2012 European Grand Prix lap charts

2012 European Grand Prix

Three of the top four finishers all started outside of the top ten: Fernando Alonso won from 11th, Michael Schumacher went from 12th to third and Mark Webber finished behind him having started 19th.

Here’s how they did it.

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

Alonso owed his progress in the race to several things: a good start, rapid pit work by Ferrari, his own overtaking prowess – and a ready supply of unused tyres due to his exit in the second part of qualifying.

He passed Button off the line, and took Rosberg and Di Resta in turns four and five. Hulkenberg was dispensed with on lap 12.

Quick pit stops got him ahead of two rivals who might have proved especially hard to pass: Raikkonen at his first stop, Hamilton at his second – the latter thanks to more problems for McLaren on pit lane.

In between the two Alonso made light work of passing Webber, Senna and Schumacher in little more than one lap in a quite superb piece of driving.

Having inherited third from Hamilton, he nailed Grosjean with an opportunistic pass for second after the restart. It was Vettel’s retirement which ultimately handed him the lead, but Alonso and his team’s graft won him every other place he gained.

European 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
Sebastian Vettel 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
Lewis Hamilton 1.969 4.002 5.386 6.836 7.613 8.508 9.202 9.691 10.113 12.381 13.834 15.284 30.116 36.479 36.922 27.649 17.972 19.882 21.798 22.908 24.066 25.111 26.556 27.831 28.87 29.772 30.647 63.098 57.604 12.809 4.395 4.82 1.725 2.085 1.6 1.709 1.892 2.561 2.731 3.444 3.903 3.585 3.784 3.92 3.717 3.938 4.276 4.266 4.217 3.611 3.504 3.524 3.757 4.58 8.655
Pastor Maldonado 4.535 6.476 7.678 8.61 10.236 11.52 12.403 13.289 13.69 14.63 16.194 18.497 21.455 39.47 44.013 33.834 24.262 29.026 34.118 37.725 38.198 38.075 39.855 40.289 40.705 41.393 41.697 67.905 64.195 18.84 8.454 8.229 3.148 4.327 4.663 6.485 8.692 9.108 9.335 9.763 10.204 9.9 10.156 10.174 10.265 10.556 10.871 10.542 10.128 9.449 8.73 8.285 7.88 7.561 8.652 22.817 34.63
Romain Grosjean 2.744 4.418 6.001 7.397 8.205 9.162 9.89 10.527 10.562 11.476 11.976 12.551 13.691 14.458 15.293 21.053 15.81 17.541 18.734 19.036 19.971 20.321 20.695 20.806 20.55 20.247 19.067 41.925 35.585 5.886 1.425 0.968 0.391 0.86 0.589 0.71 0.732 0.742 0.694 1.465
Kimi Raikkonen 5.088 7.517 8.739 9.427 10.839 12.212 13.087 14.302 14.34 15.16 16.716 18.892 20.256 37.354 41.721 32.492 23.709 27.764 33.009 34.586 35.261 35.557 36.959 37.379 37.4 37.23 36.953 61.234 55.634 11.772 3.341 3.946 1.623 2.39 2.562 2.359 2.763 3.281 3.401 3.976 4.841 4.613 4.491 4.502 4.378 4.447 4.907 4.952 5.328 5.024 4.484 4.256 4.333 5.267 7.451 7.486 6.421
Nico Rosberg 8.531 11.155 13.307 14.881 17.019 19.116 20.879 22.6 24.072 26.121 27.723 28.982 30.278 31.488 32.236 23.785 15.458 19.314 23.225 40.536 47.265 48.835 50.467 52.208 53.474 54.514 55.363 68.475 59.034 17.054 4.609 5.599 2.385 5.905 8.37 11.023 12.812 15.069 16.36 17.596 18.82 19.173 20.682 21.604 22.486 37.207 43.013 43.657 42.159 39.419 36.839 34.267 31.751 28.585 26.136 24.794 21.176
Kamui Kobayashi 4.013 5.055 6.434 7.98 9.009 10.121 11.06 11.888 12.326 13.445 15.096 16.84 18.926 37.848 42.877 33.073 24.002 28.444 33.816 57.01 62.795 62.889 63.97 64.543 65.487 65.868 65.723 80.758 72.203 21.616 10.532 10.555 4.339
Nico Hulkenberg 6.1 7.7 9.813 10.793 12.101 13.616 15.332 16.683 17.591 19.086 20.639 23.324 24.879 42.132 47.408 37.902 28.082 29.804 35.091 38.692 40.405 41.572 43.154 44.828 46.429 47.666 48.9 72.779 65.2 19.621 9.154 9.089 3.676 4.676 5.127 6.83 9.065 9.977 10.32 10.88 11.603 11.569 12.468 12.739 12.66 12.821 13.428 13.562 13.555 12.967 12.67 12.899 13.426 14.229 15.836 18.353 19.993
Jenson Button 9.571 12.64 14.291 15.493 17.487 19.688 21.624 23.631 25.075 40.649 46.029 46.66 47.405 48.244 48.468 39.355 29.354 31.113 35.671 39.798 41.243 42.613 44.275 45.924 47.544 62.377 67.169 84.871 75.462 28.033 12.256 11.831 4.911 6.235 6.957 8.747 10.356 12.542 13.845 15.949 17.379 17.898 19.083 20.202 20.903 21.618 22.44 22.629 24.382 24.137 23.797 23.469 23.724 24.124 24.488 25.651 24.653
Paul di Resta 7.259 9.58 11.515 13.257 15.09 17.087 18.928 20.427 21.391 22.714 24.054 25.46 26.852 28.457 29.58 21.437 13.284 16.726 20.797 24.797 29.392 34.879 56.254 63.166 64.475 65.077 65.124 79.462 66.574 20.131 9.865 9.98 4.232 5.182 5.846 7.409 9.436 10.959 12.001 13.159 13.872 13.806 14.415 14.772 14.565 15.064 15.464 15.496 15.507 15.409 15.394 15.485 16.463 18.231 20.346 22.619 22.866
Fernando Alonso 6.702 8.684 10.368 11.739 13.255 14.994 16.308 17.55 18.186 19.575 21.106 22.33 22.714 23.199 36.811 31.88 22.964 26.087 28.698 29.487 30.228 31.464 32.489 33.417 34.023 34.462 34.31 56.517 51.995 9.644 2.053 1.795 0.493 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Schumacher 9.172 11.884 14.951 16.516 18.723 20.886 22.759 24.65 26.316 28.264 30.211 31.818 33.458 35.063 36.529 29.204 21.674 25.996 46.553 53.468 54.641 55.134 55.888 56.589 57.296 57.485 57.028 69.739 60.61 17.708 6.936 7.035 2.38 3.151 3.965 5.71 6.392 6.874 7.226 7.994 22.473 26.984 26.275 26.209 25.997 25.148 24.353 23.406 22.782 20.66 18.667 16.972 16.854 15.537 16.148 17.095 12.639
Felipe Massa 7.905 10.079 11.885 13.895 15.571 17.674 19.778 21.236 22.774 24.531 40.317 45.932 46.416 46.442 46.307 36.592 26.767 29.122 34.679 38.057 39.653 40.863 42.614 44.302 45.833 47.198 62.279 83.246 73.971 25.901 11.39 11.249 4.348 57.369 62.631 62.544 62.909 63.948 64.707 65.607 66.986 67.201 68.215 68.804 69.485 70.981 73.003 74.552 78.359 79.594 81.494 84.06 101.297 106.788 110.027 111.663
Bruno Senna 10.087 14.29 16.883 18.714 20.88 22.745 24.711 26.91 28.266 30.068 31.635 33.338 34.602 35.995 38.026 29.986 22.105 26.857 32.848 105.527 112.994 114.353 116.102 126.417 133.275 135.362 145.688 170.555 163.981 157.748 110.192 68.581 32.459 32.285 33.012 34.273 35.639 36.749 37.84 38.973 39.927 40.084 40.931 40.903 40.891 41.176 42.716 43.167 43.718 42.658 42.012 41.305 40.987 40.136 39.526 39.17 35.961
Sergio Perez 10.349 14.988 17.173 19.145 21.282 23.224 25.042 27.46 28.676 45.46 50.192 49.22 48.86 49.32 49.302 39.877 30.087 31.74 36.044 40.479 41.947 43.358 45.23 47.647 65.95 70.984 70.26 85.444 76.133 29.029 12.925 12.418 5.618 6.747 8.541 9.489 10.544 13.012 14.036 16.472 16.967 16.362 16.08 15.74 15.346 15.71 16.089 16.215 16.156 15.799 16.007 16.651 19.093 20.708 22.779 24.878 27.777
Heikki Kovalainen 11.839 16.54 19.533 21.652 24.211 26.824 29.382 31.889 35.333 38.206 40.873 59.034 65.62 67.339 67.877 59.143 49.986 52.56 54.941 57.706 60.151 62.127 65.938 68.245 70.519 73.095 136.031 164.342 162.823 154.644 109.491 67.894 30.312 31.302 33.753 36.175 38.108 40.265 42.095 43.723 45.57 46.676 48.242 49.789 51.394 53.537 56.326 58.397 60.964 62.982 65.41 68.497 72.491 76.504 83.083 89.461 94.654
Daniel Ricciardo 10.965 15.528 17.835 19.896 21.988 24.032 25.724 28.135 29.561 31.364 33.042 34.502 35.895 53.91 59.567 49.58 40.035 41.423 42.643 44.062 45.357 46.148 47.325 48.433 50.072 51.186 51.865 64.466 55.164 10.952 2.771 2.707 1.192 1.616 3.473 5.227 24.288 31.538 32.116 32.58 32.961 32.249 32.374 31.909 31.593 32.335 47.451 47.749 47.463 46.113 45.275 44.567 43.708 42.66 41.873 40.765 37.041
Jean-Eric Vergne 13.212 17.59 21.518 24.684 27.454 30.016 32.258 34.713 36.935 39.477 42.09 44.889 48.245 51.268 53.796 46.658 55.147 63.614 65.436 66.932 68.14 68.643 69.744 70.789 71.989 73.564
Mark Webber 11.504 16.138 18.67 20.871 22.865 25.1 26.736 29.12 30.527 32.503 34.15 35.728 36.98 37.985 38.761 30.69 22.758 27.426 42.423 54.179 55.768 56.176 56.712 57.507 58.072 58.721 58.851 72.055 63.422 18.604 7.799 7.771 2.691 3.95 4.518 6.076 9.166 20.661 29.909 28.96 27.983 27.611 27.244 26.941 26.851 26.131 25.468 24.212 23.468 21.708 19.605 17.591 17.327 16.719 16.64 17.272 13.628
Vitaly Petrov 12.563 16.966 20.305 22.722 25.373 27.687 30.02 32.573 34.856 37.251 39.63 42.414 59.638 65.22 65.263 56.141 46.589 48.657 50.445 53.157 56.669 58.642 60.817 63.832 82.162 88.367 90.108 127.056 107.764 57.744 15.106 14.495 6.568 8.251 9.394 11.576 13.746 15.881 17.659 19.722 21.625 22.587 24.32 25.953 29.533 31.842 68.088 74.92 79.241 79.736 81.683 82.262 81.436 80.36 79.901 78.735 75.871
Pedro de la Rosa 13.941 18.536 22.342 26.092 29.916 33.769 37.483 41.321 44.907 48.928 53.634 57.988 62.712 86.586 93.809 85.684 77.178 80.105 83.377 86.561 89.593 92.572 95.852 99.918 104.416 109.659 114.317 158.07 161.257 152.62 108.405 66.13 28.519 29.468 30.905 33.186 37.268 41.111 44.513 47.701 50.681 52.91 56.138 59.663 62.537 65.683 69.848 73.628 80.222 84.893 89.308 93.822 98.445 103.45 112.753 120.716
Narain Karthikeyan 14.543 19.414 24.291 28.312 32.417 37.377 41.354 47.033 51.259 55.498 60.023 64.794 70.117 76.487 98.164 99.485 92.169 95.976 99.207 102.002 106.477 109.523 113.008 116.445 119.807 122.677 133.705 152.603 180.118 166.218 127.488 79.385 38.895 40.116 41.614 44.134 46.933 49.967 62.65 72.974 75.466 77.162 79.955 82.607 85.259 87.908 90.516 92.846 94.942 96.947 99.288 102.086 107.019 111.476 121.22 129.983
Charles Pic 15.226 20.234 25.509 29.519 33.702 38.094 42.017 48.037 52.101 56.35 86.532 93.916 95.459 97.316 98.596 90.834 82.688 85.931 88.983 91.822 94.948 97.761 100.771 103.815 108.264 111.451 114.837 158.469 162.125 153.905 109.076 67.674 29.781 30.716 32.685 35.601 39.255 42.218 45.164 48.572 51.679 53.881 56.774 60.085 63.217 66.265 70.338 73.894 79.093 82.082 84.253 86.643 88.859 91.261 94.17 96.328 96.551

Schumacher made a less promising start from one place behind Alonso. The highest starter on the medium tyres, he held position to begin with, then slipped behind Button.

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2012He ran longer than most in the first stint (though not quite as long as his team mate did on softs, Mercedes evidently not struggling with their rears) and when the safety car came out Mercedes were one of several teams to leave their drivers out.

In a 22-lap stint on softs, Schumacher ran as high as fifth before making his final pit stop with 16 laps to go. His pace in this final stint was such that even Ferrari had their eye on him, wary of a repeat of Canada.

He didn’t get quite that far but, with Webber following in his wheel tracks, he took Petrov, Button, Perez, Di Resta and Hulkenberg.

Had Maldonado and Hamilton not tangled, would Schumacher have caught the McLaren? The sudden loss of pace suffered by Hamilton on lap 55 – when he was 3.5s slower than Schumacher – suggests he might have.

The race chart also reveals Vettel’s lead peaked at 20.81s on lap 24 – almost the time it takes to make a pit stop.

Grosjean had begun to reverse the time loss before the safety car came out, cutting Vettel’s lead to 19s, but it’s far from certain Vettel would have allowed this progress to go unchecked any longer.

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13 comments on 2012 European Grand Prix lap charts

  1. mostcool (@mostcool) said on 24th June 2012, 22:09

    looking at Webber and Shumacher’s charts during the race, it’s like they are twins, or Webber had his car connected to Shumacher’s nearly all through the race.

  2. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 25th June 2012, 8:24

    I am thinking was the right strategy what Schumacher and Webber did?

    • Tom (@newdecade) said on 25th June 2012, 23:04

      It only worked due to the safety car…. By lap 27 they were almost a minute behind Vettel, 30 off the podium. Fortunately overtaking was possible this time so they werent punished too much by being out of sync.

  3. shaggymike (@shaggymike) said on 25th June 2012, 11:17

    What happened to rosberg at the restart? They didn’t show in the tv coverage

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 25th June 2012, 13:56

    What happened on lap 16? Grosjean lost like 6 seconds to Vettel :O? Yellow flag or something?

  5. andae23 (@andae23) said on 27th June 2012, 12:35

    Thanks for putting in the effort!

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