Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Bahrain, 2012

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2012 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

All the pit strategy data, including how new tyres helped Kimi Raikkonen catch Sebastian Vettel, and how much time Lewis Hamilton lost in the pits.

Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Sebastian Vettel Soft (11) Medium (14) Soft (14) Medium (18)
Lewis Hamilton Soft (9) Medium (14) Medium (13) Medium (21)
Mark Webber Soft (9) Medium (14) Soft (16) Medium (18)
Jenson Button Soft (8) Medium (14) Medium (15) Medium (16) Soft (2)
Nico Rosberg Soft (8) Soft (14) Medium (14) Medium (21)
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (7) Medium (16) Soft (15) Medium (18)
Romain Grosjean Soft (10) Medium (15) Medium (15) Medium (17)
Sergio Perez Soft (9) Soft (12) Medium (16) Medium (20)
Fernando Alonso Soft (9) Medium (14) Medium (14) Medium (20)
Paul di Resta Soft (14) Medium (19) Medium (24)
Kimi Raikkonen Soft (11) Soft (13) Medium (15) Medium (18)
Kamui Kobayashi Medium (14) Medium (17) Soft (19) Soft (7)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (9) Soft (10) Medium (17) Medium (21)
Felipe Massa Soft (8) Medium (14) Soft (16) Medium (19)
Bruno Senna Soft (9) Soft (15) Medium (14) Medium (16)
Heikki Kovalainen Soft (1) Soft (12) Soft (12) Medium (13) Medium (18)
Jean-Eric Vergne Soft (10) Medium (15) Medium (15) Soft (17)
Vitaly Petrov Soft (10) Soft (13) Medium (16) Medium (17)
Charles Pic Soft (12) Soft (12)
Pedro de la Rosa Soft (9) Medium (13) Medium (16) Medium (17)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (11) Soft (12) Medium (2)
Michael Schumacher Soft (9) Soft (14) Medium (14) Medium (20)
Timo Glock Soft (10) Medium (13) Medium (15) Soft (17)
Narain Karthikeyan Soft (10) Medium (11) Medium (11) Medium (13) Soft (10)

Sebastian Vettel built up a gap of 4.9 seconds in the first six laps – which proved highly valuable later in the race.

“A good start was crucial and I was able to pull away from the pack,” he explained, “which was a big advantage as we always had to go on scrubbed tyres due to the fact we had used almost all of them in qualifying yesterday.”

Kimi Raikkonen, who emerged as his leading pursuer, had the advantage of fresh tyres for every stint of the race. Vettel, meanwhile had used tyres for every stint bar the last one.

This also helps explain why Raikkonen was able to catch and pass team mate Romain Grosjean during the second stint. Grosjean had used tyres for the first two stints whereas Raikkonen, who did not make it into Q3 on Saturday, was not.

Bahrain Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 21.705 39
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.800 0.095 39
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.888 0.183 36
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 21.938 0.233 38
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 21.963 0.258 22
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 21.979 0.274 9
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.017 0.312 11
8 Paul di Resta Force India 22.069 0.364 14
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.094 0.389 9
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 22.105 0.400 23
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 22.192 0.487 37
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.228 0.523 8
13 Mark Webber Red Bull 22.236 0.531 9
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22.241 0.536 40
15 Jenson Button McLaren 22.270 0.565 22
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 22.295 0.590 23
17 Bruno Senna Williams 22.310 0.605 24
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams 22.330 0.625 23
19 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 22.362 0.657 24
20 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 22.412 0.707 11
21 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.413 0.708 9
22 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.446 0.741 19
23 Paul di Resta Force India 22.483 0.778 33
24 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 22.495 0.790 38
25 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.560 0.855 36
26 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 22.597 0.892 39
27 Jenson Button McLaren 22.616 0.911 37
28 Mark Webber Red Bull 22.649 0.944 23
29 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.717 1.012 25
30 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 22.758 1.053 14
31 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22.763 1.058 10
32 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.763 1.058 40
33 Bruno Senna Williams 22.796 1.091 38
34 Pastor Maldonado Williams 22.868 1.163 11
35 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.896 1.191 25
36 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.903 1.198 22
37 Sergio Perez Sauber 22.924 1.219 37
38 Timo Glock Marussia 22.933 1.228 38
39 Jenson Button McLaren 23.016 1.311 8
40 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 23.167 1.462 39
41 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 23.173 1.468 38
42 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 23.207 1.502 37
43 Romain Grosjean Lotus 23.246 1.541 10
44 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 23.323 1.618 13
45 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 23.353 1.648 25
46 Bruno Senna Williams 23.405 1.700 9
47 Sergio Perez Sauber 23.408 1.703 9
48 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 23.411 1.706 10
49 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 23.420 1.715 22
50 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 23.421 1.716 23
51 Timo Glock Marussia 23.423 1.718 10
52 Sergio Perez Sauber 23.428 1.723 21
53 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 23.449 1.744 23
54 Felipe Massa Ferrari 23.557 1.852 8
55 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 23.639 1.934 25
56 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 23.696 1.991 36
57 Jenson Button McLaren 23.943 2.238 53
58 Charles Pic Marussia 24.020 2.315 12
59 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 24.241 2.536 9
60 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 24.317 2.612 45
61 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 24.520 2.815 38
62 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 24.674 2.969 50
63 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 25.047 3.342 1
64 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 25.204 3.499 21
65 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 25.590 3.885 31
66 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 25.829 4.124 7
67 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 25.896 4.191 10
68 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 26.417 4.712 32
69 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 28.341 6.636 9
70 Timo Glock Marussia 29.648 7.943 23
71 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 30.622 8.917 23

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Bahrain, 2012McLaren have had pit stop problems in the last two races. Today consecutive problems for Lewis Hamilton in his first two pit stops went some way towards wrecking his race.

How much time did he lose? Team mate Button’s average pit stop time was 22.961s to Hamilton’s 27.553s. Based on this, Hamilton lost 13.7s over his three pit stops.

Simply subtracting that lost time from his race time suggests he would have easily finished fifth. But of course those slow stops meant he spent more time in traffic, losing even more time.

Once again this year, we saw very little of what Hamilton was capable of when not in traffic. But it seems likely he would have finished behind the Lotuses and probably Webber too.

Hamilton said: “By rights we should have been fighting to finish in the top four today, but it didn?t work out like that in the end.

“The delays in the pits were a big part of that, of course. For the driver sitting in the car, that?s always frustrating, because you?re just waiting and there?s nothing you can do to help.”

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