Alonso takes victory in Monaco
28 May 2006 – Fernando Alonso drove from pole position to the race win in Monaco. The Spaniard was fighting with Räikkönen for a long time, but Räikkönen's car gave up. Juan Pablo Montoya drove a solid race taking second place. David Coulthard took the first podium position for Red Bull Racing and his first podium since 2003.
The race got underway with Fernando Alonso starting from pole position. Michael Schumacher was punished for his actions during qualifying and had to start from the back of the grid. Ferrari decided to let Schumacher start from the pitlane with a fresh engine though.
At the start Christijan Albers touched with Tiago Monteiro. The Stewards of the race punished Albers with a drive through penalty as they felt Albers could have avoided contact with his team mate.
Ferrari drivers Schumacher and Massa got stuck in the back of the field. Massa was stuck behind Albers, while Schumacher got stuck behind Button. After 20 laps Michael Schumacher finally managed to overtake Jenson Button. Schumacher was much faster but was unable to overtake the Honda driver in the narrow streets.
Halfway the race there is a group of six drivers that were fighting for P8. Fisichella managed to take Coulthard in one lap and Villeneuve in the next lap while coming out of the tunnel in both occasions.
With 30 laps to go Mark Webber, racing in third position, blew up his engine. The safety-car was sent out and thus Alonso and Räikkönen both dived into the pitlane.
As the safety-car was out Kimi Räikkönen's Mercedes engine got overheated and goes up in smoke. Räikkönen had to pull out of the race as the third driver within a minute.
Not much later it was Nico Rosberg who went straight on in the first corner crashing into the barriers and thus Williams was the first team that could pack its bags. The team showed a great performance in Monaco with Webber starting from P2 and Rosberg from P6.
The next driver who was left in the dark by his car was Christian Klien. He entered the pitlane and stopped his car at the pitlane entrance while being in fifth position. Klien began the race from P11 and worked his way up the field during the race.
Rubens Barrichello, racing in third, received a drive through penalty for speeding in the pitlane with only 15 laps to go. The penalty took away a possible podium finish for the Brazilian. He did finish in fourth, which is a great result.
Jarno Trulli, starting from P6, worked his way up to third position. With only five laps to go though he had to park his Toyota and handed over P3 to David Coulthard. For Red Bull it is the first podium position and for Coulthard his first podium since the Japanese Grand Prix 2003.
Michael Schumacher worked his way up during the Grand Prix from 22nd to fifth, with Giancarlo Fisichella in sixth. Nick Heidfeld finished in seventh taken two points for BMW. Ralf Schumacher took the final point for Toyota with his 8th position.