Formula One World Championship 2005
Tough race for B·A·R Honda sees Jenson finish seventh and Takuma 10th.
On a day when Fernando Alonso became the youngest World Champion in Formula One history, the Brazilian Grand Prix ended in disappointment for B·A·R Honda. Jenson Button finished the 71-lap race in seventh place and his team-mate, Takuma Sato, came home in 10th.
Against expectations, the race remained dry throughout, but the bumpy, anti-clockwise Interlagos circuit still made this race one of the toughest races of the season for the drivers.
At the start, Jenson (who was fourth on the grid) lost a couple of places away from the line, first to Kimi Raikkonen and then to Michael Schumacher. Takuma, who started from the back, made up several places, but his progress was immediately curtailed by a first corner accident involving the Williams cars, which brought out the Safety Car.
After just one lap, the race went green again and Jenson - lapping in sixth place - had his mirrors full of Christian Klien. Takuma, in 11th, was stuck behind Felipe Massa. Jenson then gained two places when Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella pitted on laps 22 and 23, before then making his first stop on lap 26. He rejoined the race in seventh place, just behind Takuma.
The two B·A·R Hondas lapped nose-to-tail for the next 11 laps, until Takuma pitted on lap 37 for his only pitstop of the race. By this time, Jenson had his mirrors full of Rubens Barrichello and on lap 45 the Ferrari driver passed him into the first corner.
Jenson made his second and final pitstop on lap 56, rejoining the race in seventh place, which is where he stayed until the chequered flag. He successfully fended off the attentions of Ralf Schumacher in the closing laps to give B·A·R Honda two valuable points in the Constructors Championship.
B·A·R Honda now heads back to Europe for its final test of the season at Jerez, in preparation for the final two races of the year in Japan and China.
|1||JP MONTOYA (McLaren)|
|2||K RAIKKONEN (McLaren)|
|3||F ALONSO (Renault)|
|4||M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)|
|5||G FISICHELLA (Renault)|
|6||R BARRICHELLO (Ferrari)|
|7||J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)|
|8||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)|
|9||C KLIEN (RedBull)|
|10||T SATO (B·A·R Honda)|
|11||F MASSA (Sauber)|
|12||J VILLENEUVE (Sauber)|
|13||J TRULLI (Toyota)|
|14||C ALBERS (Minardi)|