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The 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, alternately known as the II Petrol Ofisi Türkiye Grand Prix'si, was the fourteenth round of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at Istanbul Park near Istanbul, Turkey, on 27 August 2006.[1] The race would see Felipe Massa sweep to a maiden victory for Ferrari, leaving the Scuderia just two points behind Renault atop the Constructors Championship.[1]

Qualifying would be dominated by the young Brazilian driver, who topped two of the sessions en-route to his maiden pole position.[1] Veteran teammate Michael Schumacher would line-up in second, one place ahead of main title rival Fernando Alonso, who had his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella in fourth.[1]

A Ferrari/Renault duel for victory was expected ahead of the race, and so it proved at the start, with all four drivers entering the first corner jostling for position.[1] Ultimately it was Massa who emerged ahead of Schumacher and Alonso, while Fisichella was sent into a spin that caused chaos behind.[1]

Presented with pirouetting Renault Kimi Räikkönen would take avoiding action, only to receive a blow into the side from a spinning Scott Speed which punctured his right-rear tyre.[1] Fisichella, meanwhile, would receive a whack from Nick Heidfeld, Ralf Schumacher smacked teammate Jarno Trulli, while Tiago Monteiro had a terminal collision with Takuma Sato, who had been broadsided by Trulli's Toyota.[1]

Fortunately there would be no need for the Safety Car, with everyone bar Monteiro limping back to the pits, and very little carbon fibre landing on the circuit.[1] That hence allowed Massa to build a lead at the head of the field ahead of Schumacher, although with Alonso in third there remained the ever present question of whether Ferrari would swap their two drivers.[1]

Yet, no call was immediately made, and so Massa would escape up the road by five seconds by lap thirteen, only for the safety car to finally make an appearance.[1] The cause was a spin and a stall for Vitantonio Liuzzi at turn one while running in seventh, which prompted an en-masse sweep into the pits.[1]

Massa would take the restart still at the head of the field, although his main opponent was now Alonso, who had jumped Schumacher after the German ace had to wait for Massa's stop to be completed.[1] However, despite the fact that the Michelin tyres were quicker to reach temperature than the Bridgestones on the Ferraris, Alonso could do nothing to prevent Massa escaping up the road.[1]

With the battle for the lead already over attention focused lower down the field during the second stint, with Robert Kubica putting up a ferocious defence to keep Fisichella at bay.[1] Elsewhere, Pedro de la Rosa and Rubens Barrichello would creep up the order, while Sakon Yamamoto had another embarrassing exit as he spun into the gravel.[1]

The second round of stops passed without issue, meaning Massa still held a healthy lead over Alonso.[1] However, all was not well with the #1 Renault, and as the race entered its final phase Alonso would find his mirrors full of Schumacher's #5 Ferrari.[1]

Their fight would rage through to the final lap of the race, with Schumacher trying, and failing to setup a lunge into the final chicane to claim second.[1] Out front, meanwhile, a jubilant Massa swept across the line to claim his maiden victory, five seconds clear of Alonso and Schumacher.[1] Jenson Button was best of the rest in fourth ahead of de la Rosa, with Fisichella, Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello claiming the remaining points.[1]

There would be some controversy on the podium, after Mehmet Ali Talat, who presented Massa with the winner's trophy, was announced as the "President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus".[2] The Republic of Cyprus filed a complaint to the FIA about the ceremony which, after an investigation, fined the Turkish GP organisers $5,000,000 on 19 September 2006.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Heading into the Summer break it was Fernando Alonso who led the title hunt, holding a ten point lead at the head of the field. Michael Schumacher had closed to within a race's worth of points as a result of the Hungarian Grand Prix, as those two set about duelling for the title for the rest of the season. Behind, a three-way fight for third was likewise set to rumble for the rest of the season, with Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella and Kimi Räikkönen separated by just a single point.

Renault led the charge in the Constructors Championship as the field took three weeks off, heading Ferrari by seven points. Indeed, a strong run since the North American tour had allowed the Scuderia to all but eliminate the French manufacturer's lead, and hence meant they had momentum heading into the final phase of the season. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes were set to finish a distant third, albeit facing a potential, if remote, challenge from Honda after Jenson Button's breakthrough win.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2006 Turkish 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 Turkish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:27.306 4 1:27.059 1 1:26.907 1
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 2 1:27.385 1 1:25.850 2 1:27.284 2
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 4 1:27.861 3 1:26.917 3 1:27.321 3
4 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 5 1:28.175 8 1:27.346 4 1:27.564 4
5* 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 3 1:27.668 5 1:27.062 5 1:27.569 15
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:28.200 7 1:27.251 6 1:27.785 5
7 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 8 1:28.222 2 1:26.872 7 1:27.790 6
8 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9 1:28.236 6 1:27.202 8 1:27.866 7
9 17 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:28.212 9 1:27.405 9 1:28.167 8
10 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 11 1:28.307 10 1:27.608 10 1:29.436 9
11 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 10 1:28.271 11 1:27.852 10
12 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:28.403 12 1:27.897 11
13 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 14 1:28.549 13 1:27.973 13
14 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 13 1:28.411 14 1:28.257 13
15 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 15 1:28.889 15 1:28.386 14
16* 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 16 1:29.021 16 1:28.639 22
17 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 17 1:29.136 16
18 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 1:29.158 17
19 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 19 1:29.250 18
20 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 20 1:29.901 19
21 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:30.607 20
22 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:30.850 21
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.
  • * Ralf Schumacher and Albers were handed ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 58 1:28:51.082 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 58 +5.575s 3 8
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 58 +5.656s 2 6
4 12 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 58 +12.334s 6 5
5 4 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +45.908s 11 4
6 2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 58 +46.594s 4 3
7 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 58 +59.337s 15 2
8 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 58 +1:00.034 13 1
9 8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +1 Lap 12
10 9 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 9
11 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 10
12 17 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 57 +1 Lap 8
13 21 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 17
14 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 56 +2 Laps 5
15* 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Ferrari 55 Gearbox 16
Ret 19 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia Midland-Toyota 46 Spin 22
NC 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 41 +17 Laps 21
Ret 10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 25 Water leak 14
Ret 23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 23 Spin 20
Ret 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 12 Spin 18
Ret 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Accident 7
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia Midland-Toyota 0 Collision 19
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Coulthard was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Sato was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 108
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 96
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 62
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 52
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 49
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 36
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 26
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 22
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 19
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 18
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14
12 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 14
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 10
14 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7
15 Australia Mark Webber 6
16 Germany Nico Rosberg 4
17 Austria Christian Klien 2
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 France Renault 160
2 Italy Ferrari 158
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 89
4 Japan Honda 58
5 Japan Toyota 28
6 Germany BMW Sauber 26
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:

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V T E Turkey Turkish Grand Prix
Circuits Istanbul Park (2005-2011)
Istanbul Park
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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
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