Rosberg Takes the Championship in an Exhilarating Final Manama, 29 September 2005: The first day of the final round of the GP2 Championship Series saw some incredible, tense racing from the two championship rivals, Rosberg and Kovalainen, in...
Rosberg Takes the Championship in an Exhilarating Final
Manama, 29 September 2005: The first day of the final round of the GP2 Championship Series saw some incredible, tense racing from the two championship rivals, Rosberg and Kovalainen, in front of a spectacularly animated crowd. Rosberg claimed an unassailable, nine point lead over Kovalainen to secure the GP2 Drivers' Championship with just tomorrow's final race to go.
Rosberg set the weekend off to a flyer when he claimed pole position over his championship rival and adversary Kovalainen, extending his lead at the top of the table by two points, to five, before the race had even begun. He then set the fastest lap of the race on two separate occasions, however was denied that prize by his team-mate, Premat, who finished in second place splitting Rosberg and Kovalainen, ensuring the inaugural Drivers' Championship crown went to Rosberg.
Rosberg was unsurprisingly ecstatic following his fourth victory of the season which ensured him of the title saying; "I'm so happy. It felt as though the race would never end, it's been a tough season, but now all the pressure has disappeared now and I can really enjoy this special moment." He went on to say, "At the start of the season I didn't know what to expect, the line up of drivers and teams looked very competitive and although I was confident I knew it would be difficult. It was great to get another win under my belt in Bahrain"
Kovalainen battled bravely to the end, pushing his rivals the whole way. He started from second on the grid, however was unable to take the lead away from Rosberg at the start of the race and the gamble to pit early almost certainly cost him the chance of ever catching the new champion. Kovalainen commented after the race "I was pushing flat out the whole way round, but unfortunately we [Arden International] haven't quite been quick enough this season. Congratulations to Nico and his team they deserve their success."
Martin Whitaker, General Manager of the Bahrain International Circuit, commented, "I think visitors to the Circuit have today had the opportunity to see some of the future starts of Formula 1. It was a fantastic race, packed full of action with a lot of bold overtaking moves - which the Bahrain International Circuit is fast becoming famous for. I'm glad we have had the opportunity to host the deciding race of the Championship and am looking forward to the final day of the season tomorrow."