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Malaysia  2006 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
The Sepang Circuit
The Sepang Circuit
Date March 19, 2006
Official name VIII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.54 km (3.44 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.878 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
Time 1:33.840
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:34.803 on lap 45
Podium
First Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda

The 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix was the second Formula One Grand Prix of the 2006 season. The race took place on 19 March 2006. Qualifying on Saturday saw the new rules being put to the test, as David Coulthard, Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher were all forced to swap engines from the Bahrain GP and therefore lost 10 places on the starting grid after qualifications, despite many of them competing in later sessions (Massa actually changed his engine twice, causing him to lose 20 places). This meant some drivers, such as the Toro Rosso's of Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi were eliminated in the first session, but would have been spared elimination had those with engine penalties been eliminated at this point (although Ralf Schumacher's engine blew during the last session). It was interesting that three cars with the Ferrari V8 suffered from engine problems during qualifying.

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Qualifying

The first session gave no surprises, as the Super Aguri, Midland and Toro Rosso cars all went out, while the second session saw another set of poor performances from Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli, while Massa and Coulthard also went out along with both the Sauber cars. In the final pole position session, Ralf Schumacher's engine blew, while Fernando Alonso could only manage 7th place after engine penalties, but a problem with his fuel calculation meant he was carrying too much fuel during the session. Kimi Räikkönen was tipped as a favourite having qualified 6th, while Juan Pablo Montoya put himself on the third row alongside his teammate in 5th. The two big surprises of qualifying were Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber in their Williams. Rosberg posted the third fastest time, while Webber was moved up to 4th after Michael Schumacher's engine penalty dropped him to 14th. Jenson Button took provisional pole, but it was Giancarlo Fisichella who ended the session in 1st with his Renault, demoting Button to 2nd.

Race

The race began with Rosberg and Webber being caught out by Alonso coming into the first corner, who managed to grab 3rd from his starting position. Fisichella and Button maintained their spots, but further back Räikkönen's day ended early having been hit by Christian Klien during the first lap. Klien's car was badly damaged, but the Red Bull mechanics repaired the car enough to send it back out, although he later retired due to a hydraulics problem. More problems followed for the better qualifiers, as Rosberg's engine blew on the 6th lap, while Webber also retired nine laps after his teammate. Further down the field, Massa and the Schumacher brothers made their way up the field throughout the day. The lead was only held by three people throughout the race, with Alonso's fuel problems actually giving him the advantage over Button, with Alonso managing to take second by staying out longer.

Several other cars retired during the race, with only 14 cars remaining at the end. Takuma Sato managed to finish another race in his Super Aguri. Ralf Schumacher managed to get his Toyota into 8th place, having started dead last. Schumacher threatened Jacques Villeneuve towards the end laps, but was not able to pass for 7th. The two Ferrari’s were able to pull themselves into 5th and 6th place, but it was Massa who claimed the higher spot, beating Michael Schumacher despite pressure at the end. Juan Montoya was unspectacular once again, but another strong performance allowed him to reach 4th.

After the pit stops were completed, it was never doubted that Fisichella would win, and with Button slowing off the pace, content with third, it fell to Renault to pick up their first one-two finish as a constructor since the 1982 French Grand Prix, with the World Champion going clear at the top of the points table by seven points, despite only finishing second to Fisichella.

Even among the drivers who took engine penalties, a variety of strategies were attempted - Ralf Schumacher stopped 3 times during the Grand Prix while Felipe Massa stopped once.

Qualifying results

From [1]:

Pos Nat Name Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:33.840 1:33.623 1:35.488
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:33.986 1:33.527 1:35.023
3 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:34.626 1:34.563 1:35.105
4 Germany Michael Schumacher* Ferrari 1:34.668 1:34.574 1:35.810
5 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:34.672 1:34.279 1:35.252
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.916 1:34.568 1:34.536
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.983 1:34.351 1:34.667
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.747 1:33.997 1:35.514
9 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:38.715 1:34.537 1:35.171
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota no time 1:34.586 1:35.214
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard* Red Bull-Ferrari 1:34.614 1:34.839
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello* Honda 1:34.683 1:35.526
13 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:34.702 1:35.517
14 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:34.752 1:35.391
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:34.783 1:35.588
16 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari no time 1:35.091
17 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:36.297
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:36.581
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:37.426
20 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:37.819
21 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:39.011
22 Japan Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:40.720
Notes
*: Driver grid position dropped 10 places due to engine-change penalties.
†: Driver grid position dropped 20 places due to engine-change penalties, after 2 engine changes.
‡: Driver started from the back of the grid due to an engine-change after qualifying.

Race

From [2]:

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 56 1:30:40.529 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 56 +4.585 7 8
3 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 56 +9.631 2 6
4 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 56 +39.351 5 5
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +43.254 21 4
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 56 +43.854 14 3
7 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 56 +1:20.461 10 2
8 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 56 +1:21.288 22 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 55 +1 Lap 9
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 55 +1 Lap 20
11 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 13
12 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 15
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 16
14 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 53 +3 Laps 17
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 48 Engine 11
Ret 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 41 Clutch 12
Ret 23 Japan Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 33 Mechanical 18
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 26 Hydraulics 8
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 15 Hydraulics 4
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 10 Hydraulics 19
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 6 Engine 3
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 6

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 18
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 11
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 11
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 9
Constructors' Championship standings[2]
Pos Constructor Points
1 France Renault 28
2 Italy Ferrari 15
3 United Kingdom McLarenMercedes 15
4 Japan Honda 11
5 United Kingdom WilliamsCosworth 5

References

  1. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. pp. Page 90. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.  
  2. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. pp. Page 93. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.  

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2006 Australian Grand Prix
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