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Hungary  2006 Hungarian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Hungaroring after being modified in 2003.
The Hungaroring after being modified in 2003.
Date August 6, 2006
Official name XXII Shell Magyar Nagydíj
Location Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
Course Permanent racing facility
4.381 km (2.722 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 306.67 km (190.54 mi)
Weather Cool, rain
Pole position
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.599
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:23.516 on lap 65
First United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda
Second Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-BMW

The 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on August 6, 2006 at the Hungaroring, Budapest. It was the 13th race of the 2006 Formula One season. Jenson Button won the race, the first victory of his career and the first race win for a British driver since David Coulthard won the Australian Grand Prix three years previously, and the first by an Englishman since Johnny Herbert won the 1999 European Grand Prix nearly seven years previously, in similarly changeable weather circumstances. Pedro de la Rosa finished second for McLaren, the first podium finish of his career, and Nick Heidfeld finished third, giving BMW Sauber their first ever podium.



During Friday practice Fernando Alonso was given a two-second qualifying penalty by the stewards for dangerous driving and overtaking under a yellow flag condition.[1] Christijan Albers was given a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change, this was his second in as many weekends. Jenson Button received the same penalty after having an engine change when his let go in the final practice session.[2]

In a similar situation to Fernando Alonso's penalty, Michael Schumacher was given a two-second penalty for overtaking Robert Kubica and Alonso under "red flag" conditions at the end of Saturday's last free practice session. The decision left Schumacher "fuming", with him saying "I blame myself partly for what did happen, but I didn't expect this kind of penalty."[3]

In qualifying, Kimi Räikkönen achieved pole position with a time of 1:19.599 seconds. Felipe Massa qualified second, with Rubens Barrichello starting the race in third.[4]


Button returns to the pit lane having won the race.

The track was wet at the start of the race, making it the first ever wet Hungarian Grand Prix. Polesitter Kimi Räikkönen took the lead early on. Alonso and Schumacher made their way through the field with Schumacher up into 6th place from 11th into the first corner, and Alonso climbing from 15th place to pass Schumacher on the outside of turn 5 and reach 3rd place. He then took the lead after the McLarens of Pedro de la Rosa and Räikkönen pitted. Schumacher lost his front wing battling with Giancarlo Fisichella for 5th place and was forced to pit, going a lap down. Soon after Jenson Button overtook Massa, Fisichella and Schumacher in just under the space of 2 laps. Räikkönen struggled on his second set of tires and ended up crashing into the back of Vitantonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso, vaulting the car and bringing out the safety car. Alonso then pitted, allowing Schumacher to get back on the lead lap. Another beneficiary of the safety car was Jenson Button, who decided not to pit during the safety car period and climbed up to 2nd place behind Alonso. After the period was over Button began to challenge Alonso, but soon had to pit for fuel. Alonso led, but after a pitstop for dry tires his right-rear wheel nut detached, causing the Spaniard to lose control and crash. Button inherited the lead and was never challenged from then on. Schumacher made his way up to 2nd by staying on intermediate tires as others around him pitted for dry weather ones, but this gamble backfired as the cars on dries caught him in the final laps. Schumacher defended his position (including controversially cutting a chicane on consecutive laps without penalty[5]), but Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld both ultimately passed him. Whilst he was being overtaken Schumacher banged wheels with Heidfeld, damaging his Ferrari's suspension and forcing him out of the race with two laps to go.

Pedro de la Rosa scored the first podium finish of his career in second position.

Button won the race despite beginning in 14th place, with de la Rosa scoring his first podium with second place, and Heidfeld getting BMW Sauber's first ever podium with 3rd.[6] Debutant driver Robert Kubica finished in seventh place and scored two points, but was later disqualified as his car was underweight due to excessive tire wear.[7] This coincidentally meant that Michael Schumacher earned a point despite not finishing, as he was elevated to 8th place in the final results.[7]


ITV's coverage of this race won a BAFTA in 2007, in the category "Best Sport". The awards took place May 20, 2007.[8]

Friday drivers

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth Austria Alexander Wurz
Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari Netherlands Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber none
MF1-Toyota Germany Markus Winkelhock
Toro Rosso-Cosworth Switzerland Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda none

Qualifying results

From [9]:

Pos Nat Name Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1.19.599 1.19.704 1.20.080
2 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.19.886 1.19.504 1.19.742
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1.20.085 1.19.783 1.21.141
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button* Honda 1.20.092 1.19.943 1.20.820
5 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1.20.117 1.19.991 1.21.288
6 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1.20.266 1.20.047 1.21.335
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1.20.759 1.20.243 1.21.112
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1.20.924 1.20.154 1.21.370
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1.21.132 1.20.231 1.21.434
10 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1.22.049 1.20.256 1.20.891
11 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:20.623 1:21.437
12 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.875 1:21.440
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:20.890 1:21.163
14 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.207 1:22.027
15 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.364 1:21.792
16 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:23.767 1:22.009
17 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.068
18 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.084
19 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.317
20 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.967
21 Netherlands Christijan Albers* MF1-Toyota 1:23.146
22 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:24.016
  • * Button and Albers both received a 10 place grid penalty because of earlier engine changes.
  • † The Grand Prix stewards stated that Scott Speed impeded another driver during the qualifying session, and penalized him by cancelling his three fastest qualifying times. His qualifying time became 1:23.005 instead of 1:22.317, setting him one position back on the grid.

Race results

Nick Heidfeld scored the BMW Sauber team's first podium finish in third position.

From [10]:

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 70 1:52:20.941 14 10
2 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 70 +30.837 4 8
3 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +43.822 10 6
4 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 70 +45.205 3 5
5 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 lap 12 4
6 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 69 +1 lap 6 3
7 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 69 +1 lap 2 2
8 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 Track rod 11 1
9 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 67 +3 laps 16
10 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 67 +3 laps 22
11 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 66 +4 laps 20
12 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 65 Engine 8
13 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 65 +5 laps 19
Ret 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 51 Driveshaft 15
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 25 Collision 1
Ret 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 25 Collision 17
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 19 Electrical 18
Ret 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 18 Spin 7
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 6 Spin 13
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1 Accident 5
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 0 Engine 21
DSQ* 17 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 69 +1 lap 9


  • * Kubica was disqualified after the race, as his car was underweight at the end of the race.

Standings after the race

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

Drivers' Championship standings[10]
Pos Driver Points
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 100
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 90
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 52
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 49
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 49
Constructors' Championship standings[10]
Pos Constructor Points
1 France Renault 149
2 Italy Ferrari 142
3 United Kingdom McLarenMercedes 85
4 Japan Honda 52
5 Germany BMW Sauber 26


  1. ^ Benson, Andrew (2006-08-04). "Alonso penalty adds to team woes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Provisional grid - Button, Speed, Albers drop". Formula 2006-08-06. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Schumacher anger at time penalty". BBC Sport. 2006-08-05. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Schumi woe as Raikkonen nets pole". BBC Sport. 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  5. ^ "2006 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix Lap-by-Lap Chart". Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Button takes first Grand Prix win". BBC Sport. 2006-08-06. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Kubica disqualified, Schumacher scores". Formula Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2007: The Winners". BBC News. 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  9. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 166. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 
  10. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 173. ISBN 2-84707-110-5. 

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