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The 2006 Spanish Grand Prix (formally the XLVIII Gran Premio Telefónica de España) was a Formula One motor race held on 14 May 2006 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. It was the sixth round of the 2006 Formula One season and the forty-eighth Spanish Grand Prix. The 66-lap race was won by Fernando Alonso for the Renault team, from a pole position start. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari with Alonso's teammate Giancarlo Fisichella third.

2006 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 6 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
Circuit de Catalunya
Circuit de Catalunya
Race details
Date May 14, 2006
Official name XLVIII Gran Premio Telefónica de España
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.627 km (2.875 mi)
Distance 66 laps, 305.256 km (189.75 mi)
Weather Sunny
Attendance 131,200
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:14.648
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:16.648 on lap 42
Podium
First Renault
Second Ferrari
Third Renault

As a consequence of the race, Alonso stretched his lead to fifteen points in the Drivers' Championship over Schumacher. Alonso's team, Renault, also increased their lead, but did so in the Constructors' Championship standings. This put them nineteen points ahead of Ferrari.

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BackgroundEdit

The Grand Prix was contested by eleven teams with two drivers each. The teams (also known as Constructors) were Renault, McLaren, Ferrari, Toyota, Williams, Honda, Red Bull, BMW, MF1, Toro Rosso and Super Aguri.

Before the race, Renault driver Fernando Alonso led the Drivers' Championship with 44 points; Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was second on 31 points. Behind Alonso and Schumacher in the Drivers' Championship, Kimi Räikkönen was third on 23 points in a McLaren, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa on 18 and 15 points respectively. In the Constructors' Championship, Renault were leading on 62 points and Ferrari were second on 46 points, with McLaren third on 42 points.

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race – two on Friday, and one on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted 90 minutes; the third session, on Saturday morning, lasted for an hour.[1]

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 15 minutes, and cars that finished the session 17th position or lower were eliminated from qualifying. The second part of the qualifying session lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 16. The final part of the qualifying session ran for 20 minutes which determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position. Cars which failed to make the final session could refuel before the race, so ran lighter in those sessions.[1]

Alonso clinched his first pole position of the season with a time of 1:14.648, and was joined on the front row by teammate Fisichella. Michael Schumacher took third place on the grid, with a qualifying time more than one-tenth slower than Alonso's.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q3 Q2 Q1 Grid
1 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:14.648 1:15.124 1:15.816 1
2 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:14.709 1:14.766 1:16.046 2
3 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.970 1:14.637 1:16.049 3
4 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.442 1:15.245 1:16.359 4
5 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:15.885 1:15.258 1:16.266 5
6 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:15.885 1:15.164 1:16.234 6
7 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:15.976 1:15.068 1:16.174 7
8 12   Jenson Button Honda 1:16.008 1:15.150 1:16.054 8
9 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.015 1:15.422 1:16.613 9
10 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:17.144 1:15.468 1:16.322 10
11 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:15.502 1:16.685 11
12 4   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.801 1:16.195 12
13 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:15.804 1:17.213 13
14 17   Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:15.847 1:16.066 221
15 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:15.928 1:16.627 14
16 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:16.661 1:17.105 15
17 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:17.361 16
18 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:17.702 17
19 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:18.024 18
20 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.920 19
21 23   Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:20.763 20
22 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari No time 21
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1 – Jacques Villeneuve started 22nd after taking a 10 spot penalty for an engine change. The engine was damaged during transport to Barcelona.

RaceEdit

 
The Renault cars of Alonso and Fisichella occupied the front row of the grid.
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 66 1:26:21.759 1 10
2 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 66 +18.502 3 8
3 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 66 +23.951 2 6
4 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 66 +29.853 4 5
5 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 66 +56.875 9 4
6 12   Jenson Button Honda 66 +58.347 8 3
7 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 65 +1 Lap 5 2
8 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 10 1
9 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 11
10 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 65 +1 Lap 7
11 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 13
12 17   Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 22
13 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 14
14 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 21
15 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 63 Hydraulics 15
16 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 63 +3 Laps 17
17 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 62 +4 Laps 19
Ret 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 48 Broken wing 18
Ret 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 47 Engine 16
Ret 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 31 Electronics 6
Ret 4   Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 17 Spin 12
Ret 23   Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 10 Driveshaft 20
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2006 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 15 December 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 116. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  3. ^ Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 119. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
  4. ^ a b "Spain 2006 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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