Montoya Takes Monza
September 4, 2005 | 9:53 A.M. EST
Fernando Alonso finished in the second-place spot, with the one-two finish mirroring the start of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy.
While Montoya and Alonso played follow the leader throughout the race, both their teammates had to fight through the field to gain the third and fourth finishes. Giancarlo Fisichella battled from his eighth-place grid position to finish on the podium for the 12th time in his career.
Kimi Raikkonen, having qualified on the pole but relegated to an 11th-place grid position after making an engine change, took a hard-fought fourth-place finish. He was fortunate for even that, as he was forced to make a second, unplanned pit stop to change a bad left-rear tire and, in the final laps, spun out into the gravel long enough to watch Jarno Trulli overtake him for the fourth spot.
However, Raikkonen was able to pass him shortly before the finish. With Trulli's fifth-place finish and teammate Ralf Schumacher's sixth-place, Toyota was the third team to have a strong run at Italy.
In a even stronger showing, last-minute Williams' stand-in Antonio Pizzonia finished seventh after a year since his last Formula One race.
In the tight constructor's championship that Renault and McLaren are closely fighting for, McLaren gained a single point on the leaders. As Montoya summed up after the race, one point is "better than nothing."
In the not so tight driver's championship, Alonso gained three more points on Raikkonen. Defending champion Michael Schumacher, who finished outside the points in 10th, is now mathematically eliminated from winning the championship.