2006 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on August 6, 2006 at the Hungaroring, Budapest. It was the 13th race of the 2006 Formula One season. Jenson Button won the race, the first victory of his career and the first race win for a British driver since David Coulthard won the Australian Grand Prix three years previously, and the first by an Englishman since Johnny Herbert won the 1999 European Grand Prix nearly seven years previously, in similarly changeable weather circumstances. Pedro de la Rosa finished second for McLaren, the first podium finish of his career, and Nick Heidfeld finished third, giving BMW Sauber their first ever podium.



The weekend before the grand prix, British motoring show host Jeremy Clarkson told Jenson Button that if he was going to win a race, he would need a better windscreen. It is not known whether the windscreen was actually changed. During Friday practice Fernando Alonso was given a two-second qualifying penalty by the stewards for dangerous driving and overtaking under a yellow flag condition.<ref name=alonsopenalty>Template:Cite web</ref> This meant that two seconds would be added to his times in each part of qualifying. Christijan Albers was given a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change, his second in as many weekends. Jenson Button received the same penalty after having an engine change when his let go in the final practice session.<ref name=buttonalberspeanlty>Template:Cite web</ref>

In a similar situation to Alonso's penalty, Michael Schumacher was given a two-second penalty for overtaking Robert Kubica and Alonso under "red flag" conditions at the end of Saturday's last free practice session. The decision left Schumacher "fuming," with him saying "I blame myself partly for what did happen, but I didn't expect this kind of penalty."


In qualifying, Kimi Räikkönen achieved pole position with a time of 1:19.599 seconds. Felipe Massa qualified second, with Rubens Barrichello starting the race in third.<ref name=quali>Template:Cite web</ref>


Button returns to the pit lane having won the race.

The track was wet at the start of the race, making it the first ever wet Hungarian Grand Prix. Polesitter Kimi Räikkönen took the lead early on. Alonso and Schumacher made their way through the field with Schumacher up into 6th place from 11th into the first corner, and Alonso climbing from 15th place with a spectacular first hardfought lap. He went on to pass Schumacher on the outside of turn 5 after a straight fight for several laps and reached 3rd place. He then took the lead after the McLarens of Pedro de la Rosa and Räikkönen pitted. Bridgestone wet-tyres used to dictate the field in non-dry conditions but today it seemed a one-off for the Japanese rubber. All Bridgestone-drivers, including the Ferraris, were seen struggling and seriously down on pace compared to their competitors. Schumacher fell right back in the clutches of Giancarlo Fisichella and lost his front wing battling for 5th place, hitting the Italian mid-corner fighting off snap-oversteer. This forced the German to pit, going a lap down. Soon after Jenson Button overtook Massa, Fisichella and Schumacher in just under the space of 2 laps. Räikkönen struggled on his second set of tyres and ended up crashing into the back of Vitantonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso, vaulting the car and bringing out the safety car. Alonso then pitted, allowing Schumacher to get back on the lead lap. Another beneficiary of the safety car was Jenson Button, who decided not to pit during the safety car period and climbed up to 2nd place behind Alonso. After the period was over Button began to challenge Alonso, but soon had to pit for fuel. Alonso led, but after a pitstop for dry tyres his right-rear wheel nut detached, causing the Spaniard to lose control and crash. Button inherited the lead and was never challenged from then on. Schumacher made his way up to 2nd by staying on intermediate tyres as others around him pitted for dry weather ones, but this gamble backfired as the cars on drys caught him in the final laps. Schumacher defended his position (including controversially cutting a chicane on consecutive laps without penalty<ref name=SchumacherCut>Template:Cite web</ref>), but Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld both ultimately passed him. Whilst he was being overtaken Schumacher banged wheels with Heidfeld, damaging his Ferrari's suspension and forcing him out of the race with two laps to go.

File:Pedro de la Rosa Hungaroring.jpg
Pedro de la Rosa scored the first (and only) podium finish of his career in second position.

Button won the race despite beginning in 14th place through relentless driving with de la Rosa scoring his first podium with second place, and Heidfeld getting BMW Sauber's first ever podium with 3rd.<ref name=buttonwin>Template:Cite web</ref> Debutant driver Robert Kubica finished in seventh place and scored two points, but was later disqualified as his car was underweight due to excessive tire wear.<ref name=kubica>Template:Cite web</ref> This coincidentally meant that Michael Schumacher earned a point despite not finishing, as he was elevated to 8th place in the final results.<ref name=kubica/>


ITV's coverage of this race won a BAFTA in 2007, in the category "Best Sport". The awards took place May 20, 2007.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>




Pos Nat Driver Constructor Part 3 Part 2 Part 1 Grid
1 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1.19.599 1.19.704 1.20.080 1
2 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.19.886 1.19.504 1.19.742 2
3 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 1.20.085 1.19.783 1.21.141 3
4 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button* Honda 1.20.092 1.19.943 1.20.820 14
5 Template:Flagicon Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1.20.117 1.19.991 1.21.288 4
6 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1.20.266 1.20.047 1.21.335 5
7 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1.20.759 1.20.243 1.21.112 6
8 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1.20.924 1.20.154 1.21.370 7
9 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 1.21.132 1.20.231 1.21.434 8
10 Template:Flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1.22.049 1.20.256 1.20.891 9
11 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:20.623 1:21.437 10
12 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.875 1:21.440 11
13 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 1:20.890 1:21.163 12
14 Template:Flagicon Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.207 1:22.027 13
15 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.364 1:21.792 15
16 Template:Flagicon Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:23.767 1:22.009 16
17 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.068 17
18 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.084 18
19 Template:Flagicon Scott Speed† Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:22.317 20
20 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.967 19
21 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers* MF1-Toyota 1:23.146 22
22 Template:Flagicon Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:24.016 21
  • * Button and Albers both received a 10 place grid penalty because of earlier engine changes.
  • † The Grand Prix stewards stated that Scott Speed impeded another driver during the qualifying session, and penalised him by cancelling his three fastest qualifying times. His qualifying time became 1:23.005 instead of 1:22.317, setting him one position back on the grid.


File:Nick Heidfeld Hungaroring.jpg
Nick Heidfeld scored the BMW Sauber team's first podium finish in third position.

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Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Honda 70 1:52:20.941 14 10
2 4 Template:Flagicon Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 70 +30.837 4 8
3 16 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +43.822 10 6
4 11 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 70 +45.205 3 5
5 14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari 69 +1 lap 12 4
6 7 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 69 +1 lap 6 3
7 6 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 69 +1 lap 2 2
8 5 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 Suspension 11 1
9 18 Template:Flagicon Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 67 +3 laps 16
10 19 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 67 +3 laps 22
11 21 Template:Flagicon Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth 66 +4 laps 20
12 8 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 65 Engine 8
13 22 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 65 +5 laps 19
Ret 1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault 51 Wheel Nut 15
Ret 3 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 25 Collision 1
Ret 20 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 25 Collision damage 17
Ret 10 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 19 Electrical 18
Ret 2 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 18 Accident damage 7
Ret 15 Template:Flagicon Christian Klien Red Bull-Ferrari 6 Spun off 13
Ret 9 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1 Spun off 5
Ret 23 Template:Flagicon Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 0 Engine 21
DSQ* 17 Template:Flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 69 Disqualified 9


  • * Kubica originally finished seventh, but was disqualified after the race, as his car was 2 kg underweight at the end of the race because of heavily worn tyres.

Standings after the race

Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Template:Col-start Template:Col-2

Drivers' Championship standings<ref name=f1yearbook/>
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso 100
2 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher 90
3 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa 52
4 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella 49
5 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 49


Constructors' Championship standings<ref name=f1yearbook/>
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon Renault 149
2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 142
3 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Mercedes 85
4 Template:Flagicon Honda 52
5 Template:Flagicon BMW Sauber 26




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