2006 Turkish Grand Prix

The 2006 Turkish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race, held on 27 August 2006. The 58-lap race, which was the fourteenth round of the 2006 Formula One season, and the second Turkish Grand Prix, was held at Istanbul Park in Tuzla, Turkey. Felipe Massa, driving for the Ferrari team, took his first pole position, and then his first race victory. Fernando Alonso, who drove for Renault finished the race in second position and Massa's teammate Michael Schumacher occupied the final position on the podium. The race was also the first Grand Prix meeting for future quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was assigned a Friday test driver role for the BMW Sauber team. Vettel received a $1,000 fine for speeding in the pit-lane only 6 seconds after he got out onto the track.

2006 Turkish Grand Prix
Race 14 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
Istanbul Park
Istanbul Park
Race details
Date 27 August 2006
Official name II Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix
Location Istanbul Racing Circuit, Tuzla, Turkey
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.338 km (3.317 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 309.356 km (192.225 mi)
Weather Sunny, hot
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:26.907
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:28.005 on lap 55
First Ferrari
Second Renault
Third Ferrari

As a consequence of the race, Fernando Alonso extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 12 points from Michael Schumacher. With victory, Felipe Massa retained third place in the standings, and despite closing the gap between himself and Schumacher to 34 points, it was still near impossible for him to surpass his teammate's points total. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari closed the gap to leaders Renault to just two points. McLaren remained in third position, 69 points behind the top two teams.



Prior to the Grand Prix weekend, Renault's Fernando Alonso led the Formula One World Drivers' Championship on 100 points. He held a ten-point lead over his main rival Michael Schumacher, despite retiring from the preceding race in Hungary. Ferrari teammates, Schumacher and Felipe Massa lay second and third in the standings on 90 and 52 points respectively, ahead of the second Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella and the McLaren of Kimi Räikkönen, both on 49 points.

Renault led the Constructors' Championship with 149 points, seven clear of Ferrari, while McLaren were in third position with 89 points. They were ahead of Honda F1, who sat in fourth with 52 after picking up their first and to be only victory since their return, three weeks before in Hungary. BMW Sauber completed the top five with 26 points.

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.

Constructor Nat Driver
  Williams-Cosworth   Alexander Wurz
  Honda   Anthony Davidson
  Red Bull-Ferrari   Robert Doornbos
  BMW Sauber   Sebastian Vettel
  MF1-Toyota   Giorgio Mondini
  Toro Rosso-Cosworth   Neel Jani
  Super Aguri-Honda   Franck Montagny

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Jarno Trulli qualified thirteenth, but started in twelfth because of his teammate's ten place grid penalty.

Kimi Räikkönen set the fastest time in the first free practice session, despite only completing five laps; ahead of Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button, who were both just within half a second of Räikkönen's time. In the bottom half of the order, Felipe Massa finished the session 17th and Fernando Alonso 23rd. Neither of the Williams left the garage during the session.[1] Sebastian Vettel impressed many as he set the fastest time in the second free practice session, on his first Grand Prix weekend appearance.[2]

The following day in qualifying, however, it was Felipe Massa who set the fastest time, taking the first pole position of his career, ahead of Schumacher by one tenth of a second. The two Renaults occupied the next row with Alonso in front of Fisichella again. Fifth spot was initially taken up by Ralf Schumacher's Toyota, before he was demoted to fifteenth for a gearbox change. This was also true for Christijan Albers, who was taken from a good sixteenth place qualifying for the Midland team, to the back of the grid. Only four hundredths of a second separated Nick Heidfeld, Button and Räikkönen qualified from sixth to eighth before all moving up a place after Ralf Schumacher's penalty. Robert Kubica and Mark Webber completed the top ten fastest times, with Christian Klien completing the top ten on the starting grid.


Kimi Räikkönen retired early due to collision damage.

The start of the race was affected by a multi-car accident entering the first corner. Massa, Michael Schumacher, Alonso and Fisichella all battled for position entering the first corner, with Fisichella spinning, causing a chain reaction behind him. During the chain reaction, Scott Speed collided with the McLaren of Räikkönen, causing one of Räikkönen's rear tyres to puncture. Räikkönen pitted for a new set of tyres, but soon faced a similar problem due to damaged bodywork; because of this he went straight off the outside of turn 4 and into a barrier, on the next lap. Nick Heidfeld, Fisichella, Speed and Ralf Schumacher all needed repairs from the incident, and the Midland of Tiago Monteiro was forced to retire.

On lap 13, Vitantonio Liuzzi, who had climbed to seventh place, lost control entering the first turn and spun, stalling the engine. The car was left stranded on the racing line at the exit of the corner, and the Safety Car was deployed. Massa, Schumacher, Alonso, Button, Kubica and Webber all came in to make pit stops whilst the Safety Car circulated. The first four drivers stayed at the front, but Webber and Kubica dropped to near the back of the pack. Alonso, however, was able to jump Schumacher, as his title rival was forced to 'stack' behind Massa before the mechanics could set to work on his car. The final 15 laps of the race were focused on Alonso and Michael Schumacher, who fought for second place behind Massa as part of their championship battle. Schumacher pursued Alonso for the last laps, but was unable to catch Alonso until the final corners of the final lap. Schumacher was right on the gearbox of Alonso exiting the last corner, but did not get past.

Thus, Massa took his first career Formula One victory, making it the second Grand Prix in a row with a first-time winner, following Button's win in Hungary three weeks earlier. It was the first time this had happened since 2003, when Räikkönen and Fisichella won their first victories at the consecutive Malaysian and Brazilian Grands Prix. Drivers' Championship rivals Alonso and Schumacher completed the podium. Button, de la Rosa, Fisichella, Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello completed the points-scorers and the cars on the lead lap.


The podium display after the race caused controversy when winner Felipe Massa received the trophy from Mehmet Ali Talat, who was referred to as the "President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus". This breakaway area of the island of Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey. The government of the Republic of Cyprus filed an official complaint with the FIA, the body governing the Formula One world championship. After investigating the incident, the FIA fined the organizers of the Grand Prix $5 million on September 19, 2006.[3]



Christijan Albers was demoted ten places for an engine change.
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.306 1:27.059 1:26.907 1
2 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:27.385 1:25.850 1:27.284 2
3 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:27.861 1:26.917 1:27.321 3
4 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:28.175 1:27.346 1:27.564 4
5 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:27.668 1:27.062 1:27.569 151
6 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:28.200 1:27.251 1:27.785 5
7 12   Jenson Button Honda 1:28.222 1:26.872 1:27.790 6
8 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.236 1:27.202 1:27.866 7
9 17   Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:28.212 1:27.405 1:28.167 8
10 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:28.307 1:27.608 1:29.436 9
11 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:28.271 1:27.852 10
12 4   Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.403 1:27.897 11
13 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:28.549 1:27.973 12
14 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:28.411 1:28.257 13
15 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:28.889 1:28.386 14
16 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:29.021 1:28.639 221
17 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:29.136 16
18 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:29.158 17
19 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:29.250 18
20 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:29.901 19
21 23   Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:30.607 20
22 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:30.850 21
  • ^1 – Ralf Schumacher and Christijan Albers both received 10 place grid penalties due to engine changes..


Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 1:28:51.082 1 10
2 1   Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +5.575 3 8
3 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 +5.656 2 6
4 12   Jenson Button Honda 58 +12.334 6 5
5 4   Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 58 +45.908 11 4
6 2   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 58 +46.594 4 3
7 7   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 58 +59.337 15 2
8 11   Rubens Barrichello Honda 58 +1:00.034 13 1
9 8   Jarno Trulli Toyota 57 +1 lap 12
10 9   Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 57 +1 lap 9
11 15   Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 57 +1 lap 10
12 17   Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 57 +1 lap 8
13 21   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 57 +1 lap 17
14 16   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 56 +2 laps 5
15 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 55 Gearbox 16
Ret 19   Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 46 Spin 22
NC 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 41 +17 laps 21
Ret 10   Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 25 Water leak 14
Ret 23   Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 23 Spin 20
Ret 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 12 Spin 18
Ret 3   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1 Accident 7
Ret 18   Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 0 Collision 19

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.


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  3. ^ "F1 News > Turks fined only $5m". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
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