2012 Singapore GP tyre strategies and pit stops

2012 Singapore Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Marina Bay, 2012Red Bull were the quickest team in the pits at Singapore – just. Here’s the pit strategies and pit stop times from the race.

Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies

The appearance of the safety car midway through the race – and its reappearance shortly afterwards – led several drivers to change their strategies.

Three-stoppers were switched to two, and at a stroke much of the intrigue over the closing laps disappeared.

It was particularly disadvantageous for drivers who had recently changed to the super-soft tyre, such as Mark Webber and Pastor Maldonado – though of course the latter was doomed to retire anyway.

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (12) Soft (10)
Pastor Maldonado Super soft (13) Soft (16) Super soft (4) Soft (3)
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (10) Soft (23) Soft (26)
Jenson Button Super soft (14) Soft (19) Soft (26)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (11) Soft (18) Soft (30)
Paul di Resta Super soft (12) Soft (21) Soft (26)
Mark Webber Super soft (8) Soft (20) Super soft (12) Soft (19)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (14) Soft (19) Soft (26)
Michael Schumacher Super soft (11) Soft (22) Soft (5)
Nico Rosberg Super soft (12) Soft (21) Soft (26)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (18) Soft (22) Super soft (10) Super soft (9)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (13) Soft (19) Soft (27)
Felipe Massa Super soft (1) Soft (18) Soft (14) Super soft (26)
Sergio Perez Soft (18) Soft (22) Super soft (19)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (11) Soft (20) Soft (28)
Jean-Eric Vergne Soft (12) Soft (12) Super soft (14)
Kamui Kobayashi Soft (14) Soft (16) Super soft (20) Super soft (9)
Vitaly Petrov Super soft (1) Soft (17) Super soft (12) Super soft (10) Soft (17)
Heikki Kovalainen Super soft (12) Soft (14) Super soft (19) Super soft (14)
Timo Glock Soft (13) Super soft (12) Soft (34)
Charles Pic Soft (16) Soft (16) Super soft (27)
Bruno Senna Super soft (10) Soft (15) Super soft (8) Soft (24)
Narain Karthikeyan Super soft (19) Soft (11)
Pedro de la Rosa Soft (18) Super soft (12) Soft (10) Super soft (18)

Singapore Grand Prix pit stop times

Red Bull turned around the fastest pit stop of the race for Sebastian Vettel when he made his first visit.

But McLaren – the form team of late when it comes to pit stops – very nearly matched them. Lewis Hamilton’s sole pit stop was just fractionally slower.

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 29.117 10
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 29.124 0.007 12
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 29.190 0.073 29
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 29.304 0.187 28
5 Mark Webber Red Bull 29.333 0.216 8
6 Mark Webber Red Bull 29.348 0.231 40
7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 29.370 0.253 32
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29.403 0.286 19
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29.455 0.338 33
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.546 0.429 12
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 29.557 0.440 11
12 Jenson Button McLaren 29.662 0.545 33
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 29.669 0.552 13
14 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.687 0.570 33
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 29.789 0.672 31
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 29.898 0.781 24
17 Jenson Button McLaren 30.019 0.902 14
18 Paul di Resta Force India 30.029 0.912 33
19 Sergio Perez Sauber 30.043 0.926 18
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 30.099 0.982 26
21 Sergio Perez Sauber 30.217 1.100 40
22 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 30.232 1.115 45
23 Pastor Maldonado Williams 30.234 1.117 13
24 Bruno Senna Williams 30.317 1.200 10
25 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 30.338 1.221 33
26 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 30.341 1.224 18
27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 30.363 1.246 18
28 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 30.405 1.288 30
29 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 30.440 1.323 12
30 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 30.499 1.382 12
31 Pastor Maldonado Williams 30.540 1.423 29
32 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 30.613 1.496 40
33 Charles Pic Marussia 30.647 1.530 16
34 Bruno Senna Williams 30.684 1.567 33
35 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 30.693 1.576 14
36 Bruno Senna Williams 30.828 1.711 25
37 Charles Pic Marussia 30.834 1.717 32
38 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 30.842 1.725 30
39 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 30.879 1.762 11
40 Timo Glock Marussia 30.977 1.860 13
41 Pastor Maldonado Williams 30.981 1.864 33
42 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 30.992 1.875 11
43 Paul di Resta Force India 31.026 1.909 12
44 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 31.137 2.020 33
45 Romain Grosjean Lotus 31.753 2.636 33
46 Felipe Massa Ferrari 31.958 2.841 1
47 Timo Glock Marussia 32.015 2.898 25
48 Romain Grosjean Lotus 32.080 2.963 14
49 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 32.436 3.319 19
50 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 32.625 3.508 30
51 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 33.042 3.925 18
52 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 34.601 5.484 50
53 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 36.146 7.029 50
54 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 36.148 7.031 1
55 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 41.154 12.037 40
56 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 44.101 14.984 40

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8 comments on 2012 Singapore GP tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 23rd September 2012, 23:01

    I think it is only natural that McLaren doesn’t stay as the fastest team in the pits for long. Today this is such a big part of the sport, so much effort is going into finding these tenths of a second. The big teams must always practice their movements and improve their tools, so it doesn’t surprise me if Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes take over as the team to beat in the pits. And to be honest, I love this competition! I’m eagerly awaiting for a sub two-second pitstop!

  2. Jake (@jleigh) said on 23rd September 2012, 23:02

    Hamilton was stationary for less time, so it appears Vettel’s shortcut into the pit lane he was practising in practise worked well

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th September 2012, 23:11

    Comparing stints on tyres is impossible because of the cursed Safety Car…so I won’t try and bother!

  4. Casanova (@casanova) said on 25th September 2012, 10:52

    I know a lot of them were behind the safety car, but it’s still impressive on this circuit known for being tough on tyres that Glock managed 34 laps on a single set of softs. I guess the Marussia not having KERS must lessen the rate at which “traction events” wear out the tyres.

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