2012 Chinese Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Chinese Grand Prix

Two pit stops or three? That was the question facing teams in the Chinese Grand Prix.

And several of them didn’t get the call quite right: towards the end of the race drivers including Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen fell back as their tyres wore out.

The fastest lap times chart below reveals who got their strategies right in China.

Chinese Grand Prix lap times

This chart shows each driver’s laptime on each lap of the race (in seconds). Very slow laps have been discarded.

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
Nico Rosberg 105.632 103.934 103.61 103.73 103.544 103.94 103.705 103.65 103.579 103.692 103.616 103.637 108.995 119.832 102.551 102.656 102.857 102.503 102.573 102.843 102.96 103.019 102.798 102.659 103.206 102.944 103.062 103.276 103.182 103.215 103.466 103.093 103.355 107.529 117.707 101.197 101.248 101.439 101.109 100.967 101.049 101.338 101.394 101.365 101.035 101.72 101.47 101.88 101.692 101.402 101.863 101.477 101.3 101.639 101.583 102.212
Michael Schumacher 106.359 104.32 104.148 104.112 104.187 104.173 104.341 104.288 104.109 104.238 104.565 108.697
Kamui Kobayashi 110.276 105.188 104.182 104.08 103.855 104.049 104.218 104.461 108.589 121.325 104.164 103.95 103.721 103.541 103.399 103.67 104.283 103.393 103.157 103.286 103.212 103.109 103.287 103.229 108.505 118.637 101.705 102.046 102.149 102.252 102.759 102.792 102.889 102.793 102.756 102.884 102.73 106.824 118.137 99.96 100.737 100.982 100.784 100.77 101.268 101.51 101.784 101.184 102.047 101.655 101.855 101.285 102.647 103.584 102.098 102.017
Kimi Raikkonen 108.6 104.458 104.161 104.008 103.769 103.996 104.183 104.206 104.431 109.019 122.763 103.324 103.703 102.951 103.045 103.464 103.035 102.79 102.98 103.147 103.413 103.053 102.752 102.837 103.038 102.927 103.079 107.45 120.779 102.531 102.519 103.296 103.161 102.923 102.729 102.836 102.683 102.918 102.838 102.444 102.799 102.096 101.794 101.885 102.073 102.228 102.293 106.707 107.379 104.086 104.479 104.268 103.165 103.243 103.114 103.654
Jenson Button 107.732 104.619 104.128 103.922 103.965 104.12 104.056 104.389 104.346 104.604 108.646 118.438 102.677 102.988 102.68 103.048 102.917 102.828 102.866 102.866 102.679 102.762 102.972 106.597 118.319 101.391 101.854 102.842 101.78 102.831 101.692 100.908 101.211 101.367 101.93 102.092 101.873 102.041 106.424 123.712 102.49 102.437 101.766 102.127 101.952 102.133 102.217 101.782 101.375 101.266 101.553 100.907 101.137 100.448 100.431 100.422
Mark Webber 111.27 105.459 104.439 104.179 104.345 108.465 119.956 103.01 103.591 103.127 104.916 103.601 103.442 102.993 103.093 102.875 102.967 103.019 103.116 103.512 107.533 118.131 101.466 101.724 102.827 103.775 102.591 102.207 102.05 102.496 101.746 102.183 103.359 107.728 117.836 102.112 100.709 100.725 101.52 101.494 102.093 101.408 101.905 101.891 101.962 101.643 102.371 104.722 101.717 101.074 100.832 100.49 101.634 102.028 102.389 101.107
Lewis Hamilton 109.228 104.594 104.169 103.982 104.148 103.989 103.728 104.218 104.3 108.886 120.863 102.789 103.027 102.807 102.693 102.879 102.862 102.612 102.961 103.22 103.063 107.073 118.264 103.023 103.316 102.602 103.315 101.98 102.494 101.831 101.781 102.823 103.396 103.423 104.545 101.584 101.73 105.758 117.274 100.53 101.374 101.561 101.257 101.423 101.955 101.657 102.174 103.779 100.683 100.711 101.076 101.479 102.105 102.089 101.039 100.819
Sergio Perez 109.726 104.574 104.118 104.336 104.031 103.933 103.911 103.976 104.378 104.481 103.954 103.906 103.847 103.894 104.04 109.024 121.729 103.663 105.167 103.363 103.069 102.972 103.114 102.903 103.436 103.389 103.161 103.916 103.38 103.354 103.269 103.221 103.211 103.812 108.803 120.194 101.071 101.131 101.672 101.588 101.615 101.673 102.024 101.411 102.98 103.726 101.412 101.249 104.22 101.81 101.851 101.895 102.072 103.505 102.413 103.422
Fernando Alonso 110.905 105.36 104.284 104.205 104.456 104.154 104.365 104.073 104.257 104.021 103.935 108.091 119.017 102.96 103.135 103.272 103.187 103.027 102.915 102.972 103.329 103.141 103.003 102.931 103.121 103.031 106.964 117.736 102.115 102.857 102.202 101.785 101.74 102.209 102.527 101.97 101.795 105.765 116.842 101.363 101.152 101.745 104.951 101.421 102.373 102.321 101.552 101.737 102.575 102.423 101.377 101.773 103.479 102.81 101.87 101.609
Romain Grosjean 112.513 105.425 105.09 104.366 104.561 104.557 104.346 104.467 104.635 104.428 108.458 119.6 103.335 102.831 102.983 102.955 103.13 103.282 103.145 103.321 103.247 103.447 102.923 103.227 102.995 103.148 102.55 102.387 103.253 102.532 102.512 106.386 123.623 101.285 101.12 101.398 102.185 102.662 102.218 103.164 102.464 102.483 101.907 102.088 107.208 101.522 101.193 101.999 102.393 101.131 101.457 101.325 101.944 101.829 102.24 101.547
Sebastian Vettel 114.438 105.568 105.13 104.786 104.897 104.657 104.437 104.484 108.756 120.491 102.732 103.178 102.952 102.775 102.987 103.18 103.502 103.41 103.431 102.978 102.915 102.954 102.981 103.142 103.634 103.076 103.077 102.884 103.167 103.937 108.259 117.749 100.601 101.035 101.399 102.576 102.86 102.887 102.267 102.414 102.746 102.148 101.798 101.942 102.065 102.162 102.281 101.651 101.376 101.302 102.399 101.914 102.111 102.734 103.117 103.083
Felipe Massa 111.897 105.61 104.828 104.519 104.509 104.594 104.397 104.516 104.51 104.18 104.131 104.251 104.311 104.297 104.206 104.456 104.794 108.838 119.265 103.114 103.531 103.739 103.387 103.074 103.433 104.04 104.177 103.509 103.426 103.948 103.746 103.979 103.131 102.901 102.722 102.714 102.844 102.869 102.707 102.606 106.585 116.946 101.316 101.382 101.306 101.781 101.417 101.24 101.426 102.254 102.193 101.963 101.624 101.932 102.255 102.382
Pastor Maldonado 114.494 106.352 104.955 104.64 104.913 104.759 104.591 105.198 103.697 104.27 109.2 120.041 103.056 103.714 103.615 102.783 103.648 103.18 103.098 103.317 103.711 103.204 102.887 102.817 103.649 103.217 103.167 103.37 103.39 104.981 103.53 104.018 108.886 118.011 100.563 100.482 101.024 100.903 100.73 100.983 101.545 102.591 102.34 101.756 104.94 101.672 101.29 101.769 103.513 101.835 101.603 101.873 104.105 101.8 101.341 101.555
Bruno Senna 113.302 105.46 105.274 104.701 105.234 104.326 104.403 104.159 104.395 104.072 104.195 108.47 119.414 102.948 102.903 103.222 103.355 103.446 104.531 103.485 103.061 103.319 103.111 103.176 103.337 104.086 103.631 106.217 109.042 119.599 101.443 101.405 101.829 101.657 101.314 101.4 101.293 101.523 101.819 101.635 102.917 101.982 102.762 101.801 101.95 101.955 102.095 103.567 103.182 101.952 102.145 101.716 101.744 101.976 102.613 101.977
Paul di Resta 113.925 105.796 104.998 104.636 105.231 104.439 104.438 104.352 104.391 105.052 109.203 119.62 103.569 103.747 103.323 103.019 103.246 103.007 103.488 104.142 104.697 103.596 103.207 103.158 103.182 103.218 104.553 104.091 103.63 103.421 104.603 107.913 119.028 102.069 101.617 101.535 101.684 101.734 101.683 101.498 101.65 101.849 101.784 101.715 101.838 102.437 102.808 102.416 102.236 103.43 103.394 101.539 101.616 101.958 102.519 102.274
Nico Hulkenberg 115.795 107.27 105.607 105.472 105.379 105.277 105.789 105.635 109.397 131.412 103.726 105.518 103.178 104.203 103.975 104.525 104.458 104.596 103.564 102.717 103.189 103.111 102.978 102.877 103.327 103.322 103.514 103.837 103.722 108.577 118.823 101.483 101.512 101.675 101.342 101.738 102 101.439 101.784 101.402 101.582 101.656 101.633 101.427 101.304 101.239 101.338 100.977 101.346 101.665 101.652 101.688 102.423 102.321 103.101 103.645
Daniel Ricciardo 116.795 107.182 105.307 105.402 105.31 105.226 105.614 105.951 105.138 104.974 107.449 106.454 106.331 105.941 106.755 105.414 108.782 122.279 104.437 103.405 102.731 103.956 102.726 102.533 102.435 102.752 102.877 103.165 103.188 103.752 103.332 103.744 108.779 121.132 101.501 101.706 101.285 101.535 101.262 101.251 101.672 102.241 101.343 101.576 101.26 101.401 103.93 101.484 101.421 101.594 101.593 101.686 102.999 101.916 102.001 102.18
Jean-Eric Vergne 119.116 107.744 105.55 105.586 105.041 105.345 105.81 106.005 105.269 105.328 109.904 123.108 103.475 105.94 103.926 104.171 103.457 103.669 103.119 103.323 103.183 103.131 102.923 103.002 103.234 103.556 103.628 107.908 120.724 101.205 101.104 101.417 101.754 101.88 101.714 102.047 101.803 101.566 101.861 101.77 106.371 118.524 100.682 100.272 100.173 100.353 100.36 100.019 100.377 100.489 100.361 100.661 100.493 101.297 101.698 102.259
Heikki Kovalainen 114.941 106.993 105.674 105.897 105.408 105.275 105.793 105.581 105.276 105.656 105.216 112.903 122.217 105.613 104.322 105.004 105.348 105.317 105.091 104.515 104.266 104.153 105.115 104.523 104.57 104.462 104.491 108.639 105.315 103.313 106.811 105.506 103.841 105.66 103.282 103.326 104.081 105.548 105.606 104.066 104.445 103.9 104.261 104.526 109.884 105.358 101.466 101.334 102.321 101.19
Vitaly Petrov 117.261 107.651 106.514 105.805 105.35 105.353 105.699 106.654 107.896 110.145 121.954 106.554 104.796 104.92 105.312 104.645 104.501 104.497 104.885 105.386 104.186 104.31 104.185 103.765 104.015 104.239 104.298 104.652 108.323 120.405 102.915 103.734 103.106 103.004 102.804 102.763 102.766 102.385 103.101 103.638 102.893 102.723 102.877 102.889 102.965 102.968 103.213 104.602 103.115 102.881 103.496 103.126 105.953 104.904 103.577
Timo Glock 116.348 108.256 107.206 107.7 106.654 106.591 106.884 106.291 106.338 106.522 106.129 106.898 106.249 106.19 106.374 106.473 106.697 112.392 122.373 104.544 104.362 104.402 104.1 104.16 104.199 104.386 104.316 104.402 104.384 104.574 104.29 104.718 104.75 105.124 104.922 108.906 122.161 102.924 102.978 103.056 102.748 102.993 103.08 102.944 103.215 102.885 102.934 103.132 103.063 103.164 103.152 106.693 103.778 107.977 118.173
Charles Pic 117.684 108.694 107.946 107.266 106.948 106.307 106.854 106.407 106.816 106.268 106.174 106.249 106.075 106.24 106.144 106.245 106.167 107.915 111.048 123.582 104.133 104.851 104.619 104.125 104.697 104.982 104.502 104.498 104.336 104.347 104.137 104.075 104.158 104.078 103.884 104.233 108.656 123.433 102.621 102.882 103.087 102.922 102.968 103.158 103.183 103.02 103.105 107.713 114.823 103.73 103.482 104.289 103.462 103.779 103.555
Pedro de la Rosa 118.091 109.437 108.061 107.404 107.019 106.861 106.979 106.991 107.044 107.011 106.884 107.047 106.94 108.805 108.039 107.697 111.808 125.755 105.117 105.042 105.114 105.092 105.029 105.246 105.293 105.471 108.693 105.585 109.391 107.874 112.242 125.601 106.334 104.471 104.223 104.342 106.097 105.924 104.116 104.394 105.922 104.544 105.345 104.136 104.057 104.178 103.897 104.097 103.876 104.804 104.143 104.348 103.858 103.61 103.844
Narain Karthikeyan 119.05 109.47 109.086 107.466 107.914 107.622 107.875 107.638 107.721 107.004 107.815 108.885 108.05 108.334 108.595 112.677 129.269 106.062 105.999 106.072 107.303 107.354 105.93 107.638 109.258 112.821 108.748 107.127 106.337 106.051 107.825 114.427 124.824 104.104 106.686 104.935 104.601 104.594 104.486 103.935 104.531 104.198 104.252 106.895 105.049 104.72 107.228 104.847 104.39 104.752 111.174 109.854 106.674 105.128

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Shanghai, 2012Red Bull split their strategy: Mark Webber stopping three times, Sebastian Vettel twice.

But Vettel’s 23-lap stint on medium tyres proved too long for the RB8 to keep its tyres alive. “I had no tyres left,” at the end, he said, and was passed by the two McLarens and Webber as he fell back.

Kimi Raikkonen tried to make his last set of tyres last even longer – 26 laps. He times started to fall off a dozen laps before the end. To begin with he held up Vettel who, of course, was also trying to protect his tyres.

When Raikkonen’s tyres cried enough he lost ten places in two laps. Lotus’s trackside operations director Alan Permane said: “We’ll dissect the data and see if a three stop would have been better for us, but everything before the race suggested a two-stop was the way to go, and this approach benefitted Romain.”

Romain Grosjean made his last pit stop four laps later than Raikkonen and ended the race in much better shape, claiming sixth place.

Most drivers began the race on soft tyres and ended it on mediums. Jean-Eric Vergne was an exception, and he was flying at the end of the race on soft tyres. He was the fastest driver on the track for nine laps in a row beginning on lap 43.

Chinese Grand Prix fastest laps

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.960 40
2 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.019 0.059 48
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.422 0.462 56
4 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’40.482 0.522 36
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.490 0.530 52
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.530 0.570 40
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.601 0.641 33
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.967 1.007 40
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’40.977 1.017 48
10 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.071 1.111 37
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’41.120 1.160 35
12 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.152 1.192 41
13 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’41.190 1.230 53
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.240 1.280 48
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.251 1.291 40
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’41.293 1.333 37
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.498 1.538 40
18 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’41.794 1.834 43
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’42.385 2.425 38
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.621 2.661 39
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.748 2.788 41
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’43.610 3.650 54
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.935 3.975 40
24 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’44.109 4.149 9

Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest lap of the race when he came out of the pits on a new set of medium compound tyres on lap 40.

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33 comments on 2012 Chinese Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th April 2012, 18:35

    Vergne did seem to be struggling on saturday, but after the team rebuilt his car he looked to be doing quite a solid race!

  2. Olivier42 (@olivier42) said on 15th April 2012, 18:38

    But Vettel’s 23-lap stint on medium tyres proved too long for the RB8 to keep its tyres alive. “I had no tyres left,” at the end, he said, and was passed by the two McLarens and Webber as he fell back.

    And when you include DRS, there was no way Vettel could not let them pass. The speed difference was too great. Regardless, very well done by Vettel.

  3. Brilliant lap time from Kovalainen, 13th Fastest?! Incredible!

  4. rahul1810 (@rahul1810) said on 15th April 2012, 18:43

    Was Massa’s last stint on Medium or soft tyres? He and Vergne stopped on the same lap for final stint. If he was also on soft, then its a huge worry for Massa as he was a whole second slower than Vergne, which can be seen by selecting just the two of them

  5. Ritesh (@rits) said on 15th April 2012, 19:06

    There was so much going on in this race that I’d have to watch it again to get it all. A few things that stood out for me:

    - Webber is much more comfortable with the RB8 than Vettel, who couldn’t do anything even after reverting to the older exhaust which he thought was better.
    - Button’s race pace is just better than Hamilton’s on a fair scale.
    - Was shocking to see Kimi fall off like that.. wrong strategy as he encountered the infamous ‘cliff’ rather dramatically.
    - Force India’s lack of race pace or just pace for that matter. Still can’t quite tell what went wrong since testing.
    - Sauber are in a position even they wouldn’t have dreamt of! Malaysia wasn’t a fluke in changeable conditions.
    - The sheer number of on-track tussles today and the fact that there was not one major incident! Some of those tussles were heart-stopping!
    - The obvious desperation of the Scarlet Dog.

    And for a change, I’m actually looking forward to what the hideous Bahrain Intnl Circuit will bring in terms of racing after seeing what the race today was like!

    • Olivier42 (@olivier42) said on 15th April 2012, 20:08

      I’m not sure how you can say that Vettel couldn’t do anything especially considering he recovered from 11th to 5th – just one position behind Webber who started 5 places ahead.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 15th April 2012, 21:07

      I’m also not sure how you can conclude

      - Button’s race pace is just better than Hamilton’s on a fair scale.

      if you’re basing yourself on the above laptimes graph, at least. Only in their second stint were they both in clear air, and their laptimes were evenly matched.

    • MylesW (@mpw1985) said on 15th April 2012, 23:15

      @ rits
      Definitely disagree on your Button/Hamilton comment. In fact, I’d say they are, and have been this season, almost perfectly matched on race pace. The only reason Hamilton had higher lap times in a few places on the chart is because he was stuck in traffic at those times. If you look at their pace when they were both in clean air, they match times almost perfectly, with Hamilton, in fact, seemingly being the quicker driver.

    • Ryan said on 16th April 2012, 17:47

      First stint equal, second stint equal. Third stint, Laps 31 – 35, Lewis lost 8.5 seconds to Button due to being stuck behind Perez. He lost about another 4 seconds before that being stuck in traffic after his pit stops. Then in the final stint Hamilton was much faster than Button except where overtaking and defending from Webber (Lap 47 / 48) and passing Vettel (Lap 52 – 54) – after which he coasted home.

      If we are talking speed, the scale tips slightly in favour of Hamilton – as it has always done. I do think however, Button’s tyre management and the ease in which he got through traffic seemed to be the major difference between the two in this race. Either Hamilton has become too cautious in his approach to overtaking, or teams don’t care about defending against Button?

  6. Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 15th April 2012, 19:21

    Vettel’s early laps on options were slower than Massa’s early laps on primes. Hah.

  7. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 15th April 2012, 20:45

    Jean-Eric Vergne was an exception, and he was flying at the end of the race on soft tyres.

    I was surprised not more drivers went that route, although I’m never sure how much of that extra performance comes from the options being brand new (as all other drivers would only have used options at their disposal).

    Speaking of brand-new options, Rosberg won the race with one new set of options unused! How often has that happened (i.e., that a driver who finishes the race has one set of new options left) in the Pirelli era, stat-fans?

    Impressive last stint by the Williams drivers, yet again; they seemed to come out of nowhere (also because the race was so eventful it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening further back – I usually keep a close eye on the sector times, but this race there was just no time).

    What happened to Ricciardo between laps 10 and 17? He seemed to have good pace most of the race, but did he just leave his first pitstop 7 laps too late?

  8. Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 15th April 2012, 22:17

    I’m having some difficulties in understanding what Massa did, especially in the final stint. I remember that he was in a very good place before his final pitstop (I think he was ahead of Raikkonen, who was also on a 2 stop strategy), then he went backwards, and I can’t really understand why.

  9. The thing that makes me in doubts is:

    I expected that the fastest laps were from guys in 3 or 4 pits strategy.

    But how could Maldonado, in a 2 stops, made the 4th fastest lap? This shows the potential of the car. Looks quite good the 7th for Vettel.

    The RB8 is not as bad as we used to say in this 3 GPs.

  10. sumedhvidwans (@sumedhvidwans) said on 16th April 2012, 4:13

    There seems to be a pitstop happening on every lap of the race!!

  11. DaveW (@dmw) said on 16th April 2012, 5:20

    The tell here is that, after being the only top cars to go to softs for stint 2, McLaren made no impression on Rosberg at all. From there, they were going to be in a furious pursuit mode but not in control of the pace. Rosberg had the option to stay the tortoise or go to three stops and go soft to fend off Button if need be. Mercedes were in control from that time. The fact that they did not cover Button speaks to them being very confident in their tire wear on the medium.

  12. OOliver said on 16th April 2012, 6:20

    Traffic was the king of the day.
    Even with worn tyres it took other drivers a while to get past Kimi which created a long queue of cars.
    As such, vettel and Webber couldn’t run at their true pace.
    The train of cars also rendered the DRS useless for several laps as Kimi had better straight line speed relative to the Bulls.
    The cars are now closer to each other on pace, hence there is much less time to be gained by making more stops.

    Qualifying for the top 10 drivers is what is distorting the natural flow. As they wear out these tyres that have proven to be quite fragile.
    Had all the cars started o fresher tyres, the faster cars would have gone deeper into the race before making their first stop.

    Webbers early first stop almost got him past both Hamilton and Button.

  13. Ral said on 16th April 2012, 9:29

    If Lotus planned to do two stops from the get-go, they timed them rather poorly for Raikkonen. How did they expect him to do the whole second half of the race on one set of tyres?

    Regardless, you have to say if he had been able to pass Massa, he might have been able to better manage them I guess.

    • Alex said on 17th April 2012, 0:45

      Yeah, looking at Kimi’s graph it’s pretty obvious….someone at Lotus was focusing at wrong things.

      Don’t think Kimi would have better tires if he overtook Massa, but he was definitely loosing 1sec a lap behind him for 10 laps.

      If top6 didn’t hit the middle pack train, Rosberg would have been in trouble. It’s not only Jenson who would have been at his back. Hamilton, Kimi and maybe Red Bulls would have been at his gear box.

      But this is why qualifying is so important, you get clean air and choice on where you get out on your first pit stop.

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th April 2012, 11:24

    Just looking at what happened with Vettel and Raikkonen. They were setting near identical times between laps 40-47 with only about .05s in it on average. Then Raikkonen falls off the cliff for 2 laps before bringing some normality back to the situation.

    It’s amazing what a couple of lines on a graph can tell you!

    • GeorgeTuk (@georgetuk) said on 16th April 2012, 13:53

      I think this was about the time when the 3 stoppers came up behind and he was trying to keep them behind for a bit.

      Not sure on the exact laps but thats how I remember it from the race.

      Did a good job but a bad strategy ruined the race for him I think but a lesson learned I am sure.

  15. leadfoot (@leadfoot) said on 16th April 2012, 13:02

    Wow Alonso only 12th fastest. That Ferrari is more ambling donkey than prancing horse :(

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