2006 British Grand Prix
|Race 8 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season|
The Silverstone Circuit modified in 2000
|Date||11 June 2006|
|Official name||2006 Formula 1 Foster's British Grand Prix|
|Location||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England|
|Course||Permanent Road Facility|
|Course length||5.141 km (3.194 mi)|
|Distance||60 laps, 308.355 km (191.603 mi)|
|Time||1:21.599 on lap 21|
The 2006 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 11 June 2006 at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. The 60-lap race was the eighth round of the 2006 Formula One season.
Ticket sales were rather slow; the race was scheduled far earlier than normal, and local Jenson Button had a rather poor season the previous year. When the race sold out in 2005, Button had been coming off one of his best years. Also, the weekend clashed with England's first World Cup game. Jacques Villeneuve scored his last ever World Championship points at this race, Juan Pablo Montoya also scored his final points.
Button had a very poor qualifying run and started the race 19th; after a blinding first few laps, Jenson's engine caught fire on lap 9, due to an oil leak that also caused the car to spin out of the race. Scotsman David Coulthard also had a poor race suffering from understeer.
Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish driver and the youngest driver (24 years, 10 months, 13 days) to get the Hat Trick (pole position, winning and fastest lap in same Grand Prix). He fell one lap short of clinching the Grand Chelem (he would finally achieve this at the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix).
This race also featured the first ever pit stop to have involved a woman, during a Midland F1 pit stop for Tiago Monteiro, ITV-F1's then pit-lane reporter Louise Goodman was the left rear tyre changer.
The only other noticeable incident of the race happened on the very first lap, when Scott Speed pushed Ralf Schumacher's Toyota right in the path of Mark Webber at the entrance on the Hangar Straight. Schumacher and Webber retired on the spot, while Speed crawled to the pits and drove straight into the garage at the end of lap 1.
|8||4||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren-Mercedes||1:21.107||1:20.816||1:22.169||8|
|9||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:21.329||1:20.629||1:21.670||9|
|10||17||Jacques Villeneuve||BMW Sauber||1:21.599||1:20.672||1:21.637||10|
|11||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:21.442||1:22.424||11|
|13||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:21.699||1:22.685||13|
|14||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:21.990||1:22.773||14|
|15||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:22.076||1:22.541||15|
|20||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||1:26.158||20|
|21||23||Franck Montagny||Super Aguri-Honda||1:26.316||21|
|22||8||Jarno Trulli||Toyota||No time||22|
Championship standings after the race
Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Formula 1 Fosters British Grand Prix Official Program. 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
- Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 132. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
- Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 135. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
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