2012 Malaysian Grand Prix grid

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’36.219
2. Jenson Button 1’36.368
Row 2 3. Michael Schumacher 1’36.391
4. Mark Webber 1’36.461
Red Bull
Row 3 5. Sebastian Vettel 1’36.634
Red Bull
6. Romain Grosjean 1’36.658
Row 4 7. Nico Rosberg 1’36.664
8. Fernando Alonso 1’37.566
Row 5 9. Sergio Perez 1’37.698
10. Kimi Raikkonen* 1’36.461
Row 6 11. Pastor Maldonado 1’37.589
12. Felipe Massa 1’37.731
Row 7 13. Bruno Senna 1’37.841
14. Paul di Resta 1’37.877
Force India
Row 8 15. Daniel Ricciardo 1’37.883
Toro Rosso
16. Nico Hulkenberg 1’37.89
Force India
Row 9 17. Kamui Kobayashi 1’38.069
18. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’39.077
Toro Rosso
Row 10 19. Vitaly Petrov 1’39.567
20. Timo Glock 1’40.903
Row 11 21. Charles Pic 1’41.25
22. Pedro de la Rosa 1’42.914
Row 12 23. Narain Karthikeyan 1’43.655
24. Heikki Kovalainen** 1’39.306

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Five-place penalty for overtaking the safety car during the Australian Grand Prix

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87 comments on 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix grid

  1. DT (@dt) said on 24th March 2012, 9:40

    Its going to be an exciting race tomorrow. I want Hamilton to win but not confident he will. However Malaysia is known to thrown a few unknown variables so who knows. Hamilton clear has the speed, a good race strategy and tyre management is what he needs to work on.

    Vettel clear doesn’t like the car. It looks like last year car suited him and this year suits Webber .. Odd. Last year Pole time 1:34.870 and this year 1:36.219 clearly shows the power of EBD.

    Bring on sunday!!

    • OOliver said on 24th March 2012, 9:55

      EBD just one factor.
      The tyres are now softer but not necessarily faster. The new tyres can take even less abuse than those from2011.

  2. OOliver said on 24th March 2012, 9:51

    Looking at the grid, I can almost hear Withmarsh’s brain ticking….,.o0..how can we get Button’s car into leading the race at the end..0o..

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th March 2012, 10:52

      All you can hear is your own prejudices about Whitmarsh talking.

      • OOliver said on 24th March 2012, 21:00

        Keith I’m not prejudiced.
        I think Withmarsh is a decent guy most of the time.
        But I now have a strong opinion. And it didn’t happen overnight. I have seen a pattern which has influenced my opinion. That is not prejudice.
        I have criticised Withmarsh when he was apparently too interested in FOTA than the fact that his team was being trounced repeatedly by RBR.
        I have praised him for doing the right thing by ensuring continuity in the car design department.
        If not for the comments Withmarsh made after Turkey 2010, I’d probably not have bothered to pay any attention to Mclaren team issues.
        Prejudice is a harsh word.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th March 2012, 21:19

          I have seen a pattern which has influenced my opinion.

          And despite me asking you several times before to show us this “pattern” you still haven’t.

          You can’t expect to be taken seriously if you persistently make insinuous allegations about people without providing anything to back it up other than speculation, conjecture and vitriol.

    • LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 24th March 2012, 11:18

      ah OOliver, same old same old….. i am already awaiting your post-race comments on how the all-mighty Lewis Hamilton got screwed over by his team and that biased monster we call Martin Whitmarsh, if does not happen to win(which is always likely..)

      • OOliver said on 24th March 2012, 21:08

        I praised Button’s performance and the way he dominated the race. I said Mclaren missed an opportunity to get a 1 – 2.

        And I said why I felt they could have.done the second pitstop in a different way. Something they had done in the past when Button was the driver behind.
        Pit stops are all about windows. If you miss the optimum window, you can go from first to fifth. It is that simple.

    • dkpioe said on 24th March 2012, 14:20

      yes, whitmarsh will press a button on the remote control which will induce wheel spin in second gear for hamilton off the start line, and will then alter the engine maps so that hamilton drives the soft tyres harder then button so that they will wear out quicker. mmm, yes, i can see whitmarsh plotting that :P

  3. matthew said on 24th March 2012, 9:55

    they better get hamiltons strategy right tomorrow,coz they normally pit him at the wrong times,making things more difficult for him.

    • OOliver said on 24th March 2012, 9:57

      Apparently many people have noticed the trend while some just choose to pretend its not ther.

      • kenneth Ntulume said on 24th March 2012, 10:23

        But why nothing is done about it, is beyond the scope of this site

      • LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 24th March 2012, 11:31

        believe it or not if they would pit Hamilton right when his tyres are wear off, then they would always pit him 2-3 laps before the other drivers…. so in a race with 3-4 pit stops planned that would be an extra pit stop while the front runners could remain on their own pit-stop strategy therefore getting some 15+ seconds out of Hamilton without a single problem, considering HAM would only be faster for the duration of 2-3 laps….you can´t just pit whenever your tyres start loosing grip—- this is also something that some people just choose to pretend not to realize nor understand

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th March 2012, 22:07

      Hamilton often makes his own mistakes when it comes to tyres (which he has admitted in the past) and the leading driver will get preference over when they pit in relation to their team mate.

      It just so happens his teammate is outstanding in the wet.

  4. Jose said on 24th March 2012, 10:30

    Mercs, Mclaren, RBR, Lotus and Ferrari is battling for supremacy. The last chicane corner in Sepang will be very crucial to determine fastest lap time. No rain, please!

  5. SPIDERman (@spiderman) said on 24th March 2012, 10:55

    Hamilton must be able to pit when he is ready after optimizing his tires and winning chances and depending on race conditions…instead of team strategy to maximize team points which only plays to help button.

    • dkpioe said on 24th March 2012, 14:22

      if he is second behind button before the first pit stops, then as per mclaren team policy, they pit the leading driver first, then hamilton will pit after.

  6. Quite easy to see why Horner wants more clarification on the Mercedes wing. If they keep getting in the way of RedBull they fear it’s going to be too hard to win this year. If only Horner could deal with something his team didn’t create…

    • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 24th March 2012, 12:39

      I believe RedBull are looking into the driver-activated-moveable-aero-device legality concept rather than just copying FWF-Duct, then there would be no point in getting their invention and wait for the FIA to reject it

    • dkpioe said on 24th March 2012, 14:28

      if you were in horners position you would do the same thing, he will not complain about a car genuinly going faster then his, but if it is a loophole in the rules, then he can question it, as he has a chance of having the loophole closed. other devices have been banned in the past which seemed less like potentially being outside the rules. also redbulls exhaust blown diffuser which was legal for so long was also banned, so he can complain as much as he wants, its just the poletics of f1

      • If i were in Horner’s position I would question it but only to a certain extent. Except, since it has already been deemed legal twice than questioning it further is absolutely unnecessary and excessive. I’m sure, like you mentioned, he is hoping for it to be banned but lets not just point fingers at every little loophole there is. Absolutely agree with it just being politics.

  7. Ral (@ral) said on 24th March 2012, 17:03

    Can I just say, despite all the maths involved in F1, it is apparently quite difficult to add 5 and 5 together. After qualifying, Raikkonen’s final starting position was calculated as 8 and 9 and in all the Sky coverage, it wasn’t actually ever correctly reported as P10. Strange :D

  8. UKFan (@) said on 24th March 2012, 19:56

    Williams keep blowing chances, their car was good enough to be better ranked.

  9. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 24th March 2012, 21:14

    10. Kimi Raikkonen* 1’36.4611

    So now in F1 we measure time in a fraction of 10,000’s of seconds?

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th March 2012, 22:04

    Pic managed to improve the gap to Glock by exactly .4s.

    That’s pretty positive stuff for him and he ought to be really happy with that.

  11. Fair Dinkum said on 25th March 2012, 5:30

    When was the last time Webber outqualified Vettel?

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