2012 European Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 European Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel retired while leading the European Grand Prix but his pace in the opening laps of the race may have his rivals worried.

European 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
Sebastian Vettel 110.454 105.759 105.584 105.602 105.409 105.168 105.412 105.341 105.856 105.415 105.423 105.602 105.818 105.95 106.21 115.623 115.953 104.555 104.69 105.008 104.832 104.988 104.644 104.611 104.707 104.998 105.328 106.162 139.743 160.201 159.481 156.334 148.102
Lewis Hamilton 112.423 107.792 106.968 107.052 106.186 106.063 106.106 105.83 106.278 107.683 106.876 107.052 120.65 112.313 106.653 106.35 106.276 106.465 106.606 106.118 105.99 106.033 106.089 105.886 105.746 105.9 106.203 138.613 134.249 115.406 151.067 156.759 145.007 106.975 105.279 104.627 104.324 104.423 104.091 104.379 104.477 104.374 104.007 104.275 104.105 104.436 104.44 104.607 104.64 104.748 105.226 105.292 105.373 106.152 109.334
Pastor Maldonado 114.989 107.7 106.786 106.534 107.035 106.452 106.295 106.227 106.257 106.355 106.987 107.905 108.776 123.965 110.753 105.444 106.381 109.319 109.782 108.615 105.305 104.865 106.424 105.045 105.123 105.686 105.632 132.37 136.033 114.846 149.095 156.109 143.021 107.794 106.1 106.34 106.348 104.17 104.148 104.094 104.459 104.388 104.064 104.157 104.399 104.506 104.417 104.288 104.275 104.675 104.614 104.827 104.735 105.01 106.35 120.267 120.743
Romain Grosjean 113.198 107.433 107.167 106.998 106.217 106.125 106.14 105.978 105.891 106.329 105.923 106.177 106.958 106.717 107.045 121.383 110.71 106.286 105.883 105.31 105.767 105.338 105.018 104.722 104.451 104.695 104.148 129.02 133.403 130.502 155.02 155.877 147.525 107.084 105.493 104.639 104.163 103.764 103.873 104.437
Kimi Raikkonen 115.542 108.188 106.806 106.29 106.821 106.541 106.287 106.556 105.894 106.235 106.979 107.778 107.182 123.048 110.577 106.394 107.17 108.61 109.935 106.585 105.507 105.284 106.046 105.031 104.728 104.828 105.051 130.443 134.143 116.339 151.05 156.939 145.779 107.382 105.936 104.315 104.545 104.272 104.041 104.241 104.883 104.464 103.686 104.15 104.184 104.284 104.562 104.662 105.065 105.05 104.793 105.044 105.217 106.263 107.443 106.137 107.865
Nico Rosberg 118.985 108.383 107.736 107.176 107.547 107.265 107.175 107.062 107.328 107.464 107.025 106.861 107.114 107.16 106.958 107.172 107.626 108.411 108.601 122.319 111.561 106.558 106.276 106.352 105.973 106.038 106.177 119.274 130.302 118.221 147.036 157.324 144.888 110.135 108.229 107.171 105.93 106.011 105.212 104.902 105.242 105.045 105.317 105.061 105.19 118.936 109.908 105.261 103.191 102.614 102.753 102.7 102.624 102.163 102.81 104.76 105.312
Kamui Kobayashi 114.467 106.801 106.963 107.148 106.438 106.28 106.351 106.169 106.294 106.534 107.074 107.346 107.904 124.872 111.239 105.819 106.882 108.997 110.062 128.202 110.617 105.082 105.725 105.184 105.651 105.379 105.183 121.197 131.188 109.614 148.397 156.357 141.886
Nico Hulkenberg 116.554 107.359 107.697 106.582 106.717 106.683 107.128 106.692 106.764 106.91 106.976 108.287 107.373 123.203 111.486 106.117 106.133 106.277 109.977 108.609 106.545 106.155 106.226 106.285 106.308 106.235 106.562 130.041 132.164 114.622 149.014 156.269 142.689 107.615 106.215 106.221 106.376 104.666 104.264 104.226 104.741 104.658 104.707 104.41 104.229 104.376 104.709 104.751 104.682 104.766 105.036 105.501 105.667 106.132 106.866 108.619 110.57
Jenson Button 120.025 108.828 107.235 106.804 107.403 107.369 107.348 107.348 107.3 120.989 110.803 106.233 106.563 106.789 106.434 106.51 105.952 106.314 109.248 109.135 106.277 106.358 106.306 106.26 106.327 119.831 110.12 123.864 130.334 112.772 143.704 155.909 141.182 107.939 106.486 106.308 105.75 105.94 105.224 105.77 105.448 105.211 104.993 105.258 105.009 104.93 104.924 104.806 106.442 105.109 104.993 104.944 105.395 105.729 105.623 107.265 107.932
Paul di Resta 117.713 108.08 107.519 107.344 107.242 107.165 107.253 106.84 106.82 106.738 106.763 107.008 107.21 107.555 107.333 107.48 107.8 107.997 108.761 109.008 109.427 110.475 126.019 111.523 106.016 105.6 105.375 120.5 126.855 113.758 149.215 156.449 142.354 107.565 106.428 106.081 106.168 105.277 104.963 104.824 104.731 104.626 104.417 104.496 104.101 104.714 104.502 104.649 104.7 105.256 105.318 105.363 106.118 107.097 107.374 108.375 109.177
Fernando Alonso 117.156 107.741 107.268 106.973 106.925 106.907 106.726 106.583 106.492 106.804 106.954 106.826 106.202 106.435 119.822 110.692 107.037 107.678 107.301 105.797 105.573 106.224 105.669 105.539 105.313 105.437 105.176 128.369 135.221 117.85 151.89 156.076 146.8 106.122 105.764 104.518 104.141 103.754 103.921 103.666 104.018 104.692 103.808 104.139 104.308 104.215 104.102 104.617 104.689 105.354 105.333 105.272 105.14 105.329 105.259 106.102 108.93
Michael Schumacher 119.626 108.471 108.651 107.167 107.616 107.331 107.285 107.232 107.522 107.363 107.37 107.209 107.458 107.555 107.676 108.298 108.423 108.877 125.247 111.923 106.005 105.481 105.398 105.312 105.414 105.187 104.871 118.873 130.614 117.299 148.709 156.433 143.447 107.386 106.578 106.263 104.823 104.236 104.273 104.434 118.497 109.203 103.099 104.073 104.096 103.366 103.307 103.67 104.065 103.232 103.34 103.577 105.022 104.012 105.87 107.049 104.474
Felipe Massa 118.359 107.933 107.39 107.612 107.085 107.271 107.516 106.799 107.394 107.172 121.209 111.217 106.302 105.976 106.075 105.908 106.128 106.91 110.247 108.386 106.428 106.198 106.395 106.299 106.238 106.363 120.409 127.129 130.468 112.131 144.97 156.193 141.201 159.636 111.026 104.431 104.506 104.793 104.68 104.566 105.397 104.907 104.822 104.728 104.989 105.711 106.124 106.166 108.496 106.589 107.233 107.838 122.377 110.82 108.498 107.738
Bruno Senna 120.541 109.962 108.177 107.433 107.575 107.033 107.378 107.54 107.212 107.217 106.99 107.305 107.082 107.343 108.241 107.583 108.072 109.307 110.681 177.687 112.299 106.347 106.393 114.926 111.565 107.085 115.654 131.029 133.169 153.968 111.925 114.723 111.98 106.441 106.491 105.779 105.507 104.864 105.012 104.799 104.972 104.849 104.655 104.111 104.296 104.5 105.642 105.068 105.24 104.294 104.687 104.565 104.822 104.478 104.649 105.746 105.721
Sergio Perez 120.803 110.398 107.769 107.574 107.546 107.11 107.23 107.759 107.072 122.199 110.155 104.63 105.458 106.41 106.192 106.198 106.163 106.208 108.994 109.443 106.3 106.399 106.516 107.028 123.01 110.032 104.604 121.346 130.432 113.097 143.377 155.827 141.302 107.744 107.558 105.466 105.196 106.222 104.945 106.102 104.513 104.087 103.526 103.799 103.914 104.579 104.481 104.743 104.63 104.997 105.541 105.916 107.582 106.944 107.33 108.201 111.829
Heikki Kovalainen 122.293 110.46 108.577 107.721 107.968 107.781 107.97 107.848 109.3 108.288 108.09 123.763 112.404 107.669 106.748 106.889 106.796 107.129 107.071 107.773 107.277 106.964 108.455 106.918 106.981 107.574 168.264 134.473 138.224 152.022 114.328 114.737 110.52 107.605 108.215 106.94 106.074 105.911 105.751 105.294 105.865 105.798 105.374 105.686 105.913 106.358 106.891 106.688 107.256 107.372 107.761 108.359 109.134 109.342 111.838 112.48 114.123
Daniel Ricciardo 121.419 110.322 107.891 107.663 107.501 107.212 107.104 107.752 107.282 107.218 107.101 107.062 107.211 123.965 111.867 105.636 106.408 105.943 105.91 106.427 106.127 105.779 105.821 105.719 106.346 106.112 106.007 118.763 130.441 115.989 151.3 156.27 146.587 107.039 107.621 106.272 123.202 111.004 104.499 104.13 104.399 103.98 103.933 103.674 103.992 104.957 119.218 104.915 104.403 104.004 104.495 104.564 104.281 104.281 104.472 104.994 105.206
Jean-Eric Vergne 123.666 110.137 109.512 108.768 108.179 107.73 107.654 107.796 108.078 107.957 108.036 108.401 109.174 108.973 108.738 108.485 124.442 113.022 106.512 106.504 106.04 105.491 105.745 105.656 105.907 106.573
Mark Webber 121.958 110.393 108.116 107.803 107.403 107.403 107.048 107.725 107.263 107.391 107.07 107.18 107.07 106.955 106.986 107.552 108.021 109.223 119.687 116.764 106.421 105.396 105.18 105.406 105.272 105.647 105.458 119.366 131.11 115.383 148.676 156.306 143.022 107.874 106.332 106.076 107.231 115.249 113.169 102.717 103.041 104.32 103.441 103.836 104.218 103.495 103.439 103.361 103.945 103.594 103.23 103.258 104.876 104.721 105.18 106.734 105.286
Vitaly Petrov 123.017 110.162 108.923 108.019 108.06 107.482 107.745 107.894 108.139 107.81 107.802 108.386 123.042 111.532 106.253 106.501 106.401 106.623 106.478 107.72 108.344 106.961 106.819 107.626 123.037 111.203 107.069 143.11 120.451 110.181 116.843 155.723 140.175 108.298 106.907 106.7 106.311 105.889 105.699 105.729 105.921 105.654 105.541 105.772 107.888 106.524 140.348 111.449 109.01 105.849 107.28 105.851 104.314 104.253 104.8 104.936 106.066
Pedro de la Rosa 124.395 110.354 109.39 109.352 109.233 109.021 109.126 109.179 109.442 109.436 110.129 109.956 110.542 129.824 113.433 107.498 107.447 107.482 107.962 108.192 107.864 107.967 107.924 108.677 109.205 110.241 109.986 149.915 142.93 151.564 115.266 114.059 110.491 107.564 107.201 106.799 108.223 107.597 107.323 106.854 106.998 106.921 107.036 107.664 107.182 107.361 108.267 108.397 111.283 110.025 109.748 109.786 109.763 110.334 114.562 114.065
Narain Karthikeyan 124.997 110.63 110.461 109.623 109.514 110.128 109.389 111.02 110.082 109.654 109.948 110.373 111.141 112.32 127.887 116.944 108.637 108.362 107.921 107.803 109.307 108.034 108.129 108.048 108.069 107.868 116.356 125.06 167.258 146.301 120.751 108.231 107.612 107.836 107.262 107.038 106.94 106.788 116.604 113.99 106.51 106.388 106.601 106.791 106.96 106.864 106.71 106.947 106.785 107.359 107.674 108.07 110.073 109.786 115.003 114.865
Charles Pic 125.68 110.767 110.859 109.612 109.592 109.56 109.335 111.361 109.92 109.664 135.605 112.986 107.361 107.807 107.49 107.861 107.807 107.798 107.742 107.847 107.958 107.801 107.654 107.655 109.156 108.185 108.714 149.794 143.399 151.981 114.652 114.932 110.209 107.55 107.733 107.434 107.795 106.717 106.867 107.074 107.125 106.894 106.701 107.45 107.44 107.263 108.175 108.173 109.888 108.343 107.504 107.662 107.356 107.731 108.168 108.26 109.153

In the opening laps of the race it seemed as though Lewis Hamilton was inadvertently aiding Sebastian Vettel’s escape by holding up Romain Grosjean and his pursuers.

But when Grosjean got past Hamilton he was only able to reduce the amount of time being lost to Vettel, not reverse or even halt it. Vettel pulled away at more than a second per lap in the opening laps and once Grosjean appeared behind him he was still able to find up to a second on occasions.

Red Bull introduced a substantial upgrade for the RB8 this weekend with reconfigured exhaust exits featuring a tunnel underneath them and changes to the diffuser and rear wing. Have these helped unlock a new level of performance from the car?

European Grand Prix fastest laps

Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap of the race after switching to a fresh set of soft tyres in the final 11 laps.

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.163 54
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.717 0.554 40
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’43.099 0.936 43
4 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.526 1.363 43
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’43.666 1.503 40
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.674 1.511 44
7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’43.686 1.523 43
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’43.764 1.601 38
9 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’44.007 1.844 43
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’44.064 1.901 43
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’44.101 1.938 45
12 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’44.111 1.948 44
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’44.226 2.063 40
14 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’44.253 2.090 54
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’44.431 2.268 36
16 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.555 2.392 18
17 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’44.806 2.643 48
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.082 2.919 22
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’45.294 3.131 40
20 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’45.491 3.328 22
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.388 4.225 42
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.701 4.538 43
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’46.799 4.636 36

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7 comments on 2012 European Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 24th June 2012, 21:32

    So quick! Not watching the football, Keith? ;-)

    I’m still stunned to see how quickly Hamilton’s tyres went from not very good to completely undriveable. From around lap 43 to 53 he was more or less matching Alonso, then in lap 54 suddenly a 1m46.1 versus a 45.3 for Alonso, then the next lap a 1m49.3 (including trying to defend from Raikkonen, of course). In hindsight it would have been better, of course, to make another pit stop anywhere during the final stint, or to drive slower at some point, but with the cliff coming so suddenly, it becomes very hard for the pit wall to make the right strategy call.

    I certainly don’t blame McLaren for trying to hold on to P2, but at the same time I’m surprised not more teams try a late charge on fresh tyres. Obviously, having to pass other cars can cost time, but just look at the time Rosberg takes out of Alonso since his final pit stop. Between laps 49 and 55 he wins around 2.5 seconds per lap on Alonso! Also, DiResta passes Webber on track, and then the latter pits from behind him, and catches and passes him again, including overtaking other cars on the way to DiResta.

  2. Eggry (@eggry) said on 25th June 2012, 12:20

    Vettel is unbelievably fast in the first part of the race. I’m really worried about it.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 25th June 2012, 12:26

      He was unbelievably fast in Bahrein too.

      Hot conditions, lots of corners and Vettel liking the track determined Vettel’s pace.

  3. smudgersmith1 (@smudgersmith1) said on 25th June 2012, 20:10

    As a JB fan, v worried to see this pace…lets hope the rest of the European season goes better.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 25th June 2012, 23:12

    Another astonishing gap from Vettel. Managing to bag yourself a free pit-stop is always good but having such supposedly tight competition by the teams makes it all the more impressive. Sticking it on pole by .3s under 2012 competitive conditions and pulling out a 20s gap makes for worrying times if you’re not driving the RB8.

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