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2006 Bahrain Grand Prix

Track: Bahrain International Circuit
City Manama
Nation: Kingdom of Bahrain
Location: 30min from airport, south of Manama
Date: March 10-12, 2006.
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Track Length: 5,417 m (5.417km)
Laps: 57
Total Distance: 308.523 km
First Held: 2004
Last Held: 2005
Grand Prixs: 2
Held At: Sakhir (2004- )

First Winner: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:28'34.875 hrs, 2004
Last Winner: Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:29'18.531 hrs, 2005
Pole Position: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1'30.139 min, 2004
Fastest Lap: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1'30.252 min, 2004

Last 5 Winners: 2005 - Fernando Alonso, Renault; 2004 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari.

2005 Driver Standings (as of Bahrain GP):
Pos. Driver (NAT) Pts
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2005 Constructors Standings (as of Bahrain GP):
Pos. Team (DRIVERS) Pts.
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Track Rating: **3/4
 

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Qualifying for the GP's are going to be shown in Australia this year! :eekani: Ten must have got the rights.
 

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McLaren preview the Bahrain GP

McLaren drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya are "well prepared for the long season ahead," which starts this weekend's with the Bahrain GP...

Kimi Raikkonen: "It is great to be back racing in Bahrain this weekend. It has been a busy winter season for us, with hard work taking place in every part of the team. Since my first outing in the MP4-21 at Barcelona on Thursday 26th January I have covered more than 3200 km with the new car. The car has felt good on track and is quick, which can be seen from the improvements in lap times of more than 3 seconds."

"Of course I want to carry on from our performance last year and be challenging for race wins, however we will only see where we are in Bahrain after qualifying. It is also going to be interesting this weekend to go back to tyre changes in the pit stops, we had to adapt driving styles slightly for last year as we didn't have tyre changes, so it may mean people are more aggressive as it is not so important to look after your tyres. Bahrain is a good track, it always seems to have exciting races and I hope there will be another one this year to start the 2006 season."

Juan Pablo Montoya: "The start of the 2006 season will be even more exciting than the previous years with all the changes of the technical and sporting regulations. It is a bit different for me this year as I now know the team and the car really well from the very start of the season. We have completed some intensive work on the test track. Since starting my test programme with the MP4-21 on 24 January I have been at the wheel for 12 days and covered more than 3500 km. In addition to this I have spent 8 days at the McLaren Technology Centre with the engineers, working on debriefs, seat-fitting and in the simulation department and I feel well prepared for the long season ahead. But as always there is a lot of work still to be done."

"The Bahrain track hasn't been my most successful venue to date, and starting there will be slightly tougher for me, as I didn't race there last season. However I qualified well in 2004 and I always enjoy driving on tracks designed by Hermann Tilke. It has a good mix of corners, turn 12 is pretty cool and quite like Eau Rouge, so you are pushing it hard through the corner as it sweeps you right up the hill. The track is quite tough on the brakes though, as there are a number of long straights and slow corners, and little chance for them to cool. However it is not as bad as Canada, but we do need to make sure we manage this through the race."

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren CEO: "At the start of every season, Team McLaren Mercedes sets out with the same expectations and aspirations: to win races and the Formula 1 World Championships. The 2006 season will be no different. With regulation changes, ranging from the introduction of V8 engines to a new knockout qualifying format and the reintroduction of tyre stops, dominating the build-up to the 2006 season, Team McLaren Mercedes has been working intensively on maximising the opportunities these changes have provided back at base and with the test team on track. This period has also seen significant work with Michelin to adapt to the return to tyres that perform under short stints rather than for full race distance."

"Despite initial work beginning on MP4-21 in August 2004 and the car completing around 8700 test km, as always, relative performances cannot be truly judged until the first few races have been run. I expect there will be a number of teams challenging for the titles. Kimi and Juan Pablo alongside the entire Team McLaren Mercedes and our Partners will battle hard and are looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Norbert Haug, Mercedes VP: "The 2006 Formula One season provides bigger challenges for all teams than the previous one. The fundamentally new engine regulations now specify eight instead of ten cylinders and a displacement of 2.4 instead of three litres. New aerodynamic limits in the rules and the shorter engine set an enormous task for the chassis engineers - many small modifications required big efforts and cost a lot of money. The start with the new MP4-21 at Barcelona on 23rd January was not trouble free and in the beginning we were not where we wanted."

"However, in the following five and a half weeks or about 40 days until the final test at Valencia on 1 March, our team showed what it's capable of, be it chassis or engine wise. During 28 test days, Kimi, Juan Pablo and Pedro covered a total of 8692 kilometres which is on average one Grand Prix distance per day and therefore equates to a total of 28 Grand Prix distances in preparation for the first races. The lap time improved continuously throughout the tests and the long runs were OK compared to the fastest. Several times, our new V8 engine stood the strain of two race weekends and up to 50 percent more, on the circuits of Barcelona and Valencia as well as on the dynos at Brixworth and Stuttgart."

"Prior to the start of the season this coming weekend, I want to thank everybody in the team for their enormous efforts. During the last six weeks they almost worked 24 hours a day, at the test track and in Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart. I know the best reward for everybody working so hard, and I hope we will go and get it as often as possible in the 2006 season's 18 races."
 

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Mercedes: 'Our engines are reliable' :eekani: :eekani: :eekani:


Mercedes chief Norbert Haug is confident McLaren will not suffer a repeat of the reliability problems which scuppered their 2005 World Championship bid.

Kimi Raikkonen's chances of beating Renault's Fernando Alonso to the title were hamstrung by repeated engine troubles and early testing of the 2006 McLaren offered little hope of improvement.

Mercedes' new engine suffered serious teething problems but Haug is convinced those issues have been solved after significant improvements in the last few weeks.

He said: "The start with the new car at Barcelona on January 23 was not trouble-free and in the beginning we were not where we wanted.

"However, in the following five and a half weeks or about 40 days until the final test at Valencia on March 1, our team showed what it is capable of, be it chassis or engine wise.

"The lap time improved continuously throughout the tests and the long runs were okay compared to the fastest.

"Several times, our new engine stood the strain of two race weekends and up to 50 per cent more, on the circuits of Barcelona and Valencia as well as on the dynos at Brixworth and Stuttgart.

"I know the best reward for everybody working so hard, and I hope we will go and get it as often as possible in the 2006 season's 18 races."

Source: PlanetF1
 

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Ten Things You Can Expect To See Happen
* Kimi Raikkonen hurling his steering wheel after a McLaren engine failure. Leopards don't change their spots overnight, even if they have changed the livery of the car.

* Max Mosley tinkering with the rules mid-season - he'll call it a 'clarification'

* Other teams protesting about he rev limit on the Scuderia Lollo Ross car if they beat some of the decent V8 teams in Bahrain.

* Gerhard Berger being interviewed a lot. Exit Paul Stoddart as someone not shy of an opinion in the paddock, enter Gerhard Berger. (Though he likes to put on the jovial persona for TV interviews, when he was driving in his final season for Benetton he was moan moan moan).

* Paul Stoddart, Eddie Jordan, and Eddie Irvine offering their opinion from the sideline, all secretly wishing they were still a player in F1. (And the great thing is, with Max trying to attract more low-cost teams into the sport, Stoddie could come back in. Yehey!)

* More rows about the facilities at Silverstone. Ever since Bernie's plan to expand Brands Hatch hit a brickwall, he's made it a personal mission to hound Silverstone, and now the board have started questioning their big, new investor, then more delay, rumpus, trouble and Bernie throwing his toys out of the pram.

* Bridgestone becoming the solo tyre supplier to the F1 field and handing an advantage to their runners for the 2007 season.

* Less than five significant overtaking manoeuvres will take place in the San Marino Grand Prix. Last year we had a little more action than usual thanks to the teams running tyres for the entire race, but this year it's going to be more high-speed queuing

Ten Things That May Well Happen
* Ralf Schumacher and Michael Schumacher may well disappear from F1 in the same season. Though Ralf is apparently contracted beyond this year there are small signs that the back injury that he picked up at Indianapolis in 2004, coupled with the massive roll he had in testing at Monza are beginning to slow him down.

* Jenson Button will win a grand prix and shut a lot of people up.

* Valentino Rossi will sign for Ferrari mid-season. There are only so many MotoGP races you can win.

* A 2008 date for the Indian GP announced along with a 2009 Russian GP at St.Petersburg, plus the news that the Nurgburgring and Hockenheim will take it in turns to stage the German GP.

* The U.S. will be enticed back to F1 after Scott Speed puts in some eyecatching performances (The American Speed TV organisation that shows F1 in the States will try and get Scott to add the name Channel to his surname, so he becomes Scott Speed-Channel).

* The new Super Aguri won't appear after the first four races - it'll probably be closer to the fourteenth race.

* With the loss of Gunther Steiner to the Red Bull NASCAR project, Red Bull won't do nearly as well in 2006 as they did in 2005 - thus making David Coulthard's beard even greyer.

* They'll probably remember to lock all the drain covers down this time for the Chinese GP in Shanghai.

* Martin Brundle will interview Bernie Ecclestone on the grid and he'll answer a question with another question.

* Fisi will lose it under pressure in a key race, while the biggest drag coefficient on the new Super Aguris will be the four mirrors they have to fit for Takuma Sato.
 

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Dennis: 'A compromise is needed'
Thursday March 09 2006

McLaren chief Ron Dennis believes the row over Formula One's future is unlikely to drive any teams away from the sport.

McLaren are part of a five-team alliance which has so far refused to commit to Formula One beyond 2007 in a row over money and the way the sport is governed.

But recent months have seen signs of compromise, culminating in a meeting last weekend where Bernie Ecclestone offered the rebel teams a presence on the board of his company.

The teams - McLaren, Renault, Honda, Toyota and BMW-Sauber - are believed to be close to a financial deal with commercial rights holder Ecclestone, and Dennis predicted compromise over technical issues.

Dennis is convinced any remaining problems can be ironed out to prevent the threatened breakaway series.

"If Formula One exists we want to be in Formula One," he said as his sport prepared for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.

"We are not going to put ourselves in a position where we don't compete.

"Our objective has always been to find a way forward that works for everyone. I think everyone in Formula One will be in Formula One in 2008 on the basis of this issue."

The rebel teams, who formed the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association to champion a rival series, are in the process of finding common ground with FIA President Max Mosley.

The Englishman wants radical rule changes to cut costs, but teams are keen to maintain Formula One's hi-tech image.

Dennis believes the time is right for compromise. "There is a positive desire," he said.

"It is important to remember that we are talking about 2008.

"In any process there has to be compromise at the appropriate time. That appropriate time we recognise as now.

"Everyone involved is determined to take decisions on the basis of what is best for Formula One."

Ecclestone has already expressed his view that a deal can be reached before this season starts in Sakhir on Sunday.

Dennis is more cautious but backs Ecclestone's plan to involve teams more closely in the sport's business side.

"We had a very constructive meeting in Munich last Sunday," he added.

"Efforts have been made to document these things that are agreed into a memorandum of understanding.

"If Formula One benefits everyone in Formula One benefits. It is a better way forward for Formula One and incentivises everyone in Formula One to make it better."
 

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formula1.com said:
2006 Bahrain Grand Prix


Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points

1 36 Anthony Davidson Honda 1:31.353

2 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:31.751

3 35 Alexander Wurz Williams-Cosworth 1:31.764

4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.175

5 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:32.538

6 20 Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Cosworth 1:32.703

7 37 Robert Doornbos RBR-Ferrari 1:32.926

8 2 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:33.215

9 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:33.226

10 38 Robert Kubica Sauber-BMW 1:33.244

11 15 Christian Klien RBR-Ferrari 1:33.557

12 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.577

13 4 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.726

14 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 1:33.848

15 40 Neel Jani STR-Cosworth 1:33.900

16 21 Scott Speed STR-Cosworth 1:34.284

17 9 Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:34.333

18 11 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:34.384

19 14 David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari 1:34.432

20 18 Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:34.459

21 10 Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:34.953

22 7 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:35.170

23 39 Markus Winkelhock MF1-Toyota 1:35.686

24 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.898

25 17 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-BMW 1:36.264

26 19 Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:36.314

27 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.588

28 23 Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:39.021
I saw some rumours flying around that Kimi is having some electric problems, while Monty might need an engine change.

Reliable eh, Haug? :finger:
 

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Prac 2:

1. x-Anthony Davidson (GB) Honda 1min 31.353sec
2. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:31.751
3. x-Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams 1:31.764
4. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:32.175
5. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:32.538
6. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rossa 1:32.703
7. x-Robert Doornbos (Mon) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:32.926
8. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:33.215
9. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:33.226
10. x-Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:33.244
11. Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:33.557
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes, 11, 1:33.577
13. Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.726
14. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:33.848
15. x-Neel Jani (Swi) Toro Rossa-Cosworth 1:33.900
16. Scott Speed (US) Toro Rossa-Cosworth 1:34.284
17. Mark Webber (Aus) Williams 1:34.333
18. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:34.384
19. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:34.432
20. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland-Toyota 1:34.459.
21. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Cosworth 1:34.953
22. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:35.170
23. x-Markus Winkelhock (Ger) Midland-Toyota 1:35.686
24. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:35.898
25. Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BMW Sauber 1:36.264
26. Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland-Toyota 1:36.314
27. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.588
28. Yuji Ide (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:39.021
 

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No engine changes for McLaren after all?
Friday March 10 2006

Kimi Raikkonen has been boosted by the news that his McLaren will not require an engine change - well, at least not yet - despite his new charger crawling to a halt during Friday practice at Bahrain.

The sight of Kimi climbing out of his smoking McLaren was a regular feature during the 2005 season and history appeared to be repeating itself even before the 2006 campaign had began when a small fire broke out in front of his cockpit during the second practice hour.

While there were initial reports that an engine change would be required, thus resulting in Kimi being demoted ten grid slots, the fault is now thought to have been 'only' electrical.

"Unfortunately I stopped on track due to a suspected electrical problem towards the end of the last session, which meant that we did not manage to complete our programme, so we will have to wait and see where we are tomorrow," reported Kimi in McLaren's rather bland press release.

The Woking missive also failed to provide any mention of Juan Pablo Montoya's reported misgivings with his own engine.

Immediately after practice, the Colombian prompted speculation that his McLaren would also require a new engine by complaining to Autosport that, "The engine on my side just does not pull. We don't know what is going on but running on the same revs I am about seven kilometres per hour down on Kimi with the same aero package."

However, he struck a more diplomatic line in the McLaren press release, merely noting, "I am still not satisfied with the outcome of the first practice day, so we will have to continue our work in tomorrow's free practice session to improve our package in order to be in with a chance of a good qualifying result. The race should be a different story."

A different story indeed...

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Good news.
 

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Final Saturday Practice

1 Button Honda 1:31.857
2 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:31.868
3 Alonso Renault 1:31.975
4 Fisichella Renault 1:32.050
5 Massa Ferrari 1:32.826
6 Villeneuve Sauber-BMW 1:32.913
7 Trulli Toyota 1:33.038
8 Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.262
9 R.Schumacher Toyota 1:33.523
10 Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:33.876
11 Klien RBR-Ferrari 1:33.944
12 Barrichello Honda 1:34.009
13 Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 1:34.094
14 Coulthard RBR-Ferrari 1:34.142
15 Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.406
16 Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:34.434
17 Albers MF1-Toyota 1:34.541
18 Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:35.026
19 Liuzzi STR-Cosworth 1:35.351
20 Speed STR-Cosworth 1:35.532
21 Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:36.994
22 Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:41.889
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looks like Schumi is gunno get pole, dammit where's a voodoo doll when you need one
 

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Schumi and Massa will take the pole.

My favourite Alonso 4th. I found that new system a bit weird, but it's finally exciting to watch the qualifying round and that is the point.
 

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Well... it seems Ferrari is back. And it seems that McLaren still has the same problems, especially, Kimi.
 

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Yes early signs suggest that it could be a repeat of 2004. Ferrari 1 and Honda (BAR) 2nd, but Im sure Renault will have something to say about it in the end. Mclaren seem crap at the start of this year. Im not sure they will have much say in the constructors this year.
 

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Qualifying Results

1. Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:31.431
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.478
3. Jenson Button Honda 1:31.549
4. Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.702
5. Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.164
6. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:32.579
7. Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:33.006
8. Christian Klien RBR-Ferrari 1:33.112
9. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:33.496
10. Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 1:33.926
11. Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-BMW 1:32.456*
12. Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:32.620*
13. David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari 1:32.850*
14. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:33.066*
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Cosworth 1:33.416*
16. Scott Speed STR-Cosworth 1:34.606*
17. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:34.702**
18. Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:35.724**
19. Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:35.900**
20. Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.411**
21. Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:40.270**
22. Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes No time

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new qualifying system was a bit.....fruity if you will
part 1 i got, part 2 i also got, but part 3? what's up with the whole circling the track for 10mins before havin g a flying lap?
just bring back the old qualifying system i say, but anyways, yet another disapointing day for Kimi, i'm pretty sure he's signing a contract with Ferrari right now
 

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Spectacular race that was! :thmbup:

Nico Rosberg with a very good debut! Alonso and Schumi great performances. Spectacular Button, very good Klien etc.

Only Toyota disappointed as hell.

Looking forward to the next race.
 
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