The 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix
was a Formula One
race held from April 1 to April 3, 2005 at Bahrain International Circuit
The 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix was only the second Formula One grand prix held in the Middle East
, bringing the challenges of high temperatures and dusty conditions. The race was held the day after Pope John Paul II
died, with several teams and drivers offering their respects, most notably Ferrari, who raced with blackened nose cones as a mark of respect. The celebrations on the podium were also muted.
The circuit had been modified slightly from 2004
, with turn 4 in particular being widened on the exit.
First qualifying on Saturday resulted in few surprises– for the first few drivers, the circuit was still somewhat sandy, providing poor grip, while the later runners performed well, with Fernando Alonso
taking provisional pole with a lap time of 1:29.848.
Final qualifying on Sunday morning again passed without major incident, with Alonso taking pole position, and Michael Schumacher
taking second, driving the brand-new F2005
car. Rubens Barrichello
, having had gearbox problems on Friday and Saturday, qualified 15th, and elected to change his engine, resulting in him starting from the back of the grid.
Race afternoon brought some of the highest ever temperatures experienced at a grand prix, with air temperature of 40°C, (104°F) and track temperatures of 56°C (about 132°F). This ties the record temperatures of the 1955 Argentine Grand......