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The LXIV Grand Prix de Monaco, alternately known as the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, was the seventh round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 28 May 2006.[1] The race would see Fernando Alonso claim victory, although that was overshadowed by the antics of his major title rival Michael Schumacher in qualifying.[1]

In one of Schumacher's more infamous moments, the German ace would stop his car and block the track at Rascasse after missing the apex, an action that ultimately resulted in him being sent to the back of the grid.[1] That left Alonso on pole position ahead of Mark Webber, with Kimi Räikkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya sharing the second row for McLaren-Mercedes.[1]

The start of the race proved unusually tame for the Monaco Grand Prix, with the only incident of note coming at the back of the field, Tiago Monteiro managing to remove his front wing on the side of teammate Christijan Albers.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Alonso would scramble clear of Webber to claim the lead, with the Williams-Cosworth having to defend heavily from the marauding McLarens instead.[1]

The early stages saw Webber's resistance get broken by Räikkönen, with the Australian ace running wide at Sainte Devote and hence allow the #3 McLaren to dive past into Casino Square.[1] The Finn would quickly sprint away to chase Alonso, leaving Webber to fend off Montoya, while at the back of the field Schumacher was making impressive progress.[1]

Yet, having made six positions in the opening three laps, Schumacher progress would be halted by Jenson Button, who was running at a similar pace to the #5 Ferrari.[1] They remained nose-to-tail until the German ace threw a successful lunge past the Honda into the Nouvelle Chicane on lap 21, by which stage the leaders were beginning to make their first stops.[1]

Räikkönen was the first of the leaders to pit, sweeping in on lap 22 followed by Alonso two laps later.[1] The Spaniard duly emerged ahead of the McLaren as Webber inherited the lead, who delivered two stunning laps before making his stop, although it was not enough for the Australian racer to jump Räikkönen's McLaren.[1]

That, however, would be as good as it got for Webber, for the Williams would pick up an exhaust issue that hampered his pace throughout his second stint, and ultimately led to his retirement on lap 46.[1] Alonso and Räikkönen were hence left in a duel for the lead, although when Webber's car ignited as he pulled into the pit exit the Safety Car was called.[1]

Unsurprisingly the appearance of the SC resulted in the majority of the field diving into the pits for their second stops, leaving only the one-stoppers on track.[1] In the resulting shuffle Alonso would retain the lead over Räikkönen, Montoya was promoted to third ahead of one-stopper Rubens Barrichello, while David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher filtered through to complete the top eight.[1]

However, after two laps behind the SC the order would be shuffled again, this time as a result of Räikkönen suffering an electrical failure as a heat shield failed and allowed his wiring loom to melt.[1] That left the McLaren on the sidelines at Portier, with an irate Finn opting to head to his yacht rather than walk back to the McLaren garage.[1]

With Räikkönen watching on from the harbour the race resumed, with Alonso sprinting clear of Montoya to establish an early lead.[1] The order would remain stable until Christian Klien retired on lap 56, followed by a drive through penalty for third placed Barrichello for speeding in the pitlane.[1]

Their removal put Jarno Trulli up into third, where he was set to finish until a hydraulic failure left him on the sidelines with just five laps to go.[1] Coulthard was hence promoted into third, who had been split from Schumacher by Barrichello after the Brazilian had served his stop.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Alonso would cruise through the closing laps to claim victory, fifteen seconds clear of Montoya in second.[1] Coulthard, meanwhile, would claim a jubilant maiden podium finish for Red Bull, and would ascend the podium draped in a Superman cape.[1] Behind, Barrichello fended off Schumacher to the flag, Giancarlo Fisichella claimed a lonely sixth, while Nick Heidfeld and Ralf Schumacher completed the scorers.[1]

Significantly this was the first, and only, time in F1 history that both factory Ferrari cars had qualified on the final row of the grid.

Background[]

Fernando Alonso used his third victory of the campaign to move fifteen points clear at the head of the Championship hunt, moving onto 54 points. Michael Schumacher remained his closest challenger in second, with a twelve point margin of his own over third placed Kimi Räikkönen. Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa then completed the top five, with no drivers having added their names to the score sheet in Spain.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had managed to increase their lead at the head of the field, restoring their one-race advantage after their double podium. Indeed, they left Spain with a nineteen point lead over Ferrari in second, while McLaren-Mercedes in third sat 36 behind the French manufacturer. Honda were next on 24 points, double the tally of BMW Sauber, with three constructors still yet to threaten the points in 2006.

Entry list[]

The full entry list for the 2006 Monaco 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
Source:[2]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2006 Monaco 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 2 1:14.232 2 1:13.622 1 1:13.962 1
2 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 3 1:14.305 5 1:13.728 2 1:14.082 2
3 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:13.887 1 1:13.532 3 1:14.140 3
4 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:14.483 8 1:14.295 4 1:14.664 4
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 8 1:14.766 9 1:14.312 5 1:14.766 5
6 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 9 1:14.883 7 1:14.211 6 1:15.857 6
7 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 12 1:15.090 4 1:13.687 7 1:16.426 7
8 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10 1:14.888 6 1:13.909 8 1:16.636 8
9* 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 7 1:14.614 3 1:13.647 9 1:17.260 9
10 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 4 1:14.412 10 1:14.398 10
11 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 6 1:14.489 11 1:14.747 11
12 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 13 1:15.314 12 1:14.969 12
13 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 11 1:15.085 13 1:14.982 13
14 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 14 1:15.316 14 1:15.052 14
15 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 15 1:15.324 15 1:15.137 15
16 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 16 1:15.598 16
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 17 1:15.993 17
18 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 1:16.236 18
19 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 19 1:17.276 19
20 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 20 1:17.502 20
21 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari NC 21
EXC 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Excluded PL
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.
  • * Fisichella had his three fastest times from Q3 deleted for blocking Coulthard.[3]
  • Massa crashed during Q1 and failed to set a time.[3]
  • Schumacher was excluded from the results of qualifying (having claimed pole with a 1:13.898 in Q3) for deliberately blocking the circuit.[3]

Grid[]

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

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 78 1:43:43.116 1 10
2 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 +14.567s 4 8
3 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 78 +52.298s 7 6
4 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 78 +53.337s 5 5
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 78 +53.830s PL 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 78 +1:02.072 9 3
7 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 15 2
8 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 77 +1 Lap 10 1
9 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 21
10 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 77 +1 Lap 12
11 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 77 +1 Lap 13
12 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 16
13 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 77 +1 Lap 18
14 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 14
15 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 76 +2 Laps 17
16 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 75 +3 Laps 20
17* 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 72 Hydraulics 6
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 56 Transmission 11
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 51 Throttle 8
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 50 Fire 3
Ret 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 48 Exhaust 2
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 46 Electrical 19
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Trulli was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]

Milestones[]

Standings[]

A fourth victory of the campaign in Monte Carlo had ensured that Fernando Alonso extended his Championship lead once again, leaving the Principality on 64 points. Michael Schumacher had remained his biggest threat, but now faced a 21 point gap between himself and the defending Champion. Behind, Giancarlo Fisichella had moved ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya was back in the top five, and David Coulthard had risen to eleventh with his podium finish.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had once again enhanced their advantage, having moved 28 points clear in Monaco courtesy of Alonso's win. Ferrari were still their closest challengers after the opening seven rounds, and held a thirteen point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes in third. Honda and BMW Sauber then completed the top five, while Red Bull-Ferrari had moved level with Toyota after their first trip to the podium.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 64
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 43
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 27 ▲1
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 27 ▼1
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 23 ▲2
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 20 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 16 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 13
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher 8
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 8
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 7 ▲3
12 Australia Mark Webber 6 ▼1
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 6 ▼1
14 Germany Nico Rosberg 4 ▼1
15 Austria Christian Klien 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 91
2 Italy Ferrari 63
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 50
4 Japan Honda 29
5 Germany BMW Sauber 14
6 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10
7 Japan Toyota 8
8 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 8

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

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