USA conquered by Ferrari

Heidfeld doing some Acrobatic Stuff

The United States Formula One grand prix witnessed a historical Ferrari 1-2. Schumacher won the race for the 5th time in 7 years.Alonso was a dismal 5th, behind Trulli and teammate Fisichella (Revenge is sweet ;) ).

The wather was HOT at US before the Grand Prix, teams using dry ice to keep their cars cool (but as you will later find out, they didnt need to, their cars were gonna do only 100m distance).The start was a dramatic one with Alonso gaining two places and Schumacher losing the lead to teammate Massa. But what happened next would have shocked most of us, Juan Pablo Montoya clipped the back of Kimi Raikonnen's McLaren causing a chain reaction and taking out 6 six cars at that very instant , later Jenson Button who was also involved drove back into the pits and retired. The Safety car was called. When the safety car went in , Alonso came under pressure from Fisichella and had to subsequently let Fisichella go by (it was obvious he let Fisi go by, so that his team mate doesnt lose time). Schumacher overtook Massa after the 1st round of pit stops.

In the end only 9 cars finished the race(just 3 more than last year, LOL)

United States Formula One Grand Prix 2006 Results

1 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1hr 34mins 35.199secs
2 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 01:34:43.099
3 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 01:34:51.699

4 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 01:34:58.799
5 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 01:35:03.599
6 Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 01:35:11.699
7 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull - Ferrari at 1 lap
8 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso - Cosworth at 1 lap
9 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams - Cosworth at 1 lap


Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 62 laps completed
Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland - Toyota 37 laps
Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BMW Sauber 23 laps
Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland - Toyota 9 laps
Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri - Honda 6 laps
Jenson Button (GB) Honda 3 laps
Mark Webber (Aus) Williams 1 lap
Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull 1 lap
Franck Montagny (Fra) Super Aguri - Honda 1 lap
Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1 lap
Juan Montoya (Col) McLaren - Mercedes 1 lap
Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren - Mercedes 1 lap
Scott Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso - Cosworth 1 lap

"Quotable Quotes"

Q: (Todd Golden – Terre Haute Tribune Star) Giancarlo, Michael’s had a chance to talk about Germany’s prospects in the World Cup, what about your passion for the Azzuri and Italy?
GF: You know, myself and Michael are really big fans of football. We play together in a drivers’ team for charity. I think both of us play quite well. Apart from that…
FM: I don’t think so, no.
MS: You’d better be quiet, you’re out already.
GF: He’s Brazilian but he doesn’t play very well. It’s going to be a very interesting game. I’ve got on my helmet ‘Forza Azzuri’ which shows how important the World Cup is for me and to see them in the final and winning the final, of course.

I had a very good start and had already made up three positions - then, all of a sudden, I was airborne

Nick Heidfeld(that doesnt happen everyday, does it)

A lot of cars were squeezed - I don't think anyone should be too criticised

Ron Dennis
McLaren Supremo

Q: (Tim May – Columbus Dispatch) Michael, when is the last time, though, you picked up a team mate after a race near the podium like you did Felipe and; secondly, when is the last time you did feel this excited?

MS: It's a long time ago I picked up a teammate and threw him up in the air. There are many reasons for that. First of all, we're getting on very well together. He's really a special teammate, I have to say, for many ways, for his speed, for his character and the way we work together in the team. Plus he's so light, it's easy. Last year, I would have struggled to pick up Rubens.

Micheal Schumacher (Dont you just love his replies)

2006 Formula One Drivers Championship

1 F Alonso 88
2 M Schumacher 69
3 G Fisichella 43
4 K Raikkonen 39
5 F Massa 36
6 J P Montoya 26
7 J Button 16
7= R Barrichello 16
9 N Heidfeld 12
10 D Coulthard 10
11 R Schumacher 8
11= J Trulli 8
13 J Villeneuve 7
14 M Webber 6
15 N Rosberg 4
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1
16= C Klien 1

2006 Formula One Constructors Championship

1 Renault 131
2 Ferrari 105
3 McLaren 65
4 Honda 32
5 BMW-Sauber 19
6 Toyota 16
7 Red Bull 11
8 Williams-Cosworth 10
9 Toro Rosso 1
10 Midland 0
11 Super Aguri 0

Thats all folks for our coverage of the United States Grand Prix


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