Monza, Italy 10.09.06 Car Ferrari 248 F1 Grid 2nd
Podium Kimi Räikkönen, Robert Kubica This was an extraordinary weekend. First, Fernando Alonso was penalised in qualifying for seemingly holding up Felipe Massa’s Ferrari, and duly started tenth. By the end of the weekend, a victorious Schumacher was within two points of Alonso in the drivers’ championship. More significant was the emotion riding with Michael during the race – made clear on his slowing down lap when he radioed the garage to say he was about to announce his retirement from the sport. On the podium, in front of the tifosi, the atmosphere was extraordinary. And in the postrace press conference you could have heard a pin drop as the king informed his subjects that his mighty reign was coming to an end.