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The 2006 Italian Grand Prix, officially the LXXVII Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia, was race number fifteen of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on 10 September 2006.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim an emotional 90th race victory for Ferrari on home soil, on the day that he announced his retirement from F1.[1]

The German ace would not have it all his own way, however, for Kimi Räikkönen would beat him to pole position during qualifying, albeit by just 0.002s.[1] Nick Heidfeld was a surprise third for BMW Sauber ahead of Felipe Massa, as Championship leader Fernando Alonso could only muster tenth after being penalised for impeding Massa.[1]

Räikkönen made the best getaway at the start of the race, easing clear as Schumacher came under attack from Heidfeld.[1] The #5 Ferrari ultimately emerged ahead, while Heidfeld, who had to back off in the middle of the Rettifilo chicane, would slip down the field during the opening lap.[1]

Instead, it was his rookie teammate Robert Kubica who emerged in third, having rocketed up from sixth on the grid.[1] He led Massa, Heidfeld and Jenson Button, while Alonso made some minor progress to climb to seventh.[1]

The race soon developed into a procession, with Schumacher unable to challenge Räikkönen due to the McLaren-Mercedes' superior top speed.[1] Kubica would run in an increasingly lonely third, just ahead of Massa, while Button and Alonso both passed Heidfeld, but the Spaniard could not find a way past the #12 Honda.[1]

The order remained stable until the first round of stops, where Schumacher stayed out an additional lap on low fuel and jumped Räikkönen after delivering two fastest sectors.[1] Kubica remained a lonely third, while Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella moved into the lead group by virtue of conducting one-stop, rather that two-stop strategies.[1] Heidfeld would also make ground by jumping back ahead of Massa and Button, Alonso having jumped both as well, but was quickly slapped with a drive through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.[1]

Due to the variety of strategies and similar top speeds there would be little change to the order until the final (or in some cases only) round of stops were concluded.[1] This time Alonso would jump into third ahead of Kubica, and set about destroying the gap to Schumacher and Räikkönen ahead, with the Finn staying a couple of seconds behind the Ferrari.[1]

Yet, Alonso would push too hard, resulting in his Renault engine blowing itself apart with ten laps to go.[1] That effectively removed the last outlier in the race, for the rest of the field was too far spread apart to produce any late battles.[1]

As a result, Schumacher was left to claim an emotional victory, and move to within two points of Alonso in what was to be his last title battle.[1] Räikkönen claimed second ahead of Kubica, who claimed his and Poland's maiden podium finish, while Fisichella fended off Button to secure fourth.[1] Barrichello, Jarno Trulli and Heidfeld secured the remaining points, the latter duo running nose-to-tail with Massa on the final tour.[1]

The race was also notable as the first trial for the FIA's new High Speed Barrier system, which was designed to absorb higher energy impacts, without deflecting cars back onto the circuit.[2] The race would also be the last for Christian Klien until the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

BackgroundEdit

Fernando Alonso had managed to extend his lead in the Championship as a result of the Turkish Grand Prix, leaving as the winner of another straight duel with main title rival Michael Schumacher. Indeed, the Spaniard headed to Italy with a twelve point margin over the German ace, with those two over thirty points clear of Felipe Massa in third. The Brazilian himself had opened a ten point gap over Giancarlo Fisichella in the fight for third, with Kimi Räikkönen a further three behind.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had done a lot of damage to Renaults lead, leaving Turkey just two points behind heading to their home race. Momentum suggested that the Scuderia would overhaul the French manufacturer in front of the loyal tifosi, and had looked stronger on power based circuits throughout the campaign. Elsewhere, McLaren-Mercedes were still mathematically in the title battle by a single point, but would require four straight one-two finishes, and see neither Renault nor Ferrari score for the rest of the season.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 Italian 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
38 Germany Sebastian Vettel 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 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA06 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2006 Italian 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 4 1:21.994 3 1:21.349 1 1:21.484 1
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1 1:21.711 4 1:21.353 2 1:21.486 2
3 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 3 1:21.764 5 1:21.425 3 1:21.653 3
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:22.028 1 1:21.225 4 1:21.704 4
5 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 10 1:22.512 7 1:21.572 5 1:22.011 5
6 17 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 8 1:22.437 2 1:21.878 6 1:22.258 6
7 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 1:22.422 10 1:21.878 7 1:22.280 7
8 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 14 1:22.640 8 1:21.688 8 1:22.787 8
9 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 9 1:22.486 9 1:21.722 9 1:23.175 9
10* 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 2 1:21.747 6 1:21.526 10 1:25.688 10
11 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 6 1:22.093 11 1:21.924 11
12 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 11 1:22.581 12 1:22.203 12
13 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 13 1:22.622 13 1:22.280 13
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 12 1:22.618 14 1:22.589 14
15 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 16 1:22.943 15 1:23.165 15
16 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 15 1:22.898 NC 16
17 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 17 1:23.043 17
18 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 18 1:23.116 18
19 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 19 1:23.341 19
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:23.920 20
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:24.289 21
22 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:26.001 22
Source:[4]
  • 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.
  • * Alonso had his fastest three laps from Q3 deleted for impeding Massa.[4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:14:51.975 2 10
2 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +8.046s 1 8
3 17 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 53 +26.414s 6 6
4 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 53 +32.045s 9 5
5 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 53 +32.685s 5 4
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 53 +42.409s 8 3
7 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 53 +44.662s 11 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 53 +45.309s 3 1
9 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 53 +45.995s 4
10 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 53 +1:12.602 19
11 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16
12 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 14
13 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 15
14 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 17
15 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 52 +1 Lap 13
16 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 51 +2 Laps PL
17 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 51 +2 Laps 18
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 44 Brakes 20
Ret 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 43 Engine 10
Ret 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 20 Engine 7
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 18 Hydraulics 22
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 Driveshaft 12
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Michael Schumacher in front of the tifosi had completely changed the Championship picture, for the German ace had eliminated Fernando Alonso's lead. Indeed, the Spaniard had seen his twelve point advantage demolished to just two after Schumacher's win and his engine failure, with those two now the only title contenders. Behind, Felipe Massa had retained third, although both Kimi Räikkönen and Giancarlo Fisichella had closed to within five points of the Brazilian.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a very good home race for Ferrari, as they moved ahead of Renault for the first time all season. The Scuderia established a three point lead over the French manufacturer, with those two officially in a duel for the title much like their lead drivers. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes had almost secured third ahead of Honda, who likewise had a healthy lead over fifth placed BMW Sauber.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 108
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 106
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 62
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 57
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 57
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 40
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 26
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 25
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 20
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 18
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14
12 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 14
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 12
14 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7
15 Poland Robert Kubica 6 ▲8
16 Australia Mark Webber 6 ▼1
17 Germany Nico Rosberg 4 ▼1
18 Austria Christian Klien 2 ▼1
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 168 ▲1
2 France Renault 165 ▼1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 97
4 Japan Honda 65
5 Germany BMW Sauber 33 ▲1
6 Japan Toyota 30 ▼1
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:

  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 1.19 'Italy 2006: Schumacher rides emotion to 90th win.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 10/09/2006), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/56898/1/italy-2006-schumacher-rides-emotion-to-90th-win, (Accessed 07/02/2020)
  2. [Archived] 'THE HIGH SPEED SAFETY BARRIER', fia.com, (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, 13/09/2006), https://web.archive.org/web/20061017061458/http://www.fia.com/mediacentre/Press_Releases/FIA_Sport/2006/September/130906-01.html, (Accessed 10/02/2020) - Original
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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'FORMULA 1™ Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2006 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2006/races/804/italy/qualifying.html, (Accessed 10/02/2020)
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