F1 > 2005 Round 15: Italian GP > Race Results
Formula 1September 4, 2005
Formula One World Championship
Round 15: Italian GP

Tough Race for B·A·R Honda at Monza

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A tough Italian Grand Prix for B·A·R Honda resulted in Jenson Button taking a single World Championship point after a resilient drive to eighth place. His team-mate Takuma Sato finished 16th, after a refuelling problem demanded that he make an unscheduled third pitstop, ruining his race.



Jenson Button


Jenson Button


The opening phase of the race had been very positive for the team. Jenson converted his third place on the grid to be running with the leaders at the end of lap one, while Takuma lost a place to Jarno Trulli at the start, but regained fourth position after an aggressive overtaking manoeuvre into the Parabolica at the end of lap one.

The drivers remained third and fourth until the first round of pitstops. Takuma was the first of the B·A·R Honda drivers to pit, on lap 15, with Jenson coming in a lap later. Unfortunately, Takuma had to come back in on lap 17 as a result of the refuelling error during his first stop, which dropped him down the order.

After all of B·A·R Honda’s rivals had stopped, Jenson was running in sixth place, having lost track position to Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli, both of whom had pitted later. Jenson remained sixth until his second and last pitstop on lap 34. He rejoined the race in 11th place, in a Ferrari sandwich: Rubens Barrichello ahead, Michael Schumacher behind. Despite some aggressive moves from Schumacher, Jenson successfully defended his position from the seven-time world champion.

Takuma made his third pitstop on lap 42 and exited the pitlane alongside Mark Webber. The two drivers raced side-by-side towards the first chicane, until Mark squeezed ahead, by dint of being on the inside.

At the end of the 53-lap race Jenson crossed the line behind seventh placed Antonio Pizzonia and was one minute behind race winner Juan Pablo Montoya.




Takuma Sato


Takuma Sato


Jenson Button : 8th (Best Lap Time: 1:23.161)
"Apart from qualifying we have struggled the whole weekend here. We have found this a difficult circuit and it has been tough getting to grips with the low downforce configuration. We had problems with the fuel rig which also meant that I had to stop four laps early and that cost me on the final result. Hopefully when we return to the higher downforce circuits of the next four races we will be able to get back on the pace."

Takuma Sato : 16th (Best Lap Time: 1:23.341)
"It was a disappointing race and a sad result for us. The start was quite exciting for me. I defended my position into turn one, but I was already side by side with Trulli and at the end of lap one I overtook him again and gained a position which was an exciting moment. During the first stint everything looked fine but when I came to my first pitstop we had some trouble with refuelling and so when I went back out again after the second stop the car became difficult to handle as it was very heavy and I lost a lot of grip. It’s a shame as the weekend up to this point had been good for us, but we have to look forward to next weekend in Spa."

Gil De Ferran, Sporting Director
"Obviously we were hoping for a better result after starting both cars on the second row. After a good start things were going fairly well, however we had a problem with the fuel delivery with both drivers during their first stop which compromised our strategy, particularly for Taku who had to do an extra stop. Furthermore the handling on both cars deteriorated during the race reducing our pace significantly. Although we are disappointed with this weekend’s results we are looking forward to a very different challenge in Spa."

Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development
"Clearly a disappointing day. Although we had some fuel rig problems in the race it does not hide the fact we did not have enough pace this weekend. I am sure Spa will suit us better."

Formula One World Championship
Round 15: Italian GP


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1 JP MONTOYA (McLaren)
2 F ALONSO (Renault)
3 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
4 K RAIKKONEN (McLaren)
5 J TRULLI (Toyota)
6 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
7 A PIZZONIA (Williams)
8 J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)
9 F MASSA (Sauber)
10 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
11 J VILLENEUVE (Sauber)
12 R BARRICHELLO (Ferrari)
13 C KLIEN (RedBull)
14 M WEBBER (Williams)
15 D COULTHARD (RedBull)
16 T SATO (B·A·R Honda)
 

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