Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Top ten pictures from the 2012 Indian Grand Prix

2012 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The top ten pictures which tell the story of the Indian Grand Prix.

Esteban Gutierrez, Friday practice

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Esteban Gutierrez got the call-up to participate in an F1 session for the first time on Friday morning as Sergio Perez was unwell – or so the team claimed.

Gutierrez survived a high-speed spin at this point on the track without hitting anything as he shared a track with the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton (in the background) for the first time.

Kimi Raikkonen, Saturday

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Qualifying did not go according to plan for Kimi Raikkonen who was disappointed to find himself only seventh on the grid.

Nico Rosberg, Saturday

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Lock-ups were a common sight at the blind turn three. Rosberg had a good run on used soft tyres in Q2 but elected not to set a time in Q3 to save tyres.

The race was a disappointment as he came in a point-less 11th, but at least this time he made it through the first lap without being hit by someone.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, Saturday

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Fernando Alonso tried with all his might but he couldn’t get in front of Vettel when it mattered. The Ferrari driver started fifth, four places behind the reigning champion, but rose to second by the chequered flag.

Paul di Resta, Indian Grand Prix

Paul di Resta, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

It was an important weekend for Force India in their home Grand Prix, but team owner Vijay Mallya was unhappy that journalists were more interested in quizzing him about his struggling business interests rather than his F1 team.

Paul di Resta had a frustrating race to 12th while team mate Nico Hulkenberg brought home eighth-place points to give Mallya some much-needed good news.

Start, Indian Grand Prix

Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Vettel made sure he kept team mate Mark Webber behind at the start while Hamilton’s poor getaway from third meant Red Bull’s position would not be challenged on the crucial first lap.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, Indian Grand Prix

Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Having fallen behind Jenson Button at the start, Hamilton teed up his team mate for a pass in the second DRS zone early on in the race.

Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, Indian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

For fifty-nine-and-three-quarter laps of the sixty-lap race Felipe Massa had Raikkonen filling his mirrors. Raikkonen briefly got past after their pit stops, and the pair raced towards the DRS activation line on the entry to turn three side-by-side.

Neither wanted to be first across the line, giving the other the benefit of the speed boost. Massa made sure he crossed it after Raikkonen and easily re-passed the Lotus as they came out of the corner.

“I managed to come out of pit lane in front, but then I let him through at turn three because he was still very close and I wanted to have the DRS down the straight,” said Massa. “I think he realised that, but by then it was too late and I had the advantage and managed to get by.”

Charles Pic, Indian Grand Prix

Charles Pic, Marussia, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Charles Pic’s efforts earned high praise from his team. He kept Vitaly Petrov behind in the opening laps and stayed on terms with the Caterhams until late in the race.

Red Bull, Indian Grand Prix

Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth win in a row as Red Bull continued to exert their dominance. The team can win the constructors’ championship in the next race, but the drivers’ title won’t be decided for at least two more rounds.

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