GP Germany 2006 at the Hockenheimring

GP Germany 2006 at the Hockenheimring
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P ole: Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes ) 1.14,070 min.

1. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1: 27.51.693 h
2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) + 0.720 s
3. Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes) + 13.206 s

Michael Schumacher said goodbye to his fans in Hockenheim in 2006 with a victory. For the time being it is the last appearance of the master in the Motodrom. He will resign a month later, and nobody can know that the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time will make a comeback in 2010.

Mass damper dispute in Hockenheim

The headlines in the run-up to the GP Germany are determined by a dispute over a technical detail that Renault invented and has been using since the GP Brazil in 2005. The so-called mass damper calms the car's vibrations during compression and rebound. Of course, this benefits the aerodynamics because the car moves less. Ferrari gets wind of it and recreates the trick.

However, the copy is less efficient than the original. McLaren protests against the principle on the grounds that it is a movable aerodynamic aid. Ferrari doesn’t go too far because they know that a ban will harm Renault more than it does itself.

Renault has no chance against Ferrari

The FIA ​​explains the mass oscillating on a spring, the Renault uses both axles, for illegal. The stewards, however, allow Renault to start with the system. It's a grotesque situation. Renault should drive with a mass damper, but does not dare because the FIA ​​is appealing the judgment of its own commissioners. If Renault started with a mass damper and the FIA ​​later won the process, Alonso and Fisichella would get zero points. Then give up a technical advantage until there is clarity.

The Renault promptly follow suit. The cars are difficult to balance without the usual tools. Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella take fifth and sixth place with no chance. The Ferrari double victory with Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa at the top hurts twice.

Spectacular opening lap in Hockenheim

The first lap is turbulent. Jacques Villeneuve bumps into his BMW colleague Nick Heidfeld. Ralf Schumacher tunnels DavidCoulthard and lets the Red Bull soar like a kite. Nico Rosberg spins into the Motodrom. Kimi Räikkönen is only an opponent for Ferrari until it becomes clear that the Pole man has significantly less fuel in the tank at the start. Villeneuve sails into the wall in the target curve. That seals the Canadian's dismissal.

Hockenheim also says goodbye. For a year. Due to financial problems, the Nürburgring and the Hockenheimring decide to let the increasingly expensive Formula 1 alternate between the two locations from now on.


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