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2006 Bahrain GP - Race results
Sunday, 12 March 2006

gpreport.jpgToday's season opening race in Bahrain saw Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya finish in third and fifth place respectively. Kimi was on a one-stop strategy after starting from the back of the grid, coming in on lap 30 (11 seconds), whilst Juan Pablo stopped twice on laps 23 (8.8 seconds) and 44 (6.9 seconds). Kimi is third in the driver's standings with six points and Juan Pablo is fifth with four. Team McLaren Mercedes is joint first with Renault in the Constructors' rankings with 10 points apiece...

“This is a great result after the disappointment of yesterday, but we have known that the car was very strong all weekend. We thought that we had a chance to score some points today, even though we were starting from the back of the grid, but to get a podium is fantastic, The first few laps were crucial to this result, and luckily I managed to overtake a lot of cars at the first corner; I was up to 13th by lap two even though the cars in front were all lighter than me. We then gained some more places later on as a result of our strategy. The outcome is even more important to the whole team, who have been working so hard throughout the winter, as we didn't know where we were after testing and everyone had been saying that we were struggling. However we really have improved over the past few weeks. It proves that we are competitive and if not for yesterday we could have been even better.”

“I have not really been totally comfortable with the set up of my car all weekend, which was clear during all the practice sessions. Obviously I am a little disappointed finishing in fifth as I know that the car could do so much more, but it just wasn't working for me this weekend. However it was a steady race and for the team to get two cars finishing in the points could be very important later in the season. The four points I have scored are good considering the circumstances. I am now looking forward to the next race in Malaysia, where we can improve further on these results."

“A difficult weekend which stretched the whole team. The results are therefore just reward for their efforts. We are all looking forward to Malaysia where our justifiable expectation is to do better.”

“Kimi's performance was excellent coming from last place on the grid to finish third on the podium. Kimi was fighting all the way through the race and our one-stop strategy was ideal and helped to make this result possible. With his third place and Juan Pablo's fifth we have gained 10 points and are together with Williams Cosworth the only team which has finished with two cars in the points. So we are heading in the right direction.
I want to thank the team for all their efforts following yesterday's problem. We are looking forward to next week's Malaysian Grand Prix.”

Race Time 
 Fernando Alonso 
 Michael Schumacher 
 Scuderia Ferrari 
 Kimi Raikkonen 
 Team McLaren Mercedes 
 Jenson Button 
 Honda Racing 
 Juan Pablo Montoya 
 Team McLaren Mercedes 
 Mark Webber 
 Williams F1 
 Nico Rosberg 
 Williams F1 
 Christian Klien 
 Red Bull Racing 
 Felipe Massa 
 Scuderia Ferrari 
 David Coulthard 
 Red Bull Racing 
 Tonio Luizzi 
 Toro Rosso 
 Nick Heidfeld 
 BMW Sauber 
 +1 lap 
 Scott Speed 
 Toro Rosso 
 +1 lap 
 Ralf Schumacher 
 +1 lap 
 Rubens Barrichello 
 Honda Racing 
 +1 lap 
 Jarno Trulli 
 +1 lap 
 Tiago Monteiro 
 MF1 Racing 
 +2 laps 
 Takuma Sato 
 Super Aguri 
 +4 laps


Comments: Wow! From 22nd to 3rd! Kimi 's pace made Montoya look like Alex Yoong. The car looks fast enough. Let 's hope McLaren sort out their reliability problems.

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