2012 British Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 British Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean took an impressive sixth – only seven seconds behind his team mate – despite pitting on lap two.

But did Lotus punch beneath their weight again?

British 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
Fernando Alonso 103.773 100.924 100.256 99.941 99.398 99.255 99.82 99.49 99.243 99.217 98.518 98.765 99.099 98.866 96.875 115.402 97.689 98.467 99.065 98.149 98.103 98.092 97.7 97.732 97.042 97.342 97.719 97.551 97.319 97.364 96.842 96.885 96.762 96.584 96.703 96.509 94.739 113.345 95.966 96.459 96.357 96.186 96.807 96.791 96.585 96.723 96.221 96.323 95.385 96.086 95.609 96.305
Mark Webber 104.377 100.978 100.451 99.913 99.932 99.706 99.913 100.249 99.64 99.307 99.384 99.17 99.752 97.855 115.784 97.498 98.18 98.314 98.416 98.504 98.169 97.979 97.54 97.665 97.684 97.505 98.175 97.313 97.072 96.971 97.089 96.938 94.629 113.928 96.132 95.954 96.279 96.137 96.469 95.977 95.949 95.986 95.682 95.87 95.836 96.569 96.292 94.953 94.934 95.23 95.281 95.778
Michael Schumacher 104.97 101.114 100.89 100.492 99.898 100.467 100.902 100.279 100.181 100.088 100.557 97.353 117.72 99.368 99.036 99.133 98.943 98.752 98.75 98.602 98.761 98.437 98.339 100.175 98.219 98.286 98.898 98.241 98.354 98.566 97.984 98.221 98.722 96.484 114.041 95.985 96.2 96.875 96.677 96.435 95.749 95.903 95.586 95.644 96.121 95.975 95.934 95.728 95.784 95.685 95.746 95.191
Sebastian Vettel 106.371 100.82 101.514 99.955 100.197 100.009 100.906 100.419 100.332 97.773 116.197 98.273 99.215 99.084 99.326 98.23 98.011 98.196 98.043 98.037 98.114 97.794 97.64 97.905 97.485 97.712 97.675 97.668 97.635 97.249 95.176 114.252 96.357 96.869 96.577 96.538 96.798 95.944 96.075 96.039 96.303 95.834 95.959 95.906 95.75 95.982 95.667 95.458 95.208 95.105 95.645 94.897
Felipe Massa 105.524 100.872 101.894 99.749 99.865 100.287 100.992 100.182 100.241 100.036 99.526 99.106 97.673 116.728 98.677 98.931 98.219 98.135 98.104 98.382 98.156 98.053 97.739 97.783 97.974 97.765 97.536 97.367 97.356 97.483 97.435 97.502 97.588 97.485 95.133 113.446 95.97 95.725 95.836 96.138 95.623 95.692 96.372 95.604 95.74 96.123 95.458 95.552 95.111 95.041 96.415 95.483
Kimi Raikkonen 107.501 101.134 100.77 100.63 99.926 99.656 100.736 100.432 100.269 100.006 99.439 99.906 97.729 117.452 99.561 98.669 98.303 98.756 98.671 98.783 98.809 98.424 97.957 97.386 97.51 97.717 97.259 96.907 96.726 97.885 97.602 97.248 96.883 95.064 114.869 95.894 96.613 96.1 96.143 95.745 95.558 95.42 95.349 95.447 95.36 95.408 95.402 95.317 94.728 94.661 96.138 95.744
Pastor Maldonado 106.954 101.066 101.073 101.582 100.245 99.816 100.229 100.372 100.309 100.322 97.406 157.158 124.214 98.28 98.417 98.426 98.754 98.751 98.938 99.413 98.742 98.458 98.559 99.798 99.573 98.346 98.383 97.839 98 98.405 97.561 98.009 98.004 97.515 97.632 100.62 97.931 98.042 98.278 98.114 98.15 98.718 102.395 98.751 101.037 100.431 99.929 98.811 99.318 100.9 101.195
Lewis Hamilton 108.413 101.476 100.519 100.77 100.444 100.082 100.412 100.076 100.04 100.253 99.649 99.2 99.905 99.063 98.504 98.472 98.338 99.18 100.518 99.204 96.945 114.493 98.043 98.204 97.884 97.9 98.252 95.49 115.083 97.612 98.117 97.852 97.283 97.403 97.792 96.998 97.172 96.883 96.803 96.716 96.449 96.642 96.464 96.173 96.445 96.235 97.783 96.595 96.791 96.593 96.674 97.464
Romain Grosjean 111.178 100.974 125.197 99.216 99.537 100.691 100.553 98.945 100.099 98.78 99.626 98.857 99.022 98.482 98.377 98.638 98.321 98.408 98.56 98.551 98.551 98.419 98.053 98.268 98.015 95.962 114.492 96.492 97.255 97.573 98.092 97.979 97.121 97.366 96.133 95.895 95.937 95.692 95.645 95.657 95.328 95.696 95.613 95.536 95.829 95.724 95.643 95.838 95.255 94.884 95.127 97.307
Paul di Resta 156.909
Nico Rosberg 112.208 103.684 101.472 100.768 101.079 100.572 100.737 100.599 100.54 100.154 99.836 99.759 100.198 100.593 97.969 116.252 99.094 99.539 98.9 99.022 98.594 98.336 98.242 98.037 97.904 97.955 98.038 98.104 98.041 99.492 98.793 97.74 97.505 97.336 97.699 97.403 95.646 122.919 96.007 96.727 96.056 96.56 96.345 96.452 96.534 96.466 96.445 95.972 95.75 95.907 96.42 96.282
Daniel Ricciardo 112.943 104.07 101.482 101.113 100.975 101 101.611 101.125 100.091 99.893 99.454 100.616 100.191 100.769 100.87 97.565 116.739 98.374 98.373 98.808 98.66 98.604 98.807 98.638 98.468 98.259 98.757 98.169 96.14 116.499 97.711 97.682 97.431 97.309 97.149 98.512 97.303 98.554 96.937 96.734 96.257 96.242 96.257 96.002 95.746 95.904 95.693 95.764 95.448 95.603 95.723 95.505
Bruno Senna 109.373 101.4 101.18 100.717 100.789 100.29 100.599 99.769 99.749 100.209 99.759 99.235 105.64 100.443 116.57 98.072 99.331 98.406 98.692 98.546 98.682 98.493 98.064 98.61 97.963 98.037 98.24 97.915 97.954 96.505 115.612 96.883 96.452 96.821 97.53 97.602 96.102 96.432 96.622 96.836 96.602 96.981 96.918 96.946 96.605 96.571 96.294 95.863 96.363 96.678 96.727 95.963
Nico Hulkenberg 110.583 102.016 100.997 100.909 100.723 100.492 100.492 100.632 100.167 100.113 99.698 101.026 100.574 100.1 99.605 97.166 116.94 98.323 98.609 98.762 98.707 98.488 97.999 98.151 98.073 97.903 97.911 97.735 97.482 97.891 97.903 97.774 97.909 97.805 95.898 113.645 95.981 96.525 96.938 96.746 96.638 97.135 96.835 96.845 96.677 96.434 96.266 96.11 96.354 96.646 100.56 97.253
Sergio Perez 110.228 100.884 99.781 100.689 100.524 100.133 100.472 100.001 99.903 100.734 97.594
Jenson Button 111.468 103.672 101.263 100.757 100.958 100.476 100.64 100.624 100.175 100.039 99.732 99.835 100.364 100.418 100.48 98.932 116.049 97.879 98.044 98.416 98.334 98.687 98.545 98.44 98.069 97.932 98.279 98.212 98.542 98.892 97.887 113.271 96.329 96.296 96.677 96.464 96.481 96.64 96.519 96.375 96.133 96.968 96.931 96.891 96.828 96.378 96.276 96.121 96.311 96.725 96.992 96.086
Kamui Kobayashi 111.857 102.66 100.994 100.335 100.456 100.253 100.451 100.409 100.388 99.969 99.57 99.622 100.293 99.548 98.875 97.364 117.191 98.082 98.001 98.37 98.099 98.215 98.121 97.794 97.665 98.024 98.15 97.513 99.213 97.809 97.595 97.735 98.241 99.127 96.612 96.555 94.608 127.087 95.677 96.32 96.103 96.232 95.655 95.834 95.839 96.094 95.896 95.478 95.555 95.903 96.856 96.365
Vitaly Petrov
Heikki Kovalainen 114.97 103.766 101.959 102.25 101.843 102.46 101.96 101.799 101.483 101.135 101.716 100.86 119.165 99.901 99.881 99.874 99.945 100.371 100.358 100.302 99.598 100.186 100.066 100.13 99.297 99.457 99.767 99.096 97.252 118.249 98.757 99.373 100.791 99.787 98.991 98.222 98.05 98.358 100.13 100.272 100.292 99.75 99.989 100.316 98.436 98.457 98.287 101.344 98.669 99.124 102.011
Timo Glock 113.739 104.309 104.223 102.671 102.644 102.406 102.244 102.394 102.837 102.268 101.313 103.481 102.259 101.648 101.222 101.419 101.733 99.213 119.151 100.479 100.795 101.337 102.37 100.848 101.326 100.638 100.178 100.078 101.469 101.134 100.095 99.816 101.016 100.762 99.545 100.364 100.863 97.824 118.247 98.261 99.664 98.246 99.386 100.547 98.281 97.945 98.002 97.549 97.884 97.422 99.219
Pedro de la Rosa 114.364 105.375 103.893 103.45 103.462 103.075 102.765 103.065 102.635 102.49 101.989 103.892 102.613 104.193 102.164 101.938 101.896 101.542 102.243 102.069 102.166 102 102.486 103.56 102.612 103.858 101.045 122.053 101.583 100.456 102.822 100.438 100.184 101.992 100.592 100.798 102.288 101.632 100.423 100.23 100.067 99.724 99.871 99.618 99.715 100.141 99.894 101.952 101.907 101.493
Narain Karthikeyan 114.675 106.807 104.152 103.738 103.113 104.061 104.061 102.872 102.768 102.419 102.437 102.95 103.449 102.945 102.749 100.169 124.504 102.441 105.588 101.374 102.068 101.101 103.15 102.094 101.75 104.047 100.972 106.083 101.222 102.173 102.82 101.221 100.416 102.606 98.373 120.302 99.272 99.516 99.061 98.48 99.046 98.462 98.912 101.075 99.711 100.872 100.144 98.823 99.884 98.339
Jean-Eric Vergne 112.621 103.903 101.319 101.036 101.202 100.971 101.697 102.439 100.759 100.41 100.301 100.409 100.751 99.246 117.524 98.37 98.857 99.078 99.264 99.498 98.978 98.847 98.525 98.381 98.228 98.212 98.228 97.874 97.822 97.738 98.421 95.812 115.399 96.349 96.597 96.467 96.723 96.88 97.765 96.593 96.146 96.402 96.643 96.454 96.279 96.058 95.989 95.738 95.514 97.603 96.19 96.091
Charles Pic 115.469 106.537 104.352 103.416 103.349 104.406 103.699 102.956 102.752 102.516 102.168 103.25 101.102 119.498 100.892 101.127 101.543 101.253 101.38 102.052 101.172 100.882 100.704 100.563 100.552 101.678 101.48 101.527 101.372 101.293 100.049 99.052 117.802 101.689 101.284 99.364 100.231 100.748 101.547 99.485 99.9 99.496 99.212 98.789 98.699 98.533 98.453 98.439 98.477 98.008 98.992

One of the more remarkable drives in the race was that of Romain Grosjean, who recovered to sixth place despite having pitted for a new front wing on the second lap.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Silverstone, 2012Fortunately for Grosjean he had started the race on the soft tyres, which proved to be the less competitive compound, so he was able to run his remaining stint on the hard tyres.

Even so he did a remarkable job both in nursing his tyres over stints of 24 and 26 laps and in cutting through the slower cars without losing much time. He finished the race less than seven seconds behind his team mate.

He said: “The team did a fantastic job in giving me a great race strategy and we believed in ourselves to go for long stints with both sets of hard tyres.

“I was still battling hard with the cars around me, but trying to save the tyres at the same time. It became harder towards the end of the race but I hung on to my sixth place. Kimi [Raikkonen] was too far in front of me to catch him at the end of the race.”

All the same it does rather point to yet another instance of Lotus having a competitive car and failing to achieve the result they were capable of. Particularly when we take into consideration Grosjean’s compromised qualifying effort and the presence of both cars at the top of the fastest lap table.

British Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.661 50
2 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’34.884 0.223 50
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’34.897 0.236 52
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’34.934 0.273 49
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.041 0.380 50
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.191 0.530 52
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.385 0.724 49
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.448 0.787 49
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.478 0.817 48
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.514 0.853 49
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.750 1.089 49
12 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’35.863 1.202 48
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’35.981 1.320 37
14 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.086 1.425 52
15 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.173 1.512 44
16 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.422 2.761 50
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’37.515 2.854 34
18 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.008 3.347 50
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’38.050 3.389 37
20 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’38.339 3.678 50
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’39.618 4.957 44
22 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.781 5.120 3
23 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
24 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault

Caterham’s much-vaunted major upgrade seemingly failed to bear fruit. But poor weather during and before the race kept them from realising its full potential.

Technical director Mark Smith said: “On Friday we are running the aero test we had to postpone earlier this week because of the weather and that will help us make sure we can optimise the whole package we brought to Silverstone.

“We know we have progressed but we just were not able to show it today so we will focus on doing so at the last two races before the summer break in Germany and Hungary.”

Team principal Tony Fernandes said contact with a Toro Rosso cost Heikki Kovalainen “20 to 30 points of downforce” which “can mean up to a second”, though this figure is best taken with a pinch of salt.

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21 comments on 2012 British Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 8th July 2012, 23:55

    Another miss by Lotus, then… it’s time they get it all together and win a race. They are not that far off in the championship, and they have a competitive car. But if they wait too long, then it’s gonna get harder. Specially with Alonso now picking up the pace and constantly challenging for wins.

  2. Kimi4WC said on 9th July 2012, 0:01

    Lotus seriously need to sort out qualifying and start from first two rows consistently. They got arguably fastest race car and two fast drivers. (I know it’s close up there, but that’s what it takes if they want to convert this performance into win)

    They really missing out on points at the moment, hopefully they can keep this up for second part of the season. So far most of the races were the matter of getting past slower cars through the race and not having enough laps to get the leaders. Better qualifying and we shall have very interesting battle in the end!!!!

  3. Cornflakes (@cornflakes) said on 9th July 2012, 0:05

    If you compare the top teams on that graph, I reckon Lotus have the fastest car in race trim!

  4. rolandgrant (@rolandgrant) said on 9th July 2012, 0:30

    think it had much to do with the qualifying session. the lotuses were hamstrung from their grid positions. grosjean dropped the ball at the end of q2 but raikkonen did a great job to get sixth without kers and only one lap’s worth experience on the inters. the start was key as if kimi could have got ahead of vettel it might have paved the way for a podium – red bull’s clever strategy vaulted seb in front of massa. as was the case many cars were bottled up behind schumacher and lost 5 or 6 seconds during the first stint, which hampered raikkonen and put him about 6 seconds behind massa by the time he found a way past. lotus could have pitted kimi a bit earlier as well to leapfrog schumacher as he was extremely quick on the hards. but that’s from hindsight and easy to say now.

    grosjean drove a very good race, but he was not held up as much as the cars he was battling were considerably slower and easy to pass, allowing him to set fast laptimes with little hindrance. he was also fortunate that perez and maldonado tangled, as they probably would have been ahead of him after their second stops.

  5. baldgye (@baldgye) said on 9th July 2012, 0:31

    McLaren over a second off the pace… shocking

    • Wooolfy said on 9th July 2012, 8:47

      I always believed that Lewis was qualifying his car exceptionally high due to his skills but during the race he always lost positions due to the car’s poor race pace and the team’s screw-ups.

    • Kim K said on 9th July 2012, 16:13

      They were hoping/gambling for a fully wet race.

  6. HoHum (@hohum) said on 9th July 2012, 2:37

    I think the main thing this graph shows is just how even the performance of the top 3-5 teams are this year, even without the tyre factor it would be difficult to predict which car was going to be fastest at the next race.

  7. Fred Schechter (@freds4hb) said on 9th July 2012, 3:15

    Pretty neat how drivers out of the top 7 lap speeds, only 3 have not been official Ferrari drivers (publicly).
    Also,, wow, Lotus race pace!!

  8. davidwhite (@davidwhite) said on 9th July 2012, 4:38

    Very revealing stats – shows just how slow the McLarens were. Massively off the pace. I fear for the rest of their season.

  9. Himmat said on 9th July 2012, 6:42

    Tony Fernandes commented that Heikki had a first lap clash with both Torro Rossos. We didn’t see this on TV. Heikki’s car suffered damage which cost him easily 1 second a lap. That explains why his fastest lap is below that of both Marussias.

  10. Salcrich said on 9th July 2012, 8:34

    Now I understand Eddie J’s comment that JB had a reasonable race. His fastest lap was quicker than LH but both their races were clearly not about the drivers. As LH commented the car is a long way behind the fastest cars at preent.

  11. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 9th July 2012, 9:06

    What a tremendous drive by Grosjean, in my opinion the fastest man of the race. I probably won’t vote for him as DotW, though, because it was his own fault he got shuffled back that far. First of course spinning in Q2 (when he had already done a time that was good enough to go through), and then the contact with DiResta, although it’s difficult for me to judge how easy or difficult it would have been to avoid the Force India. Still, I hope he breaks his duck soon.

    With regards to McLaren, Hamilton’s laps 14-17 gave me hope that he would continue to charge forward in the race, but in the second and third stints it was that all too familiar tale of not getting the tyres to work (not especially for Hamilton, but of F1 2012 in general). Of the drivers I was watching, only he and Alonso were struggling with the softs, so it was perhaps understandable that the team pulled him in after only 7 laps in his second stint, thinking he could do 24 laps on the hards with a lighter car, having done 21 in the first stint. As a spectactor, it’s a little frustrating to not be able to understand why he didn’t go well on his second set of hards. Did he battle too hard in the first laps out of the pits (with his team mate, no less), overusing the tyres; or was he too cautious with the tyres – thinking of all the laps he still had to do on them – thereby not switching them on properly? In either case, I think Hamilton’s tyre struggles (and the fact that Button started so far back and was in traffic all the time) made McLaren’s pace look a little worse than the car was capable of (and note that in similar conditions, they were even further off the Lotuses’ pace in Barcelona).

    Still, if McLaren have any hope of playing a role in the championships, they better qualify right at the front and try to hang on to good positions, or make the best of any changeable conditions that come their way. On pure race pace, it doesn’t look likely they will be able to challenge the current top three.

  12. ciprian (@ciprian) said on 9th July 2012, 9:41

    It’s a mistake – I think – at Fernando best time. On the graphic appear to be at lap 37 and is 1:34:74 and below is just 1:35:385. How is it?

  13. ciprian (@ciprian) said on 9th July 2012, 10:43

    Yes indeed. Thank you. Did you receive our email regarding F1 Manager? Tks.

  14. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 9th July 2012, 21:11

    I’m new to the sport – Would someone please explain why the lap time before a pit stop seems much faster than those that proceeded it? Are drivers trying to compensate for the time they will lose? Are they using what’s left in their tyres?

  15. Kimi4WDC said on 10th July 2012, 23:50

    Btw…impressive times from Marussia. Caterham did alright too.

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