2012 British Grand Prix lap chart

2012 British Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso avoided using soft tyres until the end of the race in the hope that rain would arrive. It didn’t – and the gamble failed.

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

Nico Hulkenberg slipped out of the points on the penultimate lap: “It was a tough race today, especially because my car was set up to favour wet conditions,” he said.

“That helped us yesterday, but hurt my top speed this afternoon. There were always cars around me in the race, especially in the final few laps when I had to defend from Bruno and Jenson, and I could not afford to make any mistakes.

“Unfortunately I locked up the rears going into turn three with two laps to go and that gave Bruno the chance to get ahead of me in the DRS zone.”

British 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
Fernando Alonso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.564 0.915 0.202 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 0.898 1.349 2.205 2.533 3.06
Mark Webber 0.604 0.658 0.853 0.825 1.359 1.81 1.903 2.662 3.059 3.149 4.015 4.42 5.073 4.062 22.971 6.631 6.473 5.607 4.756 5.111 5.177 5.064 4.904 4.837 5.479 5.642 6.098 5.86 5.613 5.22 5.467 5.52 3.387 20.731 20.16 19.605 21.145 3.937 4.44 3.958 3.55 3.35 2.225 1.304 0.555 0.401 0.472 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Schumacher 1.197 1.387 2.021 2.572 3.072 4.284 5.366 6.155 7.093 7.964 10.003 8.591 27.212 27.714 29.875 15.17 15.775 15.347 14.83 15.283 15.941 16.286 16.925 19.368 20.545 21.489 22.668 23.358 24.393 25.595 26.737 28.073 30.033 29.933 47.271 46.747 48.208 31.738 32.449 32.425 31.817 31.534 30.313 29.166 28.702 27.954 27.667 27.97 28.82 29.275 29.74 29.153
Sebastian Vettel 2.598 2.494 3.752 3.766 4.565 5.319 6.405 7.334 8.423 6.979 24.658 24.166 24.282 24.5 26.951 11.343 11.016 10.032 8.808 8.696 8.707 8.409 8.349 8.522 8.965 9.335 9.291 9.408 9.724 9.609 7.943 25.31 24.905 25.19 25.064 25.093 27.152 9.751 9.86 9.44 9.386 9.034 8.186 7.301 6.466 5.725 5.171 5.204 5.478 5.353 5.717 4.836
Felipe Massa 1.751 1.699 3.337 3.145 3.612 4.644 5.816 6.508 7.506 8.325 9.333 9.674 8.248 26.11 27.912 13.005 12.886 11.841 10.678 10.911 10.964 10.925 10.964 11.015 11.947 12.37 12.187 12.003 12.04 12.159 12.752 13.369 14.195 15.096 13.526 30.463 31.694 14.074 13.944 13.623 12.889 12.395 11.96 10.773 9.928 9.328 8.565 8.692 8.869 8.68 9.814 9.519
Kimi Raikkonen 3.728 3.938 4.452 5.141 5.669 6.07 6.986 7.928 8.954 9.743 10.664 11.805 10.435 29.021 31.707 16.538 16.503 16.079 15.483 16.117 16.823 17.155 17.412 17.066 17.534 17.909 17.449 16.805 16.212 16.733 17.493 17.856 17.977 16.457 34.623 34.008 35.882 18.637 18.814 18.1 17.301 16.535 15.077 13.733 12.508 11.193 10.374 10.266 10.06 9.491 10.348 10.314
Pastor Maldonado 3.181 3.323 4.14 5.781 6.628 7.189 7.598 8.48 9.546 10.651 9.539 67.932 93.047 92.461 94.003 78.591 79.007 78.578 78.249 79.513 80.152 80.518 81.377 83.443 85.974 86.978 87.642 87.93 88.611 89.652 90.371 91.495 92.737 93.668 94.597 98.708 101.9 86.597 88.909 90.564 92.357 94.889 100.477 102.437 106.889 110.597 114.305 117.691 122.075 127.745 133.659
Lewis Hamilton 4.64 5.192 5.455 6.284 7.33 8.157 8.749 9.335 10.132 11.168 12.299 12.734 13.54 13.737 15.366 0 0 0 1.251 2.306 1.148 17.549 17.892 18.364 19.206 19.764 20.297 18.236 36 36.248 37.523 38.49 39.011 39.83 40.919 41.408 43.841 27.379 28.216 28.473 28.565 29.021 28.678 28.06 27.92 27.432 28.994 30.164 32.021 33.384 34.777 36.463
Romain Grosjean 7.405 7.455 32.396 31.671 31.81 33.246 33.979 33.434 34.29 33.853 34.961 35.053 34.976 34.592 36.094 20.894 20.877 20.105 19.398 19.8 20.248 20.575 20.928 21.464 22.437 21.057 37.83 36.771 36.707 36.916 38.166 39.26 39.619 40.401 39.831 39.217 40.415 22.762 22.441 21.639 20.61 20.12 18.926 17.671 16.915 15.916 15.338 15.751 16.072 15.726 15.572 17.101
Paul di Resta
53.136
Nico Rosberg 8.435 11.195 12.411 13.238 14.919 16.236 17.153 18.262 19.559 20.496 21.814 22.808 23.907 25.634 26.728 29.142 29.898 30.257 29.89 30.763 31.254 31.498 32.04 32.345 33.207 33.82 34.139 34.692 35.414 37.542 39.493 40.348 41.091 41.843 42.839 43.733 44.64 54.214 54.255 54.523 54.222 54.596 54.134 53.795 53.744 53.487 53.711 54.258 55.074 55.751 56.89 57.394
Daniel Ricciardo 9.17 12.316 13.542 14.714 16.291 18.036 19.827 21.462 22.31 22.986 23.922 25.773 26.865 28.768 32.763 16.49 34.891 34.085 33.191 33.85 34.407 34.919 36.026 36.932 38.358 39.275 40.313 40.931 39.752 58.887 59.756 60.553 61.222 61.947 62.393 64.396 66.96 52.169 53.14 53.415 53.315 53.371 52.821 52.032 51.193 50.374 49.846 50.185 50.699 51.072 51.514 51.241
Bruno Senna 5.6 6.076 7 7.776 9.167 10.202 10.981 11.26 11.766 12.758 13.999 14.469 21.01 22.587 42.282 26.516 27.509 26.735 26.16 26.557 27.136 27.537 27.901 28.779 29.7 30.395 30.916 31.28 31.915 31.056 49.826 49.824 49.514 49.751 50.578 51.671 53.034 36.121 36.777 37.154 37.399 38.194 38.305 38.46 38.48 38.328 38.401 38.839 40.268 41.716 43.162 43.347
Nico Hulkenberg 6.81 7.902 8.643 9.611 10.936 12.173 12.845 13.987 14.911 15.807 16.987 19.248 20.723 21.957 24.687 8.015 26.617 25.76 25.102 25.715 26.319 26.715 27.014 27.433 28.464 29.025 29.217 29.401 29.564 30.091 31.152 32.041 33.188 34.409 33.604 50.74 51.982 35.162 36.134 36.421 36.702 37.651 37.679 37.733 37.825 37.536 37.581 38.266 39.686 41.102 46.381 47.856
Sergio Perez 6.455 6.415 5.94 6.688 7.814 8.692 9.344 9.855 10.515 12.032 11.108
Jenson Button 7.695 10.443 11.45 12.266 13.826 15.047 15.867 17.001 17.933 18.755 19.969 21.039 22.304 23.856 27.461 12.555 30.266 28.965 27.742 28.009 28.24 28.835 29.68 30.388 31.415 32.005 32.565 33.226 34.449 35.977 37.022 53.408 52.975 52.687 52.661 52.616 54.358 37.653 38.206 38.122 37.898 38.68 38.804 38.904 39.147 38.802 38.857 39.553 40.93 42.425 44.136 44.444
Kamui Kobayashi 8.084 9.82 10.558 10.952 12.01 13.008 13.639 14.558 15.703 16.455 17.507 18.364 19.558 20.24 22.24 5.766 24.619 23.521 22.255 22.476 22.472 22.595 23.016 23.078 23.701 24.383 24.814 24.776 26.67 27.115 27.868 28.718 30.197 32.74 32.649 32.695 32.564 46.306 46.017 45.878 45.624 45.67 44.518 43.561 42.815 42.186 41.861 41.914 42.535 43.208 44.783 45.37
Vitaly Petrov
Heikki Kovalainen 11.197 14.039 15.742 18.051 20.496 23.701 25.841 28.15 30.39 32.308 35.506 37.601 57.667 58.702 61.708 47.744 49.351 50.542 51.633 53.786 55.281 57.375 59.741 62.139 64.394 66.509 68.557 70.102 70.035 90.92 92.835 95.323 99.352 102.555 104.843 106.556 109.867 94.88 99.044 102.857 106.792 110.356 113.538 117.063 118.914 120.648 122.714 128.633 132.368 136.262 142.992
Timo Glock 9.966 13.351 17.318 20.048 23.294 26.445 28.869 31.773 35.367 38.418 41.213 45.929 49.089 51.871 56.218 43.799 47.194 47.227 67.111 69.441 72.133 75.378 80.048 83.164 87.448 90.744 93.203 95.73 99.88 103.65 106.903 109.834 114.088 118.266 121.108 124.963 131.087 115.566 137.847 139.649 142.956 145.016 147.595 151.351 153.047 154.269 156.05 158.174 161.124 163.316 167.254
Pedro de la Rosa 10.591 15.042 18.679 22.188 26.252 30.072 33.017 36.592 39.984 43.257 46.728 51.855 55.369 60.696 65.985 54.085 57.643 60.005 62.981 66.901 70.964 74.872 79.658 85.486 91.056 97.572 100.898 125.4 129.664 132.756 138.736 142.289 145.711 151.119 155.008 159.297 166.846 155.133 159.59 163.361 167.071 170.609 173.673 176.5 179.63 183.048 186.721 193.248 200.221 206.484
Narain Karthikeyan 10.902 16.785 20.681 24.478 28.193 32.999 37.24 40.622 44.147 47.349 51.268 55.453 59.803 63.882 69.756 56.087 82.253 85.514 91.835 95.06 99.025 102.034 107.484 111.846 116.554 123.259 126.512 135.044 138.947 143.756 149.734 154.07 157.724 163.746 165.416 189.209 193.742 179.913 183.008 185.029 187.718 189.994 192.099 196.383 199.509 203.658 207.581 210.979 215.929 219.038
Jean-Eric Vergne 8.848 11.827 12.89 13.985 15.789 17.505 19.382 22.331 23.847 25.04 26.823 28.467 30.119 30.499 51.148 35.68 36.199 36.097 36.094 37.443 38.318 39.073 39.898 40.547 41.733 42.603 43.112 43.435 43.938 44.312 45.891 44.818 63.455 63.22 63.114 63.072 65.056 48.591 50.39 50.524 50.313 50.529 50.365 50.028 49.722 49.057 48.825 49.138 49.718 52.091 53 53.313
Charles Pic 11.696 17.309 21.405 24.88 28.831 33.982 37.861 41.327 44.836 48.135 51.785 56.27 58.273 78.905 82.922 70.211 73.416 75.489 77.602 81.505 84.574 87.364 90.368 93.199 96.709 101.045 104.806 108.782 112.835 116.764 119.971 122.138 143.178 148.283 152.864 155.719 161.211 148.614 154.195 157.221 160.764 164.074 166.479 168.477 170.591 172.401 174.633 177.647 181.19 183.968 187.679

When Hamilton took the lead of the race at the end of his first stint it looked as though he was on course to gain some places. But McLaren seemed to leave him out longer than was reasonable, even as he began to lose time to the cars he was trying to get in front of.

The reason for that became clear in his final stint, which was also on the hard tyres: McLaren simply weren’t making the rubber last as long as their rivals. This serves to reinforce the fact that there is no strategic solution for a car that isn’t quick enough.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2012This was true to a much lesser extent of Alonso’s pace on the soft compounds. Ferrari realised during the hour of dry practice on Saturday morning their car was less competitive on the yellow tyres.

That led Ferrari to start on the hard tyres in the hope that rain would arrive and keep them from having to use the softs as Alonso explained: “We felt more confident on the hards so it was our preferred choice today

“And then, if at any point of the race it had rained and we put on intermediates you didn?t have to use the softs any more so it was a better combination of possibilities that the hard gave us today.”

Curiously, Massa did not follow this strategy. Running the soft tyre at the end left Alonso vulnerable to Webber, who initially thought the Ferrari driver was toying with him: “Fernando was not quite out of touch and after the last stop, my engineer Ciaron came on the radio saying that Fernando was not doing much on the [soft] tyres.

“But I know Fernando is a wily old fox, I thought he was looking after the tyres and just waiting to pull the pin and go a little bit. But when I got within two seconds I thought maybe he?s in a little bit of trouble and it was real.”

Would Alonso have won had he run longer on the hard tyres? He said in the press conference afterwards it might have been a possibility in the first stint.

The race chart above does suggest he could have stayed out a lap or two longer and still come out in front of Webber. However it’s possible Ferrari did not anticipate Webber would emerge from the pits behind Kobayashi when they committed to Alonso’s first stop.

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10 comments on 2012 British Grand Prix lap chart

  1. andae23 (@andae23) said on 9th July 2012, 8:55

    Looking at Maldonado’s pace during the last 15 laps or so, I wonder: did he have a problem or so or did he really just gave up? If so, then that would be the first time a driver has ever given up during a GP as far as I know.

  2. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 9th July 2012, 9:20

    When Hamilton took the lead of the race at the end of his first stint it looked as though he was on course to gain some places. But McLaren seemed to leave him out longer than was reasonable, even as he began to lose time to the cars he was trying to get in front of.

    The reason for that became clear in his final stint, which was also on the hard tyres: McLaren simply weren’t making the rubber last as long as their rivals. This serves to reinforce the fact that there is no strategic solution for a car that isn’t quick enough.

    @keithcollantine, I agree with the final sentence, but I’m not sure tyre wear was the problem in the first stint. He lost a bit of time battling Alonso, but the lap after Alonso had passed him was not all that bad. In general, I like the idea of going a bit deeper into a stint and coming back at the others with fresher tyres at the end, though doing a 7-lap stint on the softs didn’t help Hamilton, especially since covering Grosjean proved futile. Why Hamilton had no pace in the final stint I guess I will never know, as I’m not expecting a phone call from Woking to discuss strategy with them.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th July 2012, 12:20

    Its really amazing to see how Grosjean got back to the front after the collision with DiResta. And its interesting when you compare how Maldonado couldn’t get anywhere after dropping back because of hitting Perez.

    • Valter Tänav (@velodrive) said on 10th July 2012, 23:45

      It was because Perez and Maldonado were on the out-lap(he had to make an extra pit stop or stay out long with the same tires – which was a bad decision). But Grosjean just made his pit stop 10 laps earlier than others, he didn’t lose nothing special with that(soft tires were anyway as bad as they were).

      • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 13th July 2012, 6:38

        I dont know i you will come back to read this comments, but boy-o-boy, some intelligent gray cells at last, among the comments.

        such a simple logic, aint it? First pit stops were an average of 12-13th lap …. soft tyres were worse than the harder ones, Raikkonen was held up initially …. Perez/Maldonado did not finish ….. Schumy and Hammy had un-competetive tyre wear and actually fell backwards…..Lotus have always been strong on tyre wear….All top 10 cars except the Lotuses actually fell backwards as the race progressed in bigger proportions than Grosjean moving forward…..if anything, in the last few laps he lost many seconds to Raikkonen, who set the fastest lap of the race, and Raikkonen could have easily stretched that advantange to at least 12-15 secs if only there were few more laps, or if only Grotus had called him in much earlier.

        Yes, Grosjean did drive a good race at the end, but no more than Raikkonen, and no better than Webber or Alonso, and frankly not in any way more talented than schumy or hammy. As usual, it was the Pirelli tyres that had the final say.

        ……Reminds me of Tokyo traffic, the early car need not reach the office the fastest, the traffic signals actually decide who reaches first!!!

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th July 2012, 19:06

    That 2nd stint by everyone pretty much sums up this season!

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