|2006 season: Did you know?|
Monday, 11 December 2006 12:41
Canada - Montreal (Race 10)
After Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jaqcues Villeneuve all crashed into it,
USA - Indianapolis (Race 11)
Scott Speed became the first American to start his home Grand Prix since Eddie Cheever finished third at Phoenix in 1989.
In his six appearances in the US grand prix, Michael Schumacher has never finished lower than second.
The original Indianapolis circuit was paved with 3.2 million bricks. The track surface is now asphalt but a strip of bricks still remains at the start/finish line.
France - Magny Cours (Race 12)
Michael Schumacher's Magny Cours victory, the 88th of his career, meant that he became the first man in F1 history to win the same Grand Prix eight times.
The French Grand Prix is the oldest GP on the calendar, first run on June 26 1906 at Le Mans the race was won by Ferenc Szisz in a Renault.
Magny Cours has been the home of the French Grand Prix since 1991 when the race was moved from the Paul Ricard circuit for economic reasons.
Germany - Hockenheim (Race 13)
Hockenheim was Mark Webber's 80th Grand Prix and the popular Aussie will celebrate 'the big 30' on the day of the Turkish Grand Prix, August 27.
Michael Schumacher's win was his fourth German GP victory and came 11 years after his first.
The Hockenheimring was originally built in 1932 to host motorcycle racing and is completely flat, with no changes in elevation.
Hungary - Budapest (Race 14)
The Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula one race to take place behind the iron curtain when the F1 circus rolled into the Hungaroring in 1986.
Jenson Button's victory at the Hungaroring was his first in 113 Grand Prix starts. The Hungaroring was also the scene of fellow Brit Damon Hill's first race win when he piloted his Williams to first in 1993.
In 1989 British driver Nigel Mansell took his Ferrari from 12th on the grid to first at the chequered flag, a record that stood for 17 years until this year's drive from Button, who started from 14th.
Turkey - Istanbul (Race 15)
The Istanbul Park circuit is one of only three anti-clockwise tracks on the F1 calendar.
Drivers are subjected to lateral forces four times the force of gravity for four seconds during the 160mph turn eight.
The Istanbul circuit was designed by German engineer Hermann Tilke, who is also responsible for the Malaysian, Chinese and Bahrain F1 tracks.
Italy - Monza (Race 16)
The soon to retire Michael Schumacher made his debut in 1991's Belgian Grand Prix as a stand-in for Bertrand Gachot. The Frenchman was in prison at the time for spraying CS gas at a taxi-driver.
The Italian Grand Prix at Monza has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar since 1950 when Italian Guiseppe Farina took victory in an Alfa Romeo.
Although Ferrari has won 7 of the last 11 outings at Monza, an Italian driver has not won the race since Ludovico Scarfiotti in 1966.
China - Shanghai (Race 17)
Fernando Alonso's Shanghai pole was Renault's 50th as a constructor.
Going into the race weekend Shanghai was one of the few F1 circuits where Michael Schumacher had never won a race, his previous best finish in China being 12th position.
The resemblance of Shanghai's circuit outline to the Chinese symbol shang, meaning above, is coincidental.
Japan - Suzuka (Race 18)
The Japanese Grand Prix has been at the Suzuka circuit for 20 years. Prior to 1987 it was held at the Fuji Speedway.
Fernando Alonso's win this weekend was the first for a Renault powered car since Damon Hill piloted his Williams-Renault to victory in 1996.
The Suzuka circuit is one of the only world-class raceways to feature a figure of eight layout, intersecting with itself by means of a bypass over the back straight.
Brazil - Interlagos (Race 19)
Felipe Massa's win at Interlagos was the first for a Brazilian since Ayrton Senna's Ford-powered Benneton took him to the chequered flag in 1993.
As well as being Michael Schumacher's final race the Brazilian Grand Prix ended engine supplier Cosworth's 39 consecutive seasons of involvement in the sport.
Fernando Alonso's second world championship made him the youngest back-to-back winner and just the eighth man to win consecutive titles.
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