2012 Belgian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2012 Belgian Grand Prix

The top two finishers in the Belgian Grand Prix made just a single stop for tyres each, while most of their rivals made two.

Here’s all the tyre strategies from the Belgian Grand Prix:

Belgian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Jenson Button Medium (20) Hard (24)
Kamui Kobayashi Medium (1) Hard (6) Hard (17) Hard (20)
Kimi Raikkonen Medium (11) Hard (17) Hard (16)
Sergio Perez Medium
Fernando Alonso Medium
Pastor Maldonado Medium (1)
Lewis Hamilton Medium
Romain Grosjean Medium
Paul di Resta Medium (10) Hard (16) Hard (18)
Sebastian Vettel Medium (21) Hard (23)
Nico Hulkenberg Hard (13) Medium (14) Hard (17)
Mark Webber Medium (11) Hard (16) Hard (17)
Michael Schumacher Medium (19) Hard (16) Medium (9)
Felipe Massa Medium (12) Hard (15) Hard (17)
Jean-Eric Vergne Medium (15) Hard (14) Hard (15)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (12) Hard (16) Hard (16)
Bruno Senna Medium (16) Hard (23) Hard (5)
Heikki Kovalainen Medium (14) Medium (13) Hard (16)
Vitaly Petrov Medium (12) Medium (14) Hard (17)
Timo Glock Medium (11) Medium (14) Hard (18)
Pedro de la Rosa Medium (1) Hard (14) Medium (12) Hard (16)
Charles Pic Medium (18) Hard (25)
Nico Rosberg Hard (20) Medium (16) Medium (8)
Narain Karthikeyan Medium (14) Medium (14) Hard (1)

Belgian Grand Prix pit stop times

With Lewis Hamilton retiring at the first corner the McLaren crew were only called into service once during the race.

But they got their job done superbly, producing the quickest complete pit stop for the fourth time in five races.

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Jenson Button McLaren 19.668 20
2 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 20.287 0.619 12
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 20.289 0.621 28
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 20.306 0.638 12
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 20.383 0.715 11
6 Mark Webber Red Bull 20.385 0.717 27
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 20.534 0.866 36
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 20.660 0.992 15
9 Timo Glock Marussia 20.660 0.992 25
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 20.696 1.028 27
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 20.811 1.143 21
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 20.835 1.167 35
13 Mark Webber Red Bull 20.908 1.240 11
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 21.049 1.381 27
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 21.060 1.392 28
16 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.062 1.394 20
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 21.077 1.409 29
18 Paul di Resta Force India 21.115 1.447 26
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 21.180 1.512 26
20 Paul di Resta Force India 21.402 1.734 10
21 Charles Pic Marussia 21.611 1.943 18
22 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 21.664 1.996 19
23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 21.669 2.001 7
24 Bruno Senna Williams 21.690 2.022 16
25 Pastor Maldonado Williams 21.842 2.174 1
26 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 21.931 2.263 27
27 Bruno Senna Williams 22.030 2.362 39
28 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 22.064 2.396 27
29 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 22.106 2.438 24
30 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.152 2.484 13
31 Timo Glock Marussia 22.463 2.795 11
32 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 22.523 2.855 28
33 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 23.953 4.285 14
34 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 25.027 5.359 15
35 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 25.972 6.304 12
36 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 27.248 7.580 1
37 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 29.107 9.439 1
38 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 52.206 32.538 14

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11 comments on 2012 Belgian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Enigma (@enigma) said on 3rd September 2012, 11:14

    Didn’t Hulkenberg start on the harder compound? I didn’t see it myself but I remember hearing a radio message (I think to Kimi) before the start that both Nicos were on the hards.

  2. Mustalainen (@mustalainen) said on 3rd September 2012, 12:35

    Looks like Lotus have improved on their pit stops, 3rd and 5th fastest.

  3. Looks like Mercedes had the worsth strategy. Why the hell they stayed so long out on their first tyre set when they know all season that the car is a tyre destroyer. ppfff!

    • Mr draw said on 3rd September 2012, 17:05

      Right. They should have chosen a very aggressive strategy, as they had great overtaking potential due to their high top speeds.

    • For sure Mercedes GP had the worst strategy. I was baffled in the first part of the race to see they kept Schumacher out. Especially when Railkkonen came out after his first pit stop. I knew right there and then, he has enough pace to catch MSC and pass him later on. By now, everybody and their grandmothers know that Mercedes shreds those tires, but Mercedes have yet to figure that one out.
      The car was good, MSC had good pace, the sensible thing would have been to put him on two stops, and let him drive the heck out of that car. Running in 2nd place and ending on 7th, big shame and a big slap in the face of all Mercedes GP staff.

  4. Mr draw said on 3rd September 2012, 17:03

    What was wrong with the softer (medium) tyre-compound? Many drivers were struggling in the opening stage on medium tyres (most notably Di Resta, but most drivers choose the hard tyre over the medium tyre.) It looked like the harder tyre-compound was more durable and faster.

  5. Kimi4WDC said on 4th September 2012, 7:59

    Thank god Lotus went for 2 stop, tyres just didn’t hold for them this race. I was surprised how fast Rosbergs tyres gave up too.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 5th September 2012, 17:22

    .6s is another impressive gap from McLaren with regards to their pit-stop. I wonder how easy it is for other teams to replicate this? Obviously not very easy as no one can touch them.

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