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2006 European Grand Prix

The 2006 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany on 7 May 2006. The 60-lap race was the fifth round of the 2006 Formula One season. It was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher who took his second victory of the season. Polesitter Fernando Alonso finished in second position for the Renault team, whilst the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa achieved his first podium finish of the season with third place.

2006 European Grand Prix
Race 5 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
Nürburgring
Nürburgring
Race details
Date 7 May 2006
Official name Le Grand Prix d'Europe
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.148 km (3.2 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.88 km (192 mi)
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:29.816
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:32.099 on lap 39
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Renault
Third Ferrari

Franck Montagny made his Formula One début, becoming the first French F1 driver since Olivier Panis at the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix.

ReportEdit

Friday driversEdit

The bottom 6 teams in the 2005 Constructors' Championship and Super Aguri were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. These drivers drove on Friday but did not compete in qualifying or the race.

Franck Montagny was originally scheduled to act as the third driver for Super Aguri,[1] but was promoted to a race seat[2] after team driver Yuji Ide had his FIA Super License revoked[3] for erratic driving in prior races that season. Ide was set to act as Super Aguri's third driver for this race, according to the team, until the revocation came down.[2] The license revocation meant Ide could not participate in Formula One.

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth   Alexander Wurz
Honda   Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari   Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber   Robert Kubica
MF1-Toyota   Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso-Cosworth   Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda none

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying session was affected by a red flag situation appearing on the timing monitors with 3½ minutes left. Unfortunately, this was due to a software glitch in the timing system, and the session was quickly restarted. Christian Klien felt that he lost out through it, having abandoned a lap thinking it would not count. Initially Jacques Villeneuve was outside the top 16, however the time for his lap (which he continued on during the red flag) was later recalled and placed him 7th in the session.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

 
Nick Heidfeld on the Friday before the race.
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q3 Q2 Q1 Grid
1 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:29.816 1:30.336 1:31.138 1
2 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.028 1:30.013 1:31.235 2
3 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:30.407 1:30.732 1:31.921 3
4 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:30.754 1:30.469 1:31.671 4
5 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.933 1:30.203 1:31.263 5
6 12   Jenson Button Honda 1:30.940 1:30.755 1:31.420 6
7 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.419 1:30.733 1:31.809 7
8 4   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.880 1:30.671 1:31.774 8
9 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:33.405 1:30.892 1:31.712 191
10 17   Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:36.998 1:30.865 1:31.545 92
11 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:30.944 1:31.470 10
12 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:31.194 1:32.053 221
13 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:31.197 1:31.574 11
14 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:31.227 1:31.742 12
15 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.422 1:31.457 13
16 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:31.728 1:32.651 14
17 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:32.901 15
18 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:32.936 16
19 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:32.992 17
20 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:33.658 18
21 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:35.239 20
22 23   Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:46.505 21
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^1 – Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg both had their engines changed, and were both dropped ten places on the grid on Sunday. They started the race in 19th and 22nd places respectively.
  • ^2 – Jacques Villeneuve originally qualified 8th, but his fastest three laps from the third qualifying session were deleted due to blocking the Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 1:35:58.765 2 10
2 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 60 +3.751 1 8
3 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +4.447 3 6
4 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +4.879 5 5
5 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 60 +1:12.586 4 4
6 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 60 +1:14.116 11 3
7 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 60 +1:14.565 22 2
8 17   Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 60 +1:29.364 9 1
9 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 59 +1 Lap 7
10 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 59 +1 Lap 13
11 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 17
12 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 18
13 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 16
Ret 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 52 Engine 10
Ret 4   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 52 Engine 8
Ret 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 45 Hydraulics 20
Ret 23   Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 29 Hydraulics 21
Ret 12   Jenson Button Honda 28 Engine 6
Ret 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 28 Transmission 15
Ret 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 12 Hydraulics 19
Ret 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 2 Collision damage 12
Ret 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 0 Collision damage 14
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Montagny joins Super Aguri as third driver for European GP". pitpass.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ide replaced by Montagny for Super Aguri". pitpass.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Ide's Superlicence revoked". pitpass.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 110. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  5. ^ a b Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 113. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  6. ^ a b "Europe 2006 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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