2012 United States Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 United States Grand Prix

Unusually, Felipe Massa was the quicker of the two Ferraris at the Circuit of the Americas and matched Sebastian Vettel’s lap times at the end of the race.

United States 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 56
Sebastian Vettel 107.821 106.344 106.716 105.592 104.598 104.432 103.992 103.879 103.85 103.802 103.668 103.181 103.578 104.143 103.889 103.944 103.84 103.548 104.154 104.228 104.757 121.742 103.042 102.707 102.199 102.22 101.998 101.847 101.81 101.877 102.019 102.008 101.688 102.15 100.969 100.911 101.132 101.059 100.925 101.539 100.85 102.746 100.677 100.382 100.539 100.506 100.556 100.653 100.686 100.239 100.422 100.468 100.082 100.132 99.861 99.347
Lewis Hamilton 109.559 107.384 106.64 105.497 104.783 104.293 103.614 103.794 103.279 103.683 103.677 103.272 103.472 103.914 103.58 104.053 104.251 104.667 104.84 105.09 121.759 102.754 102.812 103.156 101.826 102.052 101.752 102.704 101.95 101.833 101.632 101.525 101.292 101.502 101.339 101.024 101.069 100.961 101.041 101.162 101 101.001 100.24 100.52 100.435 100.549 100.406 101.069 100.311 100.366 100.294 100.263 100.212 99.913 99.709 100.494
Mark Webber 108.558 107.065 107.139 107.084 105.444 104.719 104.1 104.405 104.063 104.469 104.125 103.766 103.599 104.468 104.115 106.008
Kimi Raikkonen 114.246 112.114 107.073 105.923 105.247 105.317 105.12 104.341 104.432 105.639 105.57 105.733 104.084 103.663 103.721 104.049 103.558 103.154 103.301 103.184 103.423 103.808 103.481 104.937 126.451 103.851 104.863 103.761 105.058 102.767 102 102.061 101.886 102.148 102.154 101.71 102.069 102.112 103.212 102.524 101.907 102.071 101.326 102.073 102.697 101.62 101.924 101.657 102.333 103.752 101.945 101.735 100.826 100.736 99.873 99.474
Michael Schumacher 113.401 112.593 108.802 108.553 107.301 107.435 107.943 106.607 106.206 107.793 105.38 104.951 107.349 106.816 126.728 105.585 104.58 104.429 104.892 104.564 105.074 104.132 104.101 103.72 103.651 104.518 103.833 103.903 103.554 103.67 103.223 103.056 103.219 103.069 104.133 102.91 104.261 103.317 102.478 123.453 102.996 102.232 101.44 101.624 101.369 101.194 101.374 101.308 101.482 101.165 102.195 101.553 101.512 100.923 101.067
Nico Hulkenberg 113.678 108.849 107.264 106.888 106.111 105.696 105.141 104.831 104.837 105.758 105.559 105.855 106.803 105.35 106.257 105.863 105.93 123.615 103.507 103.382 103.268 103.588 105.452 104.109 103.379 103.782 103.586 103.626 103.815 103.125 102.913 102.616 102.667 102.757 101.961 101.933 102.168 102.391 102.257 101.936 101.638 101.48 101.811 101.991 101.243 101.379 101.597 101.734 102.353 101.27 101.704 101.748 101.048 101.685 102.415 101.462
Fernando Alonso 110.603 108.915 106.931 106.448 105.329 105.101 104.567 104.376 104.033 104.237 104.278 103.756 104.098 103.834 105.37 104.603 104.519 103.893 104.877 105.411 127.268 104.644 104.711 103.305 102.734 102.832 103.046 102.921 102.617 102.368 102.57 101.98 101.864 102.003 101.772 101.455 101.542 101.566 101.484 101.234 100.987 101.256 100.956 101.051 100.141 101.618 101.048 100.977 101.322 100.549 100.328 101.352 101.689 101.453 101.004 99.672
Romain Grosjean 115.014 109.849 106.502 105.81 106.034 115.202 108.597 107.174 108.057 123.774 103.54 104.106 103.64 105.195 103.586 103.942 103.319 102.458 103.29 102.681 103.534 103.447 103.47 102.887 102.797 103.471 102.879 104.288 103.233 102.728 102.572 102.444 102.213 101.967 101.777 102.013 101.47 103.205 102.066 101.731 101.633 101.982 101.84 101.691 101.825 101.604 101.667 102.632 102.246 102.618 103.094 101.514 101.661 101.572 100.625 101.416
Pastor Maldonado 119.311 109.563 109.542 107.104 107.397 107.359 107.688 107.503 105.872 105.8 105.726 104.762 104.909 104.194 104.4 103.864 103.792 104.029 103.779 103.677 104.495 122.957 103.479 103.525 102.974 103.584 103.479 104.562 104.518 102.719 103.788 102.064 102.222 102.198 101.582 101.76 101.322 101.249 101.267 101.301 102.039 101.024 101.305 102.397 101.885 101.084 101.56 101.249 101.478 101.248 101.697 101.442 100.719 101.306 102.652 101.393
Bruno Senna 118.883 109.53 108.477 108.006 107.235 106.87 107.468 104.94 104.431 103.924 103.979 104.555 105.234 105.071 104.853 105.367 105.092 104.234 104.411 106.703 122.388 103.371 102.39 102.736 102.565 102.922 103.689 103.431 103.762 103.279 102.771 102.721 102.834 102.774 102.356 101.591 102.047 102.649 101.71 102.37 101.622 101.239 101.66 103.355 101.519 100.938 101.29 101.286 102.169 101.31 101.785 102.782 100.745 101.483 102.263 101.337
Felipe Massa 116.792 110.443 108.659 107.877 107.293 106.837 105.272 104.679 104.246 104.478 104.26 103.884 104.059 104.507 104.422 103.769 103.646 102.93 103.161 103.036 103.252 103.22 103.532 103.453 103.292 103.925 124.964 105.561 104.473 102.795 102.336 102 102.338 101.95 102.097 101.734 101.578 101.722 101.339 100.934 100.572 100.737 100.904 100.981 101.148 100.972 101.911 101.275 100.884 100.49 101.469 100.254 100.05 99.743 99.745 99.402
Jenson Button 120.82 108.893 107.713 108.496 107.292 106.418 107.654 105.784 106.071 104.483 103.839 103.712 103.767 104.166 104.769 105.602 105.056 104.133 104.563 104.476 105.208 104.67 103.039 102.007 101.986 103.42 104.445 102.656 102.171 101.898 102.071 101.932 101.626 102.159 101.234 120.332 100.97 101.69 101.018 102.103 101.958 102.252 101.276 101.973 101.135 100.33 100.871 100.673 101.032 100.35 100.903 100.842 100.245 100.15 100.95 102.419
Paul di Resta 115.873 110.83 108.75 106.998 106.864 106.044 105.257 105.359 104.91 105.096 105.874 105.165 105.077 104.874 104.989 105.153 104.95 104.338 104.508 104.743 106.179 124.304 104.017 103.483 103.139 103.642 103.586 104.864 113.07 105.038 124.111 104.058 103.458 103.119 102.904 102.633 102.757 102.835 102.457 105.356 102.45 102.496 101.806 102.191 102.029 101.997 101.75 102.033 101.818 101.596 101.965 101.597 101.445 101 100.594
Jean-Eric Vergne 121.811 109.971 108.251 106.663 107.12 108.512 106.656 107.695 106.011 105.032 105.698 104.775 106.741 107.438
Sergio Perez 118.172 109.43 108.852 107.836 107.336 107.002 106.044 104.894 104.326 104.2 104.38 105.168 105.16 104.878 105.129 105.435 105.036 104.184 104.39 105.176 106.945 105.991 124.265 103.831 103.111 103.107 102.885 103.345 103.832 103.217 103.472 103.294 102.338 102.622 102.126 102.582 102.226 102.225 102.553 102.644 102.024 101.944 101.992 101.877 102.417 102.069 101.441 101.665 101.348 100.905 101.022 100.958 100.701 101.015 101.873 102.72
Kamui Kobayashi 122.647 110.929 107.888 108.276 107.02 107.149 106.422 107.514 106.246 105.503 105.281 106.72 105.414 128.205 105.615 105.149 104.533 104.095 104.852 104.529 104.675 104.154 104.328 104 103.626 104.133 104.209 103.882 103.288 103.422 103.091 102.758 102.802 102.779 104.266 103.3 103.706 103.571 102.288 101.976 101.956 102.068 101.884 101.765 102.462 102.538 102.209 101.67 103.644 106.031 101.442 100.946 101.599 102.959 100.315
Nico Rosberg 120.34 110.749 109.806 106.9 107.217 107.844 106.678 107.585 106.147 105.377 105.252 105.138 106.262 106.203 104.19 104.146 104.106 103.514 104.264 104.058 104.129 103.9 103.804 103.548 103.675 104.043 104.297 105.009 105.837 103.375 103.197 102.662 102.847 102.909 124.168 102.764 101.949 101.872 101.605 100.94 101.141 101.365 101.042 101.363 101.669 102.802 101.342 100.942 100.857 100.518 100.428 100.713 100.579 100.738 100.942 102.032
Daniel Ricciardo 124.004 110.118 107.82 106.313 105.996 106.879 107.136 106.368 105.645 104.94 104.412 104.252 104.39 104.47 104.051 104.423 104.497 104.296 104.18 104.381 105.975 103.778 104.239 103.646 104.495 103.982 104.014 104.59 104.282 104.383 124.693 103.324 103.69 102.509 102.363 102.105 102.035 101.96 101.785 101.823 102.097 101.609 101.489 101.582 101.96 101.461 101.198 101.33 101.174 100.848 100.945 101.037 100.772 101.035 101.394 101.967
Timo Glock 123.781 112.951 108.757 108.024 107.955 107.314 107.015 106.977 107.785 108.365 106.611 106.185 106.976 106.833 106.432 106.245 106.356 105.317 105.77 105.519 106.458 126.015 105.087 105.169 104.927 105.03 105.112 105.672 104.853 104.776 106.476 105.137 104.563 103.922 103.795 103.783 103.829 103.656 103.356 103.324 103.608 104.424 103.575 103.346 103.991 105.186 104.07 104.485 106.568 105.007 106.232 103.646 103.367 104.211 105.619
Charles Pic 125.705 112.004 110.798 109.661 108.078 107.387 106.968 106.687 107.134 107.069 106.621 107.246 106.703 106.69 110.013 106.879 107.631 105.997 105.942 105.927 106.133 105.963 105.425 105.345 105.033 106.56 129.105 105.816 105.344 105.281 104.92 105.274 105.239 107.449 104.527 104.563 106.162 107.207 104.417 106.87 104.499 103.923 104.522 107.476 105.93 103.903 104.074 103.943 103.699 103.33 106.088 104.401 105.584 102.481
Vitaly Petrov 123.382 112.529 108.906 107.766 107.378 107.508 106.84 106.559 106.685 106.748 105.864 106.027 106.19 105.905 106.306 107.285 106.125 105.368 105.915 105.787 105.744 105.937 106.105 125.647 104.593 105.086 104.772 104.705 104.355 104.72 104.972 104.642 106.397 104.697 104.203 103.909 103.533 104.697 103.56 103.198 103.735 103.632 103.395 104.806 104.05 104.45 104.274 105.075 104.546 103.94 104.301 104.841 106.418 103.942 102.824
Heikki Kovalainen 125.479 113.221 109.556 107.96 107.507 106.605 106.29 106.645 107.935 106.944 106.238 105.97 106.503 106.937 106.352 106.331 105.938 105.523 106.24 106.125 106.178 125.908 105.424 105.044 104.654 104.852 104.757 104.856 104.572 104.636 104.586 107.179 104.645 104.43 103.831 103.603 103.809 103.796 103.565 103.591 103.717 103.557 104.911 103.816 104.186 105.265 103.656 104.938 104.899 103.072 106.673 106.172 103.904 103.324 106.12
Pedro de la Rosa 126.427 113.538 111.415 109.968 109.203 108.313 107.782 107.681 107.879 107.675 107.395 107.936 107.67 107.713 107.448 107.685 107.229 107.126 107.061 107.592 107.703 107.457 108.045 108.418 130.628 109.252 106.642 112.7 107.815 106.589 107.595 105.801 106.141 105.978 105.363 107.074 105.297 106.152 105.377 105.247 107.912 106.199 104.664 104.698 105.528 104.892 106.272 104.775 106.865 105.645 105.188 104.771 105.461 104.684
Narain Karthikeyan 126.86 113.765 111.256 110.334 109.145 108.483 107.824 107.555 108.069 108.143 107.463 107.243 107.71 107.838 108.196 107.386 106.992 107.343 107.254 107.307 107.285 107.181 108.148 107.785 108.167 133.31 112.102 108.412 106.633 107.723 106.169 106.47 105.378 105.492 107.811 106.092 106.27 105.304 105.257 108.865 106.505 105.265 104.762 105.498 104.593 106.793 105.443 104.952 107.783 105.443 104.508 105.819 110.171 105.888

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2012There haven’t been many races this year where Fernando Alonso was slower than his team mate, but this was definitely one.

Massa out-qualified Alonso by over three-tenths of a second – the first time he has done so on merit all year (Alonso had a technical problem during qualifying at Monza).

As the graph above shows during the race Massa’s car was often the quicker of the two when not in traffic, particularly towards the end of the stints.

But Ferrari’s decision to sacrifice Massa’s starting position to move Alonso up one place was another reminder that he is unlikely to be allowed to finish in front of his team mate.

Tyre warm-up was a particular problem for the Ferrari drivers, as can be seen from their slower times at the start of each stint. But at the end of the race Massa was lapping as quickly as Vettel.

United States Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.347 56
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.402 0.055 56
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’39.474 0.127 56
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.672 0.325 56
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.709 0.362 55
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.150 0.803 54
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.315 0.968 55
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.428 1.081 51
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.594 1.247 55
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’40.625 1.278 55
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.701 1.354 53
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’40.719 1.372 53
13 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’40.745 1.398 53
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.772 1.425 53
15 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.923 1.576 54
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.048 1.701 53
17 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.481 3.134 54
18 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’42.824 3.477 55
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’43.072 3.725 50
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.324 3.977 40
21 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’43.599 4.252 13
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’44.508 5.161 51
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’44.664 5.317 43
24 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.775 5.428 12

Vettel set the fastest lap for the sixth time this year, with Massa second-quickest.

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30 comments on 2012 United States Grand Prix fastest laps

  1. Fastest laps are pretty much meaningless now. The fact that the two best drivers of this season (Hamilton and Alonso) don’t have one fastest lap between them is sufficient proof that the fastest lap has lost its significance in the Pirelli era.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 19th November 2012, 18:20

      They were never as meaningful as winning or taking pole position. And the likes of Raikkonen and Vettel have been as good as those two this year, and do have some fastest laps.

  2. Alonso randomly set fastest lap on lap 45. The laps before and after were both 1 second a lap slower. With a 30 second gap to those in front and a 18 second gap to Button behind, Alonso had no reason to push.

    I think it is obvious that he did a quick lap just to check what kind of time he could pull out of the bag if he ever wanted/needed to.

    Considering Massa was in a battle with Button, he had to push harder than Alonso to maintain a gap, which is why his times were often much quicker. Considering Alonso had been going so slow and looking after his tires, if he had decided to push he probably could have set quicker times than not only his team mate, but also the two in front of him (HAM/VET had worn tires), as shown by his fastest lap.

  3. JCost (@jcost) said on 19th November 2012, 14:31

    So now my to-come vote for Driver Of the Weekend will look less “political”. Good job Massa :)

  4. OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 19th November 2012, 15:03

    But Ferrari’s decision to sacrifice Massa’s starting position to move Alonso up one place was another reminder that he is unlikely to be allowed to finish in front of his team mate.

    At this stage of the championship obviously, what can you expect?

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 19th November 2012, 16:00

      @oel-f1 yeah I could have expected it. The problem is they look the more unsportive team by now. I wan’t fan of Ferrari but I quite respected them, even when they had some team decisions which put Massa’s down on the game (mostly because of Massa’s bad performances at the beginning of the year). But to affect the starting grid by making the gearbox change ON PURPOSE… come on! what a shame for Ferrari and Alonso if they win the driver’s championship in that way!

      • There is not a single team in the grid that would n’t have done what ferrari did , if they were in ferrari’s position… Many teams have bend the rules as much as they can plenty of times … I dont understand why people are complaining so much over it…

        • hzh (@hzh00) said on 20th November 2012, 7:45

          that is right. And quoting what Ferrari published on their website regarding the penalty:”something for which we would publicly like to express our gratitude”. So really, why do some people complain about such acts? Ferrari has been always proud of being a “team”, doing anything to help each others. Finally, I am sure that in case the situation is opposite (I mean in case Felipe was in the title fight instead of Fernando), then the team would have done the same to help Felipe keep in the fight. Just remember the situation back in 2008, when Felipe was in the title fight, and when in China, Kimi was faster than Felipe, but he let Felipe pass him during the race.
          Link:

      • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 19th November 2012, 20:48

        @omarr-pepper how on earth is this tactical move any worse than team orders? Especially when they only have one of their drivers in the fight for the championship! Was this worse than Hockenheim 2010, or worse than Interlagos 2007???

        • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 19th November 2012, 21:34

          And besides, it would’ve been the easiest thing in the world for Ferrari to tell the world that there was something wrong with the gearbox, they even could’ve lied to Felipe, but insead they chose to be honest. So stop kicking at them for trying to win a world championship!

          • hzh (@hzh00) said on 20th November 2012, 18:20

            Thumbs up for your comments, this is a world championship on the line, and not a simple challenge between teammates

  5. javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 19th November 2012, 15:44

    It appears ALO and Massa have significantly higher out laps than other top teams, and nearly in parity with the bottom runners. Might it be these Ferrari guys working harder for tire temp?

    Understandably, this graph does not accomodate for time lost due to track action, there is an interesting trend when the comparing the outlap (and 5 immediate subsequent laps) of VET & HAM vs ALO. Massa’s data seems to support this trend rather than contradict it.

    Seems it is this, outlap/tire warming cycle is really costing the Ferrari team…

    • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 19th November 2012, 19:53

      Just did a bit more research, ALO was under heavy threat from BUT PER and RIC behind him upon exiting the pits, and was not held up by a driver in front (HAM was +11 ahead). I cant imagine he was doing anything more than going as fast as he could to keep those behind him, yet even still took him 3 laps to get back down to “fresh tire” speeds. But eventually passed him on lap 23.

      A look at VET and HAM data shows they were able to get back down to “fresh tire” speeds right away…

      • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 19th November 2012, 20:59

        Given that Pirelli bought harder tyres than normal for this race, I guess it hurt Ferrari the most as they seem to struggle more than Red Bull and McLaren normally in qualifying when it comes to getting the tyres working as quickly as possible.

    • 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 19th November 2012, 22:32

      Alonso and to a lesser extent massa had slow stops

      • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 20th November 2012, 15:20

        I see my point is lost…
        Mine is a commentary on the slow outlaps Ferrari seems to be producing when compared to the next top competitors. I listen to pundits and they say “the Ferrari car is not up to snuff with the other leaders” and my mind demands more details. Specifically WHY is it not up to snuff, WHERE is the time lost, What part of the design is causing this. To a large extent, nobody can/will say, and I cant get access to ALO to ask him, so Ive been looking at data to try to understand for myself.

        With these Out Laps, I think I have found some of the problem. I have not looked at data from every race, but it seems Ferrari cant get the tires up to temp like the others can. Similarly, I cannot find data that says the Ferrari is harder on their tires than the other cars, they dont need more pit stops, nor do they seem to drop speed at the the end of stints more than others or exhibit other signs that the tires are wearing faster.

  6. Shane (@shane-pinnell) said on 19th November 2012, 17:34

    I think Alonso was just managing gaps to maintain P3. No need to push too hard, he wasn’t going to catch Hamilton or Vettel anyways. Maybe using same engine in Brazil?

  7. javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 19th November 2012, 19:54

    On his out lap, ALO had BUT, PER and RIC right behind, and nobody slowing him down from the front. BUT eventually got passed after 2 laps. Strange when you consider BUT was on old tires and ALO was on fresh shoes… something seems amiss

    • JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 19th November 2012, 22:18

      Nothing was ‘amiss’, it was clear that degradation wasn’t an issue, but warming the tyres up was. Given that Ferrari have been easier on their tyres, they were never going to extract the maximum from the tyres immediately, whereas Button was flying on well-heated hard tyres, which some regarded as a great race tyre anyway, so it’s pretty clear as to why Button was able to get passed so easily.

  8. In the first stint, from lap 10 to 20 Button was able to set equal lap times if not faster than Alonso although he was on the hard tyres. Interesting! Also in the last few laps Alonso’s lap times seem to have increased. I guess Alonso was cruising.

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st November 2012, 8:16

    I was watching Alonso’s onboard for a while and he just wasn’t going anywhere, he couldn’t catch Webber, he was about the same pace. Hamilton, on the other hand…

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