2006 Formula One season

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The 2006 Formula One season was the 57th edition of the championship. The champion was Fernando Alonso in a close battle. Renault won the constructor's championship.

Teams and drivers[change | change source]

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Drivers Rounds No Third driver Test driver(s)
France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault Renault R26 Renault RS26 2.4 L V8 M 1 Spain Fernando Alonso All n/a Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Argentina José María López
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
France Jonathan Cochet
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All
United Kingdom Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 L V8 M 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen All n/a Spain Pedro de la Rosa

United Kingdom Gary Paffett
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton

4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 1-10
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 11-18
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 B 5 Germany Michael Schumacher All n/a Italy Luca Badoer

Spain Marc Gené

6 Brazil Felipe Massa All
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota Toyota TF106
Toyota TF106B 1
Toyota RVX-06 2.4 L V8 B 7 Germany Ralf Schumacher All n/a Brazil Ricardo Zonta

France Olivier Panis
Spain Andy Soucek

8 Italy Jarno Trulli All
United Kingdom WilliamsF1 Team Williams Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 L V8 4 Series B 9 Australia Mark Webber All 35 Austria Alexander Wurz India Narain Karthikeyan
10 Germany Nico Rosberg All
Japan Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 L V8 M 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All 36 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom James Rossiter
United States Marco Andretti
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button All
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 M 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard All 37 Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Germany Michael Ammermüller
none
15 Austria Christian Klien 1-15
Netherlands Robert Doornbos 16-18
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 L V8 M 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld All 38 Poland Robert Kubica
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Marco Holzer
17 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1-12
Poland Robert Kubica 13-18
Russia Midland F1 Racing

Netherlands Spyker MF1[1]

MF1

Spyker

Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 L V8 B 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro All 39 Germany Markus Winkelhock
Switzerland Giorgio Mondini
Germany Adrian Sutil
France Alexandre Prémat
Venezuela Ernesto Viso
Russia Roman Rusinov
Italy Fabrizio del Monte
Spain Adrián Vallés
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
19 Netherlands Christijan Albers All
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR01 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 V10 14 Series M 20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi All 40 Switzerland Neel Jani none
21 United States Scott Speed All
Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri Super Aguri SA05
Super Aguri SA06
Honda RA806E 2.4 L V8 B 22 Japan Takuma Sato All 41 France Franck Montagny
Japan Sakon Yamamoto
Japan Yuji Ide
23 Japan Yuji Ide 1-4
France Franck Montagny 5-11
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 12-18

Team changes[change | change source]

Four prominent names in the sport disappeared for this season, with Minardi, Sauber, BAR and Jordan withdrawing, and one new team, Super Aguri entered at the last moment. The Sauber name remained, although largely as a sentiment, as BMW owned 80% of the team to Peter Sauber's 20%. Jordan became MF1 Racing, as Midland started afresh after a disappointing first season under the Jordan name. Late in the season, the team was bought by Spyker. Honda, who already owned a 45% stake in the BAR team, completed their takeover of the team and changed its name to Honda Racing F1 Team at the start of the season. Super Aguri F1 also entered their first season after having problems entering. They received backing from Honda Racing F1 including technology and engines, due to them running Honda driver Takuma Sato.

Williams introduced numerous changes for 2006, particularly changing to Cosworth V8 engines after they and BMW split. Red Bull Racing (RBR) had Ferrari engines, replacing the Cosworth power which gained them seventh in the standings in 2005. Williams and Toyota changed tyre suppliers to Bridgestone, due to Michelin's desire to supply fewer teams in the championship. Despite this Toro Rosso who under the Minardi name ran Bridgestone tyres switched to Michelin in line with parent team RBR.

Driver changes[change | change source]

At The Start of the Season

During the Season

Formula One 2006 race schedule[change | change source]

Rd. Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 12 March 14:30
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 19 March 15:00
3 Australian Grand Prix Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 2 April 14:00
4 San Marino Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 23 April 14:00
5 European Grand Prix Germany Nürburgring 7 May 14:00
6 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 14 May 14:00
7 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 28 May 14:00
8 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 11 June 12:00
9 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 25 June 13:00
10 United States Grand Prix United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2 July 14:00
11 French Grand Prix France Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours 16 July 14:00
12 German Grand Prix Germany Hockenheimring July 30 14:00
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 6 August 14:00
14 Turkish Grand Prix Turkey Istanbul Park 27 August 15:00
15 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 10 September 14:00
16 Chinese Grand Prix People's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit 1 October 14:00
17 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka Circuit 8 October 14:00
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 22 October 14:00

Results and standings[change | change source]

In the 2006 Formula One calendar the Australian Grand Prix was put back to a few weeks to avoid a clash with the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For the first time, Bahrain hosted the first Grand Prix. Brazil hosted the last race and Japan and China swapped their original dates.

Grands Prix[change | change source]

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor
1 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Nico Rosberg Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault
3 Australia Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
4 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
5 Germany European Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
6 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
7 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
9 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
10 United States United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
11 France French Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
12 Germany German Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
13 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda
14 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari
15 Italy Italian Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
16 People's Republic of China Chinese Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
17 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
18 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari

Drivers[change | change source]

Pos Driver BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 2 5 Ret 2 Ret 2 1 2 134
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 2 6 Ret 1 1 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 8 3 1 1 Ret 4 121
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 9 5 Ret 4 3 4 9 5 5 2 3 2 7 1 9 Ret 2 1 80
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 1 5 8 6 3 6 4 4 3 6 6 Ret 6 4 3 3 6 72
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 5 5 65
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 4 3 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret 4 1 4 5 4 4 3 56
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 15 10 7 10 5 7 4 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 8 6 6 12 7 30
8 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 5 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 6 Ret Ret 26
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12 Ret 4 13 10 8 7 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 3 14 8 7 8 17* 23
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 14 8 3 9 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 9 6 7 15 Ret 7 Ret 20
11 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 7 Ret 2 5 Ret 5 11 8 19
12 Italy Jarno Trulli 16 9 Ret Ret 9 10 17* 11 6 4 Ret 7 12* 9 7 Ret 6 Ret 15
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 3 12 8 7 9 11 5 15* 12 9 Ret Ret 14
14 Australia Mark Webber 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 8 Ret Ret 7
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Ret 7 6 12 8 12 14 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret 7
16 Poland Robert Kubica DSQ 12 3 13 9 9 6
17 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 Ret Ret 11 7 11 Ret 9 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10 Ret 4
18 Austria Christian Klien 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 11 Ret 12 8 Ret 11 11 2
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 15* 10 13 13 8 13 10 Ret Ret 14 10 14 13 1
20 United States Scott Speed 13 Ret 9 15 11 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 10 12 11 13 13 14 18* 11 0
21 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15 0
22 Netherlands Christijan Albers Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14 0
23 Japan Takuma Sato 18 14 12 Ret Ret 17 Ret 17 15* Ret Ret Ret 13 NC 16 DSQ 15 10 0
24 Netherlands Robert Doornbos 12 13 12 0
25 Japan Yuji Ide Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
26 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 16 0
27 France Franck Montagny Ret Ret 16 18 Ret Ret 16 0
Pos Driver BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

(*) Driver did not finish the race but was classified, having raced more than 90% of race distance.

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 18 7 14 6 5 134
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 18 7 12 4 7 121
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 18 2 7 3 2 80
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 18 1 5 1 0 72
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 0 6 3 3 65
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 18 1 3 1 0 56
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 18 0 0 0 0 30
8 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 0 2 0 0 26
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 18 0 1 0 0 23
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 20
11 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 0 1 0 0 19
12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 15
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 18 0 1 0 0 14
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 7
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Germany BMW Sauber 12 0 0 0 0 7
16 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 6 0 1 0 0 6
17 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 1 4
18 Austria Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 15 0 0 0 0 2
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 1
20 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Russia MF1-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 0
22 Netherlands Christijan Albers Russia MF1-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 0
23 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 18 0 0 0 0 0
24 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 3 0 0 0 0 0
25 Japan Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Japan Super Aguri-Honda 7 0 0 0 0 0
27 France Franck Montagny Japan Super Aguri-Honda 7 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors[change | change source]

Pos Constructor Car
No.
BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
1 France Renault 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 2 5 Ret 2 Ret 2 1 2 206
2 Ret 1 5 8 6 3 6 4 4 3 6 6 Ret 6 4 3 3 6
2 Italy Ferrari 5 2 6 Ret 1 1 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 8 3 1 1 Ret 4 201
6 9 5 Ret 4 3 4 9 5 5 2 3 2 7 1 9 Ret 2 1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 5 5 110
4 5 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 6 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 5 Ret 5 11 8
4 Japan Honda 11 15 10 7 10 5 7 4 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 8 6 6 12 7 86
12 4 3 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret 4 1 4 5 4 4 3
5 Germany BMW Sauber 16 12 Ret 4 13 10 8 7 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 3 14 8 7 8 17 36
17 Ret 7 6 12 8 12 14 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret DSQ 12 3 13 9 9
6 Japan Toyota 7 14 8 3 9 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 9 6 7 15 Ret 7 Ret 35
8 16 9 Ret Ret 9 10 17 11 6 4 Ret 7 12 9 7 Ret 6 Ret
7 Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 14 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 3 12 8 7 9 11 5 15 12 9 Ret Ret 16
15 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 11 Ret 12 8 Ret 11 11 12 13 12
8 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 8 Ret Ret 11
10 7 Ret Ret 11 7 11 Ret 9 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10 Ret
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 20 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 15 10 13 13 8 13 10 Ret Ret 14 10 14 13 1
21 13 Ret 9 15 11 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 10 12 11 13 13 14 18 11
10 Russia MF1-Toyota 18 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15 0
19 Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14
11 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 18 14 12 Ret Ret 17 Ret 17 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 NC 16 DSQ 15 10 0
23 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 16 18 Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 16
Pos Constructor Car
No.
BHR
Bahrain
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
EUR
Germany
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
CHN
People's Republic of China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
Pos Constructor Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 France Renault France Renault M 18 8 19 7 5 206
2 Italy Ferrari Italy Ferrari B 18 9 19 7 9 201
3 United Kingdom McLaren Germany Mercedes M 18 0 9 3 3 110
4 Japan Honda Japan Honda M 18 1 3 1 0 86
5 Germany BMW Sauber Germany BMW M 18 0 2 0 0 36
6 Japan Toyota Japan Toyota B 18 0 1 0 0 35
7 Austria Red Bull Italy Ferrari M 18 0 1 0 0 16
8 United Kingdom Williams United Kingdom Cosworth B 18 0 0 0 1 11
9 Italy Toro Rosso United Kingdom Cosworth M 18 0 0 0 0 1
10 Russia MF1 Japan Toyota B 18 0 0 0 0 0
11 Japan Super Aguri Japan Honda B 18 0 0 0 0 0

References[change | change source]