2012 Indian Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Indian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso said he drove ‘at 120% for 60 laps’ during the Indian Grand Prix – but Jenson Button snatched the fastest lap off him.

Indian 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
Sebastian Vettel 93.554 92.624 92.577 92.417 92.265 92.481 92.053 92.189 92.122 92.042 91.695 91.75 91.564 91.541 91.383 91.474 91.432 91.401 91.109 91.369 91.697 90.637 90.759 90.856 90.904 90.466 90.987 90.839 91.242 90.814 92.58 91.097 92.808 107.679 90.442 90.279 90.622 90.681 90.717 90.412 89.949 90.07 90.487 90.422 90.212 90.09 90.346 89.422 89.846 89.46 89.446 90.059 89.755 89.668 89.173 89.035 89.573 89.756 89.692 88.723
Mark Webber 94.827 93.04 93.029 92.551 92.476 92.368 92.397 92.239 92.437 92.033 92.053 91.967 91.546 91.515 91.475 91.602 91.888 91.591 91.39 91.824 91.946 92.32 92.025 91.449 91.437 91.041 91.138 91.265 91.836 94.166 108.213 91.166 90.647 91.348 90.417 90.507 91.03 90.116 90.299 90.093 89.897 89.908 89.982 90.275 90.107 90.943 90.293 91.533 89.901 90.229 89.637 89.807 89.897 89.335 89.297 89.287 89.148 89.184 89.029 89.565
Lewis Hamilton 97.933 94.152 93.012 93.744 92.909 93.027 92.76 92.791 92.727 92.357 93.032 92.337 92.278 92.61 92.325 91.863 91.797 91.97 91.76 92.725 91.583 91.518 91.515 91.275 90.933 91.555 91.03 90.708 90.563 90.826 91.041 94.073 107.676 90.554 90.559 91.052 90.281 89.639 90.573 89.867 89.946 90.132 90.026 90.188 89.891 89.631 89.571 89.597 89.602 89.314 89.198 89.352 89.303 89.56 89.121 89.123 88.976 88.944 89.136 89.112
Jenson Button 96.522 93.83 93.122 94.627 93.041 94.501 92.946 93.109 93.07 92.834 92.778 92.652 92.308 92.328 92.35 92.15 91.96 92.076 91.957 92.091 91.934 91.946 91.914 91.831 93.863 108.649 91.489 91.391 91.128 91.023 91.152 91.652 91.653 91.549 91.51 90.787 90.756 90.491 90.593 89.996 90.392 90.387 90.682 90.189 89.899 89.984 89.675 89.381 89.598 89.398 90.17 88.889 88.81 88.873 89.128 89.083 89.303 89.452 89.955 88.203
Fernando Alonso 97.139 94.059 93.004 93.062 92.55 92.293 92.28 92.614 92.645 92.103 92.19 91.976 91.679 91.536 91.649 91.729 91.546 91.422 91.405 91.37 91.245 91.35 91.523 91.592 91.233 91.139 91.217 91.638 93.797 108.07 90.87 91.082 90.703 91.395 90.638 90.859 90.56 90.282 90.411 90.544 90.261 90.098 90.038 89.901 89.944 90.188 90.245 89.456 89.236 89.363 89.305 89.188 89.399 89.352 89.483 90.027 89.328 89.368 88.972 88.63
Felipe Massa 98.435 94.279 93.382 93.506 93.064 93.551 93.038 93.018 93.356 92.722 92.765 92.874 92.327 92.579 92.336 92.037 92.337 91.912 91.951 92.167 92.739 91.95 92.073 92.046 92.133 92.316 92.47 94.239 109.281 91.155 91.178 91.147 91.168 91.607 91.263 91.074 90.85 90.806 90.686 90.715 90.606 90.882 90.241 90.388 90.817 90.671 91.505 90.757 90.183 90.094 89.835 89.609 89.849 89.652 89.743 89.831 89.667 89.495 89.283 89.778
Kimi Raikkonen 99.06 94.466 93.473 93.511 93.071 93.23 93.174 93.053 93.298 92.766 92.85 92.721 92.595 92.536 92.234 92.246 92.144 92.253 91.72 92.191 92.36 92.21 91.876 92.181 91.998 92.248 94.762 107.917 93.264 91.439 90.985 91.443 90.963 91.444 91.315 91.192 90.928 90.905 90.616 90.627 90.731 90.689 90.368 90.303 90.858 90.632 91.826 90.262 90.539 89.896 90.127 89.757 89.706 89.354 89.769 89.679 89.744 89.447 89.377 89.642
Sergio Perez 99.66 94.927 93.87 93.896 93.642 93.561 93.417 93.167 93.331 92.982 93.292 94.085 93.643 96.603 109.232 92.358 92.208 93.489 124.032 118.977
Pastor Maldonado 101.297 95.78 95.131 94.227 93.856 94.094 93.695 94.149 93.495 93.147 93.363 93.074 93.204 93.156 93.278 94.932 92.552 92.447 92.697 92.537 91.978 92.469 92.457 93.378 92.35 92.71 93.848 110.235 93.783 127.631 119.785 91.952 91.409 91.127 91.12 90.699 91.019 90.79 90.85 91.386 90.486 90.42 90.771 90.956 91.492 94.653 91.347 91.617 91.578 90.067 90.203 91.157 91.022 92.273 91.156 90.537 90.093 91.203 90.314
Nico Rosberg 100.901 95.528 94.783 94.486 93.83 93.8 93.691 94.141 93.683 93.215 93.292 93.201 93.103 92.954 92.82 92.802 92.597 92.646 92.276 92.596 92.862 92.907 93.422 93.105 92.495 92.698 93.884 109.925 92.324 92.339 92.284 91.989 91.922 93.018 92.033 91.946 91.946 91.904 91.346 91.13 90.972 90.749 90.647 90.71 91.082 91.238 90.657 90.473 91.121 90.674 91.737 90.274 90.594 90.155 90.204 90.005 89.723 89.774 89.492 90.333
Romain Grosjean 101.771 95.726 95.409 94.032 93.922 94.291 93.389 94.378 93.38 93.36 93.163 93.128 93.214 93.101 92.75 93.068 92.332 91.995 92.156 92.485 92.758 92.925 91.45 91.537 91.412 91.635 91.374 91.091 91.152 91.312 91.445 92.221 91.899 91.251 91.551 93.15 107.357 90.027 89.884 90.487 90.215 90.149 90.298 90.469 90.982 90.896 90.522 90.413 89.872 90.001 91.043 90.372 89.678 90.519 89.77 89.984 89.522 89.812 89.738 89.624
Nico Hulkenberg 100.441 94.908 94.214 93.731 93.927 93.636 93.292 93.449 93.079 93.089 92.833 93.828 93.719 92.143 92.225 92.208 92.109 92.033 92.41 92.265 92.058 92.076 92.034 92.03 92.111 92.105 92.295 94.321 109.714 91.869 91.473 91.692 90.903 90.884 91.208 91.008 91.223 90.59 90.764 90.547 90.709 90.573 90.669 90.943 91.068 90.914 90.582 90.165 89.958 90.081 91.168 90.083 89.985 90.307 89.895 89.908 89.617 89.845 89.598 89.23
Bruno Senna 102.608 95.702 95.53 94.063 93.862 93.822 93.777 94.245 93.586 93.233 93.306 93.056 93.049 93.091 92.794 93.406 92.194 92.129 92.107 92.483 92.53 92.999 92.662 93.179 92.492 95.243 109.874 93.497 93.14 93.426 92.381 92.365 92.021 91.51 92.028 91.424 91.113 91.707 90.509 91 90.84 90.457 90.804 90.578 90.987 91.236 90.768 90.395 91.162 90.545 90.059 90.029 90.645 89.634 89.384 89.291 89.133 89.108 89.09 88.431
Michael Schumacher 151.343 115.683 94.424 94.665 94.281 94.194 94.086 95.735 94.842 93.548 95.085 93.646 93.27 98.725 93.324 92.937 92.814 92.948 92.771 94.449 92.486 92.257 92.434 92.29 92.18 92.214 91.828 91.801 91.851 92.036 91.94 94.858 94.165 109.271 91.124 91.292 91.715 91.171 91.002 90.867 92.93 91.53 90.39 90.353 90.438 90.227 90.235 89.979 90.613 90.017 90.073 89.267 89.23 89.54 96.703
Daniel Ricciardo 103.788 96.48 95.536 94.875 94.455 94.816 94.309 94.328 94.182 93.95 93.985 93.826 93.655 93.83 93.6 93.833 93.605 93.99 94.537 93.242 93.185 93.282 93.437 92.985 92.652 92.605 94.936 111.804 92.02 92.184 91.769 91.632 91.53 91.27 91.268 91.139 90.898 90.697 91.119 90.295 90.616 90.648 90.61 90.174 90.629 90.75 90.035 90.215 89.921 90.114 89.734 90.135 89.838 89.877 89.664 89.599 89.44 89.507 89.546 90.227
Paul di Resta 103.061 95.997 95.522 94.476 94.377 94.057 93.999 93.958 93.911 93.569 93.658 93.805 93.434 93 93.061 93.216 93.109 92.923 93.013 93.186 92.835 92.441 92.706 92.54 92.9 92.334 92.748 94.718 112.219 92.509 92.567 91.464 91.683 91.946 91.585 91.665 92.321 91.107 91.304 91.093 91.505 90.821 90.747 90.526 90.808 90.768 90.258 90.442 90.713 90.044 89.895 89.955 89.801 89.885 89.811 89.417 89.714 90.102 89.086 89.244
Kamui Kobayashi 104.475 96.326 95.802 94.863 94.863 94.797 94.553 94.084 94.19 93.945 93.978 93.89 93.589 93.716 93.702 94.003 94.845 93.95 93.76 92.975 92.68 92.875 93.379 93.127 92.62 92.593 92.748 92.598 93.788 93.639 92.4 92.109 91.611 91.996 92.502 95.44 109.156 90.164 89.967 90.104 90.349 90.406 89.96 90.088 90.056 90.134 89.776 89.765 89.405 90.128 89.204 89.526 89.88 89.456 89.539 89.56 89.292 89.31 89.73 89.873
Jean-Eric Vergne 116.658 115.875 94.173 93.866 93.315 93.478 93.707 93.407 93.398 93.371 93.815 93.789 94.429 93.622 93.25 93.398 93.073 93.157 93.877 92.796 92.866 92.505 92.68 92.792 92.672 92.658 93.116 95.048 92.623 93.242 92.976 92.927 95.151 112.121 92.348 93.523 92.883 91.94 91.493 91.625 91.558 91.033 93.607 92.622 92.225 92.115 93.786 91.632 90.237 90.938 90.561 91.309 90.851 90.451 93.146 90.492 90.183 91.363 90.091
Vitaly Petrov 106.617 97.714 97.445 95.391 95.052 94.985 94.861 94.468 94.534 94.9 93.913 93.907 94.047 94.001 94.003 93.756 93.643 93.691 94.39 93.471 93.575 93.491 93.354 93.2 93.029 93.436 93.353 93.111 93.724 93.409 95.278 111.401 92.375 92.924 92.988 95.128 92.848 92.759 94.138 91.828 92.639 92.491 94.102 92.148 92.26 92.093 92.32 93.404 92.454 93.046 93.157 92.012 91.663 91.399 91.35 92.071 91.397 91.163 91.17
Heikki Kovalainen 105.608 96.313 95.599 95.069 95.063 94.967 94.763 94.526 94.43 94.307 94.359 94.154 94.12 94.06 94.009 93.671 93.77 93.592 94.062 93.218 93.176 93.329 93.224 93.519 93.483 93.195 92.889 93.493 92.925 93.211 93.19 96.325 114.027 93.3 92.88 93.262 94.987 92.718 94.718 93.78 92.925 94.746 93.132 96.358 93.033 92.611 95.557 92.537 92.001 91.663 91.844 92.26 91.404 91.178 91.504 91.411 90.786 93.447 91.46
Timo Glock 107.492 97.508 97.415 96.744 96.004 95.983 96.075 95.956 95.083 94.802 94.729 94.539 94.404 94.403 94.293 94.287 94.228 94.232 94.793 95.009 93.81 93.855 93.889 93.746 94.451 93.558 93.571 94.566 93.788 93.655 95.221 120.078 94.357 94.99 93.082 93.015 93.895 93.801 92.971 92.682 93.099 93.89 92.719 92.953 92.746 94.707 92.726 93.623 93.933 93.385 93.339 92.429 92.178 93.341 94.237 91.721 91.785 91.775
Pedro de la Rosa 105.204 98.406 97.834 97.108 96.036 96.042 95.986 95.976 97.23 96.232 95.62 95.874 95.352 96.376 94.984 94.963 95.063 94.995 94.957 95.013 96.067 94.532 96.737 94.635 95.588 94.919 94.586 94.526 94.869 94.461 94.232 97.169 113.675 93.723 93.59 93.61 95.191 94.026 92.864 94.344 93.447 94.021
Narain Karthikeyan 107.707 97.92 97.301 97.112 96.626 96.331 96.996 96.008 96.213 95.745 96.049 96.852 95.468 95.21 95.236 94.995 94.774 94.904 94.525 96.948 96.369 96.731 95.315 95.926 94.807 97.283 116.185 94.892 94.198 94.349 93.935 94.364 95.063 94.241 96.011 94.448 93.798 93.714 93.705 93.263 94.123 94.515 94.422 94.58 93.641 94.82 92.679 92.613 93.338 92.688 92.403 92.302 92.161 95.4 92.798 94.244 94.167 93.334
Charles Pic 106.25 97.702 96.083 95.264 94.93 95.031 95.185 94.945 94.826 95.124 95.922 94.69 94.551 94.099 94.024 94.096 94.063 94.181 94.243 93.876 93.893 93.627 93.49 93.398 93.271 93.25 93.348 96.132 113.411 92.951 92.994 92.879 95.554 93.785 92.956 94.115 93.1 93.123 93.5 92.653 95.005 93.14 92.478 92.694 94.919 92.165 92.333 92.299 92.39 92.597 92.108 91.846 91.834 91.417 91.366 92.643 93.07 94.484 92.023

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012Alonso said his climb from fifth to second in the race was down to “a great start, a great first lap, a good top speed and the right tyre management… along with me driving at 120% for each of the 60 race laps.”

His lap times improved notably when he passed the KERS-less Mark Webber on lap 48. But he did have a blip on lap 56 when he went off at turn 14.

Charles Pic was praised by Marussia team principal John Booth for his pace during the race: “He was able to get ahead of Petrov and hold a gap to him for quite some time,” said Booth.

“Unfortunately we were ??out-KERS?d? and Charles was unable to hold station for long. Nonetheless, once [Vitaly] Petrov got past, Charles kept pace with the Caterhams and were it not for the last few blue flags he would have finished within 5.0s of Heikki [Kovalainen].”

Indian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.203 60
2 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’28.431 0.228 60
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’28.630 0.427 60
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’28.723 0.520 60
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.944 0.741 58
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.029 0.826 59
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’29.086 0.883 59
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.204 1.001 51
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’29.230 1.027 60
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’29.230 1.027 53
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’29.283 1.080 59
12 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’29.354 1.151 54
13 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.440 1.237 57
14 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.492 1.289 59
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’29.522 1.319 57
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’30.067 1.864 50
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’30.091 1.888 59
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’30.786 2.583 57
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’31.163 2.960 58
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.366 3.163 55
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.721 3.518 56
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.161 3.958 53
23 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.208 4.005 17
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’32.864 4.661 39

With the tyres holding up well, five drivers set their fastest laps on the final tour. At first Sebastian Vettel set the race’s fastest lap, but that was beaten by Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and – most surprisingly – Bruno Senna.

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24 comments on 2012 Indian Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. Timebolt (@timebolt759) said on 28th October 2012, 17:44

    I’m amazed that Bruno made the second fastest lap. Just shows that he IS a good driver

  2. vickyy (@vickyy) said on 28th October 2012, 17:50

    “At first Sebastian Vettel said the race’s fastest lap”

    Yes Seb is dictating every aspect of this season now ;)

  3. Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 28th October 2012, 18:07

    Judging from the chart, Vettel was by far the fastest when the soft tyres were beginning to drop off (lap 22 to 30). Interesting, he managed his tyres better than Webber and Alonso, even though he was pushing quite a lot (especially in the first part of the stint).

    Ferrari had a very good race pace and Mclaren’s change of performance between soft and hard is quite remarkable.

  4. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 28th October 2012, 18:14

    Interesting to see how Redbull got it perfectly right with the soft tyres, but on the hard tyres, it was actually Mclaren who had the fastest car.

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 28th October 2012, 18:33

      I was thinking of that as well. Do you think McLaren was actually better on the hard tyres or was Vettel just taking it easy with such a big lead? You can’t really judge by Webber as his KERS was acting up.

      But clearly the McLaren boys were better on the hards than the softs.

      • @daved – I think Vettel was probably just relaxing a touch with the gap he had, but for sure he had a shot at getting the fastest lap but it turned out to be beyond his reach. Whether that was due to the problem with the floor or the fact he couldn’t keep pace with the McLaren on those tyres I don’t know.

  5. caci99 (@caci99) said on 28th October 2012, 18:29

    What is interesting, as pointed out in the article, is that almost every one set the fastest lap toward the end. This shows the tyres were holding on pretty well, a complete reverse of what we have seen during this whole season.

  6. Fernando Cruz said on 28th October 2012, 18:44

    The guys with a particularly smooth style (Button and Senna) were fastest. In races the problems they both had early in the season are long gone and in qualifying it’s a question of time until Bruno gets up to speed again. He would have more chances to fix that if he didn’t lose FP1 almost everywhere. Also the DRS of the Williams is not as good as those used by many other teams and that is a thing that hurts both its cars in qualifying. It is one of the reasons the Williams are often more competitive in races, the other one is that they manage the tyres very well.

    So, not so surprising that Senna was second fastest, as he has a lot of potential and races very well. Once he got past Rosberg he could go much quicker and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he has the potential to become a driver as good as a Button or a Rosberg, just like I have always said.

    • Eleanore (@leucocrystal) said on 28th October 2012, 22:54

      Exactly. If you were paying attention to live timing, he had top 5 pace basically all race long, but due to qualifying further behind, was stuck at the tail end of what became rather early the Rosberg Train. Then again, barring Korea where neither car ran well, he’s always had great race pace. Not surprising at all. If Button hadn’t pipped him just at the end there, this would’ve been his second fastest lap of the year.

  7. Gabriel Fernando (@gabrielfernando) said on 28th October 2012, 19:27

    Senna was stucked in Rosberg, Mercedes is quite dificult to overtake, so he was just P10.
    :-(

  8. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 28th October 2012, 19:48

    Some interesting things from the lap times chart: Webber got his act together just at the right moment. He did some laps in the 1m30s and even 31s around the lap 48 mark (probably fiddling with his brake balances), but after that he was lapping as quickly as anyone, even without KERS.

    Bruno Senna: if he can do this, why can’t he do decent qualifyings and error-free practice sessions? He has shown today that he has the quality to outrace the highly-rated Maldonado, but I can’t see anyone hiring him for next season if he keeps qualifying 10 spots down from where the car should be (this weekend was ok, but still not great).

    And Jenson Button ‘cheated’: the lap times show he was slowing down for the last couple of laps in order to go for the fastest lap on the final tour.

    • Postreader said on 28th October 2012, 21:40

      “Highly-rated Maldonado”?

      Okay…

      • Fernando Cruz said on 28th October 2012, 22:10

        Highly-rated on speed in a single lap (qualifying), as he is one of the very best in that exercise. Don’ t forget he managed to beat Kimi in Spa with a Williams not as good as the Lotus. Even when Bruno gets up to speed in qualifying Maldonado will always tend to be a little bit quicker, as Hamilton is a little bit quicker than Button. Also I think F1 teams are aware that losing FP1 hurts a lot in terms of set up, as it is one hour and a half less than all the other drivers and that tends to show in quaifying. Also we know 2013 tyres will change and no longer will favour drivers with aggressive driving styles.

        • Jubameister said on 29th October 2012, 20:20

          Senna has had a few good races this year, but in general he’s been poor. He’s been on average 0,7s slower than Maldonado in qualifying and that is the biggest gap between team mates this year. Sure missing FP1 affects, but there have been weekends when Bottas has not driven, and Bruno has failed to impress. But that’s just my opinion.

          • Fernando Cruz said on 31st October 2012, 12:03

            There have been weekends Button did not impress at all and he is a WC in his 13th year in F1. He never loses FP1 like Senna and he had the same kind of problems due to the small window of performance of this years’s tyres. Let’s be honest, Button won his first GP in his 7th year and Senna can still do much better than that, he just needs the right opportunity. I think Senna has already showed as much or more than Button showed in 2000 and 2001.

    • Eleanore (@leucocrystal) said on 28th October 2012, 22:57

      Bruno is far from the only driver to not manage “error-free practice sessions”. We tend to see several drivers have a moment or two in practice (after all, isn’t that partly what it’s for?), some of them from the big 6. I’d personally rather Bruno have his moments during practice than during the races. Which he tends to do, hence having a 50% points scoring success record (compared to Maldonado’s 19%, and that’s only if you round up).

      Bruno’s style is less aggressive than Maldonado’s, so he doesn’t always get the tires working as quickly for qualifying, and that costs him, but during the races he either matches his pace, or is consistently faster.

    • Baron (@baron) said on 29th October 2012, 7:45

      Button cheated? Well, that’s a surprise – will the fastest lap be taken away from him?

  9. Franton said on 28th October 2012, 22:27

    You mean Vettel didn’t get to round off the weekend with fastest race lap? My god, he’ll be sobbing himself to sleep tonight.

    On a less sarcastic note, the last driver i’ve seen who wanted to win every single lap of a weekend as well as win races was Gilles Villeneuve. Look what happened to him.

  10. schumi’s times compared to rosberg were very good considering he kept having to get out of the way to be lapped.

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