2006 Italian Grand Prix
|Race 15 of 18 in the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship|
The Monza circuit after modified in 2000
|Date||September 10, 2006|
|Official name||LXXVII Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia|
|Location||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.793 km (3.6 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 307.029 km (190.8 mi)|
|Weather||Warm and sunny with temperatures reaching up to 27 °C (81 °F)|
|Time||1:22.559 on lap 13|
The 2006 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 10 September 2006 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. It was the fifteenth race of the 2006 Formula One season, and was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car.
Immediately following the race, Michael Schumacher announced that he would retire from motor racing at the end of the 2006 season. Robert Kubica achieved his first career podium finish, in only his third Grand Prix. It was also only the second Grand Prix meeting appearance of Kubica's Friday driver successor, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel had impressed at the Turkish Grand Prix by setting the fastest time in one session, but he set the fastest time in both Friday practice sessions at this Grand Prix. The race was also the first race to see the introduction of a new High Speed Barrier developed by the FIA Institute and the FIA. The system, which was installed at the end of the run-off areas at the circuit’s second chicane and Parabolica corners, was designed for use at corners with high speed approaches and limited run-off areas. Also this was the last race of the Red Bull driver Christian Klien, until his return to a race seat at the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.
After the race, in the press conference, Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula One. The race was his 90th victory. Three years later however in 2010, Schumacher returned to F1 with Mercedes.
|3||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:21.764||1:21.425||1:21.653||3|
|6||17||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:22.437||1:21.270||1:22.258||6|
|7||4||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes||1:22.422||1:21.878||1:22.280||7|
|14||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:22.618||1:22.589||14|
|15||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:22.943||1:23.165||15|
|16||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:22.898||No time||16|
|17||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:23.043||17|
|18||19||Christijan Albers||Spyker MF1-Toyota||1:23.116||18|
|20||18||Tiago Monteiro||Spyker MF1-Toyota||1:23.920||20|
|21||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||1:24.289||21|
|22||23||Sakon Yamamoto||Super Aguri-Honda||1:26.001||22|
- ^1 – Fernando Alonso originally qualified with a time of 1:21.829 in Q3, but had his three fastest Q3 times deleted, effectively demoting him from fifth to tenth, after Monza stewards controversially penalized him, judging he had impeding Ferrari's Felipe Massa during qualifying.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Bold text indicates competitors who still had a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 2006 Italian Grand Prix.|
- Weather info for the 2006 Italian Grand Prix at Weather Underground
- "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Archived from the original on August 21, 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- "FORMULA 1 Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- The High Speed Safety Barrier FIA.com. Retrieved 4 October 2006 Archived October 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Schumacher confirms his retirement". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- "Italian GP - Saturday - Qualifying Session 1 Results". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
- "Alonso punished for blocking Massa". Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2006.
- "Italian GP - Sunday - Race Results". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
- Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 189. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
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