2012 Spanish Grand Prix lap chart

2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Front wing trouble delayed the Red Bulls and Rosberg during the race – and Rosberg’s final stint did not go according to plan.

Spanish Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2012drivercolours.csv

0 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 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Fernando Alonso 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Romain Grosjean 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 9 7 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Kimi Raikkonen 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Sergio Perez 5 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 22 20 20 18 16 16 17 18 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16
Nico Rosberg 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 13 8 6 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 13 11 10 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 7
Sebastian Vettel 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 9 18 17 14 11 10 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 6 6 6 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 5 5 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 7 6 6 6
Michael Schumacher 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 10 9
Kamui Kobayashi 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 19 17 13 12 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Jenson Button 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 15 12 11 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 8 8 7 7 7 8 14 11 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Mark Webber 11 12 12 12 12 12 14 22 20 20 18 14 13 11 10 9 9 15 17 17 17 17 16 16 14 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 8 9 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Paul di Resta 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11 20 15 14 12 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 15 15 14 13 13 13 12 13 13 14 14 14 13 14 14 12 12 11 11 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Nico Hulkenberg 13 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 12 12 10 19 17 15 14 13 13 13 13 14 16 15 15 15 13 13 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 10 14 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Jean-Eric Vergne 14 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 7 16 15 13 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 16 16 15 14 14 14 13 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 13 15 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Daniel Ricciardo 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 13 9 6 19 16 15 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 13 11 10 11 16 15 15 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Felipe Massa 16 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 9 8 17 16 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 8 8 8 7 6 7 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 13 10 10 10 9 9 10 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Bruno Senna 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 17 16 15 12 7 8
Vitaly Petrov 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 18 17 16 16 22 22 20 20 18 18 17 16 16 15 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Heikki Kovalainen 19 16 16 16 16 17 17 16 15 14 11 5 5 10 17 17 16 16 15 15 14 14 14 14 12 12 11 16 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Charles Pic 20 21 23 23 23 23 23 21 22 22 21 21 21 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Timo Glock 21 19 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 18 19 18 18 17 18 20 19 19 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Pedro de la Rosa 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 20 21 21 23 24 23 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19
Narain Karthikeyan 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 24 23 24 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21
Lewis Hamilton 24 20 18 17 17 16 16 14 13 10 6 4 4 4 4 14 14 12 12 12 12 12 12 9 9 9 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 8 14 13 13 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8

Mark Webber spent the opening laps of the race stuck behind Felipe Massa, being badly held up. It seems the team’s decision to pit him early was, as in China, not a consequence of his lap times slowing but a strategic decision to get him into ‘clean air’.

He didn’t quite make it out in front of Narain Karthikeyan and lost some time passing the HRT. But once he had done the other front runners were obliged to pit to cover his stop and avoid losing track position to him.

It was a tough race for the Red Bulls, both of which had to pit due to front wing damage which led to both having pit stops to have them replaced.

Vettel’s drive-through penalty on lap 30 cost him around 15 seconds. He recovered to sixth by the end of the race, but without the penalty it’s hard to make a case for him finishing much higher than fifth – his pace in clean air wasn’t quick enough.

Massa had taken a penalty for the same infraction two laps earlier. It ultimately left him behind Paul di Resta in the final stint, who he could pass, and the further loss of time led to him being lapped by his team mate.

Massa did not agree with his penalty: “Honestly, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think I did anything wrong and I believe it is better to look into the detail of what happened, because I was in the middle of a group of cars and I definitely did not try to overtake anyone.”

Spanish Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

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 1.308 0.984 1.164 1.187 1.327 1.565 1.607 1.591 1.17 0 0 3.452 3.109 3.056 2.847 2.66 2.366 2.207 1.778 1.799 1.589 1.537 1.495 4.11 17.563 12.087 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.359 15.383 12.748 0.71 0.365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fernando Alonso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 13.612 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.25 6.853 7.037 7.257 7.456 7.032 6.748 6.57 6.139 6.134 5.632 5.253 4.804 4.251 0.937 0 0 0 3.831 1.736 2.925 1.47 0.91 0.85 0.852 0.983 1.333 1.318 0.968 0.889 0.676 1.099 1.489 1.721 2.027 2.339 2.44 3.042 3.332 3.195
Romain Grosjean 4.666 6.167 7.478 8.541 9.826 10.837 11.63 12.421 12.65 13.867 28.581 17.13 18.609 19.28 20.251 19.824 20.342 20.752 20.817 20.401 21.961 23.189 23.74 23.922 24.128 23.742 30.276 30.874 31.803 33.127 34.243 34.635 35.219 35.459 36.464 36.657 36.359 36.922 37.133 36.432 33.456 31.657 31.756 28.966 17.616 17.007 17.643 17.678 18.064 18.922 22.321 38.803 36.783 35.494 33.813 32.17 30.532 28.833 27.445 25.354 23.671 21.839 20.057 18.164 16.682 14.799
Kimi Raikkonen 2.393 2.452 3.244 3.683 4.05 4.19 4.304 4.548 4.167 2.941 3.419 7.121 7.28 7.138 7.178 7.331 7.688 7.878 8.126 7.716 8.114 8.767 9.034 9.374 9.17 6.545 0.003 17.991 19.343 19.623 19.992 20.526 20.628 21.161 20.823 20.366 19.64 19.593 19.604 18.68 15.496 13.776 13.726 11.552 0 0 2.683 7.254 22.809 21.574 20.856 20.007 19.481 18.571 17.107 16.035 14.8 13.793 12.753 11.525 11.032 10.237 9.089 7.465 5.676 3.884
Sergio Perez 30.956 48.487 47.818 47.635 47.713 47.577 47.6 49.092 49.491 48.638 47.612 36.124 38.647 41.834 44.545 48.956 56.293 73.706 73.597 71.746 71.14 70.623 70.102 70.097 69.853 66.548 56.466 58.163 60.217 62.003 63.807 65.948 67.42 69.54 71.421 75.676 80.637
Nico Rosberg 3.449 4.088 5.605 7.044 8.203 9.473 10.33 11.222 13.783 29.241 28.215 16.694 17.573 18.549 19.784 21.901 23.273 24.29 25.108 25.358 26.815 30.63 47.201 47.461 47.492 45.526 35.475 38.954 40.95 42.969 44.912 46.032 47.541 48.767 50.363 51.148 51.369 52.421 53.21 56.241 68.615 66.712 66.454 63.6 51.186 50.079 50.475 50.175 50.758 51.517 52.221 52.258 53.015 53.681 54.378 55.333 56.105 57.467 59.062 62.246 64.075 66.341 68.607 72.385 74.914 77.919
Sebastian Vettel 5.652 7.03 8.76 10.036 11.223 12.301 16.04 32.504 32.311 32.623 30.337 19.08 20.859 21.25 22.06 23.008 24.108 25.256 26.043 26.064 27.411 29.207 29.45 29.492 29.43 26.901 19.637 37.923 38.784 42.727 53.333 53.413 53.617 54.095 54.288 54.851 55.358 55.624 55.666 55.456 53.362 56.335 78.351 75.968 64.51 63.915 64.361 64.727 65.2 65.964 66.498 66.826 67.401 67.657 67.777 67.802 68.127 69.332 69.532 69.163 69.578 70.682 69.941 70.236 68.843 67.576
Michael Schumacher 5.038 6.604 8.229 9.33 10.475 11.72 12.937 13.744 13.959 15.189 29.138 18.671
Kamui Kobayashi 6.816 8.622 10.263 11.545 12.767 14.019 15.106 18.735 38.092 36.033 33.429 21.113 22.255 23.345 24.187 24.984 25.921 27.085 27.679 28.118 29.321 30.747 32.218 34.229 36.246 37.038 42.811 43.322 43.848 44.716 45.976 47.409 48.332 49.188 50.841 51.979 52.022 53.012 53.937 54.519 53.46 69.485 68.759 65.534 53.236 52.319 52.351 52.279 52.665 53.231 53.41 53.465 54.339 55.619 55.544 56.17 56.72 58.013 59.933 61.466 61.984 62.466 62.798 63.787 64.25 64.641
Jenson Button 6.378 7.828 9.7 10.956 12.251 13.434 14.546 15.23 17.818 33.078 31.194 19.805 21.402 22.422 23.178 24.065 25.204 26.275 27.047 27.261 28.648 30.114 31.049 32.619 36.023 49.389 37.869 39.605 41.395 43.64 45.472 46.921 49.062 50.445 52.05 54.008 55.01 60.346 77.158 78.971 74.896 73.212 73.442 70.886 59.668 59.073 59.861 60.078 60.849 61.472 62.123 63.005 64.045 65.271 66.061 66.973 67.832 70.335 72.031 73.7 75.051 77.188 79.242 81.435 82.929 85.246
Mark Webber 8.163 10.554 12.224 13.79 15.82 20.581 38.731 39.104 39.057 38.132 35.88 23.952 25.025 26.998 29.882 32.824 41.79 63.13 62.44 61.615 62.06 61.778 61.233 60.752 59.753 56.758 47.239 49.207 52.695 54.238 56.125 57.926 59.722 61.873 63.693 65.629 67.37 69.642 72.569 76.671 91.427 89.784 90.04 86.337 74.788 73.998 74.451 74.145 74.452 75.54 76.443 77.668 78.18 78.936 79.582 79.643 79.99 81.345 82.369 83.984 84.591 85.204 86.735 88.357 90.518
Paul di Resta 8.622 11.69 13.491 15.366 17.051 19.157 20.32 21.972 25.12 40.11 37.552 25.54 27.237 28.773 30.626 33.342 34.603 35.945 37.204 37.698 39.443 40.9 44.616 63.358 63.185 60.211 50.399 52.11 54.166 56.515 59.959 62.118 64.489 66.385 68.028 70.182 71.963 73.652 76.621 79.779 78.201 80.756 97.569 94.322 82.425 81.957 82.774 83.177 84.452 85.712 86.852 90.398 91.406 92.836 93.741 94.296 94.773 95.629 96.956 98.224 100.678 101.732 102.933 104.12 106.25
Nico Hulkenberg 8.947 12.012 14.138 15.949 17.866 19.744 21.246 22.76 25.126 27.357 42.094 29.325 30.689 32.294 33.421 34.827 37.819 39.111 42.492 58.788 58.507 58.709 58.562 58.393 58.287 56.287 46.414 48.308 52.097 53.443 55.505 57.337 59.187 61.2 63.113 65.027 66.464 69.022 74.132 91.645 87.993 86.091 85.871 83.577 72.302 72.168 72.988 73.016 73.89 75.013 75.886 76.619 77.482 78.073 78.47 78.931 79.47 80.792 82.016 83.477 84.098 84.725 86.231 87.854 90.299
Jean-Eric Vergne 7.167 9.27 11.121 12.662 14.988 16.678 18.365 19.929 20.952 23.663 38.427 26.284 28.015 29.498 31.074 33.685 35.592 36.933 38.129 38.487 40.186 41.662 45.726 64.268 63.725 61.176 50.975 52.747 54.847 57.02 58.583 59.494 61.075 63.009 64.903 66.803 68.467 71.136 75.807 81.183 93.975 91.583 91.408 88.615 77.202 76.783 77.673 78.26 78.834 79.248 80.249 81.895 82.077 82.058 82.179 82.484 82.25 82.909 84.026 85.331 86.263 87.434 89.943 93.738 96.691
Daniel Ricciardo 9.422 12.325 15.138 17.089 19.085 21.044 23.578 25.127 25.964 26.174 27.659 33.394 34.957 36.391 37.388 38.59 39.683 40.705 41.788 41.85 43.035 44.274 45.234 46.447 49.381 62.501 51.752 53.443 55.433 57.492 60.466 62.426 63.241 64.409 65.552 67.408 68.921 71.725 78.509 94.557 92.402 90.768 90.767 87.794 76.375 76.037 76.695 76.865 77.314 78.114 79.767 81.304 83.56 84.194 84.749 85.312 85.333 86.186 87.252 94.536 95.049 96.074 99.054 100.546 101.557
Felipe Massa 7.599 10.208 11.755 13.195 15.457 17.228 18.9 20.558 21.549 23.95 39.357 27.276 28.731 30.287 31.782 34.232 36.459 37.673 38.962 39.3 40.93 42.513 43.909 44.391 44.462 41.667 32.558 38.437 53.595 70.232 70.334 70.247 70.805 71.454 71.928 72.612 72.788 74.429 76.92 78.81 76.346 75.196 75.519 73.379 64.543 83.403 83.543 83.736 85.078 86.418 87.748 91.001 92.077 93.48 94.603 95.344 95.902 96.833 98.04 100.929 101.641 102.643 104.115 105.565 107.637
Bruno Senna 10.426 13.503 16.874 19.263 21.493 23.427 25.345 27.391 28.546 28.33 28.014 18.132
Vitaly Petrov 10.838 14.49 17.568 20.451 22.745 24.982 27.068 29.296 30.934 34.978 55.259 43.302 45.411 47.444 50.332 52.159 54.286 55.652 57.375 58.49 61.792 65.105 67.353 69.614 71.779 71.257 63.728 71.162 93.122 95.085 98.753 100.305 101.778 103.181 104.189 105.666 106.642 110.739 112.491 113.446 111.986 112.435 114.87 117.561 126.033 125.9 127.295 127.184 127.894 128.844 130.214 130.923 131.426 131.917 132.471 132.937 133.258 134.238 135.656 136.895 137.877 139.779 141.948 144.338 146.795
Heikki Kovalainen 9.866 12.796 15.713 17.994 20.844 22.876 24.831 26.77 27.817 27.902 27.507 16.347 23.16 43.166 45.026 46.507 47.686 48.919 50.181 50.726 52.14 53.533 55.22 56.285 57.395 55.981 52.27 74.841 76.898 79.378 81.732 84.182 86.313 90.343 92.367 96.208 97.309 98.983 100.843 101.934 100.407 100.569 108.023 124.158 112.371 111.942 112.901 114.247 115.024 115.566 116.325 116.97 117.776 118.461 118.929 120.73 121.256 122.355 123.731 124.586 125.275 126.422 127.828 129.453 131.644
Charles Pic 12.453 19.851 23.723 27.661 31.337 35.241 38.116 42.742 45.48 47.685 48.672 39.05 43.029 46.66 52.723 73.978 76.243 78.739 81.036 82.662 84.749 86.665 88.496 90.165 93.452 92.14 86.39 109.092 111.725 114.439 117.248 119.892 122.535 125.289 151.778
Timo Glock 11.498 15.976 20.067 23.377 26.352 29.291 32.178 35.635 37.879 40.026 41.842 32.72 37.207 43.606 64.787 67.083 69.019 71.155 73.333 75.381 77.751 80.388 82.415 83.944 85.588 86.894 97.589 100.531 103.226 105.746 108.625 111.994 114.266 116.896 119.076 121.528 123.539 126.149 129.112 130.763 129.826 130.593 133.489 134.042 125.911 129.463 136.865 157.031 158.342 159.97 161.864 163.31 164.808 169.657 175.74 179.889 181.539 183.183 185.023 186.204 188.848 190.066 191.091 193.292
Pedro de la Rosa 12.891 17.811 21.942 25.538 29.031 32.538 36.352 41.051 44.509 50.316 70.028 59.91 64.529 67.932 71.298 75.993 79.94 84.025 90.97 113.224 115.978 118.763 124.037 128.59 130.946 130.517 123.41 131.753 137.698 146.462 154.136 161.493 166.88 172.656 180.95 202.894 204.852 207.703 210.455 212.543 213.303 214.565 219.532 220.061 212.02 214.971 220.357 223.942 228.26 234.728 244.928 272.428 275.542 277.937 282.029 284.406 286.467 290.522 293.581 296.024 298.669 301.753 304.8
Narain Karthikeyan 13.353 18.962 22.952 26.929 30.762 34.885 41.241 45.648 49.337 52.394 57.309 66.359 69.819 73.424 76.681 80.258 83.675 87.277 93.48 96.305 107.873 115.066
Lewis Hamilton 11.745 13.87 16.098 18.475 19.672 21.462 22.301 23.484 23.978 23.167 21.01 9.18 10.878 15.088 34.083 35.204 36.926 38.163 39.374 39.921 41.288 42.908 44.235 45.255 45.217 42.286 32.958 36.442 38.063 39.765 41.566 43.186 45.36 47.604 52.206 70.509 70.674 72.163 73.899 74.624 71.537 70.601 71.064 69.027 57.898 57.754 58.531 58.822 59.645 60.39 61.134 61.809 62.946 63.898 64.694 65.317 65.796 66.596 67.488 68.314 69.146 70.366 72.359 73.51 75.437 78.14

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2012Prior to his second pit stop on lap 22 Rosberg’s engineer warned him he had pieces of rubber stuck in his front wing which were disrupting the car’s aero balance, which they intended to remove. However it didn’t seem to help his performance at the end of the race.

Rosberg’s final stint was 26 laps – one lap longer than Maldonado’s – but around ten laps from the end his pace was already starting to suffer, and he fell prey first to Kobayashi, then Vettel.

He ended the race with Hamilton climbing over the back of the car – despite the McLaren driver’s tyres being five laps older.

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17 comments on 2012 Spanish Grand Prix lap chart

  1. sumedh said on 13th May 2012, 22:07

    Looking at these charts, it does seem that Kimi had the best chance to win the race but the pit stops screwed him up. He was about 4-5 seconds behind the leader before the first pit stops, then he was 7-8 seconds behind before the second pit-stops and then he was about 18-19 seconds behind the leader before the third pit stops.

    And after the third pit stop, he clawed back almost all of this 19 second deficit.

    Lotus should have tried undercutting the leaders.

  2. Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 13th May 2012, 23:15

    This visualisation show well how much pace the Lotus have at the end of the race, by far the quickest, Vettel having some nice laps on the 2-3 last … If only Lotus could find some pace while full fueledn they would defintly be a team to beat for the constructor champ, still expect them to continue to challenge and why not climb the order.

    Had Kimi pit one lap earlier, I think we would have had another story, but so easy to say afterward and it is so tied that very difficult to know how much they would gain or not, 3 laps earlier and he couldn’t push that hard and would have brought the same result, can’t blame Lotus to try …

    Very impressive lap times by Lewis during his 30 laps stint

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th May 2012, 7:13

    Its really interesting to look at the lapchart for Hamilton, Webber and Vettel and compare how their race went.

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th May 2012, 10:38

    Mark Webber spent the opening laps of the race stuck behind Felipe Massa, being badly held up. It seems the team’s decision to pit him early was, as in China, not a consequence of his lap times slowing but a strategic decision to get him into ‘clean air’.

    I don’t particularly like this strategy, especially in a race where freshness of tyres are a significant factors (ok, that’s most races). Webber, starting on brand new tyres, should have emulated Hamilton’s strategy in the first stint: just stay put behind Massa and save the tyres, then put in some good laps when the traffic in front peels into the pit lane. Hamilton, on used softs, was still setting green sector times by lap 12, when others had been into the pits two laps earlier.

    Back to Webber, he could have done the same thing, and then renew his attacks in subsequent stints on much better tyres. This brings me to another point, though. As much as I support Webber, he does have a tendency to get stuck in traffic. I’m not sure why, he’s a good wheel-to-wheel racer, but he just seems to lack the confidence to get a move done outside the DRS zones; within the zones, his Red Bull often lacks the straight-line speed.

    It’s not just Webber that’s a bit tentative with overtaking, though. If you look at the GP3 and GP2 races, you see drivers being much more adventurous with where they overtake. I’m not advocating that F1 driver madly lunge up the inside all the time, but sometimes you just ‘gotta make a move’ (he said from his armchair). Only Vettel and Kobayashi are the names that spring to mind that can really muscle their way past other cars, at the moment. Hamilton’s name used to be in that list too, but he is being understandably cautious this year. Schumacher is also a driver that tries moves, however he usually just runs into the back of people…

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th May 2012, 17:19

      It’s all very well saying that but staying behind someone loses you a lot of time and destroys your tyres, I think they made the right move. Obviously though the easiest way to solve the problem would just be to overtake.

      • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th May 2012, 19:26

        @vettel1, it’s been mentioned quite a lot in the recent Pirelli debate that driving in dirty air ruins your tyres, but is there really that much evidence to support that claim? If you’re trying very hard to stay within half a second in order to pass, then yes, that might ask a lot of your tyres. Just staying behind and maintaining a 1-1.5 second gap to a car that is slower won’t damage the tyres too much, I would expect. Like I said, Hamilton managed to make his used softs last until lap 14, even though he was continually in dirty air.

        In Webber’s case, staying behind Massa was not ideal, but neither is getting rid of a perfectly good set of softs. With the knowledge that Massa stopped on lap 10, which obviously they couldn’t be certain of, I think Webber would certainly have been better off waiting out the first stint.

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th May 2012, 21:31

          @adrianmorse – yes, of course it doesn’t make much difference if you’re not pressing for an overtake, but in dirty air the cars loose downforce and therefore loose grip and start to slide, which with these Pirelli’s absolutely destroys them. There is no problem though if the gap is maintained. Was it just a strategic call or were his tyres genuinely going off that quickly?

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th May 2012, 22:16

      @adrianmorse – was he actually making a genuine challenge on Massa though? I think he got close a couple of times but he couldn’t make the pass. Never thought I’d be saying this but Vettel looks like one of the best overtakers this year!

  5. Spanky Speed (@spankyspeed) said on 14th May 2012, 11:02

    Would be nice to see a live “Race Chart” during the race, it tells you soooo much about what’s actually going on.
    This time I barely watched the race on TV, but followed the action on the live timing site and typed the gap times into Excel. In the low 50s laps it was already obvious that Vettel would pass Hamilton and Button.

  6. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th May 2012, 17:04

    I wonder if the problem Red Bull had with their wings slowed them up a lot in clean air..

    • Alehud42 (@alehud42) said on 14th May 2012, 21:13

      I still don’t understand the problem they had with the front wings. It was never clarified post-race.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th May 2012, 21:35

        @alehud42 – neither do I, all I heard was what Kravitz pointed out which was that one of the smaller parts on the wing was flapping around; it must have been affecting the airflow quite significantly otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered changing them, that’s why I was wondering if it had slowed down their clean air performance.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th May 2012, 23:43

    Crikey, HRT were bad here. I know they’re not exactly record setters but this was a pretty bad weekend for them.

    Perez’s single solitary line makes for sad viewing :(

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