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2006
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2006 Formula One season was the 57th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship which began on 12 March and ended on 22 October after eighteen races. The Drivers' Championship was won by Fernando Alonso of Renault F1 for the second year in a row, with Alonso becoming the youngest ever double world champion at the time. Then-retiring multiple world champion Michael Schumacher of Scuderia Ferrari finished runner-up, 13 points behind. The Constructors' Championship was won by Mild Seven Renault F1 Team, which defeated Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro by five points.[1]

The season was highlighted by the rivalry between Alonso and Schumacher, who each won seven races. Renault and Ferrari drivers dominated the field, victorious in all but one race, and the four second-place finishes not achieved by these two teams were accomplished by McLaren Mercedes. During this season for the first time since the 1956 season no British constructor won any race and like 1956, only factory teams won all the races during this year. This season marked the beginning of the usage of 2.4L V8 engines in Formula One from the 3.0L V10 engines that were used in the previous seasons, which continued till the end of the 2013 season.

Fernando Alonso, won the Formula One Driver's Championship for the second time in a row with Renault.
Michael Schumacher (in what was then believed to be his final year of F1) and Ferrari lost both the drivers' and constructors' championships in the final race.
Felipe Massa, Schumacher's teammate, impressed in his first year with Ferrari by finishing third.

Background[edit]

The calendar was initially announced as the same as for 2005, with the Belgian Grand Prix scheduled for 17 September. However, on 8 February, the FIA announced that the Belgian National Sporting Authority (RACB) were withdrawing Spa-Francorchamps from the 2006 Formula One calendar due to lack of time to complete improvements to the track.[2] The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, offered his city's track as a possible replacement for the Belgian Grand Prix, but the FIA said that the Belgian race would not be replaced.[citation needed] The race has traditionally received strong support from drivers and FIA President Max Mosley and the Grand Prix was back on the Grand Prix calendar for the 2007 season.[3]

2006 was the last season with two tyre manufacturers: The two manufacturers at the time were Japanese manufacturer Bridgestone and French company Michelin. In December 2005, the FIA announced that from the 2008 season, there would be only one tyre supplier. Five days later, Michelin announced it would quit Formula One at the end of the 2006 season as it did not want to be in Formula One as the sole tyre supplier.[4]

At the end of 2005, three well-known teams were bought out: Minardi, Sauber and Jordan. The former were bought by Red Bull to be run as a junior team to house their growing list of young talent looking for an F1 drive. Despite campaigns by Minardi fans the team were renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso (Toro Rosso), Italian for Team Red Bull. The Sauber team was purchased by BMW. BMW opted to keep the Sauber name in F1 renaming the team BMW Sauber. Jordan, who had been bought by the Midland Group in 2004, changed their name to MF1 Racing after a transition year in 2005.

2006 also saw the introduction of a new Japanese team, Super Aguri F1, founded by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, who entered at the last moment. Super Aguri notified the FIA on 1 November 2005 (ahead of the governing body's 15 November deadline) of their intention to enter, but the FIA's initial entry list stated they had not approved Aguri's entry.[5] However, the team received the consent of the ten existing teams to compete and paid the US$48 million bond required as a deposit. The team was confirmed by the FIA on 26 January 2006.

Fernando Alonso driving his Renault R26 car during a testing session held in February 2006 at Circuit de Valencia.

Between the 2005 and 2006 season the ownership of Formula One changed significantly. Until November 2005 the Formula One group was owned by an Ecclestone family trust and Speed Investments (a grouping of Bayerische Landesbank, JP Morgan Chase and Lehman Brothers). On 25 November, CVC Capital Partners announced it was to purchase both the Ecclestone shares (25% of SLEC) and Bayerische Landesbank's 48% share, held through Speed Investments. By 30 March, CVC had acquired all remaining shares and later that month the European Commission announced approval of this deal, conditional upon CVC relinquishing control of Dorna Sports, promoter of MotoGP. On 28 March CVC announced the completion of the Formula One transaction.[6] Ecclestone reinvested proceeds of his stake into the new Formula One parent company Alpha Prema.

Another Ecclestone victory involved the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association's proposal for an alternative World Championship. On 27 March, the five car manufacturers involved lodged applications for the 2008 season, reducing the likelihood of a breakaway series. On 14 May, Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association (GPMA) members confirmed they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a move toward signing a new Concorde Agreement. Five days later, Bernie Ecclestone and CVC Capital Partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the GPMA which should see the five "rebels" continue racing in Formula One at least until the 2012 season.

Season review[edit]

The 2006 season was a duel between Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Michael Schumacher (Ferrari).

Renault and Fernando Alonso established early leads in the Constructors' and Drivers' Championship respectively. The defending World Champion took wins (including four consecutive victories) in Bahrain, Australia, Spain, Monaco, Britain, and Canada in the first half of the season. Teammate Giancarlo Fisichella won his third career race in Malaysia. The Malaysian event also saw allegations that a number of teams were running illegal 'flexi wings' which allowed better straight line speed. Changes were made to both the wings and the rules for the next race.[citation needed]

After a disastrous 2005 season and slow start to the 2006 season Michael Schumacher won consecutive races at Imola and the Nürburgring. During the final lap of his qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix, Schumacher came to a stop at the La Rascasse hairpin, resulting in yellow flags, meaning that other drivers could not go at maximum speed. After the session there were immediate complaints from the other teams claiming that this was a deliberate move by Schumacher to ensure he started in pole position[7] – Alonso's flying lap that was affected by the yellow flags had been likely to beat Schumacher's fastest time – at the end of the second sector, Alonso was more than two tenths of a second ahead of Schumacher's time, and his final time was just 0.064 seconds slower than Schumacher.[8] Although Schumacher insisted that he had simply locked up his brakes at the corner,[9] a stewards' inquiry stated, "We are left with no alternative but to conclude that the driver deliberately stopped his car on the circuit." The penalty was that Schumacher's qualifying times were all deleted, demoting him to 22nd position on the grid. He opted to start from the pitlane, and finished fifth, after an incident in the race that required the safety car to be deployed. The Safety Car failed to aid Schumacher however, but in fact hampered him; because he was the last car to be lapped by leader Alonso, and under 2006 FIA rules; he was not allowed to un-lap himself under Safety Car conditions. This meant he was almost a full lap down on third placed Coulthard, and fourth placed Barrichello on the resumption of the race. But by the end, he was threatening to pass them for position; finishing less than two seconds off a podium spot.

Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella at the Chinese Grand Prix, the changeable weather resulting in a crucial win for Michael Schumacher.

At the British Grand Prix, Alonso became the first Spanish driver and the youngest driver (24 years and 317 days) to win a race from pole and get fastest lap, leading every lap of the race except one. Schumacher won the United States Grand Prix, his fourth consecutive victory at Indianapolis and fifth career victory there, and the French Grand Prix.

The FIA decided that the 'Mass Damper' system used by Renault up to this point of the season did not meet the technical regulations, and it was banned – a polemical decision, since the FIA itself was consulted about the system during its development, and authorized its use. The effect of the ban was clear at the next race where the Renaults struggled to even get points. Schumacher also won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, with Alonso finishing 5th.

Jenson Button achieved his first Formula One career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alonso had a mechanical failure whilst leading in the latter stages of the race whilst Michael Schumacher retired after a collision with Nick Heidfeld. However Schumacher was promoted to eighth place in the standings (having been classified ninth following a retirement three laps from the end) because Robert Kubica's debut ended in disqualification. The Polish driver had finished seventh in the BMW.

Felipe Massa won the next Grand Prix in Turkey, so for the second race in a row, Formula One had a maiden victor. Fernando Alonso extended his lead over Michael Schumacher by two points after he managed to finish a tenth of a second ahead of the German in second place.

At the Italian Grand Prix, Alonso was given a penalty for 'holding up' Massa during the final qualification session. Many in the Formula One 'paddock' were reported to disagree with the penalty and Max Moseley has since said that he would not have issued the same penalty as the race stewards.[10] Schumacher reduced Alonso's lead to only two points after winning the race while Alonso suffered an engine failure in the late stages of the race. Despite a fourth-place finish for Alonso's teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, and a flat-spotted tyre causing Felipe Massa to score no points, the race also saw Ferrari pull ahead of Renault for the first time in 2006. Polish driver Robert Kubica took his BMW Sauber to his first podium finish, in only his third race, but the race results were largely overshadowed by Schumacher announcing, during the post-race press conference, that he would retire at the end of the season. Afterwards he did say that he would hold a position in the Ferrari F1 team for 2007, though he did not disclose what.

Three weeks later, with his victory at Shanghai right ahead of Alonso, Schumacher drew level on points with him at the head of the championship. Schumacher led the World Championship for the first time in 2006 after the race, as he had won seven races compared to Alonso's six. Massa did not finish the race, and Renault gained again the lead in the constructors' championship thanks to Fisichella's third place.

A week later at the Japanese Grand Prix, Felipe Massa took pole ahead of Michael Schumacher in second and Fernando Alonso in fifth. Schumacher quickly took the lead and set about gaining a five-second lead, which continued until after the second round of pit stops. However, Schumacher's engine failed with 17 laps to go, forcing him to retire and handing Alonso the win ahead of Massa.

At the final round, the Brazilian Grand Prix, Massa again took pole. Drama in qualifying saw Michael Schumacher have a mysterious failure, meaning that he started down in tenth, while Alonso began in fifth. In the race, Schumacher had yet more bad luck, suffering a puncture just a few laps in. He recovered to finish fourth, while teammate Massa became the first Brazilian to win his home Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna in 1993. Alonso finished second to secure his second successive championship, adding the record of the youngest man to secure back-to-back titles to his ever-increasing list of records. Fisichella finished sixth for Renault, meaning that the French outfit secured their second successive constructor's title. McLaren failed to secure a single win in the season for the first time since 1996 and it was the first season since 1956 that a British constructor failed to win a race.

Teams and Drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race drivers Rounds No. Free Practice driver(s)
France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R26 Renault RS26 2.4 V8 M 1 Spain Fernando Alonso All N/A
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All
United Kingdom Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8 M 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen All N/A
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 1–10
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 11–18
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 B 5 Germany Michael Schumacher All N/A
6 Brazil Felipe Massa All
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF106
TF106B 1
Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher All N/A
8 Italy Jarno Trulli All
United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams-Cosworth FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 B 9 Australia Mark Webber All 35 Austria Alexander Wurz
10 Germany Nico Rosberg All
Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 M 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All 36 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Ferrari RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 M 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard All 37 Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Germany Michael Ammermüller
15 Austria Christian Klien 1–15
Netherlands Robert Doornbos 16–18
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 M 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld All 38 Poland Robert Kubica
Germany Sebastian Vettel
17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1–12
Poland Robert Kubica 13–18
Russia MF1 Racing
Russia Spyker MF1 Racing[11]
MF1-Toyota M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro All 39 Germany Markus Winkelhock
Switzerland Giorgio Mondini
Germany Adrian Sutil
France Alexandre Prémat
Venezuela Ernesto Viso
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers All
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Cosworth STR1 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 M 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi All 40 Switzerland Neel Jani
21 United States Scott Speed All
Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri-Honda SA05
SA06
Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B 22 Japan Takuma Sato All 41 France Franck Montagny
Japan Sakon Yamamoto
23 Japan Yuji Ide 1–4
France Franck Montagny 5–11
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 12–18

Team changes[edit]

Four prominent names in the sport disappeared for this season, with Minardi, Sauber, BAR and Jordan withdrawing, and one new team, Super Aguri entered at the last moment. The Sauber name remained, although largely as a sentiment, as BMW owned 80% of the team to Peter Sauber's 20%. Jordan became MF1 Racing, as Midland started afresh after a disappointing first season under the Jordan name. Late in the season, the team was bought by Spyker. Honda, who already owned a 45% stake in the BAR team, completed their takeover of the team and changed its name to Honda Racing F1 Team at the start of the season. Super Aguri F1 also entered their first season after having problems entering. They received backing from Honda Racing F1 including technology and engines, due to them running Honda driver Takuma Sato.

Williams introduced numerous changes for 2006, particularly changing to Cosworth V8 engines after they and BMW split. Red Bull Racing (RBR) had Ferrari engines, replacing the Cosworth power which gained them seventh in the standings in 2005. Williams and Toyota changed tyre suppliers to Bridgestone, due to Michelin's desire to supply fewer teams in the championship. Despite this Toro Rosso who under the Minardi name ran Bridgestone tyres switched to Michelin in line with parent team RBR.

Driver changes[edit]

Ferrari replaced Michael Schumacher's longtime teammate Rubens Barrichello with fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa, who moved from Sauber. Massa had previously tested with Ferrari in 2003. Massa was replaced at the newly renamed BMW Sauber team by Nick Heidfeld, who had driven for BMW's previous partners Williams for much of 2005. Poland's Robert Kubica took up the third driver's role at BMW Sauber.

Barrichello moved to Honda where he replaced the outgoing Takuma Sato. The Honda-backed Super Aguri team started the season with Sato and Yuji Ide, an all-Japanese driver line up. Franck Montagny moved from his Renault testing role to become Super Aguri's third driver. His position at Renault was taken by the GP2 runner-up Heikki Kovalainen.

Williams promoted test driver Nico Rosberg, who had won the inaugural GP2 Drivers' title, to their second seat alongside Mark Webber. Alexander Wurz, one of McLaren's test drivers from 2005, joined Williams as a third driver, alongside India's Narain Karthikeyan, who had raced for Jordan the previous season. Gary Paffett was promoted to a permanent testing role at McLaren alongside Pedro de la Rosa.

Karthikeyan's seat at Jordan, now renamed as MF1, was taken by the 2005 Minardi driver Christijan Albers. MF1 decided to employ a rotation system for their third driver position. Minardi's other driver, Robert Doornbos, took up a test driving role at Red Bull. Vitantonio Liuzzi, who had shared Red Bull's second seat with Christian Klien in 2005, moved to Red Bull's newly acquired sister team Toro Rosso—previously Minardi—where he partnered his fellow Red Bull-backed driver Scott Speed. The Swiss driver Neel Jani became Toro Rosso's third driver.

Mid-season changes

After the San Marino Grand Prix Super Aguri's Yuji Ide had his superlicence revoked by the FIA and could no longer race in Formula One. He was replaced by the team's reserve driver Franck Montagny for the next race. Super Aguri hired Sakon Yamamoto, one of Jordan's test drivers from 2005, to be their third driver from the British Grand Prix onwards, in place of the promoted Montagny. Yamamoto and Montagny switched places from the German Grand Prix onwards.

After the United States Grand Prix Juan Pablo Montoya announced he was moving to NASCAR for the 2007 season and leaving McLaren. The next day McLaren announced that Montoya would be replaced in their driver line up by test driver Pedro de la Rosa, ending Montoya's five-year F1 Career.

Robert Kubica was promoted to a race seat by BMW Sauber at the Hungarian Grand Prix, replacing 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, possibly due to Villeneuve's injuries after a heavy crash in the German Grand Prix.[12] On the day after the Hungarian GP (7 August 2006), BMW Sauber announced that Villeneuve had left the team with immediate effect, with Kubica replacing him permanently for the remainder of the season.[13] German Formula 3 driver Sebastian Vettel became BMW Sauber's third driver from the Turkish Grand Prix onwards, replacing the promoted Kubica.

On 11 September 2006, Red Bull Racing announced that the team's third/test driver, Robert Doornbos would replace Christian Klien for the final three races of the season.[14] For the races in China and Japan, Michael Ammermüller replaced Doornbos as third driver.[15]

Spyker MF1 announced a duo of new third drivers for two of the final races of the year. GP2 Series drivers Alexandre Prémat and Ernesto Viso took part in practice in China and Brazil respectively; Adrian Sutil, who had previously tested in Germany and France, again tested for the team in Japan.[16]

During the test at the Silverstone Circuit in September, GP2 Series drivers Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet, Jr., and Adrián Vallés performed test duties for McLaren, Renault and MF1, respectively. Super Aguri's former race driver Franck Montagny also tested for Toyota.[17]

Season calendar[edit]

The Australian Grand Prix was held later than usual, to avoid a clash with the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For the first time, Bahrain hosted the first Grand Prix. Brazil hosted the last race, while Japan and China swapped their original dates.

In 2006, the FIA announced the Belgian Grand Prix would not be part of the 2006 Formula One season, since the local authorities had started major repair work in Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian Grand Prix returned in 2007, when Kimi Räikkönen took pole position and his 3rd Belgian Grand Prix win in a row.

Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 12 March
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 19 March
3 Australian Grand Prix Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 2 April
4 San Marino Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 23 April
5 European Grand Prix Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg 7 May
6 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 14 May
7 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo 28 May
8 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 11 June
9 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 25 June
10 United States Grand Prix United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 2 July
11 French Grand Prix France Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours 16 July
12 German Grand Prix Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim 30 July
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 6 August
14 Turkish Grand Prix Turkey Istanbul Park, Istanbul 27 August
15 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 10 September
16 Chinese Grand Prix China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 1 October
17 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 8 October
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 22 October

Results and standings[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Nico Rosberg Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault Report
3 Australia Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
4 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
5 Germany European Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
6 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
7 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
9 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
10 United States United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
11 France French Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
12 Germany German Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
13 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda Report
14 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
15 Italy Italian Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
16 China Chinese Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
17 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
18 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 2 5 Ret 2 Ret 2 1 2 134
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 2 6 Ret 1 1 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 8 3 1 1 Ret 4 121
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 9 5 Ret 4 3 4 9 5 5 2 3 2 7 1 9 Ret 2 1 80
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 1 5 8 6 3 6 4 4 3 6 6 Ret 6 4 3 3 6 72
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 5 5 65
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 4 3 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret 4 1 4 5 4 4 3 56
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 15 10 7 10 5 7 4 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 8 6 6 12 7 30
8 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 5 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 6 Ret Ret 26
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12 Ret 4 13 10 8 7 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 3 14 8 7 8 17 23
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 14 8 3 9 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 9 6 7 15 Ret 7 Ret 20
11 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 7 Ret 2 5 Ret 5 11 8 19
12 Italy Jarno Trulli 16 9 Ret Ret 9 10 17 11 6 4 Ret 7 12 9 7 Ret 6 Ret 15
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 3 12 8 7 9 11 5 15 12 9 Ret Ret 14
14 Australia Mark Webber 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 8 Ret Ret 7
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Ret 7 6 12 8 12 14 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret 7
16 Poland Robert Kubica DSQ 12 3 13 9 9 6
17 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 Ret Ret 11 7 11 Ret 9 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10 Ret 4
18 Austria Christian Klien 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 11 Ret 12 8 Ret 11 11 2
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 15 10 13 13 8 13 10 Ret Ret 14 10 14 13 1
20 United States Scott Speed 13 Ret 9 15 11 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 10 12 11 13 13 14 18 11 0
21 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15 0
22 Netherlands Christijan Albers Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14 0
23 Japan Takuma Sato 18 14 12 Ret Ret 17 Ret 17 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 NC 16 DSQ 15 10 0
24 Netherlands Robert Doornbos 12 13 12 0
25 Japan Yuji Ide Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
26 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 16 0
27 France Franck Montagny Ret Ret 16 18 Ret Ret 16 0
Pos Driver BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Constructors Championship[edit]

Pos Constructor Car
No.
BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 France Renault 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 2 5 Ret 2 Ret 2 1 2 206
2 Ret 1 5 8 6 3 6 4 4 3 6 6 Ret 6 4 3 3 6
2 Italy Ferrari 5 2 6 Ret 1 1 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 8 3 1 1 Ret 4 201
6 9 5 Ret 4 3 4 9 5 5 2 3 2 7 1 9 Ret 2 1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 5 5 110
4 5 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 6 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 5 Ret 5 11 8
4 Japan Honda 11 15 10 7 10 5 7 4 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 8 6 6 12 7 86
12 4 3 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret 4 1 4 5 4 4 3
5 Germany BMW Sauber 16 12 Ret 4 13 10 8 7 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 3 14 8 7 8 17 36
17 Ret 7 6 12 8 12 14 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret DSQ 12 3 13 9 9
6 Japan Toyota 7 14 8 3 9 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 9 6 7 15 Ret 7 Ret 35
8 16 9 Ret Ret 9 10 17 11 6 4 Ret 7 12 9 7 Ret 6 Ret
7 Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 14 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 3 12 8 7 9 11 5 15 12 9 Ret Ret 16
15 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 11 Ret 12 8 Ret 11 11 12 13 12
8 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 8 Ret Ret 11
10 7 Ret Ret 11 7 11 Ret 9 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10 Ret
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 20 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 15 10 13 13 8 13 10 Ret Ret 14 10 14 13 1
21 13 Ret 9 15 11 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 10 12 11 13 13 14 18 11
10 Russia MF1-Toyota 18 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15 0
19 Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14
11 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 18 14 12 Ret Ret 17 Ret 17 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 NC 16 DSQ 15 10 0
23 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 16 18 Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 16
Pos Constructor Car
No.
BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Note: Championship points were awarded on a 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1 basis for the first eight positions in each race.[18] If two or more drivers or constructors had the same number of points (including 0 points), their positions in the Championship were fixed according to the quality of their places.[19] Under this system one first place was better than any number of second places, one second place was better than any number of third places, etc.[19]

Rule changes[edit]

Engine[edit]

Significant changes to the Formula One regulations were introduced for 2006. In an attempt to curb the increasing engine power levels of recent years, the maximum engine displacement was reduced from 3.0 to 2.4 litres and the number of cylinders from 10 to 8. At similar engine speeds, the change was expected to cut peak power by around 200 bhp, which would equate to around three to five seconds on lap times at most circuits. (Scuderia Toro Rosso continued to use 3.0 litre 10-cylinder engines with both rev and air-intake limiters to avoid the costs of re-engineering their cars in a short period). Initial testing indicated the new engines were six seconds slower than their V10 counterparts, but early in the season it became obvious that despite the decrease in power, lap times were not far from 2005 figures; on some circuits, the fastest laps set this year were actually faster than the ones recorded last year, with the V10 engines.

Some engine suppliers indicated early that their smaller V8s can rev higher than the 19,000 rpms normal for 2005-spec V10s. Northampton-based engine builder Cosworth had an enviable record of success with V8 engines. It made further history by becoming the first manufacturer to have broken the 20,000 rpm limit on track in December 2005.

Cost reduction[edit]

In the long run, the FIA intends to introduce greater restrictions on testing and the introduction of standardized electronics, tyres and brakes to reduce costs and entice more new private teams into the sport. Proposed new rules for the year 2008 led to 22 teams applying to race that season, but since currently only twelve teams can race at one time, ten of those applicants were turned down.

Tyres[edit]

Tyre changes returned to Formula One in 2006. Each driver is limited to 14 sets of tyres per race weekend. This consists of seven sets of dry-weather tyres, four sets of wet-weather tyres and three sets of extreme-weather tyres. The thinking behind this is that the reduced engine size will offset any performance gain.[20]

Qualifying[edit]

A new qualifying system consisting of three sessions of varying length has been introduced.[20] A 15-minute session is held first, in which the six slowest cars from that session are eliminated and thus set in grid positions 17–22. After a five-minute break, another 15-minute session is held with the remaining cars, and again the six slowest cars are eliminated and set in positions 11–16. These twelve eliminated drivers are placed in parc fermé, but may modify fuel loads as they see fit.

During a further five-minute break, the remaining 10 cars declare their fuel loads to the FIA. A final 20 minute session then decided the top 10 grid positions. Teams are allowed to run their fuel load low by making as many laps as possible, and thus improve their times as the weight falls. This is an improvement for TV audiences because teams need to run as many laps as possible to lower their fuel loads. Following this session, the top ten cars are placed in parc ferme and required to refill their fuel load to the level of that at the beginning of the final 20 minutes. Starting with the 2006 French Grand Prix, qualifying for final session was cut short to just 15 minutes, making all of the sessions the same length, and the ability for drivers to complete a flying lap after the chequered flag drop now applies in first two sessions as well.[21]

A loophole was detected by the FIA, in that teams could declare a large fuel load but on the out lap "leak", or use a large quantity of fuel to lighten a car and permit a faster lap. The FIA decided to only count laps that are within 110% of the driver's fastest time, and allow teams to top up with the amount of fuel used for those laps.

Practice[edit]

Only one free practice session is held on Saturdays, for one hour, and it ends no less than two hours before qualifying begins, usually between 11.00 and 12.00, replacing the old system of two 45-minute sessions. Friday remains unchanged, with two one-hour sessions, starting three hours apart.

Mass dampers[edit]

The tuned mass damper system was used by several teams, notably Renault, during the latter part of 2005 and the 2006 seasons. The devices were located in the nosecone, and were particularly effective in corners and over kerbs to keep the tyres in closer contact to the track surface than they would otherwise be.[22] After the French Grand Prix, the FIA announced that the system would be outlawed. This had a particularly significant effect on Renault, as the team had effectively built their cars around the devices, and had introduced them as long ago as the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix.[23] At the German Grand Prix the Renault team submitted one of their cars for scrutineering by the race stewards, who ruled that the devices were acceptable. The FIA launched an appeal against this decision, and on 23 August 2006 the FIA International Court of Appeal issued a statement upholding this appeal and rejecting the stewards' decision. The Court of Appeal stated that the system infringes part of the bodywork section (Article 3.15) of the Formula One Technical Regulations, which states that:

Any specific part of the car influencing its aerodynamic performance:

  • Must comply with the rules relating to bodywork.
  • Must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car (rigidly secured means not having any degree of freedom).
  • Must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car.[24]

The central argument is whether the mass dampers function as aerodynamic devices or as a part of the suspension system. The FIA reasoned that because the devices do not "remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car", they are illegal. But the FIA failed to explain how the damper, which is entirely enclosed with the car can be counted as bodywork when article 1.4 of the regulations define bodywork as:

All entirely sprung parts of the car in contact with the external air stream, except cameras and the parts definitely associated with the mechanical functioning of the engine, transmission and running gear. Airboxes, radiators and engine exhausts are considered to be part of the bodywork.[25]

Following the ruling by the Court of Appeal, the system was officially banned before the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix. Flavio Briatore has named McLaren as the team who complained to the FIA.[26] McLaren however deny it.[citation needed]

Changes for 2006[edit]

  • V10 engines were replaced by V8 engines although smaller independent teams were allowed to run a year-old V10 for one more season.
  • The single lap qualifying system was replaced by a timed qualification and knockout sessions.
  • The number of constructors who were supplied tyres by Michelin was down from seven to six while Bridgestone increased from three to five.
  • Michelin announced they would withdraw from the championship after the 2006 season.

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship standings, www.fia.com, 11 January 2007 Retrieved via web.archive.org on 12 September 2013
  2. ^ "Belgian Grand Prix called off" Official Formula One site. Retrieved 5 December 2006.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Spa gets green light for 2007" Autosport.com. Retrieved 5 December 2006.
  4. ^ Michelin to withdraw at end of 2006 Official Formula 1 Website, 14 December 2005. Retrieved 22 October 2006.[dead link]
  5. ^ "The FIA list of entered drivers as of December 2005". Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "CVC announcing the completion of the 2006 deal". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "Controversial pole for Schumacher". Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 16 October 2006.[dead link]
  8. ^ "2006 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying" (Click "Live Timing Archive") Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 16 October 2006.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Post-qualifying press conference – Monaco" Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 16 October 2006.[dead link]
  10. ^ Max: I wouldn't have penalised Alonso www.planet-f1.com. Retrieved 4 February 2007.
  11. ^ "Midland team bought by Spyker". formula1.com. 9 September 2006. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2006. 
  12. ^ "Kubica replaces Villeneuve". Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Villeneuve parts company with BMW". BBC News. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Robert Doornbos replaces Klien at Red Bull". Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Red Bull confirms Ammermuller". Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Third drivers for Midland for the last three races". Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "New test drivers at Silverstone". Retrieved 22 August 2009. [dead link]
  18. ^ 2006 Formula One Sporting Regulations Retrieved from replay.waybackmachine.org on 11 March 2011
  19. ^ a b FIA Formula One World Championship Classifications 2006 Retrieved from replay.waybackmachine.org on 11 March 2011
  20. ^ a b "Official rule changes to the 2006 season of Formula One". Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  21. ^ "ITV article on the qualifying tweaks of mid-2006". Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  22. ^ "FIA bans controversial damper system". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  23. ^ "Technical Analysis > Grand Prix > Brazil > Renault R25". Official Formula One website. Archived from the original on 29 October 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  24. ^ FIA Formula One Technical Regulations For 2006 FIA.com (Page 11, Article 3.15: Aerodynamic influence). Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  25. ^ FIA Formula One Technical Regulations For 2006 FIA.com (Page 5, Article 1.4: Bodywork). Retrieved 29 December 2006.
  26. ^ Bishop, Matt (2006). "The Long Interview: Flavio Briatore". F1 Racing (October): 66–76. 
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