2012 Hungarian Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2012Romain Grosjean said Michael Schumacher cost him second place to Kimi Raikkonen by not responding to blue flags quickly enough.

Hungarian Grand Prix lap times

The first part of Raikkonen’s race was compromised as he fell behind Fernando Alonso. But when Alonso pitted after 17 laps the Ferrari driver got stuck behind Sergio Perez.

This was good news for Raikkonen as he was able both to stay out longer, playing to the Lotus’s tyre-preserving strength, while gaining position over the Ferrari.

The benefits of this extended into his second stint, allowing him to run for an extended period in clear air, catching the leaders while not stressing his tyres too much in the turbulence of others. The lap times chart below shows he was the quickest driver on the track for ten laps between lap 25 and lap 39.

The front-runners generally made their second pit stops slightly earlier than they needed to, cover each other’s pit stops. Raikkonen, with no pressure from behind to begin with, was able to carry on much later than the rest.

Some might interpret this all as Raikkonen being lucky, but really it’s just an example of how having a quick car underneath you automatically gives you more strategic options.

Where Raikkonen was rather fortunate was that Alonso also decided to stay out late, and held up Grosjean and Vettel who came out of the pits behind him.

If this was partly a tactical move by Ferrari to delay one of Alonso’s foremost championship rivals it was a shrewd one. But more likely he was just concerned about not running out of tyre life close to the end of the race, which has been a problem for him in recent races.

Grosjean was vexed even further by Michael Schumacher: “I got stuck behind Michael who didn?t respect the blue flags at all which cost me a lot of time.

“Because of this I lost a place to Kimi, and at the same time a possible chance to fight for the win.”

Given how tight it was between the Lotuses when Raikkonen came out of the pits, a few tenths of a second might have made the different between Grosjean keeping and losing second.

One interesting question is whether Lotus would have left the positions like that, or ordered Grosjean to let his team mate, with six-lap fresher tyres, pass him.

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 68 69
Lewis Hamilton 93.423 89.504 89.096 88.644 88.471 88.314 87.874 88.194 88.031 87.705 87.813 87.794 87.667 87.924 87.958 88.231 88.33 91.714 104.69 87.857 87.465 87.374 87.394 87.387 87.397 87.162 87.473 87.366 87.563 87.536 87.891 87.391 87.602 87.445 87.486 87.774 88.073 87.492 88.132 89.258 103.047 86.687 86.665 86.249 86.664 87.03 87.202 86.913 87.044 87.142 87.238 86.817 86.424 86.559 86.396 86.125 86.315 86.112 86.359 85.801 86.627 86.358 85.752 85.942 85.677 85.885 86.08 86.107 86.391
Romain Grosjean 94.879 90.149 89.368 88.46 88.529 88.301 87.968 87.992 88.047 87.87 88.073 88.005 87.386 88.036 87.787 87.88 88.271 88.457 91.106 106.085 86.725 86.925 86.535 86.993 88.173 87.907 87.294 86.819 87.094 87.379 87.727 87.732 87.435 87.458 87.952 87.428 87.566 87.676 90.233 103.65 87.318 87.791 88.102 86.853 86.487 88.374 86.538 86.85 86.886 86.496 86.61 86.303 87.554 86.469 86.349 86.985 86.343 86.696 86.05 86.669 86.333 86.64 86.829 86.805 86.635 86.313 86.456 86.384 86.553
Sebastian Vettel 96.703 90.36 89.32 88.956 88.718 88.86 88.664 88.565 88.474 88.261 88.363 88.827 88.282 88.479 89.139 88.027 90.729 104.144 87.327 87.731 87.627 87.372 87.272 87.057 87.533 86.99 87.502 86.918 87.503 87.355 87.526 87.356 87.559 88.084 86.512 86.725 86.783 89.872 102.328 86.949 87.278 87.355 87.7 87.214 86.982 87.639 87.426 86.948 87.026 86.906 86.813 86.686 86.541 86.296 86.2 86.871 86.443 88.457 101.412 85.137 84.864 84.584 85.682 85.152 84.85 84.773 84.752 84.136 84.242
Jenson Button 95.84 90.309 89.389 88.844 88.781 88.454 88.572 88.356 88.439 88.332 88.403 89.296 88.029 88.367 92.444 103.609 87.918 87.963 87.788 88.174 87.432 87.258 87.163 87.28 87.419 87.125 87.232 87.247 87.363 87.321 87.339 87.465 88.041 89.971 102.565 87.183 87.313 87.672 88.196 87.476 87.769 87.051 86.424 86.349 89.348 103.386 86.682 87.1 87.286 87.425 86.882 86.932 86.394 86.419 86.703 86.639 86.104 85.831 86.91 86.647 86.554 86.44 86.312 85.867 86.126 86.695 86.23 87.319 86.554
Kimi Raikkonen 97.664 90.944 89.85 89.471 89.66 88.834 88.708 88.504 88.699 89.028 88.425 88.64 88.143 88.528 88.324 88.121 88.362 87.669 87.716 90.083 104.964 87.371 87.694 87.296 86.763 86.9 87.527 87.455 86.904 87.173 87.364 87.438 87.178 87.305 86.995 86.365 86.128 86.817 86.719 88.122 85.728 85.934 86.663 86.454 88.869 103.161 86.328 86.395 86.683 86.386 86.627 86.477 86.437 86.53 86.328 86.335 86.194 86.314 86.11 85.96 86.364 86.341 85.914 85.908 85.811 86.118 86.021 85.926 86.368
Fernando Alonso 97.308 90.827 89.831 89.321 89.352 88.952 88.84 88.614 88.622 88.592 88.508 88.485 88.244 88.46 88.345 88.369 90.995 105.235 89.195 88.146 88.911 88.439 87.997 88.164 87.834 87.587 87.475 87.299 87.244 87.486 87.378 87.386 87.422 87.637 87.422 87.256 87.875 87.311 87.467 87.75 88.421 87.902 90.995 103.832 86.963 86.999 87.026 86.977 87.288 87.087 86.923 86.768 86.437 86.439 86.6 86.651 86.111 86.07 87.405 86.449 86.394 86.062 86.042 85.769 85.738 86.187 86.529 86.117 86.394
Felipe Massa 99.656 91.226 90.363 89.542 89.277 89.103 89.28 88.796 88.664 88.837 88.993 89.101 88.572 89.014 89.186 89.281 89.991 92.016 105.269 88.069 87.883 87.696 88.984 88.233 88.598 87.442 87.529 87.676 87.363 87.464 87.534 87.433 87.445 87.471 87.533 87.63 87.618 87.282 87.853 88.199 88.637 87.966 90.749 104.137 86.582 86.659 86.695 87.019 86.205 86.207 86.352 86.982 86.282 85.92 86.066 86.557 86.229 86.087 86.004 86.268 86.012 86.39 86.657 86.422 86.225 86.561 86.964 86.898 89.019
Pastor Maldonado 101.573 91.373 90.59 90.054 89.943 89.467 89.338 89.156 89.211 88.892 89.137 89.392 89 89.126 91.863 105.815 89.529 88.885 88.699 88.656 88.608 88.282 88.538 88.443 88.944 88.548 88.281 87.961 88.052 87.926 87.942 88.025 87.785 87.954 88.007 88.091 87.843 87.793 87.958 87.745 90.061 103.927 87.229 86.975 87.236 88.552 89.322 86.26 86.777 87.501 86.833 89.162 97.02 87.059 86.694 86.433 86.023 85.9 86.384 86.037 86.347 86.488 85.723 86.027 85.811 86.076 86.055 85.95 86.822
Bruno Senna 99.377 90.99 90.083 89.507 89.486 89.079 89.162 88.578 88.66 88.897 88.722 88.74 88.359 88.791 88.73 91.495 104.859 87.609 87.875 88.547 88.904 88.922 87.815 88.25 87.609 87.603 87.663 87.754 87.786 87.436 87.295 87.529 87.634 87.697 87.596 87.14 87.435 87.8 88.025 87.519 87.816 89.389 103.509 87.169 87.094 87.182 86.931 86.618 87.497 87.27 86.952 86.717 86.584 86.518 86.66 86.865 86.514 86.536 86.639 86.555 86.935 86.504 86.422 86.249 86.248 86.738 86.611 86.704 87.018
Nico Hulkenberg 100.117 91.575 90.478 89.852 89.72 89.142 89.377 88.984 88.916 89.031 89.122 89.479 89.119 89.101 92.02 107.299 88.904 88.733 88.874 88.55 88.549 88.213 88.517 88.643 88.917 88.605 87.449 87.871 87.958 87.946 88.135 88.014 88.108 87.981 88.267 87.952 87.869 87.908 90.156 103.334 86.839 87.714 87.375 87.316 88.332 89.233 86.893 87.128 87.112 87.259 86.584 86.996 86.243 86.834 86.758 86.654 86.407 86.111 86.191 86.073 86.702 86.557 86.799 86.498 86.795 87.351 87.593 87.444 88.21
Mark Webber 98.639 90.987 90.092 89.465 89.365 88.962 88.816 88.668 88.716 88.807 88.516 88.574 88.374 88.494 88.762 88.395 88.483 88.267 88.333 90.735 104.648 88.227 88.085 88.54 87.737 87.704 87.531 87.439 87.384 87.509 87.057 87.499 87.359 87.356 87.363 87.426 87.481 87.681 89.911 101.645 85.402 86.429 87.286 86.028 87.321 86.772 86.674 86.447 86.263 86.009 86.477 86.262 86.786 86.89 88.458 102.406 85.998 86.022 86.083 86.129 86.393 86.539 86.658 86.062 86.14 86.758 86.973 86.296 86.968
Paul di Resta 102.366 91.868 91.263 90.523 90.523 89.599 89.321 88.96 88.771 89.245 89.232 89.308 88.87 89.154 89.408 92.086 105.852 88.411 88.393 88.216 88.034 88.367 88.34 88.435 88.941 88.214 88.955 88.036 87.855 87.902 88.031 88.009 88.19 88.053 87.879 88.04 87.775 90.026 102.502 86.898 86.97 87.467 87.158 87.398 88.1 89.105 90.459 87.06 86.992 87.982 87.285 86.413 86.195 86.205 86.706 86.125 85.976 86.156 86.468 86.249 86.591 86.741 87.276 86.543 87.506 87.69 87.523 87.761 88.439
Nico Rosberg 100.709 91.596 90.541 89.952 89.916 89.087 89.35 88.948 88.992 89.238 89.144 89.417 88.956 89.076 89.472 90.7 105.73 88.578 88.751 88.335 88.227 87.766 88.389 88.78 88.206 88.029 87.697 87.698 87.665 87.921 87.948 87.532 87.801 87.673 87.427 87.295 87.567 87.962 87.982 90.863 105.089 86.949 87.479 87.605 87.626 87.414 87.566 88.334 87.285 87.244 87.938 86.73 87.03 87.123 86.411 86.662 86.382 85.83 86.345 86.33 86.634 87.039 86.258 86.226 86.669 86.776 86.583 87.298 86.966
Sergio Perez 101.984 91.482 90.715 90.133 90.007 89.351 89.637 89.102 89.075 89.018 89.418 89.497 89.518 89.192 89.292 89.864 89.221 89.689 89.45 91.404 94.047 105.283 87.787 88.371 88.233 88.596 89.509 88.603 88.933 88.689 88.386 88.515 89.495 89.173 87.648 86.969 87.108 87.264 87.268 87.192 88.868 88.225 87.929 88.057 88.794 89.119 92.586 104.366 86.59 86.681 86.378 86.658 87.455 86.274 87.146 86.44 85.698 85.536 85.689 85.598 85.41 85.797 85.677 85.866 85.218 85.596 86.071 85.895 86.262
Kamui Kobayashi 104.433 93.072 91.779 90.753 90.796 90.158 90.455 92.642 106.698 89.366 88.918 88.299 88.632 88.548 89.783 89.601 90.678 89.146 89.017 88.817 88.778 88.548 89.309 88.859 88.699 88.708 88.78 88.786 90.59 89.145 89.026 89.117 88.686 88.996 88.945 89.981 89.305 89.926 90.623 93.612 106.61 87.297 86.528 86.773 86.822 85.887 86.291 86.956 86.872 86.444 86.175 86.179 86.407 86.095 86.341 86.764 86.567 86.767 86.354 86.13 85.745 86.305 86.217 87.158 86.78 87.254 93.917
Jean-Eric Vergne 103.469 92.13 91.175 90.755 90.544 90.426 90.005 89.909 89.6 90.073 89.893 92.823 106.555 88.712 89.292 90.663 89.044 89.421 89.181 89.019 89.011 88.774 88.787 88.946 88.801 88.937 89.227 89.355 90.041 94.013 105.29 87.871 87.639 88.674 87.665 87.462 87.496 87.121 87.27 87.278 87.279 87.18 87.907 87.931 87.944 90.628 109.622 87.557 87.054 87.087 86.965 87.179 86.572 86.521 87.019 86.98 86.581 86.416 86.248 86.53 87.396 87.065 87.55 93.682 102.899 86.061 86.126 88.159
Michael Schumacher 111.767 108.199 89.932 92.612 99.086 89.648 89.602 89.855 89.789 89.508 89.67 90.114 89.409 89.902 90.611 88.985 89.188 89.551 89.263 88.84 88.842 88.584 88.789 88.776 88.619 88.803 88.749 88.851 89.421 88.916 89.339 92.001 107.719 88.383 89.355 88.339 88.558 88.29 88.274 88.323 88.887 89.828 87.884 91.297 88.401 87.852 87.953 88.756 88.747 87.604 87.631 87.568 87.199 87.117 87.173 86.778 87.94 91.93
Daniel Ricciardo 102.752 92.138 91.219 90.777 90.52 89.968 89.926 89.985 89.498 89.512 89.562 89.521 89.243 91.609 107.49 88.642 88.837 88.944 88.688 88.587 88.454 88.399 88.548 88.454 88.429 88.795 89.646 88.408 89.16 88.385 88.66 88.585 89.314 92.122 105.597 88.428 87.473 87.461 87.233 88.621 87.131 87.266 87.008 87.172 87.465 87.162 89.671 105.357 87.792 87.144 87.081 86.743 86.968 87.344 90.449 87.474 90.72 86.966 86.508 87.214 87.486 87.096 87.382 88.53 88.929 86.869 86.782 86.949
Heikki Kovalainen 103.176 93.099 91.23 90.843 90.535 90.333 90.386 90.179 89.555 89.916 90.197 90.059 89.661 89.9 89.987 90.301 93.861 107.542 90.052 89.97 89.204 88.922 88.954 89.662 89.336 89.297 88.879 88.961 89.03 89.12 89.354 89.494 89.398 88.868 90.719 91.929 107.757 88.441 90.107 92.078 90.712 88.49 88.372 88.623 90.304 88.44 88.39 92.097 90.101 88.562 89.829 88.307 88.577 88.197 88.823 91.332 105.543 86.801 89.055 87.4 86.836 86.595 86.93 87.016 87.041 86.871 87.569 87.394
Vitaly Petrov 104.063 92.788 91.432 91.119 90.542 90.196 90.526 89.955 89.788 90.332 90.15 90.093 90.557 90.389 90.107 91.007 93.046 95.03 107.968 89.512 90.217 88.983 89.448 89.038 88.715 89.008 89.164 88.985 89.121 89.205 89.161 89.191 89.302 89.694 92.88 107.102 89.006 91.194 89.172 89.521 91.91 89.691 89.022 91.924 89.654 89.657 91.438 89.213 88.867 90.445 91.228 105.433 89.179 87.78 89.456 87.994 89.613 88.51 87.629 90.061 88.883 87.782 90.212 88.172 89.583 88.539 88.137
Charles Pic 105.467 93.83 92.374 91.868 91.632 91.327 91.055 91.091 90.605 90.961 90.803 90.832 90.588 90.489 90.583 92.289 91.572 90.934 91.105 93.391 106.523 88.727 89.095 89.073 88.771 88.904 88.945 89.013 89.17 91.875 89.534 90.126 93.28 89.78 89.292 89.664 92.371 92.565 94.478 107.484 93.931 90.349 89.015 88.909 89.246 89.091 89.255 89.163 89.087 89.223 89.147 90.174 89.376 89.228 90.768 88.913 91.616 90.219 88.823 91.532 88.957 89.746 89.252 90.992 91.948 88.875 91.042
Timo Glock 105.902 93.977 102.105 91.596 91.659 91.928 91.873 92.007 92.402 92.094 91.964 91.983 92.437 92.561 92.029 92.768 92.513 96.863 111.807 94.64 92.264 92.277 91.766 94.359 91.455 93.021 90.966 94.179 91.705 91.049 90.793 93.294 90.203 90.194 90.264 90.4 92.817 91.934 90.7 93.318 107.565 92.088 89.674 89.715 91.75 89.809 91.634 92.744 91.249 89.429 89.065 88.94 90.46 90.439 88.447 88.809 88.9 90.413 89.189 93.747 91.079 89.626 91.985 89.806 92.211 94.324
Pedro de la Rosa 106.612 95.047 93.891 92.609 92.453 91.771 91.972 91.888 91.706 91.997 92.642 91.551 91.508 91.568 92.114 92.923 92.241 92.346 92.068 92.871 92.951 95.908 113.541 92.833 92.609 94.767 91.007 93.055 91.819 93.071 90.737 90.719 90.858 90.531 92.695 92.866 93.33 91.878 90.647 91.279 95.418 109.431 89.928 89.859 90.967 91.298 90.207 93.929 90.111 89.36 89.3 90.558 89.499 89.98 89.274 88.765 90.644 92.045 90.152 89.878 89.314 89.467 91.409 91.11 91.081 93.765
Narain Karthikeyan 107.069 95.312 93.707 92.835 92.291 92.569 92.709 92 91.918 92.499 92.385 91.841 91.437 93.591 92.568 92.734 92.731 95.491 113.244 92.799 93.47 92.122 93.288 94.642 91.348 91.347 92.673 93.003 92.995 91.149 92.782 92.713 91.111 91 91.434 93.947 91.583 90.81 97.463 110.834 90.266 93.442 90.308 94.221 90.309 91.275 92.418 90.207 92.896 90.438 91.301 89.76 97.709 91.948 89.616 89.506 99.83 91.874 92.516 95.968

Hungarian Grand Prix fastest laps

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the race while trying to catch Grosjean after his third pit stop:

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.136 68
2 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.218 1.082 65
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.402 1.266 41
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.677 1.541 65
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’25.723 1.587 63
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.728 1.592 41
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.738 1.602 65
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.745 1.609 61
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.830 1.694 58
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.831 1.695 58
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.920 1.784 54
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.976 1.840 57
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.050 1.914 59
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.061 1.925 66
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’26.073 1.937 60
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’26.248 2.112 65
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.508 2.372 59
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’26.595 2.459 62
19 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.778 2.642 56
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’27.629 3.493 59
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.447 4.311 55
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.727 4.591 22
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’28.765 4.629 56
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’29.506 5.370 56

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13 comments on 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. sumedh said on 30th July 2012, 3:46

    Based on this graph, I find it hard to believe that no one tried a 1-stop strategy. No one’s tyres seemed close to the ‘cliff’. Hell! Kimi was setting fastest laps at the end of his stint on soft tyres.

    Track position was king. And this was clear to all of us within the first 20 laps or so. Still, most tried to do a 3-stopper!!

    Only one who survived the 3-stop strategy was Vettel. In hindsight, I think Vettel did the 3rd pit stop just because he could, I doubt he needed it.

    • Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 30th July 2012, 4:18

      Based on this graph, I find it hard to see where Grosjean lost so much time behind MSC. Obviously it would have been sometime before Kimi’s last stop.. unless its lap 46, but I didn’t think MSC was in front of Grosjean at that time…

      • Tim C (@asasuka) said on 30th July 2012, 8:38

        I think he was just looking for an excuse. Even after the pitstops when they were literally on the same piece of road, Grosjean couldn’t keep up. Grosjean just didnt have the pace, which is highlighted with the 13th fastest lap.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th July 2012, 12:26

        @maksutov Lap 44 looks like a good candidate. Alonso had already pitted yet Grosjean was some way off Raikkonen’s pace. If I see anything on the onboards later I’ll post more.

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 30th July 2012, 12:00

      Yeah, he knew that he couldn’t overtake the 3 in front on tyres of same age, so he tried something different as he had a chance of basically a free stop. He was catching up very quickly towards the end. He nearly beat Grosjean and, had Kimi and Lewis had tyre problems, he could have won.

      Red Bull had a choice between Vettel finishing 4th or Vettel finishing somewhere in the top 4. They chose the latter. It didn’t help them, but they gave it a shot.

      • Kimi4WDC said on 30th July 2012, 23:48

        You really stretching it with a win. Considering how long Soft lasted for Kimi and Lewis being in free air, win was totally out of question, 3rd was in reach IF Romain kept on going wide in certain corners.

  2. leotef (@leotef) said on 30th July 2012, 6:57

    Nothing new being indirectly or in hindsight blamed by another drivers. But this one, GRO on MSC case is, coupled with MSC’s intentional or inadvertent mistake at the start, and further down to the crash during practice, repercussing on the matter of his future as a F1 driver. So better ask himself, “am I gradually becoming a tumbling block on the road rather than a top tier contender with all the glories under his name, err, for a moment letting alone those controversies around him?”
    Sometimes being wise and knowing the limit is not as handy as it seems clear to grasp? Who knows..

  3. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 30th July 2012, 7:47

    Impressive long last stint from Hamilton, he was still setting good times at the end of his stint, including the fourth-fastest lap of the race, and he managed to pull out 10 seconds ocer Grosjean (who seemed to have some problems with his left front tyre, but still). Still, Hamilton’s pole was crucial for his race win, as both Lotuses and Vettel seemed to be at least as fast as Hamilton on race pace.

    Looking at Button’s lap chart, it’s even more baffling why McLaren put him on a three-stopper. His second stint was his strongest, and he was even catching the leaders, and his lap times looked fine by the time he pitted.

    I was also surprised by how early Vettel came in for his second stop. He surely didn’t need to cover Button, who was safely tucked in behind Senna. Also, his tyres seemed fine as he was rapidly catching Hamilton and Grosjean. Perhaps the plan was to undercut the leaders, but he was still almost 4 seconds behind Grosjean when he pitted. Wouldn’t it have been better to close the gap first? His stop now forced the leaders to respond, but it also gave them plenty of time to do so. The only thing he achieved is that Hamilton and Grosjean pitted a few laps earlier than planned, but the only one to benefit from that was Raikkonen, not Vettel himself.

    • OOliver said on 30th July 2012, 11:24

      Buttton was not able to run away from Vettel and secondly, Mclaren tried to use the undercut as they had done successfully all of last year, to get Button closer to the Grosjean and Hamilton, giving him a chance to jump ahead if they had any slow stop. He was also released into open air on his first stop.
      Button was probably going to finish 5th because, Kimi and Vettel had much better race pace and could manage their tyres much better. The only real loss was Alonso getting ahead of him.
      For Vettel’s stop, it was the window to set faster lap times and make up ground

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 30th July 2012, 13:31

      equally impressive 2nd stint from hamilton too then. both his medium tyres stints were 29 laps long, so after their 2nd stint where his tyres were ok i’m sure mcalren knew his final stint would be fine.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 30th July 2012, 13:34

    Seems to me that Hamilton really benefited from having clean air (most of the time) and caused headaches for both Lotus drivers when they were busy dealing with his wake. Obviously that happens at every race but yesterday, well there might as well have been an invisible wall up.

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