2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’40.63
McLaren
2. Mark Webber 1’40.978
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Pastor Maldonado 1’41.226
Williams
4. Kimi Raikkonen 1’41.26
Lotus
Row 3 5. Jenson Button 1’41.29
McLaren
6. Fernando Alonso 1’41.582
Ferrari
Row 4 7. Nico Rosberg 1’41.603
Mercedes
8. Felipe Massa 1’41.723
Ferrari
Row 5 9. Romain Grosjean 1’41.778
Lotus
10. Nico Hulkenberg 1’42.019
Force India
Row 6 11. Sergio Perez 1’42.084
Sauber
12. Paul di Resta 1’42.218
Force India
Row 7 13. Michael Schumacher 1’42.289
Mercedes
14. Bruno Senna 1’42.33
Williams
Row 8 15. Kamui Kobayashi 1’42.606
Sauber
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
Caterham
Row 10 19. Charles Pic 1’45.089
Marussia
20. Vitaly Petrov 1’45.151
Caterham
Row 11 21. Timo Glock 1’45.426
Marussia
22. Pedro de la Rosa 1’45.766
HRT
Row 12 23. Narain Karthikeyan 1’46.382
HRT
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. Gustav (@gustav) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:04

    Awesome qualifying lap by Hamilton – what will happen to Vettel for parking on the track?!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:39

      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).

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:46

        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.

      • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:47

        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.

        • Eggry (@eggry) said on 3rd November 2012, 15:01

          @bananarama I heard new alternator wouldn’t come at least until USA so I don’t think it’s new one.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd November 2012, 15:11

            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.

          • Eggry (@eggry) said on 3rd November 2012, 15:19

            @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.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd November 2012, 15:08

        Also worth noting there is a list of engine parts a team can change without incurring a grid penalty. See article 5.20 of the Technical Regulations for the list.

  2. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:05

    Vettel stopped on track, could this be a repeat of Hamilton at Catalunya?

    Hamilton absolutely dominated that one. Mighty happy.

  3. Eggry (@eggry) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:06

    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.

    • mixwell (@mixwell) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:07

      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. .

    • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:29

      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.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:40

      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.

  4. Asif (@) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:06

    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!

  5. What’s happened to Vettel’s car? I hope it isn’t a lack of fuel. It could be another alternator failure…

  6. UnitedKingdomRacing (@unitedkingdomracing) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:14

    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?

    • @unitedkingdomracing – I think the rule breach that Hamilton/McLaren contravened was the fuel sample limit. They couldn’t make the minimum limit of 1kg and return to the pits so they incurred the penalty.

    • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:19

      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.

      • @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.

    • disjunto (@disjunto) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:24

      “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

      • exactly. a point all of the journalist on twitter(who again seem very trusting…) are all missing.

        but to lie to the stewards can be a mistake also…

  7. 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!

    • Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 3rd November 2012, 15:53

      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.

  8. Bob (@bobthevulcan) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:18

    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.

  9. Bwal87 (@bwal87) said on 3rd November 2012, 14:47

    I wonder if Vettel’s problem was something gearbox related due to the brush with the wall at turn 19?

  10. could be interesting if Vettel does get a penalty as unlike Alonso he wont have the top speed to overtake

  11. 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.

  12. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 3rd November 2012, 15:29

    Vettel has engine issues acc to. .well F1Fanatic :D

    https://twitter.com/f1fanatic_co_uk

  13. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 3rd November 2012, 16:21

    Nice work Charles Pic! Beat his team mate by 4 tenths and almost had both Caterham’s too.

  14. Chris170987 said on 3rd November 2012, 16:30

    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…..

  15. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 3rd November 2012, 17:02

    I hear Horner has now said Vettel stopping was “fuel-related.”

    Any more news?

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