The VIII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 19 March 2006.[1] The race would see Giancarlo Fisichella secure victory from pole position, beating teammate Fernando Alonso after a race long game of leap-frog.[1]

Indeed, the difference between the two Renaults had been decided in qualifying, with Fisichella on pole while Alonso could only muster eighth.[1] That allowed Jenson Button to grab second for Honda, Nico Rosberg to secure third in only his second race, and Michael Schumacher to secure fourth for Ferrari before being slapped with a penalty for changing his engine.[1]

The start of the race saw Fisichella instantly sprint into an early lead, leaving Button to consolidate second for Honda.[1] His run was aided by the two Williams-Cosworths, with Rosberg and Mark Webber so focused on one-another as the moved towards the inside wall that they allowed Alonso to sweep straight past them.[1]

Webber eventually managed to scramble into fourth, while Rosberg was jumped by both McLaren-Mercedes and Nick Heidfeld.[1] However, he quickly got back one of those positions as Kimi Räikkönen exited the race in spectacular fashion, a suspension failure resulting from contact at turn four.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Fisichella stamped his authority on the race, establishing a fair lead over Button as the Brit kept Alonso at bay.[1] Behind, the race would likewise develop into a stalemate behind Webber, with the only source of entertainment coming in the form of Schumacher as he battled his way into the points.[1]

Early retirements would further thin the field, with Rosberg and Webber both retiring with quickfire engine failures while fighting with Juan Pablo Montoya.[1] The put Schumacher into sixth as the first round of stops began, with Fisichella opening the pit-window on lap seventeen.[1]

Button would lead for two laps before making his first stop, handing the lead to Alonso, who was intending to complete the race on one-stop.[1] However, Renault had a change of heart and instead short-fuelled the Spanish ace, believing that keeping out of traffic would be more beneficial than missing out on a second stop.[1]

The ploy worked, for when Fisichella and Button darted into the pits on lap 38, Alonso would have a five lap run in clear air, and hence jumped the #12 Honda as a result.[1] He subsequently went charging off after teammate Fisichella, leaving Button to drift back towards Montoya until his pace returned in the closing stages.[1]

Indeed, the race would rather peeter out, with Fisichella able to win at a canter ahead of teammate Alonso.[1] Button was also allowed to close but had to settle for completing the podium, while Montoya kept out of reach of the battling Ferraris, Felipe Massa emerging ahead of teammate Schumacher.[1] Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher secured the remaining points for BMW Sauber and Toyota respectively.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory at the opening round of the season meant Fernando Alonso opened his maiden title defence in perfect form, scoring a maximum ten points. Michael Schumacher, meanwhile, had started his campaign in second, two behind, while Kimi Räikkönen completed the opening day top three. The rest of the scorers in Bahrain were Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, debutante Nico Rosberg and Christian Klien.

In the Constructors Championship it was Renault who led the way after the opening round, all because of Alonso's win. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes had matched the French squad's ten point haul at the opening round, but because Alonso had won the race, it was Renault who headed the field on countback. Behind, Ferrari started the season in third ahead of Honda, with Williams-Cosworth and Red Bull-Ferrari having also scored points.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2006 Malaysian 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 Japan Yuji Ide 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
Source:[2]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1[edit | edit source]

Q2[edit | edit source]

Q3[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 11 1:35.488 2 1:33.623 1 1:33.840 1
2 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 4 1:35.023 1 1:33.527 2 1:33.986 2
3 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 6 1:35.105 7 1:34.563 3 1:34.626 3
4* 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 16 1:35.810 9 1:34.574 4 1:34.668 14
5 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 1:35.252 4 1:34.279 5 1:34.672 4
6 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:34.536 8 1:34.568 6 1:34.916 5
7 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:34.667 5 1:34.351 7 1:34.983 6
8 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 12 1:35.514 3 1:33.997 8 1:35.747 7
9 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 7 1:35.171 6 1:34.537 9 1:38.715 8
10 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 8 1:35.214 10 1:34.586 NC 22
11* 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 3 1:34.839 11 1:34.614 19
12* 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 14 1:35.526 12 1:34.683 20
13 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 13 1:35.517 13 1:34.702 9
14 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:35.391 14 1:34.752 10
15 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 15 1:35.588 15 1:34.783 11
16 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:35.091 NC 21
17 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 17 1:36.297 12
18 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 1:36.581 13
19 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 19 1:37.426 15
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:37.819 16
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:39.011 17
22 23 Japan Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:40.720 18
Source:[3]
  • * Michael Schumacher, Coulthard and Barrichello were all awarded ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[3]
  • Ralf Schumacher suffered an engine failure in Q2 so could not take part in Q3, and was awarded a ten place grid penalty.[3]
  • Massa suffered an engine failure in practice and so sat out Q2, and was awarded a ten place grid penalty.[3]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 56 1:30:40.529 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 +4.585s 7 8
3 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 56 +9.631s 2 6
4 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +39.351s 5 5
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 56 +43.254s 21 4
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 56 +43.854s 14 3
7 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 56 +1:20.461 10 2
8 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 56 +1:21.288 22 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 9
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 55 +1 Lap 20
11 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 13
12 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 15
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 16
14 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 53 +3 Laps 17
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 48 Engine 11
Ret 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 41 Clutch 12
Ret 23 Japan Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 33 Throttle 18
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 26 Hydraulics 8
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 15 Hydraulics 4
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 10 Hydraulics 19
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 6 Engine 19
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 6
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Victory for Giancarlo Fisichella would catapult the Italian racer up the early Championship table, leaving Malaysia in fourth with ten points. However, it was his teammate Fernando Alonso who left Sepang at the head of the pack, and with a fairly ominous seven point lead after just two races. Michael Schumacher had remained as the Spaniard's closest challenger in second, ahead of third placed Jenson Button on countback.

In the Constructors Championship Renault were attempting to make an early break away at the head of the field, and left Malaysia with 28 points to their credit. That left the French manufacturer thirteen clear of Ferrari in second, who were level on points with third placed McLaren-Mercedes. Honda and Williams-Cosworth then completed the top five, with BMW Sauber and Toyota having picked up their first points of the campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 18
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 11
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 11 ▲1
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 ▲15
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 9
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 6 ▼3
7 Brazil Felipe Massa 4 ▲2
8 Australia Mark Webber 3 ▼2
9 Germany Nico Rosberg 2 ▼2
10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 2 ▲9
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1 ▲3
12 Austria Christian Klien 1 ▼5
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 28
2 Italy Ferrari 15 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 ▼1
4 Japan Honda 11
5 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 5
6 Germany BMW Sauber 2 ▲2
7 Japan Toyota 1 ▲2
8 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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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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