leads wire-to-wire across the distance for a comfortable victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2005 XLIX Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe Nürburg, Germany2005 2005 XLIX Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe At the Nürburgring for the European Grand Prix (303.5 kilometers) in May, a French Renault R25 under Fernando Alonso (ES) takes race honors in 1:31:46.6 (average 125.43 mph), under seventeen seconds ahead of a Williams entry. Alonso moves out front on the final circuit after race leader Kimi Räikkönen in his McLaren drops his right front suspension in Turn 1 and in dramatic fashion spins off the circuit into a nearby gravel trap. Photo Credit: Steven Tee.
2005 XXXIV United States Grand Prix Indianapolis, Indiana2005 2005 XXXIV United States Grand Prix At Indianapolis for the United States Grand Prix (306 kilometers) in June, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F2005 under Michael Schumacher (DE) takes the flag in 1:29:43.2 (average 127.16 mph), under two seconds ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Rubens Barrichello. The race includes only six entries after the constructors running on Michelin rubber elect not to compete over concerns regarding tire wear after a hard shunt by Ralf Schumacher during practice rattles the nerves of supplier Michelin. The FIA blackens its own eye after refusing requests by Michelin to switch to a different compound for the contest as well as to add a chicane to slow down the entries, and the jeering spectators as well as IMS express outrage over the sanctioning body decision to start with such an uncompelling field. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
2005 XXXI Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka City, Japan2005 2005 XXXI Japanese Grand Prix At Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix (310.5 kilometers) in October, a British McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes under Kimi Räikkönen (FI) notches a victory in 1:29:02.2 (average 130.05 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Renault driven by Giancarlo Fisichella. Räikkönen, starting deep in the grid, rallies and moves out front after passing race leader Fisichella with an outside move at Turn 1 on the final circuit. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.