2012 Brazilian Grand Prix lap charts

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso was in position to win the world championship at two different points during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Brazilian 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 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
Lewis Hamilton 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Jenson Button 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mark Webber 3 4 5 5 5 5 6 18 17 17 19 16 15 13 9 7 7 7 6 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 14 12 12 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Sebastian Vettel 4 22 20 18 16 13 11 8 6 6 10 17 14 11 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 10 11 10 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Felipe Massa 5 3 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 3 4 4 5 11 14 13 12 10 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Nico Hulkenberg 6 6 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 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 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Fernando Alonso 7 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 12 9 6 4 4 4 4 5 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Kimi Raikkonen 8 8 8 8 8 14 19 19 19 18 15 15 18 17 14 12 11 11 9 8 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 10 10 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 14 17 18 16 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10
Nico Rosberg 9 11 10 10 10 9 10 9 8 15 17 14 13 12 10 8 8 8 10 14 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 17 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 15 15 16 18 19 18 18 17 17 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 15 15
Paul di Resta 10 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7 11 19 19 15 13 9 9 9 11 12 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 9 9 9 9 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 9 8 7 5 5 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9
Bruno Senna 11
Sergio Perez 12
Michael Schumacher 13 13 11 11 11 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 17 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 12 11 11 10 11 11 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 9 9 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Kamui Kobayashi 14 10 9 9 9 8 7 6 13 19 16 13 10 9 7 5 6 6 7 9 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 9 10 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9
Daniel Ricciardo 15 12 12 12 12 10 9 10 9 16 18 18 17 14 12 10 10 10 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 11 13 13 13 11 11 13 13 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13
Pastor Maldonado 16 9
Jean-Eric Vergne 17 18 17 17 17 16 14 13 10 8 6 5 5 5 6 13 15 14 14 11 10 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 13 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 17 17 16 16 16 16 14 14 14 14 13 11 11 10 7 8 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 8 8 8
Romain Grosjean 18 16 14 14 14 11
Vitaly Petrov 19 14 13 13 13 12 12 11 14 11 9 7 8 10 16 16 13 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 15 16 16 15 15 15 15 16 16 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 11 11
Heikki Kovalainen 20 15 15 15 15 15 13 12 11 9 7 6 6 8 11 14 16 16 16 16 19 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 14 15 15 15 15 15 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 17 17 16 16 16 14 14 13 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 15 15 14 14
Timo Glock 21 17 16 16 18 17 15 14 12 10 8 8 7 7 15 15 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 11 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 18 18 17 17 17 15 15 14 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 16 16
Charles Pic 22 20 19 20 20 19 17 16 16 13 13 10 11 19 19 18 17 17 17 17 14 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 14 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12
Narain Karthikeyan 23 21 21 21 21 20 18 17 18 14 14 11 16 18 18 17 18 18 18 18 16 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18
Pedro de la Rosa 24 19 18 19 19 18 16 15 15 12 12 9 12 16 17 19 19 19 19 19 20 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 19 19 19 20 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17

The lap chart reveals how rapid Sebastian Vettel’s return to the front of the pack was after his collision with Bruno Senna at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2012Having fallen to last place he gained at least two positions on each of the next seven laps, putting him sixth by lap eight. He was aided by pit stops for some drivers including Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber.

With Fernando Alonso looking on course for a podium finish for much of the race, Vettel needed to get back into the points. Alonso was in position to win the championship on two different occasions during the race.

He moved into championship-winning position when he passed Webber and Felipe Massa for third on lap three. But on lap six he went off at the first corner allowing Nico Hulkenberg into third and putting Vettel back in position to claim the title.

There was a brief moment later in the race when Alonso had the title in his grasp. Lewis Hamilton’s retirement moved him back up to third on lap 55, while Vettel was recovering from a slow extra pit stop due to a radio glitch.

At this moment Alonso had the combination of positions he needed to win the title, but lost it when Vettel passed Kamui Kobayashi for ninth the next time by. Although Massa later let Alonso through into second, by this time Vettel was up to seventh and the Red Bull driver eventually claimed sixth to secure the title by three points.

Brazilian 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 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
Lewis Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0.013 0 0.821 1.667 7.078 20.877 19.822 18.68 16.414 14.654 15.391 18.747 27.524 45.523 45.503 45.005 47.806 53.387 16.006 8.182 6.883 1.655 1.809 0.969 1.428 2.407 2.41 2.681 2.595 2.374 2.278 2.293 2.152 1.996 2.02 1.909 1.976 1.353 1.497 1.279 1.416 1.483 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jenson Button 0.629 0.822 0.915 1.031 0.643 0 0.659 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.843 0.825 1.291 1.233 0.679 1.201 1.405 1.519 0.867 1.095 0.544 1.07 2.852 3.25 3.807 3.741 4.004 4.083 3.941 3.916 3.946 3.983 3.885 4.283 3.504 3.405 3.376 4.198 4.953 4.159 4.664 4.861 5.887 6.005 5.86 4.418 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Webber 2.09 3.015 4.157 4.727 6.513 8.589 20.064 21.141 28.789 40.722 37.678 40.062 41.641 42.573 40.823 41.041 44.008 47.767 57.793 76.07 75.699 86.402 96.432 58.673 21.988 13.863 5.634 5.482 2.288 7.26 8.066 8.377 10.223 10.946 11.934 14.827 15.739 16.443 17.014 18.109 19.114 19.586 22.361 23.521 24.576 26.13 27.348 28.401 30.504 31.837 32.814 34.748 38.646 45.517 47.102 57.268 43.14 28.125 27.676 28.58 28.663 28.756 28.172 27.771 26.864 26.557 27.194 26.228 24.205 26.681 4.936
Sebastian Vettel 13.371 12.829 12.592 12.278 13.048 12.348 12.495 15.319 18.348 26.332 38.098 39.034 40.761 38.956 36.744 35.623 37.605 40.829 49.15 67.443 67.983 77.519 86.33 51.734 19.745 11.958 3.66 3.732 2.162 3.19 4.425 5.378 6.485 8.426 9.248 9.942 10.965 12.279 13.311 14.498 15.72 16.446 16.406 18.047 19.187 20.145 22.093 22.756 24.465 26.312 28.848 35.073 55.787 68.233 79.476 75.316 61.127 46.052 46.044 47.323 46.643 46.987 46.49 47.468 46.12 44.616 43.989 43.06 40.603 39.393 9.453
Felipe Massa 2.082 3.989 4.365 5.221 6.757 8.203 9.641 12.089 15.268 17.788 20.491 23.18 28.535 34.702 49.268 63.442 63.081 64.433 73.328 91.614 90.867 105.663 111.917 71.534 28.46 18.47 11.135 10.844 3.934 4.417 5.819 6.308 7.049 8.014 8.375 8.967 9.596 11.272 11.917 12.917 13.352 13.826 13.245 13.804 13.926 14.792 15.589 15.174 16.425 17.505 18.233 19.571 21.965 24.764 27.84 38.452 24.502 10.674 12.969 16.255 19.299 22.393 22.729 23.08 23.172 24.19 24.606 24.412 21.838 23.374 3.615
Nico Hulkenberg 2.5 2.904 3.392 3.78 3.621 2.967 2.896 3.099 3.787 3.618 2.721 1.827 2.648 1.143 0.934 0.294 0.319 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 1.814 2.419 2.088 1.79 1.535 1.156 0.11 7.263 6.601 14.515 22.12 28.512 29.307 29.158 29.49 29.168 29.408 28.077 27.878 28.901 27.992 25.567 27.565 5.708
Fernando Alonso 2.216 2.266 2.427 3.289 5.892 7.446 8.23 8.679 9.879 19.142 32.519 33.478 34.287 33.548 31.443 32.194 35.192 44.424 64.298 64.807 65.074 74.858 82.783 48.196 17.155 10.661 2.531 2.641 1.516 2.19 3.238 4.657 5.306 5.676 5.88 6.107 6.559 7.087 7.641 8.071 8.186 8.927 8.362 8.907 9.257 9.853 10.575 10.213 10.77 12.51 13.378 14.685 17.577 20.133 18.058 27.669 30.161 16.509 17.913 19.866 20.42 20.959 21.274 21.231 20.362 21.313 21.048 20.255 18.275 22.144 2.754
Kimi Raikkonen 4.631 5.981 6.074 6.656 13.295 28.127 29.616 31.501 33.505 33.68 37.148 43.309 49.462 49.379 49.455 50.589 53.358 57.459 67.884 88.225 87.6 100.769 107.309 67.146 25.094 17.156 10.728 9.882 3.992 5.085 6.547 7.909 11.244 11.865 13.724 15.281 17.351 19.641 22.002 23.19 23.992 25.099 25.002 25.81 26.971 28.703 30.31 31.198 33.541 36.034 37.889 74.588 94.843 123.34 114.89 112.422 99.635 86.147 88.04 89.866 90.558 91.387 91.643 93.422 92.944 93.418 94.5 95.494 101.702 151.436
Nico Rosberg 5.895 6.858 7.406 8.03 8.441 9.742 12.498 16.237 25.335 38.314 36.038 38.403 41.037 43.271 44.275 45.365 49.056 57.717 80.319 121.982 151.557 174.139 169.075 139.129 128.233 104.77 65.592 32.854 7.881 9.448 11.103 13.265 15.269 17.987 20.379 23.107 25.668 27.724 29.94 32.368 34.764 38.072 39.163 41.461 43.552 47.173 52.958 55.982 61.619 73.834 104.176 110.148 118.538 122.749 118.307 120.276 114.411 107.713 112.509 120.949 125.591 132.266 140.818 146.07 151.872 156.664 162.48 170.414 185.166 192.166
Paul di Resta 3.792 4.73 5.063 5.844 7.046 8.816 11.622 15.752 18.994 27.304 44.925 44.541 46.878 46.043 45.132 46.097 50.147 58.927 76.756 78.235 77.773 88.3 98.281 60.666 22.563 14.377 7.184 6.576 2.471 3.849 5.264 7.736 9.23 10.056 11.246 19.995 21.075 22.38 23.362 24.637 25.414 26.492 26.146 26.983 28.173 29.527 31.606 31.911 34.245 36.587 39.061 42.114 46.157 51.608 45.513 46.735 60.011 61.588 60.937 61.447 60.796 60.479 59.871 60.412 59.204 59.167 60.37 59.606
Bruno Senna
Sergio Perez
Michael Schumacher 6.868 7.887 8.498 8.928 28.324 53.532 60.376 76.291 92.78 90.068 89.25 92.949 94.659 94.177 93.236 94.28 101.443 118.344 119.426 119.732 119.048 140.084 135.934 130.675 122.871 97.82 59.605 28.854 5.915 6.697 7.002 8.036 10.121 11.558 13.363 15.253 17.161 19.612 23.193 25.683 27.777 29.788 31.366 32.91 34.296 35.459 37.242 37.859 39.873 41.311 42.613 45.48 50.73 62.894 68.672 65.829 53.498 39.595 40.075 42.305 43.566 44.931 46.167 49.079 50.028 50.864 52.071 52.634 52.548 51.925 11.907
Kamui Kobayashi 5.891 6.638 6.611 7.03 7.611 8.722 11.265 19.321 38.522 35.246 33.836 35.432 38.159 37.967 36.614 37.559 39.919 47.791 69.437 69.441 68.707 79.819 86.909 52.484 20.769 12.586 4.728 4.474 2.202 2.884 3.955 4.654 6.307 7.307 7.756 8.529 10.478 11.915 12.875 13.84 14.723 15.867 16.037 17.59 18.399 19.434 21.31 21.298 22.572 23.802 25.068 26.869 29.142 61.77 78.638 76.138 62.896 48.258 47.994 49.622 50.252 51.338 51.326 52.025 51.31 51.791 52.986 53.139 64.856 72.293 31.25
Daniel Ricciardo 6.833 8.034 8.603 9.096 9.14 8.929 13.491 16.414 26.786 39.977 39.362 42.535 46.019 46.026 46.234 47.842 51.386 56.312 66.878 84.651 84.826 97.238 104.022 66.375 24.708 16.565 9.738 9.065 3.118 4.553 5.967 6.871 7.919 9.301 10.511 11.423 12.672 14.326 15.956 17.734 20.054 21.842 22.673 24.549 25.857 27.421 29.103 30.098 32.497 35.17 41.654 66.148 73.108 82.587 81.954 97.277 102.913 89.73 90.802 92.6 98.402 118.681 120.64 122.678 123.438 124.862 127.676 129.438 146.875 160.801
Pastor Maldonado 4.638
Jean-Eric Vergne 9.884 11.015 11.62 13.328 14.09 14.007 15.879 16.912 20.547 23.035 25.339 27.582 31.575 36.605 50.439 64.371 65.056 67.899 73.781 85.62 102.436 123.54 132.402 128.503 120.334 95.057 54.546 22.849 19.664 37.506 37.001 37.577 37.767 38.535 39.157 40.003 41.044 42.259 42.91 44.191 45.058 46.123 47.032 47.312 47.02 48.561 51.192 50.776 51.842 52.914 54.276 56.337 59.293 67.027 61.13 71.074 74.55 59.647 58.473 59.464 58.924 58.695 58.142 58.824 58.187 58.921 61.349 61.966 62.253 70.212 28.653
Romain Grosjean 9.084 9.41 9.717 10.428 10.025
Vitaly Petrov 8.072 9.092 9.628 10.398 13.006 13.613 15.533 19.42 22.591 26.025 28.151 32.176 38.665 52.202 64.64 63.41 66.678 72.025 84.106 108.041 107.847 129.044 135.093 129.529 122.675 96.96 58.297 28.131 5.601 6.783 9.712 11.97 13.663 15.685 17.801 20.263 22.666 25.092 27.288 29.728 31.748 34.326 35.425 37.696 39.558 48.555 53.723 56.796 60.472 65.17 68.846 76.517 89.079 107.331 114.821 113.986 103.915 92.207 94.415 98.515 101.041 103.754 106.066 109.337 112.513 117.949 121.775 124.153 131.216 157.722
Heikki Kovalainen 8.976 10.538 11.221 12.067 14.06 13.674 15.554 17.324 20.931 24.619 26.585 28.757 36.768 45.227 56.012 71.948 72.679 76.073 87.133 123.544 124.822 145.412 136.882 132.19 124.012 99.086 60.112 29.811 6.26 7.387 9.78 12.985 14.787 16.766 18.946 21.779 28.297 48.105 49.029 50.208 51.68 53.602 54.076 55.732 57.843 59.266 62.224 63.349 65.541 68.331 71.32 77.029 85.116 95.183 94.827 118.297 125.141 112.365 118.843 138.102 141.65 145.023 149.872 152.943 155.015 157.572 161.048 163.347 179.282 185.359
Timo Glock 9.476 10.891 11.498 13.41 14.972 14.937 16.655 18.119 22.028 25.846 28.585 30.394 36.367 50.921 64.122 61.986 63.051 66.644 77.24 94.907 95.281 112.926 126.702 127.082 120.391 93.285 53.9 22.273 4.742 6.027 20.805 40.583 41.413 42.276 43.511 45.166 46.647 49.258 51.202 52.967 54.311 56.727 56.853 58.159 58.844 63.486 66.114 66.887 69.217 71.1 72.664 78.177 85.729 98.206 99.2 124.315 134.689 123.838 126.603 131.13 137.33 141.902 144.959 150.76 153.8 157.358 163.024 170.77 185.811 193.998
Charles Pic 11.163 12.738 14.065 14.615 16.488 16.042 17.795 20.488 24.321 27.713 31.311 36.683 62.632 79.681 77.322 76.992 79.14 84.046 91.042 106.588 128.386 150.316 142.41 134.109 125.641 99.555 61.408 30.361 6.58 7.92 10.435 12.467 14.291 16.031 18.407 20.321 23.464 25.757 28.05 30.452 32.504 34.596 36.007 38.292 40.017 42.876 45.487 46.639 49.787 52.666 56.076 60.742 67.835 81.246 89.593 108.116 97.892 88.562 92.406 96.607 99.437 102.396 104.591 108.461 115.644 120.519 124.187 127.647 134.633 159.42
Narain Karthikeyan 12.64 16.226 17.726 17.95 17.753 17.229 19.027 21.839 24.779 28.099 31.621 41.653 55.581 76.479 75.615 77.412 82.258 91.278 100.623 116.588 143.296 168.108 168.76 137.865 127.562 103.517 64.519 31.852 7.671 9.385 12.986 15.588 18.518 21.617 24.846 28.323 31.854 35.272 38.686 41.927 45.186 49.278 51.239 55.137 58.813 63.48 69.226 72.514 78.196 87.325 97.758 132.433 156.284 170.831 198.797 224.117 219.543 208.047 210.598 214.776 219.295 222.338 231.031 234.695 240.877 245.548 251.175 268.982 284.779
Pedro de la Rosa 10.676 12.277 13.401 14.107 15.408 15.634 17.173 20.265 23.82 27.479 31.255 38.259 49.382 67.706 84.794 84.668 87.944 91.921 106.131 131.066 133.138 158.278 151.125 135.078 126.445 102.544 63.501 30.996 6.993 8.584 11.004 14.319 16.591 19.2 21.832 24.747 27.582 30.712 33.732 37.241 40.786 44.626 47.265 50.831 54.199 57.98 62.199 67.189 72.179 81.732 110.051 119.334 139.792 152.353 171.158 189.138 178.861 167.186 170.105 173.725 175.664 179.412 183.835 187.11 188.918 191.408 194.917 211.688 252.454

Marussia lost their grip on the lucrative tenth place in the constructors’ championship to Caterham after Timo Glock’s race was ruined by Jean-Eric Vergne.

Glock was running in the 12th place the team needed in front of both Caterhams when he was hit by Vergne following the first safety car period. It brought back memories of Glock’s retirement in Korea two years ago at the hands of another Toro Rosso driver – Sebastien Buemi – which also cost the team (then Virgin) a strong result.

Glock’s demise led to the battle for 12th place being conducted between his team mate Charles Pic – who will join Caterham next year – and Vitaly Petrov. With six laps to go, Petrov overtook Pic and gave Caterham the result they needed.

Inevitably this proved questions over whether Pic took a fall to benefit his future team. The pair were close on lap times at this stage but Pic’s lack of KERS probably made the difference in this battle.

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11 comments on 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix lap charts

  1. Girts (@girts) said on 26th November 2012, 12:42

    It’s interesting to look back at how Petrov got to that important 11th-place finish. Glock actually got ahead of both Caterhams during the first pit stops and was still in front as Vergne hit him at the restart after the safety car. Kovalainen lost around 15 seconds in his second pit stop. Finally, Petrov spun on lap 46 and thus lost a place to Pic at that moment.

    We’ll never know if Pic had defended more fiercely against Petrov on lap 55 if the latter didn’t represent his future employer that most likely gained several million pounds because of this pass. But Caterham fully deserved the 10th place in the championship even if yesterday wasn’t their best day in the office.

    • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 28th November 2012, 9:45

      @girts, well spotted .
      I wasn’t aware about all this happening in the back and assume the most of the people wasn’t either…… it was kind of a second smaller championship that was decided there.

  2. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 26th November 2012, 12:53

    Νοw that I see this graphic I see that ΜSC also had a fantastic race.

  3. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 27th November 2012, 11:47

    if somebody choose to see only Vettel, Alonso, Button,Hamilton and Hulkenberg in the race chart the following is apparent:
    1) About the 20 first laps of the race when the track was damp-wet Vettel was the fastest man on track although his damaged floor and necessity of overtaking.
    2) After the safety car ,when everybody were on slick tyres and the track was drying out Hamilton was the quickest and Button-Hulkenberg were close on par behind him. Alonso was i little slower and Vettel a lot slower than Alonso.
    3) In the closing stage of the race and specially the last 10 laps when everybody was again with intermediates Vettel was again the fastest of all.

    conclusion:
    Although Ferrari had wished for a wet race it looks like the RB of Vettel was the quickest car in these conditions and if we didn’t had that middle dry part (30~55 lap) probably he would ended up even higher than 6th , maybe even in front of Alonso.

    2nd remark
    Webbers pace in that middle part of the race was also equal slow to Vettel , meaning that the pace of the latter maybe was more due to the set up and less due to the damaged floor he had.
    On the other hand, during almost the whole middle part (30~52lap) Vettel was close behind Kobayashi unable to overtake him due to the low top speed of the RB meaning his pace was dictated by the latter.

  4. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 27th November 2012, 12:09

    About the overtaking of Vettel on Schumacher in lap 64,
    the chart shows us that from lap 59 onward Vettels pace was 1-2 sec/lap quicker than Schumachers.
    In 4 laps Vettel glossed a gap of 6sec.
    According to this, its clear that Vettel passing Michael was either way inevitable even without him stepping aside.

  5. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 27th November 2012, 12:49

    Something other interesting to see is the position changes in the last pit stops between Vettel- Webber- Kobayashi.
    Although Vettel was about 5sec in front of webber his double pit stops due to miscommunication lead to Webber coming in front of him. Seeing the position Webber finished (in front of hulk) means that if Vettel didn’t had to do this double pit stop would finish 4th.
    On the other hand, Kobayashi who was in front of Vettel lost two places to the redbulls even with only one pit stop. Kobayashis pit stop was one of the worsts of the race even worser(+4s) than the last of Vettels and cost him at least one place. This pit stop of kobayashi was 17 sec slower that the first pit stop(10lap) of Vettel which was the fastest of the race.

    Lastly if we look closely in Webbers & Kobayashis lines in laps 6-7 we can see that the the HIT of the latter to the former that resulted him to spin of the track costed Webber about 10sec and 12 places drop in position.
    Somehow coincidentally the last disastrous pit stop of kobayashi gave justice to Webber.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th November 2012, 18:41

    Well, Button and Hulk were certainly comfortable enough in the conditions!

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