Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2012

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’40.63
2. Mark Webber 1’40.978
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Pastor Maldonado 1’41.226
4. Kimi Raikkonen 1’41.26
Row 3 5. Jenson Button 1’41.29
6. Fernando Alonso 1’41.582
Row 4 7. Nico Rosberg 1’41.603
8. Felipe Massa 1’41.723
Row 5 9. Romain Grosjean 1’41.778
10. Nico Hulkenberg 1’42.019
Force India
Row 6 11. Sergio Perez 1’42.084
12. Paul di Resta 1’42.218
Force India
Row 7 13. Michael Schumacher 1’42.289
14. Bruno Senna 1’42.33
Row 8 15. Kamui Kobayashi 1’42.606
16. Daniel Ricciardo 1’42.765
Toro Rosso
Row 9 17. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’44.058
Toro Rosso
18. Heikki Kovalainen 1’44.956
Row 10 19. Charles Pic 1’45.089
20. Vitaly Petrov 1’45.151
Row 11 21. Timo Glock 1’45.426
22. Pedro de la Rosa 1’45.766
Row 12 23. Narain Karthikeyan 1’46.382
24. Sebastian Vettel* 1’41.073
Red Bull

*Sent to the back of the grid for having insufficient fuel in his car after stopping on the track.

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85 comments on “2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid”

    1. After qualifying Christian Horner said Renault advised them to stop the car. I think immediate suspicion will fall on the alternator.

      He doesn’t automatically get a penalty for stopping on the track after qualifying. Though, as we all remember from Spain, if it turns out he didn’t have enough fuel he’s in big trouble and row twelve awaits him.

      A more realistic worry will be that his car has a technical problem which requires a parts change which could lead to a penalty, for example if there’s a gearbox fault (though one would suspect if that is the case the warning would not have come from Renault).

      1. It didn’t look like the car was out of fuel. More like some sort of technical problem, so I guess he won’t start from the back.

        Alonso’s quite a witch, isn’t he? He wanted it, he got it. Sad for him it wasn’t on sunday :P.

      2. Apparently Magneti Marelli has changed the alternator design after the second failure, so it’d surprise me if the new configuration fails again. If RedBull actually run the new alternator or something else (as was suggested after Monza that they returned to an older design) I don’t know though. Lets wait and see whats wrong.

          1. I understood it differently @eggry and @bananarama. Apparently the 2010 version is perfectly fine, so all Renault teams now run those. But there’ only so many of them and earlier Renault stated that by the USA race there would definitely be issues with these having had a really big milage on them, so Red Bull would sooner or later have to start using the redesigned new ones, something they were reluctant to do.

          2. @bascb I heard that either. I don’t know why they can’t produce same components now. Surely, They don’t know what caused the problem so it might be production line related which makes them worrying though.

          1. With a penalty. What do you want? that car and driver not to race tomorrow?

            If there’s something bad with the car, they need to fix it. Otherwise it’s game over even before the race, which goes beyond the ridiculous.

  1. Well, the qualifying itself was quite exciting but result is disappointing. surely Ferrari is hit by temperature problem more seriously than others. I hope Ferrari’s race pace and Alonso’s first lap performance would make Vettel-Aloso situation sooner than later.

    1. he has Kimi and Mal to tackle which should be interesting. .
      i wonder where the updates are ? is it true that Mas had no updates on his car? If so, looking at the difference in lap times, it doesn’t look any better. .

          1. @mixwell I don’t think all of them at least. as far as I concern, new front wing is only for Alonso(due to lack of production) and it seems Massa’s rear wing also India spec which was only used by Alonso.

    2. The way the sector times looked throughout q2 and q3 I guess there was about 1-1,5 tenth more in the car, so that position was the best possible today. Hopefully Ferraris awesome quail improving updates haven’t hurt their race pace so we can see him trying to get to Vettel. Looking at Hamiltons and the McLarens medium tyre performance I suppose he will take this win.

    3. I think the result is quite nice too. Its Hamilton and Webber up front, so defenitely not a Seb building a gap and winning it race.
      And who knows whats with Vettels car, he might still be fine, or start behind Alonso, or even in the back.

  2. At the start of the year I said that Lewis would beat Jenson 70/30 in the season and was told that my prediction was more exciting than the race itself :). I just want to say to that random person whose name I don’t remember, “take a look at that!”

    Can’t believe so many were fooled by an anomaly last year. I watch F1 to see drivers like Lewis, Fernando and Vettel. Accumulators are boring!

          1. If there was a failure of a component I think I’m right in saying he wouldn’t incur a penalty merely for not being able to return to the pits at least, but he could incur a penalty for something else.

            If there is a genuine failure in the engine then I believe they a allowed to change it without incurring a penalty (although then the engine isn’t allowed to be used again in a race).

  3. Congrats to Hamilton1 Fanstastic Result.
    But a few questions about Vettel. Do anyone know what the rules say. Do you have to make it back to the pits under your own steam in general or is it only for fuel, when you get set to the back of the grid.
    And if there is another failure like the alternator are the allowed to repair it in parc ferme or do they than have to start from the pits?

    1. You have to make it back under your own steam because of the fuel, but if you have a genuine issue, then it’s not like you have to keep driving a death trap.
      I think changing engines/gearboxes just results in a 5-/10-grid penalty, but maybe someone else can verify that.

      1. @mnmracer – Gearbox changes are a 5 place penalty whatever the circumstances, engine changes are a 10 place penalty if a new engine is needed, but an old engine can be used (8 engines are allocated for the season and can be used for whatever races the team likes).

        If Red Bull can prove there was an engine issue they can change it in parc ferme without incurring a penalty, but then that engine can only be used for practice.

    2. “Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power.”

      Going to be down to the stewards to decide whatever reason Red Bull give is valid. Probably why they are blaming Renault right off the bat, as that’s obviously out of their control

  4. The only way that could have gone any worse for Alonso is if Vettel was on pole. Unless of course there are some sort of ramifications of Vettel stopping out on the track.. Even so to be out-qualified by both Mclarens, both Red Bulls and then throw in Maldonado and Raikkonen and it has been a fairly terrible day for Alonso. Great job by Hamilton, he’s been in a class of one all weekend, how people can argue Button is a better racing driver is beyond me. Also I really am starting to warm to Maldonado as well for some strange reason, the guy can be an absolute lunatic at times but what is undeniable is that he is really fast!

    1. how people can argue Button is a better racing driver is beyond me. Also I really am starting to warm to Maldonado as well for some strange reason, the guy can be an absolute lunatic at times but what is undeniable is that he is really fast!

      There’s more to a driver than speed over one-lap, hence people claiming that Button OVERALL is a better driver as well as claiming the complete contrast with Hamilton still being the better driver so in that sense it operates both ways.

      Certainly Maldonado has the enviable speed but the race craft is one that’s been questionable – & still is.

  5. Should Hamilton get a clean exit at the start, he’ll probably able to hold on for the race win. Alonso could very well recover from his poor starting position with one of his lightning starts, and I can see him making up ground as he did in India. Vettel and Webber have a good chance of filling up the podium, while Button looked rather lost, but his long-run race pace seems strong enough.

    Not entirely sure whether this bodes well for the championship.

    1. It might be related to that… It seems like most of the speculation doesn’t consider this fact…

      But then again, how would that brush against the wall effect something Renault-related?

  6. Maldonado is going to cause some trouble tomorrow. His top speed is so much higher than all those around him, it would seem unlikely that anyone will be able to pass him using DRS. Might end up with a chain of cars behind him for half the race.

  7. So, Webber will be third by the time Turn 1 comes around, at which point a flying Maldornardo will try to move down the inside, taking out both RB’s…..

    1. This gets better and better.

      According to Formula1.com, Vettel said it was definitely not fuel-related as the team ordered him to get back to the pits as soon as possible at the end of his last flying lap. He doubted they would issue such an order if fuel would have been low.

          1. Thanks.

            I was told over the team radio to come back to the pits as fast as I could, which doesn’t suggest the issue was low fuel.

            That’s Vettel suggesting it wasn’t fuel-related, not saying it definitely wasn’t.

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