# 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fastest laps

### 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on 5th November 2012, 9:49Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and had much higher straight-line speed thanks to the changes made to his car.

### Abu Dhabi 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 Lewis Hamilton 111.642 111.728 108.809 108.552 108.833 108.425 108.148 108.213 131.572 164.62 160.88 161.387 158.037 153.128 107.886 107.384 107.432 107.333 107.266 Mark Webber 115.889 110.688 109.854 109.661 109.486 109.204 108.867 109.016 130.614 160.242 160.757 161.534 158.223 152.429 110.488 108.624 108.101 108.279 107.942 108.418 108.659 109.354 114.147 108.369 108.429 108.56 107.374 107.645 109.797 109.204 125.435 106.959 107.33 107.65 107.94 107.679 107.745 Pastor Maldonado 114.395 110.653 109.944 109.412 109.372 109.148 108.663 108.685 127.443 164.41 161.08 161.288 157.946 153.064 108.977 108.672 108.574 108.302 108.437 108.597 109.344 109.08 109.614 109.643 108.277 108.397 108.405 109.698 112.16 127.301 107.991 108.229 107.207 107.563 107.312 106.966 107.351 109.029 133.672 134.856 146.548 151.636 107.212 106.514 106.193 106.167 105.623 105.462 105.401 105.37 105.565 105.352 105.118 105.523 104.833 Kimi Raikkonen 113.05 111.218 109.876 108.985 108.971 108.964 108.644 108.481 128.606 164.519 161.004 161.251 158.078 153.133 108.692 108.102 107.794 107.734 107.615 107.694 107.518 107.319 107.238 107.238 107.341 107.199 107.205 107.095 107.58 107.621 109.41 126.245 106.055 106.247 106.103 106.123 105.87 106.21 126.281 162.39 156.299 151.484 105.403 105.433 105.429 104.963 105.044 104.823 104.968 104.458 104.875 104.685 104.493 104.559 105.052 Jenson Button 116.501 111.024 109.812 109.569 109.7 109.221 109.308 109.02 131.95 158.377 160.796 161.476 157.781 152.4 110.749 108.918 108.197 108.106 108.078 108.189 108.469 109.394 108.704 107.788 107.425 107.247 107.214 107.598 108.728 124.777 106.495 106.784 106.483 106.592 106.471 106.313 106.077 106.144 131.897 149.164 155.172 151.982 106.594 106.271 105.747 105.53 105.17 105.19 105.293 104.533 104.604 106.594 104.881 104.924 105.033 Fernando Alonso 115.192 110.532 109.983 109.521 109.403 109.023 108.945 109.276 129.515 161.265 160.991 161.483 157.974 153.298 109.865 108.502 108.023 108.259 108.313 108.374 107.679 107.625 107.698 107.726 107.469 107.589 107.661 110.021 126.69 107.525 106.726 106.699 106.556 106.637 106.458 106.278 106.097 105.881 126.803 154.73 155.3 151.851 106.389 106.056 105.88 105.197 104.816 104.631 104.357 104.27 104.598 104.418 104.09 104.727 104.654 Nico Rosberg 120.945 138.242 109.572 109.34 109.413 110.22 110.227 Felipe Massa 117.149 111.216 110.051 109.797 109.595 109.218 109.408 109.211 131.937 157.416 160.979 161.5 157.825 152.377 110.696 109.591 108.537 108.583 108.261 108.472 108.399 108.454 108.837 110.542 108.651 120.72 126.563 107.355 107.161 107.226 107.386 107.287 107.331 107.457 107.459 107.426 107.059 108.095 135.606 134.445 142.026 151.612 107.8 107.031 106.608 106.626 106.625 106.042 106.101 106.125 105.824 105.825 105.7 106.122 106.218 Romain Grosjean 145.273 134.929 110.004 109.538 109.212 109.584 109.12 114.135 135.551 132.063 139.103 163.129 155.428 148.811 112.222 111.808 110.369 110.49 109.243 108.509 108.781 108.55 108.411 108.77 108.521 108.614 108.227 108.09 107.804 108.367 108.504 108.182 107.789 108.093 107.846 107.521 108.272 Nico Hulkenberg Sergio Perez 119.445 110.615 110.009 109.657 109.305 109.202 109.227 108.994 132.287 157.316 160.69 161.689 157.507 152.187 110.85 109.61 108.702 108.508 108.419 108.415 108.358 108.457 108.695 108.516 107.963 107.926 108.204 109.031 108.639 109.738 125.453 107.612 107.617 107.885 107.969 107.763 107.67 131.328 162.697 114.787 124.074 150.614 107.358 109.276 132.575 105.935 105.726 106.556 105.559 105.84 106.448 106.48 106.324 105.41 108.318 Paul di Resta 169.694 136.608 110.421 110.156 109.896 109.791 109.673 122.143 136.358 131.887 112.863 153.094 155.139 148.758 112.658 111.55 110.226 110.491 109.687 109.181 109.045 108.704 108.775 108.687 108.454 108.445 108.136 108.051 107.899 108.06 107.94 108.125 107.752 107.867 107.977 107.654 107.805 108.629 133.853 145.75 142.186 150.818 108.031 107.746 106.534 105.832 106.497 106.007 105.85 106.129 105.756 105.745 105.617 106.197 106 Michael Schumacher 119.978 111.402 110.572 110.305 110.309 109.944 109.604 109.725 129.742 156.871 160.165 162.523 157.141 151.134 111.041 110.009 109.067 109.385 110.506 108.696 108.888 108.769 108.589 109.111 109.879 109.324 110.73 126.281 107.362 107.505 107.309 107.459 107.59 107.528 107.509 107.411 106.848 108.176 134.124 133.842 145.381 158.299 107.475 107.287 105.99 106.546 106.632 107.536 105.868 105.477 105.225 105.56 105.281 105.587 106.245 Bruno Senna 125.741 113.89 112.502 112.543 112.004 111.058 110.419 109.91 134.452 140.836 159.337 162.942 155.795 149.724 112.13 110.772 110.233 109.723 109.826 109.139 109.885 109.091 109.175 108.853 108.795 108.629 107.956 107.814 107.761 108.18 107.939 108.984 129.092 107.021 106.527 106.682 106.5 107.178 134.352 132.41 142.437 151.183 107.998 106.94 106.679 106.762 106.482 106.39 105.693 106.243 105.787 105.754 105.781 106.164 106.116 Kamui Kobayashi 118.078 111.109 110.395 111.601 110.161 109.891 109.447 109.68 130.163 156.492 160.541 162.542 156.593 152.363 110.918 109.838 109.026 109.34 109.037 108.993 109.054 108.814 108.626 109.346 110.509 126.421 109.326 108.46 107.456 108.006 107.605 107.515 107.317 107.418 107.178 107.218 107.145 108.724 133.923 134.902 145.271 151.935 107.466 107.051 106.668 106.437 106.396 106.336 105.884 105.92 105.513 105.846 105.733 105.693 105.423 Daniel Ricciardo 120.683 111.645 110.799 110.376 110.578 110.165 109.943 109.821 131.717 153.763 160.538 162.091 157.285 150.69 111.33 110.157 109.29 109.163 110.097 109.203 109.492 109.251 110.368 109.058 109 111.582 129.09 108.612 108.384 108.652 107.955 107.862 108.289 108.938 108.356 107.579 107.798 112.583 137.483 119.73 141.718 150.611 107.957 108.696 106.372 106.327 106.207 106.062 106.131 106.111 105.911 106.036 105.903 106.262 106.43 Jean-Eric Vergne 121.022 111.939 110.905 110.39 110.883 110.399 110.157 109.931 135.551 153.62 159.539 162.393 156.06 149.088 112.014 110.865 110.166 109.762 110.641 110.796 109.033 108.824 108.815 108.686 108.521 108.661 108.325 108.23 108.282 108.466 108.094 108.352 109.497 126.657 107.187 107.403 107.022 109.071 133.03 128.862 142.327 150.854 108.034 109.597 108.041 106.862 106.518 107.669 108.045 106.53 106.46 106.315 106.113 106.174 106.895 Heikki Kovalainen 123.203 112.388 111.208 111.217 111.033 110.806 111.12 110.725 134.741 145.635 160.067 162.642 155.536 150.398 111.873 110.674 110.077 109.963 111.479 110.75 110.759 110.739 110.802 109.808 109.766 109.692 109.386 111.116 131.536 108.944 108.459 108.747 108.671 108.445 108.455 108.472 108.418 114.115 134.344 112.693 133.066 151.255 109.883 109.606 108.041 107.94 107.712 107.751 107.548 107.313 107.115 107.611 107.414 108.153 107.121 Charles Pic 124.696 114.571 113.936 112.486 112.475 112.035 112.084 111.857 137.189 137.881 157.831 162.695 155.14 149.639 113.199 114.335 111.561 111.252 111.137 110.898 111.084 110.926 110.527 110.66 110.873 111.988 130.622 109.978 109.978 109.756 109.6 109.508 109.079 109.085 109.262 109.486 109.247 121.624 137.724 114.782 116.352 Vitaly Petrov 123.831 114.925 112.463 112.983 112.107 112.522 111.811 112.741 136.725 137.657 158.278 162.555 155.647 149.197 113.343 111.63 111.064 113.474 111.18 111.102 110.845 110.797 111.06 111.229 110.856 110.569 112.496 129.52 109.884 109.526 109.547 109.581 109.216 109.033 109.332 109.166 109.229 120.901 136.084 113.611 111.436 146.474 111.08 109.53 108.864 108.39 108.478 108.503 108.637 108.308 108.368 109.263 109.408 109.075 109.731 Timo Glock 122.891 115.106 112.422 113.274 111.957 111.755 112.765 112.311 136.221 138.659 157.825 162.609 155.656 149.481 113.299 111.509 110.967 111.687 112.132 111.321 111.175 111.092 110.537 110.478 110.512 110.376 112.341 128.729 109.151 108.95 108.768 108.98 108.754 108.587 108.376 108.695 108.994 118.453 135.741 116.502 114.709 151.302 111.037 108.89 108.316 108.129 108.585 108.656 108.364 107.998 108.175 107.811 107.88 107.661 108.589 Pedro de la Rosa 133.728 113.032 112.823 112.898 112.472 112.452 112.671 114.872 136.837 128.095 157.904 162.89 155.205 149.705 115.38 113.038 111.902 111.516 111.844 111.61 111.983 111.251 111.358 111.274 111.041 111.056 111.123 112.343 131.344 109.707 109.733 109.615 109.833 109.722 109.218 109.335 109.219 126.38 137.252 119.549 110.981 123.5 110.517 109.71 109.92 109.091 108.619 108.774 108.676 108.923 109.815 111.003 108.935 109.775 108.996 Narain Karthikeyan 125.378 116.141 113.706 113.027 112.72 112.238 112.675 Sebastian Vettel 126.774 113.37 111.468 110.161 109.522 109.22 108.812 108.778 132.712 149.45 160.733 162.1 155.975 157.771 111.62 110.483 110.802 108.054 108.001 107.852 107.966 107.738 107.323 107.474 107.519 107.417 107.053 107.167 107.978 107.724 106.755 107.099 106.69 106.938 106.956 106.593 108.12 124.26 131.756 135.844 155.182 151.404 106.659 106.407 105.545 105.933 105.135 105.204 105.272 104.689 104.548 104.42 104.328 103.964 104.112

Vettel’s lap times were surprisingly close to Mark Webber’s despite the considerable changes made to his car between qualifying and the race to improve his straight-line speed to aid overtaking. Vettel was unable to drive a single lap in the car before the race start.

Vettel’s car had been second from bottom of the speed trap figures in qualifying on 311.4kph but was fourth in the race, hitting 321kph as he made his way past Button in the closing stages.

Despite having gone through the trauma of being sent to the back of the grid for having too little fuel in their car, Red Bull remained alert to the value of reducing their fuel load during the race. This is normal practice for teams during safety car periods when fuel is being used at a lower rate, to ensure they are not carrying any more than they need to, which is just excess weight.

Vettel’s race engineer Guillaume Rocqueline instructed him to “burn fuel” during the first safety car period, moments before his near-miss with Daniel Ricciardo on the straight.

### Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’43.964 54
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’44.090 0.126 53
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’44.458 0.494 50
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’44.533 0.569 50
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’44.833 0.869 55
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’45.225 1.261 51
7 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.410 1.446 54
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.423 1.459 55
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’45.617 1.653 53
10 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’45.693 1.729 49
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’45.700 1.736 53
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’45.903 1.939 53
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.113 2.149 53
14 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’46.959 2.995 32
15 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’47.115 3.151 51
16 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’47.266 3.302 19
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’47.521 3.557 36
18 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.661 3.697 54
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’48.308 4.344 50
20 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’48.619 4.655 47
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.079 5.115 33
22 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’49.340 5.376 4
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’52.238 8.274 6
24 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes

Vettel set the fastest lap of the race on soft tyres that were fresher than those of his closest rivals. But Alonso, whose tyres were nine laps older, got within a tenth of a second of Vettel’s best as he chased leader Raikkonen.

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• ## 22 comments on “2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fastest laps”

1. Still gutted about Hamilton’s retirement from the lead. Looking at the laptimes now, they were very quick and very consistent. Had his car not failed him, I think we would have seen a very dominant win yesterday, especially considering how well his McLaren had gone on the mediums.

I have the feeling Vettels setup cost him at least half a second in laptime, as I was surprised how long it took him to get by Button. I actually thought it was a mistake by Alonso to drop Button out of the DRS zone; I figured on newer softer tyres he would breeze past Button and also Alonso. However it turned out that Vettel had no pace advantage yesterday. The fact that his laptimes were so close to Webber’s says more about Mark’s race, who enjoyed quite a horror show yesterday.

2. On average lap time, Webber was 1s slower than Kimi and Alonso.(of course he retired so his average time is a bit higher) not to mention Hamilton who was on other planet. Vettel was less than 0.1s slower than Kimi and Alonso. so I guess Vettel should have been about 0.5s slower than Kimi, Alonso or Button. I think if Vettel had started from P3 without penalty and setup change, I think he would have been easily defeated by Kimi, Alonso, Button. so, that was the worst saturday night but the result is actually better than he could expect originally.

1. @eggry
I don’t believe that Mark’s pace is relevant. He was very close to Alonso in the first few laps, but he couldn’t overtake. Then the contacts with Massa and Maldonado certainly didn’t help.
Vettel said (I can’t find where, but I remember) that his car was obviously faster in the straight, but he believed that it wasn’t perfect in corners.

I actually think the opposite. If Vettel had started from P3 with his normal setup he wouldn’t have had problems in keeping Kimi and Alonso behind him.

1. @yobo01 Well, Webber was close to Alonso as you said. Actually Alonso was close to Webber and he passed Webber and Webber can’t repass Alonso. That’s what should have happend to Vettel either. Webber and Alonso was on same strategy so you should read it from that than Vettel’s amazing pace from ultimate race setup which cannot be used in normal circumstance.

or Are you trying to say Vettel would have been actually at least 0.5s faster than Webber in the race with same trim? Everyone knows Vettel is faster. but not that much. even If Vettel has 0.5 sec, It just makes him same level of lap time to Kimi and Alonso and they have straight line speed to overtake while Vettel can’t overtake where his car is good.

1. @eggry
We really don’t know what Red Bull’s true pace was this weekend. But few things suggests that it was quite strong. For the first 20 laps Webber had Alonso in front of him and the gap has never been bigger than 1 second.
This could mean that the pace was there, but the lack of straight line speed didn’t allow Mark to overtake.
After the accident with Maldonado his race was destroyed, he was stuck behind even slower cars etc.

So, yes, I guess it is kind of tricky to judge, but I don’t think that the car that Vettel had on Saturday was slower than his Sunday car on pure pace. I mean, there has to be a reason why they always sacrifice straight line speed.

1. @yobo01 the Thing is, that 3rd qualifying saturday car should have been slower that (real) sunday car in the race. meanwhile, the sunday car should have been slower in qualifying if it had run. If you have to choose between them, the choice would be nearly always the later because if you can get pole, then you can control the race and it’s hard to overtake someone has clean air. Vettel had qualifying-oriented car(not qualifying car) on saturday but he had pure race car on sunday. That’s what I’m talking about.

2. sorry, ‘the latter’ means the saturday car.

3. I am surprised that nobody is talking about driver safety when Rosberg and Karthikeyan collided. When Alonso was involved in Spa, everyone spoke of driver safety and how he was lucky to be alive. Narain too was in a similar situation as Alonso, but nobody cares. Is it because it is a backmarker and not a race winner?

1. Nobody cares about Karthikeyan. I’m sorry being harsh but that’s the true.

1. His steering wudn’t move so he cudn’t do much. He was not going to press the accelerator to get off the track if he cudn’t back on

2. I think it is because an onboard from the HRT was never shown. Onboard footage has a lot of impact on viewers. At Spa, all saw Alonso and Kobayashi’s onboard camera view and immediately that it was a massive incident.

If someone posts a video of the onboard, I am sure it will become a talking point in no time.

1. @sumedhvidwans I guess there was a similar reaction to Senna’s and Ratzenberger’s deaths. I was a kid at that time….gotta ask guys who were following F1 at tht time. @keithcollantine @bascb

1. For me it was a huge relief when I saw Rosberg standing next to the car, and then saw Karthikeyan as well because that accident was really frightening. Once again showing that for all talk of F1 having become too safe, a tragic accident is still just a few inches away @malleshmagdum.

The people saying that nobody cares for Karthikeyan are horribly wrong. He is just as important as everyone else. And given the problems with the brakes HRT have had in the last couple of races, I have huge respect for both him and Pedro dl Rosa who go out in these cars and push them to the limit.

4. When they talk about “delta times” during safety car periods in order to make sure they don’t rush back to the pits too fast; what sort of times are we looking at here?
Reason I ask is that Di Resta lap of 1:52 during the first safety car and more significantly De la Rosa’s lap of 1:50 during the 2nd safety car. The latter is more surprising as it was within 2 seconds of his personal fastest lap of the race! Even catching up to the back of the pack should surely take longer than that with a safety car and marshals out on the track.
Any ideas?

1. very good question!

dont know the answer but hope someone can jump in?

5. i agree with Eggry. Vettel was very lucky with the Safety Cars recovering 16 and almost 20 seconds in each one with the top-5 drivers before him.

1. I couldn’t watch the race so cannot comment on incidents, but having read Keiths preview I was surprised that this race, if I remember rightly, had twice as many safety car periods as the combined total of SC periods in all the previous ADGPs. I was not surprised however to hear that Maldonado & Grosjean were involved.

1. in fairness pastor for once didnt do to much wrong. webber tried to bully/squeeze him and he was having none of it. and rightly so

6. Ben Thomas (@)
5th November 2012, 21:36

Can anyone explain to me where Keith has been able to get the lap times for the first lap? These don’t seem to show on the Formula 1 live timing and nor do they appear on the FIA Race Lap Analysis press release.

7. I am surprised, surprised that RBR managed to find a way to provide SV with a car that had a very good top speed and was able to post fastest lap, I am also surprised that they have not split their strategy and used this setup on Webbers car, or for that matter on Sebs when he doesn’t look capable of pole, before. Maybe it is only with the new DDRS that it is possible, maybe Mark or Seb both thought they were going to get on the front row, but it seems strange that they have not tried to cover both setup directions before, maybe we will see it again in Tx or Br.

1. I can imagine the success here with the different setup might make them reconsider @hohum. After all, if they cannot be sure to be at the front, it would be a better bet to go for a car setup that is not completely lost when running in traffic and get enough points on the board to secure the WDC instead of risking to drop back after starting P3-5.

8. Looks like the Ferrari woke up a little bit towards the end!