2006 Malaysian Grand Prix

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2006 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race 2 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One World Championship
Sepang.svg
Sepang International Circuit
Race details
Date19 March 2006
Official name VIII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.879 mi)
Weather Fine, Air Temp: 33°C, Wind Speed: 1.5 m/s, Humidity: 61%
Attendance 107,634 (Weekend) [1]
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:33.840
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:34.803 on lap 45
Podium
First Renault
Second Renault
Third Honda

The 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix (formally the VIII Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia on 19 March 2006. The 56-lap race was the second round of the 2006 Formula One season and the eighth running of the Malaysian Grand Prix as a World Championship race. It was won by Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella, who took the final of his three victories in Formula One, and scored his first points of the season. He had also started on pole position. His team-mate, Fernando Alonso, finished second to extend his lead in the drivers' championship standings to 7 points. Jenson Button took the first podium in Honda's three year return to the sport by finishing in third place.

Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. The word "formula" in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants' cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on public roads.

Sepang International Circuit motorsport track in Malaysia

The Sepang International Circuit is a motorsport race track in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. It is located approximately 45 km (28 mi) south of Kuala Lumpur, and close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It hosted the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix between 1999 and 2017, and is also the venue for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race and other major motorsport events.

Selangor State of Malaysia

Selangor, also known by its Arabic honorific Darul Ehsan, or "Abode of Sincerity", is one of the 13 states of Malaysia. It is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Perak to the north, Pahang to the east, Negeri Sembilan to the south and the Strait of Malacca to the west. Selangor surrounds the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, both of which were previously part of it.

Contents

Qualifying on Saturday saw the new rules being put to the test, as David Coulthard, Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher were all forced to swap engines from the Bahrain GP and therefore lost 10 places on the starting grid after qualifying, despite many of them competing in later sessions (Massa actually changed his engine twice, causing him to lose 20 places). This meant some drivers, such as the Toro Rosso's of Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi were eliminated in the first session, but would have been spared elimination had those with engine penalties been eliminated at this point (although Ralf Schumacher's engine blew during the last session). Three cars with the Ferrari V8 suffered from engine problems during qualifying.

David Coulthard British Formula One racing driver

David Marshall Coulthard,, known as DC, is a British former Formula One racing driver turned presenter, commentator and journalist. He was runner-up in the 2001 Formula One World Drivers' Championship, driving for McLaren.

Felipe Massa Brazilian racecar driver

Felipe Massa is a Brazilian Formula E and former Formula One racing driver. He competed in 15 seasons of Formula One between 2002 and 2017, where he scored 11 Grand Prix victories, 41 podiums and finished as championship runner-up in 2008.

Michael Schumacher German racing driver

Michael Schumacher is a retired German racing driver who raced in Formula One for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton and Ferrari, where he spent most of his career, as well as for Mercedes upon his return to the sport. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever, and regarded by some as the greatest of all time, Schumacher is the only driver in history to win seven Formula One World Championships, five of which he won consecutively. The most successful driver in the history of the sport, Schumacher holds the records for the most World Championship titles (7), the most Grand Prix wins (91), the most fastest laps (77) and the most races won in a single season (13), and according to the official Formula One website (Formula1.com), Schumacher was "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen" at the time of his retirement from the sport.

Report

Qualifying

Nico Rosberg qualified third in only his second race. Nico Rosberg Williams FW28.jpg
Nico Rosberg qualified third in only his second race.

The first session gave no surprises, as the Super Aguri, Midland and Toro Rosso cars all went out, while the second session saw another set of poor performances from Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli, while Massa and Coulthard also went out along with both the Sauber cars. In the final pole position session, Ralf Schumacher's engine blew, while Fernando Alonso could only manage 7th place after a problem with his fuel calculation meant he was carrying too much fuel during the session. Kimi Räikkönen was tipped as a favourite having qualified 6th, while Juan Pablo Montoya put himself on the third row alongside his teammate in 5th. The two big surprises of qualifying were Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber in their Williams. Rosberg posted the third fastest time, while Webber was moved up to 4th after Michael Schumacher's engine penalty dropped him to 14th. Jenson Button took provisional pole, but it was Giancarlo Fisichella who ended the session in 1st with his Renault, demoting Button to 2nd.

Rubens Barrichello Brazilian racing driver

Rubens "Rubinho" Gonçalves Barrichello is a Brazilian racing driver who competed in Formula One between 1993 and 2011, scoring 11 Grand Prix wins and 68 podiums.

Jarno Trulli Italian racecar driver

Jarno Trulli is an Italian professional automotive racing driver. He regularly competed in Formula One from 1997 to 2011, driving for Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Lotus Racing and Team Lotus. His best result in the World Drivers' Championship was sixth place in 2004; this was also the year in which he scored the only win of his Formula One career at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso Spanish racing driver

Fernando Alonso Díazaudio  is a Spanish racing driver and former Formula One racing driver. He is a two-time Formula One World Champion and is often regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He has contested 17 seasons of Formula One. Outside Formula One, Alonso won the 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing. He won the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans at his first attempt and won the race again in 2019. He won the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona, after his debut in 2018. He also contested the 2017 Indianapolis 500, and was due to contest in 2019 but failed to qualify.

Race

Giancarlo Fisichella led at the start of the race. 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix.jpg
Giancarlo Fisichella led at the start of the race.

It was a slightly cooler day than previously, a little overcast and with a possibility of rain later in the race. The track and air temperatures were in the mid thirties but the humidity was still very high for 56 laps of the Sepang circuit.

At the start, pole-sitter Fisichella made a clean getaway, as did second-placed Button. The Williams drivers were having a little battle of their own, Nico Rosberg pushing Mark Webber wide as he tried to defend his third spot, and a flying Alonso took advantage as they squabbled. The Spaniard went round the outside of turn one to take third.

Kimi Räikkönen was a first lap casualty when his McLaren rear ended into the barriers with a suspected suspension failure, thanks to a nerf from behind by Christian Klien's Red Bull. It was hard to see what happened but Klien was in the pits quickly afterwards with suspension damage to the front of his car. Red Bull's David Coulthard was up to 11th from 19th, the Toyota of Ralf Schumacher from 22nd to 13th, Ferrari's Felipe Massa from 21st to 14th and Rubens Barrichello moved his Honda up from 20th to 15th.

Michael Schumacher, who dropped 10 places in qualifying due to his engine change, started 14th and got his Ferrari up to 10th in the opening laps. At the front it was Fisichella leading Button and Alonso, then came Webber and the remaining McLaren of Juan Pablo Montoya.

BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld had a good start and had improved to sixth, followed by Rosberg, who had dropped down a little after the skirmish with Webber at the start. Rosberg got past Heidfeld but the move and his efforts in qualifying came to nothing when the Cosworth V8 let go in a cloud of smoke and flames a couple of laps later. Webber was closing on Alonso and Heidfeld was back to sixth, with Montoya still between him and Webber. Rosberg's exit had promoted the second BMW Sauber of Jacques Villeneuve into eighth, while Michael and Coulthard had moved up to complete the top 10.

Ralf and Massa were also still improving, 11th and 12th respectively, but for Red Bull it was game over. They had managed to get Klien back out on track after the incident with Räikkönen but he had problems. Meanwhile, Coulthard had gone into the pits stuck in sixth gear and their respective woes ended in a double retirement for the team. Back on track Michael had dispatched Villeneuve for seventh and Fisichella was belting out fastest laps at the front. Behind Ralf and Massa, 10th and 11th by then, was the Toro Rosso of Scott Speed and Barrichello, who was struggling to make up ground as quickly as his fellow back-of-the-grid starters had done.

Trulli, who was running sixth, hardly seemed to put up a fight as he was overtaken by Michael, Villeneuve and Massa all in successive laps at the same corner, turn one. Webber and Ralf were the ones who kicked off the first pit stops, around lap 15, but Webber then exited the race with a hydraulic problem. Fisichella went in for his first stop a couple of laps later, leaving Button in the lead until the Honda also dived in. That promoted Alonso to the front, but while the Spaniard went 10 laps further into the race than teammate Fisichella did before visiting the pits, he was still on a two-stopper.

Further down the field MF1's Christijan Albers was up to 13th, followed by the Super Aguri of Takuma Sato and Tonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso. The second MF1 of Tiago Monteiro was next and the last of the remaining cars on track was Yuji Ide's Super Aguri. They were all having their own little fights but the attention was firmly on the front.

Alonso led Fisichella and Button rejoined behind third-placed Montoya after his stop. He was pressuring the McLaren, but not really too hard as Montoya was yet to pit. Heidfeld was doing a calm and controlled job in fifth, followed by Michael, Villeneuve and Massa up into the points in eighth.

However, due to the different strategies the pit stop shakeout was not yet complete. Next into the pits were Michael, Montoya and Villeneuve, which left Alonso, Massa and Barrichello the last to go in. Alonso finally ducked in on lap 26 but evidently would have to stop again. He rejoined third behind Fisichella and Button.

Massa was up to fourth when he went in and rejoined eighth, and the Ferrari youngster did not have to stop again. Barrichello was also on a one-stopper and was last to make his way into the pits but the strategy was wasted when a few laps later he got a 10-second stop and go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Ide was the next to retire, with an unspecified mechanical problem, and the Super Aguri pulled off on the grass. Barrichello, who had been held up by a scrap between Sato and Monteiro, went in for his penalty, and Button got similarly stuck behind Sato and one of the Toro Rosso cars who were then having a duel.

Fisichella took his second stop and Button dived in as well to escape the traffic. They retained formation and rejoined in second and fourth with Montoya in between them. Alonso was back in the lead until his second stop and had just enough time in his pocket to charge through for a quick splash-and-dash and get out ahead of Button.

Michael went in for his second stop and it was a close call with teammate Massa as he rejoined the track. The Brazilian didn't back off and led Michael through turn one, although the German was very close. Massa stayed there to the chequered flag, with Michael tagging behind for the remaining 10 laps or so, unable to get past.

With only eight laps to go Heidfeld, who had been doing a sterling, if quiet, job for BMW in fifth, suffered an engine failure. In the final laps Liuzzi got past Albers for 11th, which will probably make MF1 start complaining about Toro Rosso's V10 again, and somewhere along the line Speed retired with a suspected clutch problem. Positions held to the flag and Fisichella took the victory ahead of teammate Alonso and Button.

Classification

Qualifying

Jenson Button pouring champagne on Giancarlo Fisichella during the podium ceremony after the race. F1 1903 30.jpg
Jenson Button pouring champagne on Giancarlo Fisichella during the podium ceremony after the race.
Pos.No.DriverConstructorQ1Q2Q3Grid
12 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:35.4881:33.6231:33.8401
212 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jenson Button Honda 1:35.0231:33.5271:33.9862
310 Flag of Germany.svg Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:35.1051:34.5631:34.6263
45 Flag of Germany.svg Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:35.8101:34.5741:34.66814 1
59 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:35.2521:34.2791:34.6724
64 Flag of Colombia.svg Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.5361:34.5681:34.9165
73 Flag of Finland.svg Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.6671:34.3511:34.9836
81 Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.5141:33.9971:35.7477
915 Flag of Austria.svg Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:35.1711:34.5371:38.7158
107 Flag of Germany.svg Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:35.2141:34.586no time22 2
1114 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:34.8391:34.61419 3
1211 Flag of Brazil.svg Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:35.5261:34.68320 3
138 Flag of Italy.svg Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.5171:34.7029
1417 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1:35.3911:34.75210
1516 Flag of Germany.svg Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:35.5881:34.78311
166 Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.091no time 4 21 4
1721 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:36.29712
1820 Flag of Italy.svg Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:36.58113
1919 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:37.42615
2018 Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:37.81916
2122 Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:39.01117
2223 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:40.72018
Source: [2] [3] [4]
Notes
Ralf Schumacher German racecar driver

Ralf Schumacher is a German former racing driver. He is the younger brother of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher and the pair are the only siblings to win Formula One races.

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
12 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 561:30:40.529110
21 Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Alonso Renault 56+4.58578
312 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jenson Button Honda 56+9.63126
44 Flag of Colombia.svg Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 56+39.35155
56 Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Massa Ferrari 56+43.254214
65 Flag of Germany.svg Michael Schumacher Ferrari 56+43.854143
717 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 56+1:20.461102
87 Flag of Germany.svg Ralf Schumacher Toyota 56+1:21.288221
98 Flag of Italy.svg Jarno Trulli Toyota 55+1 Lap9
1011 Flag of Brazil.svg Rubens Barrichello Honda 55+1 Lap20
1120 Flag of Italy.svg Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 54+2 Laps13
1219 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 54+2 Laps15
1318 Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 54+2 Laps16
1422 Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 53+3 Laps17
Ret16 Flag of Germany.svg Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 48Engine11
Ret21 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 41Clutch12
Ret23 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 33Throttle18
Ret15 Flag of Austria.svg Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 26Hydraulics8
Ret9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 15Hydraulics4
Ret14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 10Hydraulics19
Ret10 Flag of Germany.svg Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 6Engine3
Ret3 Flag of Finland.svg Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 0Collision6
Source: [6]

Notes

1982 French Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 1982

The 1982 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on 25 July 1982. It was the eleventh race of the 1982 Formula One World Championship.

Nick Heidfeld racing driver, 2000-2011 Formula One driver, 2014-2015 Formula E driver, 2012-2013 WEC driver

Nick Lars Heidfeld is a German professional racing driver.

Championship standings after the race

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