2006 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Malaysia  2006 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Sepang Circuit
The Sepang Circuit
Date 19 March 2006
Official name VIII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.54 km (3.44 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.878 mi)
Weather Fine, Air Temp: 33°C, Wind Speed: 1.5 m/s, Humidity: 61%
Pole position
Driver Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
Time 1:33.840
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:34.803 on lap 45
Podium
First Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda

The 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix (formally the VIII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia on 19 March 2006. The race, contested over 56 laps, was the second round of the 2006 Formula One season and the eighth running of the Malaysian Grand Prix as a World Championship race. It was won by Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella, who took the final of his three victories in Formula One, and scored his first points of the season. He had also started on pole position. His team-mate, Fernando Alonso, finished second to extend his lead in the drivers' championship standings to 7 points. Jenson Button took the first podium in Honda's three year return to the sport by finishing in third place.

Qualifying on Saturday saw the new rules being put to the test, as David Coulthard, Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher were all forced to swap engines from the Bahrain GP and therefore lost 10 places on the starting grid after qualifying, despite many of them competing in later sessions (Massa actually changed his engine twice, causing him to lose 20 places). This meant some drivers, such as the Toro Rosso's of Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi were eliminated in the first session, but would have been spared elimination had those with engine penalties been eliminated at this point (although Ralf Schumacher's engine blew during the last session). Three cars with the Ferrari V8 suffered from engine problems during qualifying.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Nico Rosberg qualified third in only his second race.

The first session gave no surprises, as the Super Aguri, Midland and Toro Rosso cars all went out, while the second session saw another set of poor performances from Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli, while Massa and Coulthard also went out along with both the Sauber cars. In the final pole position session, Ralf Schumacher's engine blew, while Fernando Alonso could only manage 7th place after a problem with his fuel calculation meant he was carrying too much fuel during the session. Kimi Räikkönen was tipped as a favourite having qualified 6th, while Juan Pablo Montoya put himself on the third row alongside his teammate in 5th. The two big surprises of qualifying were Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber in their Williams. Rosberg posted the third fastest time, while Webber was moved up to 4th after Michael Schumacher's engine penalty dropped him to 14th. Jenson Button took provisional pole, but it was Giancarlo Fisichella who ended the session in 1st with his Renault, demoting Button to 2nd.

Race[edit]

Giancarlo Fisichella led at the start of the race.

The race began with Rosberg and Webber being caught out by Alonso coming into the first corner, who managed to grab 3rd from his starting position. Fisichella and Button maintained their spots, but further back Räikkönen's day ended early having been hit by Christian Klien during the first lap. Klien's car was badly damaged, but the Red Bull mechanics repaired the car enough to send it back out, although he later retired due to a hydraulics problem. More problems followed for the better qualifiers, as Rosberg's engine blew on the 6th lap, while Webber also retired nine laps after his teammate. Further down the field, Massa and the Schumacher brothers made their way up the field throughout the day. The lead was only held by three people throughout the race, with Alonso's fuel problems actually giving him the advantage over Button, with Alonso managing to take second by staying out longer.

Several other cars retired during the race, with only 14 cars remaining at the end. Takuma Sato managed to finish another race in his Super Aguri. Ralf Schumacher managed to get his Toyota into 8th place, having started dead last. Schumacher threatened Jacques Villeneuve towards the end laps, but was not able to pass for 7th. The two Ferrari’s were able to pull themselves into 5th and 6th place, but it was Massa who claimed the higher spot, beating Michael Schumacher despite pressure at the end. Juan Montoya was unspectacular once again, but another strong performance allowed him to reach 4th.

After the pit stops were completed, it was never doubted that Fisichella would win, and with Button slowing off the pace, content with third, it fell to Renault to pick up their first one-two finish as a constructor since the 1982 French Grand Prix, with the World Champion going clear at the top of the points table by seven points, despite only finishing second to Fisichella.

Even among the drivers who took engine penalties, a variety of strategies were attempted - Ralf Schumacher stopped 3 times during the Grand Prix while Felipe Massa stopped once.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Jenson Button pouring champagne on Giancarlo Fisichella during the podium ceremony after the race.
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:35.488 1:33.623 1:33.840 1
2 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:35.023 1:33.527 1:33.986 2
3 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:35.105 1:34.563 1:34.626 3
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:35.810 1:34.574 1:34.668 141
5 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:35.252 1:34.279 1:34.672 4
6 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.536 1:34.568 1:34.916 5
7 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.667 1:34.351 1:34.983 6
8 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.514 1:33.997 1:35.747 7
9 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:35.171 1:34.537 1:38.715 8
10 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:35.214 1:34.586 no time 222
11 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:34.839 1:34.614 193
12 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:35.526 1:34.683 203
13 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.517 1:34.702 9
14 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:35.391 1:34.752 10
15 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:35.588 1:34.783 11
16 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.091 no time4 214
17 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:36.297 12
18 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:36.581 13
19 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:37.426 15
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:37.819 16
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:39.011 17
22 23 Japan Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:40.720 18
Source:[1][2][3]
Notes
  • ^1Michael Schumacher was handed a 10 place grid penalty following an engine change after the Saturday morning practice session.[4]
  • ^2Ralf Schumacher was handed a 10 place grid penalty following an engine change after his engine blew during the second session. Resultantly he was unable to compete in the final part of qualifying - Q3.[4]
  • ^3David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello were also handed 10 place grid penalties following engine changes.[4]
  • ^4Felipe Massa was handed a 10 place grid penalty following an engine change prior to the qualifying session. To conserve the engine he sat out the second qualifying session - Q2.[4]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 56 1:30:40.529 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 56 +4.585 7 8
3 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 56 +9.631 2 6
4 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 56 +39.351 5 5
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +43.254 21 4
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 56 +43.854 14 3
7 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 56 +1:20.461 10 2
8 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 56 +1:21.288 22 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 55 +1 Lap 9
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 55 +1 Lap 20
11 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 13
12 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 15
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 16
14 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 53 +3 Laps 17
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 48 Engine 11
Ret 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 41 Clutch 12
Ret 23 Japan Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 33 Throttle 18
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 26 Hydraulics 8
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 15 Hydraulics 4
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 10 Hydraulics 19
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 6 Engine 3
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 6
Source:[5]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. pp. Page 90. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 
  2. ^ "2006 FORMULA 1™ Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 18 March 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Malaysian Grand Prix - the provisional grid". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 18 March 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Renault-Honda front row at Sepang". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 18 March 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006–2007. Chronosports S.A. pp. Page 93. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

External links[edit]


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