2006 European Grand Prix

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Germany  2006 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Nürburgring
The Nürburgring
Date May 7, 2006
Official name Le Grand Prix d'Europe
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
5.148 km (3.2 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.88 km (192 mi)
Pole position
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:29.816
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:32.099 on lap 39
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari

The 2006 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany on May 7, 2006. The race, contested over 60 laps, was the fifth round of the 2006 Formula One season. It was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher who took his second victory of the season. Polesitter Fernando Alonso finished in second position for the Renault team, whilst the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa achieved his first podium finish of the season with third place.

Franck Montagny made his Formula One début, becoming the first French F1 driver since Olivier Panis at the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix.

Report[edit]

Friday drivers[edit]

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.

Franck Montagny was originally scheduled to act as the third driver for Super Aguri,[1] but was promoted to a race seat[2] after team driver Yuji Ide had his FIA Super License revoked[3] for erratic driving in prior races that season. Ide was set to act as Super Aguri's third driver for this race, according to the team, until the revocation came down.[2] The license revocation meant Ide could not participate in Formula One.

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth Austria Alexander Wurz
Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari Netherlands Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber Poland Robert Kubica
MF1-Toyota Germany Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso-Cosworth Switzerland Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda none

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying session was affected by a red flag situation appearing on the timing monitors with 3½ minutes left. Unfortunately, this was due to a software glitch in the timing system, and the session was quickly restarted. Christian Klien felt that he lost out through it, having abandoned a lap thinking it would not count. Initially Jacques Villeneuve was outside the top 16, however the time for his lap (which he continued on during the red flag) was later recalled and placed him 7th in the session.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Nick Heidfeld on the Friday before the race.

From:[4]

Pos Nat Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:29.816 1:30.336 1:31.138
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.028 1:30.013 1:31.235
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:30.407 1:30.732 1:31.921
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:30.754 1:30.469 1:31.671
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.933 1:30.203 1:31.263
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:30.940 1:30.755 1:31.420
7 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.419 1:30.733 1:31.809
8* Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:31.542 1:30.865 1:31.545
9 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.880 1:30.671 1:31.774
10† Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:33.405 1:30.892 1:31.712
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:30.944 1:31.470
12† Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:31.194 1:32.053
13 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:31.197 1:31.574
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:31.227 1:31.742
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.422 1:31.457
16 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:31.728 1:32.651
17 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:32.901
18 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:32.936
19 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:32.992
20 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:33.658
21 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:35.239
22 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:46.505

Notes

  • * Jacques Villeneuve's fastest three laps from the third qualifying session were deleted due to blocking the Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella. As a result of this, Villeneuve was demoted to 9th place for the start of the race.
  • † Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg both had their engines changed, and were both dropped ten places on the grid on Sunday. They started the race in 19th and 22nd places respectively.

Race[edit]

From:[5]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 1:35:58.765 2 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 60 +3.751 1 8
3 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +4.447 3 6
4 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +4.879 5 5
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 60 +1:12.586 4 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 60 +1:14.116 11 3
7 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 60 +1:14.565 22 2
8 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 60 +1:29.364 9 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 59 +1 Lap 7
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 59 +1 Lap 13
11 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 17
12 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 18
13 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 16
Ret 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 52 Engine 10
Ret 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 52 Engine 8
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 45 Hydraulics 20
Ret 23 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 29 Hydraulics 21
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 28 Engine 6
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 28 Transmission 15
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 12 Hydraulics 19
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 2 Collision damage 12
Ret 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 0 Collision damage 14

Standings after the race[edit]

Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pitpass.com/27821-Montagny-joins-Super-Aguri-as-third-driver-for-European-GP
  2. ^ a b http://www.pitpass.com/27874-Ide-replaced-by-Montagny-for-Super-Aguri
  3. ^ http://www.pitpass.com/fes_php/pitpass_news_item.php?fes_art_id=27955
  4. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 110. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 
  5. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 113. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

External links[edit]


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