Oil leak halted Doornbos

An oilleak prevented Robert Doornbos today to finish the Brazilian Grand Prix. Doornbos, who until that moment drove a strong race, was forced to see Juan-Pablo Montoya win the 71 lap race at the 4,309 kilometer long Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace ...

An oilleak prevented Robert Doornbos today to finish the Brazilian Grand Prix. Doornbos, who until that moment drove a strong race, was forced to see Juan-Pablo Montoya win the 71 lap race at the 4,309 kilometer long Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on from the pitwall by this. By finishing third Fernando Alonso was crowned Formula One World Champion 2005!

When at 14:00 hours the starting lights above the Interlagos track were switched off, Robert Doornbos immediately gained three position as Antonio Pizzonia, Mark Webber and David Coulthard were all involved in an incident.

In his first stint at the predominantly dry track, Doornbos was mainly heroicly busy keeping Jacques Villeneuve off for 15th position. As the first drivers made their pitstop, Doornbos temporarily moved up to P13.

After the 24-year old rookie had made his first pitstop in lap 24, Doornbos rejoined in 16th position between the Jordans of Karthikeyan and Monteiro. An oilleak in his gearbox however forced Doornbos to pit again in lap 35. Though his crew did their utmost to solve the problem, the born and bred Rotterdam Minardi driver had no chance but to retire three laps later.

Robert Doornbos:

"It's a shame I couldn't finish the race as things went considerably well today. I enjoyed some nice battles with Villeneuve and both of the Jordan drivers and also physically I was in a good shape. Formule One remains a technical sport however, so things like these can occur. I look forward to the final two Grand Prix of this year in Japan and China I will definitely try to score a maximum result again!"

-www.robertdoornbos.com-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Jacques Villeneuve , Fernando Alonso , Robert Doornbos
Teams Minardi , Jordan