2006 United States Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Indianapolis circuit
The Indianapolis circuit
Date 2 July 2006
Official name XXXV Vodafone United States Grand Prix
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
4.195 km (2.606 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 306.016 km (190.238 mi)
Weather Sunny, hot
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:10.832
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:12.719 on lap 56
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Third Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault

The 2006 United States Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, USA on 2 July 2006. The race, which was the tenth round of the 2006 Formula One season, was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher.

As a consequence of the race, Michael Schumacher scored his third win of the season, ending championship rival Fernando Alonso's run of four consecutive wins and reducing the 2005 World Drivers' Champion's lead in the points standings to 19 over the German. Schumacher's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa made it a Ferrari one-two by finishing in second place as the Maranello-based team also reduced Renault's constructors points advantage to 26.

The race also marked the anniversary of the tyre controversy a year earlier, when 14 cars withdrew before the race began because of safety concerns about the supply of Michelin tyres provided to them – which had resulted in crashes during practice.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Scuderia Ferrari locked out the front row on the grid.

Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa earned Ferrari a front row lockout, ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Rubens Barrichello. Jarno Trulli's car was still being repaired when cars were sent to parc fermé; because of that, Trulli had to start from the pit lane. Nico Rosberg was penalised for ignoring a signal during the qualification session, requiring him to get his car weighed at the FIA garage. The FIA cancelled all his qualifying times, and he started from 21st position. Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi had the engine of his car changed, and had to start from 20th position on the grid.

Race[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya was involved in an incident at the first corner of the race.

The race started with two big accidents at the first corner, which eliminated 7 cars. At Turn 1, Mark Webber collided with Christian Klien, who then spun around and was taken out by Franck Montagny. In Turn 2, Juan Pablo Montoya nudged his team-mate Kimi Räikkönen into a spin. Montoya then clouted Jenson Button whose front right tyre got caught by BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld who was launched into a triple barrel roll; Montoya also clipped Scuderia Toro Rosso's Scott Speed in the incident. None of the drivers were injured. After that, the order stayed the same at the front, the only action being a battle at the back between David Coulthard, Nico Rosberg, and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Rosberg lost out and was the only finishing driver not to score in the race, with Liuzzi gaining Toro Rosso's first ever point. Montoya departed McLaren days after the race, announcing his move to NASCAR for the 2007 season for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.[1]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Scott Speed qualified in 13th at his home race
Pos Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:10.832 1:10.636 1:11.588
2 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:11.435 1:11.146 1:11.088
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:11.920 1:11.200 1:12.287
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:12.109 1:11.263 1:12.156
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:12.449 1:11.877 1:12.416
6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:12.479 1:11.724 1:12.114
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:12.523 1:11.865 1:12.238
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:12.795 1:11.673 1:11.879
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.174 1:12.135 1:12.777
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:15.280 1:11.718 1:11.891
11 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.150 1:12.477
12 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:12.292 1:12.935
13 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:12.792 1:13.167
14 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:12.854 1:12.711
15 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:12.864 1:12.627
16 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:12.925 1:12.773
17 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:13.180
18 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:13.496
19 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:13.506
20 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:13.787
21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:14.041
22 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:16.036
Source:[2]

Race[edit]

Fernando Alonso in front of race winner Michael Schumacher during the race.
Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 73 1:34:35.199 1 10
2 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 73 +7.984 2 8
3 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 73 +16.595 3 6
4 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 73 +23.604 22 5
5 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 73 +28.410 5 4
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 73 +36.513 4 3
7 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 72 +1 lap 17 2
8 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 72 +1 lap 20 1
9 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 72 +1 lap 21
Ret 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 62 Wheel bearing 8
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 37 Transmission 14
Ret 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 23 Engine 6
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 9 Collision damage 15
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 6 Collision 18
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 3 Collision damage 7
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 9
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 0 Collision 10
Ret 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 11
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 0 Collision 12
Ret 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 0 Collision 13
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 0 Collision 16
Ret 23 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 0 Collision 19
Source:[3]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Montoya to NASCAR!". GrandPrix.com. 2006-07-09. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  2. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 144. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 
  3. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 87. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

External links[edit]


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2006 Canadian Grand Prix
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2006 French Grand Prix
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2005 United States Grand Prix
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Coordinates: 39°47′42″N 86°14′05″W / 39.79500°N 86.23472°W / 39.79500; -86.23472