Robert Doornbos celebrated his best result of the 2005 season so far today, by taking the chequered flag in P13 in the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix. In a strong 58-lap race at the Istanbul Park Circuit, Doornbos brought his Minardi PS05 home in a...
Robert Doornbos celebrated his best result of the 2005 season so far today, by taking the chequered flag in P13 in the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix. In a strong 58-lap race at the Istanbul Park Circuit, Doornbos brought his Minardi PS05 home in a respectable way by finishing in front of both Jordans. The race at the brand new Bosporus-side track was once again won by a supreme Kimi Raikkonen.
Despite a first corner incident between Felipe Massa and Ralf Schumacher, Robert Doornbos saw chance to retain his 17th grid position in an eventful first lap. Both Minardi drivers used the first few laps to get in their rhythm before they join forces to start moving up the order on from P16 and P17.
On lap 09 both Doornbos and Albers overtook Jordan-driver Narain Karthikeyan. After Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber collided with each other in lap 14, Doornbos moved up to the 15th position.
A lap later Doornbos made his first scheduled pitstop, after which he rejoined in 18th position. After Albers also made his stop, Doornbos followed his teammate closely in order to overtake him in lap 25. On from this seventeenth position, the 23-year old Dutchman restarted his pursuit of both Jordan drivers.
The retirement of Nick Heidfeld and Michael Schumacher made Doornbos gain another two positions halfway through the race. After his second stop in lap 36, Doornbos first settled himself between Karthikeyan and Monteiro but soon also caught the Indian driver as he still has to make his final pitstop. Doornbos, who set his personal fastest laptime in the penultimate lap, finished the 58-lap race in a deserving 13th position.
"I'm happy with my race and the result as I pushed hard during the entire race. The car felt very good all race, so compliments to my engineer and mechanics! It's good to finish ahead of among others the Jordans. The new parts on the car also seem to have wor k well this weekend. I'm looking forward to Monza, where I've also been on the podium last year in F3000!"