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The 2006 Spanish Grand Prix, officially known as the XLVIII Gran Premio Telefonica de España, was race number six of the of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on 14 May 2006.[1] The race would see Fernando Alonso claim victory on home soil to extend his Championship lead, running unopposed throughout at the head of the field.[1]

Alonso had started his home race weekend in perfect fashion, claiming pole position ahead of Renault teammate Giancarlo Fisichella.[1] Title rival Michael Schumacher would line up in third alongside his Ferrari partner Felipe Massa, with Rubens Barrichello lining up in fifth for Honda.[1]

Furthermore, it would be formation flying for Renault at the start of the race, with Alonso sprinting off the line ahead of teammate Fisichella to claim the lead.[1] It was a similar picture behind as Schumacher and Massa got away well in the Ferraris, although Massa almost managed to draft alongside his teammate before deciding against a move.[1]

A surprisingly clean start saw Kimi Räikkönen make the most ground of any driver, leaping from ninth to fifth, while teammate Juan Pablo Montoya also moved up the order.[1] The two Toyotas were the biggest losers as they slipped down to the back of the top ten, while Scott Speed also made notable progress in the Toro Rosso-Cosworth.[1]

The early stages saw Alonso stamp his authority on the race, blasting away to build a four second lead within four laps.[1] Fisichella dutifully dropped back to keep Schumacher and Massa in check, with Räikkönen looming behind, as the rest of the field ran together in pairs.[1]

Indeed, with the majority of the field running with teammates nose-to-tail there was little action of note, until Ralf Schumacher made a mess of a lunge on Toyota teammate Jarno Trulli to rip the front wing from his car.[1] Jenson Button, meanwhile, was getting frustrated behind teammate Barrichello, and would repeatedly ask to be let past the Brazilian racer as he could not force a move.[1]

As had become increasingly familiar in 2006 it was only when the first pitstop window opened that the order was changed, with Alonso dropping to fourth after stopping on lap seventeen.[1] Fisichella inherited the lead but would only stay out for a single lap, before Schumacher made his bid for victory, completing four quick laps in clear air before diving in for his stop.[1]

Ultimately Schumacher would only just manage to jump Fisichella with his longer first stint, out-braking the #2 Renault into the first corner as he exited the pitlane.[1] He would instantly break away to chase Alonso having claimed second, while Fisichella went for a bounce across the gravel at turn three and hence dropped back into the clutches of Massa, Räikkönen and Button.[1]

Once again the race would settle into a procession, with Alonso able to again inch away from Schumacher, while Fisichella, Massa, Räikkönen and Button remained in a tense stalemate.[1] Behind, there was little action of note, although Barrichello and Nick Heidfeld would find themselves battling at the bottom end of the points.[1]

The second round of stops were started by Alonso, with Schumacher staying out five laps longer than the Spaniard in another bid to claim the lead.[1] Yet, Alonso's advantage ahead of the second round of stops was simply too big to overcome, meaning Schumacher emerged in a lonely second still ten seconds behind the Spaniard.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, with Alonso easing away in the final laps to claim victory over Schumacher by almost twenty seconds.[1] Fisichella would then complete the podium ahead of Massa, with Räikkönen and Button having fallen away from the battle for third after the second round of stops.[1] Barrichello and Heidfeld completed the points, a lap behind the leaders.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Fernando Alonso had seen his early Championship lead chipped away at as a result of the European Grand Prix, leaving the Nürburgring with a thirteen point advantage. Michael Schumacher had been the man to do the damage, his second win of the season leaving him on 31 points and in a clear second place. Kimi Räikkönen had hence lost ground in third but remained five ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, while Felipe Massa moved into the top five, level on points with Juan Pablo Montoya.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had managed to take another point out of Renault's early lead, although the French squad still held a decent margin. Indeed, Renault left Germany with a fourteen point lead over the Scuderia, while third placed McLaren-Mercedes were a further six behind. Honda, meanwhile, had enhanced their grip on fourth ahead of BMW Sauber, with Williams-Cosworth, Toyota and Red Bull-Ferrari the only other scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 Spanish 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 OverviewEdit

Free Practice 1Edit

Free Practice 2Edit

Free Practice 3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault DNP 1:16.860 3 1:16.595 8
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault DNP 1:17.291 7 1:15.707 2
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes DNP 1:17.933 15 1:16.705 10
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes DNP 1:18.261 18 1:16.660 9
5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:16.099 2 1:17.100 6 1:15.658 1
6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1:15.796 1 1:18.223 17 1:16.410 7
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota DNP 1:17.506 10 1:17.199 13
8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota DNP 1:17.610 11 1:18.411 18
9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth DNP 1:17.908 14 1:17.743 16
10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth DNP 1:18.283 19 1:17.645 15
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda DNP 1:17.417 9 1:16.399 6
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda DNP 1:17.414 8 1:16.999 11
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Ferrari DNP 1:18.410 20 1:16.352 5
15 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Ferrari DNP 1:17.086 5 1:16.277 4
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber DNP 1:17.622 12 1:16.057 3
17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber DNP 1:18.007 16 1:17.924 17
18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota DNP 1:20.311 27 1:18.747 19
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota DNP 1:19.358 25 1:19.587 21
20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth DNP 1:19.334 24 1:17.240 14
21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth DNP 1:19.257 23 1:17.004 12
22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 1:20.744 9 1:19.616 26 1:18.857 20
23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda DNP 1:22.222 28 1:20.031 22
35 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 1:16.125 3 1:17.075 4 DNP
36 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Honda 1:16.961 5 1:16.533 1 DNP
37 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 1:17.424 6 1:16.824 2 DNP
38 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 1:16.628 4 1:17.844 13 DNP
39 Switzerland Giorgio Mondini Russia Midland-Toyota 1:20.708 8 1:18.910 22 DNP
40 Switzerland Neel Jani Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:19.720 7 1:18.774 21 DNP

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying 1Edit

Qualifying 2Edit

Qualifying 3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2006 Spanish 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 1 1:15.816 4 1:15.124 1 1:14.648 1
2 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 2 1:16.046 2 1:14.766 2 1:14.709 2
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 3 1:16.049 1 1:14.637 3 1:14.970 3
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 11 1:16.359 7 1:15.245 4 1:15.442 4
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 9 1:16.266 8 1:15.258 5 1:15.885 5
6 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 8 1:16.234 6 1:15.164 6 1:15.885 6
7 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 6 1:16.174 3 1:15.068 7 1:15.976 7
8 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 5 1:16.054 5 1:15.150 8 1:16.008 8
9 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:16.613 9 1:15.422 9 1:16.015 9
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:16.322 10 1:15.468 10 1:17.144 10
11 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 14 1:16.685 11 1:15.502 11
12 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 1:16.195 12 1:15.801 12
13 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 16 1:17.213 13 1:15.804 13
14* 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 4 1:16.066 14 1:15.847 22
15 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 13 1:16.627 15 1:15.928 14
16 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 15 1:17.105 16 1:16.661 15
17 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 17 1:17.361 16
18 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 18 1:17.702 17
19 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 19 1:18.024 18
20 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 20 1:18.920 19
21 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:20.763 20
22 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari NC 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.
  • * Villeneuve received a ten-place grid penalty after changing his engine as he started at the back of the grid.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Fernando Alonso 2
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Jenson Button
Row 5 9 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Webber 12
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 7 13 ______________
Nico Rosberg 14
______________ Christian Klien
Row 8 15 ______________
Vitantonio Liuzzi 16
______________ Scott Speed
Row 9 17 ______________
Tiago Monteiro 18
______________ Christijan Albers
Row 10 19 ______________
Takuma Sato 20
______________ Franck Montagny
Row 11 21 ______________
David Coulthard 22
______________ Jacques Villeneuve*
  • * Villeneuve received a ten-place grid penalty after changing his engine as he started at the back of the grid.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 66 1:26:21.759 1 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 66 +18.502s 3 8
3 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 66 +23.951s 2 6
4 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 66 +29.859s 4 5
5 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +56.875s 9 4
6 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 66 +58.347s 8 3
7 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 65 +1 Lap 5 2
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 10 1
9 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 11
10 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 65 +1 Lap 7
11 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 13
12 17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 22
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 14
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 21
15* 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 63 Hydraulics 15
16 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 63 +3 Laps 17
17 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 62 +4 Laps 19
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 48 Chassis 18
Ret 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 47 Engine 16
Ret 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 31 Electronics 6
Ret 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 17 Spin 12
Ret 23 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 10 Transmission 20
Source:[4]
  • * Liuzzi was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 54
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 39
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 27
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 24
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 20
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 16 ▲1
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8 ▲1
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher 7 ▼1
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6 ▲2
11 Australia Mark Webber 6 ▼1
12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 6 ▼1
13 Germany Nico Rosberg 4
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard 1
15 Austria Christian Klien 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 78
2 Italy Ferrari 59
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 42
4 Japan Honda 24
5 Germany BMW Sauber 12
6 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 10
7 Japan Toyota 7
8 United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
V T E 2006 Formula One Season
Teams Renault • McLaren • Ferrari • Toyota • Williams • Honda • Red Bull • BMW Sauber • Midland • Toro Rosso • Super Aguri
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
Other Drivers Badoer • Davidson • Hamilton • Kovalainen • Piquet • Sutil • Vettel • Wurz
Cars Renault R26 • Ferrari 248 F1 • McLaren MP4-21 • Honda RA106 • BMW Sauber F1.06 • Toyota TF106 • Red Bull RB2 • Williams FW28 • Toro Rosso STR1 • Midland M16 • Super Aguri SA05 • Super Aguri SA06
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Bahrain • Malaysia • Australia • San Marino • Europe • Spain • Monaco • Britain • Canada • United States • France • Germany • Hungary • Turkey • Italy • China • Japan • Brazil
See also 2005 Formula One Season • 2007 Formula One Season • Category
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