2006 Spanish Grand Prix
|Race 6 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship|
Circuit de Catalunya
|Date||May 14, 2006|
|Official name||XLVIII Gran Premio Telefónica de España|
|Location||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.627 km (2.875 mi)|
|Distance||66 laps, 305.256 km (189.75 mi)|
|Time||1:16.648 on lap 42|
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 and the forty-eighth Spanish Grand Prix. The 66-lap race was won by Fernando Alonso for the Renault team, from a pole position start. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari with Alonso's teammate Giancarlo Fisichella third.
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.
The Grand Prix was contested by eleven teams with two drivers each. The teams (also known as Constructors) were Renault, McLaren, Ferrari, Toyota, Williams, Honda, Red Bull, BMW, MF1, Toro 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
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.
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.
Alonso clinched his first pole position of the season with a time of 1:14.648, and was joined on the front row by teammate Fisichella. Michael Schumacher took third place on the grid, with a qualifying time more than one-tenth slower than Alonso's.
|10||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:17.144||1:15.468||1:16.322||10|
|12||4||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren-Mercedes||1:15.801||1:16.195||12|
|14||17||Jacques Villeneuve||BMW Sauber||1:15.847||1:16.066||221|
|15||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:15.928||1:16.627||14|
|16||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:16.661||1:17.105||15|
|17||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:17.361||16|
|20||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||1:18.920||19|
|21||23||Franck Montagny||Super Aguri-Honda||1:20.763||20|
|22||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||No time||21|
- ^1 – Jacques Villeneuve started 22nd after taking a 10 spot penalty for an engine change. The engine was damaged during transport to Barcelona.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "2006 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 15 December 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 116. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
- Domenjoz, Luc; et al. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A. p. 119. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.
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