2012 Malaysian Grand Prix lap charts

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez’s lap 50 mistake may have cost him a shot at victory but his late pit stop was even more costly.

Lap chart

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2012drivercolours.csv

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Lewis Hamilton 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Jenson Button 2 2 2 2 3 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 16 13 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 17 17 17 17 16 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 14
Michael Schumacher 3 16 13 13 11 10 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 13 11 16 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10
Mark Webber 4 3 3 3 2 2 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 10 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Sebastian Vettel 5 4 4 4 4 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11
Romain Grosjean 6 21 18 17
Nico Rosberg 7 6 6 6 5 4 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 14 17 7 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 7 8 16 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 13
Fernando Alonso 8 5 5 5 7 12 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sergio Perez 9 11 23 19 13 8 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Kimi Raikkonen 10 8 8 8 8 7 13 13 13 14 13 13 13 16 18 9 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Pastor Maldonado 11 7 7 7 6 5 14 14 14 13 14 14 14 12 10 17 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 17 17 17 16 15 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 11
Felipe Massa 12 10 10 12 18 14 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 8 11 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 18 18 17 19 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15
Bruno Senna 13 24 24 24 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 21 18 14 14 14 15 15 14 14 13 13 12 12 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 11 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Paul di Resta 14 12 16 23 19 15 12 12 12 10 12 12 12 10 9 14 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 7 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Daniel Ricciardo 15 17 15 15 14 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 15 12 19 15 15 15 14 13 13 13 14 14 15 18 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 18 17 15 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12
Nico Hulkenberg 16 13 11 10 12 16 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 7 4 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Kamui Kobayashi 17 9 9 9 9 9 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 15 12 12 13 13 14 15 15 15 15 14 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 13 13 13 13 13 16
Jean-Eric Vergne 18 14 12 11 10 11 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 3 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 6 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Vitaly Petrov 19 18 17 16 15 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 21 23 22 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16
Timo Glock 20 19 19 18 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 21 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17
Charles Pic 21 20 20 21 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 19 14 8 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Pedro de la Rosa 22 23 22 22 20 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 20 19 23 19 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22
Narain Karthikeyan 23 22 21 20 17 13 10 10 10 11 10 10 10 9 15 12 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
Heikki Kovalainen 24 15 14 14 16 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 17 13 20 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18

There were two big climbers in the race.

One of them we know all about: Sergio Perez finished second having been 23rd on lap two following his early pit stop.

Another was Bruno Senna, who sank to dead last at the start after losing his front wing on lap one. He recovered to finish sixth, passing the likes of Felipe Massa on the way.

Race progress chart

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2012drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Lewis Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.736 24.718 6.383 7.61 9.002 10.209 11.253 11.596 12.282 13.052 14.148 14.577 14.807 14.567 14.811 15.101 15.514 15.213 15.03 15.297 15.191 15.212 14.313 14.321 14.411 13.874 12.139 11.798 18.953 17.267 16.345 15.352 14.976 16 15.623 15.165 14.545 14.337 14.338 14.448 14.473 14.106 14.591
Jenson Button 1.093 1.677 1.994 7.13 20.108 2.866 2.322 1.386 1.367 0.582 0.467 0.533 4.959 24.297 30.349 43.349 42.166 42.878 44.039 46.041 47.681 49.132 51.67 56.062 72.975 71.421 69.691 68.664 68.163 68.206 69.197 69.384 71.831 75.342 75.967 76.286 77.733 77.829 81.708 96.711 87.179 72.046 71.305 71.576 72.001 71.844 74.073 74.233 74.419 74.36 74.776 75.408 76.313 77.381 77.621 79.719
Michael Schumacher 12.217 16.466 20.619 23.429 27.682 42.983 18.977 18.06 14.032 14.018 14.478 11.283 7.072 14.865 33.728 17.72 20.849 23.886 26.209 28.126 29.613 31.377 33.92 36.628 39.792 42.151 43.993 45.845 47.32 50.034 51.961 54.184 55.92 57.13 57.943 58.502 59.625 60.448 65.281 77.133 67.077 50.711 49.904 48.949 49.011 49.481 49.994 50.016 49.754 49.57 49.917 50.251 50.331 50.444 50.211 49.996
Mark Webber 2.075 3.409 4.565 6.871 8.082 11.376 3.467 3.399 2.616 2.823 2.325 1.989 1.871 7.427 27.909 12.09 14.51 16.511 18.461 20.559 21.996 23.594 25.284 28.283 29.197 29.877 30.438 30.808 30.834 32.21 32.688 32.982 33.396 33.228 33.244 33.406 33.256 33.461 37.322 55.402 44.775 27.398 24.892 23.232 21.761 21.121 22.047 21.431 20.782 20.225 19.982 19.272 18.734 18.926 18.166 17.688
Sebastian Vettel 3.075 4.838 7.592 10.124 14.924 21.858 6.42 5.215 5.073 4.883 3.918 3.355 2.746 5.201 6.653 10.496 11.955 14.168 16.145 17.812 18.728 20.572 20.8 21.587 21.958 22.491 22.698 23.153 23.464 23.983 24.225 23.974 23.97 23.756 23.968 23.814 24.385 24.452 24.822 27.689 38.803 23.025 21.267 19.754 18.582 17.84 41.178 65.309 64.816 63.999 64.652 64.994 67.23 72.308 74.537 75.527
Romain Grosjean 16.123 19.494 24.507
Nico Rosberg 5.716 7.377 9.596 12.993 19.147 32.358 10.881 9.887 8.549 8.125 7.864 6.793 8.3 27.909 25.925 8.15 10.193 12.838 15.092 16.806 18.155 20.305 24.131 27.652 31.257 37.4 57.061 58.671 59.587 59.905 60.973 62.146 63.764 65.826 68.3 70.925 73.17 74.599 79.458 95.842 86.784 71.531 70.674 71.004 71.649 73.805 75.246 75.928 76.036 75.891 75.856 76.207 76.925 78.205 78.246 78.593
Fernando Alonso 3.789 5.99 8.457 15.491 29.611 15.994 4.796 4.25 4.669 4.189 2.73 2.577 2.135 5.19 20.151 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.552 14.305 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sergio Perez 9.677 30.814 32.861 31.73 26.007 9.256 2.745 1.782 3.591 1.74 1.188 1.187 1.391 0 0 2.498 2.97 3.393 4.385 4.736 4.462 5.098 5.69 6.199 6.028 6.751 6.108 7.783 7.638 7.795 7.415 6.738 6.391 5.716 4.985 3.958 3.256 2.31 1.339 0 0 7.18 5.769 3.909 3.274 2.354 1.874 0.931 0.575 5.337 4.794 4.554 3.911 3.243 2.597 2.263
Kimi Raikkonen 7.07 10.094 13.911 17.324 23.407 41.598 17.785 16.725 12.768 12.549 12.933 9.651 10.266 29.111 27.007 11.458 13.233 15.335 16.87 18.522 19.771 21.763 24.412 25.179 25.771 27.326 27.846 28.886 29.599 31.346 31.863 32.082 31.932 31.625 31.579 30.981 31.455 32.39 33.122 35.513 51.418 36.997 36.298 35.762 35.679 35.658 36.61 36.021 35.901 34.782 33.997 33.82 32.862 31.898 30.52 29.456
Pastor Maldonado 6.11 8.306 10.981 14.507 20.098 41.888 18.277 17.24 12.582 13.109 13.795 10.422 6.697 13.868 34.632 36.679 39.237 41.696 43.228 44.574 45.374 46.818 48.414 49.737 50.76 52.636 53.477 55.054 55.88 56.842 57.733 58.794 59.689 60.83 61.881 62.101 63.001 62.798 66.436 77.346 64.711 48.193 45.712 44.134 43.569 43.904 44.402 44.878 45.282 45.765 46.104 46.845 47.447 58.935
Felipe Massa 8.844 12.489 20.453 40.3 38.245 31.706 10.222 8.62 7.502 6.935 7.135 5.418 3.863 10.578 28.897 12.942 15.472 18.366 20.604 22.677 24.242 26.865 29.139 31.612 33.108 38.84 44.611 64.073 64.3 64.977 66.242 68.495 71.339 74.92 78.697 82.539 88.292 94.707 119.049 113.761 105.026 90.639 90.258 90.073 90.302 91.158 92.121 92.709 92.939 93.1 93.551 94.58 96.164 97.068 97.386 97.319
Bruno Senna 31.219 60.943 62.529 64.477 62.82 54.279 35.161 26.334 21.508 21.996 25.946 21.703 16.005 35.709 35.133 18.993 22.099 26.522 30.638 33.109 33.082 35.187 35.92 37.298 38.53 40.09 40.889 41.704 42.642 44.066 44.847 45.841 47.196 46.938 46.874 46.476 46.778 47.219 51.029 63.551 53.137 38.581 37.947 36.824 36.614 36.92 37.725 37.955 38.903 38.721 38.512 38.811 38.825 38.904 38.178 37.667
Paul di Resta 9.69 17.963 39.524 41.505 39.521 38.78 16.036 13.825 9.758 10.79 11.843 8.919 5.654 13.069 31.358 14.069 16.871 19.641 21.747 23.616 25.161 27.402 30.139 32.273 33.829 35.651 35.928 36.94 37.754 38.822 39.321 40.395 41.801 42.381 42.825 42.575 42.819 43.274 47.816 60.431 52.532 38.046 37.683 38.525 38.619 39.279 40.134 40.576 40.786 41.179 41.491 42.264 42.846 43.126 42.815 44.412
Daniel Ricciardo 12.345 17.551 23.437 31.905 48.146 47.102 22.274 20.319 17.149 17.003 18.924 14.561 8.823 16.317 36.88 19.846 23.087 26.946 29.581 31.423 32.495 34.912 37.863 39.869 45.906 63.495 64.197 65.118 66.198 67.592 70.216 71.811 73.043 75.36 78.817 80.252 86.735 104.693 100.358 96.087 85.715 70.398 69.996 70.034 70.305 71.446 73.347 73.722 73.539 73.372 73.291 73.891 75.197 75.264 75.424 76.828
Nico Hulkenberg 10.06 14.316 17.321 23.787 40.228 37.115 14.107 13.185 10.984 9.837 10.608 8.212 5.783 10.424 13.191 16.486 18.836 22.079 24.402 26.563 28.458 30.734 33.418 35.786 37.318 40.049 42.448 43.843 45.109 46.366 46.332 47.439 48.515 49.104 49.004 48.473 48.339 48.552 48.625 50.686 60.214 45.028 44.096 43.333 43.026 43.437 43.548 44.294 44.689 45.213 45.488 46.35 46.901 47.594 47.791 47.892
Kamui Kobayashi 7.937 10.848 14.936 18.429 26.773 43.823 19.974 18.561 14.207 14.839 15.467 12.155 11.35 33.967 33.071 16.978 20.228 25.718 28.779 32.96 35.484 37.388 39.036 40.927 42.762 44.255 45.186 46.647 48.174 49.195 48.618 48.944 49.927 50.186 50.744 50.659 51.521 51.816 52.564 61.405 78.615 62.809 62.46 62.044 63.711 88.028
Jean-Eric Vergne 10.752 15.02 18.921 22.654 28.258 31.227 9.314 7.754 5.968 6.588 6.271 4.781 3.901 8.422 11.462 15.201 17.454 20.45 23.244 24.864 26.551 28.77 31.227 33.794 35.463 38.875 39.097 40.52 41.13 42.403 43.163 44.152 45.373 45.838 46.045 45.593 45.54 45.725 45.761 49.176 59.654 44.198 43.182 42.151 41.721 41.87 42.08 43.567 43.515 44.549 44.812 45.432 46.14 47.121 46.913 46.985
Vitaly Petrov 13.076 18.727 24.5 34.614 51.328 48.611 25.872 21.796 17.548 17.544 20.6 15.437 14.47 40.226 40.12 23.985 26.505 29.481 32.391 34.85 37.173 39.692 41.999 44.183 46.849 49.717 51.881 55.109 59.146 62.69 65.092 67.635 70.331 72.602 75.201 78.308 81.784 85.553 92.195 113.222 104.5 90.405 92.43 93.298 94.416 96.146 98.281 99.874 101.373 104.722 107.613 109.399 111.643 113.918 115.476
Timo Glock 13.104 20.547 31.083 52.412 52.871 51.852 29.169 23.503 18.729 18.639 22.069 17.131 14.953 38.43 39.167 24.204 28.641 33.222 36.916 40.304 43.207 46.793 51.545 55.005 58.205 61.527 64.631 67.909 71.977 75.51 78.609 81.368 85.338 88.765 91.474 94.827 101.745 105.58 112.588 130.296 124.204 111.672 113.088 114.651 116.866 122.722 127.459 130.129 132.653 135.251 139.223 143.767 150.248 154.959 158.141
Charles Pic 14.841 23.63 37.483 69.876 73.616 67.825 46.92 25.709 20.736 20.921 24.292 20.665 11.776 18.456 26.236 44.699 49.714 55.741 61.414 65.542 69.427 73.429 77.991 81.814 86.006 90.316 93.262 96.427 99.432 102.888 105.509 108.231 111.263 114.317 119.091 123.805 127.933 132.63 140.623 173.157 170.19 160.016 163.43 167.748 171.508 175.738 182.351 185.699 188.669 191.323 194.354 198.546 202.538 209.372
Pedro de la Rosa 21.579 29.881 38.209 46.269 47.907 45.157 21.634 19.355 16.359 16.033 18.12 13.783 14.181 32.267 40.292 36.347 78.622 85.595 92.598 98.679 104.077 109.38 114.454 121.317 127.651 132.544 138.871 145.177 152.488 157.973 164.286 171.296 178.258 183.922 189.568 195.422 202.243 207.932 218.816 248.415 240.94 229.459 233.942 238.038 244.928 254.466 259.985 264.113 268.572 273.629 278.47 285.959 290.77 295.325
Narain Karthikeyan 17.303 25.564 33.725 38.544 37.181 35.993 12.983 11.724 10.22 9.121 9.748 7.39 5.575 20.064 30.208 52.823 59.555 67.261 74.448 81.878 87.794 94.182 100.995 108.011 114.379 121.186 128.088 134.814 140.976 149.293 156.416 166.471 172.679 180.41 187.792 193.82 203.211 234.282 233.662 229.083 221.9 209.184 214.575 219.066 230.295 235.936 245.252 253.186 258.212 262.511 266.942 271.124 275.468 282.115
Heikki Kovalainen 10.875 17.41 23.116 36.547 60.114 52.597 30.156 24.25 19.214 19.81 23.715 17.801 10.539 17.456 38.152 22.53 25.763 30.985 34.719 38.361 41.228 45.362 58.907 90.351 91.85 93.22 94.546 97.309 99.949 103.409 106.222 109.218 112.54 118.154 122.982 126.077 130.608 138.867 155.085 147.96 138.35 125.482 129.007 129.534 130.858 132.513 134.408 136.076 138.916 142.056 145.9 153.874 156.514 158.628 162.12

The race gaps chart shows how much time Sergio Perez lost by delaying his switch to slick tyres by one lap. Having been 1.3 seconds behind Alonso he came out of the pits 7.1 seconds behind.

It cost him 5.8 seconds – a second more than his lap 50 mistake at turn 13.

We can also see how Sebastian Vettel’s collision with Narain Karthikeyan on lap potentially robbed us of a three-way fight for third between him, Hamilton and Webber.

Vettel was closing on Hamilton at the time, and as team mate Webber took 5.4s out of the McLaren in the final stint, here was another battle which failed to materialise in the dying stages.

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12 comments on 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix lap charts

  1. Hairs (@hairs) said on 25th March 2012, 21:46

    Well, two things stand out for me here:

    The Trulli Train seems to have been replaced by The Rosberg Railroad. Look at the gap between the front three and everyone stuck beside Rosberg expand after lap 16. Not for the first time does the commentary maxim “He must not get bottled up behind the Mercedes” prove its value.

    And again, Massa finishes in the bottom end of the field while his teammate wins the race. Quite what went wrong for him at lap 28 I don’t know, but to have the team replace your car, and still end up battling backmarkers to finish out of the points, when Button had an extra pitstop and still finished ahead is no good at all. The tifosi may have been mollified by Alonso’s win but Felipe’s performance won’t have gone unnoticed.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 25th March 2012, 23:59

      I noticed the same. It’s always Rosberg the one leading a little group of cars that one by one get past him using the DRS.

      Certainly today it was a matter of being in a different strategy at some points of the race, but last week at Australia it was pretty similar, same last year, as he was usually the one on the slow car annoying the frontrunners.

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 26th March 2012, 12:49

      And again, Massa finishes in the bottom end of the field while his teammate wins the race.

      Reminds me of Spa 2009 – a world champion wins the race for Ferrari while his team-mate is at the back. The race is nearly won by someone in a midfield team which noone expected.

      Fisichella replaced Badoer one race later.

  2. lubhz (@lubhz) said on 25th March 2012, 22:56

    How did Senna manage to finish 6th if he was LAST until lap 14th? In a Williams?

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 27th March 2012, 1:51

      Williams’ car is very good this year and it was certainly fast in the wet. Senna was dead last at the restart, following his off, and Maldonado missed his pit crew so he basically made an extra stop after the restart. Without those two errors and Maldonado’s blown engine, I’m fairly confident they would have both finished somewhere around Kimi Raikkonen, possibly ahead.

  3. wigster (@wigster) said on 25th March 2012, 23:06

    Comparing Hamilton, Perez and Alonso it looks like the race was in essence decided by pit stops.

    Perez, by changing to full wets early after the start, got up to speed early and made up time. Then by staying on full wets when the others pitted after the safety car he moved up to second where he stayed.

    Hamiltons race was basically ruined by his stop on lap 15, where he lost 4 seconds to Alonso. From the onboard of his stop it looks like if the stop had been a smooth one he may well have got out of his box while Alonso was still in his, meaning he could have got out in the lead. Given the relatively small lap time difference between the front runners he may then have been able to hold on to the lead till the end.

    Ferrari have obviously been refining their pit stops over the winter and got them all right, and pretty much got the timing right too, and possibly won the race by pitting before Perez for slicks.

    Oh and it looks like the worst place to be after the 1st few laps of a GP is going to be behind a Mercedes as fast qualifying pace and slow race pace is becoming a pattern of their races.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th March 2012, 11:32

      On the subject of McLaren’s pit stops, a reader alerted me to this tweet by ex-McLaren man Marc Priestley:

      Jenson gets first call on strategy in today’s race as he’s currently ahead in the championship. That’s how McLaren make that decision.

      https://twitter.com/#!/f1elvis/status/183761762003329025

      I checked with McLaren and they said that isn’t how their strategy works – in normal circumstances they give first call to the driver who’s leading the race.

      They added they would only give preference to a driver leading the championship if only one of their drivers was in contention at some point later in the season.

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 25th March 2012, 23:53

    Another was Bruno Senna, who sank to dead last at the start after losing his front wing on lap one. He recovered to finish sixth, passing the likes of Felipe Massa on the way.

    Hardly an achievement these days…!

  5. Ean (@ean) said on 26th March 2012, 10:32

    Vettel was catching Hamilton before his coming together if you look on the split times shown on the TV and could have ended the race on the podium.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 26th March 2012, 23:05

      @ean He certainly was catching Hamilton. He was slightly less vulnerable than Alonso. I’m not sure if Vettel could have passed Hamilton to be honest, with the McLaren having the straight line advantage and all.

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