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USAflagsmall  2006 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - road course.svg
The Indianapolis circuit
Date 2 July 2006
Official name XXXV Vodafone United States Grand Prix
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
4.195 km (2.606 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 73 laps, 306.016 km (190.238 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Sunny, hot
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:10.832
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:12.719 on lap 56
Podium
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari
Third 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault

The 2006 United States Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana on 2 July 2006. The race, which was the tenth round of the 2006 Formula One season, was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher.

As a consequence of the race, Michael Schumacher scored his third win of the season, ending championship rival Fernando Alonso's run of four consecutive wins and reducing the 2005 World Drivers' Champion's lead in the points standings to 19 over the German. Schumacher's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa made it a Ferrari one-two by finishing in second place as the Maranello-based team also reduced Renault's constructors points advantage to 26.

The race also marked the anniversary of the tyre controversy a year earlier, when 14 cars withdrew before the race began because of safety concerns about the supply of Michelin tyres provided to them – which had resulted in crashes during practice.

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

Felipe Massa 2006 USA

Scuderia Ferrari locked out the front row on the grid.

Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa earned Ferrari a front row lockout, ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Rubens Barrichello. Jarno Trulli's car was still being repaired when cars were sent to parc fermé; because of that, Trulli had to start from the pit lane. Nico Rosberg was penalised for ignoring a signal during the qualification session, requiring him to get his car weighed at the FIA garage. The FIA cancelled all his qualifying times, and he started from 21st position. Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi had the engine of his car changed, and had to start from 20th position on the grid.

RaceEdit

Juan Pablo Montoya 2006 USA

Juan Pablo Montoya was involved in an incident at the first corner of the race.

The race started with two big accidents at the first corner, which eliminated 7 cars. At Turn 1, Mark Webber collided with Christian Klien, who then spun around and was taken out by Franck Montagny. In Turn 2, Juan Pablo Montoya nudged his team-mate Kimi Räikkönen into a spin. Montoya then clouted Jenson Button whose front right tyre got caught by BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld who was launched into a triple barrel roll; Montoya also clipped Scuderia Toro Rosso's Scott Speed in the incident. None of the drivers were injured. After that, the order stayed the same at the front, the only action being a battle at the back between David Coulthard, Nico Rosberg, and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Rosberg lost out and was the only finishing driver not to score in the race, with Liuzzi gaining Toro Rosso's first ever point. Montoya departed McLaren days after the race, announcing his move to NASCAR for the 2007 season for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.[1]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Scott Speed 2006 USA

Scott Speed qualified in 13th at his home race

Pos Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:10.832 1:10.636 1:11.588
2 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:11.435 1:11.146 1:11.088
3 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:11.920 1:11.200 1:12.287
4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:12.109 1:11.263 1:12.156
5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:12.449 1:11.877 1:12.416
6 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:12.479 1:11.724 1:12.114
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:12.523 1:11.865 1:12.238
8 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:12.795 1:11.673 1:11.879
9 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.174 1:12.135 1:12.777
10 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:15.280 1:11.718 1:11.891
11 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.150 1:12.477
12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:12.292 1:12.935
13 USAflagsmall Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:12.792 1:13.167
14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:12.854 1:12.711
15 22px-Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:12.864 1:12.627
16 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:12.925 1:12.773
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:13.180
18 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:13.496
19 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:13.506
20 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:13.787
21 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:14.041
22 22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 1:16.036
Source:[2]

RaceEdit

Alonso + Schumacher 2006 USA

Fernando Alonso in front of race winner Michael Schumacher during the race.

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 73 1:34:35.199 1 10
2 6 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 73 +7.984 2 8
3 2 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 73 +16.595 3 6
4 8 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 73 +23.604 22 5
5 1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 73 +28.410 5 4
6 11 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 73 +36.513 4 3
7 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 72 +1 lap 17 2
8 20 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 72 +1 lap 20 1
9 10 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 72 +1 lap 21
Ret 7 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 62 Wheel bearing 8
Ret 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 37 Transmission 14
Ret 17 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 23 Engine 6
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Portugal Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 9 Collision damage 15
Ret 22 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 6 Collision 18
Ret 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 3 Collision damage 7
Ret 3 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 9
Ret 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 0 Collision 10
Ret 4 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 11
Ret 9 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 0 Collision 12
Ret 21 USAflagsmall Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 0 Collision 13
Ret 15 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 0 Collision 16
Ret 23 22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda 0 Collision 19
Source:[3]

Standings after the raceEdit

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

Drivers' Championship standings[3]
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 88
2 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 69
3 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 43
4 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 39
5 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 36
Constructors' Championship standings[3]
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of France Renault 131
2 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 105
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65
4 Flag-of-japansmall Honda 32
5 Flag of Germany BMW Sauber 19

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Montoya to NASCAR!". GrandPrix.com. 2006-07-09. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns17099.html. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  2. Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 144. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Domenjoz, Luc et al.. Formula One Yearbook 2006-2007. Chronosports S.A.. p. 87. 

External linksEdit



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