Formula One World Championship 2006
After battling hard for the final world championship point, Jenson Button finished the Canadian Grand Prix in ninth place, ending a disappointing afternoon for the Honda Racing F1 Team.
The race had promised a lot more for the team, with Jenson and team-mate Rubens Barrichello starting from eighth and ninth places on the grid. At the start, Jenson made a good get-away to be eighth at the end of lap one, while Rubens lost three places at the start and was 12th.
Jenson gained two places on lap two when Nico Rosberg and Juan Pablo Montoya crashed ahead of him, bringing out the Safety Car. The race re-started a lap later and Jenson immediately pulled out a gap to the pursuing Jacques Villeneuve.
Rubens continued to circulate in 12th place, but he felt his engine tighten on lap 12 and he was forced to retire.
During the first round of pitstops, Jenson moved up to fifth place before stopping on lap 27. He was stationary for 8.6s and rejoined the race in ninth position.
During the middle stint of the race, he continued in ninth place. He made his second pitstop on lap 53, and inherited eighth place when Villeneuve, who was one place ahead, crashed into the retaining wall.
The Safety Car came out while the debris from Villeneuve’s car was removed and, when the race re-started with nine laps remaining, Jenson was put under intense pressure by David Coulthard. They had a tough battle but, unable to maintain a competitive pace due to his handling problems, he eventually succumbed to Coulthard.
At the front, Fernando Alonso scored his sixth win of the year and, in so doing, took Michelin’s 100th grand prix victory.
It was a disappointing end to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend for the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM. SAF1 Team driver Franck Montagny suffered an engine failure on lap two whilst team-mate Takuma Sato drove a fantastic race ahead of the Midland F1 car of Monteiro and would have come home in 14th position had he not clipped the wall at turn nine on the final race lap.
|1||Fernando Alonso (Renault)|
|2||Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)|
|3||Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)|
|4||Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault)|
|5||Felipe Massa (Ferrari)|
|6||Jarno Trulli (Toyota)|
|7||Nick Heidfeld (Sauber)|
|8||David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing)|
|9||Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)|
|10||Scott Speed (Torro Rosso)|
|11||Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing)|
|12||Mark Webber (Williams)|
|13||Vitantonio Liuzzi (Torro Rosso)|
|14||Tiago Monteiro (MF1 Racing)|
|15||Takuma Sato (Super Aguri F1)|
|DNF||Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber)|
|DNF||Ralf Schumacher (Toyota)|
|DNF||Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren)|
|DNF||Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)|
|DNF||Franck Montagny (Super Aguri F1)|
|DNF||Nico Rosberg (Williams)|
|DNF||Christijan Albers (MF1 Racing)|