2012 German Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 German Grand Prix

McLaren expected Fernando Alonso’s lap times to suffer at the end of the race – but it was Jenson Button’s that did.

German 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 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67
Fernando Alonso 86.842 83.25 83.187 82.6 82.697 82.645 82.812 82.631 82.546 82.396 82.419 82.214 81.994 82.108 82.101 82.065 82.125 84.523 94.951 81.681 81.659 81.768 81.727 81.609 81.26 81.251 81.251 81.089 81.429 81.402 80.904 80.784 80.926 80.914 80.851 80.373 80.826 81.146 80.65 80.776 82.863 93.711 80.169 80.195 80.325 79.884 80.173 79.91 79.888 79.902 80.19 80.086 79.977 80.035 80.061 80.111 80.042 79.837 79.775 79.835 79.889 79.593 79.641 79.62 79.892 79.044 80.832
Sebastian Vettel 88.162 82.918 82.828 82.697 82.771 82.726 82.863 82.769 82.613 82.57 82.482 82.306 82.289 82.29 82.287 82.168 82.084 82.18 82.575 84.877 94.38 81.065 81.171 81.326 81.071 80.939 80.931 80.992 81.258 81.326 81.366 80.651 80.864 80.982 81.603 80.891 80.856 80.883 80.764 80.796 82.793 93.996 80.341 79.866 80.623 79.908 80.698 79.82 79.98 79.841 80.101 80.033 80.769 79.999 79.919 79.721 79.74 79.773 79.661 79.953 79.717 79.772 79.71 80.081 80.552 80.188 79.469
Michael Schumacher 89.271 83.669 83.414 83.229 83.324 82.996 83.05 83.246 82.916 83.145 84.3 83.111 82.89 84.904 96.945 81.944 82.073 82.058 81.734 82.197 82.944 82.315 82.078 81.986 82.129 82.247 81.47 81.54 81.502 81.78 81.782 81.312 81.37 81.588 81.744 84.146 93.841 80.291 80.415 81.206 80.234 80.249 80.204 80.103 80.35 79.914 80.539 80.846 80.191 80.226 80.092 82.538 93.488 79.585 79.007 78.794 78.725 78.833 78.875 79.144 78.942 79.005 79.165 79.27 79.208 79.545 79.658
Nico Hulkenberg 89.793 84.177 83.595 83.393 83.184 83.041 83.217 84.307 83.128 83.302 83.374 85.157 95.656 81.833 84.42 82.796 82.343 81.992 82.261 82.081 82.322 82.36 82.343 82.066 82.382 82.191 82.09 82.026 82.824 83.711 86.27 94.902 81.868 81.21 80.971 80.595 80.566 80.212 80.644 80.437 80.499 80.483 80.33 80.827 81.354 82.366 94.384 80.446 80.271 80.001 80.626 80.073 79.678 79.649 79.607 79.372 79.607 79.914 79.937 79.957 79.886 79.749 79.941 79.715 80.159 80.046 80.107
Pastor Maldonado 90.585 84.423 83.721 83.399 83.225 83.321 82.963 83.468 83.33 83.372 83.258 83.573 85.11 97.671 82.252 82.401 82.498 82.308 82.949 84.149 83.314 82.7 85.191 83.975 82.762 82.814 82.919 82.688 82.781 82.612 82.707 82.67 82.467 82.325 82.291 83.133 84.104 84.895 97.332 81.1 81.548 81.245 81.328 80.995 81.619 81.549 81.437 80.976 81.113 81.365 80.987 80.795 80.792 81.778 81.2 83.058 83.418 95.013 79.607 79.971 80.142 79.914 79.838 79.953 79.848 80.418
Jenson Button 90.1 84.197 83.554 83.608 83.171 83.193 83.066 82.606 82.604 82.637 82.538 82.32 82.084 82.366 82.073 82.076 82.252 81.992 84.47 94.172 81.104 81.413 80.992 81.406 81.494 81.07 80.727 80.897 80.996 81.074 81.151 80.34 80.771 80.773 80.692 81.488 80.608 80.841 80.831 83.077 91.69 80.057 79.754 79.808 80.269 79.894 80.132 79.908 80.083 79.973 80.29 80.029 80.05 79.905 79.904 79.97 80.05 80.092 80.042 80.007 79.906 79.719 80.055 80.166 80.805 81.692 81.737
Lewis Hamilton 91.665 84.784 124.133 100.111 83.324 82.785 82.595 82.306 82.511 82.735 82.503 82.58 82.141 82.158 82.462 82.766 82.802 83.682 83.026 82.393 82.562 82.448 82.172 82.112 82.486 82.153 81.902 81.801 83.108 82.736 84.909 94.571 80.774 80.091 80.426 80.607 81.194 80.685 80.761 80.298 80.991 81.568 80.71 80.825 81.094 81.247 83.592 96.487 80.509 80.315 80.282 80.175 80.284 80.549 81.06 92.608
Mark Webber 91.284 84.253 83.977 83.449 83.146 83.265 83.247 83.31 83.297 83.319 83.221 85.789 97.185 84.051 82.186 82.159 82.291 82.671 82.319 82.257 81.781 81.967 82.02 82.297 81.956 81.981 82.136 82.498 82.291 82.507 82.303 83.251 81.88 81.489 81.603 81.64 81.408 81.524 82.59 84.17 93.904 80.51 80.605 80.557 80.757 80.671 80.885 80.659 80.949 80.801 80.638 80.61 80.833 80.236 80.358 80.141 80.043 79.972 79.794 79.906 79.859 79.926 80.101 80.001 79.927 79.863 80.329
Paul di Resta 92.922 84.497 84.209 83.677 84.614 83.627 83.439 83.439 84.332 85.616 95.871 82.169 82.44 82.871 82.73 82.432 82.494 82.39 82.511 82.698 83.116 82.848 82.534 82.543 83.195 82.344 82.456 81.907 83.276 82.731 82.567 82.486 81.828 81.752 81.732 81.753 81.933 81.802 84.569 94.39 80.672 80.758 80.613 80.668 80.246 80.354 80.614 80.412 80.395 81.631 80.87 80.779 80.296 80.661 81.207 82.102 80.791 80.478 80.087 80.358 79.959 80.023 80.057 80.182 80.362 80.057 79.717
Kimi Raikkonen 92.446 84.227 85.402 83.596 83.072 83.408 82.596 82.72 82.712 82.987 85.637 95.436 81.942 81.988 82.685 82.247 81.931 82.037 82.087 81.83 81.377 81.242 81.211 81.687 81.674 81.717 81.753 81.627 81.523 81.53 81.633 81.229 81.045 81.315 81.185 81.703 81.637 84.029 93.888 79.726 79.722 80.047 80.199 79.724 80.004 80.087 79.639 80.694 79.881 79.993 80.63 80.1 79.562 79.66 79.726 79.485 79.512 79.775 79.903 79.904 79.789 80.212 79.764 80.046 79.821 80.109 80.566
Daniel Ricciardo 93.386 84.721 84.835 83.93 85.859 85.694 83.612 83.76 83.431 83.359 83.262 82.883 82.793 82.665 82.43 82.748 83.255 82.994 87.14 96.932 82.371 83.47 81.811 82.496 82.124 82.154 82.256 82.393 82.232 81.973 82.125 82.109 82.956 83.013 81.988 82.629 82.465 85.019 95.639 80.357 80.153 80.28 80.193 80.066 80.359 80.293 80.614 80.772 80.587 80.531 80.38 80.326 80.316 81.161 80.594 80.174 80.303 80.687 81.218 81.534 81.479 81.256 81.113 81.167 81.376 81.968 82.522
Kamui Kobayashi 93.641 84.813 84.775 83.918 83.901 83.443 84.174 83.192 83.291 83.623 82.873 82.858 82.189 82.174 82.115 82.18 82.24 81.924 81.899 81.96 83.401 85.207 98.078 82.57 81.672 81.054 81.136 81.113 81.707 81.822 81.82 81.242 80.653 80.491 80.483 80.528 81.21 80.421 80.7 80.599 80.22 80.606 83.865 95.73 79.55 79.562 79.818 79.794 79.252 79.698 79.658 79.324 79.306 79.279 79.164 79.344 79.572 79.56 79.325 79.352 79.161 79.416 79.489 80.179 79.981 79.645 80.847
Felipe Massa 106.843 101.703 83.314 82.767 82.596 82.439 82.596 82.943 83.558 83.423 84.156 82.942 83.441 82.78 82.511 82.459 82.457 82.422 82.608 82.952 82.925 83.544 84.135 86.172 96.036 81.134 80.937 80.94 81.01 81.801 82.2 81.079 80.81 81.108 81.147 81.008 81.279 81.186 80.977 81.202 81.281 81.664 81.197 81.119 81.444 81.161 84.02 95.377 79.683 80.022 79.981 80.117 80.368 80.166 80.373 79.906 79.418 79.531 80.043 79.718 80.137 81.305 79.419 79.258 80.185 79.632 79.225
Bruno Senna 121.666 126.708 82.977 83.029 82.889 82.864 82.824 82.602 82.377 82.328 82.437 82.093 82.07 82.237 82.292 82.351 82.311 82.442 82.331 85.054 83.002 83.476 82.863 83.263 85.738 96.472 80.999 83.754 81.616 81.772 81.802 81.244 81.403 81.686 81.335 82.528 81.304 81.118 81.315 81.281 82.521 81.38 81.42 81.515 81.408 82.83 84.849 95.041 80.74 80.597 80.211 81.531 81.211 80.329 80.116 80.047 80.158 80.244 80.46 80.417 80.112 79.894 80.046 79.958 80.128 80.008
Jean-Eric Vergne 94.664 84.792 85.437 84.163 85.359 87.274 98.034 82.994 83.185 82.364 82.437 82.441 83.666 82.702 82.547 82.591 82.531 82.652 82.654 82.604 82.751 82.682 82.541 82.946 82.836 82.877 85.653 96.928 81.669 84.955 81.775 82.601 81.314 80.921 81.258 81.019 81.079 81.405 81.328 81.148 81.014 81.177 81.63 81.159 83.828 96.075 80.311 80.203 79.682 80.495 80.282 80.311 80.309 80.267 80.696 80.919 80.072 79.816 79.645 79.976 80.198 79.914 80.052 80.025 79.775 79.729 80.49
Heikki Kovalainen 96.796 85.248 86.032 85.392 84.35 83.932 84.03 84.097 83.588 83.763 83.81 84.437 86.583 97.563 83.044 83.117 83.51 82.691 82.543 82.805 82.677 82.65 82.48 82.533 82.684 82.679 82.704 82.634 82.576 83.302 85.701 96.277 81.556 81.854 82.483 82.084 81.961 81.74 85.729 82.741 82.576 82.297 82.871 85.114 96.858 81.734 81.671 83.07 81.988 82.784 82.164 82.622 89.436 106.356 87.852 85.921 80.954 80.891 80.965 81.054 80.596 81.89 80.598 85.154 81.616
Sergio Perez 95.047 84.738 84.167 83.702 84.156 83.309 82.618 83.151 82.447 82.378 82.685 82.326 82.114 81.998 82.04 82.204 86.418 95.785 80.777 81.574 82.239 82.368 82.298 82.102 82.323 82.388 81.942 82.045 82.783 81.739 81.661 81.088 81.362 81.118 81.154 81.091 81.468 82.572 81.425 83.83 94.366 79.969 80.291 81.312 80.694 80.542 80.185 79.906 79.749 80.387 80.288 80.205 79.572 79.46 79.763 79.4 79.756 79.688 79.276 79.824 79.818 79.27 79.308 79.299 79.334 79.657 79.809
Vitaly Petrov 95.914 85.664 86.148 84.313 84.172 84.39 83.979 83.821 83.993 83.787 83.83 83.969 84.345 86.701 98.846 84.331 83.25 82.855 82.91 82.65 82.654 82.937 82.61 82.711 82.739 82.478 82.543 82.758 84.032 82.876 83.162 85.804 96.464 81.644 85.26 83.109 81.802 81.73 81.685 81.75 81.959 81.5 81.841 85.229 82.622 81.814 81.634 82.379 82.045 84.448 95.718 81.001 82.749 81.8 80.457 80.335 80.165 80.394 80.613 80.607 80.052 79.997 80.108 80.117 80.113 80.165
Romain Grosjean 124.294 112.551 84.044 84.33 83.725 83.085 83.325 83.466 82.861 82.717 82.493 83.334 82.513 82.574 82.592 82.639 82.96 82.732 83.12 83.523 83.074 83.369 83.166 85.414 98.838 81.21 81.236 81.121 81.401 81.818 81.063 81.17 81.612 81.93 81.543 81.938 81.194 81.655 81.366 83.831 82.165 84.196 102.423 84.35 80.105 80.627 81.762 84.412 81.792 81.34 80.469 80.632 82.637 80.945 80.857 80.37 82.571 82.905 80.838 80.013 81.831 80.449 80.154 80.486 80.192 80.92
Charles Pic 97.647 86.237 85.928 85.815 85.47 85.321 85.172 85.262 85.002 85.035 85.85 84.89 84.892 85.219 84.763 85.449 85.192 84.543 84.492 84.589 87.553 97.353 82.86 82.936 82.71 82.689 82.6 82.72 83.153 84.922 83.88 83.256 83.063 84.477 84.575 83.082 83.551 82.922 84.136 83.233 83.621 84.531 86.285 98.768 81.753 82.923 83.396 83.408 82.47 82.29 82.306 82.248 82.545 84.922 82.875 85.724 82.483 82.127 82.028 82.181 83.66 83.821 82.38 82.205 84.668
Nico Rosberg 96.521 84.257 84.746 84.22 83.707 84.286 83.556 83.344 83.315 83.162 82.929 84.963 96.697 81.44 82.381 82.405 82.221 82.175 81.933 82.244 82.551 82.419 84.093 82.34 82.207 82.199 82.325 81.822 81.531 82.129 81.689 83.58 94.069 81.212 80.979 80.835 80.952 80.71 80.709 80.561 80.479 80.404 80.188 80.84 80.486 80.566 80.445 80.55 80.812 82.813 94.091 79.651 79.854 79.751 81.045 80.486 79.946 79.421 79.105 79.457 79.191 79.165 79.267 79.126 79.192 79.568 79.438
Timo Glock 98.018 86.352 87.781 85.764 85.257 85.404 85.315 85.308 85.63 85.829 85.418 85.492 85.312 85.371 85.833 85.491 85.515 86.183 88.158 101.377 84.015 85.459 85.091 84.744 84.504 84.976 85.519 87.706 84.868 86.411 84.84 85.674 85.972 84.31 83.531 83.624 85.675 84.429 84.034 86.482 99.193 85.885 83.124 82.987 83.253 84.61 82.817 85.16 84.888 85.013 83.355 84.596 83.286 82.778 85.361 83.44 83.272 83.894 83.218 84.845 83.655 86.205 83.805 84.065
Pedro de la Rosa 98.867 86.634 87.469 86.606 85.804 85.756 85.583 85.68 86.036 86.045 85.492 85.564 85.482 85.349 85.41 85.082 85.523 85.337 85.882 87.925 101.589 84.872 85.179 84.569 85.029 85.131 86.488 85.201 85.559 85.002 84.286 85.124 86.183 84.413 84.171 85.022 84.927 84.176 86.579 84.299 84.28 84.767 83.891 84.01 88.442 99.9 84.079 83.72 82.613 83.65 82.407 83.403 83.613 83.224 84.071 82.48 83.629 82.728 83.126 83.195 83.405 83.293 82.765 84.209
Narain Karthikeyan 101.125 86.594 86.452 86.552 85.949 85.792 86.442 86.23 86.519 85.627 85.459 85.694 85.769 85.352 85.494 85.676 86.584 85.752 85.828 86.617 86.648 89.593 105.328 84.334 86.623 85.558 84.724 84.972 84.096 84.534 83.944 83.745 83.836 84.574 84.12 84.834 84.007 84.432 83.422 85.075 84.783 84.271 87.173 85.748 84.226 87.639 100.549 83.955 84.094 84.035 84.287 82.047 83.152 82.114 81.788 81.877 82.02 82.659 83.642 83.92 84.624 82.54 82.084 82.575

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2012McLaren thought Jenson Button would be able to attack Fernando Alonso at the end of the race as the Ferrari drivers’ tyres had begun to go off before the end of the stint on previous runs.

The lap times chart above shows how Alonso’s times began to rise towards the end of his middle stint. At this point he was increasingly preoccupied with Lewis Hamilton, who was trying to unlap himself, but Alonso didn’t do much in terms of defending at this point.

But when it came to the final stint it wasn’t Alonso’s lap times that went off – it was Button’s.

Nico Hulkenberg started fourth and slipped to ninth at the finish. His tyres went off quite sharply at the end of each stint which, he said, made a two-stopped impossible:

“We always knew it was going to be tough to hang on to fourth place because we did not look especially strong in the dry conditions on Saturday morning. But when you’re in that position you hope for the best and actually the first part of the race was strong for me and I had some good battles.

“In terms of strategy, doing three stops was the way forward because a two-stop race was not possible with the way the tyres were degrading.”

German Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.725 57
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’19.044 0.319 66
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’19.105 0.380 59
4 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.161 0.436 61
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’19.225 0.500 67
6 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.270 0.545 62
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.372 0.647 56
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.469 0.744 67
9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’19.485 0.760 56
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’19.607 0.882 59
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.645 0.920 59
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’19.717 0.992 67
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.719 0.994 62
14 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’19.794 1.069 59
15 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’19.894 1.169 62
16 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’19.997 1.272 62
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.013 1.288 60
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’20.066 1.341 44
19 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.091 1.366 34
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’20.596 1.871 61
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’21.753 3.028 45
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’21.788 3.063 55
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’22.407 3.682 51
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’22.778 4.053 54

Michael Schumacher set the fastest lap of the race shortly after his third and final pit stop. Tellingly he did so with ten laps to go and didn’t continue to improve his lap time, which goes some way towards explaining why he was unable to catch and pass the Saubers.

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21 comments on 2012 German Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. Ben Everard (@beneverard) said on 22nd July 2012, 21:55

    I’m surprised Vettel had the audacity to set the 8th fastest lap after that overtake on Jenson Button!

    Nah just joshing, shame about Button’s tyres falling away towards the end though :-P

  2. markthornton90 (@markthornton90) said on 22nd July 2012, 21:59

    You can really see how Button made ground during the second pit stop phase. He made up 2.02 secs on Alonso and 2.31 secs on Vettel!

    • 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 22nd July 2012, 22:20

      Buttons stop was 2.4, Alonsos 3.7 and Vettel’s about the same (they seemed to be stationary v.similar time)
      Had Vettel’s been a 3 sec stop he’d have cleared Button and had they replicated Button’s it would’ve been closer to Alonso.
      Anyway, unbelieveable stop by the much maligned Mclaren team. It looked ridiculously good live.

  3. Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 22nd July 2012, 22:21

    This data is good news for Mclaren, I think it shows that they are right back on the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull again, if a fraction behind the latter still. I think Button’s drop in pace in the final 5-7 laps may have been due to the excess wear of closely following Alonso for so long.

  4. Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 22nd July 2012, 22:27

    Well, looking at Alonso’s and Massa’s lap times (factoring in the difference in strategy), it is very clear the Ferrari is now a very good car. Kudos to Ferrari for turning their season around, but I just can’t stand anymore people putting this form down to some kind of miracle by Alonso (not that I’m saying this happening here…) :P

    • JB (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 22:54

      @guilherme
      It is still not the fastest car but FA really does make it look much better… You gotta give him that much… both his poles where in wet, that alone is worth a whole lot!!

    • suka (@suka) said on 22nd July 2012, 23:46

      You would not think so if he did not start from the pole.

    • infy (@infy) said on 22nd July 2012, 23:52

      You have to keep in mind that Button and Vettel were able to both catch Alonso.

      • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 23rd July 2012, 0:45

        @infy Indeed, Ferrari is not the fastest car, but is far from the rubbish it was at the beginning of the season and it is not as slow as some people like to believe it is. And yes, Vettel did catch Alonso, but he never looked like he would overtake him (not that is has anything to do with Alonso and Ferrari… it just seems to me that the RB8 is slower on the straights than the RB6 was).

        • infy (@infy) said on 23rd July 2012, 8:57

          Yeah, the top three have similar pace, but I would not say Ferrari are quicker in the dry. Ferrari were lucky to have the qualifying conditions that they had because I doubt they had the pace to catch-up with either a RBR or Mclaren that are in clear air.

          I’d like to see Ferrari gain the edge though. It would definitely help them regain that confidence they are so famous for.

    • sumedh said on 23rd July 2012, 3:10

      Was about to post the same.
      Without the first lap incident, I think Massa would have been fighting Kimi for 4th position I am sure.
      His pace was pretty good throughout the race. His tyres wore off quicker in his first stint which might have been due to the dirty air encountered while passing Marussias, HRTs and Caterhams.

      He needs to have more clean races to keep his Ferrari seat. Too many ifs and buts help propel his case. If he had no first lap crash here, if he had qualified better yesterday, if he didn’t tangle with Kobayashi at Valencia, if he didn’t spin in Canada.

  5. Michael (@michaelf1) said on 22nd July 2012, 23:48

    tough times for massa when your teammate is winning races and your in the exact same car but the pace is there

    • Drew B said on 23rd July 2012, 8:38

      Very true, tough times for Massa

      • JOHN.S said on 23rd July 2012, 14:21

        His car is clearly not as fast as Alonzo trust me Massa is a number two driver. Ferrari have clearly put all their eggs in one basket i.e Alonzo. You also seem to forget that Massa had his wing knocked of on the first lap I don’t care who you are but that will undoubtedly destroy your race

  6. remengo said on 23rd July 2012, 9:04

    It seems that Fernando had full control troughout the race, keeping the gap at 1 sec or less and sparing the tires, as he made the fastest lap at 66th 4/10 faster than Vettel (67th) and 7/10 faster than Button (62th), there wasn’t even a chance for them to overlap him…..

  7. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 23rd July 2012, 9:26

    I believe that the Fezzas are the fastest cars now; the recent performances prove it, and because no-one can outperform a car, then one has to conclude the Ferrari is the best car

  8. Yoshitsune (@yobo01) said on 23rd July 2012, 10:18

    Interesting charts. Alonso set his best time when his tyres were 25 laps old, which shows that he managed the tyres even if he was always very close to Jenson. When he saw that his traction out of turn 3 and 4 was good he never pushed. He actually saw that Vettel and Button were close, so he created a gap.
    The same thing happened when Vettel was passed by Hamilton. Alonso did a 1’20.3 which was his best lap so far.

    Interesting way of leading the race. Vettel, for example, in the first laps of the stint creates a gap and then he controls it. While Alonso doesn’t push until he sees an occasion to pull away.

  9. sid_prasher (@) said on 23rd July 2012, 17:37

    Felipe wasn’t off the pace but his lap times are far less consistent than Alonso and the other leading drivers.
    Looking at the lap times, FI had the pace but they were just not able to do long runs on their tyres…perhaps due to less dry running during practice.
    Also surprised to see Narain beating Pedro in lap times a few times but always finishing behind in the race…

  10. xeroxpt (@) said on 24th July 2012, 3:32

    Vettel is still the quickest for me. Ferrari puts loads of understeer on Alonso’s car. In Hockeinhem you can open up the trajectory in the first sector, before the hairpin alonso was always using the kerb to open the line, having loads of understeer was hurting him on the slower parts, at the end of the 2nd sector and the 3rd, at the last corner he had a better line, his line was crazy wide, in contrast Button was able to turn the car very quickly he was especially fast on the tightest parts, Vettel’s liness were typical of him opening both the entry and exit showing confidence in the car, he didnt cross the white lines on corner entry but he often did on the exit, in the end I think Vettel was quickest, but his lack of luck on the pits and with backmarkers made his 7 gear ratio set-up become a problem, with the DRS open Vettel only did 308 KPH whereas Button did 317 and Alonso 318 (200 MPH for the Ferrari) If Vettel and Red Bull had made a typical red bull race they would have won easily but they didnt, they didnt pit first, they didnt come out of the pits in clear air and they didnt managed the backmarkers well.

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