2012 Monaco Grand Prix lap charts

2012 Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes suspected Red Bull would use Mark Webber to slow the field in Monaco and help Sebastian Vettel – but the race data indicates they didn’t.

Monaco 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 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Mark Webber 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Nico Rosberg 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 6 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Lewis Hamilton 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Romain Grosjean 4
Fernando Alonso 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 1 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Michael Schumacher 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 10 9 9 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 9
Felipe Massa 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 2 1 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Kimi Raikkonen 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 16 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Sebastian Vettel 9 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Nico Hulkenberg 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 17 16 15 15 14 12 12 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Kamui Kobayashi 11 21 21 20 20 20
Jenson Button 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 11 10 10 10 10 9 8 8 8 14 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 14 14 13
Bruno Senna 13 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 17 16 16 15 14 14 14 14 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Paul di Resta 14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 8 8 8 8 8 7 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Daniel Ricciardo 15 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 9 9 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14
Jean-Eric Vergne 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 15 12 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12
Heikki Kovalainen 17 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 10 15 17 17 16 15 15 15 15 15 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13
Vitaly Petrov 18 19 19 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Timo Glock 19 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 13 18 18 18 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 16 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Pedro de la Rosa 20
Charles Pic 21 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 14 13 13 13 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16
Narain Karthikeyan 22 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 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 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 17 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15
Sergio Perez 23 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 12 11 11 11 12 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 14 14 13 13 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11
Pastor Maldonado 24

The chaos which broke out at the first corner on lap one affected more than just the drivers whose races it ended. Jean-Eric Vergne was unhappy about the number of drivers who cut the first corner and gained places, saying afterwards: “After the start, lots of cars in front of me cut the corner at the first turn and I found myself behind the Marussia and I was losing a lot of time.”

Later Vergne was told to give a position back to Sergio Perez after cutting the chicane – his response was to question why those who cut turn one hadn’t been punished.

The stewards did investigate the incident but decided to take no action. Looking at the replays, it’s not hard to see why. Sebastian Vettel, for example, had no option other than to cut across the apron, faced with Romain Grosjean’s Lotus spinning in front of him. It gained him a place over Kimi Raikkonen.

The field bunched up, slowing to avoid the carnage, and Pastor Maldonado piled into the back of Pedro de la Rosa. Those who cut the corner were trying to avoid doing the same. It’s harsh on those who stuck to the track and lost out, but the rules can’t account for every eventuality and this is probably one of them.

Monaco 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 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Mark Webber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.217 10.792 9.752 11.659 13.099 13.845 14.774 15.899 16.286 16.096 15.836 16.035 16.283 16.893 17.401 17.267 16.615 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nico Rosberg 0.61 0.785 0.515 0.76 0.889 1.029 1.034 1.356 1.402 1.407 1.485 1.619 1.622 1.634 2.047 2.071 2.155 2.27 1.883 2.279 1.926 2.295 2.28 2.559 2.187 1.811 18.779 22.731 12.696 11.689 11.154 12.86 14.568 15.791 16.579 17.728 17.762 17.927 18.008 17.65 18.052 18.293 18.945 19.025 18.608 1.508 1.274 1.468 1.356 1.366 1.556 1.653 1.806 1.637 1.734 1.629 1.749 1.991 1.596 1.419 1.64 1.533 1.531 0.948 1.053 0.845 0.894 0.784 0.85 0.589 0.578 0.75 0.906 0.81 0.909 0.765 0.626 0.643
Lewis Hamilton 1.528 1.683 1.554 1.775 1.891 2.183 2.346 2.437 2.469 2.759 2.898 3.057 3.257 3.461 3.961 4.066 3.861 4.2 4.183 4.221 4.232 4.845 5.203 5.838 6.262 6.593 7.071 7.598 18.077 18.762 16.557 17.206 18.213 19.424 20.142 20.904 20.653 20.959 21.035 20.876 20.721 20.996 21.397 21.625 21.408 4.137 4.528 4.449 4.268 4.869 5.524 5.997 6.108 6.06 6.749 6.956 7.152 7.384 7.094 6.703 6.668 6.154 6.355 6.002 5.79 5.079 4.242 3.92 2.183 2.354 2.315 2.591 3.138 3.353 3.237 3.188 3.568 4.101
Romain Grosjean
Fernando Alonso 2.313 2.609 1.851 2.51 2.815 3.348 3.472 3.928 4.227 4.613 5.238 5.756 6.354 7.087 7.827 8.328 7.536 7.116 6.125 5.617 5.367 5.957 6.562 6.976 7.352 7.435 7.364 7.742 0 13.299 14.481 15.402 16.412 17.507 17.865 18.762 18.975 19.404 19.247 18.884 18.858 19.202 19.896 20.047 19.447 2.272 2.389 2.75 2.651 3.051 3.276 3.728 3.833 4.137 4.961 4.549 4.137 4.117 4.032 3.771 4.082 3.706 3.763 3.408 2.769 2.214 2.012 1.883 1.141 0.938 1.084 1.273 1.545 1.515 1.614 1.339 1.4 0.947
Michael Schumacher 4.609 6.953 3.959 5.294 5.46 5.975 6.388 6.656 6.848 7.472 8.083 8.516 9.346 10.232 11.694 12.272 12.686 13.069 13.473 14.538 15.26 16.649 18.618 20.471 22.18 24.634 26.72 30.262 25.006 21.291 18.709 18.937 19.228 38.029 41.722 41.854 41.895 41.974 42.291 44.854 45.262 45.468 45.338 45.375 45.35 28.911 27.946 27.185 27.763 27.355 26.624 25.897 25.259 24.81 24.342 23.979 23.835 25.003 26.33 28.157 31.983 37.439 44.524
Felipe Massa 2.909 3.631 2.444 3.012 3.381 3.741 4.053 4.371 4.791 5.181 5.684 6.339 6.919 7.832 8.521 8.883 8.712 8.646 7.705 7.362 7.002 7.493 8.086 8.99 9.328 9.534 9.669 10.15 2.299 0 16.588 20.353 20.515 21.184 21.748 22.676 22.709 22.68 22.628 22.576 22.252 22.08 22.211 22.594 22.716 5.789 5.316 5.182 5.212 5.294 6.08 6.616 7.189 7.163 7.428 7.606 7.822 7.99 7.654 7.54 7.431 6.828 7.24 7.049 7.181 6.738 5.986 5.684 3.659 3.167 3.131 3.383 4.246 4.242 4.051 4.423 5.134 6.195
Kimi Raikkonen 4.251 5.601 3.611 4.786 4.929 5.496 5.806 5.852 6.242 6.867 7.367 7.833 8.659 9.633 10.967 11.666 12.079 12.517 13.038 14.032 14.456 16.192 18.12 19.915 21.729 24.225 26.295 29.926 43.483 43.965 41.339 44.365 46.757 50.045 52.426 53.153 53.307 53.953 54.743 55.338 55.928 56.382 57.269 58.234 58.303 42.288 42.648 42.435 42.55 42.362 41.905 42.053 42.081 42.467 43.136 43.077 43.886 43.88 44.053 44.23 44.345 44.842 45.875 46.825 47.668 48.444 49.462 51.137 50.186 49.119 46.256 44.261 42.582 41.696 42.496 42.967 42.95 44.036
Sebastian Vettel 3.464 4.719 3.201 4.153 4.258 4.835 4.984 5.199 5.585 6.104 6.617 7.044 8.019 8.72 9.914 10.386 10.47 10.727 10.54 11.004 10.916 12.131 12.278 12.684 13.09 13.452 13.228 12.732 3.934 1.353 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.583 3.543 3.377 3.255 3.96 4.156 4.65 4.672 5.048 5.691 5.614 5.689 5.662 5.287 4.919 5.137 4.739 4.657 4.512 4.017 3.182 2.667 2.73 1.632 1.535 1.57 1.887 2.188 2.203 2.377 2.162 2.392 1.343
Nico Hulkenberg 5.399 7.48 4.504 5.956 6.107 6.614 7.045 7.535 7.525 8.308 9.056 9.322 10.069 11.02 12.559 13.219 13.617 14.277 14.475 15.354 16.188 17.549 19.166 20.971 22.628 25.129 27.213 30.693 44.53 45.657 43.249 44.709 48.264 49.168 48.266 49.063 49.653 50.412 51.143 51.917 52.533 53.296 54.288 55.249 55.878 39.92 39.372 39.327 39.083 38.932 38.948 39.072 39.247 39.806 40.467 40.903 41.504 42.266 42.539 42.959 43.227 43.08 44.717 45.281 45.82 46.364 47.036 47.602 46.443 45.859 42.542 40.741 38.915 39.275 40.836 41.253 41.331 42.562
Kamui Kobayashi 47.74 38.707 17.72 20.348 25.027
Jenson Button 9.46 13.641 8.411 9.813 10.925 12.283 13.087 13.857 14.334 15.347 16.159 16.839 17.771 18.766 19.709 20.4 21.243 22.29 22.633 23.924 25.04 26.369 27.448 28.751 30.176 31.389 32.801 34.66 28.551 28.02 26.178 26.906 28.411 30.451 31.933 34.083 35.904 56.097 60.487 61.169 62.285 64.187 65.835 66.799 67.8 52.181 52.12 52.419 52.656 53.59 53.81 54.53 54.835 56.172 57.913 58.478 59.443 60.548 60.979 61.323 62.054 62.345 63.238 65.405 65.652 66.346 67.439 78.779 78.846 79.023
Bruno Senna 6.364 8.008 5.307 6.938 7.303 8.037 8.575 9.294 9.984 10.459 11.056 11.164 11.769 12.581 13.925 14.78 15.238 15.966 16.285 17.062 17.763 18.76 20.005 21.858 23.416 25.82 27.89 31.437 45.118 46.212 44.293 45.462 49.867 51.005 52.989 53.668 53.905 54.608 55.718 56.454 57.175 57.683 57.994 58.779 58.939 42.792 42.999 42.931 43.085 42.975 42.459 42.561 42.617 42.997 43.622 43.492 44.375 44.531 45.009 45.093 45.828 45.73 46.514 47.421 48.211 48.952 49.871 51.934 51.943 49.698 46.675 44.847 42.947 42.427 42.958 43.43 43.66 44.516
Paul di Resta 7.266 9.016 5.888 7.714 8.32 9.384 10.104 10.778 11.225 12.06 12.85 13.212 13.849 14.807 15.828 16.733 17.308 18.264 18.377 19.28 19.778 21.069 21.918 23.33 24.63 26.483 28.604 32.009 26.604 24.126 22.199 23.059 23.839 24.877 43.587 47.997 48.486 48.944 49.626 50.231 51.154 52.006 53.102 54.113 54.805 38.781 38.186 37.837 37.635 37.63 37.684 37.906 38.315 38.916 39.443 40.063 40.514 41.176 41.352 41.413 42.084 42.254 44.019 44.491 44.507 44.906 45.395 45.792 45.036 41.796 39.692 39.183 37.4 37.323 37.319 38.314 39.482 41.537
Daniel Ricciardo 8.054 10.318 6.348 8.192 8.788 9.969 10.623 11.23 11.657 12.467 13.305 13.732 14.637 15.305 16.444 17.359 18.01 18.928 19.208 19.875 20.57 21.826 22.788 24.067 25.29 26.886 29.169 32.504 27.165 25.735 24.328 25.964 27.274 29.254 31.033 33.331 35.255 37.775 41.062 62.119 67.442 68.222 68.977 69.507 69.814 53.668 53.576 53.511 53.479 54.159 54.54 55.191 55.623 56.922 58.427 59.034 60.049 61.096 61.523 61.795 62.492 62.785 63.777 65.896 66.399
Jean-Eric Vergne 11.688 17.35 10.947 12.121 12.981 15.034 15.45 17.049 17.564 18.505 20.397 21.55 23.9 24.462 25.523 26.187 47.167 51.573 51.118 51.094 50.933 52.417 52.152 51.839 51.033 50.473 49.5 48.864 40.628 38.425 35.541 36.108 40.42 41.171 42.443 43.471 43.555 43.719 44.094 45.25 46.338 46.689 46.787 47.579 47.681 31.163 30.278 29.54 29.487 30.527 30.434 29.885 29.525 29.056 28.835 29.508 30.087 30.705 30.762 30.676 32.268 32.984 33.378 33.508 34.375 34.458 36.228 41.347 45.035 66.974 71.447 74.376 79.181 92.624 102.339 112.387 121.931
Heikki Kovalainen 8.632 12.869 7.672 9.017 9.691 10.866 11.559 12.282 12.521 13.491 14.425 15.024 15.79 16.603 18.139 18.965 19.575 20.647 21.474 23.02 23.478 24.598 25.766 27.288 28.386 29.401 30.968 33.225 27.783 45.457 48.329 50.069 51.95 53.405 55.115 56.919 57.482 58.372 59.774 60.877 61.847 63.771 65.411 66.327 67.369 51.743 51.338 51.638 51.879 52.349 52.939 53.59 53.988 55.33 57.39 57.881 58.881 59.856 60.395 60.679 61.398 61.63 62.861 64.795 65.09 65.897 66.844 71.828 75.042 78.865 81.349 91.248 118.337 127.627 127.977 127.269 127.703
Vitaly Petrov 13.964 20.876 45.281 48.746 48.144 48.484 48.832 49.514 49.888 50.262 50.801 51.026 51.843 53.267 57.015
Timo Glock 10.227 14.743 9.493 10.568 11.688 12.984 13.99 14.676 15.23 16.483 17.863 18.641 19.998 21.584 23.409 24.766 27.977 29.519 30.393 31.648 32.746 34.379 35.803 37.375 38.887 40.453 41.878 43.196 36.015 52.809 57.252 58.91 60.446 62.212 63.921 65.43 66.569 67.689 69.293 70.39 71.433 72.712 74.052 75.407 76.534 60.871 60.896 61.032 61.404 61.908 62.654 63.279 63.902 100.754 112.597 113.95 115.138 115.715 115.735 115.51 117.437 117.254 117.659 118.103 119.074 119.467 122.875 131.251 136.859 134.871 132.546 130.283 128.715 128.624 128.742 129.259 131.953
Pedro de la Rosa
Charles Pic 10.727 16.244 10.509 11.818 12.586 14.048 15.114 16.377 17.027 17.95 19.273 21.369 25.165 26.666 28.649 30.133 31.323 33.421 34.195 35.712 36.8 38.898 40.586 42.476 43.98 45.211 45.999 47.729 40.201 40.443 40.372 44.081 69.427 74.897 76.395 80.642 82.247 83.537 84.742 85.798 86.622 87.478 90.159 91.323 93.937 78.782 87.448 88.498 89.336 90.298 91.178 91.723 92.702 92.447 92.456 92.439 92.667 93.085 93.12 93.317 93.395 95.151 96.557 97.217
Narain Karthikeyan 17.109 21.659 14.205 15.328 16.085 17.379 18.978 20.446 21.881 23.557 25.42 27.475 30.301 32.747 35.225 38.529 41.339 43.292 45.154 47.667 49.836 54.572 57.725 60.405 62.974 65.361 68.437 71.552 85.334 89.196 88.288 89.888 91.414 94.996 102.865 104.823 107.083 108.572 109.841 111.383 114.357 116.19 117.614 118.678 120.062 104.576 105.004 106.766 111.269 113.603 115.044 116.513 122.628 126.767 128.447 130.415 132.207 133.797 134.923 136.21 138.883 141.365 148.606 151.961 155.825 159.06 164.389 179.003 181.271 182.614 183.213 185.368 186.775 209.691 221.102 230.34
Sergio Perez 12.78 18.1 11.389 12.449 13.443 15.474 16.001 17.461 17.959 18.968 21.105 22.156 22.882 22.734 23.792 25.169 27.007 27.073 26.472 26.675 27.198 27.926 28.422 29.815 31.216 32.954 35.069 37.223 30.519 30.157 30.786 35.818 42.552 66.984 71.536 72.486 72.518 73.125 86.602 89.686 88.947 88.199 90.654 92.531 92.527 75.302 72.839 70.171 67.465 67.079 66.789 65.84 64.721 65.243 64.126 61.667 60.57 61.611 62.004 62.307 63.129 63.555 64.437 66.378 66.755 67.182 67.942 72.312 75.208 80.663 81.644 88.504 85.47 84.768 84.836 85.342 87.282
Pastor Maldonado

The teams’ reluctance to pit at Monaco was down to more than just the usual concern about becoming stuck behind slower cars, unable to pass. For much of the race the strategists were operating under the expectation that rain was about to arrive.

No-one wants to pit for fresh slicks only to return to the pits two laps later for intermediates, so the drivers were told to sit tight and nurse their rubber. “We are expecting some light rain during the race,” di Resta was told, “and we’re looking to extend the stint to that point”.

Raikkonen did some quick sectors early in the race but was stuck in traffic. He reported to his team that he was quicker than the other cars, and was told to look after his tyres.

The message didn’t have the desired effect. As lap 22 on the chart shows, he began to drop back rapidly from the leaders, struggling with his tyres.

That opened a window of opportunity for Nico Rosberg. Once Mercedes were happy they could bring him in with no risk of falling behind Raikkonen, they scrambled, and tried to get the undercut on Webber. It didn’t work, but it was probably his best chance of getting ahead.

Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Monaco, 2012One driver who didn’t pit until later was Vettel, who’d started on softs instead of super-softs, and stayed out until lap 46. After the race he said on his team radio, “with hindsight we should have stayed out a bit longer”.

This is a classic example of a driver not having all the information that is available to those running his strategy. Vettel believed he could have made his soft tyres last longer in the first stint, allowing him to be more aggressive on the super-softs at the end of the race.

But his team were better-placed to judge the consequences of delaying his pit stop any later. As lap 45 on the chart above shows, he had just lost 0.6 seconds to Webber and his pursuers. Had they not brought him out on that lap he would not come out in front of Hamilton.

This is one of two points which refute Mercedes’ suggestion that Red Bull were using Webber to hold up the pack to help Vettel. Furthermore, the gap between Webber and Rosberg was not low enough at this point to suggest Webber was holding him up – unlike, for example, the last laps before Rosberg’s pit stop, or the final 15 laps of the race.

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25 comments on 2012 Monaco Grand Prix lap charts

  1. Tom (@newdecade) said on 27th May 2012, 22:34

    How can webber on fresh softs lose over 3 tenths a lap average to vettel, over 15 laps, whose softs were 30 laps older? F1 doesn’t make sense any more…

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th May 2012, 22:42

      @newdecade try thinking again and you might find the answer. And it’s no different to other times in F1.

      They basically struggled to get the softs up to temperature, so as Vettel was on warm tyres (that were holding pretty well in terms of degradation) he was faster. They said it after the race…

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th May 2012, 22:38

    What happened to Alonso in the first couple of laps?. Looking at the graph, he was losing a lot of time, and suddently, he started gaining a lot of time…

    Webber was slowing the pack down?

    • Tom (@newdecade) said on 27th May 2012, 23:03

      try thinking again and you might find the answer ;)

      Apparently he was conserving the tyres to exploit them around the first pit stop window and it paid off. During the first stint running he could afford to drop time to Hamilton as the risk of losing track position was almost non-existent, and gaining it back was easy.

      • DaveW (@dmw) said on 28th May 2012, 0:22

        It was also a big help that he man behind was his teammate and if Massa and an opportunistic move by Massa obviously was not going to happen.

        • Gill (@gill) said on 28th May 2012, 7:06

          Its always a pity when people dont give ALonso’s intelligence the respect it deserves. He nursed his tyres initially and when the pit stop was near, he ate into Hamilton’s lead rapidly doing fastest laps one after the other. He mostly keeps all the cards while racing which makes him the best driver out there.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th May 2012, 9:01

      @fer-no65 This is from F1 Fanatic Live just after lap 16:

      Massa asks why Alonso is going so slowly and is told he’s saving his tyres

      https://twitter.com/f1fanaticlive/status/206723031840731137

    • egsgeg said on 28th May 2012, 9:23

      1) ALO was staying out of the dirty air by keeping back. This saved his tyres.
      2) ALO was backing the guys behind him up, placing them in his hot air, damaging their tyres.
      3) ALO used his preserved tyres to then overtake HAM, and would have even if HAM had a perfect pitstop.

      • egsgeg said on 28th May 2012, 9:24

        I suspect Web was told to do the same towards the end of the race – and probably should have done it in the first stint before his pitstop.

      • mainsa (@mainsa) said on 28th May 2012, 13:18

        don’t you think Alonso could have passed Rosberg or even Webber at the pit stop if he had made 2 more laps before stopping? He was the quickest by far at lap 30.

  3. sumedh said on 28th May 2012, 3:01

    This problem in “turning on” the softs seems to have affected only Webber. Other drivers set quick laps immediately after they came out of the pits.
    I am not accusing Red Bull of making Webber slow down so that Seb could gain a few positions. I am just saying that no other driver had that problem and Mark should look into why he did.

    • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 28th May 2012, 5:11

      Actually in the first phase of the soft stints for the leaders WEB was pulling away, albeit only 1-2 tenths a lap, from ALO and ROS

    • Mike (@mike) said on 28th May 2012, 14:42

      I am not accusing Red Bull of making Webber slow down so that Seb could gain a few positions.

      And even if you did, it would be nothing short of a master stroke of team work on Red Bulls part.

  4. Leo B said on 28th May 2012, 11:06

    While Webber was doing a solid string of 1.19.5’s after his pit stop, Perez dipped into the low 1.17’s. It’s no doubt Webber was going much slower than he could have gone. He kept the gap to Vettel at a steady 16 sec, ensuring to be ahead after Vettel’s stop and conserve tyres at the same time. It’s easy to criticise Webber for trying to win at the slowest possible speed, but the real blame for the lack of on-track action lies with the guys behind not trying harder to make something of this processional affair.

  5. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 28th May 2012, 19:47

    I’m still confused what happened with Hamilton and McLaren between laps 35 and 46. In the press conference afterwards, Webber mentioned that the ‘magic number’ was 21 seconds (for stopping and coming out in front). From laps 35 to 46, the gap between Hamilton and Vettel was around that number. Was McLaren really asleep all that time? The radio message from Hamilton telling his team that “the tyres won’t last long at this pace” (I don’t remember exactly which lap, and anyway, we don’t know when it was sent) suggested that they did tell him to get a move on. Also, on the lap that Vettel was coming in, Hamilton was ‘going green’ in all sectors of the lap, suggesting his team had radioed that he had to push that lap. Finally, the gap between Hamilton and Alonso in those laps was always around 2 seconds, so Hamilton certainly had room to get a bit closer without getting into dirty air, if he could.

    Was Hamilton complaining needlessly, or did his team really give him too little information, too late?

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th May 2012, 23:40

    Crazy to see how many people were still criticising Pirelli after this race. I think the only high-factor tyre deliberation in this race was to see whether or not you should pit for inters. Seemed like a sensible decision to me!

  7. DVC (@dvc) said on 31st May 2012, 3:39

    Schumacher was really pulling in the lead group until his car developed a problem.

  8. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 31st May 2012, 9:41

    Having stopped wondering what McLaren/HAM were doing, and looking at Button, it’s a bit worrying that he was slower near the end of his stint than just about anyone (Kovi ~equal, and really seems only Narain, and maybe Glock losing more time to Vettel at that point? gosh), so no wonder he didn’t end up ahead of Kovalainen then. They might as well have brought him in earlier, giving him super soft tyres to try and at least get ahead. Not McLaren’s weekend indeed.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 31st May 2012, 9:44

      Oh, I forgot to put Ricciardo in the graph, that’s who Button was stuck behind. Still, same thing: might have been better to pit him, considering how hard it is to pass at Monaco, take changes on blocking others on old tyres near end of race, rather than be blocked that way (or spinning out in exasperation).

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