The race held at the Hungaroring in 2006 became the story
for a number of reasons. It was the first win of Jenson Button in the
Formula 1, the first and only podium Pedro de la Rosa, the
the last victory of Honda and the first podium for BMW Sauber.
But, apart from the statistical data, Hungary 2006 had a lot of
more: it was, perhaps, the best race of this century. In the middle of a battle for
the championship between Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, the end of
week began with controversy to be punished both after not
respect Schumacher as a red flag and reckless driving by
part of Alonso, who had an incident with Robert Doornbos. Both the
German as well as Spanish, were charged with two seconds to add
his qualifying time, which they placed 12th and 15th in
on Sunday, the track was completely wet at the time
the start of the race and, from the start, two pilots
stood out above the rest: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button,
they also left behind (in the 14th position) after being
punished with ten squares to change the engine.
Pedro de la Rosa, for his part, began flawlessly,
winning a square and placing second after overtaking
Barrichello in the start. His team mate at McLaren, Kimi Räikkönen, he was leading the race while behind, Fernando
Alonso performed a spectacular comeback that led him to
lead on lap 18, at which time Jenson Button was already
The Spanish established a solid lead but, after the stop in
pit, with the track in good condition, the mechanic
right rear wheel was fitted the wrong nut and, in the second curve,
Alonso lost control of the car and had to leave, seeing as
that could have been the greatest feat of his career was
unfinished, though never forgotten.
For then, Kimi Räikkönen had already abandoned after colliding with Vitantonio Liuzzi as he was pressed by an inspired Pedro de la Rosa, who agreed again to the second position, but soon had to surrender it in favour of Jenson Button, who went on to lead when Alonso left.
Jenson Button got them, back to back a solid leadership and, while, Rose went back after a strategy not entirely successful, being on track with a Michael Schumacher that he suffered with his Bridgestone tyres. After several laps of intense mourning, the Spanish managed to finally overtake the Ferrari, taking advantage of the better traction of the McLaren.
Finally Jenson Button crossed the finish line achieving his first win, giving in addition to Honda the last to date. His two companions on the podium, Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld, were also in luck, get the Spanish, his first and only podium and the German the first of his team: BMW Sauber, which had made its debut that season.
The Hungarian Grand Prix of 2006 will be remembered forever as one of the best of the history, and for the Spanish fans, as one in which Fernando Alonso reminded us of Ayrton Senna at Donington Park in 1993. A double podium that could be… and was not.