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The 2006 San Marino Grand Prix, officially the XXVI Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino, was race number four of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, on 23 April 2006.[1] The race, which proved to be the last Grand Prix to be staged at Imola, would see Michael Schumacher claim a popular victory for Ferrari on home turf.[1]

Indeed, it would be a record breaking weekend for the German ace, with Schumacher securing his 66th pole position in qualifying, beating Ayrton Senna's old mark of 65.[1] The Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello would split Schumacher from teammate Felipe Massa, while Championship leader Fernando Alonso started from fifth.[1]

The start of the race saw the #5 Ferrari instantly sprint away into an early lead, with Button leading the chase from second.[1] Behind, Alonso would follow Massa past Barrichello as the field thundered into Tamburello, before an accident behind would end the career of one of the back markers.[1]

That driver was Yuji Ide, who smashed into the back of Christijan Albers on the brakes for Villeneuve with enough force to send the Midland-Toyota into a series of barrel rolls.[1] While Albers escaped his ruined car unharmed, Ide would continue with a smashed front wing, and stopped for repairs as the Safety Car emerged from the pits.[1] He would go on to retire on lap 23, before an FIA tribunal held on 10 May 2006 decided to revoke Ide's FIA Super Licence due to his erratic driving.[2]

On track, meanwhile, the race would resume at the start of lap four, with Schumacher again easing away from Button at the restart.[1] The Brit was left to fend off the attentions of Massa and Alonso for second, with the top four all breaking clear from a struggling Barrichello.[1]

Barrichello duly became the first of the leaders to stop on lap eight, only for an issue with the fuel rig to dump him to the back of the field.[1] Button, meanwhile, would also miss out after making his early stop, with a similar issue, combined with a sticking wheel nut, ending his hopes of victory.[1]

That left Schumacher ahead of Massa and Alonso, and would hence allow the Scuderia to play a tactical game with Renault, with Massa easing his pace.[1] That hence allowed Schumacher to sprint clear as their pitstops loomed, with Alonso only released from Massa's hold when the Brazilian made his first stop.[1]

By that stage Schumacher had made his first stop and rejoined without losing the lead, although now released Alonso was able to close the gap.[1] However, before he could catch the #5 Ferrari the Spaniard had to make his stop, and duly rejoined in second on lap 25 just ahead of Button and Juan Pablo Montoya who were fighting for third with Massa.[1]

With that Alonso was away, demolishing Schumacher's advantage in ten laps to harass the Ferrari at every opportunity to try and claim the lead.[1] Yet, despite the obvious issues that Schumacher's car was having, the #1 Renault could not force a move, even with a series of lunges at Tosa to try and force the German ace into a mistake.[1]

The leaders made their second and final stops in tandem, with Schumacher managing to gain some time with a swifter stop.[1] Their battle hence continued in the same vain as before for the final phase of the race, as behind Button's battle for the podium was ended by another pitlane mistake, this time caused by the lollipop man telling him to go even though his Honda was still attached to the refuelling rig.[1]

With two laps to go the fight for victory would also be over, with Alonso making a mistake at Villeneuve to leave him too far back to challenge Schumacher.[1]< The #5 Ferrari duly swept across the line to claim victory ahead of Spaniard, while Montoya fended off Massa's attentions to complete the podium.[1] Kimi Räikkönen would close on the pair but ran out of time to challenge in fifth ahead of Mark Webber, Button scrambled through to seventh, while Giancarlo Fisichella rounded out the scorers in eighth.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A second victory in the opening three rounds left Fernando Alonso in early command of the Championship, having left Australia with 28 points to his name. That translated into a fourteen point lead over teammate Giancarlo Fisichella in second, with the Italian racer level on points with third placed Kimi Räikkönen. Behind, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button remained tied on eleven points, with fifteen drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had already built a comfortable lead at the head of the pack, leaving Australia with more than a race's worth of points in hand. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes had slipped nineteen behind the French squad as a result of the battle of Australia, but had moved eight clear of Ferrari in third. Honda, meanwhile, had retained fourth ahead of BMW Sauber, with eight constructors having scored across the opening three rounds.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 San Marino 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:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2006 San Marino 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 8 1:24.598 1 1:22.579 1 1:22.795 1
2 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 6 1:24.480 8 1:23.749 2 1:22.988 2
3 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 9 1:24.727 9 1:23.760 3 1:23.242 3
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 12 1:24.884 4 1:23.595 4 1:23.702 4
5 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1 1:23.536 5 1:23.743 5 1:23.709 5
6 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 3 1:24.370 3 1:23.565 6 1:23.772 6
7 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 1:24.960 10 1:23.760 7 1:24.021 7
8 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:24.259 2 1:23.190 8 1:24.158 8
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 5 1:24.446 7 1:23.727 9 1:24.172 9
10 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 14 1:24.992 6 1:23.718 10 1:24.795 10
11 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 4 1:24.434 11 1:23.771 11
12 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 15 1:25.081 12 1:23.887 12
13 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 7 1:24.495 13 1:23.966 13
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 10 1:24.849 14 1:24.101 14
15 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 16 1:25.410 15 1:24.129 15
16 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 11 1:24.879 16 1:24.520 16
17 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 17 1:25.410 17
18 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 1:25.437 18
19 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 19 1:26.820 19
20 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:27.088 20
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:27.609 21
22 23 Japan Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:29.282 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 62 1:31:06.486 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 62 +2.096s 5 8
3 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 62 +15.868s 7 6
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 62 +17.096s 4 5
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 62 +17.524s 8 4
6 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 62 +37.739s 10 3
7 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 62 +39.635s 2 2
8 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 62 +40.200s 11 1
9 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 62 +45.511s 6
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 62 +1:17.851 3
11 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 62 +1:19.675 13
12 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 62 +1:22.370 12
13 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 61 +1 Lap 15
14 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 16
15 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 18
16 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 60 +2 Laps 19
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 47 Driveshaft 14
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 44 Accident 21
Ret 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 40 Hydraulics 17
Ret 23 Japan Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 23 Suspension 22
Ret 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 5 Steering 9
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 0 Collision 20
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fernando Alonso had seen his lead at the top of the Championship once again grow as a result of the San Marino Grand Prix, leaving Imola with a fifteen point advantage. Race winner Michael Schumacher had, however, moved into second courtesy of his victory, three ahead of third placed Kimi Räikkönen. Giancarlo Fisichella and Juan Pablo Montoya were a further three behind the Finn, while Jenson Button had slipped to sixth, two points off.

In the Constructors Championship Renault had seen their lead slightly reduced, although they still held a very healthy eighteen point margin. McLaren-Mercedes had hence inched closer to their opponents in second, although a strong weekend for Ferrari had seen the Scuderia double their tally, and move to within three points of the Anglo-German alliance. Honda were next, with half the points of Ferrari, while BMW Sauber rounded out the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 36
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 21 ▲2
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 18
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 15 ▼2
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 11 ▼1
7 Brazil Felipe Massa 9 ▲3
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 7 ▼1
9 Australia Mark Webber 6 ▲2
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 5 ▼2
11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5 ▼2
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2
13 Germany Nico Rosberg 2
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard 1
15 Austria Christian Klien 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 51
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 33
3 Italy Ferrari 30
4 Japan Honda 15
5 Germany BMW Sauber 10
6 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 8 ▲1
7 Japan Toyota 7 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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