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The 2006 Canadian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XLIV Grand Prix du Canada, was the ninth round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on 25 June 2006.[1] The race, which marked the halfway point in the 2006 season, would see Fernando Alonso sweep to his sixth victory of the campaign.[1]

For the second race in succession the Spanish ace had dominated qualifying, topping all three sessions en-route to his fifth straight pole position.[1] His teammate Giancarlo Fisichella would complete the front row ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, while rookie racer Nico Rosberg was a standout name, claiming sixth for Williams-Cosworth.[1]

The start of the race was expected to see some formation flying from the two Renaults, only for Fisichella to slightly creep forward before the lights went out.[1] That hence allowed Räikkönen to immediately charge past him as the Italian hit the brakes as the lights went out, and would result in a drive-through penalty later in the race.[1]

Otherwise it would be a clean start to the race, with Alonso establishing an early lead, while Michael Schumacher slipped behind Rosberg and Juan Pablo Montoya.[1] However, by the end of lap two the German ace would be back ahead of both the Williams and the McLaren-Mercedes, as a clash between the pair in turn three would result in the Safety Car making its way onto the circuit.[1]

Montoya had moved to dive past the Williams into the right-left chicane, and hence had his nose alongside the rear of Rosberg's Williams as they braked for the chicane.[1] Rosberg did not sense this and so steered across Montoya's path, with the resulting contact sending the Williams sliding straight into the outside wall, while Montoya limped to the pits for a new front wing.[1]

The restart saw Alonso try and sprint away from Räikkönen, while Fisichella quickly abandoned third after being slapped with a penalty for jumping the start.[1] Without Fisichella to challenge him the Finn was soon free to harass Alonso, with the #3 McLaren remaining tucked under the #1 Renault's rear wing throughout the early stages.[1]

Their fight, which saw Räikkönen almost snatch the lead with a lunge at the final chicane on lap twelve, would continue through to the first round of stops, with Alonso stopping first.[1] Räikkönen hence made his bid for victory by completing two hot laps in clear air, only for an issue on the right-rear wheel during his stop to undo his hard work and drop him back behind the Renault.[1]

That appeared to be that for Räikkönen's victory bid, for the Finn would continue to drift away from the back of Alonso throughout the second stint.[1] Indeed, the second round of stops would prove even more disastrous for Räikkönen, as he not only spun on his in-lap, but had an anti-stall when trying to leave his pitbox.[1]

With ten laps to go the race looked to be sown up in Alonso's favour, until the safety car made its second appearance of the race.[1] The cause this time was Jacques Villeneuve, who had got caught out by a limping Ralf Schumacher and ended up smashing his BMW Sauber into the wall.[1]

However, Alonso was not to be beaten, and duly aced the restart to claim an early lead aided by the fact that the lapped Jarno Trulli and Nick Heidfeld between himself and Räikkönen.[1] The Finn would hence lose valuable time lapping the errant duo, before a mistake at the final chicane allowed Michael Schumacher to sweep past.[1]

With that the race was over, with Alonso easing away to claim victory and enhance his already substantial Championship lead.[1] Schumacher and Räikkönen completed the podium as they limited the damage to their title bids, while Fisichella recovered to fourth ahead of Felipe Massa, Trulli, Heidfeld and David Coulthard.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A fifth win of the 2006 campaign had left Fernando Alonso in complete command of the Championship leaving Silverstone, the Spaniard having scored 74 points. Michael Schumacher was still his closest challenger, but having conceded two more points in Britain the German ace had slipped 23 points behind the Spaniard. Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had moved back ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella to secure third, while Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Renault remained the happiest team in the field, having smashed through the 100 point barrier as a result of the British Grand Prix. That also meant the French manufacturer held a 31 point lead over second placed Ferrari, while McLaren-Mercedes were 47 behind. Honda and BMW Sauber completed the top five, which had similar gaps throughout, with Williams-Cosworth, Toyota and Red Bull-Ferrari the only other scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R26 Renault RS26 2.4 V8 M
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R26 Renault RS26 2.4 V8 M
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8 M
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8 M
5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 B
6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 B
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF106B Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B
8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF106B Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B
9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 B
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 M
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 M
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 M
15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 M
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 M
17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 M
18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia MF1 Racing Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia MF1 Racing Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B
20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR1 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 M
21 United States Scott Speed Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR1 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 M
22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA05 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B
23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA05 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
35 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 B
36 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 M
37 Netherlands Robert Doornbos United Kingdom Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 M
38 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 M
39 Switzerland Giorgio Mondini Russia MF1 Racing Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B
40 Switzerland Neel Jani Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR1 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 M
41 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA05 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1 1:15.350 1 1:14.726 1 1:14.942 1
2 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 5 1:15.917 6 1:15.295 2 1:15.178 2
3 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:15.376 5 1:15.273 3 1:15.386 3
4 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 9 1:16.455 7 1:15.506 4 1:15.968 4
5 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 3 1:15.716 2 1:15.139 5 1:15.986 5
6 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 8 1:16.404 4 1:15.269 6 1:16.012 6
7 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 6 1:16.251 3 1:15.253 7 1:16.228 7
8 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 14 1:16.594 10 1:15.814 8 1:16.608 8
9 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 16 1:16.735 9 1:15.601 9 1:16.912 9
10 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 7 1:16.259 8 1:15.555 10 1:16.209 10
11 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:16.493 11 1:15.832 11
12 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 13 1:16.585 12 1:15.833 12
13 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 4 1:15.906 13 1:15.885 13
14 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 15 1:16.702 14 1:15.888 14
15 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 12 1:16.581 15 1:16.116 15
16* 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 11 1:16.514 16 1:16.301 22
17 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 17 1:16.985 16
18 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 1:17.016 18
19 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 19 1:17.121 18
20 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:17.140 19
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:19.088 20
22 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:19.152 21
Source:[3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Coulthard was handed a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Fernando Alonso 2
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 2 3 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 4
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 3 5 ______________
Michael Schumacher 6
______________ Nico Rosberg
Row 4 7 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 8
______________ Jenson Button
Row 5 9 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 10
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Christian Klien
Row 7 13 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 14
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 8 15 ______________
Vitantonio Liuzzi 16
______________ Mark Webber
Row 9 17 ______________
Scott Speed 18
______________ Tiago Monteiro
Row 10 19 ______________
Christijan Albers 20
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 11 21 ______________
Franck Montagny 22
______________ David Coulthard

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 70 1:34:37.308 1 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 70 +2.111s 5 8
3 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +8.813s 3 6
4 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 70 +15.679s 2 5
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 70 +25.172s 10 4
6 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 4 3
7 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 69 +1 Lap 13 2
8 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 22 1
9 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 69 +1 Lap 8
10 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 17
11 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 12
12 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 16
13 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 68 +2 Laps 15
14 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 66 +4 Laps 18
15* 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 64 Accident 20
Ret 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 58 Accident 11
Ret 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 58 Handling 14
Ret 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 Accident 7
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 11 Engine 9
Ret 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 2 Engine 21
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 1 Collision 6
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 0 Collision 19
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Sato was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

At the halfway point in the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship it was clear that Fernando Alonso was the overwhelming favourite to retain his title, having dropped just six points across the opening nine rounds. He left Canada with a huge 25 point lead over Michael Schumacher in second, and a 45 point advantage over Kimi Räikkönen in third. The half-term top five was then completed by Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa, with sixteen drivers having scored.

In the Constructors Championship it was Renault who had command at the halfway mark, leaving Canada with 121 points and seven wins to their credit. Ferrari were their closest challengers and the only other team to have claimed a race win, but faced a 34 point gap between themselves and the French squad. McLaren-Mercedes were likewise a distant third, well clear of fourth placed Honda, with BMW Sauber rounding out the mid-season top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 84
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 59
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 39
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 37
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 28 ▲1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 26 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 16
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 13
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8 ▲1
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 8 ▼1
12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7
13 Australia Mark Webber 6
14 Germany Nico Rosberg 4
15 Italy Jarno Trulli 3 ▲1
16 Austria Christian Klien 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 121
2 Italy Ferrari 87
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65
4 Japan Honda 29
5 Germany BMW Sauber 19
6 Japan Toyota 11 ▲1
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 9

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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Drivers Alonso • 2 Fisichella • 3 Räikkönen • 4 Montoya • 4 De la Rosa • 5 M. Schumacher • 6 Massa • 7 R. Schumacher • 8 Trulli • 9 Webber • 10 Rosberg • 11 Barrichello • 12 Button • 14 Coulthard • 15 Klien • 15 Doornbos • 16 Heidfeld • 17 Villeneuve • 17 Kubica • 18 Monteiro • 19 Albers • 20 Liuzzi • 21 Speed • 22 Sato • 23 Ide • 23 Montagny • 23 Yamamoto
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