2012 United States Grand Prix grid

2012 United States Grand Prix

Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’35.657
Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’35.766
McLaren
Row 2 3. Mark Webber 1’36.174
Red Bull
4. Kimi Raikkonen 1’36.708
Lotus
Row 3 5. Michael Schumacher 1’36.794
Mercedes
6. Nico Hulkenberg 1’37.141
Force India
Row 4 7. Fernando Alonso 1’37.3
Ferrari
8. Romain Grosjean* 1’36.587
Lotus
Row 5 9. Pastor Maldonado 1’37.842
Williams
10. Bruno Senna 1’37.604
Williams
Row 6 11. Felipe Massa** 1’36.937
Ferrari
12. Jenson Button 1’37.616
McLaren
Row 7 13. Paul di Resta 1’37.665
Force India
14. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’37.879
Toro Rosso
Row 8 15. Sergio Perez 1’38.206
Sauber
16. Kamui Kobayashi 1’38.437
Sauber
Row 9 17. Nico Rosberg 1’38.501
Mercedes
18. Daniel Ricciardo 1’39.114
Toro Rosso
Row 10 19. Timo Glock 1’40.056
Marussia
20. Charles Pic 1’40.664
Marussia
Row 11 21. Vitaly Petrov 1’40.809
Caterham
22. Heikki Kovalainen 1’41.166
Caterham
Row 12 23. Pedro de la Rosa 1’42.011
HRT
24. Narain Karthikeyan 1’42.74
HRT

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Five-place penalty for gearbox change

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122 comments on 2012 United States Grand Prix grid

  1. One poor quali (evidently due to struggles with tyre temperatures) and Alonso may not be worthy of a championship?

    It doesn’t matter to some people how good a person is, if they don’t like them the driver in question always seems to be of a lower quality than he is. Just look at all of the Vettel-bashers!

  2. forcef1 (@forcef1) said on 17th November 2012, 20:06

    even though Massa did a great job, he’ll be relinquishing his position to Alonso anyhow..Ferrari needs to workout some arrangement that lets Alonso pass Massa right into turn 1..meanwhile Massa holds back Hulk, Mal, Gro,etc.
    I dun think overtaking is easy..any positions gained during the 1st lap would be great for Alonso..but all this may be futile..guess the championship has run its course

    • Joakim said on 17th November 2012, 20:42

      From the top speed versus lap time we can se that there is two different groups of cars. The second group consists of a few very slow cars which have significantly poorer performance. However, both groups follow the same trend where faster lap time correlate with slower top speed. This is actually very interesting and suggest that several of the teems could try to obtain slightly more down force even if it costs a bit of the top speed.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th November 2012, 12:59

      @forcef1 There’s no way that Ferrari will take the risk of trying that into turn 1. Alonso may well do it of his own volition but to try and orchestrate that at the first turn is asking for trouble.

  3. @lhfan said on 17th November 2012, 20:12

    Vettel is a machine while LH is more of a superhero !

  4. That was the most breathtaking qualy of the season. What a brilliant last lap from LH, he was unfortunate to have missed the pole by a tenth!! Not Alonso’s day, no lady luck on his side. He’s gotta do a Herculean task to be able to deny Vettel the title tomorrow. Also I wonder if Webber will receive a grid penalty or just a reprimand for missing the weight check. If it is the former then that could change the plot big time. Although I am not Alonso’s fan, I would like to see him win the title considering the efforts he has put in this year in an uncompetitive car.

  5. Andrei (@andrei) said on 17th November 2012, 20:30

    Great, beautiful job of Lewis Hamilton. There is no better driver on quali, he takes 120% of car potential. So sad McLaren let him go, but as someone said above, they really don’t deserve such a driver…
    BTW, I was surprised by seeing Massa qualifying better than Alonso. Anyway, I think Alonso can finish at least two positions ahead, as there are 2 places with no cost: Hamilton (DNF by car failure) and Massa (Team orders).

    • brny666 said on 17th November 2012, 20:34

      Just to clear this up, as good as it sounds nobody is capable of outperforming their car, that’s just impossible from an engineering point of view. As hard as this will be to hear for some fans who idolise drivers to the point of making them into deities, all a driver can do is maximise the cars potential.

      • Andrei (@andrei) said on 17th November 2012, 21:12

        @brny666 Really? So, LH will never break the speed of light limit? You just broke my heart into 1 million pieces…
        PD: Please, don’t explain people that you didn’t literally have access to my heart. Please, just don’t.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 17th November 2012, 22:04

        @brny666, Whist you might be technically correct I disagree, I take 100% to mean as fast as the car can go without losing adhesion, exceeding 100% means losing adhesion and re-gaining it without losing time or crashing and being ultimately faster.

  6. First of all, it’s gonna be a miracle if they get through turn 1 without at least a couple of retirements tomorrow.

    Second of all, nothing looks like it could play in Alonso’s favour tomorrow and as much as I’d like to see the fight for the WDC get taken to Brazil, I seriously doubt that will happen. This time, the car is not fast enough, the tyres don’t work well enough on that car and Alonso doesn’t seem to understand it that well and get the most out of it, apparently (he was more than 0.5s slower than Massa in all Q sessions). And Vettel is absolutely flying. And there’s Hamilton, Webber and Raikkonen to get past tomorrow (provided Schumi and Hulk slip back and Massa gets out of the way). And there’s Maldonado and Grosjean nearby at the start. And between Vettel and Alonso guess who’s more likely to get involved into a potential massive coming together in turn 1?

    Unless the alternator-gods have their say or Hamilton t-bones Seb, the championship gets decided tomorrow. I just can’t see another way…

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th November 2012, 12:58

    I actually don’t think this is too bad for Alonso. We all know how good he is at making up places at the start or at least over the first couple of laps. I have more faith in his ability to climb in to the top 5 than to defend in the F2012 had he qualified higher up. He’s still well poised.

  8. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 18th November 2012, 14:54

    I’m actually rather excited to see how Schumacher’s race will go. Starting from 5th, he’ll probably get a rocket start. Could he be up right at the front early on? It’s possible, and will shake thing up a bit if he does.
    It is far too much to ask, but it would be brilliant if he was first going into the first corner, just to see how that goes. It would really make a mess of Red Bull’s day due to their lack of top speed.

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