Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012

2012 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2012 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes did the fastest pit stop of the day in Monaco while trying to get Nico Rosberg into the lead. Here’s all the data.

Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Mark Webber Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Nico Rosberg Super soft (27) Soft (51)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Romain Grosjean Super soft
Fernando Alonso Super soft (30) Soft (48)
Michael Schumacher Super soft (34) Soft (29)
Felipe Massa Super soft (31) Soft (47)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Sebastian Vettel Soft (46) Super soft (32)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Kamui Kobayashi Super soft (1) Soft (4)
Jenson Button Soft (38) Super soft (32)
Bruno Senna Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Paul di Resta Soft (35) Super soft (43)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (40) Soft (25)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (17) Soft (53) Intermediate (7)
Heikki Kovalainen Super soft (30) Soft (43) Super soft (4)
Vitaly Petrov Soft (3) Soft (12)
Timo Glock Super soft (30) Soft (24) Soft (23)
Pedro de la Rosa Soft
Charles Pic Super soft (33) Soft (31)
Narain Karthikeyan Super soft (29) Super soft (45) Soft (2)
Sergio Perez Super soft (34) Soft (43)
Pastor Maldonado Super soft

Vettel’s strategy was counter to that used by most of the front runners, beginning with a long stint on the soft tyres.

Early in his stint on soft tyres Hamilton expressed concern at how long he had to make them last. When told Vettel had run for 45 laps on his Hamilton replied, “he had a little more grip than me, guys.”

Monaco Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.874 27
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.993 0.119 31
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 25.079 0.205 46
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 25.117 0.243 34
5 Jenson Button McLaren 25.219 0.345 38
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 25.220 0.346 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 25.335 0.461 40
8 Mark Webber Red Bull 25.566 0.692 29
9 Timo Glock Marussia 25.567 0.693 30
10 Paul di Resta Force India 25.642 0.768 35
11 Sergio Perez Sauber 25.666 0.792 34
12 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 25.748 0.874 29
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 26.063 1.189 17
14 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 26.066 1.192 30
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 26.157 1.283 70
16 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 26.380 1.506 29
17 Bruno Senna Williams 26.410 1.536 29
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 26.447 1.573 29
19 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 26.973 2.099 74
20 Charles Pic Marussia 27.186 2.312 33
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 27.306 2.432 29
22 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 28.390 3.516 1
23 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 31.293 6.419 73
24 Timo Glock Marussia 36.503 11.629 54
25 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 39.391 14.517 3

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012When Mercedes brought Nico Rosberg in after 27 laps, trying to wrest the lead from Mark Webber, they turned around the quickest pit stop of the day.

But despite their best efforts Rosberg had to settle for second.

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