2006 German Grand Prix
|Race 12 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season|
|Date||July 30, 2006|
|Official name||LXVIII Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland|
|Location||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.574 km (2.842 mi)|
|Distance||67 laps, 306.458 km (190.414 mi)|
|Time||1:16.357 on lap 17|
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 67-lap race 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. 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". 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.
|9||4||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes||1:15.936||1:15.021||1:15.655||9|
|10||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:16.326||1:14.826||1:15.836||10|
|12||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:15.141||1:15.816||12|
|14||17||Jacques Villeneuve||BMW Sauber||1:15:329||1:16.281||13|
|16||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:15.397||1:16.234||15|
|17||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:16.399||16|
|19||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||1:17.185||17|
|21||23||Sakon Yamamoto||Super Aguri-Honda||1:20.444||PL3|
|22||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||No time||19|
- ^1 – Jarno Trulli qualified 13th but dropped ten places on the starting grid due to an engine change to his Toyota.
- ^2 – Christijan Albers qualified 18th but dropped ten places on the starting grid due to an engine change to his MF1.
- ^3 – Sakon Yamamoto started the race from the pit lane after changing the chassis of his Super Aguri after qualifying.
|8||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||67||+48.131||12||1|
|10||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||66||+1 lap||16|
|11||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||66||+1 lap||10|
|12||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||66||+1 lap||19|
|Ret||9||Mark Webber||Williams-Cosworth||59||Water Leak||11|
|Ret||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||38||Gearbox||17|
|Ret||17||Jacques Villeneuve||BMW Sauber||30||Accident||13|
|Ret||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||9||Brakes||15|
|Ret||4||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes||2||Fuel Pump||9|
|Ret||23||Sakon Yamamoto||Super Aguri-Honda||1||Driveshaft||22|
- ^1 – Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro were disqualified for having illegally flexing rear wings.
Championship standings after the race
Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
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- "Kubica replaces Villeneuve". GrandPrix.com. 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
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- "2006 German Grand Prix - Race". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
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