2006 German Grand Prix

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Germany  2006 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Hockenheimring
The Hockenheimring
Date July 30, 2006
Official name LXVIII Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
4.574 km (2.842 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 306.458 km (190.414 mi)
Weather Sunny, warm
Pole position
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:14.070
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:16.357 on lap 17
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Third Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
David Coulthard qualified in the top ten in Red Bull Racing's second season of Formula One.

The 2006 German Grand Prix (formally the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Germany) was a Formula One motor race held at the Hockenheimring on 30 July 2006. The race, contested over 67 laps, was the twelfth round of the 2006 Formula One season and was won Michael Schumacher. The Grand Prix weekend got off to a controversial start when the mass damper system fitted by Renault was deemed legal by the FIA appointed stewards, despite the FIA banning the use of these devices. The FIA appealed against the steward's decision, but Renault then withdrew the system after Friday practice to avoid further sanctions.

Kimi Räikkönen took pole position, but it proved artificial as McLaren had inadvertently not put enough fuel as intended in his car before qualifying. In the race, Räikkönen's early pitstop left him unable to challenge at the front, and the way was left clear for Ferrari to score a dominant one-two. Perhaps due to the damper issue, Renault were not competitive; it was the first time in 2006 that neither of their cars finished the race on the podium.

Sakon Yamamoto made his Formula One début at the Grand Prix, starting from pit lane after changing chassis after the qualifying session. He was not the only one to suffer changes after qualifying, as Jarno Trulli and Christijan Albers both had to change engines, incurring ten-place penalties. A nightmare weekend for Albers was summed up with his disqualification, along with team-mate Tiago Monteiro, as the Midlands were disqualified after the race for having illegally flexing rear wings.[1] The race also saw the last appearance by 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve, who blamed the split on the "lack of assurances about his short-term future with BMW Sauber".[2][3][4] Robert Kubica was promoted internally at BMW to drive at the Hungaroring because Villeneuve was still recovering from the after-effects of his crash in Germany, and went on to race in all the remaining Grands Prix.

Qualifying results[edit]

From:[5]

Pos Nat Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.070 1:14.410 1:15.214
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.205 1:13.778 1:14.904
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.569 1:14.094 1:14.412
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:14:862 1:14:378 1:15.869
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:14.894 1:14.540 1:15.916
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:14:934 1:14.652 1:15.757
7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:15.282 1:14.746 1:15.518
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:15.923 1:14.743 1:15.789
9 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.936 1:15.021 1:15.655
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:16.326 1:14.826 1:15.836
11 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:15.094 1:15.719
12 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:15.141 1:15.816
13 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:15.150 1:15.430
14 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:15:329 1:16.281
15 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:15.380 1:16.183
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:15.397 1:16.234
17 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:16.399
18 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:17.093
19 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:17.185
20 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:17.836
21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:20.444
22 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth No Time

Race results[edit]

Jacques Villeneuve walks away from his crashed F1.06 in his final F1 race.
Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 1:27:51.693 2 10
2 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 67 +0.720 3 8
3 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 67 +13.206 1 6
4 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 67 +18.898 4 5
5 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 67 +23.707 7 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 67 +24.814 5 3
7 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 67 +26.544 20 2
8 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 67 +48.131 12 1
9 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 67 +1:00.351 8
10 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 66 +1 lap 16
11 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 66 +1 lap 10
12 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 66 +1 lap 19
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 59 Water Leak 11
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 38 Gearbox 17
Ret 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 30 Accident 13
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 18 Engine 6
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 9 Brakes 15
Ret 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 2 Fuel Pump 9
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1 Driveshaft 22
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 0 Accident 14
DSQ* 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 66 +1 lap 21
DSQ* 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 66 +1 lap 18

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midlands disqualified over rear-wing flex". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Villeneuve parts company with BMW". BBC Sport. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Au revoir Jacques". GrandPrix.com. 2006-08-07. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Kubica replaces Villeneuve". GrandPrix.com. 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  5. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 158. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

External links[edit]


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