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22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-  2006 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
Imola.svg
The Imola circuit
Date April 23, 2006
Official name XXVI Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
4.933 km (3.065 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 62 laps, 305.609 km (189.897 mi)</td></tr>
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:22.795
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:24.569 on lap 23
Podium
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Third 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes

The 2006 San Marino Grand Prix (formally the XXVI Gran Premio Foster's di San Marino) was a Formula One motor race held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy on 23 April 2006. The race, contested over 62 laps, was the fourth round of the 2006 Formula One season, and the 26th running of the San Marino Grand Prix. It was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, who had started from pole position. It was both his and Ferrari's first win of the season, thus effectively starting their respective championship bids. Championship leader Fernando Alonso finished second for the Renault team, whilst Juan Pablo Montoya completed the podium with third position for McLaren.

As a consequence of the race, Schumacher increased his position in the Drivers' Championship from fourth to second. Alonso lengthened his lead in the standings from 14 to 15 points. Kimi Räikkönen remained in third, 3 points behind Schumacher, whilst his teammate Montoya elevated himself ahead of Button into fifth place as a result of his podium finish. Alonso's Reanult teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, dropped to fourth place but still helped to extend the team's lead to 18 points over McLaren in the Constructors' Championship. Ferrari were then 3 points behind McLaren, on a total of 30 points, 15 more than fourth-placed Honda, and 20 more than fifth-placed BMW Sauber.

It was Schumacher's seventh victory at the San Marino Grand Prix, and his fifth win at Imola in six years. It is also the last time to date that the San Marino Grand Prix has been held.

ReportEdit

Friday driversEdit

The bottom 6 teams in the 2005 Constructors' Championship and Super Aguri were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. These drivers drove on Friday but did not compete in qualifying or the race.

Constructor Nat Driver
Williams-Cosworth 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz
Honda 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Red Bull-Ferrari 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos
BMW Sauber 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica
MF1-Toyota 20px-Flag of Switzerland Giorgio Mondini
Toro Rosso-Cosworth 20px-Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani
Super Aguri-Honda none

QualifyingEdit

Michael Schumacher took pole position, and in doing so, broke Ayrton Senna's record of 65 poles.

RaceEdit

On the first lap, Alonso passed Barrichello at the Tamburello curve. Like the previous Grand Prix, the race started with an accident, this time in the Villeneuve curve. The Super Aguri team's driver Yuji Ide hit MF1's Christijan Albers, putting the Dutchman's car into a series of rolls that left it upside down. Albers was unhurt. Ide was able to continue after replacing his damaged front wing, although he later retired on lap 23. Ide was reprimanded by the stewards and warned over his future conduct. This incident also formed part of the evidence that led the FIA to withdraw Ide’s superlicence later in the season. The Safety Car was employed for two laps.

Michael Schumacher appeared to have a clear lead coming up to the first set of pit stops, although things started to go wrong after that. His car developed graining in its tyres, which slowed him down considerably. Alonso gained significantly on Schumacher, but could not pass him. The Imola circuit is renowned for being difficult to overtake on.

The race continued normally for some laps, until Toyota driver Jarno Trulli entered the pits to retire following a steering problem. Tonio Liuzzi had a problem and spun his Toro Rosso car in the Variante Alta, a corner which had recently been revised.

Honda driver Rubens Barrichello started the first round of pit stops, on lap 14. His stop lasted 15 seconds, as he took on 156 L, enough to finish the race. Michael Schumacher came into the pits on lap 20, temporarily giving Renault's Fernando Alonso the lead.

Lap 30 saw Honda's Jenson Button make his second stop. The refuelling nozzle got stuck and Button, thinking it had been removed, pulled away from the pits, tearing the nozzle from the refuelling rig. He was delayed in the pitlane while the Honda mechanics removed the nozzle from his car.

By the halfway point of the race, Ferrari began experiencing problems, specifically tyre degradation. Eight laps were enough for Alonso to bring down the 10 second difference between himself and Schumacher. The duel that took place during the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix was to be repeated, this time with Schumacher in the lead.

Lap 41 saw Alonso pit for a second time, ahead of Schumacher. Alonso's out lap was not good enough to put himself in front of Schumacher, so their positions remained the same. Alonso chased hard, but a mistake by running wide into a corner left Schumacher a clear path for the last few laps to win. Meanwhile David Coulthard had a driveshaft problem and retired on lap 47.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

From:[1]

Pos Nat Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:22.795 1:22.579 1:24.598
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:22.988 1:23.749 1:24.480
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:23.242 1:23.760 1:24.727
4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.702 1:23.595 1:24.884
5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:23.709 1:23.743 1:23.536
6 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:23.772 1:23.565 1:24.370
7 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.021 1:23.760 1:24.960
8 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.158 1:23.190 1:24.259
9 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:24.172 1:23.727 1:24.446
10 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:24.795 1:23.718 1:24.992
11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:23.771 1:24.434
12 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:23.887 1:25.081
13 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:23.966 1:24.495
14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:24.101 1:24.849
15 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:24.129 1:25.410
16 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:24.520 1:24.879
17 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:25.410
18 USAflagsmall Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:25.437
19 22px-Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:26.820
20 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:27.088
21 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:27.609
22 Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:29.282

RaceEdit

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 1:31:06.486 1 10
2 1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 62 +2.096 5 8
3 4 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 62 +15.868 7 6
4 6 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 62 +17.096 4 5
5 3 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 62 +17.524 8 4
6 9 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 62 +37.739 10 3
7 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 62 +39.635 2 2
8 2 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 62 +40.200 11 1
9 7 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 62 +45.511 6
10 11 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 62 +1:17.851 3
11 10 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 62 +1:19.675 13
12 17 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 62 +1:22.370 12
13 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 61 +1 Lap 15
14 20 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 16
15 21 USAflagsmall Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 18
16 18 22px-Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 60 +2 Laps 19
Ret 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 47 Driveshaft 14
Ret 22 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 44 Accident 21
Ret 15 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 40 Hydraulics 17
Ret 23 Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 23 Suspension 22
Ret 8 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 5 Steering 9
Ret 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 0 Accident 20

Standings after the raceEdit

Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Drivers' Championship standings.[2]
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 36
2 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 21
3 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 18
4= 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 15
4= 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15
Constructors' Championship standings[2]
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of France Renault 51
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 33
3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 30
4 Flag-of-japansmall Honda 15
5 Flag of Germany BMW Sauber 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 102. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 107. 

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