JULY 31, 2005
Race incidents from Budapest
* Lap 1: At the start Michael Schumacher makes the most of his pole position and takes the lead but there is a lot of action behind as Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen grab second and third places. Jarno Trulli's hopes of a good race receive a blow from behind as Rubens Barrichello runs into the Toyota. At the same time on the inside of the track Ralf Schumacher knocks the front wing of Fernando Alonso's Renault. There is further action behind them all as Christian Klien and Jacques Villeneuve collide and the Austrian's Red Bull is launched into a roll, although Klien emerges unscathed. Further around the lap Alonso's front wing falls off. This lands in the path of Mark Webber who dodges the debris but an unsighted David Coulthard runs straight into the wing and this breaks the right front suspension of his car and he spins into retirement. There is wreckage all over the road but it is decided not to have a Safety Car. At the end of the lap Michael Schumacher leads Raikkonen by 1.9secs. Montoya is third with Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher fourth and fifth, ahead of Jenson Button, Takuma Sato, Nick Heidfeld and Giancarlo Fisichella. Alonso, Barrichello and Tiago Monteiro are all callers in the pits.
* Lap 2: Raikkonen gives a clue as to the performance of the McLaren by lopping half a second off Michael Schumacher's lead and pulling away from Montoya and the others.
* Lap 3: Raikkonen slices another four-tenths off Schumacher.
* Lap 9: The order is the same but Michael and Kimi have been trading fastest laps and the gap is down to 0.7secs. Montoya is eight seconds behind and clearly on a different strategy but he is still clear of the Toyotas. Down at the back Barrichello finally catches and passes Robert Doornbos's Minardi for 15th place.
* Lap 11: There is a surprise as Raikkonen goes into the pits, indicating that he has been running very light. He is able to rejoin in fifth place. Further back Barrichello passes Christijan Albers for 14th, while behind them Alonso overtakes Doornbos for 16th.
* Lap 13: Michael Schumacher is 10secs ahead of Montoya with third-placed Trulli going into the pits, which promotes Ralf Schumacher to third, Raikkonen to fourth and Button to fifth. Trulli rejoins in sixth. Further back Alonso overtakes Albers for 15th.
* Lap 14: Barrichello continues his recovery and overtakes Narain Karthikeyan for 13th place.
* Lap 15: Michael Schumacher pits and so Montoya goes into the lead. Ralf Schumacher also pits but Michael comes out ahead of Raikkonen. Ralf drops back to fifth behind Button, but is ahead of Trulli. Further down the field Alonso passes Karthikeyan to take 14th place. At the back Albers pits.
* Lap 20: Montoya leads and is pulling away, building a lead of 19secs over Michael, who has Kimi in his slipstream all the time. There is then an 11s gap back to Button but it is clear that Montoya and Button are on two-stop strategies and so will soon have to pit. It is not clear which is the better strategy at this point although Montoya looks very strong.
* Lap 21: The two-stop runner start to pit with Takuma Sato pitting from seventh place. He rejoins in 12th.
* Lap 22: Montoya pits and so Michael and Kimi go back into a fight for the lead, the two still running closely together. Montoya is third with Button fourth ahead of the two Toyotas of Ralf Schumacher and Trulli. Nick Heidfeld is yet to stop in his Williams and has moved up to seventh, ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and the two Saubers.
* Lap 23: Button stops and so drops from fourth to eighth. Fisichella also stops and falls back from eighth to 13th.
* Lap 25: Massa stops and falls back from seventh to 13th as most of the midfield are on the same two-stop strategy. Further behind Fisichella passes Barrichello for 12th after the Ferrari runs wide.
* Lap 26: The order at the front is unchanged by down at the back Alonso stops again, although he remains in 14th position.
* Lap 27: Heidfeld finally stops for the first time and so falls back from sixth place to eighth, having gained an advantage by staying out longer than his immediate rivals. The same strategy does not work for Villeneuve, who drops from eighth to 12th.
* Lap 28: Doornbos pulls off and retires.
* Lap 29: Webber is the last man to make his first stop. This drops him from seventh place to 11th.
* Lap 33: The battle up front is increasingly intense with Raikkonen obviously faster than the Ferrari. Montoya is still third and in a good position as he is only eight seconds behind the leaders. The three-stop racers are getting ready to stop again with fifth-placed Trulli being the first to come in. He stays in fifth place. Further back Barrichello stops again, which drops him from 10th to 12th.
* Lap 35: Ralf pits and he stays fourth. Further back Barrichello passes Villeneuve for 11th place. Alonso passes Massa for 13th.
* Lap 36: Schumacher comes in to the pits. He rejoins behind Montoya. Alonso passes Villeneuve for 12th place.
* Lap 37: Raikkonen comes into the pits and emerges ahead of Michael. What is not clear is that he has taken on only a small amount of fuel in order to build a quick advantage.
* Lap 40: Montoya is leading and will soon have his second stop but behind him Raikkonen is flying, setting the fastest lap of the race as he close on his team mate. Michael Schumacher cannot keep up and drops away quickly. Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli run in fourth and fifth with Button sixth.
* Lap 41: Montoya slows suddenly and then tours into the pits with a mechanical problem. Raikkonen takes the lead and keeps up the pressure on Schumacher, pushing the lead out by a big chunk of time on each lap.
* Lap 42: Massa comes into the pits but the car is smoking badly from overheating and the Sauber stays in pitlane for several minutes. The Brazilian does rejoin but is seven laps behind.
* Lap 44: Fisichella goes off the track and loses eighth place to Webber.
* Lap 47: Raikkonen's lead is up to 25secs. The other places are stable although Button has been pressuring Trulli for fourth place for some laps. In the end Jenson comes into the pits. He rejoins behind Heidfeld.
* Lap 48: Raikkonens tops again but his advantage is such that he gets out ahead of Schumacher and stays in the lead. With the Ferrari due to stop again, the fight is over. Michael drops quickly away from Kimi, obviously keen to preserve his car.
* Lap 50: Seventh-placed Sato comes in for his second stop and drops to eighth.
* Lap 51: Fisichella stops for the second time and is overtaken by Sato as a result. The Renault driver is thus eighth.
* Lap 52: Trulli comes in for his third stop and is overtaken by Heidfeld.
* Lap 53: Villeneuve has his second stop but remains in 12th place.
* Lap 54: The final stops continue with Ralf and Heidfeld pitting. Ralf stays third but Nick drops back from fourth to sixth, behind Trulli and Button.
* Lap 55: The stops continue with seventh-placed Webber coming in. He stays seventh. Further back Barrichello and Alonso both stop but they remain 10th and 11th.
* Lap 57: Michael Schumacher completes his last stop and emerges from the pits more than half a minute behind Raikkonen. he is only four and a half seconds ahead of his brother, but he does not look like much of a threat. Further back Fisichella has a second off but stays in ninth place while Villeneuve drops out with a technical problem.
* Lap 68: Fisichella has a late pit stop but is able to hold on to ninth place.
* Lap 70: Raikkonen wins by 35secs. Michael and Ralf Schumacher take second and third while Jarno Trulli finished fourth ahead of Button, Heidfeld, Webber and Sato. Fisichella, Barrichello and Alonso all finish out of the points. The result means that the World Championship battle tightens with Raikkonen closing to within 26 points. In the Constructors' title race McLaren is only 12 points behind Renault.
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