2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lap charts

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel avoided a penalty during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by allowing Romain Grosjean to re-pass him after going off the track.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2012drivercolours.csv

0 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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mark Webber 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 7 7 7 6 6 6 4 4 10 10 9 8 8 8 8
Pastor Maldonado 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 6 11 11 11 10 9 9 9 9 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Kimi Raikkonen 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Jenson Button 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Fernando Alonso 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 7 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Nico Rosberg 7 12 21 21 21 21 21 20
Felipe Massa 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 6 6 10 15 15 14 14 14 14 13 12 12 12 12 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Romain Grosjean 9 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 18 18 18 17 16 15 15 14 14 14 14 13 11 10 10 9 7 7 5 5 5 5 5
Nico Hulkenberg 10
Sergio Perez 11 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 3 2 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 12 14 14 14 13 12 12 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 15 15 15
Paul di Resta 12 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 19 19 18 17 16 16 16 15 15 15 14 12 11 11 10 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 11 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Michael Schumacher 13 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 8 8 14 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 11 11 8 8 7 8 16 14 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Bruno Senna 14 19 17 17 17 17 16 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 9 9 8 8 7 5 5 14 13 13 13 13 10 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Kamui Kobayashi 15 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 9 16 14 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 10 10 10 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daniel Ricciardo 16 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 13 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Jean-Eric Vergne 17 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 10 9 9 8 6 6 6 14 14 14 14 11 11 10 10 9 9 10 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Heikki Kovalainen 18 15 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 15 16 16 16 15 13 13 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 13 13 13 12 13 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Charles Pic 19 17 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 17 17 17 17
Vitaly Petrov 20 16 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 16 16 16 15 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16
Timo Glock 21 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 16 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 15 15 15 15 14 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Pedro de la Rosa 22 21 20 20 20 20 20 21 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 17 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17
Narain Karthikeyan 23 18 19 19 19 19 19 19
Sebastian Vettel 24 20 18 16 14 14 14 13 13 12 12 12 12 11 21 19 17 17 15 15 12 11 11 10 10 8 7 7 7 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3

There has already been much debate on how fortunate Vettel was to finish on the podium, behind title rival Alonso, having started in the pits.

It’s worth noting that both drivers benefited from events outside their control. It’s likely neither would have finished on the podium had it not been for Lewis Hamilton’s retirement with a fuel pressure problem and Pastor Maldonado’s KERS failure during the first safety car period.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2012As the chart above shows Vettel made a string of passes during his ascent through the field including three on lap 16 alone. However the third of these, on Romain Grosjean, was completed with all four of his wheels off the track at turn ten.

Vettel was stung by this in Germany when he passed Jenson Button with all four wheels off the track and received a penalty after the race which dropped him from second to fifth.

Red Bull were not about to get in trouble a second time and race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin was quick to tell Vettel to “give position back to Grosjean now”.

He complied before the lap was over, then re-passed Grosjean on the very next lap, this time for good. This was a vital move for Vettel on a car which was quick enough to win the race, which was also on soft tyres that were little older than his.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Webber 4.247 3.207 4.252 5.361 6.014 6.793 7.512 8.315 7.357 2.979 2.856 3.003 3.189 2.49 5.092 6.332 7.001 7.947 8.623 5.905 7.046 9.081 15.99 17.121 18.209 19.57 19.739 20.289 22.506 24.089 40.114 20.828 22.103 23.506 25.343 26.899 28.774
Pastor Maldonado 2.753 1.678 2.813 3.673 4.212 4.935 5.45 5.922 1.793 1.583 1.783 1.684 1.593 1.529 2.62 3.908 5.05 6.019 7.19 4.651 6.477 8.238 10.614 13.019 13.955 15.153 16.353 18.956 23.536 43.216 41.797 23.781 24.933 26.249 27.458 28.301 29.782 32.601 39.992 12.458 2.707 2.859 4.668 5.749 6.513 7.717 8.296 8.935 9.368 10.28 10.97 11.637 12.262 13.226 13.007
Kimi Raikkonen 1.408 0.898 1.965 2.398 2.536 3.075 3.571 3.839 0.873 0.772 0.896 0.76 0.801 0.806 1.612 2.33 2.692 3.093 3.442 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jenson Button 4.859 4.155 5.158 6.175 7.042 7.838 8.998 9.805 10.183 3.94 3.856 3.945 3.689 2.961 5.824 7.358 8.123 8.896 9.708 6.761 7.712 9.787 11.253 11.803 11.887 11.935 11.944 12.447 13.595 30.751 27.836 8.375 8.803 9.148 9.516 9.706 9.913 9.847 15.463 2.237 1.11 1.608 2.799 3.637 3.955 4.522 4.648 5.015 5.34 5.415 5.144 7.053 7.441 7.806 7.787
Fernando Alonso 3.55 2.354 3.528 4.497 5.067 5.665 6.462 7.525 5.468 2.113 2.224 2.32 2.257 2.427 4.406 5.524 6.115 7.041 8.088 5.326 5.487 5.793 6.253 6.741 6.869 7.259 7.715 10.641 29.751 29.655 26.971 7.425 7.926 8.316 8.671 8.826 9.053 8.724 9.246 1.586 0.587 0.954 1.94 2.563 3.014 3.248 3.02 2.828 2.217 2.029 1.752 1.485 1.082 1.25 0.852
Nico Rosberg 9.303 35.817 36.58 37.368 37.948 39.743 41.822
Felipe Massa 5.507 4.995 6.237 7.482 8.244 9.037 10.297 11.295 11.66 4.456 4.555 4.668 4.456 3.705 6.515 8.722 9.827 11.077 12.072 9.408 10.289 11.424 13.023 16.327 17.637 31.158 50.516 50.776 50.357 49.962 47.938 28.98 30.256 31.466 32.822 34.125 35.314 37.199 46.524 18.579 4.306 4.434 6.831 8.429 9.608 11.271 12.852 14.071 15.204 16.871 17.82 18.96 20.167 21.73 22.896
Romain Grosjean 33.631 56.832 58.027 59.013 59.392 60.551 61.523 67.445 71.424 38.867 17.09 18.832 16.223 11.906 16.242 20.666 23.603 26.76 28.737 26.11 27.373 28.604 29.777 31.309 32.489 33.904 34.926 35.921 36.145 36.891 35.985 17.922 19.656 21.502 23.245 24.643 27.045
Nico Hulkenberg
Sergio Perez 7.803 6.69 7.89 8.995 9.467 10.244 11.323 12.104 12.819 5.515 5.325 5.627 5.097 4.156 7.12 9.346 10.616 11.791 12.944 10.223 11.063 12.201 13.658 14.936 15.558 16.285 17.284 19.22 20.279 22.396 38.439 19.806 21.368 23.006 24.872 26.512 28.312 53.43 89.846 42.243 10.018 9.148 11.103 14.946 42.092 43.064 43.746 45.479 46.07 47.452 49.025 50.82 52.651 53.502 56.768
Paul di Resta 58.052 82.932 84.544 86.148 87.211 88.577 90.102 104.032 108.818 76.085 28.068 19.775 16.877 12.507 17.279 21.445 24.239 27.397 29.818 27.863 29.39 30.775 32.312 33.761 34.874 36.12 37.051 38.007 38.326 38.765 37.295 19.175 20.872 22.492 24.366 25.897 27.832 30.251 37.823 21.183 7.07 6.404 9.032 11.345 12.45 13.319 14.772 15.956 16.838 18.509 19.39 20.45 21.574 23.212 24.16
Michael Schumacher 8.336 8.01 9.773 11.526 13.002 14.521 15.977 17.489 15.659 7.91 7.195 8.331 7.435 5.441 8.596 11.221 12.856 14.908 18.148 15.708 17.078 18.528 19.879 21.752 24.29 26.415 29.94 49.126 48.908 48.792 46.691 27.905 29.44 30.721 32.127 33.415 34.393 36.359 44.202 15.654 4.736 11.551 13.623 15.477 16.038 17.621 19.209 21.922 22.822 23.841 24.191 25.066 25.854 26.882 28.075
Bruno Senna 14.099 16.261 19.954 23.945 27.116 29.749 32.02 33.717 36.597 12.813 11.27 12.825 10.583 7.179 11.423 14.811 17.612 20.002 22.562 20.565 22.932 24.704 26.641 28.256 29.71 31.14 31.891 32.61 32.791 33.35 31.879 14.618 37.655 38.429 38.853 39.412 40.042 41.01 49.081 19.101 5.239 4.938 7.533 9.04 10.29 12.089 13.527 15.094 15.819 17.604 18.516 19.585 20.873 22.478 23.542
Kamui Kobayashi 6.436 5.817 7.403 10.452 11.78 13.246 14.545 16.012 14.603 6.475 6.136 7.291 5.847 5.082 8.114 10.568 12.162 14.169 15.94 13.797 15.333 16.828 18.216 20.324 23.492 42.714 44.835 46.2 46.076 46.461 44.656 25.926 27.188 28.359 29.434 30.529 31.804 34.318 41.96 14.472 3.444 3.895 5.958 7.576 8.815 10.289 11.641 13.154 14.07 15.532 16.17 17.331 18.571 19.705 20.076
Daniel Ricciardo 9.041 8.958 10.948 12.772 14.517 16.257 18.052 19.66 19.805 8.948 8.606 9.31 8.558 6.12 9.564 12.337 14.195 16.025 18.856 16.923 18.897 20.829 23.959 25.779 27.438 31.821 53.706 55.223 56.027 57.058 55.603 37.22 39.454 42.145 44.398 45.854 47.782 54.155 65.357 22.697 8.116 7.243 9.797 13.06 14.003 15.367 16.53 17.769 18.932 20.585 21.621 22.972 24.382 26.085 27.463
Jean-Eric Vergne 9.38 9.591 11.687 13.525 15.575 17.549 19.558 21.276 25.255 14.255 12.914 13.92 11.943 7.903 12.031 15.512 18.246 20.675 24.05 23.71 25.225 26.73 28.307 29.755 30.935 32.397 33.517 34.652 35.354 36.199 34.883 16.99 20.432 40.842 41.926 43.206 44.358 47.219 53.968 20.44 6.468 5.838 8.469 12.633 15.245 17.144 18.618 21.464 24.541 26.613 28.198 29.828 31.448 33.063 34.906
Heikki Kovalainen 11.561 12.221 14.62 17.285 19.485 21.866 24.838 27.35 30.519 11.534 10.721 11.976 9.475 6.745 10.732 14.022 16.667 19.297 23.51 23.124 26.365 29.785 33.349 35.919 38.344 40.837 43.018 47.039 70.995 72.318 71.367 53.869 56.485 58.683 61.035 63.384 65.932 73.837 81.9 32.203 8.97 8.741 13.221 17.394 20.006 22.983 25.651 28.579 31.159 34.014 36.254 39.18 42.101 45.695 47.764
Charles Pic 13.054 15.897 21.024 24.958 28.6 32.21 36.146 39.79 45.407 18.668 15.619 16.927 14.03 10.541 15.854 22.805 26.934 30.853 34.724 34.486 38.052 41.659 44.948 48.37 51.902 56.691 80.108 82.991 85.389 87.524 87.714 70.977 74.001 76.839 79.998 83.361 86.738 102.152 113.595 65.987 26.04
Vitaly Petrov 12.189 15.386 19.04 23.471 26.745 30.842 34.505 39.033 44.186 17.223 14.621 15.789 13.399 9.468 14.925 19.171 22.803 28.944 32.858 32.824 36.151 39.629 43.451 47.442 50.957 54.327 59.618 82.043 84.347 86.252 86.389 69.725 72.886 75.672 78.901 81.944 85.303 99.994 109.797 61.018 16.155 11.145 16.822 20.919 24.354 27.781 31.215 34.895 38.564 42.414 45.907 50.485 55.4 59.916 64.595
Timo Glock 11.249 14.627 18.24 22.962 26.086 29.416 34.033 38.131 42.78 16.819 13.764 14.986 12.605 8.958 14.371 18.496 22.031 26.385 31.251 31.436 35.093 38.866 42.165 45.405 48.576 51.753 56.889 78.523 80.094 81.423 80.781 63.516 66.215 68.555 70.828 73.4 76.524 88.767 98.227 52.339 10.749 10.567 16.201 19.658 22.545 25.711 29.252 33.085 36.481 40.021 43.321 46.447 49.834 52.936 56.473
Pedro de la Rosa 22.086 23.39 27.404 31.75 35.389 39.416 43.939 50.598 55.863 19.338 16.362 17.865 15.033 11.61 19.104 24.758 29.228 33.411 37.989 38.463 42.928 46.86 50.98 55.016 58.716 62.573 66.491 71.739 95.503 97.589 97.912 81.282 85.06 88.535 91.65 94.862 98.211 118.381 129.352 86.511 41.193 13.209 18.323 22.6 27.091 31.219 34.794 38.745 42.453 46.918 51.858 58.176 62.618 67.834 71.778
Narain Karthikeyan 13.736 18.149 23.046 27.521 31.408 35.221 39.748
Sebastian Vettel 15.132 16.774 19.433 21.042 21.731 22.526 23.19 23.755 24.895 9.725 9.578 10.291 8.229 12.872 16.606 19.705 23.075 23.796 24.531 21.247 21.695 22.114 22.199 22.435 22.613 22.831 22.679 22.751 23.149 23.252 20.597 1.451 2.086 2.777 3.63 4.1 6.35 24.4 29.875 3.329 2.212 2.132 3.388 4.362 4.478 5.448 5.539 5.92 6.224 6.455 6.128 5.863 5.698 5.103 4.163

As noted in the pre-race analysis, if you’re a driver in a quick car starting at the back of the field a safety car deployment is what you want.

That was the case for Vettel in Abu Dhabi just as it was for Schumacher in Belgium last year and Alonso in Monaco the year before.

In Vettel’s case the two safety car periods fell very nicely, saving him around 12 and 26 seconds respectively. Without the second safety car period it’s extremely unlikely he would have finished on the podium – he was set for fourth place without it.

Had he been able to get past Button more quickly in the final stint, the race could have ended with a three-way battle for the lead between him, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

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17 comments on 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lap charts

  1. jonchuckle (@jonchuckle) said on 5th November 2012, 11:03

    Are you working for Total now, Keith? ;)

  2. Anonymouse said on 5th November 2012, 12:25

    I too like gRomain Grosejan

  3. Estesark (@estesark) said on 5th November 2012, 12:48

    Hang on a moment. Everyone is saying Vettel raced from 24th to 3rd, and that’s what the lap chart on this page indicates. But looking at this picture, it’s clear that Vettel started ahead of one other car – that of Pedro de la Rosa, who also lined up in the pit lane. Was he ever actually in 24th position?

  4. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 5th November 2012, 13:27

    What really pops up in the second graph is Vettel’s flat line from lap 16 to 30 meaning he laped as quick as the Leader (Raikkonen) despite having to deal with traffic and overtaking. These 15 laps played in my view the biggest role in Vettel’s phenomenal success to finish on the podium. He gained 19 places in these laps , without those gained because some people in front of him pited earlier ( i think 7) means he did 12 overtakes in that period.

    • scarlet said on 5th November 2012, 18:01

      This is the crux of why Vettel jumped all the faster midfield cars. His driving and his Red Bull on the new soft tyres were fast enough to allow him to pass Di Resta and Grosjean, who held up the rest of the pack once they’d stopped onto mediums. Once he got past Vergne who jumped out of his way, and a slow down the straights Senna, he also didn’t really encounter much more cars because they all pitted out of the way in time, besides Schumacher, who was around a second and a half of a lap slower than the leaders.

      • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 6th November 2012, 13:52

        Its really noteworthy how some people reading the numbers under their colored sunglasses. What about the 8 first laps when he drove with the harder compound? didn’t he overtook then? What about the extra pit stop he made? Didn’t he loose places and time then?
        He choose a setup with higher top speed for easier overtaking sacrificing absolute laptime yet he could keep the rhythm of the leaders. Is that so easy for you ?
        A setup which he never tried in practice?

  5. sumedh said on 5th November 2012, 13:55

    I think Grosjean’s and Di Resta’s performance dictated a number of strategies here. They were not fast enough to hold Vettel up but fast enough to ensure that whoever pitted came out behind them. And as they had pitted during the SC, they didn’t need to pit. This meant that Perez, Kamui, Michael, Webber, Felipe could not make use of the fresher tyres to make inroads into Vettel’s lead.

    Vettel made most of this opportunity though. He was behind them, overtook them and a bunch of other cars to build enough lead that he had a gap of a pitstop to Grosjean. And this gap he built was not due to “luck”, it was just his speed.

  6. Atomic Wolf (@atomicwolf) said on 5th November 2012, 16:23

    Sebastian Vettel avoided a penalty during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by allowing Romain Grosjean to re-pass him after going off the track.

    I didn’t actually see this “re-pass” when watching on the beeb. DID Vettel ACTUALLY let Grosjean re-pass him ??

    • sumedh said on 5th November 2012, 17:20

      On Sky, I only saw Vettel’s illegal pass.
      But I did see that he was behind Grosjean a short while after that.
      And then I did see that he was ahead of Vettel.

      But I didn’t see any of the other two passes. Then again, I dont think they were exciting to watch.

  7. Himmat said on 6th November 2012, 4:55

    You make a fair point of Maldonado. He was losing 4 tenths a lap after the first SC. Safe to say considering his OK pace even without it, he’d have held on to second at the very least, and maybe even trouble RAI as he had the best straightline speed.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 8th November 2012, 18:15

    Raikkonen was really able to take advantage of that clean air that Hamilton left him. Hamilton absolutely had this one in the bag before his car failed him.

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