2006 Japanese Grand Prix

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Japan  2006 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 17 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Suzuka circuit
The Suzuka circuit
Date October 8, 2006
Official name XXXII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.573 km (191.224 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:29.599
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:32.676 on lap 14
Podium
First Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Second Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Third Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault

The 2006 Japanese Grand Prix was the seventeenth race of the 2006 Formula One season. It was held between 6–8 October at Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka. It was won by Fernando Alonso, his last win for the Renault team before he moved to McLaren the following season. It was the first Formula One race to be broadcast in HDTV by Fuji Television,[1] and was the 20th Grand Prix to be held at Suzuka.

Felipe Massa started the race from pole, but Michael Schumacher soon passed him on lap 3 to take the lead. Meanwhile, Alonso was struggling to get past the Toyotas of Trulli and Ralf Schumacher. By lap 10 Alonso was 5.4 seconds off the leader. On lap 15 Alonso managed to pass Massa in the pitstops and set about gradually closing the gap to Schumacher. Alonso succeeded in closing the gap from 5.4 seconds on lap 10 to 4.2 seconds by lap 27 only for it to open up to 5.9 seconds by lap 34 after the two drivers encountered backmarkers. This race was crucial, whoever finished ahead of the two would take the championship lead into the final race. On lap 37, after the two rivals had made their final pitstops, Schumacher's engine failed, his first engine failure since the 2000 French Grand Prix, giving the lead to Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race. This virtually gave the championship to Alonso. This was the most recent victory for Michelin, who pulled out of Formula One at the end of the season. Giancarlo Fisichella dedicated his third place finish to his best friend, Tonino Visciani, who died on 5 October 2006 after a heart attack.[2]

Report[edit]

Practice and qualifying[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.

Team Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth Austria Alexander Wurz
Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari Germany Michael Ammermüller
BMW Sauber Germany Sebastian Vettel
Spyker MF1-Toyota Germany Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso-Cosworth Switzerland Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda France Franck Montagny

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

From:[3]

Pos Nat Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:29.599 1:29.830 1:30.112
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:29.711 1:28.954 1:31.279
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:29.989 1:30.299 1:30.595
4 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:30.039 1:30.204 1:30.420
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:30.371 1:30.357 1:30.976
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:30.599 1:30.306 1:31.696
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:30.992 1:30.268 1:30.847
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:31.478 1:30.598 1:31.972
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.513 1:30.470 1:31.811
10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:31.856 1:30.321 1:30.585
11 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.827 1:32.080
12 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:31.094 1:31.204
13 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.254 1:31.581
14 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:31.276 1:31.647
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:31.943 1:31.741
16 Netherlands Christijan Albers Spyker MF1-Toyota 1:33.750 1:32.221
17 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:32.252
18 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Red Bull-Ferrari 1:32.402
19 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:32.867
20 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:33.666
21 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Spyker MF1-Toyota 1:33.709
22 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda

Race[edit]

Michael Schumacher's Ferrari is returned to the pits after an engine failure cost him the race lead, and handed Fernando Alonso a ten point advantage in the Drivers' Championship with one race remaining.

From:[4]

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 53 1:23:52.413 5 10
2 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +16.151 1 8
3 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 53 +23.953 6 6
4 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 53 +34.101 7 5
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +43.596 11 4
6 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 53 +46.717 4 3
7 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 53 +48.869 3 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 53 +1:16.095 9 1
9 17 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 53 +1:16.932 12
10 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 52 +1 lap 10
11 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1 lap 13
12 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 52 +1 lap 8
13 15 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Red Bull-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 18
14 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 52 +1 lap 15
15 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 52 +1 lap 20
16 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Spyker MF1-Toyota 51 +2 laps 21
17 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 50 +3 laps 22
18 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 48 Power steering 19
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 39 Accident 14
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 36 Engine 2
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 35 Gearbox 17
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Spyker MF1-Toyota 20 Driveshaft 16

Standings after the race[edit]

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

External links[edit]


Previous race:
2006 Chinese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2006 season
Next race:
2006 Brazilian Grand Prix
Previous race:
2005 Japanese Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix Next race:
2007 Japanese Grand Prix

References[edit]

  1. ^ ZAKZAK
  2. ^ "Fisi dedicates third to dead pal" ITV Sport. Retrieved 9 October 2006
  3. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 200. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 
  4. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 205. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

Coordinates: 34°50′35″N 136°32′26″E / 34.84306°N 136.54056°E / 34.84306; 136.54056