2006 Japanese Grand Prix
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|Race 17 of 18 in the 2006 Formula One season|
The Suzuka circuit
|Date||October 8, 2006|
|Official name||XXXII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix|
|Location||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
5.807 km (3.608 mi)
|Distance||53 laps, 307.573 km (191.224 mi)|
|Time||1:32.676 on lap 14|
The 2006 Japanese Grand Prix was the seventeenth race of the 2006 Formula One season. It was held between 6–8 October at Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka. It was won by Fernando Alonso, his last win for the Renault team before he moved to McLaren the following season. It was the first Formula One race to be broadcast in HDTV by Fuji Television.
Felipe Massa started the race from pole, but Michael Schumacher soon passed him on lap 3 to take the lead. Schumacher was well on his way to victory and an undisputed lead in the championship with 1 race to go. On lap 37, Schumacher's engine failed, giving the lead to Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race. This virtually gave the championship to Alonso.
|Red Bull-Ferrari||Michael Ammermüller|
|BMW Sauber||Sebastian Vettel|
|Spyker MF1-Toyota||Adrian Sutil|
|Toro Rosso-Cosworth||Neel Jani|
|Super Aguri-Honda||Franck Montagny|
|8||16||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||53||+1:16.095||9||1|
|9||17||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||53||+1:16.932||12|
|10||10||Nico Rosberg||Williams-Cosworth||52||+1 lap||10|
|11||4||Pedro De La Rosa||McLaren-Mercedes||52||+1 lap||13|
|12||11||Rubens Barrichello||Honda||52||+1 lap||8|
|13||15||Robert Doornbos||Red Bull-Ferrari||52||+1 lap||18|
|14||20||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||52||+1 lap||15|
|15||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||52||+1 lap||20|
|16||18||Tiago Monteiro||Spyker MF1-Toyota||51||+2 laps||21|
|17||23||Sakon Yamamoto||Super Aguri-Honda||50||+3 laps||22|
|18||21||Scott Speed||Toro Rosso-Cosworth||48||Steering||19|
|Ret||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Ferrari||35||Gearbox||17|
|Ret||19||Christijan Albers||Spyker MF1-Toyota||20||Driveshaft||16|
- Lap Leaders: Felipe Massa 2 (1–2); Michael Schumacher 34 (3–36); Fernando Alonso 17 (37–53)
- Last win: Michelin
- Third place Giancarlo Fisichella dedicated his third place to his best friend, Tonino Visciani, who died on 5 October 2006 after a heart attack.
- Schumacher's engine failure was his first since the 2000 French Grand Prix.
- This was the 20th Japanese Grand Prix held at Suzuka. In 2007 and 2008, the race was hosted at Fuji Speedway. However, in 2009, the race returned to Suzuka.
- This was Alonso's first win in 4 months. The previous was at the Canadian Grand Prix. This was the only race that Alonso won in the second half of the season.
Standings after the race
Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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