2006 Spanish Grand Prix

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Spain  2006 Spanish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona
The Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona
Date May 14, 2006
Official name XLVIII Gran Premio Telefónica de España
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.627 km (2.875 mi)
Distance 66 laps, 305.382 km (189.75 mi)
Pole position
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:14.648
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:16.648 on lap 42
Podium
First Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault

The 2006 Spanish Grand Prix (formally the XLVIII Gran Premio Telefónica de España) was a Formula One motor race held on 14 May 2006 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. It was the sixth round of the 2006 Formula One season. The race, contested over 66 laps, was won by Fernando Alonso for the Renault team, from a pole position start. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari with Giancarlo Fisichella third in the other Renault.

As a consequence of the race, Alonso stretched his lead to fifteen points in the Drivers' Championship over Schumacher. Alonso's team, Renault, also increased their lead, but did so in the Constructors' Championship standings. This put them nineteen points ahead of Ferrari.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Grand Prix was contested by 22 drivers, in eleven teams of two. The teams, also known as Constructors, were Renault, McLaren, Ferrari, Toyota, Williams, Honda, Red Bull, BMW, MF1, Torro Rosso and Super Aguri.

Before the race, Renault driver Fernando Alonso led the Drivers' Championship with 44 points; Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was second on 31 points. Behind Alonso and Schumacher in the Drivers' Championship, Kimi Räikkönen was third on 23 points in a McLaren, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa on 18 and 15 points respectively. In the Constructors' Championship, Renault were leading on 62 points and Ferrari were second on 46 points, with McLaren third on 42 points.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race – two on Friday, and one on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted 90 minutes; the third session, on Saturday morning, lasted for an hour.[1]

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 15 minutes, and cars that finished the session 17th position or lower were eliminated from qualifying. The second part of the qualifying session lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 16. The final part of the qualifying session ran for 20 minutes which determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position. Cars which failed to make the final session could refuel before the race, so ran lighter in those sessions.[1]

Alonso clinched his first pole position of the season with a time of 1:14.648, and was joined on the front row by team-mate Fisichella. Michael Schumacher took third place on the grid, with a qualifying time more than one-tenth slower than Alonso's.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

From:[2]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:14.648 1:15.124 1:15.816
2 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:14.709 1:14.766 1:16.046
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.970 1:14.637 1:16.049
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.442 1:15.245 1:16.359
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:15.885 1:15.258 1:16.266
6 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:15.885 1:15.164 1:16.234
7 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:15.976 1:15.068 1:16.174
8 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:16.008 1:15.150 1:16.054
9 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.015 1:15.422 1:16.613
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:17.144 1:15.468 1:16.322
11 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:15.502 1:16.685
12 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.801 1:16.195
13 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:15.804 1:17.213
14* 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:15.847 1:16.066
15 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:15.928 1:16.627
16 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:16.661 1:17.105
17 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:17.361
18 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:17.702
19 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:18.024
20 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.920
21 23 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:20.763
22 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari No Time

Notes

  • Jacques Villeneuve started 22nd after taking a 10 spot penalty for an engine change. The engine was damaged during transport to Barcelona.

Race[edit]

The Renault cars of Alonso and Fisichella occupied the front row of the grid.

From:[3]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 66 1:26:21.759 1 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 66 +18.502 3 8
3 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 66 +23.951 2 6
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 66 +29.853 4 5
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 66 +56.875 9 4
6 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 66 +58.347 8 3
7 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 65 +1 Lap 5 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 10 1
9 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 11
10 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 65 +1 Lap 7
11 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 13
12 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 22
13 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 14
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 21
15 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 63 Hydraulics 15
16 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 63 +3 Laps 17
17 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 62 +4 Laps 19
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 48 Broken wing 18
Ret 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 47 Engine 16
Ret 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 31 Electronics 6
Ret 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 17 Spin 12
Ret 23 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 10 Driveshaft 20

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2006 Formula One Sporting Regulations". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 15 December 2005. Archived from the original on 8 April 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 116. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 
  3. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 119. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

External links[edit]


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