Estimated reading time: 1 minute
On 16th July 2006, the French Grand Prix was held at Magny-Cours. Pole position went to Michael Schumacher who set a time of 1.15.493 in the 248 F1, beating team-mate Felipe Massa by just 17 thousandths. Championship leader Fernando Alonso was third in the Renault.
In the race, the German had a smooth time, and had no problem realising his aim of making up a big number of points on Alonso, because Massa seemed solidly ensconced in second place. The Brazilian was on a three stop strategy and made it impossible for the Spaniard to pass. The Renault crew thus gave up on a one stop and managed to get the better of Massa to take the runner up spot thanks to a great middle stint from Fernando. Schumacher won the race, his twenty second and the final ‘hat trick’ – pole, the win and fastest race lap – of his career, while it was win number 187 for Ferrari.
Schumacher was now just 17 points behid Alonso in the classification while Ferrari made up five to lie just 21 behind Renault in the Constructors’ standings.