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The 2006 European Grand Prix, otherwise known as the L Grand Prix of Europe was the fifth round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 7 May 2006.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim his second victory in a row, beating Championship leader Fernando Alonso.[1]

Qualifying would see a red flag glitch cause some confusion, and resulted in Christian Klien dropping out on Q1, much to the Austrian racer's ire.[1] However, it would not affect those fighting for pole position, a battle which was won by Alonso in Q3 by 0.097s over Schumacher.[1]

It was status quo at the start of the race, with Alonso easing clear of Schumacher into the first corner, who instead had to keep an eye on his young Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa.[1] The Brazilian racer ultimately opted against making a lunge at his teammate, and instead fended off a move from a fast starting Jenson Button, who had leapt ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Räikkönen off the grid.[1]

Behind, however, there would be yet another first corner crash, as David Coulthard and Vitantonio Liuzzi collided in the sister Red Bull-Ferrari and Toro Rosso-Cosworth cars.[1] Replays subsequently showed that Liuzzi had been spun into the side of Coulthard's Red Bull by Ralf Schumacher in the Toyota, although regardless both Red Bull liveried cars would suffer terminal damage.[1]

Liuzzi's spin into the gravel at the chicane with a smashed rear wing while limping back to the pits brought out the Safety Car, which stayed out for two laps.[1] The restart saw Alonso blast away at the start of lap four to claim an early lead ahead of the scarlet Ferraris, while Räikkönen eased past Button for fourth.[1]

The race quickly settled down, with Alonso, Schumacher, Massa and Räikkönen entering a stalemate a few seconds apart, while Button dropped back towards Juan Pablo Montoya.[1] Indeed, the monotony was only broken up when Alonso triggered the first round of stops on lap sixteen, followed on successive laps by Massa and Schumacher.[1]

Räikkönen ran on in the lead until lap 23, while Nico Rosberg ran longest out of everyone, going on past half-distance.[1] Yet, the German rookie would not affect the order out front, with Alonso continuing to lead ahead of Schumacher, who were exchanging barrages of fastest laps as they eased away from Massa and Räikkönen throughout the second stint.[1]

Their fight came to its apex when Alonso dived in for his second stop, releasing Schumacher for a three-lap burst in clear air.[1] That, ultimately, proved to be the difference, for two fastest laps and a seven second stop ensured that the #5 Ferrari shot out of the pitlane just ahead of the #1 Renault.[1]

With that the battle for the lead was over, for Alonso's attempt to get back on terms with the scarlet Ferrari would collapse along with his pace.[1] Schumacher was hence left to win at a canter, while the Spaniard had to keep an eye on his mirrors for the ongoing battle between Massa and Räikkönen that was steadily catching him.[1]

Fortunately for Alonso those two would run out of time to catch the Renault, as Schumacher collected a deceptively simple victory three seconds clear of Alonso.[1] Massa duly completed the podium as Räikkönen could not force a move, while Barrichello recovered to fifth after his dismal start.[1] Fisichella was next ahead of Rosberg on his ambitious strategy, the German youth having started from last place on the grid, while Jacques Villeneuve completed the scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Fernando Alonso had seen his lead at the top of the Championship once again grow as a result of the San Marino Grand Prix, leaving Imola with a fifteen point advantage. Race winner Michael Schumacher had, however, moved into second courtesy of his victory, three ahead of third placed Kimi Räikkönen. Giancarlo Fisichella and Juan Pablo Montoya were a further three behind the Finn, while Jenson Button had slipped to sixth, two points off.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had seen their lead slightly reduced, although they still held a very healthy eighteen point margin. McLaren-Mercedes had hence inched closer to their opponents in second, although a strong weekend for Ferrari had seen the Scuderia double their tally, and move to within three points of the Anglo-German alliance. Honda were next, with half the points of Ferrari, while BMW Sauber rounded out the top five.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 European 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 TF106 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 B
8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF106 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 Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA05 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B
Source:[2]
  • * Ide was registered as Super Aguri's third driver but did not take part in the race weekend.[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2006 European 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 1:31.138 3 1:30.336 1 1:29.816 1
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 2 1:31.235 1 1:30.013 2 1:30.028 2
3 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 14 1:31.921 6 1:30.732 3 1:30.407 3
4 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 9 1:31.671 4 1:30.469 4 1:30.754 4
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:31.263 2 1:30.203 5 1:30.933 5
6 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 4 1:31.420 8 1:30.755 6 1:30.940 6
7 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 13 1:31.809 7 1:30.733 7 1:31.419 7
8 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:31.774 5 1:30.671 8 1:31.880 8
9* 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10 1:31.712 10 1:30.892 9 1:33.405 19
10 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:31.545 9 1:30.856 10 1:36.998 9
11 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 6 1:31.470 11 1:30.944 10
12* 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 15 1:32.053 12 1:31.194 22
13 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 8 1:31.547 13 1:31.197 11
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 11 1:31.742 14 1:31.227 12
15 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 5 1:31.457 15 1:31.422 13
16 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 16 1:32.651 16 1:31.728 14
17 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 17 1:32.901 15
18 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 18 1:32.936 16
19 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 19 1:32.992 17
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:33.658 18
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:35.239 20
22 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:46.505 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.
  • * Webber and Rosberg received ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[3]
  • Villeneuve had his three fastest laps from Q3 deleted for blocking Fisichella.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 1:35:58.765 2 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 60 +3.751s 1 8
3 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 60 +4.447s 3 6
4 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 +4.879s 5 5
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 60 +1:12.586 4 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 60 +1:14.116 11 3
7 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 60 +1:14.565 22 2
8 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 60 +1:29.364 9 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 59 +1 Lap 7
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 59 +1 Lap 13
11 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 17
12 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 18
13 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 16
Ret 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 52 Engine 10
Ret 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 Engine 8
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 45 Hydraulics 20
Ret 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 29 Hydraulics 21
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 28 Engine 6
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 28 Transmission 15
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 12 Hydraulics 19
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 2 Damage 12
Ret 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 0 Damage 14
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fernando Alonso had seen his early Championship lead chipped away at as a result of the European Grand Prix, leaving the Nürburgring with a thirteen point advantage. Michael Schumacher had been the man to do the damage, his second win of the season leaving him on 31 points and in a clear second place. Kimi Räikkönen had hence lost ground in third but remained five ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, while Felipe Massa moved into the top five, level on points with Juan Pablo Montoya.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had managed to take another point out of Renault's early lead, although the French squad still held a decent margin. Indeed, Renault left Germany with a fourteen point lead over the Scuderia, while third placed McLaren-Mercedes were a further six behind. Honda, meanwhile, had enhanced their grip on fourth ahead of BMW Sauber, with Williams-Cosworth, Toyota and Red Bull-Ferrari the only other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 44
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 31
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 23
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 15 ▲2
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 13 ▼1
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 7
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 ▲3
10 Australia Mark Webber 6 ▼1
11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 6
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld 5 ▼2
13 Germany Nico Rosberg 4
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard 1
15 Austria Christian Klien 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 62
2 Italy Ferrari 46 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 38 ▼1
4 Japan Honda 19
5 Germany BMW Sauber 11
6 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10
7 Japan Toyota 7
8 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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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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