2012 Spanish Grand Prix grid

2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Pastor Maldonado 1’22.285
2. Fernando Alonso 1’22.302
Row 2 3. Romain Grosjean 1’22.424
4. Kimi Raikkonen 1’22.497
Row 3 5. Sergio Perez 1’22.533
6. Nico Rosberg 1’23.005
Row 4 7. Sebastian Vettel No time
Red Bull
8. Michael Schumacher No time
Row 5 9. Kamui Kobayashi No time
10. Jenson Button 1’22.944
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
Row 9 17. Bruno Senna 1’24.981
18. Vitaly Petrov 1’25.277
Row 10 19. Heikki Kovalainen 1’25.507
20. Charles Pic 1’26.582
Row 11 21. Timo Glock 1’27.022
22. Pedro de la Rosa 1’27.555
Row 12 23. Narain Karthikeyan 1’31.122
24. Lewis Hamilton* 1’21.707

*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. Ken (@myxomatosis) said on 12th May 2012, 14:21

    Aside from Hamilton’s blistering lap and Maldonado popping up in second, Q3 was incredibly dull. This is is what people mean when they say that tires are the dominant factor to the detriment of the racing. Watching the likes of Vettel and Shumacher just coasting around was boring, irritating and a letdown considering the excitement that Q3 is supposed to promise. These tires DID NOT improve the show.

    Sigh, why can’t they just provide the drivers with qualifying tyres?

    • DD42 said on 12th May 2012, 14:28

      Exactly. 2 or 3 sets of qualifying tyres should be provided to each driver – if they need more they can take them from their race allocation

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th May 2012, 14:31


      Aside from Hamilton’s blistering lap and Maldonado popping up in second, Q3 was incredibly dull.

      I’m inclined to agree with you, but only in the sense that the FOM television director broke the age-old rule of story-telling: it is better to show your audience something happening rather than telling them. Everyone went out at the last minute; there wasn’t much that could be done about that. But all we saw of it was an angle on the chicane and the final corner, and so we had to rely on Brundle and Croft telling us everything else that was happening on the circuit. It’s an unfortunate habit of the director that he follows the first driver out of the pits for a flying lap, and then only concentrates on the final corner; he’s done it all season.

      Sigh, why can’t they just provide the drivers with qualifying tyres?

      Ask the teams. Pirelli suggested qualifying tyres for 2012, but the teams refused.

      • Ken (@myxomatosis) said on 12th May 2012, 14:42

        I found myself wondering about the race direction too. Like you say, “show, not tell”.

        Do you know what the basis of the teams’ refusal was?

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th May 2012, 15:16

        Plus for the first time today they decided we didn’t need a full list of driver positions. I find it hard to feel invested in a session if I can’t even see where the drivers are.

        • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 12th May 2012, 15:46

          I was watching with my laptop+external monitor containing f1fanaticlive,bbc/autosport live blog thing; live timing, and my brothers laptop with a live stream – I kept updating us on what the times actually were doing :)

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th May 2012, 15:43

        Since all the drivers were setting their times on the same lap it was not possible to show each ones lap in more than 1 section of the track live, not the producers fault that no-one wanted to use up their tyres.

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 12th May 2012, 14:31

      @myxomatosis Honestly, we wouldn’t have drivers coasting around in Q3 if they weren’t forced to start the race on their Q3 tyres. That rule was stupid with the Bridgestones, and it’s even more so with the Pirellis.

    • Faca said on 12th May 2012, 14:39

      Blistering lap because he was with less fuel than the other drivers. No merit in that. He might get penalized after all he did the same in Canada and a rule was created by that. Kobayashi had hidraulic problems. Guess what Maldonado scored his first pole and the cheater is going backwardss

      • GeordiePorker (@geordieporker) said on 12th May 2012, 14:53

        Have we actually found out that Hamilton ran out of fuel yet? Or are you just having a go at him with half the facts for a laugh?

      • Ken (@myxomatosis) said on 12th May 2012, 14:56

        Who says that he had less fuel than the others? Is that the only reason a car might stop on track? Don’t jump to conclusions based solely on your irrational hatred of a driver or team.

        Calm down, these are just sportsmen. You are not obligated to invest your every emotion into the sport.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th May 2012, 15:19

        Half a lap less fuel wouldn’t give anybody an advantage of over half a second. They wouldn’t be stupid enough to do it intentionally. Even if it does turn out to be fuel, the idea that McLaren ‘cheated’ rather than made a mistake is laughable.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th May 2012, 15:46

          Lets make everybody happy and penalise him half a second.

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th May 2012, 15:57

            That would actually be a good idea any time somebody fails to get back because of fuel. Penalise them at least the equivalent (maybe double) time they might have gained from a full lap less fuel- that would discourage people to do it, without an over the top penalty if it is a genuine mistake. I remember hearing that roughly 0.1 seconds per lap is the gain each lap, so penalising in time rather than position for 0.2-0.4 seconds would seem fair more fair than any grid penalty. Or make it a percentage such as 0.5% to compensate for doing so around a longer track having a bigger benefit.

    • Lachie (@lachie) said on 12th May 2012, 15:36

      Unfortunately I think the first solution to less exciting qualifying attempted will be qualifying points which I personally hope never touch F1.

  2. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 12th May 2012, 14:22

    The three rows each consists of a champion, and a guy who’s only got 1 year worth of F1 experience. Anyone else noticed?

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 12th May 2012, 14:22

    The three rows each consists of a champion, and a guy who’s only got 1 year worth of F1 experience. Anyone else noticed?

  4. bag0 (@bag0) said on 12th May 2012, 14:25

    Just hope that both HAM and MAL can get out of T1 in one piece, well in separate pieces, but both having their car undamaged, if not I expect either BUT or one of the RBs will take advantage.

  5. sunnymir (@sunnymir) said on 12th May 2012, 15:02

    The first 6 rows have 6 WDC’s and the front 3 are on the left hand side.While on the same 3 rows the right hand side has 3 guys with only 1 year of experince.Going 2 be a exciting gp……..

  6. Jason12 said on 12th May 2012, 15:41

    It seems Button needs the car to be absolutely perfect to perform.
    Otherwise he just disappears into mediocrity.

    • Bigbadderboom (@bigbadderboom) said on 12th May 2012, 16:08

      WDC= Mediocrity, not an equation i’m familiar with, normally i don’t comment on the disrespectful stuff, but really if thats trully your thoughts perhaps you watch the wrong sport.

      • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 12th May 2012, 17:22

        WDC can sometimes be won by a mediocre driver. See Jacques Villeneuve. His career after 1997 wasn’t glorious.

      • Mads (@mads) said on 12th May 2012, 17:23

        So because he is world champion he can’t have faults?

      • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 12th May 2012, 17:35

        Look, I don’t want to start the “Lewis – Jenson, who is better?” but I agree with Jason to an extent.

        Both are world champions and have enough experience. Jenson finds understeer or balance issues etc. and the Lewis would also be suffering such problems at some point but still we never see Lewis going too slow. Lewis digs deep and finds time even when the car has issues while Jenson needs a car that is obedient. Jenson can’t control a brat :)

  7. IsaacTham (@isaactham) said on 12th May 2012, 16:09

    Just asking, when was the last time Hamilton failed to get through into Q3? His Q3 streak must have been extremely long, long enough for the record books I reckon! Last time I remember was Malaysia 2010.

  8. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 12th May 2012, 16:56

    Raikkonen’s time was 1’22.487 not 1’22.497

  9. jackal40 (@jackal40) said on 12th May 2012, 18:04

    I have to say, I find it disappointing to see Q3 happen with 3+ drivers not bothering to come out on track and set a qualifying time. Is that bothering other fans, or am I alone in this.

    • Ken (@myxomatosis) said on 12th May 2012, 18:38

      You’re not alone, I found it dissapointing too. A lot of people did. I was really looking forward to Q3. But at least a couple of drivers went for it.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th May 2012, 21:12

      @jackal40 It doesn’t bother me too much to be honest. It’s just another strategic element for me.

      I think that it at least provides some fresh rubber for the top 10, which helps liven things up.

  10. Michael (@michaelf1) said on 12th May 2012, 19:53


  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th May 2012, 21:01

    What a thoroughly messed up grid, especially now Hamilton has had his marching orders.

    Maldonado qualifying 2nd on merit is impressive, really impressive. Williams have had a tumultuous time this season already with Adam Parr leaving so it’s good they can remain focussed and hopefully use this recent turn in fortune to attract some more attention to the team.

    Both Sauber’s in the top 10? Superb. These guys are pretty good to their tyres usually so here’s hoping they use that to their advantage tomorrow, particularly Kobayashi having a fresh(er) set will help them too.

    Pic and Petrov managed to turn the tables in their respective teams as well.

    We’re on for a potential classic tomorrow. Even if we have a usual finish there needs to be plenty of action for it to happen.

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