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Formula One World Championship 2005

Round 18: Japan GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
October 9, 2005

More Points For Jenson at Suzuka

After promising so much, the Japanese Grand Prix ended in disappointment for B·A·R Honda. Jenson Button finished the 53-lap race in fifth place and local super.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button

Jenson, starting the race from second place, went to the grid in the knowledge that he had more fuel on board than polesitter Ralf Schumacher. He was hopeful of a strong performance – maybe even scoring B·A·R Honda’s first win – but he had to adjust his expectations almost immediately. Giancarlo Fisichella jumped ahead of him under braking for Turn 1 and, even worse news for the team, Takuma ran wide at Turn 1 and damaged his B·A·R Honda 007’s nose.

The Safety Car came out on lap two following a crash involving Juan Pablo Montoya, so Takuma pitted immediately for a new nose, re-joining 18th. The remainder of the field sat behind the Safety Car for the following five laps while the accident debris was tidied up and when the race re-started, Jenson circulated in third place and Takuma in 18th.

Takuma was involved in the next piece of excitement in the race when he clashed with Jarno Trulli at the chicane on lap 11. Trulli’s race ended on the spot, but Taku was able to continue, albeit with the handling of his B·A·R Honda 007 seriously awry. He eventually finished the race in 13th position.

At the front, race leader Ralf Schumacher was the first driver to pit, on lap 13. That moved Jenson up to second place and he took the lead when Fisichella also pitted on lap 20.

Jenson led the race for two laps, until he too made his first pitstop. He rejoined the race in fifth place, but still behind Ralf Schumacher and Fisichella. When all the stops had been completed, Jenson was back up to third place, but he began to suffer from tyre graining and lost ground to the cars behind.

When Ralf and Fisichella made their second stops before Jenson, he again moved into the lead on lap 38. But he had to pay close attention to Mark Webber, who was less than a second behind. The pair then made their second stops on the same lap and Mark came out in front.

With 10 laps remaining, Fernando Alonso also passed Jenson, moving the B·A·R Honda star down to seventh place. Once everyone had completed their final pitstops, Jenson was up to fifth, which is where he finished the race, 7.2s behind Webber.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
"I'm obviously very disappointed to finish 5th after starting from 2nd on the grid. I lost a place off the start but the early part of the race was looking good and I was able to keep pace with Fisichella. At my first stop the fuel flap failed to open and the crew had to do it manually, which lengthened my pitstop by over six seconds. After that we were struggling for pace and then I lost another position in the second stop. It's very frustrating from where we started and we have to do better in China."
"This is a very disappointing result for me after the incredible support that I have experienced here from the fans. The start was difficult and through the first corner I was side by side with Klien and ran wide. Rubens came from behind, ran off in front of me and we made contact, which damaged the front of my car and then both of us went into the gravel. We changed the strategy but it didn't work well for me and then I had the coming together with Trulli which was another blow to my race. I'm hugely disappointed for the myself, the fans, the team and Honda, but I will be back here racing at Suzuka."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"I must admit that we are disappointed with today's result, especially in front of so many Honda fans. Both cars generally lacked pace and we had several separate incidents that hampered our progress. It was a shame that Taku was unable to fight for points at his home Grand Prix, but the first turn incident made that virtually impossible. Jenson lost one position at the start and was having a good race until the first stop, when unfortunately the fuel flap did not open, losing him a lot of time. Our lack of pace after the first stop and losing an extra position in the pits meant that Jenson could only finish 5th. Obviously we were hoping to be quicker during the race and further analysis is necessary before we give our final verdict. We look forward to a better race in China."
SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development
"To be honest we have had a disappointing day and we have not managed to get the best out of the package. We only have one more race in the V10 era so have to do the best we can in China next week."


Formula One World Championship
Round 18: Japan GP
Rank Driver (Team)
2 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
3 F ALONSO (Renault)
4 M WEBBER (Williams)
5 J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)
7 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
9 C KLIEN (RedBull)
10 F MASSA (Sauber)
11 R BARRICHELLO (Ferrari)
12 J VILLENEUVE (Sauber)
13 T MONTEIRO (Jordan)
14 R DOORNBOS (Minardi)
16 C ALBERS (Minardi)
DSQ T SATO (B·A·R Honda)

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