2012 Spanish Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Williams used an aggressive strategy to get Maldonado ahead of Alonso, while Lotus saved their best until last.

Spanish Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

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 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Pastor Maldonado 95.034 90.597 90.382 90.011 90.248 90.37 90.317 90.357 90.743 90.868 92.929 106.213 89.273 89.763 89.437 89.439 89.428 89.454 89.401 90.477 89.389 89.665 90.016 92.91 104.072 87.906 88.273 88.371 88.503 88.514 88.483 88.824 88.785 88.71 89.237 88.904 89.499 89.162 89.393 89.919 92.699 107.214 88.208 88.925 88.526 89.14 87.943 88.884 88.288 88.173 88.181 88.379 88.27 88.327 88.521 88.593 88.686 88.369 88.106 88.551 88.696 88.585 88.84 88.869 89.161 89.735
Fernando Alonso 93.726 90.921 90.202 89.988 90.108 90.132 90.275 90.373 91.164 93.158 105.421 89.149 89.616 89.816 89.646 89.626 89.722 89.613 89.83 90.456 89.599 89.717 90.058 90.295 90.619 93.382 106.61 88.974 88.687 88.734 88.682 88.4 88.501 88.532 88.806 88.899 88.997 88.783 88.944 89.366 89.385 89.918 89.184 91.56 104.395 87.39 89.497 87.429 87.728 88.113 88.183 88.51 88.62 88.312 88.171 88.514 88.473 88.792 88.496 88.783 89.002 88.897 88.941 89.471 89.451 89.598
Romain Grosjean 98.392 92.422 91.513 91.051 91.393 91.143 91.068 91.164 91.393 93.255 107.643 91.31 91.095 90.487 90.617 89.199 90.24 90.023 89.895 90.04 91.159 90.945 90.609 90.477 90.825 92.996 106.894 88.969 89.432 89.838 89.599 89.216 89.369 88.95 90.242 89.097 89.201 89.725 89.604 89.218 89.723 89.056 89.283 88.77 89.214 88.876 88.944 88.919 88.674 89.031 91.58 104.861 86.25 87.038 86.84 86.95 87.048 86.67 86.718 86.46 87.013 86.753 87.058 86.976 87.679 87.852
Kimi Raikkonen 96.119 90.98 90.994 90.427 90.475 90.272 90.389 90.617 90.783 90.812 93.407 106.463 89.775 89.674 89.686 89.779 90.079 89.803 90.078 90.046 89.997 90.37 90.325 90.635 90.415 90.757 93.818 106.359 89.855 88.794 88.852 89.358 88.887 89.243 88.899 88.447 88.773 89.115 89.404 88.995 89.515 89.135 89.134 89.386 89.012 89.485 90.991 93.455 103.843 86.938 87.463 87.53 87.744 87.417 87.057 87.521 87.451 87.362 87.066 87.323 88.203 87.79 87.692 87.245 87.372 87.943
Sergio Perez 124.682 108.452 89.533 89.805 90.186 89.996 90.298 91.865 91.563 91.185 91.903 91.273 92.139 93.003 92.357 94.037 97.059 107.026 89.721 88.605 88.993 89.2 89.537 90.29 90.375 90.077 90.278 90.068 90.557 90.3 90.287 90.965 90.257 90.83 91.118 93.159 94.46
Nico Rosberg 97.175 91.56 91.719 91.427 91.267 91.402 91.132 91.265 93.725 107.496 91.903 91.24 90.495 90.792 90.881 91.743 91.094 90.63 90.648 90.706 91.056 93.532 106.629 90.555 90.65 91.416 90.309 91.85 90.499 90.533 90.426 89.944 90.294 89.936 90.833 89.689 89.72 90.214 90.182 92.95 105.073 88.952 88.926 88.706 88.15 88.378 88.704 88.584 88.871 88.932 88.885 88.416 89.027 88.993 89.218 89.548 89.458 89.731 89.701 91.735 90.525 90.851 91.106 92.647 91.69 92.74
Sebastian Vettel 99.378 92.299 91.932 91.264 91.295 91.21 94.014 106.837 90.971 92.35 90.643 91.504 91.395 90.207 90.456 90.574 90.822 90.761 90.617 90.477 90.946 91.513 90.301 90.337 90.557 90.853 93.096 106.657 89.364 92.457 99.089 88.904 88.989 89.188 89.43 89.467 90.006 89.428 89.435 89.709 90.605 93.828 111.2 89.177 89.106 88.89 88.754 89.25 88.761 88.937 88.715 88.707 88.845 88.583 88.641 88.618 89.011 89.574 88.306 88.182 89.111 89.689 88.099 89.164 87.768 88.468
Michael Schumacher 98.764 92.487 91.827 91.089 91.253 91.377 91.492 91.18 91.379 93.268 106.878 92.294
Kamui Kobayashi 100.542 92.727 91.843 91.27 91.33 91.384 91.362 94.002 110.521 89.979 90.325 90.445 90.758 90.906 90.488 90.423 90.659 90.777 90.424 90.895 90.802 91.143 91.529 92.306 92.636 94.174 106.133 88.882 89.029 89.382 89.743 90.257 89.708 89.566 90.89 90.042 89.542 90.152 90.318 90.501 91.64 106.88 88.458 88.335 88.266 88.568 88.34 88.812 88.674 88.739 88.36 88.434 89.144 89.607 88.446 89.219 89.236 89.662 90.026 90.084 89.214 89.067 89.172 89.858 89.624 90.126
Jenson Button 100.104 92.371 92.074 91.244 91.403 91.315 91.387 91.057 93.752 107.298 91.045 91.372 91.213 90.836 90.402 90.513 90.861 90.684 90.602 90.67 90.986 91.183 90.993 91.865 94.023 106.748 88.84 90.107 90.293 90.759 90.315 90.273 90.926 90.093 90.842 90.862 90.501 94.498 106.205 91.732 88.624 89.171 89.414 89.004 89.346 88.89 89.096 89.101 89.059 88.796 88.832 89.261 89.31 89.553 89.311 89.505 89.545 90.872 89.802 90.22 90.047 90.722 90.894 91.062 90.655 92.052
Mark Webber 101.889 93.312 91.872 91.554 92.138 94.893 108.425 90.746 91.117 91.113 90.677 90.833 90.689 91.789 92.53 92.568 98.688 110.953 89.14 89.631 90.044 89.435 89.513 89.814 89.62 90.387 90.841 90.339 91.991 90.057 90.37 90.625 90.581 90.861 91.057 90.84 91.24 91.434 92.32 94.021 107.455 89.212 89.44 87.857 89.015 88.695 88.761 88.578 88.595 89.261 89.084 89.604 88.782 89.083 89.167 88.654 89.033 89.724 89.13 90.166 89.303 89.198 90.371 90.491 91.322
Paul di Resta 102.348 93.989 92.003 91.863 91.793 92.238 91.438 92.025 94.312 107.028 90.371 90.749 91.313 91.352 91.499 92.342 90.983 90.955 91.089 90.95 91.344 91.174 93.774 109.037 90.446 90.408 90.548 90.082 90.559 90.863 91.927 90.983 91.156 90.606 90.88 91.058 91.28 90.851 92.362 93.077 91.121 93.41 105.997 88.313 88.667 89.017 89.125 89.287 89.563 89.433 89.321 91.925 89.278 89.757 89.426 89.148 89.163 89.225 89.433 89.819 91.15 89.639 90.041 90.056 91.291
Nico Hulkenberg 102.673 93.986 92.328 91.799 92.025 92.01 91.777 91.887 93.53 94.269 107.666 89.992 90.98 91.421 90.773 91.032 92.714 90.905 93.211 106.752 89.318 89.919 89.911 90.126 90.513 91.382 90.487 90.265 92.292 89.86 90.545 90.656 90.635 90.723 91.15 90.818 90.936 91.72 94.503 107.432 89.047 88.953 88.964 89.266 89.289 89.351 89.128 88.912 89.162 89.296 89.054 89.112 89.133 88.918 88.918 89.054 89.225 89.691 89.33 90.012 89.317 89.212 90.346 90.492 91.606
Jean-Eric Vergne 100.893 93.024 92.053 91.529 92.434 91.822 91.962 91.937 92.187 94.749 107.693 90.618 91.347 91.299 91.222 92.237 91.629 90.954 91.026 90.814 91.298 91.193 94.122 108.837 90.076 90.833 90.159 90.143 90.603 90.687 90.046 89.735 90.366 90.644 91.131 90.804 91.163 91.831 94.064 95.295 105.491 88.463 89.009 88.767 89.151 89.066 89.198 89.471 88.862 88.587 89.182 90.025 88.452 88.308 88.642 88.898 88.452 89.028 89.223 89.856 89.628 89.756 91.349 92.664 92.114
Daniel Ricciardo 103.148 93.824 93.015 91.939 92.104 92.091 92.809 91.922 92.001 92.248 94.414 108.496 91.179 91.25 90.643 90.828 90.815 90.635 90.913 90.518 90.784 90.956 91.018 91.508 93.553 106.502 89.611 90.062 90.493 90.573 91.457 90.784 89.6 89.878 90.38 90.76 91.012 91.966 96.177 105.967 90.544 89.221 89.183 88.587 89.145 89.147 88.966 89.054 88.737 88.973 89.834 89.916 90.526 88.961 89.076 89.156 88.707 89.222 89.172 95.835 89.209 89.61 91.82 90.361 90.172
Felipe Massa 101.325 93.53 91.749 91.428 92.37 91.903 91.947 92.031 92.155 94.439 108.336 90.68 91.071 91.372 91.141 92.076 91.949 90.827 91.119 90.794 91.229 91.3 91.454 90.777 90.69 90.587 91.251 94.25 103.661 105.151 88.585 88.737 89.343 89.359 89.711 89.588 89.675 90.803 91.884 91.809 90.235 89.705 89.507 89.42 91.728 108.345 88.448 89.077 89.63 89.513 89.511 91.632 89.346 89.73 89.644 89.334 89.244 89.3 89.313 91.44 89.408 89.587 90.312 90.319 91.233
Bruno Senna 104.152 93.998 93.573 92.377 92.338 92.066 92.193 92.419 92.319 91.822 92.613 92.879
Vitaly Petrov 104.564 94.573 93.28 92.871 92.402 92.369 92.361 92.601 92.802 96.082 113.21 90.804 91.725 91.849 92.534 91.453 91.849 90.979 91.553 91.571 92.901 93.03 92.306 92.556 92.784 92.86 92.831 95.805 110.463 90.477 92.151 90.376 90.258 90.113 90.245 90.381 90.475 93.259 91.145 90.874 91.239 91.304 91.619 94.251 109.036 89.352 89.703 88.773 88.998 89.123 89.551 89.088 88.773 88.818 89.075 89.059 89.007 89.349 89.524 89.79 89.678 90.487 91.009 91.259 91.618
Heikki Kovalainen 103.592 93.851 93.119 92.269 92.958 92.164 92.23 92.312 92.211 92.123 92.534 91.601 96.429 109.822 91.506 91.107 90.901 90.846 91.092 91.001 91.013 91.11 91.745 91.36 91.729 91.968 96.649 110.942 90.56 90.994 90.837 91.274 90.916 92.74 91.261 92.745 90.6 90.836 91.253 91.01 91.172 91.017 96.638 107.695 88.777 89.056 89.267 90.23 89.065 88.715 88.94 89.024 89.076 89.012 88.989 90.394 89.212 89.468 89.482 89.406 89.385 89.732 90.246 90.494 91.352
Charles Pic 106.179 98.319 94.074 93.926 93.784 94.036 93.15 94.999 93.902 94.243 93.916 93.139 93.595 93.447 95.709 110.881 91.987 92.109 92.127 92.082 91.686 91.633 91.889 91.964 93.906 92.07 94.61 111.073 91.136 91.228 91.292 91.468 91.428 91.464 115.726
Timo Glock 105.224 95.399 94.293 93.298 93.083 93.071 93.162 93.83 93.408 94.185 94.745 93.639 94.103 96.215 110.827 91.922 91.658 91.749 92.008 92.504 91.969 92.354 92.085 91.824 92.263 94.688 111.055 91.313 91.198 91.034 91.362 92.193 91.057 91.34 91.417 91.356 91.51 91.772 92.356 91.57 91.762 91.622 92.08 92.113 92.433 93.037 95.71 109.05 89.599 89.801 90.075 89.825 89.768 93.176 94.604 92.742 90.336 90.013 89.946 89.732 91.34 89.803 89.865 91.07
Pedro de la Rosa 106.617 95.841 94.333 93.584 93.601 93.639 94.089 95.072 94.622 97.845 112.641 92.643 94.235 93.219 93.012 94.321 93.669 93.698 96.775 112.71 92.353 92.502 95.332 94.848 92.975 92.953 93.253 96.714 94.448 97.278 96.157 96.181 94.172 94.486 97.531 110.848 91.457 92.013 92.145 92.007 93.459 92.117 94.151 92.089 92.523 92.436 93.694 92.469 92.606 94.641 98.381 115.879 91.384 90.722 92.613 90.97 90.747 92.424 91.165 90.994 91.341 91.669 91.887
Narain Karthikeyan 107.079 96.53 94.192 93.965 93.941 94.255 96.631 94.78 94.853 95.095 97.844 111.811 93.076 93.421 92.903 93.203 93.139 93.215 96.033 93.281 101.167 96.91
Lewis Hamilton 105.471 93.046 92.43 92.365 91.305 91.922 91.114 91.556 91.658 91.227 90.772 90.931 91.314 94.026 108.641 90.747 91.444 90.85 91.041 91.003 90.966 91.337 91.385 91.315 90.581 90.451 91.032 91.855 90.124 90.216 90.284 90.444 90.959 90.954 93.839 107.207 89.664 90.651 91.129 90.644 89.612 89.919 89.647 89.523 89.435 89.341 89.085 89.175 89.111 88.918 88.925 89.054 89.407 89.279 89.317 89.216 89.165 89.169 88.998 89.377 89.528 89.805 90.833 90.02 91.088 92.438

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012It’s clear from Maldonado and Alonso’s lap times that Williams were confident in their ability to pit earlier than Ferrari and make the tyres last longer.

Maldonado’s final stint was a cool-headed piece of driving. Having used the Williams’ superior speed to good effect at the beginning of the second stint to jump ahead of Alonso, in his third stint after passing Raikkonen he maintained a steady pace while Alonso tried to attack.

With eight laps to go Maldonado asked a little more of the tyres and Alonso was unable to match his pace. Meanwhile Raikkonen was flying, and had the race been a lap longer he surely would have finished second.

Lotus expected to know within the first laps whether they were quick enough to challenge to win, and it emerged that they probably didn’t. Both Lotus drivers ran used soft tyres in their second stint, but these didn’t provide the lap time advantage they hoped for.

But by shortening Raikkonen’s final stint they were almost able to bring him in contention for victory.

“We didn?t have the pace to win today, that much was clear after the first stints,” said director of trackside operations Alan Permane. “We tried to push our stints out and be quick at the end. We were, and it nearly paid off.”

Grosjean’s last stop came even later than Raikkonen’s, and he took 24 seconds out of the leaders over the final 14 laps.

Spanish Grand Prix fastest laps

Romain Grosjean became the fifth different driver to set fastest lap this year. It was the second time Lotus have set fastest lap during a race.

Here’s each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.250 53
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’26.938 0.688 50
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.390 1.140 46
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.768 1.518 65
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.857 1.607 44
6 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.906 1.656 26
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.150 1.900 45
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.266 2.016 45
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.308 2.058 54
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’28.313 2.063 44
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.448 2.198 47
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.587 2.337 44
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.605 2.355 20
14 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.624 2.374 41
15 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’28.715 2.465 50
16 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’28.773 2.523 Set on 2 laps
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.912 2.662 48
18 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.918 2.668 50
19 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.599 3.349 49
20 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’30.722 4.472 54
21 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’31.089 4.839 4
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.136 4.886 29
23 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’31.822 5.572 10
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.903 6.653 15

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13 comments on 2012 Spanish Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 13th May 2012, 23:39

    Bizarre that the car with the fastest lap (by over a second!) that had no technical issues, only managed to finish 3rd and 4th. What a strange season this is

    • Kimi4WC said on 14th May 2012, 5:29

      I think most teams should strip down their front wings like Grosjean, there is a second to be found!!!! :)

  2. substructure said on 14th May 2012, 4:13

    5 different fastest laps too! This season is great fun…

  3. Kimi4WC said on 14th May 2012, 5:28

    Grosjean’s front was wrecked on both sides still he puts a fastest lap in the end. Front wing over rated? :)

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th May 2012, 10:09

    I think the lap chart suggests that Hamilton might have been able to match the pace of the front runners under identical tyre situations. If you compare the end of the second stint of Alonso and Hamilton, you see both drifting in the low 1m30s (with Alonso having a few laps more fuel onboard but a few laps less on his tyres).

    With that in mind, I think the fastest way to cover the final 30 laps would have been to make another pit stop. Hamilton might have been able to do a series of mid-to-low 1m28s rather than the tentative 1m29s he was putting in, and then win even more time over his own schedule with a fresh set of tyres for the final, say, 13 laps, when his lap times were creeping back towards the 1m30s. Just look at how much faster Raikkonen is in the final stint! He wins about 2 seconds per lap on Hamilton for about 18 laps long, that’s a huge amount of time!

    Of course, there are one or two downsides to making an extra stop:
    - I do not remember seeing Hamilton being stuck in traffic when he came out of the pits at the beginning of his final stint, other than him passing the two Toro rossos, so I don’t know why he was so slow in the first laps of his final stint. Just compare Maldonado laps and Hamilton’s laps from the starts of their respective third stints:
    Maldonado, lap 26-29: 27.91, 28.27, 28.37, 28.50
    Hamilton, lap 37-40: 29.66, 30.65, 31.13, 30,66
    If those laps were planned as ‘bringing the tyres in slowly, then that cost him around 10 seconds! Maybe he was just stuck behind a Force India or something, I don’t remember. The effect was that he came out way behind Rosberg, rather than ahead of him.
    - He had no new tyres left after his second stop, so he would not have benefitted from a late stop as much as Raikkonen and Grosjean did.
    - Given McLaren’s current hot streak of operational errors, visits to the pits ought to be minimized.

    Of course, I could be wrong and the McLaren just didn’t have the pace today to compete with Ferrari and Williams, but the first part of the race suggested that did.

    • dkpioe said on 14th May 2012, 11:40

      first part of the race suggested he was passing much slower cars with a much faster car. after his first stop, he was back in the race for a top 5 finish i thought, especially as a couple top cars fell out and cars infront of his were slower in qualifying, but he did nothing great after that apart from reovertaking slower cars, i think he could have finished top 5 with the right strategy, not leaving 30 laps for the final set of tyres.

      • Spanky Speed (@spankyspeed) said on 14th May 2012, 17:45

        Top 5 finish for Hamilton? How? Compare the Hamilton lap times with the Vettel lap times. Vettel was consistently faster and finished 6th.

        • Kimi4WC said on 15th May 2012, 0:18

          Yeah, there is such denial regarding Hamilton this weekend. He did have a good race and maybe should win A Sympathy Award. While Vettel had a more impressive race all things considering. (But nothing to compare to top 4)

  5. Spanky Speed said on 14th May 2012, 10:41

    It’s quite remarkable that Grosjean as well as Räikönnen improved their lap-times by 1.5-2s after their last tyre change (hard to hard). The same happened in Bahrain. Looks like the Lotus performs the better the lighter it gets. If it continues like this I predict Lotus will claim the constructors championship. They will continue to score high with BOTH cars. Ferrari as well as RB both have the problem of a too large performance spread between the two cars/drivers. Let’s see if McLaren can get their act together.

    In Bahrain Vettel was the only other driver who matched Le Lotus lap times. The same happened again in the last laps of the Spanish GP.

  6. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 14th May 2012, 12:06

    What strikes me is that Maldonado set his fastest lap on only lap 26 and it was still good enough for the 6th fastest of the race. The Williams has some serious pace, you’d have expected many drivers to beat that time on lower fuel nearer the end of the race. Also shows what a good job Pastor did to take the lead during the pit stop phase.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th May 2012, 13:49

    Fastest lap by over 1s? Wow. They must be frustrated, knowing they have the fastest car out there but not being able to apply it when it matters.

    Petrov scored his fastest lap twice too, I bet watching side by side videos of that would be pretty interesting.

  8. Todfod (@todfod) said on 15th May 2012, 14:26

    It’s amazing how Felipe is consistently 1 sec off his teammate in quali and now in the fastest lap of the race as well!

    Hats off to Felipe for his consistency. Being off the pace by the same large margin requires talent as well..

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