2012 Spanish Grand Prix grid

2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Pastor Maldonado 1’22.285
Williams
2. Fernando Alonso 1’22.302
Ferrari
Row 2 3. Romain Grosjean 1’22.424
Lotus
4. Kimi Raikkonen 1’22.497
Lotus
Row 3 5. Sergio Perez 1’22.533
Sauber
6. Nico Rosberg 1’23.005
Mercedes
Row 4 7. Sebastian Vettel No time
Red Bull
8. Michael Schumacher No time
Mercedes
Row 5 9. Kamui Kobayashi No time
Sauber
10. Jenson Button 1’22.944
McLaren
Row 6 11. Mark Webber 1’22.977
Red Bull
12. Paul di Resta 1’23.125
Force India
Row 7 13. Nico Hulkenberg 1’23.177
Force India
14. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’23.265
Toro Rosso
Row 8 15. Daniel Ricciardo 1’23.442
Toro Rosso
16. Felipe Massa 1’23.444
Ferrari
Row 9 17. Bruno Senna 1’24.981
Williams
18. Vitaly Petrov 1’25.277
Caterham
Row 10 19. Heikki Kovalainen 1’25.507
Caterham
20. Charles Pic 1’26.582
Marussia
Row 11 21. Timo Glock 1’27.022
Marussia
22. Pedro de la Rosa 1’27.555
HRT
Row 12 23. Narain Karthikeyan 1’31.122
HRT
24. Lewis Hamilton* 1’21.707
McLaren

*Sent to back of grid for stopping on track after his final lap

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94 comments on 2012 Spanish Grand Prix grid

  1. Antranik (@antranik) said on 12th May 2012, 14:06

    Words can not describe how dissappointed I was when Hamilton bested Maldonados time.

    And I don’t even like the guy!

  2. matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th May 2012, 14:06

    Am I the only one who thought most of the tension was lost by them not showing any of the positions during Q3?

  3. Daler said on 12th May 2012, 14:07

    How ’bout ole’ Moldynads!

  4. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 12th May 2012, 14:07

    Five of the top six haven’t won a race this year, we could get our five winners from five races yet (with some chance of it being 5 constructors too).

    Also, of the previous race winners what a surprise that it’s Alonso who looks to have the best chance of making it to two wins this season – a real improvement from Ferrari.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 13th May 2012, 9:26

      Yeah. It’s unbelievable how the Fernando might be leaving this weekend as the championship leader. I dont think there car has improved by leaps and bounds, but it seems that Fernando can capitalise on the smallest of gains.

      Felipe on the other hand is still showing why he doesn’t belong in a Ferrari… and why no team would want to pick him up after he’s fired.

  5. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 12th May 2012, 14:08

    Does Karthikeyan qualify? He was out of the 107% time…

    • Jake (@jakehardyf1) said on 12th May 2012, 14:09

      He doesn’t

      • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 12th May 2012, 14:16

        @jakehardyf1 Looking at it, he might actually, his quickest time in FP3 was a 28.2, and the 107% time was a 28.4, so he should qualify

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th May 2012, 14:41

        @jakehardyf1 – The 107% rule is intended to keep slow cars out of the race, not slow drivers. The only times the stewards have ever refused entry to the race were when both cars failed to qualify within 107% of the fastest time in Q1, and when they had failed to show anything that could be considered reasonable pace over the course of the weekend. Since de la Rosa qualified and Karthikeyan was within 107% of the fastest free practice times, HRT would have cause to lobby for (and likely receive) a dispensation from the stewards.

    • Slr (@slr) said on 12th May 2012, 14:10

      Considering he’s almost four seconds slower than de la Rosa, he must of had a problem, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him race.

  6. Slr (@slr) said on 12th May 2012, 14:08

    What a result! Each session was slow to get going, but when they did they were amazing.

  7. Daniel Thomas (@iamdanthomas) said on 12th May 2012, 14:08

    Pay driver paid off!

  8. Jake (@jakehardyf1) said on 12th May 2012, 14:09

    Pirelli is making this year so crazy. What the heck!

  9. bobo (@bobo) said on 12th May 2012, 14:09

    I am personally profoundly unimpressed with the new Toro Rosso pair. In practice their times look far more competitive than last year’s car, but the drivers don’t seem to be getting the performance out of on qualifying or race day. At least I don’t feel that they are.

  10. Diego said on 12th May 2012, 14:11

    Why didn’t the alleged poleman return to boxes? Isn’t it penalty material? Any chance of disqualification for this race? Or for the next 1,000,000?

  11. juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 12th May 2012, 14:11

    Did Lewis run out of fuel? Could be in trouble!

    • DD42 said on 12th May 2012, 14:19

      Do the drivers have to complete their outlap?

      I’m fairly confidant kobayashi turned off as he too ran out of fuel – running very light fuel loads!

  12. Calum (@calum) said on 12th May 2012, 14:13

    1. Mclaren
    2. Williams-Renault
    3. Ferrari

    The 90s called, they want their grid back! :D

  13. Simon999 (@simon999) said on 12th May 2012, 14:14

    Whilst the last couple of minutes of Q3 was exciting, all I can say is that Schumacher is right about these tyres.

    We’ve just seen a great example of exactly why there being so much onus on the tyres is a bad thing. That’s not to say degradable tyres are a bad thing, but I do think it needs to be toned down a bit!

  14. Dom (@3dom) said on 12th May 2012, 14:14

    Just listening to Webber’s comments “we thought we had done enough, and got caught with our pants down”. That comes after vettel’s comments before the season started “we don’t know where everyone is until he drops his pants, and they see what you have and you see what they have”

    What is it about red bull and dropping their pants?! Wonder what goes on behind closed doors at that team…

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th May 2012, 14:15

    I have to say … I felt genuinely embarrassed for Bruno Senna. Even before Maldonado started setting those blistering lap times. To be brutally honest, that low-speed spin at the end of Q1 was one of the more-pathetic displays I’ve seen from a Formula 1 driver. Once again, Bruno Senna squanders a golden opportunity with a silly mistake. Unless he can pull two rabbits out of his helmet tomorrow (Maldonado having just pulled out the customary one), I’d say Senna’s days at Williams are numbered.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th May 2012, 15:12

      It was a stupid mistake, but “one of the more-pathetic displays I’ve seen from a Formula 1 driver”? Really?

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 12th May 2012, 15:16

      @prisoner-monkeys

      I disagree completely. I think you’re being far too harsh on his season because of this qualifying session. Maldonado is very quick on a flying lap. He was even faster than Rubens in his rookie year. I don’t see how he “squandered” a golden opportunity with a silly mistake. Yes, he made a mistake on his first lap when he locked his front-left at La Caixa (and he claimed he got stuck behind Massa on that lap, but I’m yet to check that) and that’s what triggered the spin when he tried too push too hard on tyres that were not in their prime anymore.

      Once again, I do acknowledge his mistakes in today’s session, but no team principal on their right mind would sack a driver who scored the most points for them this season (10 more than Maldonado) because of that.

      As to “on the more pathetic displays” from a F1 driver, I don’t even think you believe that yourself. I for one have seen far worse.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th May 2012, 8:17

        no team principal on their right mind would sack a driver who scored the most points for them this season (10 more than Maldonado) because of that

        Even if that driver could coneivably – and by all rights should – have twice as many points as he currently does? Senna has 14 points now. He should have 28.

        Take, for example, Malaysia. He had the pace to match Alonso and Perez. In fact, he was the only driver who could do it. But because he lost his front wing on the first lap, he had to do an entire lap at a very pedestrian pace, and so any chance he had at fighting for a podium – or even the win – was lost. If he’d kept his nose clean, he could have switched onto the wet tyres and would have been third or fourth at the restart.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 12th May 2012, 15:39

      We saw some of those mistakes by Maldonado last year too @prisoner-monkeys, even where he didn’t just had a gearbox/hydraulic failure. Arguably, AUS this year was a bit silly of him.

      I guess driving a good Williams is something quite different from a part season in an HRT, and a non-developing Renault car. Let’s give Senna some time (until end of season?) to come good before we write him off. Maldonado has been clearly growing into his role as an F1 driver in the last 15 months too.

    • Slr (@slr) said on 12th May 2012, 15:55

      I’d say Senna’s mistake at Spa last year was pathetic, the spin today was Senna just push too hard and taking too much kerb.

      Scoring points in Malaysia and China will have helped him, so I don’t think we can say his days are numbered yet. If he continues his current form for a few more races, I think his days will be numbered then.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 12th May 2012, 18:17

      I also think Bruno had a different set-up to Maldonado. Pastor seemed to be able to carry more speed through Campsa while Bruno was understeering — so on this occasion, I don’t think it was a level playing field.

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