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France  2006 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Nevers Circuit modified in 2003
The Nevers Circuit modified in 2003
Date July 16, 2006
Official name XCII Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.411 km (2.74 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 308.77 km (191.8 mi)
Weather Sunny, warm
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:15.493
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:17.111 on lap 46
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari


The 2006 French Grand Prix was the eleventh race of the 2006 Formula One season. It was held on July 14  – July 16, 2006 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. This race was a scene of yet another record breaking milestone for Michael Schumacher, who became the first driver in F1 history to win the same Grand Prix on eight different occasions (having previously won the French Grand Prix in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004). Schumacher also achieved his 22nd career hat trick (pole position, win & fastest lap at the same race), also a record.

Contents

Friday Drivers

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth Austria Alexander Wurz
Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari Netherlands Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber Poland Robert Kubica
MF1-Toyota Germany Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso-Cosworth Switzerland Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda Japan Sakon Yamamoto

Qualifying results

Home driver Franck Montagny driving for Super Aguri. It would be his last outing for the team in the 2006 season.

From [1]:

Pos Nat Name Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.493 1:15.111 1:15.865
2 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.510 1:15.679 1:16.277
3 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:15.785 1:15.706 1:16.328
4 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:16.036 1:15.776 1:15.550
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:16.091 1:15.625 1:15.949
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.281 1:15.742 1:16.154
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:16.345 1:15.901 1:16.825
8 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.632 1:15.902 1:16.679
9 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:18.272 1:15.926 1:16.534
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:18.663 1:15.974 1:16.350
11 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:16.129 1:16.531
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:16.294 1:16.686
13 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:16.433 1:16.921
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:17.027 1:17.022
15 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:17.063 1:17.117
16 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:17.105 1:16.962
17 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:17.164
18 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:17.304
19 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:17.495
20 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:17.589
21 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.637
22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.845

Pre-race Paddock Talk

Webber and his under-performing Williams running low down the order, before retirement.

Since the announcement and abrupt departure of Juan Pablo Montoya from Formula 1 to NASCAR, talks about the success of Juan Pablo in NASCAR circulated around the paddock. As broadcasted on SpeedTV’s Formula 1 coverage, current F1 driver’s expressions regarding the Columbian’s sudden departure seemed rather mixed. Fernando Alonso, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jarno Trulli expressed happiness and suggested possible early success in the new sport. Honda and Williams team engineers wished him the same but also pointed out that considering the different nature of NASCAR from Formula 1 in both crowd and technology, it will require time and effort before earning popularity and success in the new sport. Michael Schumacher and Bernie Ecclestone did not give much thought to the subject as they both stated “Not a clue” when asked about the Montoya’s future NASCAR success. On the other hand, David Coulthard and Christian Klien had some more interesting responses. Both Red Bull drivers poked fun at Montoya’s liking for junk food viz., McDonald’s and being unfit for current day Formula 1. Coulthard said that Montoya is 30 and already big, who knows what he’ll be when he is 40. After clarification by Peter Windsor, it turns out Coulthard was talking about Juan Pablo’s weight and not his current success and popularity. Klien also said that since Montoya loves to eat, there are plenty of McDonald’s in the United States. McLaren boss Ron Dennis expressed disgust about the Montoya subject since he blatantly walked away after saying “I’m into Formula One races!” when asked about Montoya’s NASCAR future.

Race Results

The race was won by Ferrari's Michael Schumacher.

From [2]:

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 70 1:32:07.803 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 70 +10.131 3 8
3 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +22.546 2 6
4 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 70 +27.212 5 5
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +33.006 6 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 70 +45.265 7 3
7 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 70 +49.407 8 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 69 +1 lap 11 1
9 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 lap 9
10 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 69 +1 lap 14
11 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 69 +1 lap 16
12 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 lap 12
13 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 69 +1 lap 22
14 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 68 +2 laps 18
15 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 68 +2 laps 15
16 23 France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 67 +3 laps 20
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 61 Technical 17
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 55 Wheel rim 10
Ret 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 39 Brakes 4
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 28 Engine 13
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 11 Mechanical 19
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 0 Transmission 21

Notes

Standings after the race

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

Drivers' Championship standings[2]
Pos Driver Points
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 96
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 79
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 46
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 43
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 42
Constructors' Championship standings[2]
Pos Constructor Points
1 France Renault 142
2 Italy Ferrari 121
3 United Kingdom McLarenMercedes 71
4 Japan Honda 32
5 Japan Toyota 21

References

  1. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 152. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.  
  2. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 155. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.  

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