|Race 13 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season|
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)|
|Time||1:23.516 on lap 65|
|Second||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes|
|Third||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. 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.
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."
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), 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.
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. 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. This coincidentally meant that Michael Schumacher earned a point despite not finishing, as he was elevated to 8th place in the final results.
|Red Bull-Ferrari||Robert Doornbos|
|Toro Rosso-Cosworth||Neel Jani|
|Pos||Nat||Name||Constructor||Part 3||Part 2||Part 1|
|5||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes||1.20.117||1.19.991||1.21.288|
|10||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1.22.049||1.20.256||1.20.891|
|11||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:20.623||1:21.437|
|13||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:20.890||1:21.163|
|14||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||1:21.207||1:22.027|
|17||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:22.068|
|19||Scott Speed†||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||1:22.317|
|20||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||1:22.967|
|22||Sakon Yamamoto||Super Aguri-Honda||1:24.016|
|2||4||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes||70||+30.837||4||8|
|3||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||70||+43.822||10||6|
|5||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||69||+1 lap||12||4|
|6||7||Ralf Schumacher||Toyota||69||+1 lap||6||3|
|7||6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||69||+1 lap||2||2|
|8||5||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||67||Track rod||11||1|
|9||18||Tiago Monteiro||MF1-Toyota||67||+3 laps||16|
|10||19||Christijan Albers||MF1-Toyota||67||+3 laps||22|
|11||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||66||+4 laps||20|
|13||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||65||+5 laps||19|
|Ret||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||25||Collision||17|
|Ret||15||Christian Klien||Red Bull-Ferrari||6||Spin||13|
|Ret||23||Sakon Yamamoto||Super Aguri-Honda||0||Engine||21|
|DSQ*||17||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||69||+1 lap||9|
Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
2006 German Grand Prix
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2006 Turkish Grand Prix
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|Hungarian Grand Prix||Next race:
2007 Hungarian Grand Prix