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F1 WORLD CHAMPION 2006


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Michael Schumacher/Ferrari final f1 season

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NameDateCountryCircuit
Gulf Air Bahrain Grand PrixMarch 12th 2006Bahrain BahrainBahrain International Racing Circuit
Petronas Malaysian Grand PrixMarch 19th 2006Malaysia MalaysiaSepang International Circuit
Foster's Australian Grand PrixApril 2nd 2006Australia AustraliaAlbert Park Circuit
Gran Premio Foster's di San MarinoApril 23rd 2006San Marino San MarinoAutodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Grand Prix of EuropeMay 7th 2006Germany GermanyNurburgring
Gran Premio de Espana 2006May 14th 2006Spain SpainCircuit de Catalunya
Grand Prix de Monaco 2006May 28th 2006Monaco MonacoCircuit de Monaco
Foster's British Grand PrixJune 11th 2006Great-Britain Great-BritainSilverstone Circuit
Grand Prix du Canada 2006June 25th 2006Canada CanadaCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
United States Grand PrixJuly 2nd 2006USA USAIndianapolis Motor Speedway
Grand Prix de FranceJuly 16th 2006France FranceCircuit de Nevers-Magny Cours
Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von DeutschlandJuly 30th 2006Germany GermanyHockenheimring
Magyar NagydijAugust 6th 2006Hungary HungaryHungaroring
Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand PrixAugust 27th 2006Turkey TurkeyInstanbul Park
Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006September 10th 2006Italy ItalyAutodromo Nazionale di Monza
Sinopec Chinese Grand PrixOctober 1st 2006China ChinaShanghai International Circuit
Fuji Television Japanese Grand PrixOctober 8th 2006Japan JapanSuzuka International Racing Course
Grande Premio do Brasil 2006October 22nd 2006Brazil BrazilAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace


2006 Formula One season







The 2006 Formula One season was the 57th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on March 12, and ended on October 22, after eighteen rounds. The Drivers' Championship was won by Fernando Alonso of Renault F1 for the second year in a row, with Alonso becoming the youngest ever double world champion. Retiring legend Michael Schumacher of Scuderia Ferrari finished runner-up, 13 points behind. Renault also retained the Constructors' Championship, beating Ferrari by only five points.

The season was highlighted by the rivalry between Alonso and Schumacher, who each won seven races. Renault and Ferrari drivers dominated the field, victorious in all but one race, and the four second-place finishes not achieved by these two teams were accomplished by McLaren Mercedes.

Fernando Alonso, won the Formula One Driver's Championship for the second time in a row with Renault.
Michael Schumacher (in his final year of F1) and Ferrari lost both the drivers' and constructors' championships in the final race.
Felipe Massa, Schumacher's teammate, impressed in his first year with Ferrari by finishing third.

Contents

Background

The calendar was initially announced as the same as for 2005, with the Belgian Grand Prix scheduled for September 17. However, on February 8, the FIA announced that the Belgian National Sporting Authority (RACB) were withdrawing Spa-Francorchamps from the 2006 Formula 1 calendar due to lack of time to complete improvements to the track.[1] The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, offered his city's track as a possible replacement for the Belgian Grand Prix, but the FIA said that the Belgian race would not be replaced.[citation needed] The race has traditionally received strong support from drivers and FIA President Max Mosley and the Grand Prix was back on the Grand Prix calendar for the 2007 season.[2]

2006 was the last season with two tyre manufacturers: The two manufacturers at the time were Japanese manufacturer Bridgestone and French company Michelin. In December 2005, the FIA announced that from the 2008 season, there would be only one tyre supplier. Five days later, Michelin announced it would quit Formula One at the end of the 2006 season as it did not want to be in Formula One as the sole tyre supplier.[3]

At the end of 2005, three well-known teams were bought out: Minardi, Sauber and Jordan. The former were bought by Red Bull to be run as a junior team to house their growing list of young talent looking for an F1 drive. Despite campaigns by Minardi fans the team were renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso (Toro Rosso), Italian for Team Red Bull. The Sauber team was purchased by BMW. BMW opted to keep the Sauber name in F1 renaming the team BMW Sauber. Jordan, who had been bought by the Midland Group in 2004, changed their name to MF1 Racing after a transition year in 2005.

2006 also saw the introduction of a new Japanese team, Super Aguri F1, founded by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, who entered at the last moment. Super Aguri notified the FIA on November 1, 2005 (ahead of the governing body's November 15 deadline) of their intention to enter, but the FIA's initial entry list stated they had not approved Aguri's entry.[4] However, the team received the consent of the ten existing teams to compete and paid the $48 million bond required as a deposit. The team was confirmed by the FIA on January 26, 2006.

Fernando Alonso driving his Renault R26 car during a testing session held in February 2006 at Circuit de Valencia.

Between the 2005 and 2006 season the ownership of Formula One changed significantly. Until November 2005 the Formula One group was owned by an Ecclestone family trust and Speed Investments, a grouping of Bayerische Landesbank; JP Morgan Chase and Lehman Brothers). On November 25, CVC Capital Partners announced it was to purchase both the Ecclestone shares (25% of SLEC) and Bayerische Landesbank's 48% share, held through Speed Investments. By March 30, CVC had acquired all remaining shares and later that month the European Commission announced approval of this deal, conditional upon CVC relinquishing control of Dorna Sports, promoter of MotoGP. On March 28 CVC announced the completion of the Formula One transaction.[5] Ecclestone reinvested proceeds of his stake into the new Formula One parent company Alpha Prema.

Another Ecclestone victory involved the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association's proposal for an alternative World Championship. On March 27, the five car manufacturers involved lodged applications for the 2008 season, reducing the likelihood of a breakaway series. On May 14, Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) members confirmed they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a move toward signing a new Concorde Agreement. Five days later, Bernie Ecclestone and CVC Capital Partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the GPMA which should see the five "rebels" continue racing in Formula One at least until the 2012 season.

Season review

The 2006 season was a duel between Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Michael Schumacher (Ferrari).

Renault and Fernando Alonso established early leads in the Constructors' and Drivers' Championship respectively. The defending World Champion took wins (including four consecutive victories) in Bahrain, Australia, Spain, Monaco, Britain, and Canada in the first half of the season. Teammate Giancarlo Fisichella won his third career race in Malaysia. The Malaysian event also saw allegations that a number of teams were running illegal 'flexi wings' which allowed better straight line speed. Changes were made to both the wings and the rules for the next race.[citation needed]

After a disastrous 2005 season and slow start to the 2006 season Michael Schumacher won consecutive races at Imola and the Nürburgring. During the final lap of his qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix, Schumacher came to a stop at the La Rascasse hairpin, resulting in yellow flags, meaning that other drivers could not go at maximum speed. After the session there were immediate complaints from the other teams claiming that this was a deliberate move by Schumacher to ensure he started in pole position[6] - Alonso's flying lap that was affected by the yellow flags had been likely to beat Schumacher's fastest time - at the end of the second sector, Alonso was more than two tenths of a second ahead of Schumacher's time, and his final time was just 0.064 seconds slower than Schumacher.[7] Although Schumacher insisted that he had simply locked up his brakes at the corner,[8] a stewards' inquiry stated, "We are left with no alternative but to conclude that the driver deliberately stopped his car on the circuit." The penalty was that Schumacher's qualifying times were all deleted, demoting him to 22nd position on the grid. He opted to start from the pitlane, and finished 5th, after an incident in the race that required the safety car to be deployed. The Safety Car failed to aid Schumacher however, but in fact hampered him; because he was the last car to be lapped by leader Alonso, and under 2006 FIA rules; he was not allowed to un-lap himself under Safety Car conditions. This meant he was almost a full lap down on 3rd placed Coulthard, and 4th placed Barrichello on the resumption of the race. But by the end, he was threatening to pass them for position; finishing less than 2-seconds off a podium spot.

Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella at the Chinese Grand Prix, the changeable weather resulting in a crucial win for Michael Schumacher.

At the British Grand Prix, Alonso became the first Spanish driver and the youngest driver (24 years and 317 days) to get the Hat Trick, missing the Grand Chelem by a single lap. Schumacher won the United States Grand Prix (his fourth consecutive victory at Indianapolis and fifth career victory there) and the French Grand Prix.

The FIA decided that the ‘Mass Damper’ system used by Renault up to this point of the season did not meet the technical regulations, and it was banned - a polemical decision, since the FIA itself was consulted about the system during its development, and authorized its use. The effect of the ban was clear at the next race where the Renaults struggled to even get points. Schumacher also won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, with Alonso finishing 5th.

Jenson Button achieved his first Formula One career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alonso had a mechanical failure whilst leading in the latter stages of the race whilst Michael Schumacher retired after a collision with Nick Heidfeld. However Schumacher was promoted to 8th place in the standings (having been classified 9th following a retirement three laps from the end) because Robert Kubica's debut ended in disqualification. The Polish driver had finished 7th in the BMW Sauber.

Felipe Massa won the next Grand Prix in Turkey, so for the second race in a row, Formula One had a maiden victor. Fernando Alonso extended his lead over Michael Schumacher by two points after he managed to finish a tenth of a second ahead of the German in second place.

At the Italian Grand Prix, Alonso was given a penalty for 'holding up' Massa during the final qualification session. Many in the Formula One 'paddock' were reported to disagree with the penalty and Max Moseley has since said that he would not have issued the same penalty as the race stewards.[9] Schumacher reduced Alonso's lead to only two points after winning the race while Alonso suffered an engine failure in the late stages of the race. Despite a fourth-place finish for Alonso's teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, and a flat-spotted tyre causing Felipe Massa to score no points, the race also saw Ferrari pull ahead of Renault for the first time in 2006. Polish driver Robert Kubica took his BMW Sauber to his first podium finish, in only his third race, but the race results were largely overshadowed by Schumacher announcing, during the post-race press conference, that he would retire at the end of the season. Afterwards he did say that he would hold a position in the Ferrari F1 team for 2007, though he did not disclose what.

Three weeks later, with his victory at Shanghai right ahead of Alonso, Schumacher drew level on points with him at the head of the championship. Schumacher led the World Championship for the first time in 2006 after the race, as he had won 7 races compared to Alonso's 6. Massa did not finish the race, and Renault gained again the lead in the constructors' championship thanks to Fisichella's third place.

A week later at the Japanese Grand Prix, Felipe Massa took pole ahead of Michael Schumacher in second and Fernando Alonso in fifth. Schumacher quickly took the lead and set about gaining a five second lead, which continued until after the second round of pit stops. However, Schumacher's engine failed with 17 laps to go, forcing him to retire and handing Alonso the win ahead of Massa.

At the final round, the Brazilian Grand Prix, Massa again took pole. Drama in qualifying saw Michael Schumacher have a mysterious failure, meaning that he started down in 10th, while Alonso began in 5th. In the race, Schumacher had yet more bad luck, suffering a puncture just a few laps in. He recovered to finish fourth, while teammate Massa became the first Brazilian to win his home Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna in 1993. Alonso finished second to secure his second successive championship, adding the record of the youngest man to secure back-to-back titles to his ever-increasing list of records. Fisichella finished 6th for Renault, meaning that the French outfit secured their second successive constructor's title. McLaren failed to secure a single win in the season for the first time since 1996 and it was the first season since 1956 that a British constructor failed to win a race.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.

EntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyreNoDriversNoThird driverTest driver(s)
Flag of France Mild Seven Renault F1 TeamRenaultR26Renault RS26 2.4 V8M1Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso
n/aFlag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Flag of Argentina José María López
Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Flag of France Jonathan Cochet
2Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Flag of the United Kingdom Team McLaren MercedesMcLarenMP4-21Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8M3Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen
n/aFlag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa

Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett
Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton

4Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari248 F1Ferrari 056 2.4 V8B5Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher
n/aFlag of Italy Luca Badoer

Flag of Spain Marc Gené

6Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa
Flag of Japan Panasonic Toyota RacingToyotaTF106
TF106B 1
Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8B7Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher
n/aFlag of Brazil Ricardo Zonta

Flag of France Olivier Panis
Flag of Spain Andy Soucek

8Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli
Flag of the United Kingdom WilliamsF1 TeamWilliamsFW28Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 4 SeriesB9Flag of Australia Mark Webber35Flag of Austria Alexander WurzFlag of India Narain Karthikeyan
10Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg
Flag of Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 TeamHondaRA106Honda RA806E 2.4 V8M11Flag of Brazil Rubens Barrichello36Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony DavidsonFlag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter
Flag of the United States Marco Andretti
12Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button
Flag of Austria Red Bull RacingRed BullRB2Ferrari 056 2.4 V8M14Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard37Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Flag of Germany Michael Ammermüller
none
15Flag of Austria Christian Klien
Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Flag of Germany BMW Sauber F1 TeamBMW SauberF1.06BMW P86 2.4 V8M16Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld38Flag of Poland Robert Kubica
Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel
Flag of Germany Marco Holzer
17Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Flag of Poland Robert Kubica
Flag of Russia Midland F1 Racing

Flag of the Netherlands Spyker MF1[10]

MF1

Spyker

M16Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8B18Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro39Flag of Germany Markus Winkelhock
Flag of Switzerland Giorgio Mondini
Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil
Flag of France Alexandre Prémat
Flag of Venezuela Ernesto Viso
Flag of Russia Roman Rusinov
Flag of Italy Fabrizio del Monte
Flag of Spain Adrian Valles
Flag of Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
19Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers
Flag of Italy Scuderia Toro RossoToro RossoSTR01Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 14 SeriesM20Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi40Flag of Switzerland Neel Janinone
21Flag of the United States Scott Speed
Flag of Japan Super Aguri F1 TeamSuper AguriSA05
SA06
Honda RA806E 2.4 V8B22Flag of Japan Takuma Sato41Flag of France Franck Montagny
Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto
Flag of Japan Yuji Ide
23Flag of Japan Yuji Ide
Flag of France Franck Montagny
Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto

Team changes

Four prominent names in the sport disappeared for this season, with Minardi, Sauber, BAR and Jordan withdrawing, and one new team, Super Aguri entered at the last moment. The Sauber name remained, although largely as a sentiment, as BMW owned 80% of the team to Peter Sauber's 20%. Jordan became MF1 Racing, as Midland started afresh after a disappointing first season under the Jordan name. Late in the season, the team was bought by Spyker. Honda, who already owned a 45% stake in the BAR team, completed their takeover of the team and changed its name to Honda Racing F1 Team at the start of the season. Super Aguri F1 also entered their first season after having problems entering. They received backing from Honda Racing F1 including technology and engines, due to them running Honda driver Takuma Sato.

Williams introduced numerous changes for 2006, particularly changing to Cosworth V8 engines after they and BMW split. Red Bull Racing (RBR) had Ferrari engines, replacing the Cosworth power which gained them seventh in the standings in 2005. Williams and Toyota changed tyre suppliers to Bridgestone, due to Michelin's desire to supply fewer teams in the championship. Despite this Toro Rosso who under the Minardi name ran Bridgestone tyres switched to Michelin in line with parent team RBR.

Driver changes

At The Start of the Season

During the Season

Formula One 2006 race schedule

The Australian Grand Prix was held later than usual, to avoid a clash with the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For the first time, Bahrain hosted the first Grand Prix. Brazil hosted the last race, while Japan and China swapped their original dates.

Rd.Grand PrixCircuitCity / LocationDateTime
1Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International CircuitSakhir12 March14:30
2Flag of Malaysia Malaysian Grand PrixSepang International CircuitKuala Lumpur19 March15:00
3Flag of Australia Australian Grand PrixAlbert Park Grand Prix CircuitMelbourne2 April14:00
4Flag of San Marino San Marino Grand PrixAutodromo Enzo e Dino FerrariImola23 April14:00
5Flag of Europe European Grand PrixNürburgringNürburg7 May14:00
6Flag of Spain Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de CatalunyaBarcelona14 May14:00
7Flag of Monaco Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de MonacoMonte-Carlo28 May14:00
8Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand PrixSilverstone CircuitSilverstone11 June12:00
9Flag of Canada Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles VilleneuveMontreal25 June13:00
10Flag of the United States United States Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayIndianapolis2 July14:00
11Flag of France French Grand PrixCircuit de NeversMagny-Cours16 July14:00
12Flag of Germany German Grand PrixHockenheimringHockenheimJuly 3014:00
13Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroringBudapest6 August14:00
14Flag of Turkey Turkish Grand PrixIstanbul ParkIstanbul27 August15:00
15Flag of Italy Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale MonzaMonza10 September14:00
16Flag of the People's Republic of China Chinese Grand PrixShanghai International CircuitShanghai1 October14:00
17Flag of Japan Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka CircuitSuzuka8 October14:00
18Flag of Brazil Brazilian Grand PrixAutódromo José Carlos PaceSão Paulo22 October14:00

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. ↓Grand Prix ↓Pole Position ↓Fastest Lap ↓Winning Driver ↓Constructor ↓Report ↓
1Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Nico RosbergFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
2Flag of Malaysia Malaysian Grand PrixFlag of Italy Giancarlo FisichellaFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Italy Giancarlo FisichellaFlag of France RenaultReport
3Flag of Australia Australian Grand PrixFlag of the United Kingdom Jenson ButtonFlag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
4Flag of San Marino San Marino Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
5Flag of Europe European Grand PrixFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
6Flag of Spain Spanish Grand PrixFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
7Flag of Monaco Monaco Grand PrixFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
8Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand PrixFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
9Flag of Canada Canadian Grand PrixFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
10Flag of the United States United States Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
11Flag of France French Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
12Flag of Germany German Grand PrixFlag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
13Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand PrixFlag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of the United Kingdom Jenson ButtonFlag of Japan HondaReport
14Flag of Turkey Turkish Grand PrixFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Italy FerrariReport
15Flag of Italy Italian Grand PrixFlag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
16Flag of the People's Republic of China Chinese Grand PrixFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
17Flag of Japan Japanese Grand PrixFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France RenaultReport
18Flag of Brazil Brazilian Grand PrixFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Italy FerrariReport

Drivers

PosDriverBHR
Flag of Bahrain
MAL
Flag of Malaysia
AUS
Flag of Australia
SMR
Flag of San Marino
EUR
Flag of Europe
ESP
Flag of Spain
MON
Flag of Monaco
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
CAN
Flag of Canada
USA
Flag of the United States
FRA
Flag of France
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
Flag of Hungary
TUR
Flag of Turkey
ITA
Flag of Italy
CHN
Flag of the People's Republic of China
JPN
Flag of Japan
BRA
Flag of Brazil
Pts
1Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso121221111525Ret2Ret212134
2Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher26Ret1125221118311Ret4121
3Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa95Ret434955232719Ret2180
4Flag of Italy Giancarlo FisichellaRet15863644366Ret6433672
5Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen3Ret2545Ret33Ret53RetRet2Ret5565
6Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button43107Ret611Ret9RetRet414544356
7Flag of Brazil Rubens Barrichello151071057410Ret6RetRet486612730
8Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya54Ret3RetRet26RetRet







26
9Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld12Ret413108777Ret8Ret31487817*23
10Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher14839RetRet8RetRetRet496715Ret7Ret20
11Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa









7Ret25Ret511819
12Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli169RetRet91017*1164Ret712*97Ret6Ret15
13Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard10Ret8RetRet1431287911515*129RetRet14
14Flag of Australia Mark Webber6RetRet6Ret9RetRet12RetRetRetRet10108RetRet7
15Flag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveRet7612812148RetRet11Ret





7
16Flag of Poland Robert Kubica











DSQ12313996
17Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg7RetRet11711Ret9Ret914RetRetRetRet1110Ret4
18Flag of Austria Christian Klien8RetRetRetRet13Ret1411Ret128Ret1111


2
19Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi1111Ret14Ret15*10131381310RetRet141014131
20Flag of the United States Scott Speed13Ret91511Ret13Ret10Ret10121113131418*110
21Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro1713Ret161216151614RetRetDSQ9RetRetRet16150
22Flag of the Netherlands Christijan AlbersRet1211Ret13Ret1215RetRet15DSQ10Ret1715Ret140
23Flag of Japan Takuma Sato181412RetRet17Ret1715*RetRetRet13NC16DSQ15100
24Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos














1213120
25Flag of Japan Yuji IdeRetRet13Ret













0
26Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto










RetRetRetRet1617160
27Flag of France Franck Montagny



RetRet1618RetRet16






0
PosDriverBHR
Flag of Bahrain
MAL
Flag of Malaysia
AUS
Flag of Australia
SMR
Flag of San Marino
EUR
Flag of Europe
ESP
Flag of Spain
MON
Flag of Monaco
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
CAN
Flag of Canada
USA
Flag of the United States
FRA
Flag of France
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
Flag of Hungary
TUR
Flag of Turkey
ITA
Flag of Italy
CHN
Flag of the People's Republic of China
JPN
Flag of Japan
BRA
Flag of Brazil
Pts
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

(*) Driver did not finish the race but was classified, having raced more than 90% of race distance.

PosDriverConstructor(s)StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF.LapsPoints
1Flag of Spain Fernando AlonsoFlag of France Renault1871465134
2Flag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy Ferrari1871247121
3Flag of Brazil Felipe MassaFlag of Italy Ferrari18273280
4Flag of Italy Giancarlo FisichellaFlag of France Renault18151072
5Flag of Finland Kimi RäikkönenFlag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes18063365
6Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson ButtonFlag of Japan Honda18131056
7Flag of Brazil Rubens BarrichelloFlag of Japan Honda18000030
8Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo MontoyaFlag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes10020026
9Flag of Germany Nick HeidfeldFlag of Germany BMW Sauber18010023
10Flag of Germany Ralf SchumacherFlag of Japan Toyota18010020
11Flag of Spain Pedro de la RosaFlag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes8010019
12Flag of Italy Jarno TrulliFlag of Japan Toyota18000015
13Flag of the United Kingdom David CoulthardFlag of Austria Red Bull-Ferrari18010014
14Flag of Australia Mark WebberFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth1800007
15Flag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany BMW Sauber1200007
16Flag of Poland Robert KubicaFlag of Germany BMW Sauber601006
17Flag of Germany Nico RosbergFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth1800014
18Flag of Austria Christian KlienFlag of Austria Red Bull-Ferrari1500002
19Flag of Italy Vitantonio LiuzziFlag of Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth1800001
20Flag of the United States Scott SpeedFlag of Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth1800000
21Flag of Portugal Tiago MonteiroFlag of Russia MF1-Toyota1800000
22Flag of the Netherlands Christijan AlbersFlag of Russia MF1-Toyota1800000
23Flag of Japan Takuma SatoFlag of Japan Super Aguri-Honda1800000
24Flag of the Netherlands Robert DoornbosFlag of Austria Red Bull-Ferrari300000
25Flag of Japan Yuji IdeFlag of Japan Super Aguri-Honda400000
26Flag of Japan Sakon YamamotoFlag of Japan Super Aguri-Honda700000
27Flag of France Franck MontagnyFlag of Japan Super Aguri-Honda700000

Constructors

PosConstructorCar
No.
BHR
Flag of Bahrain
MAL
Flag of Malaysia
AUS
Flag of Australia
SMR
Flag of San Marino
EUR
Flag of Europe
ESP
Flag of Spain
MON
Flag of Monaco
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
CAN
Flag of Canada
USA
Flag of the United States
FRA
Flag of France
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
Flag of Hungary
TUR
Flag of Turkey
ITA
Flag of Italy
CHN
Flag of the People's Republic of China
JPN
Flag of Japan
BRA
Flag of Brazil
Pts
1Flag of France Renault1121221111525Ret2Ret212206
2Ret15863644366Ret64336
2Flag of Italy Ferrari526Ret1125221118311Ret4201
695Ret434955232719Ret21
3Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes33Ret2545Ret33Ret53RetRet2Ret55110
454Ret3RetRet26RetRet7Ret25Ret5118
4Flag of Japan Honda11151071057410Ret6RetRet486612786
1243107Ret611Ret9RetRet4145443
5Flag of Germany BMW Sauber1612Ret413108777Ret8Ret3148781736
17Ret7612812148RetRet11RetDSQ1231399
6Flag of Japan Toyota714839RetRet8RetRetRet496715Ret7Ret35
8169RetRet910171164Ret71297Ret6Ret
7Flag of Austria Red Bull-Ferrari1410Ret8RetRet1431287911515129RetRet16
158RetRetRetRet13Ret1411Ret128Ret1111121312
8Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth96RetRet6Ret9RetRet12RetRetRetRet10108RetRet11
107RetRet11711Ret9Ret914RetRetRetRet1110Ret
9Flag of Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth201111Ret14Ret1510131381310RetRet141014131
2113Ret91511Ret13Ret10Ret1012111313141811
10Flag of Russia MF1-Toyota181713Ret161216151614RetRetDSQ9RetRetRet16150
19Ret1211Ret13Ret1215RetRet15DSQ10Ret1715Ret14
11Flag of Japan Super Aguri-Honda22181412RetRet17Ret1715RetRetRet13NC16DSQ15100
23RetRet13RetRetRet1618RetRet16RetRetRetRet161716
PosConstructorCar
No.
BHR
Flag of Bahrain
MAL
Flag of Malaysia
AUS
Flag of Australia
SMR
Flag of San Marino
EUR
Flag of Europe
ESP
Flag of Spain
MON
Flag of Monaco
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
CAN
Flag of Canada
USA
Flag of the United States
FRA
Flag of France
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
Flag of Hungary
TUR
Flag of Turkey
ITA
Flag of Italy
CHN
Flag of the People's Republic of China
JPN
Flag of Japan
BRA
Flag of Brazil
Pts
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
PosConstructorChassisEngineTyreStartsWinsPodiumsPolesF.LapsPoints
1Flag of France RenaultR26Flag of France RenaultM1881975206
2Flag of Italy Ferrari248 F1Flag of Italy FerrariB1891979201
3Flag of the United Kingdom McLarenMP4-21Flag of Germany MercedesM180933110
4Flag of Japan HondaRA106Flag of Japan HondaM18131086
5Flag of Germany BMW SauberF1.06Flag of Germany BMWM18020036
6Flag of Japan ToyotaTF106
TF106B
Flag of Japan ToyotaB18010035
7Flag of Austria Red BullRB2Flag of Italy FerrariM18010016
8Flag of the United Kingdom WilliamsFW28Flag of the United Kingdom CosworthB18000111
9Flag of Italy Toro RossoSTR01Flag of the United Kingdom CosworthM1800001
10Flag of Russia MF1M16Flag of Japan ToyotaB1800000
11Flag of Japan Super AguriSA05
SA06
Flag of Japan HondaB1800000

Rule changes

Engine

Significant changes to the Formula One regulations were introduced for 2006. In an attempt to curb the increasing engine power levels of recent years, the maximum engine displacement was reduced from 3.0 to 2.4 litres and the number of cylinders from 10 to 8. At similar engine speeds, the change was expected to cut peak power by around 200 bhp, which would equate to around three to five seconds on lap times at most circuits. (Scuderia Toro Rosso continued to use 3.0 litre 10-cylinder engines with a rev limiter, to avoid the costs of re-engineering their cars in a short period). Initial testing indicated the new engines were six seconds slower than their V10 counterparts, but early in the season it became obvious that despite the decrease in power, lap times were not far from 2005 figures; on some circuits, the fastest laps set this year were actually faster than the ones recorded last year, with the V10 engines.

Some engine suppliers indicated early that their smaller V8s can rev higher than the 19,000 rpms normal for 2005-spec V10s. Northampton-based engine builder Cosworth had an enviable record of success with V8 engines. It made further history by becoming the first manufacturer to have broken the 20,000 rpm limit on track in December 2005.

Cost reduction

In the long run, the FIA intends to introduce greater restrictions on testing and the introduction of standardized electronics, tyres and brakes to reduce costs and entice more new private teams into the sport. Proposed new rules for the year 2008 led to 22 teams applying to race that season, but since currently only 12 teams can race at one time, 10 of those applicants were turned down.

Tyres

Tyre changes returned to Formula One in 2006. Each driver is limited to 14 sets of tyres per race weekend. This consists of seven sets of dry-weather tyres, four sets of wet-weather tyres and three sets of extreme-weather tyres. The thinking behind this is that the reduced engine size will offset any performance gain.[17]

Qualifying

A new qualifying system consisting of three sessions of varying length has been introduced.[17] A 15-minute session is held first, in which the six slowest cars from that session are eliminated and thus set in grid positions 17–22. After a five minute break, another 15-minute session is held with the remaining cars, and again the six slowest cars are eliminated and set in positions 11–16. These 12 eliminated drivers are placed in parc ferme, but may modify fuel loads as they see fit.

During a further five minute break, the remaining 10 cars declare their fuel loads to the FIA. A final 15 minute session then decides the top 10 grid positions. Teams are allowed to run their fuel load low by making as many laps as possible, and thus improve their times as the weight falls. This is an improvement for TV audiences because teams need to run as many laps as possible to lower their fuel loads. Following this session, the top 10 cars are placed in parc ferme and required to refill their fuel load to the level of that at the beginning of the final 20 minutes. Starting with the 2006 French Grand Prix, qualifying for final session was cut short to just 15 minutes, making all of the sessions the same length, and the ability for drivers to complete a flying lap after the chequered flag drop now applies in first two sessions as well.[18]

A loophole was detected by the FIA, in that teams could declare a large fuel load but on the out lap "leak", or use a large quantity of fuel to lighten a car and permit a faster lap. The FIA decided to only count laps that are within 110% of the driver's fastest time, and allow teams to top up with the amount of fuel used for those laps.

Practice

Only one free practice session is held on Saturdays, for one hour, and it ends no less than two hours before qualifying begins, usually between 11.00 and 12.00, replacing the old system of two 45-minute sessions. Friday remains unchanged, with two one-hour sessions, starting three hours apart.

Mass dampers

The tuned mass damper system was used by several teams, notably Renault, during the latter part of 2005 and the 2006 seasons. The devices were located in the nosecone, and were particularly effective in corners and over kerbs to keep the tyres in closer contact to the track surface than they would otherwise be.[19] After the French Grand Prix, the FIA announced that the system would be outlawed. This had a particularly significant effect on Renault, as the team had effectively built their cars around the devices, and had introduced them as long ago as the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix.[20] At the German Grand Prix the Renault team submitted one of their cars for scrutineering by the race stewards, who ruled that the devices were acceptable. The FIA launched an appeal against this decision, and on 23 August 2006 the FIA International Court of Appeal issued a statement upholding this appeal and rejecting the stewards' decision. The Court of Appeal stated that the system infringes part of the bodywork section (Article 3.15) of the Formula One Technical Regulations, which states that:

Any specific part of the car influencing its aerodynamic performance:

  • Must comply with the rules relating to bodywork.
  • Must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car (rigidly secured means not having any degree of freedom).
  • Must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car.[21]

The central argument is whether the mass dampers function as aerodynamic devices or as a part of the suspension system. The FIA reasoned that because the devices do not "remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car", they are illegal. But the FIA failed to explain how the damper, which is entirely enclosed with the car can be counted as bodywork when article 1.4 of the regulations define bodywork as:

All entirely sprung parts of the car in contact with the external air stream, except cameras and the parts definitely associated with the mechanical functioning of the engine, transmission and running gear. Airboxes, radiators and engine exhausts are considered to be part of the bodywork.[22]

Following the ruling by the Court of Appeal, the system was officially banned before the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix. Flavio Briatore has named McLaren as the team who complained to the FIA.[23] McLaren however deny it.[citation needed]

Rumours and speculation

Teams

  • McLaren was linked to a sponsorship deal with Intel to replace West, who withdrew their sponsorship at the 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix. However McLaren instead signed a deal with Vodafone as the team's primary sponsor for 2007, but had no main sponsor for 2006.
  • Due to McLaren and Intel not reaching agreement, Intel instead signed to become a technological partner for BMW Sauber.
  • Midland owner Alex Shnaider sold his team, which he acquired for around £20 million, for a sum of around £68 million to a Dutch consortium led by internet entrepreneur Michiel Mol and sports car manufacturer Spyker Cars. The team was renamed Spyker MF1 Team and raced in China with a new, orange and silver livery, which replaced the silver, white and red colours of Midland.

Drivers

  • Nelson Piquet, Jr. tested for BAR-Honda for a possible role as the third driver for the new Honda factory team. This never led to anything and Piquet was subsequently contracted to be Renault fourth driver for 2007, before moving on to a race seat for 2008. He is to begin his second season with Renault at the Australian GP in March, 2009.
  • American IndyCar driver Marco Andretti tested for Honda in December, as well as January 2007, saying he was preparing to race Formula One in the coming years.
  • Before and during the 2006 season there was much talk that Ferrari were considering signing up Valentino Rossi for the 2007 season, twenty-two years after the last motorcycle racer, another World Champion, Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto took part in the 1984 British Grand Prix. These rumours were fuelled by Rossi's testing programme for Ferrari at Circuit de Valencia and Fiorano. Other rumours also linked Rossi to Red Bull[24] but on May 24, 2006 four days before the Monaco Grand Prix, Rossi stated that he will be staying in MotoGP for the foreseeable future, saying that he has more goals to achieve.[25]
  • Another Italian, 4 time 250 cc class MotoGP World Champion Max Biaggi tested the Midland F1 car at Silverstone Circuit on January 18, 2006. Whether this was a one-off test with Midland F1 or the first step towards a seat with the team was unknown and Biaggi remained spending the year without racing. That rumour slowly cooled off because Biaggi signed a deal with World Superbike champions, Corona Alstare Suzuki.[26]

Races

  • Following CVC's purchase of the control of the sport, rumors began over a possible second Grand Prix held in Spain, at Circuit de Valencia, perhaps due to the rising interest in F1 from Alonso's Spanish fans (the Alonsomania) after he won the 2005 Drivers Title. These rumours were confirmed on May 30: Michel Ligonnet announced construction work, due to finish in 2007. There was also a new F1 track considered at Sevilla, in the south of Spain, the Monteblanco Circuit, inspired by the old French circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet.[27]
  • According to reports, British investors will build an F1 track in Bulgaria near the seaside region of Kavarna. This is only speculation, but the project will more than likely go ahead in 2007.

Changes for 2006

  • The V10 engine style cars were replaced by V8 engine. Smaller independent teams were allowed to run the year-old V10 for one more season.
  • Michelin up down from 7 to 6 constructors. while Michelin and Bridgestone fielded eight each instead of the six they had run in 2004.
  • The qualifying system single lap was replaced by timed qualification and knockout
  • Michelin announced they would withdraw from the series after the season



































































































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