It happened today – 11 March

It happened today - 11 March

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On 11 March 2006 the 2.4-litre eight-cylinder Ferrari 056 engine made its qualifying debut and immediately took pole position. It was in Bahrain and Michael Schumacher lined up ahead of Felipe Massa on an all-Ferrari 248F1 front row. In the race it was Fernando Alonso’s Renault that instead came out on top.

The 056 powerpack was used in Formula 1 from 2006 to 2013, taking part in a total of 139 grands prix and securing two world constructors’

championships, one driver’s championship, 39 wins, 122 podiums, 29 pole positions and 48 fastest laps.

That pole for Ferrari was number 180 and Schumacher’s 65th overall. The German went on to take another three that year: in Imola (where the 056 took its first win), in the USA at Indianapolis and in France, the last pole positions of his career.

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