On 10th September 2006, Michael Schumacher won the Italian Grand Prix. It was Michael’s fifth win in the Scuderia’s home race and the ninetieth of his extraordinary career: the final one would come three weeks later in Shanghai.
That day has passed into Formula 1 history because, after the race, the seven times world champion announced his retirement from racing and at the same time, the Scuderia confirmed the driver pairing that would fly the Prancing Horse colours as from the following season, namely Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.
The race was also the first race to see the introduction of a new High Speed Barrier developed by the FIA Institute and the FIA. The system, which was installed at the end of the run-off areas at the circuit’s second chicane and Parabolica corners, was designed for use at corners with high speed approaches and limited run-off areas.