2012 Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Japanese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012Sebastian Vettel couldn’t resist pumping in the fastest lap of the race on his penultimate tour of Suzuka despite his team urging him to take it easy.

Vettel was consistently lapping in the low 1’37s late in the race before producing a 1’35.774 that was eight-tenths of a second faster than anyone else managed.

That was over four seconds off the all-time lap record for Suzuka of 1’31.540, set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2005. However it was quicker than Jenson Button’s 2011 fastest lap of 1’36.568.

Here are all the drivers’ lap times from the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese 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
Sebastian Vettel 117.872 158.826 99.841 99.523 99.802 99.545 99.45 99.341 99.18 99.202 99.232 99.427 99.515 99.727 99.579 100.128 101.809 116.435 99.207 99.497 99.063 98.449 98.855 98.862 98.596 98.903 98.524 98.246 98.637 98.663 98.99 97.961 98.154 98.493 98.509 98.768 100.238 115.095 96.63 97.425 97.339 97.445 97.159 97.128 96.875 96.466 97.216 97.225 96.962 97.02 97.173 95.774 98.261
Mark Webber 173.742 130.556 100.612 100.949 100.9 101.3 101.683 101.321 101.109 101.622 102.532 101.889 100.829 100.551 100.768 100.181 100.338 100.65 100.246 100.108 99.904 99.789 99.984 99.725 99.663 101.984 115.768 98.929 99.196 99.781 99.398 99.145 99.126 99.311 98.589 98.478 98.996 98.244 98.014 98.408 97.882 97.688 97.7 97.772 97.208 97.503 97.315 97.13 97.128 97.206 97.211 97.268 97.588
Kamui Kobayashi 119.454 158.635 100.366 100.39 100.028 100.114 100.038 99.965 99.84 99.983 99.853 100.061 99.951 101.903 118.223 101.454 101.224 99.321 99.304 99.434 99.308 98.993 99.008 99.113 99.593 99.729 99.83 99.78 99.659 100.025 102.174 114.735 98.313 98.465 98.348 98.113 98.7 97.766 97.735 97.608 97.701 97.86 97.758 97.454 97.226 97.732 96.8 96.847 96.988 96.99 96.762 96.679 97.447
Romain Grosjean 131.428 155.098 106.027 103.553 103.126 101.554 105.418 127.375 100.843 100.683 100.347 100.13 100.163 100.245 101.025 99.794 102.303 102.054 103.191 100.58 100.901 103.905 115.689 98.644 100.667 98.637 98.437 98.405 99.861 98.508 98.341 98.277 100.493 100.771 100.325 98.32 98.369 98.29 98.499 99.022 99.756 99.162 99.225 98.681 98.964 99.83 99.107 99.345 100.041 103.205 106.714
Sergio Perez 124.801 154.922 102.648 101.498 100.9 100.375 99.891 100.055 99.971 99.862 100.387 100.952 101.323 100.171 104.834 118.78 98.983 99.277
Fernando Alonso
Kimi Raikkonen 124.257 155.337 101.282 100.434 100.361 100.433 100.426 100.467 100.55 100.446 100.498 101.273 103.291 119.563 100.025 99.957 99.756 99.743 99.929 99.718 99.863 99.685 99.497 99.469 99.55 99.818 99.5 99.262 99.584 102.002 115.188 99.908 99.087 99.086 98.735 98.701 99.011 98.437 98.622 98.129 98.124 98.209 98.178 98.293 98.22 97.955 98.043 98.327 97.886 97.934 98.024 98.216 98.377
Jenson Button 121.866 156.703 100.681 100.298 100.473 100.033 100.234 100.299 100.117 100.033 100.001 100.362 101.648 115.664 100.869 101.456 102.86 98.953 99.875 99.736 99.672 99.488 99.504 99.484 99.734 99.39 98.942 99.26 99.381 99.539 99.522 98.982 98.624 99.508 100.878 115.151 97.997 97.914 97.545 97.422 97.224 97.524 97.256 97.007 97.16 97.532 97.09 96.9 96.764 96.623 96.606 96.618 96.938
Lewis Hamilton 125.742 154.395 101.947 101.409 100.549 101.661 100.892 100.99 100.415 100.315 100.372 100.358 100.487 100.102 101.755 101.543 116.564 99.392 99.637 100.236 100.557 100.459 100.258 99.945 99.593 99.139 99.008 99.007 99.137 99.237 100.183 114.518 98.387 98.59 97.947 98.544 98.506 98.593 98.25 97.937 98.007 97.97 98.113 98.183 97.76 97.895 98.126 98.339 97.805 98.22 98.033 98.27 99.455
Felipe Massa 123.402 155.664 100.673 100.493 100.392 100.16 100.235 100.353 100.136 100.016 100.176 100.27 100.299 99.666 99.37 100.041 101.467 115.713 98.925 99.242 98.876 99.256 98.845 98.813 98.668 98.835 99.086 98.98 99.581 99.045 99.962 98.833 99.033 99.08 99.629 101.684 115.404 97.579 97.455 97.189 97.371 97.381 97.409 97.525 97.273 97.119 97.051 96.916 96.938 96.894 97.104 97.398 97.976
Paul di Resta 134.512 148.753 103.792 103.698 101.291 101.52 102.086 101.923 102.212 101.993 101.458 101.852 103.711 117.572 100.688 101.065 100.725 100.725 100.844 100.75 100.298 100.2 100.114 100.296 100.14 100.336 101.712 100.06 100.062 99.861 99.821 102.32 118.001 98.125 98.079 98.326 97.931 98.046 98.197 98.243 98.243 98.345 98.445 98.587 98.357 98.206 98.506 97.535 98.032 98.157 98.139 98.452 99.36
Pastor Maldonado 127.35 153.718 102.907 101.749 101.454 100.984 101.032 101.003 100.958 100.976 100.831 100.792 101.147 100.594 100.795 102.538 118.422 102.525 99.792 99.247 99.145 99.603 99.451 99.358 99.581 99.382 99.39 98.414 98.568 98.875 98.586 98.409 100.335 115.704 98.695 98.198 97.969 98.409 98.696 98.442 98.162 98.378 98.17 98.151 97.771 97.773 97.821 98.025 98.106 97.968 97.914 98.044 98.299
Nico Rosberg
Daniel Ricciardo 128.624 152.67 103.161 102.455 101.095 100.865 101.033 100.99 100.908 100.86 101.182 100.97 101.285 101.08 101.223 101.502 105.336 118.779 100.202 99.756 99.49 99.233 99.324 99.935 99.477 99.843 99.036 99.26 99.077 99.202 99.392 99.47 99.355 101.693 117.164 98.308 98.728 98.843 98.341 98.553 99.263 98.081 97.878 98.162 97.972 98.529 97.997 98.146 98.059 97.455 97.631 98.261 98.027
Nico Hulkenberg 126.454 154.022 102.576 101.557 100.967 100.431 101.037 101.15 100.585 100.405 100.495 100.389 102.31 117.446 101.593 100.96 99.368 99.581 99.496 100.082 99.916 100.015 99.961 99.786 99.696 99.626 99.406 99.41 99.736 99.581 101.079 116.164 98.771 98.481 98.272 98.22 98.284 98.208 98.166 98.301 98.114 98.428 98.12 98.268 98.021 97.938 98.137 98.079 98.066 98.16 97.988 97.982 98.117
Bruno Senna 143.885 143.376 105.427 104.489 102.952 101.563 102.878 102.214 101.93 101.093 100.616 101.352 100.875 100.814 101.086 103.401 118.909 100.078 99.759 99.743 101.602 110.681 99.237 99.73 99.81 101.026 99.637 99.095 99.16 99.113 98.574 98.576 99.107 101.787 114.798 99.392 97.337 97.157 98.397 98.874 98.446 97.196 97.155 96.819 97.261 97.041 97.784 98.38 98.312 98.285 98.805 99.638 100.299
Heikki Kovalainen 131.897 150.411 103.252 102.638 102.239 101.942 101.999 102.139 102.056 101.783 101.733 101.677 101.621 101.811 102.466 103.679 102.098 104.533 120.819 101.046 100.769 100.992 100.681 100.927 101.648 101.255 102.4 100.513 100.771 100.673 100.694 100.604 101.496 100.657 100.505 102.146 100.381 100.729 100.463 100.356 102.321 119.796 101.378 98.932 102.338 99.457 98.95 98.793 98.63 98.663 98.307 98.043
Timo Glock 130.677 151.487 104.518 104.869 103.65 102.566 102.375 102.793 102.328 102.179 101.945 102.848 102.969 102.501 102.366 103.078 102.039 102.539 102.281 104.808 118.42 100.923 100.892 101.061 100.71 100.565 100.538 100.819 101.005 101.777 100.677 100.542 101.018 100.812 101.852 100.997 100.661 100.513 100.744 102.542 119.051 100.597 100.426 99.026 98.899 99.029 98.858 98.756 98.82 100.619 99.091 99.588
Jean-Eric Vergne 133.918 149.043 103.87 102.381 101.949 101.905 101.916 102.243 102.105 101.749 101.696 101.786 101.592 102.208 102.937 103.103 102.329 106.109 122.316 100.022 100.857 99.023 99.718 100.636 99.01 98.971 99.083 98.78 98.738 99.199 99.18 99.096 98.884 99.065 100.936 116.219 97.818 97.663 97.533 97.564 97.581 97.912 98.185 98.533 98.735 98.26 98.365 98.429 98.269 98.276 99.009 99.669 100.514
Pedro de la Rosa 136.9 147.65 104.539 103.859 103.445 103.195 103.101 103.276 103.772 103.058 103.092 103.734 103.774 104.044 103.364 103.662 107.773 124.594 101.713 101.768 101.299 101.517 101.186 101.31 101.339 102.607 101.545 101.632 101.631 103.024 101.967 102.163 103.342 102.127 102.647 105.308 119.225 100.13 102.006 101.999 100.657 100.568 100.128 99.809 100.439 103.22 100.219 99.504 99.821 99.351 99.383 99.938
Charles Pic 137.884 147.187 107.287 106.055 104.004 103.732 105.567 103.249 103.139 103.103 102.882 103.091 103.252 106.221 118.155 100.622 101.001 100.802 101.099 101.047 101.118 101.213 100.577 100.932 101.176 102.431 101.431 101.567 102.348 104.125 106.034 140.85 104.855 100.493 100.663 102.193 106.327
Vitaly Petrov 139.668 145.501 105.06 103.301 103.427 103.124 103.056 104.147 103.209 102.713 104.161 102.977 103.657 103.796 103.644 103.194 103.035 102.751 106.587 118.875 101.497 101.644 101.211 101.019 101.037 100.61 100.92 100.874 102.249 101.254 101.85 100.825 100.669 100.708 102.561 101.037 101.042 100.836 101.244 102.393 103.415 105.939 118.519 99.057 101.83 98.919 98.344 100.711 110.144 98.524 98.794 99.806
Michael Schumacher 135.845 147.792 103.987 104 102.029 101.925 101.783 102.034 101.732 101.823 101.596 101.282 101.937 101.674 102.772 102.47 104.958 116.2 99.726 99.621 99.467 99.564 99.382 99.319 99.823 100.125 99.45 99.32 99.006 98.856 98.885 99.182 99.029 99.982 99.375 101.275 114.042 97.747 97.665 97.409 97.381 97.501 96.942 97.01 97.412 97.721 97.775 98.223 98.042 97.789 97.319 98.284 98.523
Narain Karthikeyan 140.43 145.666 105.635 103.926 105.3 103.836 103.27 104.339 103.372 103.419 102.802 103.407 103.989 103.556 106.099 123.13 101.835 102.262 101.465 101.472 101.388 101.716 104.02 101.694 103.588 102.58 101.656 103.293 102.111 102.005 103.55 103.943

Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’35.774 52
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.606 0.832 51
3 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.679 0.905 52
4 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’36.819 1.045 44
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.894 1.120 50
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’36.942 1.168 43
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.128 1.354 49
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.455 1.681 50
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.533 1.759 39
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’37.535 1.761 48
11 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.760 1.986 45
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’37.771 1.997 45
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’37.886 2.112 49
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’37.938 2.164 46
15 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’38.043 2.269 52
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.277 2.503 32
17 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’38.344 2.570 47
18 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.756 2.982 48
19 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.983 3.209 17
20 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’39.351 3.577 50
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’40.493 4.719 34
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’41.388 5.614 21
23 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
24 Nico Rosberg Mercedes

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5 comments on 2012 Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. Fernando Cruz said on 7th October 2012, 16:44

    Just like in Singapura Bruno Senna was one of the fastest and even managed to be the fastest at some point of the race. What he ‘s been lacking is qualifying, where he has had the same kind of problems that even experienced drivers like Massa (since 2010), Webber (last year) and Button (this year) also had – difficulties in adapting a particular driving style to the performance window of the tyres. I don’ t know if pressure is also a factor in his bad qualifyings but I think he can still recover, not in Korea but in the venues after that.

  2. vho (@) said on 7th October 2012, 19:17

    @keithcollantine It would be interesting to see where drivers used DRS on their fastest laps. Vettel’s lap is just astonishing (especially if it was without DRS). I believe Button’s lap was with DRS when he was chasing down Kobayashi.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 7th October 2012, 19:39

      It’s only one straight, so I don’t think the benefit would be more than 0.2s. Moreover, unless you get the DRS from a backmarker, you will be within one second of another car for a whole lap, so definitely in the dirty air.

      • vho (@) said on 7th October 2012, 21:26

        @adrianmorse Surely in F1, 2 tenths is still substantial. Vettel was just 8 tenths faster, if he used DRS on a back marker then it gave him that difference, otherwise he could’ve been only 6 tenths. Or if Jenson didn’t use DRS on his lap then he could’ve been over 1 sec slower – which could indicate that the Red Bull is way ahead of its competitors right now.

        • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th October 2012, 13:13

          @vho It certainly does and you’re right, somewhere between .6-.8s is susbstantial indeed.

          I guess it’s a case of having DRS is great, but so is having clean air ahead of you.

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