Race Results 2006


Round 2 - MALAYSIA, Sepang - Race Results

Conditions: dry, overcast; Air 33°C, Track 36°C

Posn  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops Grid
1  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Renault (M)  1h 30m 40.529s 56 2 1
2  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  + 0m 04.5s 56 2 7
3  Jenson BUTTON  Honda (M)  + 0m 09.6s 56 2 2
4  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 39.3s 56 2 5
5  Felipe MASSA  Ferrari (B)  + 0m 43.2s 56 1 21
6  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  + 0m 43.8s 56 2 14
7  Jacques VILLENEUVE  BMW (M)  + 1m 20.4s 56 2 10
8  Ralf SCHUMACHER  Toyota (M)  + 1m 21.2s 56 3 22
9  Jarno TRULLI  Toyota (M)  + 1 lap 55 2 9
10  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Honda (M)  + 1 lap 55 2 20
11  Vitantonio LIUZZI  STR Cosworth (M)  + 2 laps 54 3 13
12  Christijan ALBERS  MF1 Toyota (B)  + 2 laps 54 2 15
13  Tiago MONTEIRO  MF1 Toyota (B)  + 2 laps 54 2 16
14  Takuma SATO  Super Aguri Honda (B)  + 3 laps 53 2 17
 Not classified
15  Nick HEIDFELD  BMW (M)  Engine 48 2 11
16  Scott SPEED  STR Cosworth (M)  Clutch lever failure 41 2 12
17  Yuji IDE  Super Aguri Honda (B)  Unspecified mechanical 33 1 18
18  Christian KLIEN  Red Bull Ferrari (M)  Hydraulics 26 3 8
19  Mark WEBBER  Williams Cosworth (B)  Engine 15 1 4
20  David COULTHARD  Red Bull Ferrari (M)  Hydraulics 10 1 19
21  Nico ROSBERG  Williams Cosworth (B)  Engine 6 0 3
22  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  Broken suspension 0 0 6

I've added a "Grid" column to the race results to show each driver's starting position, which due to engine penalties may not be where they qualified!

Ahead of the race, 8 teams signed a document asking the FIA to clarify the legality of Ferrari's "flexing" front and rear wings - unsurprisingly, the 3 teams not to sign were Ferrari themselves, Ferrari-powered Red Bull and Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso!

The reason for Alonso's poor qualifying performance emerged overnight - the team had double-fuelled him for the third period of qualifying, believing a fuel rig fault had prevented fuel going onboard during the first attempt. Despite his heavy load, he gained four positions at the start, slotting into 3rd behind Button, with his team-mate Fisichella leading the race from pole.

Contact with Klien on the first lap caused suspension failure for Raikonnen who spun into the gravel trap a couple of turns later. Klien limped back to the pits and underwent lengthy repairs before rejoining, but eventually retired with hydraulics failure on lap 27.

The promising Rosberg/Williams/Cosworth combo made an early exit on lap 7 with a spectacular engine blow - team-mate Webber made it to lap 16 before his own Cosworth failed. Coulthard pits on lap 11 and retires with a hydraulic leak which left him stuck in 6th gear.

Trulli driving a lacklustre race, losing position to M Schumacher, Villeneuve and Massa at turn 1 on successive laps. Team-mate R Schumacher is making steady progress through the field having started dead last after his engine failure in Qualifying, eventually finishing 8th and securing Toyota's first point of the season.

Button running quiet race in 2nd, unable to keep pace with Fisichella and under threat from a charging Alonso. By the time the two pitstop windows had passed, he was down in 3rd where he stayed to take his first podium of 2006. Massa, on a 1-stop strategy, had a good race from 21st on the grid after three engine changes during the weekend (some sort of record?), finishing ahead of team-mate and 7-times world champion M Schumacher, on a 2-stopper, who started 14th after his own engine change.

Fisichella had to race hard to hold on to his lead, but did so, finishing 4.5s ahead of team-mate Alonso who took fastest lap of the race.

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