2006 Hungarian Grand Prix

The 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Magyar Nagydíj 2006)[2] was a Formula One motor race held on 6 August 2006 at the Hungaroring, Budapest. It was the 13th race of the 2006 Formula One season. Jenson Button won the race driving a Honda, the first victory of his career, the first race win for a British driver since David Coulthard won the Australian Grand Prix three years previously, and the first by an Englishman since Johnny Herbert won the 1999 European Grand Prix nearly seven years previously, in similarly changeable weather circumstances. Pedro de la Rosa finished second for McLaren-Mercedes, the only podium finish of his career, and Nick Heidfeld finished third, giving BMW Sauber their first podium.

2006 Hungarian Grand Prix
Race 13 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
The Hungaroring after being modified in 2003.
The Hungaroring after being modified in 2003.
Race details
Date 6 August 2006
Official name Formula 1 Magyar Nagydíj 2006
Location Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.381 km (2.722 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 306.663 km (190.552 mi)
Weather Cool and rainy with temperatures reaching up to 20 °C (68 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.599
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:23.516 on lap 65
First Honda
Second McLaren-Mercedes
Third BMW Sauber
Lap leaders

It was the first win for Honda as a constructor since John Surtees' victory in the 1967 Italian Grand Prix 39 years prior, the first win for a Honda engine since Gerhard Berger's full-works Honda-powered McLaren triumphed in the 1992 Australian Grand Prix, 14 years and 231 races earlier and the first win for a non-European constructor since Jody Scheckter won with Canadian team Wolf in the 1977 Canadian Grand Prix. The race would also prove to be Honda's only win in their second stint in Formula One as a full constructor, ending in late 2008 after Honda decided to pull out of F1 after the Global Financial Crisis.

It was the last victory for a Honda-powered car in Formula One until Max Verstappen won the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix for Red Bull. It was also the last victory for Honda as a full constructor entry in Formula One to date. It was also last all-Michelin podium to date.


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. Fabrizio del Monte was originally announced as Midland's third driver.[3]

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth   Alexander Wurz
Honda   Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari   Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber -
MF1-Toyota   Markus Winkelhock
Toro Rosso-Cosworth   Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda -


During Friday practice Fernando Alonso was given a two-second qualifying penalty by the stewards for dangerous driving and overtaking under a yellow flag condition.[4] This meant that two seconds would be added to his times in each part of qualifying. Christijan Albers was given a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change, his second in as many weekends. Jenson Button received the same penalty after having an engine change when his let go in the final practice session.[5]

In a similar situation to Alonso's penalty, Michael Schumacher was given a two-second penalty for overtaking Robert Kubica and Alonso under "red flag" conditions at the end of Saturday's last free practice session. The decision left Schumacher "fuming," with him saying "I blame myself partly for what did happen, but I didn't expect this kind of penalty."[6]


In qualifying, Kimi Räikkönen achieved pole position with a time of 1:19.599 seconds. Felipe Massa qualified second, with Rubens Barrichello starting the race in third.[7]


Button returns to the pit lane having won the race.

The track was wet at the start of the race, making it the first wet Hungarian Grand Prix. Polesitter Kimi Räikkönen took the lead early on. Alonso and Schumacher made their way through the field with Schumacher up into 6th place from 11th into the first corner, and Alonso climbing from 15th place with a spectacular first hard-fought lap. He went on to pass Schumacher on the outside of turn 5 after a straight fight for several laps and reached 3rd place. He then took the lead after the McLarens of Pedro de la Rosa and Räikkönen pitted. Bridgestone wet-tyres used to dictate the field in non-dry conditions but today it seemed a one-off for the Japanese rubber. All Bridgestone-drivers, including the Ferraris, were seen struggling and seriously down on pace compared to their competitors. Schumacher fell right back in the clutches of Giancarlo Fisichella and lost his front wing battling for 5th place, hitting the Italian mid-corner fighting off snap-oversteer. This forced the German to pit, going a lap down. Soon after Jenson Button overtook Massa, Fisichella and Schumacher in just under the space of 2 laps. Räikkönen struggled on his second set of tyres and ended up crashing into the back of Vitantonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso, vaulting the car and bringing out the safety car. Alonso then pitted, allowing Schumacher to get back on the lead lap. Another beneficiary of the safety car was Jenson Button, who decided not to pit during the safety car period and climbed up to 2nd place behind Alonso. After the period was over Button began to challenge Alonso, but soon had to pit for fuel. Alonso led, but after a pitstop for dry tyres his right-rear wheel nut detached, causing the Spaniard to lose control and crash. Button inherited the lead and was never challenged from then on. Schumacher made his way up to 2nd by staying on intermediate tyres as others around him pitted for dry weather ones, but this gamble backfired as the cars on drys caught him in the final laps. Schumacher defended his position (including controversially cutting a chicane on consecutive laps without penalty[8]), but Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld both ultimately passed him. Whilst he was being overtaken Schumacher banged wheels with Heidfeld, damaging his Ferrari's suspension and forcing him out of the race three laps short of the finish.

Pedro de la Rosa scored the first (and only) podium finish of his career in second position.

Button won the race despite beginning in 14th place through relentless driving with de la Rosa scoring his first podium with second place, and Heidfeld getting BMW Sauber's first podium with 3rd.[9] Debutant driver Robert Kubica finished in seventh place and would have scored two points, but was later disqualified as his car was found to be underweight due to excessive tyre wear.[10] This coincidentally meant that Michael Schumacher earned a point despite not finishing, as he was elevated to 8th place in the final results.[10]



Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.080 1:19.704 1:19.599 1
2 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.742 1:19.504 1:19.886 2
3 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:21.141 1:19.783 1:20.085 3
4 12   Jenson Button Honda 1:20.820 1:19.943 1:20.092 141
5 4   Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.288 1:19.991 1:20.117 4
6 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:21.335 1:20.047 1:20.266 5
7 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:21.112 1:20.243 1:20.759 6
8 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:21.370 1:20.154 1:20.924 7
9 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:21.434 1:20.231 1:21.132 8
10 17   Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:20.891 1:20.256 1:22.049 9
11 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.437 1:20.623 10
12 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.440 1:20.875 11
13 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.163 1:20.890 12
14 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:22.027 1:21.207 13
15 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.792 1:21.364 15
16 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:22.009 1:23.767 16
17 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.068 17
18 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.084 18
19 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.317 202
20 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.967 19
21 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:23.146 221
22 23   Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:24.016 21
  • ^1 – Jenson Button and Christijan Albers both received a ten-place grid penalty because of earlier engine changes.
  • ^2 – The Grand Prix stewards declared that Scott Speed had impeded another driver during the qualifying session, and penalised him by deleting his three fastest qualifying times. His qualifying time became 1:23.005 instead of 1:22.317, setting him one position back on the grid.


Nick Heidfeld scored the BMW Sauber team's first podium finish in third position.
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Jenson Button Honda 70 1:52:20.941 14 10
2 4   Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 70 +30.837 4 8
3 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +43.822 10 6
4 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 70 +45.205 3 5
5 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 lap 12 4
6 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 69 +1 lap 6 3
7 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 69 +1 lap 2 2
8 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 Collision damage 11 1
9 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 67 +3 laps 16
10 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 67 +3 laps 22
11 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 66 +4 laps 20
12 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 65 Engine 8
13 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 65 +5 laps 19
Ret 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 51 Wheel nut/driveshaft 15
Ret 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 25 Collision 1
Ret 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 25 Collision damage 17
Ret 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 19 Electrical/Accident 18
Ret 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 18 Accident damage 7
Ret 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 6 Spun off 13
Ret 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1 Spun off 5
Ret 23   Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 0 Engine 21
DSQ1 17   Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 69 Underweight 9


  • ^1 – Kubica originally finished seventh, but was disqualified after the race, as his car was 2 kg underweight at the end of the race due to excessive tyre wear.[10]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • Bold text indicates competitors who still had a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.


ITV's coverage of this race won a BAFTA in 2007, in the category "Best Sport". The awards took place May 20, 2007.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Weather info for the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ "Hungarian". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Del Monte begins Midland's Silverstone test". Formula1.com. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  4. ^ Benson, Andrew (4 August 2006). "Alonso penalty adds to team woes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 October 2006.
  5. ^ "Provisional grid - Button, Speed, Albers drop". Formula 1.com. 6 August 2006. Archived from the original on 18 August 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006.
  6. ^ "Schumacher anger at time penalty". BBC Sport. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  7. ^ "Schumi woe as Raikkonen nets pole". BBC Sport. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006.
  8. ^ "2006 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix Lap-by-Lap Chart". Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Button takes first Grand Prix win". BBC Sport. 6 August 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006.
  10. ^ a b c "Kubica disqualified, Schumacher scores". Formula 1.com. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006.
  11. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 166. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  12. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 173. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  13. ^ a b "Hungary 2006 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2007: The Winners". BBC News. 20 May 2007. Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2007.

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