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Turkey  2006 Turkish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
Istanbul Park
Istanbul Park
Date 27 August 2006
Official name II Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix
Location Istanbul Racing Circuit, Istanbul, Turkey
Course Permanent racing facility
5.34 km (3.32 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 309.72 km (192.56 mi)
Weather Sunny, hot
Pole position
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:26.907
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:28.005 on lap 55
First Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari

The 2006 Turkish Grand Prix was the fourteenth race of the 2006 Formula One season. It was held on 25 August–27 August at Istanbul Park, Istanbul.

The race marked the first pole position for Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

The start of the race was affected by a multi-car accident entering the first corner. Massa, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella all battled for position entering the first corner, but Fisichella (in fourth place) spun, causing a chain reaction behind him.

During the chain reaction, Scott Speed collided with the McLaren of Kimi Räikkönen, causing a puncture to one of Räikkönen's rear tires. Räikkönen pitted for a new tire, but he had another rear tire issue, due to damaged bodywork affecting his rear tires, the next lap that sent him straight off the outside of turn 4 and into a barrier.

Nick Heidfeld, Fisichella and Scott Speed all needed repairs from the incident, as did Ralf Schumacher and the Midland of Tiago Monteiro, who retired.

At lap 13, Vitantonio Liuzzi, who had climbed to seventh place in the first corner chaos but was dropping back, lost control entering the first turn and spun, stalling the engine. The car was left stranded on the racing line at the exit of the corner, and the Safety Car was deployed. Massa, Michael Schumacher, Alonso, Jenson Button, Robert Kubica and Mark Webber all came in to make pit stops whilst the Safety Car circulated. The first four drivers stayed at the front, but Webber and Kubica dropped to near the back of the pack. Alonso, however, was able to jump Schumacher, as his title rival was forced to 'stack' behind Massa before the mechanics could set to work on his car.

The final 15 laps of the race were focused on Alonso and Michael Schumacher, who fought for second place as part of their championship battle. Schumacher pursued Alonso for the last laps, but was unable to catch Alonso until the final corners of the final lap. Schumacher was right on the gearbox of Alonso exiting the last corner, but did not get past.

The winner of the race was Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. This was Massa's first career Formula One victory, making it the second Formula One race in a row with a first-time winner (following Jenson Button's first win, at Hungary three weeks earlier). The previous time this has happened was in 2003, when the Malaysian Grand Prix was won by Kimi Räikkönen and the following race, the Brazilian Grand Prix was won by Giancarlo Fisichella.


Podium display becomes international political incident

The podium display after the race caused a controversy, when winner Felipe Massa received the trophy from Mehmet Ali Talat, who was referred to as the "President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus." This breakaway area of the island of Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey. The government of the Republic of Cyprus filed an official complaint with the FIA, the body governing the Formula One world championship. After investigating the incident, the FIA fined the organizers of the Grand Prix $5 million on September 19, 2006.[1]

Friday Drivers

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth Austria Alexander Wurz
Honda United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari Netherlands Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber Germany Sebastian Vettel
MF1-Toyota Switzerland Giorgio Mondini
Toro Rosso-Cosworth Switzerland Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda France Franck Montagny

Qualifying results

From [2]:

Pos Nat Name Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.907 1:27.059 1:27.306
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:27.284 1:25.850 1:27.385
3 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:27.321 1:26.917 1:27.861
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:27.564 1:27.346 1:28.175
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher* Toyota 1:27.569 1:27.062 1:27.668
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:27.785 1:27.251 1:28.200
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:27.790 1:26.872 1:28.222
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.866 1:27.202 1:28.236
9 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:28.167 1:27.405 1:28.212
10 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:29.436 1:27.608 1:28.307
11 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:27.852 1:28.271
12 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.897 1:28.403
13 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:27.973 1:28.549
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:28.257 1:28.411
15 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:28.386 1:28.889
16 Netherlands Christijan Albers* MF1-Toyota 1:28.639 1:29.021
17 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:29.136
18 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:29.158
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:29.250
20 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:29.901
21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:30.607
22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:30.850

*: Ralf Schumacher and Christijan Albers both received 10 place grid penalties due to engine changes, therefore Ralf started 15th, and Albers started 22nd.

Race results

From [3]:

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 1:28:51.082 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +5.575 secs 3 8
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 +5.656 secs 2 6
4 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 58 +12.334 secs 6 5
5 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 58 +45.908 secs 11 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 58 +46.594 secs 4 3
7 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 58 +59.337 secs 15 2
8 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 58 +60.034 secs 13 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 57 +1 lap 12
10 9 Australia Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 57 +1 lap 9
11 15 Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 57 +1 lap 10
12 17 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 57 +1 lap 8
13 21 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 57 +1 lap 17
14 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 56 +2 laps 5
15 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 55 Gearbox 16
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 46 Spin 22
NC 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 41 +17 laps 21
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 25 Water leak 14
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 23 Spin 20
Ret 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 12 Spin 18
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1 Collision 7
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 0 Collision 19


  • First pole position: Felipe Massa
  • First win: Felipe Massa
  • This race was the last race to race under the regular MF1 team, as they were bought by the Dutch Spyker Cars company and renamed it to Spyker Midland F1 Racing team.

Standings after the race

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

Drivers' Championship standings[3]
Pos Driver Points
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 108
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 96
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 62
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 52
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 49
Constructors' Championship standings[3]
Pos Constructor Points
1 France Renault 160
2 Italy Ferrari 158
3 United Kingdom McLarenMercedes 89
4 Japan Honda 58
5 Japan Toyota 28


  1. ^ F1 News > Turks fined only $5m
  2. ^ Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 176. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.  
  3. ^ a b c Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 179. ISBN 2-84707-110-5.  

External links

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2006 Hungarian Grand Prix
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Next race:
2006 Italian Grand Prix
Previous race:
2005 Turkish Grand Prix
Turkish Grand Prix Next race:
2007 Turkish Grand Prix

Coordinates: 40°57′20.5″N 29°24′29.7″E / 40.955694°N 29.40825°E / 40.955694; 29.40825



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