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Formula One World Championship 2006

Round 15: Italian GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
September 10, 2006

Points Haul at Monza

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team put in a solid performance in the Italian Grand Prix, finishing the race with both of its cars in the points. Jenson Button came home in fifth place and Rubens Barrichello in sixth.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello

At the start, both drivers lost a place under braking for the first corner. Jenson then moved up one place on lap two, when he overtook Nick Heidfeld, while Rubens – whose car was heavily laden with fuel – lost another place to Giancarlo Fisichella.

The drivers were on different strategies for the race, Jenson on two stops and Rubens on one. As a result, Jenson lapped very quickly in the early part of the race and climbed up to second place by the time of his first pitstop of lap 20.

Rubens also made steady progress through the field and was up to fifth place by the time of his only pitstop on lap 30 of the 53-lap race. Jenson, meanwhile, battled away in sixth place and he was up to fifth by the time of his second stop on lap 42.

He rejoined the race after his stop in seventh place, just three seconds ahead of Rubens. Both drivers then gained two places when Fernando Alonso retired and Felipe Massa was forced to make a last-minute pitstop on lap 44.

At the checkered flag, Jenson was just 0.6s behind Giancarlo Fisichella and 9.7s ahead of Rubens. The race was won by Michael Schumacher, who then announced his retirement from Formula One at the end of this year.

"This is a good team result although we were looking for more from today. The balance wasn’t anywhere near as good as we’d hoped for. We made some adjustments at the first stop but we were still not as quick as we needed to be. I think we can feel reasonably pleased with this result at the end of a challenging weekend."
"I suffered a little bit at the start because I was quite heavy with fuel. Unfortunately since the start of the weekend we didn’t have good straight line speed which is why Fisichella was able to pass me quite easily. From there on I was struggling with rear grip and I was really just ‘surviving’. When you consider where we started from after the problems on Friday I think this is a good result for the team, getting two cars into the points once again."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"I think we can feel reasonably happy with our result today. Another double points finish for our team in a weekend that started with some difficulties. We decided on different strategies for Jenson and Rubens, but in the end they were as closely matched this afternoon as they were yesterday. The balance of our cars was not quite as good as it was during practice and qualifying therefore we lacked a little pace to put up a stronger challenge for higher positions. Otherwise we have no problems to report; the engines ran well and the pitstops were smooth and fast. We leave Europe reasonably satisfied with the progress we have made but still pushing for further improvement in the last three races."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM had a challenging race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. A hydraulic problem on the way to the grid forced Takuma to start the 2006 Italian Grand Prix in the T-car from the pits. Both Takuma and Sakon made good race starts, however Sakon also experienced a hydraulic problem in his SA06 and had to retire from the race on lap 18. Later in the race Takuma struggled with the handling of his car after the floor suffered delamination. Although his pace was then greatly reduced, he drove a solid race to bring his SA06 home ahead of the team’s nearest rivals.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Sakon Yamamoto
Sakon Yamamoto
"It was a hard race for us. We had a hydraulic problem on the way to the grid so I had to abort the lap, come back to the pit, change into the T-car and start from the pit lane. We were carrying fuel for a one-stop strategy and everything seemed okay at first and I just tried to catch-up with the group up and overtake the cars infront. We had good pace and it looked like we had a strong package - it was encouraging to catch the Midlands’ gradually. But I started to struggle with a chassis related problem and after about 20 laps you can see that my lap time fell two seconds off the pace immediately. I did all I could just to stay on the circuit, come back to the pit and do the tyre change, but I realized that I must have a serious problem. After the race we could see that the floor had delaminated, so I lost a huge amount of downforce. It is a shame, again, that we couldn't show the full potential of the SA06, but I think everybody has worked hard and obviously we have got to solve these problems. During the next two weeks we go to the Silverstone test which is incredibly important for us for the last three races and so I hope that we can improve the car there."
"We had a good start and good pace. After a couple of laps we realized that we had a problem with the car that we fixed quite quickly. But in the end we had a hydraulic problem which forced me to retire from the race, which is a shame, so at the Silverstone test in a couple of weeks I want to improve the car for the next races in China and Japan."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"Taku had a tough race today and did a good job to bring the car home. Sakon suffered a hydraulic problem and I am sorry that once again he was unable to finish the race. We will work hard at the coming Silverstone test to try to solve the problems that we are encountering with the SA06 so that we can look forward to the last flyaway races and especially our second home race in Suzuka."
Formula One World Championship
Round 15: Italian GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2 Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)
3 Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber)
4 Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault F1)
5 Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)
6 Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)
7 Jarno Trulli (Toyota F1)
8 Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)
9 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
10 Mark Webber (WilliamsF1)
11 Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing)
12 David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing)
13 Scott Speed (Toro Rosso)
14 Vitantonio (Liuzzi Toro Rosso)
15 Ralf Schumacher (Toyota F1)
16 Takuma Sato (Super Aguri F1)
17 Christijan Albers (MF1 Racing)
DNF Tiago Monteiro (MF1 Racing)
DNF Fernando Alonso (Renault F1)
DNF Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren)
DNF Sakon Yamamoto (Super Aguri F1)
DNF Nico Rosberg (WilliamsF1)

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