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2006 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2006 Formula One season was the 57th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on March 12, and ended on October 22, after eighteen rounds. 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. Retiring legend Michael Schumacher of Scuderia Ferrari finished runner-up, 13 points behind. Renault also retained the Constructors' Championship, beating Ferrari by only five points.

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.

Fernando Alonso, won the Formula One Driver's Championship for the second time in a row with Renault.
Michael Schumacher (in 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.

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Background

The calendar was initially announced as the same as for 2005, with the Belgian Grand Prix scheduled for September 17. However, on February 8, the FIA announced that the Belgian National Sporting Authority (RACB) were withdrawing Spa-Francorchamps from the 2006 Formula 1 calendar due to lack of time to complete improvements to the track.[1] 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. 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.[2]

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.[3]

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 November 1, 2005 (ahead of the governing body's November 15 deadline) of their intention to enter, but the FIA's initial entry list stated they had not approved Aguri's entry.[4] However, the team received the consent of the ten existing teams to compete and paid the $48 million bond required as a deposit. The team was confirmed by the FIA on January 26, 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 November 25, 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 March 30, 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 March 28 CVC announced the completion of the Formula One transaction.[5] 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 March 27, the five car manufacturers involved lodged applications for the 2008 season, reducing the likelihood of a breakaway series. On May 14, 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

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.

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[6] - 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.[7] Although Schumacher insisted that he had simply locked up his brakes at the corner,[8] 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 5th, 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 3rd placed Coulthard, and 4th placed Barrichello on the resumption of the race. But by the end, he was threatening to pass them for position; finishing less than 2-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 get the Hat Trick, missing the Grand Chelem by a single lap. 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 8th place in the standings (having been classified 9th following a retirement three laps from the end) because Robert Kubica's debut ended in disqualification. The Polish driver had finished 7th in the BMW Sauber.

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.[9] 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 7 races compared to Alonso's 6. 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 10th, while Alonso began in 5th. 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 6th 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.

Drivers and constructors

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

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Drivers Races No Third driver Test driver(s)
France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R26 Renault RS26 2.4 V8 M 1 Spain Fernando Alonso 1-18 n/a Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Argentina José María López
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
France Jonathan Cochet
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1-18
United Kingdom Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8 M 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1-18 n/a Spain Pedro de la Rosa

United Kingdom Gary Paffett
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton

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 1-18 n/a Italy Luca Badoer

Spain Marc Gené

6 Brazil Felipe Massa 1-18
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF106
TF106B 1
Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1-18 n/a Brazil Ricardo Zonta

France Olivier Panis
Spain Andy Soucek

8 Italy Jarno Trulli 1-18
United Kingdom WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 4 Series B 9 Australia Mark Webber 1-18 35 Austria Alexander Wurz India Narain Karthikeyan
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 1-18
Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 M 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 1-18 36 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom James Rossiter
United States Marco Andretti
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1-18
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 M 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard 1-18 37 Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Germany Michael Ammermüller
none
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 1-18 38 Poland Robert Kubica
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Marco Holzer
17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1-12
Poland Robert Kubica 13-18
Russia Midland F1 Racing

Netherlands Spyker MF1[10]

MF1

Spyker

M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 1-18 39 Germany Markus Winkelhock
Switzerland Giorgio Mondini
Germany Adrian Sutil
France Alexandre Prémat
Venezuela Ernesto Viso
Russia Roman Rusinov
Italy Fabrizio del Monte
Spain Adrián Vallés
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers 1-18
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR01 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 14 Series M 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1-18 40 Switzerland Neel Jani none
21 United States Scott Speed 1-18
Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA05
SA06
Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B 22 Japan Takuma Sato 1-18 41 France Franck Montagny
Japan Sakon Yamamoto
Japan Yuji Ide
23 Japan Yuji Ide 1-4
France Franck Montagny 5-11
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 12-18

Team changes

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

At The Start of the Season

During the Season

Formula One 2006 race schedule

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.

Rd. Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 12 March 14:30
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 19 March 15:00
3 Australian Grand Prix Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 2 April 14:00
4 San Marino Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 23 April 14:00
5 European Grand Prix Germany Nürburgring 7 May 14:00
6 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 14 May 14:00
7 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo 28 May 14:00
8 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 11 June 12:00
9 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 25 June 13:00
10 United States Grand Prix United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2 July 14:00
11 French Grand Prix France Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours 16 July 14:00
12 German Grand Prix Germany Hockenheimring July 30 14:00
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 6 August 14:00
14 Turkish Grand Prix Turkey Istanbul Park 27 August 15:00
15 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 10 September 14:00
16 Chinese Grand Prix People's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit 1 October 14:00
17 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka Circuit 8 October 14:00
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 22 October 14:00

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver 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 People's Republic of 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

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
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
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
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
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)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

(*) Driver did not finish the race but was classified, having raced more than 90% of race distance.

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 18 7 14 6 5 134
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 18 7 12 4 7 121
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 18 2 7 3 2 80
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 18 1 5 1 0 72
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 0 6 3 3 65
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 18 1 3 1 0 56
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 18 0 0 0 0 30
8 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 0 2 0 0 26
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 18 0 1 0 0 23
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 20
11 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 0 1 0 0 19
12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 15
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 18 0 1 0 0 14
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 7
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 12 0 0 0 0 7
16 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 6 0 1 0 0 6
17 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 1 4
18 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 15 0 0 0 0 2
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 1
20 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia MF1-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 0
22 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia MF1-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 0
23 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 18 0 0 0 0 0
24 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 3 0 0 0 0 0
25 Japan Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 7 0 0 0 0 0
27 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 7 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

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
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
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
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
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)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 France Renault R26 France Renault M 18 8 19 7 5 206
2 Italy Ferrari 248 F1 Italy Ferrari B 18 9 19 7 9 201
3 United Kingdom McLaren MP4-21 Germany Mercedes M 18 0 9 3 3 110
4 Japan Honda RA106 Japan Honda M 18 1 3 1 0 86
5 Germany BMW Sauber F1.06 Germany BMW M 18 0 2 0 0 36
6 Japan Toyota TF106
TF106B
Japan Toyota B 18 0 1 0 0 35
7 Austria Red Bull RB2 Italy Ferrari M 18 0 1 0 0 16
8 United Kingdom Williams FW28 United Kingdom Cosworth B 18 0 0 0 1 11
9 Italy Toro Rosso STR01 United Kingdom Cosworth M 18 0 0 0 0 1
10 Russia MF1 M16 Japan Toyota B 18 0 0 0 0 0
11 Japan Super Aguri SA05
SA06
Japan Honda B 18 0 0 0 0 0

Rule changes

Engine

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 a rev limiter, 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

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 12 teams can race at one time, 10 of those applicants were turned down.

Tyres

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.[17]

Qualifying

A new qualifying system consisting of three sessions of varying length has been introduced.[17] 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 12 eliminated drivers are placed in parc ferme, 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 15 minute session then decides 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 10 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.[18]

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

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

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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23] McLaren however deny it.

Rumours and speculation

Teams

  • McLaren was linked to a sponsorship deal with Intel to replace West, who withdrew their sponsorship at the 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix. However McLaren instead signed a deal with Vodafone as the team's primary sponsor for 2007, but had no main sponsor for 2006.
  • Due to McLaren and Intel not reaching agreement, Intel instead signed to become a technological partner for BMW Sauber.
  • Midland owner Alex Shnaider sold his team, which he acquired for around £20 million, for a sum of around £68 million to a Dutch consortium led by internet entrepreneur Michiel Mol and sports car manufacturer Spyker Cars. The team was renamed Spyker MF1 Team and raced in China with a new, orange and silver livery, which replaced the silver, white and red colours of Midland.

Drivers

  • Nelson Piquet, Jr. tested for BAR-Honda for a possible role as the third driver for the new Honda factory team. This never led to anything and Piquet was subsequently contracted to be Renault fourth driver for 2007, before moving on to a race seat for 2008. He began his second season with Renault in 2009. After the Hungarian grand prix he was sacked.[24]
  • American IndyCar driver Marco Andretti tested for Honda in December, as well as January 2007, saying he was preparing to race Formula One in the coming years.
  • Before and during the 2006 season there was much talk that Ferrari were considering signing up Valentino Rossi for the 2007 season, twenty-two years after the last motorcycle racer, another World Champion, Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto took part in the 1984 British Grand Prix. These rumours were fuelled by Rossi's testing programme for Ferrari at Circuit de Valencia and Fiorano. Other rumours also linked Rossi to Red Bull[25] but on May 24, 2006 four days before the Monaco Grand Prix, Rossi stated that he will be staying in MotoGP for the foreseeable future, saying that he has more goals to achieve.[26]
  • Another Italian, 4 time 250 cc class MotoGP World Champion Max Biaggi tested the Midland F1 car at Silverstone Circuit on January 18, 2006. Whether this was a one-off test with Midland F1 or the first step towards a seat with the team was unknown and Biaggi remained spending the year without racing. That rumour slowly cooled off because Biaggi signed a deal with World Superbike champions, Corona Alstare Suzuki.[27]

Races

  • Following CVC's purchase of the control of the sport, rumors began over a possible second Grand Prix held in Spain, at Circuit de Valencia, perhaps due to the rising interest in F1 from Alonso's Spanish fans (the Alonsomania) after he won the 2005 Drivers Title. These rumours were confirmed on May 30: Michel Ligonnet announced construction work, due to finish in 2007. There was also a new F1 track considered at Sevilla, in the south of Spain, the Monteblanco Circuit, inspired by the old French circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet.[28]
  • According to reports, British investors will build an F1 track in Bulgaria near the seaside region of Kavarna. This is only speculation, but the project will more than likely go ahead in 2007.

Changes for 2006

  • The V10 engine style cars were replaced by V8 engine. Smaller independent teams were allowed to run the year-old V10 for one more season.
  • Michelin down from 7 to 6 constructors. while Michelin and Bridgestone fielded eight each instead of the six they had run in 2004.
  • The qualifying system single lap was replaced by timed qualification and knockout
  • Michelin announced they would withdraw from the series after the season

External links

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Belgian Grand Prix called off" Official Formula One site. Retrieved 5 December 2006
  2. ^ "Spa gets green light for 2007" Autosport.com. Retrieved 5 December 2006
  3. ^ Michelin to withdraw at end of 2006 Official Formula 1 Website, 14 December 2005. Retrieved 22 October 2006.
  4. ^ "The FIA list of entered drivers as of December 2005". http://www.fia.com/mediacentre/Press_Releases/FIA_Sport/2005/December/011205-01.html. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  5. ^ "CVC announcing the completion of the 2006 deal". http://www.cvc.com/Content/En/MediaCentre/PressRelease.aspx?PRID=95. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  6. ^ "Controversial pole for Schumacher". Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 16 October 2006
  7. ^ "2006 Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying" (Click "Live Timing Archive") Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 16 October 2006
  8. ^ "Post-qualifying press conference - Monaco" Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 16 October 2006
  9. ^ Max: I wouldn't have penalised Alonso www.planet-f1.com Retrieved 4 February 2007
  10. ^ "Midland team bought by Spyker". formula1.com. 2006-09-09. http://www.formula1.com/news/4925.html. Retrieved 2006-09-09.  
  11. ^ "Kubica replaces Villeneuve". http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns17241.html.  
  12. ^ "Villeneuve parts company with BMW". BBC News. 2006-08-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/5243540.stm.  
  13. ^ "Robert Doornbos replaces Klien at Red Bull". http://f1.racing-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/060911104504.shtml.  
  14. ^ "Red Bull confirms Ammermuller". http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns17499.html.  
  15. ^ "Third drivers for Midland for the last three races". http://www.formula1.com/news/4979.html.  
  16. ^ "New test drivers at Silverstone". http://www.formula1.com/news/4974.html.  
  17. ^ a b "Official rule changes to the 2006 season of Formula One". http://www.formula1.com/insight/rulesandregs/13/995.html. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  18. ^ "ITV article on the qualifying tweaks of mid-2006". http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=36612. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  19. ^ "FIA bans controversial damper system". http://www.pitpass.com/fes_php/pitpass_news_item.php?fes_art_id=28765. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  20. ^ "Technical Analysis > Grand Prix > Brazil > Renault R25". Official Formula One website. http://www.formula1.com/insight/technical_analysis/race/2005/748/197.html. Retrieved 2007-02-05.  
  21. ^ FIA Formula One Technical Regulations For 2006 FIA.com (Page 11, Article 3.15: Aerodynamic influence). Retrieved 21 September 2006
  22. ^ FIA Formula One Technical Regulations For 2006 FIA.com (Page 5, Article 1.4: Bodywork). Retrieved 29 December 2006
  23. ^ Bishop, Matt (2006). "The Long Interview: Flavio Briatore". F1 Racing (October): 66–76.  
  24. ^ Hungarian grand prix
  25. ^ "Article on the possibility of Valentino Rossi joining a Formula One team". http://www.manipef1.com/news/2006/index.php?id=847. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  26. ^ "Article debunking the rumour on Rossi moving teams". http://www.manipef1.com/news/2006/index.php?id=881. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  27. ^ "Article on Max Biaggi testing for Midland F1". http://newsonf1.net/2006/news/01/jan18mid.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  
  28. ^ "Website explaining the new track in Spain". http://f1.racing-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/060530161909.shtml. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  


Simple English

The 2006 Formula One season was the 57th edition of the championship. The champion was Fernando Alonso in a close battle. Renault won the constructor's championship.

Contents

= Teams and drivers

=

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Drivers Rounds No Third driver Test driver(s)
Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault Renault R26 Renault RS26 2.4 L V8 M 1 Fernando Alonso All n/a Heikki Kovalainen
José María López
Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Jonathan Cochet
2 Giancarlo Fisichella All
Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 L V8 M 3 Kimi Räikkönen All n/a Pedro de la Rosa

Gary Paffett
Lewis Hamilton

4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1-10
Pedro de la Rosa 11-18
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 B 5 Michael Schumacher All n/a Luca Badoer

Marc Gené

6 Felipe Massa All
Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota Toyota TF106
Toyota TF106B 1
Toyota RVX-06 2.4 L V8 B 7 Ralf Schumacher All n/a Ricardo Zonta

Olivier Panis
Andy Soucek

8 Jarno Trulli All
WilliamsF1 Team Williams Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 L V8 4 Series B 9 Mark Webber All 35 Alexander Wurz Narain Karthikeyan
10 Nico Rosberg All
Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 L V8 M 11 Rubens Barrichello All 36 Anthony Davidson James Rossiter
Marco Andretti
12 Jenson Button All
Red Bull Racing Red Bull Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 M 14 David Coulthard All 37 Robert Doornbos
Michael Ammermüller
none
15 Christian Klien 1-15
Robert Doornbos 16-18
BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 L V8 M 16 Nick Heidfeld All 38 Robert Kubica
Sebastian Vettel
Marco Holzer
17 Jacques Villeneuve 1-12
Robert Kubica 13-18
Midland F1 Racing

Spyker MF1[1]

MF1

Spyker

Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 L V8 B 18 Tiago Monteiro All 39 Markus Winkelhock
Giorgio Mondini
Adrian Sutil
Alexandre Prémat
Ernesto Viso
Roman Rusinov
Fabrizio del Monte
Adrián Vallés
Ronnie Quintarelli
19 Christijan Albers All
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR01 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 14 Series M 20 Vitantonio Liuzzi All 40 Neel Jani none
21 Scott Speed All
Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri Super Aguri SA05
Super Aguri SA06
Honda RA806E 2.4 L V8 B 22 Takuma Sato All 41 Franck Montagny
Sakon Yamamoto
Yuji Ide
23 Yuji Ide 1-4
Franck Montagny 5-11
Sakon Yamamoto 12-18

Team changes

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

At The Start of the Season

  • Renault retained both Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella but replaced test driver Franck Montagny with GP2 driver Heikki Kovalainen.
  • McLaren also retained both Kimi Räikkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya but Alexander Wurz left the team to test with Williams and the team promoted Gary Paffett to a permanent testing role. Pedro de la Rosa stayed with the team as a test driver.
  • Ferrari kept Michael Schumacher but replaced long time team-mate Rubens Barrichello with fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa from Sauber. Massa had previously tested with Ferrari in 2003.
  • Williams promoted GP2 World Champion Nico Rosberg to the second driver alongside Mark Webber. Alexander Wurz joined the team as a third driver. India's Narain Karthikeyan has been signed as the second test driver of the team.
  • Honda brought in Rubens Barrichello from Ferrari to replace outgoing Takuma Sato.
  • Red Bull Racing decided to keep David Coulthard and Christian Klien as full time racing drivers. Liuzzi who had previously shared the second drive role with Klien moved to new Red Bull owned team Toro Rosso. While Robert Doornbos became a test driver for the team.
  • New Sauber owners BMW brought in German driver Nick Heidfeld from their old partners Williams. They retained Jacques Villeneuve. Robert Kubica was brought in as 3rd Driver.
  • MF1 retained Tiago Monteiro and brought in old Minardi driver Christijan Albers to replace Narain Karthikeyan. They have a rotation system for the 3rd Driver.
  • Toro Rosso bring in old RBR drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed and driver and old Sauber test driver, and Red Bull Junior Neel Jani.
  • Super Aguri start the season with Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide an all Japanese driver line up. Franck Montagny from Renault is the third driver.

During the Season

  • After the San Marino Grand Prix Super Aguri's Yuji Ide had his superlicence revoked by the FIA and could no longer race in F1. He was replaced by the team's reserve driver Franck Montagny for the next race.
  • Super Aguri hired Sakon Yamamoto to be their 3rd Driver from the British Grand Prix onwards, filling the vacant seat, left by the previously promoted Montagny.
  • After the United States Grand Prix Montoya announced he is moving to NASCAR next 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 5 year F1 Career.
  • Sakon Yamamoto and Franck Montagny switched places at Super Aguri from the German Grand Prix onwards.
  • Robert Kubica replaced Jacques Villeneuve at the Hungarian Grand Prix, possibly due to Villeneuve's injuries after a heavy crash in the German Grand Prix.[2] On the day after the Hungarian GP (7 August, 2006), BMW Sauber announced that Villeneuve left the team with immediate effect, with Kubica replacing him for the remainder of the season.[3]
  • German Formula 3 driver Sebastian Vettel became BMW Sauber's third driver from Turkey onwards, replacing Kubica who was promoted to a full time race driver.
  • On September 11, 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 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.[4] For the races in China and Japan, Michael Ammermüller replaced Doornbos as third driver.[5]
  • 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 would make their starts in Chinese Grand Prix|China]] and Brazilian Grand Prix|Brazil]] respectively; Adrian Sutil, tester in Germany and France, would test in Japanese Grand Prix|Japan]].[6]
  • During the test at the Silverstone Circuit during September, GP2 Series drivers Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Jr, and Adrian Valles performed test duties for McLaren, Renault and Midland F1, respectively. Franck Montagny also tested for Toyota.[7]

Formula One 2006 race schedule

Rd. Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 12 March 14:30
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 19 March 15:00
3 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 2 April 14:00
4 San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 23 April 14:00
5 European Grand Prix Nürburgring 7 May 14:00
6 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 14 May 14:00
7 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 28 May 14:00
8 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 11 June 12:00
9 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 25 June 13:00
10 United States Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2 July 14:00
11 French Grand Prix Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours 16 July 14:00
12 German Grand Prix Hockenheimring July 30 14:00
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Budapest 6 August 14:00
14 Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park 27 August 15:00
15 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza 10 September 14:00
16 Chinese Grand Prix File:Flag of the People' Shanghai International Circuit 1 October 14:00
17 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit 8 October 14:00
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 22 October 14:00

Results and standings

In the 2006 Formula One calendar the Australian Grand Prix was put back to a few weeks to avoid a clash with the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For the first time, Bahrain hosted the first Grand Prix. Brazil hosted the last race and Japan and China swapped their original dates.

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Fernando Alonso Renault
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Giancarlo Fisichella Fernando Alonso Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
3 Australian Grand Prix Jenson Button Kimi Räikkönen Fernando Alonso Renault
4 San Marino Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Fernando Alonso Michael Schumacher Ferrari
5 European Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Ferrari
6 Spanish Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso Renault
7 Monaco Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Michael Schumacher Fernando Alonso Renault
8 British Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Renault
9 Canadian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Kimi Räikkönen Fernando Alonso Renault
10 United States Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Ferrari
11 French Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Ferrari
12 German Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Ferrari
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Jenson Button Honda
14 Turkish Grand Prix Felipe Massa Michael Schumacher Felipe Massa Ferrari
15 Italian Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Michael Schumacher Ferrari
16 File:Flag of the People' Chinese Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Michael Schumacher Ferrari
17 Japanese Grand Prix Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Renault
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Felipe Massa Michael Schumacher Felipe Massa Ferrari

Drivers

Pos Driver BHR
MAL
AUS
SMR
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
HUN
TUR
ITA
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
JPN
BRA
Pts
1 Fernando Alonso 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 2 5 Ret 2 Ret 2 1 2 134
2 Michael Schumacher 2 6 Ret 1 1 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 8 3 1 1 Ret 4 121
3 Felipe Massa 9 5 Ret 4 3 4 9 5 5 2 3 2 7 1 9 Ret 2 1 80
4 Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 1 5 8 6 3 6 4 4 3 6 6 Ret 6 4 3 3 6 72
5 Kimi Räikkönen 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 5 5 65
6 Jenson Button 4 3 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret 4 1 4 5 4 4 3 56
7 Rubens Barrichello 15 10 7 10 5 7 4 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 8 6 6 12 7 30
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 5 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 6 Ret Ret 26
9 Nick Heidfeld 12 Ret 4 13 10 8 7 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 3 14 8 7 8 17* 23
10 Ralf Schumacher 14 8 3 9 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 9 6 7 15 Ret 7 Ret 20
11 Pedro de la Rosa 7 Ret 2 5 Ret 5 11 8 19
12 Jarno Trulli 16 9 Ret Ret 9 10 17* 11 6 4 Ret 7 12* 9 7 Ret 6 Ret 15
13 David Coulthard 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 3 12 8 7 9 11 5 15* 12 9 Ret Ret 14
14 Mark Webber 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 8 Ret Ret 7
15 Jacques Villeneuve Ret 7 6 12 8 12 14 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret 7
16 Robert Kubica DSQ 12 3 13 9 9 6
17 Nico Rosberg 7 Ret Ret 11 7 11 Ret 9 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10 Ret 4
18 Christian Klien 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 11 Ret 12 8 Ret 11 11 2
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 15* 10 13 13 8 13 10 Ret Ret 14 10 14 13 1
20 Scott Speed 13 Ret 9 15 11 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 10 12 11 13 13 14 18* 11 0
21 Tiago Monteiro 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15 0
22 Christijan Albers Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14 0
23 Takuma Sato 18 14 12 Ret Ret 17 Ret 17 15* Ret Ret Ret 13 NC 16 DSQ 15 10 0
24 Robert Doornbos 12 13 12 0
25 Yuji Ide Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
26 Sakon Yamamoto Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 16 0
27 Franck Montagny Ret Ret 16 18 Ret Ret 16 0
Pos Driver BHR
MAL
AUS
SMR
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
HUN
TUR
ITA
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
JPN
BRA
Pts
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)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

(*) Driver did not finish the race but was classified, having raced more than 90% of race distance.

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Fernando Alonso Renault 18 7 14 6 5 134
2 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 18 7 12 4 7 121
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 18 2 7 3 2 80
4 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 18 1 5 1 0 72
5 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 18 0 6 3 3 65
6 Jenson Button Honda 18 1 3 1 0 56
7 Rubens Barrichello Honda 18 0 0 0 0 30
8 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 10 0 2 0 0 26
9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 18 0 1 0 0 23
10 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 20
11 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 8 0 1 0 0 19
12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 15
13 David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 18 0 1 0 0 14
14 Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 7
15 Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 12 0 0 0 0 7
16 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 6 0 1 0 0 6
17 Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 1 4
18 Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 15 0 0 0 0 2
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 1
20 Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 0
22 Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 0
23 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 18 0 0 0 0 0
24 Robert Doornbos Red Bull-Ferrari 3 0 0 0 0 0
25 Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 7 0 0 0 0 0
27 Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 7 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor Car
No.
BHR
MAL
AUS
SMR
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
HUN
TUR
ITA
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
JPN
BRA
Pts
1 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
MAL
AUS
SMR
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
HUN
TUR
ITA
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
JPN
BRA
Pts
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)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
Pos Constructor Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Renault Renault M 18 8 19 7 5 206
2 Ferrari Ferrari B 18 9 19 7 9 201
3 McLaren Mercedes M 18 0 9 3 3 110
4 Honda Honda M 18 1 3 1 0 86
5 BMW Sauber BMW M 18 0 2 0 0 36
6 Toyota Toyota B 18 0 1 0 0 35
7 Red Bull Ferrari M 18 0 1 0 0 16
8 Williams Cosworth B 18 0 0 0 1 11
9 Toro Rosso Cosworth M 18 0 0 0 0 1
10 MF1 Toyota B 18 0 0 0 0 0
11 Super Aguri Honda B 18 0 0 0 0 0

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