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The 2006 French Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XCII Grand Prix de France, was the eleventh round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on 16 July 2006.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim a record breaking eighth victory at the French Grand Prix, and secure his 22nd career Hattrick.[1]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher continue his dominant form from the US Grand Prix, sweeping to his 68th career pole position.[1] Teammate Felipe Massa joined him on the front row, while Championship leader Fernando Alonso would start from third for Renault.[1]

Schumacher duly aced his start to claim an early lead, while Massa moved across the prevent Alonso from diving through to claim second.[1] Behind it was a similarly tame start, with Takuma Sato the only casualty as his Super Aguri-Honda broke its gearbox shortly after the start.[1]

With Massa in second and defending heavily from Alonso, Schumacher was able to escape up the road in the early stages, setting a succession of fastest laps.[1] Behind, the two Toyotas found themselves defending from Kimi Räikkönen, while Pedro de la Rosa and Mark Webber were in an intense duel for eighth.[1] At the back, meanwhile, Tiago Monteiro would exit the race in somewhat spectacular fashion, smashing into a kerb at the chicane with enough force to pitch the Midland-Toyota into the air.[1]

Unfortunately after those early exchanges the race would soon develop into a procession, largely due to a combination of the 2006 spec-cars and the Magny-Cours circuit.[1] Indeed, it was only when the first round of stops began that the order was significantly changed, albeit briefly as Jarno Trulli inherited the lead before making his first stop.[1]

However, once the stops were completed the race would settle down again, resulting in another tepid spell.[1] In the midst of that Renault would issue a press release regarding the political state of F1, which drew more attention than the on-track action.[1]

It was at this point that strategy came into play, however, as several drivers made their second stops early, the signal that they were on a three-stop plan.[1] The most significant of these was Massa, who relinquished second to Alonso as a result of making an additional stop.[1]

Massa's only hope of getting back ahead of Alonso was that he would be on low fuel for the foreseeable future, with the Spaniard would take on more fuel when he made his second and final stop.[1] Yet, without Massa in front of him the Spaniard was able to build a fair gap either side of his stop, and so would reclaim a safe second when Massa completed his second stop.[1]

Untroubled by all of this, however, was race leader Schumacher, who cruised through the second half of the race to secure his 88th career victory, ten seconds clear of Alonso.[1] Massa finished a distant third ahead of Ralf Schumacher, with Räikkönen, Giancarlo Fisichella, de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld.[1]

Notably the 2006 French Grand Prix would see Schumacher claim his 68th and final pole position, a record tally that would stand until Lewis Hamilton claimed his 69th pole at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix.

BackgroundEdit

For the first time in 2006 Fernando Alonso had failed to finish in the top two in the Championship, and hence had seen his title lead reduced. However, the Spaniard had still scored points, and so the damage done to his lead by race winner Michael Schumacher had been minimal, the German ace only closing the gap to nineteen points. Behind, Giancarlo Fisichella had moved ahead of Kimi Räikkönen after the Finn's retirement, while Felipe Massa had gained ground on both in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship the US Grand Prix had been a hugely beneficial day for Ferrari, who closed the gap to the leaders and broke through the 100 point barrier. However, the Scuderia would remain 26 points behind Renault at the end of the weekend, and had therefore only really enhanced their grip on second. Indeed, a double non-score for McLaren-Mercedes had left them in a now distant third, while Toro Rosso-Cosworth were on the board for the first time in ninth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 French 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 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 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 Germany Adrian Sutil 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 French Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 2 1:15.865 1 1:15.111 1 1:15.493 1
2 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:16.277 3 1:15.679 2 1:15.510 2
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 6 1:16.328 4 1:15.706 3 1:15.785 3
4 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1 1:15.550 6 1:15.776 4 1:16.036 4
5 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 3 1:15.949 2 1:15.625 5 1:16.091 5
6 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:16.154 5 1:15.742 6 1:16.281 6
7 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 12 1:16.825 7 1:15.901 7 1:16.345 7
8 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 1:16.679 8 1:15.902 8 1:16.632 8
9* 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 1:16.534 9 1:15.926 9 1:18.272 9
10 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 7 1:16.350 10 1:15.974 10 1:18.663 10
11 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 8 1:16.531 11 1:16.129 11
12 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 11 1:16.686 12 1:16.294 12
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 13 1:16.921 13 1:16.433 13
14 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 15 1:17.022 14 1:17.027 14
15 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 16 1:17.117 15 1:17.063 15
16 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 14 1:16.962 16 1:17.105 16
17* 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 17 1:17.164 17
18 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 18 1:17.304 18
19 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 19 1:17.495 19
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:17.589 20
21 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:18.637 21
22 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:18.845 22
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.
  • * Rosberg and Liuzzi served ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 70 1:32:07.803 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 70 +10.131s 3 8
3 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 70 +22.546s 2 6
4 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 70 +27.212s 5 5
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +33.006s 6 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 70 +45.265s 7 3
7 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +49.407s 8 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 69 +1 Lap 11 1
9 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 9
10 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 14
11 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 69 +1 Lap 16
12 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 12
13 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 22
14 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 68 +2 Laps 19
15 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 68 +2 Laps 15
16 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 67 +3 Laps 20
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 61 Engine 17
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 55 Wheel 10
Ret 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 39 Brakes 4
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 28 Engine 13
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 11 Accident 18
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 0 Gearbox 21
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Michael Schumacher meant that the German veteran had managed to close the gap to Championship leader Fernando Alonso, leaving France with a seventeen point deficit. Alonso's second place finish had reduced the damage, however, and meant that the Spaniard could afford to finish second to Schumacher through the remaining seven races and still claim the crown. Behind, Giancarlo Fisichella and Kimi Räikkönen were in a fight with Felipe Massa to secure third, while Pedro de la Rosa had become the season's eighteenth different scorer.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had left their home race still at the head of the hunt, but had seen their advantage somewhat reduced. Indeed, Ferrari's double podium ensured the Scuderia closed to within 21 points of the French manufacturer, and hence were a significant threat for the crown. McLaren-Mercedes, meanwhile, were set to claim third having dropped 50 points behind Ferrari, with Honda and Toyota completing the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 96
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 79
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 46
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 43
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 42
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 26
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 16
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 16
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher 13 ▲2
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 13 ▼1
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10 ▼1
12 Italy Jarno Trulli 8
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7
14 Australia Mark Webber 6
15 Germany Nico Rosberg 4
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 2 ▲8
17 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 ▼1
18 Austria Christian Klien 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 142
2 Italy Ferrari 121
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71
4 Japan Honda 32
5 Japan Toyota 21 ▲1
6 Germany BMW Sauber 20 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 11
8 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 'French GP, 2006', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr761.html, (Accessed 06/02/2020)
  2. 'France 2006: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2006/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 06/02/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix de France 2006 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2006/races/800/france/qualifying.html, (Accessed 06/02/2020)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 '11. France 2006', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2006/france.aspx, (Accessed 06/02/2020)
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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
Other Drivers Badoer • Davidson • Hamilton • Kovalainen • Piquet • Sutil • Vettel • Wurz
Cars Renault R26 • Ferrari 248 F1 • McLaren MP4-21 • Honda RA106 • BMW Sauber F1.06 • Toyota TF106 • Red Bull RB2 • Williams FW28 • Toro Rosso STR1 • Midland M16 • Super Aguri SA05 • Super Aguri SA06
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