Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2012

2012 Australian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stop times

2012 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2012Ferrari may be struggling with their car but they were by far the fastest team in the pits in Melbourne.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s five visits to the pits were the five quickest pit stops of the race.

Ferrari made an effort to improve their pit stops in the second half of last year. But although they were able to turn their cars around more quickly, they struggled to achieve consistency. Today’s performance shows they’ve done that now.

Stefano domenicali congratulated his team’s performance in the pits, saying: “I want to highlight the performance of the crew during the pit stops: looking at the figures, we were the fastest both in terms of outright performance and on average.

“I am keen to mention this, because we have worked a great deal on this front: already in the second part of 2011, the situation was better and today we have taken another step forward.”

Red Bull and Mercedes were the fastest crews in the pits last year, but they couldn’t match Ferrari today.

2012 Australian Grand Prix pit stop times

Here are all the pit stop times (pit entry to pit exit) from the Australian Grand Prix:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.910 34
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.035 0.125 13
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.103 0.193 37
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.313 0.403 11
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.528 0.618 28
6 Jenson Button McLaren 22.837 0.927 36
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 22.862 0.952 17
8 Mark Webber Red Bull 22.915 1.005 37
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.017 1.107 31
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 23.166 1.256 37
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.203 1.293 12
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 23.203 1.293 19
13 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 23.257 1.347 22
14 Jenson Button McLaren 23.275 1.365 16
15 Mark Webber Red Bull 23.302 1.392 14
16 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 23.310 1.400 37
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams 23.427 1.517 16
18 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 23.464 1.554 36
19 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 23.569 1.659 37
20 Bruno Senna Williams 23.777 1.867 30
21 Sergio Perez Sauber 23.882 1.972 24
22 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.131 2.221 37
23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 24.162 2.252 36
24 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.256 2.346 16
25 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 24.348 2.438 38
26 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 24.397 2.487 14
27 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 24.579 2.669 18
28 Paul di Resta Force India 24.579 2.669 33
29 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 24.580 2.670 34
30 Bruno Senna Williams 24.599 2.689 1
31 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 24.881 2.971 19
32 Paul di Resta Force India 24.933 3.023 13
33 Timo Glock Marussia 25.046 3.136 36
34 Charles Pic Marussia 25.303 3.393 21
35 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 25.346 3.436 13
36 Timo Glock Marussia 26.322 4.412 20
37 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 28.888 6.978 37
38 Bruno Senna Williams 30.888 8.978 47
39 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 32.319 10.409 1
40 Charles Pic Marussia 48.984 27.074 35

NB. A complete list of stationary times is not available.

2012 Australian Grand Prix tyre strategies

A two-stop strategy was the preferred approach this year. The durability and performance of the medium tyre led most drivers to switch to it at the first round of pit stops.

This shows that, despite Pirelli producing a softer range of tyres this year, the teams are better-equipped to make them last. The preferred strategy last year was three stops, with some drivers making four.

The safety car period in today’s race may also have aided some teams in making their tyres last longer.

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton Soft (17) Medium (19) Medium (22)
Jenson Button Soft (16) Medium (20) Medium (22)
Romain Grosjean Soft (1)
Michael Schumacher Soft (10)
Mark Webber Soft (14) Medium (23) Medium (21)
Sebastian Vettel Soft (16) Soft (21) Medium (21)
Nico Rosberg Soft (12) Soft (19) Medium (27)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (16) Soft (21) Medium (20)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (1) Medium (21) Soft (16) Soft (20)
Jean-Eric Vergne Medium (19) Soft (18) Soft (21)
Fernando Alonso Soft (13) Medium (21) Medium (24)
Kamui Kobayashi Soft (13) Soft (23) Medium (22)
Bruno Senna Soft (1) Medium (29) Medium (17) Soft (5)
Paul di Resta Soft (13) Soft (20) Medium (25)
Felipe Massa Soft (11) Soft (17) Medium (9) Medium (9)
Kimi Raikkonen Soft (19) Soft (18) Medium (21)
Heikki Kovalainen Soft (14) Medium (20) Medium (3) Medium (1)
Vitaly Petrov Medium (18) Medium (16)
Timo Glock Soft (20) Soft (16) Medium (21)
Charles Pic Soft (21) Soft (14) Medium (18) Medium
Sergio Perez Medium (24) Soft (34)

2012 Australian Grand Prix


Browse all 2012 Australian Grand Prix articles