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The 2006 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 11 June 2006 at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. The 60-lap race was the eighth round of the 2006 Formula One season.

2006 British Grand Prix
Race 8 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
Silverstone Circuit in 2006
Silverstone Circuit in 2006
Race details
Date 11 June 2006
Official name 2006 Formula 1 Foster's British Grand Prix[1]
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent Road Facility
Course length 5.141 km (3.194 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.355 km (191.603 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:20.253
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:21.599 on lap 21
Podium
First
  • Spain Fernando Alonso
Renault
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes

Ticket sales were rather slow; the race was scheduled far earlier than normal, and local Jenson Button had a rather poor season the previous year. When the race sold out in 2005, Button had been coming off one of his best years. Also, the weekend clashed with England's first World Cup game. Jacques Villeneuve scored his last ever World Championship points at this race, Juan Pablo Montoya also scored his final points.

Button had a very poor qualifying run and started the race 19th; after a blinding first few laps, Jenson's engine caught fire on lap 9, due to an oil leak that also caused the car to spin out of the race. Scotsman David Coulthard also had a poor race suffering from understeer.

Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish driver and the youngest driver (24 years, 10 months, 13 days) to get the Hat Trick (pole position, winning and fastest lap in same Grand Prix). He fell one lap short of clinching the Grand Chelem (he would finally achieve this at the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix).

This race also featured the first ever pit stop to have involved a woman, during a Midland F1 pit stop for Tiago Monteiro, ITV-F1's then pit-lane reporter Louise Goodman was the left rear tyre changer.

The only other noticeable incident of the race happened on the very first lap, when Scott Speed pushed Ralf Schumacher's Toyota right in the path of Mark Webber at the entrance on the Hangar Straight. Schumacher and Webber retired on the spot, while Speed crawled to the pits and drove straight into the garage at the end of lap 1.

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ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

 
Fernando Alonso took pole position, fastest lap, and race victory, leading every lap of the race except one.
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q3 Q2 Q1 Grid
1 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:20.253 1:20.271 1:21.018 1
2 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.397 1:20.497 1:21.648 2
3 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.574 1:20.659 1:22.096 3
4 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.764 1:20.846 1:21.647 4
5 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:20.919 1:20.594 1:22.411 5
6 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:20.943 1:20.929 1:22.965 6
7 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:21.073 1:21.043 1:22.886 7
8 4   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.107 1:20.816 1:22.169 8
9 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.329 1:20.629 1:21.670 9
10 17   Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:21.599 1:20.672 1:21.637 10
11 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.442 1:22.424 11
12 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:21.567 1:23.083 12
13 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:21.699 1:22.685 13
14 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.990 1:22.773 14
15 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.076 1:22.541 15
16 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:22.207 1:22.860 16
17 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:23.129 17
18 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:23.210 18
19 12   Jenson Button Honda 1:23.247 19
20 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:26.158 20
21 23   Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:26.316 21
22 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota No time 22
Source:[2]

RaceEdit

 
Michael Schumacher finished second, just under 14 seconds behind Fernando Alonso
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 60 1:25:51.927 1 10
2 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 +13.951 3 8
3 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +18.672 2 6
4 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 60 +19.976 5 5
5 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +31.559 4 4
6 4   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 60 +1:04.769 8 3
7 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 60 +1:14.594 9 2
8 17   Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 60 +1:18.299 10 1
9 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 60 +1:19.008 12
10 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 59 +1 lap 6
11 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 59 +1 lap 22
12 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 59 +1 lap 11
13 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 59 +1 lap 13
14 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 59 +1 lap 14
15 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 59 +1 lap 18
16 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 58 +2 laps 16
17 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 57 +3 laps 20
18 23   Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 57 +3 laps 21
Ret 12   Jenson Button Honda 8 Oil leak 19
Ret 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1 Collision damage 15
Ret 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 0 Collision 7
Ret 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 0 Collision 17
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Formula 1 Fosters British Grand Prix Official Program. 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  2. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 132. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  3. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 135. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  4. ^ a b "Britain 2006 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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