Sato disqualified, Albers punished
1 October 2006 – Takuma Sato has been disqualified from the Chinese Grand Prix. The Super Aguri driver received this heavy punishment for blocking Nick Heidfeld in the final lap during Sunday's Grand Prix. Albers was punished with 25 seconds for the same reason.
Sato received a heavier penalty than Albers because the Japanese driver had been reprimanded earlier this season for blocking faster drivers. Sato finished 14th in Sunday's race, but has now been disqualified.