Fernando Alonso won his only race in Australia in total of 17 appearances after started behind Jenson Button in Honda and overtook him immediately after the safety car withdrawal.

Alonso’s victory was the second of the season in the first three races (he was second in the remaining race in Malaysia after his team put too much fuel in Q3. It was first year of 2,4-litre V8 engines and last year of F1 tyre war between Bridgestone and Michelin which lasted since 2001.

Button won the pole position (1:25,229) with a great Q3 lap, four tenths ahead of Fisichella, five tenths ahead of Alonso while the two McLarens in fourth and fifth place were within eight tenths. It was third of eight pole positions for Jenson Button (the first was in San Marino 2004 and the second in Canada 2005).

Button retired in spectacular fashion after his Honda engine expired in flames and smoke in penultimate corner of last lap when running in fifth place.

Michael Schumacher crashed in the lap 32 after going too wide in the final corner and lost the rear end of his Ferrari F248F1. German was very fast before the crash, but tried a little too bit too hard to catch Jenson Button who was 1.4 seconds ahead of him.

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AUSTRALIAN GP 2006. – Alonso vs Button vs Raikkonen

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