Even a decade ago, 10 place grid drops hindered race weekends. Kimi Raikkonen led home a qualifying session dominated by the McLaren team, however, a penalty relegated him to 11th on the grid for Sunday's race.
With Kimi starting down the order, his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya assumed pole position and controlled the field away. A one stop strategy for McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello kept them in contention for good points, however, deflated tyres left them needing a second stop.
For the second time this weekend, Raikkonen had seen his chance to finish P1 taken away as he finished in 4th; Barrichello was classified further down in 12th. The Renaults finished in 2nd and 3rd with world champion elect Fernando Alonso leading teammate Giancarlo Fisichella over the line. This left the race to Montoya who had led all laps 1-53. This race may sound boring, however, the Colombian was lucky to lead as his rear left tyre begun to cut with several laps remaining.
The championship lead was extended by Alonso and this race might have been full of Ferrari fans ,however, it would be the last race Michael Schumacher would be mathematically in contention for the championship as his lowly 10th place left him pointless and with no further part in the fight for the championship.
Antonio Pizzonia started the remainder of the season over Nick Heidfeld at Williams and came home with two points and a seven point haul for the two Toyota's Trulli and Ralf Schumacher meant they scored seven more points than Ferrari who left their home race empty handed.
This would be the first race since the 1961 Dutch Grand Prix that nobody retired from the race (the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix excluded due to only six cars running). The next time this would happen was the 2011 European Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit.
by Matthew Gannon