Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2012

2012 Chinese Grand Prix grid

2012 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Row 1 1. Nico Rosberg 1’35.121
2. Michael Schumacher 1’35.691
Row 2 3. Kamui Kobayashi 1’35.784
4. Kimi Raikkonen 1’35.899
Row 3 5. Jenson Button 1’36.191
6. Mark Webber 1’36.29
Red Bull
Row 4 7. Lewis Hamilton* 1’35.626
8. Sergio Perez 1’36.524
Row 5 9. Fernando Alonso 1’36.622
10. Romain Grosjean No time
Row 6 11. Sebastian Vettel 1’36.031
Red Bull
12. Felipe Massa 1’36.225
Row 7 13. Pastor Maldonado 1’36.283
14. Bruno Senna 1’36.289
Row 8 15. Paul di Resta 1’36.317
Force India
16. Nico Hulkenberg 1’36.745
Force India
Row 9 17. Daniel Ricciardo 1’36.956
Toro Rosso
18. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’37.714
Toro Rosso
Row 10 19. Heikki Kovalainen 1’38.463
20. Vitaly Petrov 1’38.677
Row 11 21. Timo Glock 1’39.282
22. Charles Pic 1’39.717
Row 12 23. Pedro de la Rosa 1’40.411
24. Narain Karthikeyan 1’41

*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.

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  1. Schumi ftw doe

  2. Awesome qualy session with a good amount of surprises. Stoked for Nico but I’m trying to keep my expectations in check for the race

  3. Rosberg 1st, Kobayashi 4th, and Vettel 11th. This qualifying put a big smile on my face. :D

    1. @kingshark Talent up and down the grid.

    2. yes this is the most exciting grid in ages!!!

  4. I didn’t see that one coming. Brilliant for Nico, not only taking pole, but taking it in the first part of the session, then getting out of the car, and still beating everyone else by over half a second. That’s style.

    Tomorrow is going to be fantastic, I think. We’re either going to get a new winner in Rosberg or Kobayashi, a first comeback win for Schumacher, or a fantastic drive to the front from someone like Räikkönen, Hamilton or even Webber.

    1. The track temperature we falling through Q3 that’s why the 1st runs gave much better results. Get the facts before you give your own story.

      1. I see someone struck a nerve here, lol.

  5. If Räikkönen manages to keep his position during the race start, he’s going to win tomorrow. Kobayashi won’t be able to keep Kimi behind his back and Mercedes’ race pace is awful. Really looking forward to tomorrow!

    1. Agree. Kimi is the dark horse for the win tomorrow, although a lot depends on how strong the Mclarens are in the early part of the race.

      1. I disagree. Kobayashi held his own very well against Kimi in Australia, even though he had quite severe damage to his car. I’m hoping the Mercedes’ drop back and he becomes the surprise winner. If not, at least another podium for Sauber would be fantastic! The McLaren’s will definitely be ones to watch though.

  6. Holy ****. This race could goddamn go either way. Tipping Schuey or Kimi for the win on this one, although Kamui could really surprise us if Sauber’s recent run of performance is anything to go by.

  7. Great for Mercedes! Fantastic lap by Rosberg but Schumacher must feel disappointed, his objective must be getting out of the first corner in the lead. Lets see how far they will fall back during the race.

    Also I think Massa had a good day. Just wanted to mention it, since thats a rare occasion lately.

  8. Mega lap from Rosberg. Hope the Mercedes’ and Kobayashi are up for podiums!

    1. i think your avatar sums it up beautifully!

    2. Although i am a Schumacher fan, would like Kobayashi to win the race(hard i know :))

  9. Kobayashi spoilt for choice, slotted between Michael and Kimi

  10. Love the 1st two rows

    1. same for me if nico & button changed places… :)

    2. Its going to be an amazing start.

      1. When was the last race where there was not a Red Bull, Ferrari or McLaren on the front 2 rows?

        1. 2009 Belgian GP
          1.Fisichella ,Force India-Mercedes
          2.Trulli ,Toyota
          3.Heidfeld ,BMW Sauber
          4.Barrichello ,Brawn-Mercedes

          1. This one should go into the stats page at the end of the race.

  11. Oh wow, Kobayashi can win this. I don’t see why the Sauber wouldn’t be able to hold back the Lotus. Button as underdog!

    1. Underdogs generally dont have the best race pace :P

  12. Very surprising, especially Vettel and Kobayashi. I didn’t see that comming. It will be good to see the Silberpfeile on the front row, but I don’t think they will end the race in top 5 due to their rear wheel issues. And will Kimi stay in top 5 during the race? Will Vettel be able to move forward into top 5?
    I’m sure Hamilton will move forward, unless he is unlucky.
    Frankly I don’t think the 3 first on the grid will end in top 5 – so it will be an exiting race.

  13. So rows 1,7,8,9,10,11,12 are all team mates.amazing quali.can’t wait for the race…….

  14. I was so sure, after analysing the contribution of sector 3 to the overall laptime that a Mercedes would be on pole (01:35.012). But I chose the wrong one for my prediction!?!? In the race, since they can only use the DRS while overtaking and given their tyre handling, I predicted the best Merc to come in at 5th (Rosberg). Can’t wait for this race!

  15. Probably the best qualifying result I’ve ever seen as far as the top 10 goes. Congratulations to Sauber for sticking both cars in the top 10 so comfortably and of course great session from Mercedes.

  16. F1Underground (@realf1underground)
    14th April 2012, 8:46

    Did someone predicted Mercedes 1-2 perfectly except @KarunChandhok ?

  17. Any news on Maldonado’s potential penalty?

  18. I really think that Rosberg can win and that Kobayashi can get a podium tomorrow.

    This was a great qualifying, 2010 and 2011 were stinkers when it came to qualifying, this year qualifying has already been fantastic.

  19. There has to be a stat in there somewhere for no mclaren/redbull/ferrari in top 4, when was the last time that happened?

    1. @richevans123 Spa 2009 comes to mind, I remember the top 3 being Fisichella (Force India), Trulli (Toyota) and Heidfeld (BMW). I can’t remember who was fourth, but I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t a McLaren, Red Bull or Ferrari. I think Raikkonen was 6th or 7th, whilst Badoer would have been at the back. Both McLarens went out in Q2, and I think the Red Bulls were around row 4 and 5.

      1. Sorry, Raikkonen won that for Ferrari, with Fisichella (Force India) 2nd and Kubica (BMW) 3rd.

        1. @lin1876 I’m pretty sure he meant qualifying and not the race. By the way, Vettel finished third in the race. :P

          1. @slr I think you’re right… In which case you might well be right with Spa 2009. Sorry about that.

    2. That was a tough one to find out. I initially thought we’d be going back to Europe ’99 or Spa ’98, but more recently, Malaysia 2009 saw Button win for Brawn, Heidfeld 2nd for BMW, and Glock and Trulli 3rd and 4th for Toyota. After that, Red Bull and later McLaren became stronger and I believe finished in the top 4 at all the races (I think), apart from Spa which Kimi won for Ferrari.

  20. How about that gurken now,hey Vettel?!Awesome qualifying session,can’t wait ……

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