2006 Italian Grand Prix
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2006 Italian Grand Prix

2006 Italian Grand Prix
Race 15 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
The Monza circuit after modified in 2000
The Monza circuit after modified in 2000
Race details
Date 10 September 2006
Official name Formula 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.793 km (3.6 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.029 km (190.8 mi)
Weather Warm and sunny with temperatures reaching up to 27 °C (81 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1.21.484
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:22.559 on lap 13
Podium
First Ferrari
Second
  • Finland Kimi Räikkönen
McLaren-Mercedes
Third BMW Sauber
Lap leaders

The 2006 Italian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006)[2] was a Formula One motor race held on 10 September 2006 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. It was the fifteenth race of the 2006 Formula One season, and was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car.

Immediately following the race, Michael Schumacher announced that he would retire from motor racing at the end of the 2006 season. Robert Kubica achieved his first career podium finish, in only his third Grand Prix. It was also only the second Grand Prix meeting appearance of Kubica's Friday driver successor, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel had impressed at the Turkish Grand Prix by setting the fastest time in one session, but he set the fastest time in both Friday practice sessions at this Grand Prix.[3][4] The race was also the first race to see the introduction of a new High Speed Barrier developed by the FIA Institute and the FIA. The system, which was installed at the end of the run-off areas at the circuit's second chicane and Parabolica corners, was designed for use at corners with high speed approaches and limited run-off areas.[5] Also this was the last race of the Red Bull driver Christian Klien, until his return to a race seat at the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

After the race, in the press conference, Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula One.[6] The race was his 90th victory. Three years later however in 2010, Schumacher returned to F1 with Mercedes.

Friday drivers

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.

Race report

At the start Kimi Räikkönen got away in the lead with Michael Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld tussling over 2nd. By lap 2 Fernando Alonso was up to 6th past Heidfeld as Schumacher and Räikkönen begin to pull clear of the rest. On lap 10 Nico Rosberg lost power in his Williams and was the first retirement, his 4th consecutive retirement. On lap 15 Räikkönen pitted from the lead and two laps later Schumacher came in and jumped him, Robert Kubica took the lead stopping much later, on lap 23, which allowed Schumacher into the lead for the first time in the race. On lap 44 there was drama when Alonso pulled over with a smoky Renault after an engine failure, this caused a problem for Massa who locked up behind him and went off before pitting to change tyres. Michael Schumacher cruised to victory ahead of Räikkönen, with Kubica claiming his first podium in 3rd place.[7]

Classification

Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.994 1:21.349 1:21.484 1
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.711 1:21.353 1:21.486 2
3 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.764 1:21.425 1:21.653 3
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.028 1:21.225 1:21.704 4
5 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:22.512 1:21.572 1:22.011 5
6 17 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:22.437 1:21.270 1:22.258 6
7 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.422 1:21.878 1:22.280 7
8 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:22.640 1:21.688 1:22.787 8
9 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:22.486 1:21.722 1:23.175 9
10 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.747 1:21.526 1:25.688 101
11 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:22.093 1:21.924 11
12 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.581 1:22.203 12
13 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:22.622 1:22.280 13
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:22.618 1:22.589 14
15 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.943 1:23.165 15
16 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:22.898 No time 16
17 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:23.043 17
18 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Spyker MF1-Toyota 1:23.116 18
19 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:23.341 19
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Spyker MF1-Toyota 1:23.920 20
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:24.289 21
22 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:26.001 22
Source:[8]
Notes
  • ^1 - Fernando Alonso originally qualified with a time of 1:21.829 in Q3, but had his three fastest Q3 times deleted, effectively demoting him from fifth to tenth, after Monza stewards controversially penalized him, judging he had impeded Ferrari's Felipe Massa during qualifying.[9]

Race

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:14:51.975 2 10
2 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +8.046 1 8
3 17 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 53 +26.414 6 6
4 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 53 +32.045 9 5
5 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 53 +32.685 5 4
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 53 +42.409 8 3
7 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 53 +44.662 11 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 53 +45.309 3 1
9 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +45.995 4
10 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 53 +72.602 19
11 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 16
12 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 14
13 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 52 +1 lap 15
14 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 52 +1 lap 17
15 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 52 +1 lap 13
16 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 51 +2 laps 21
17 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Spyker MF1-Toyota 51 +2 laps 18
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Spyker MF1-Toyota 44 Brakes 20
Ret 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 43 Engine 10
Ret 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 20 Engine 7
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 18 Hydraulics 22
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 9 Driveshaft 12
Source:[10]

Championship standings after the race

  • 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.

See also

References

  1. ^ Weather info for the 2006 Italian Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ "Italia". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ The High Speed Safety Barrier FIA.com. Retrieved 4 October 2006 Archived 17 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Schumacher confirms his retirement". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "As it happened: Italian GP". BBC Sport. 10 September 2006. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "Italian GP - Saturday - Qualifying Session 1 Results". GrandPrix.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Alonso punished for blocking Massa". Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 2006.
  10. ^ "Italian GP - Sunday - Race Results". GrandPrix.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Italy 2006 - Championship o STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.


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