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The 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, otherwise advertised as the XXII Shell Magyar Nagydíj, was the thirteenth round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary, on 6 August 2006.[1] Run in changeable conditions, the race would see Jenson Button secure his maiden F1 victory for Honda, which was also their first win as a constructor since John Surtees won the 1967 Italian Grand Prix.[1]

Qualifying had seen Kimi Räikkönen sweep to pole position ahead of Felipe Massa, while Button would share the second row with teammate Rubens Barrichello, only to be dumped down to fourteenth by an engine penalty.[1] Elsewhere, Championship leader Fernando Alonso would only muster fifteenth after getting slapped with a time penalty, while his main rival Michael Schumacher would start from twelfth.[1]

Ahead of the race there would be a series of heavy downpours, one of which came in the midst of the GP2 Series support race.[1] As such, the circuit would be soaked as the F1 field lined up on the grid, although most teams believed that the Hungaroring would dry up fairly quickly.[1]

The start saw Räikkönen slither away cleanly to claim an early lead, while Massa was instantly jumped by Pedro de la Rosa in the second McLaren-Mercedes.[1] His Ferrari predecessor Barrichello would also sweep past the #6 Ferrari, before slithering around the outside of de la Rosa to secure second.[1]

At the back, meanwhile, Schumacher, Alonso and Button would all make excellent progress, with Schumacher and Alonso both sprinting into the top ten.[1] Schumacher duly eased past Giancarlo Fisichella and then Massa to secure fourth before the end of the opening tour, while Alonso moved into sixth behind Fisichella.[1]

A move on Fisichella a lap later left Alonso on Schumacher's tail, resulting in an enticing duel for fourth during the early stages, until Alonso danced his car around the outside of the Ferrari at turn seven.[1] Out front, Räikkönen would break clear from Barrichello and de la Rosa, while Button picked his way through to run behind the Renault/Ferrari fight.[1]

The rain returned with a vengeance on lap five, just as de la Rosa swept past Barrichello for second, resulting in those drivers who had started on intermediate tyres to dive into the pits.[1] However, the rain would quickly ease again and the circuit begin to dry once more, prompting McLaren to put de la Rosa onto inters when he stopped on lap sixteen.[1]

Räikkönen stopped for inters a lap later, relinquishing the lead to Alonso, while Schumacher had slipped behind Button in the midst of the downpour.[1] However, it was a misjudged move to defend from Fisichella that would end the German veteran's bid for victory, sliding into the back of the #2 Renault to remove his own front wing.[1]

Six laps later and the fate of the race changed again, for second placed Räikkönen would misjudge a move on a lapped Vitantonio Liuzzi and hence write his McLaren off on the side of the Toro Rosso-Cosworth.[1] That brought out the Safety Car and hence saw the majority of the field dive into the pits, resulting in Alonso retaining the lead ahead of non-stopper Button.[1]

The restart saw the #1 Renault ease clear of the #12 Honda, aided by the fact that Button would get caught out by former teammate Takuma Sato.[1] However, with the circuit beginning to dry the Honda's Bridgestone tyres began to come into play, result in the Honda demolishing Alonso's eight second advantage.[1]

Slicks came into play on lap 51 as Barrichello became the first of the leaders to swap to them, prompting Alonso to pit for them a lap later.[1] However, a failure on his way out of the pits would end the Spaniard's race, and hence hand the advantage to Button, albeit with Schumacher closing in.[1]

Yet, Schumacher's sprint would come too soon, and hence resulted in his pace collapsing in the closing stages having remained on inters.[1] Button would therefore be left on his own at the head of the field, and eased away to claim victory by half a minute from de la Rosa.[1]

Nick Heidfeld would complete the podium after surviving a clash of wheels with Schumacher, and incident that resulted in the #5 Ferrari retiring.[1] Barrichello hence inherited fourth ahead of David Coulthard, with Ralf Schumacher, Felipe Massa and Schumacher claiming the remaining points.[1] Debutante Robert Kubica had initially been classified in seventh, but was disqualified from the race after his car was found to be 2kg underweight.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Michael Schumacher, combined with a lowly fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso, had drastically changed the Championship picture with six rounds to go. Indeed, the German veteran had cut the gap to just eleven points between himself and the Spaniard out-front, and had momentum behind him. Alonso did, however, still have enough of a margin that he would lead the Championship heading into the summer-break after the Hungarian Grand Prix, but needed a drastic reversal in form.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had moved to within striking distance of Renault for the first time all season, leaving Germany just ten behind the leaders. Indeed, two one-twos in three races had done the damage for the Scuderia, and had moved them 62 points clear of third placed McLaren-Mercedes. The rest of the season would therefore likely be a duel between Renault and Ferrari for the crown, while McLaren were set to consolidate third, 40 clear of Honda in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 Hungarian 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 Poland Robert Kubica 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 SA06 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA06 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
39 Netherlands Markus Winkelhock 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
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:20.080 2 1:19.704 1 1:19.599 1
2 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:19.742 1 1:19.504 2 1:19.886 2
3 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 6 1:21.141 3 1:19.783 3 1:20.085 3
4* 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 3 1:20.820 4 1:19.943 4 1:20.092 14
5 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:21.288 5 1:19.991 5 1:20.117 4
6 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 1:21.335 6 1:20.047 6 1:20.266 5
7 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 5 1:21.112 9 1:20.243 7 1:20.759 6
8 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 10 1:21.370 7 1:20.154 8 1:20.924 7
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 11 1:21.434 8 1:20.231 9 1:21.132 8
10 17 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 4 1:20.891 10 1:20.256 10 1:22.049 9
11 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 12 1:21.437 11 1:20.623 10
12 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 13 1:21.440 12 1:20.875 11
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 7 1:21.163 13 1:20.890 12
14 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 16 1:22.027 14 1:21.207 13
15 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 14 1:21.792 15 1:21.364 15
16 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 15 1:22.009 16 1:23.767 16
17 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 17 1:22.068 17
18 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 18 1:22.084 18
19§ 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 19 1:22.317 20
20 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 20 1:22.967 19
21* 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 21 1:23.146 22
22 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:24.016 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.
  • * Button and Albers were handed ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[3]
  • Schumacher was handed a two second time penalty for overtaking Kubica and Alonso under red-flag conditions in practice.[3]
  • Alonso was awarded a two second time penalty for overtaking under yellow flags in practice.[3]
  • § Speed had his fastest three laps from Q1 deleted for impeding another driver during the session.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 2
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 2 3 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 4
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 3 5 ______________
Mark Webber 6
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 8
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 5 9 ______________
Robert Kubica 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Michael Schumacher 12
______________ David Coulthard
Row 7 13 ______________
Christian Klien* 14
______________ Jenson Button
Row 8 15 ______________
Fernando Alonso 16
______________ Tiago Monteiro
Row 9 17 ______________
Vitantonio Liuzzi 18
______________ Nico Rosberg
Row 10 19 ______________
Takuma Sato 20
______________ Scott Speed
Row 11 21 ______________
Sakon Yamamoto 22
______________ Christijan Albers
  • * Klien started the race from the pitlane.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 70 1:52:20.941 14 10
2 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +30.837s 4 8
3 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 70 +43.822s 10 6
4 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 70 +45.205s 3 5
5 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 12 4
6 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 6 3
7 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 2 2
8* 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 67 Damage 11 1
9 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 67 +3 Laps 16
10 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 67 +3 Laps 22
11 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 20
12* 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 65 Oil leak 8
13 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 65 +5 Laps 19
DSQ 17 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 69 Disqualified 9
Ret 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 51 Driveshaft 15
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 25 Collision 1
Ret 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 25 Damage 17
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 19 Accident 18
Ret 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 18 Suspension 7
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 6 Spin 13
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 1 Spin 5
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 0 Fuel system 21
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Schumacher and Trulli were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]
  • Kubica was disqualified from the race results as his car was found to be 2kg underweight during post-race scrutineering.[4]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Heading into the Summer break it was Fernando Alonso who led the title hunt, holding a ten point lead at the head of the field. Michael Schumacher had closed to within a race's worth of points as a result of the Hungarian Grand Prix, as those two set about duelling for the title for the rest of the season. Behind, a three-way fight for third was likewise set to rumble for the rest of the season, with Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella and Kimi Räikkönen separated by just a single point.

Renault led the charge in the Constructors Championship as the field took three weeks off, heading Ferrari by seven points. Indeed, a strong run since the North American tour had allowed the Scuderia to all but eliminate the French manufacturer's lead, and hence meant they had momentum heading into the final phase of the season. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes were set to finish a distant third, albeit facing a potential, if remote, challenge from Honda after Jenson Button's breakthrough win.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 100
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 90
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 52
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 49
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 49
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 31 ▲1
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 26 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 21
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 19 ▲1
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 16 ▼1
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14
12 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 10 ▲4
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 10 ▼1
14 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7 ▼1
15 Australia Mark Webber 6 ▼1
16 Germany Nico Rosberg 4 ▼1
17 Austria Christian Klien 2
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 149
2 Italy Ferrari 142
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 85
4 Japan Honda 52
5 Japan Toyota 26
6 Germany BMW Sauber 26
7 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 16
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:

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Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • Toyota
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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