Alonso cruises to Silverstone win
11 June 2006 – Fernando Alonso took an easy victory at the British Grand Prix ahead of Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. The Spaniard's thirteenth Grand Prix win and his fifth of the season takes him 23 points clear of Schumacher in the championship.
The safety car came in at the end of lap three as Alonso led Raikkonen, Schumacher, Massa, Fisichella, Heidfeld, Barrichello and Montoya. Raikkonen challenged Alonso down the outside of Stowe corner but could not make it stick and instead gave Schumacher a run around the outside of Abbey. The Finn defended firmly and as the pair almost touched Raikkonen retained the position.
Michael Schumacher was the first of the leading trio to pit on lap 18 - until then he was right on Raikkonen's tail. The Finn pitted on the next lap and rejoined comfortably ahead of the German. At the front Alonso cruised on until lap 21 and rejoined the race comfortably ahead of Raikkonen and Schumacher.
The race settled into a calm middle period after the first pit stops with Alonso maintaining an eleven-second lead over Raikkonen and Schumacher.
The rest of the race was a very sedate affair. Fernando Alonso cruised home to his fifth win of the season, his third straight victory and the thirteenth if his career. Schumacher's extra effort at the second pit stops meant he limits the damage to the championship by two points. Alonso now leads the German by 23 in the drivers' battle.