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The 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2012) was the 20th and final race of the 2012 Formula One Season. It took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace on November 25 2012.

It was Michael Schumacher's final race in Formula One.

With a 13-point gap between championship leader, Sebastian Vettel and second-placed Fernando Alonso, the 2012 Drivers' World Championship was to be decided here.

Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of teammate Jenson Button. Vettel qualified fourth, behind his teammate Mark Webber. Alonso qualified in eighth.

Button won the rain-affected race in a safety-car finish ahead of Alonso, with Felipe Massa in third. Webber finished fourth, with Nico Hülkenberg in fifth, after an impressive race ruined by a collision with Hamilton. Vettel's sixth place, achieved after an accident at the start, gave him the championship.


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Ahead of the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, Red Bull-Renault driver, Sebastian Vettel leads the World Drivers Championship by 13 points from Spaniard, Fernando Alonso. The championship would be decided at this race. No other drivers are in contention for the title. Following Vettel's 2nd place at the United States Grand Prix, Red Bull have secured the Constructors' Championship, holding an unassailable lead of 73 points ahead of Ferrari.

This race was the last for Michael Schumacher as he would retire for the second time after being in Mercedes for 3 years.

The São Paulo circuit remains mostly unchanged from last season, although the grandstands have been moved back slightly around the Subida dos Boxes section due to numerous major incidents, including a number of fatal accidents, in the last couple of years. As a result, there will be more run-off around this section of the circuit. Also as a reaction to this, the DRS zone will be moved to the straighter Reta Oposta between turns 3 and 4.

Pirelli provided teams with early 2013 prototypes during Friday practice.

Early weather indications shown a high probability of rain throughout the weekend, which may be a contributing factor in the championship battle.

Championship scenarios

For Sebastian Vettel to win the 2012 Drivers' World Championship if:

  • Vettel finished in the top 4, or
  • Alonso failed to win, and Vettel finished 7th or higher, or
  • Alonso finished third, and Vettel finished 9th or higher, or
  • Alonso failed to make the podium places.

For Fernando Alonso to win the championship:

  • Alonso needed to finish in the top 3, and outscore Vettel by a minimum of 14 points.

Entry list

The full entry list for the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB8 Renault RS27-2012 P
2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB8 Renault RS27-2012 P
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-27 Mercedes FO 108Z P
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-27 Mercedes FO 108Z P
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2012 Ferrari 056 P
6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2012 Ferrari 056 P
7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W03 Mercedes FO 108Z P
8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W03 Mercedes FO 108Z P
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 P
10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 P
11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z P
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z P
14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C31 Ferrari 056 P
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C31 Ferrari 056 P
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari 056 P
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari 056 P
18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P
19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P
20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 P
21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 P
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT F1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 P
23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT F1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 P
24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR01 Cosworth CA2012 P
25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR01 Cosworth CA2012 P
Free Practice 1 only
19 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P
20 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 P

Practice

FP1

FP2

FP3

Practice Results

Qualifying

Q1

Q2

Q3

Qualifying Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:15.075 2 1:13.398 1 1:12.458 1
2 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:15.456 3 1:13.515 2 1:12.513 2
3 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 11 1:16.180 4 1:13.667 3 1:12.581 3
4 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 5 1:15.644 1 1:13.209 4 1:12.760 4
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 12 1:16.263 10 1:14.048 5 1:12.987 5
6 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 13 1:16.266 6 1:13.698 6 1:13.174 16*
7 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 4 1:15.536 7 1:13.704 7 1:13.206 6
8 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 10 1:16.097 9 1:13.856 8 1:13.253 7
9 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 15 1:16.432 5 1:13.698 9 1:13.298 8
10 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 7 1:15.929 8 1:13.848 10 1:13.489 9
11 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 6 1:15.901 11 1:14.121 10
12 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 2 1:15.333 12 1:14.219 11
13 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 8 1:15.974 13 1:14.234 12
14 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 9 1:16.005 14 1:16.334 13
15 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 14 1:16.400 15 1:14.380 14
16 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:16.744 16 1:14.574 15
17 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:16.722 17 1:14.619 17
18 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 18 1:16.967 18
19 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 19 1:17.073 19
20 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 20 1:17.086 20
21 24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 21 1:17.508 21
22 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 22 1:18.104 22
23 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:19.576 23
24 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:19.699 24

* Pastor Maldonado was given a ten-place grid penalty for receiving a third reprimand of the season for missing a call to the weighbridge after the second qualifying session.

Grid

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

* Pastor Maldonado was given a ten-place grid penalty for receiving a third reprimand of the season for missing a call to the weighbridge after the second qualifying session.

Race

Report

Results

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:45:22.656 2 25
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 71 + 2.734 s 7 18
3 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 71 + 3.615 s 5 15
4 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 71 + 4.936 s 3 12
5 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 71 + 5.708 s 6 10
6 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 71 + 9.453 s 4 8
7 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 71 + 11.907 s 13 6
8 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 71 + 28.653 s 17 4
9 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 71 + 31.250 s 14 2
10 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 70 + 1 lap 8 1
11 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 70 + 1 lap 19
12 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 70 + 1 lap 22
13 16 Italy Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 + 1 lap 15
14 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 70 + 1 lap 20
15 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 70 + 1 lap 9
16 24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 70 + 1 lap 21
17 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 69 + 2 laps 24
18 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 69 + 2 laps 23
19 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 68 Accident 10
Ret 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 54 Collision 1
Ret 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 5 Accident 18
Ret 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1 Accident 16
Ret 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 0 Collision 11
Ret 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0 Collision 12

Milestones

Final Standings

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 278
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 190
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button 188 ▲1
6 Australia Mark Webber 179 ▼1
7 Brazil Felipe Massa 122
8 France Romain Grosjean 96
9 Germany Nico Rosberg 93
10 Mexico Sergio Pérez 66
11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 63 ▲1
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 60 ▼1
13 Germany Michael Schumacher 49 ▲2
14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 46 ▼1
15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 45 ▼1
16 Brazil Bruno Senna 30
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 16
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 10
19 Russia Vitaly Petrov 0 ▲1
20 Germany Timo Glock 0 ▼1
21 France Charles Pic 0 ▲1
22 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 0 ▼1
23 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 0
24 India Narain Karthikeyan 0
25 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 460
2 Italy Ferrari 400
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 378
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 303
5 Germany Mercedes 142
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 126
7 India Force India-Mercedes 109
8 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 76
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 26
10 Malaysia Caterham-Renault 0
11 Russia Marussia-Cosworth 0
12 Spain HRT-Cosworth 0

Notes

V T E 2012 Formula One Season
Teams Red Bull | McLaren | Ferrari | Mercedes | Lotus | Force India | Sauber | Toro Rosso | Williams | Caterham | HRT | Marussia
Engines Renault | Mercedes | Ferrari | Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel | 2 Webber | 3 Button | 4 Hamilton | 5 Alonso | 6 Massa | 7 Schumacher | 8 Rosberg | 9 Räikkönen | 10 Grosjean | 10 D'Ambrosio | 11 Di Resta | 12 Hülkenberg | 14 Kobayashi | 15 Pérez | 16 Ricciardo | 17 Vergne | 18 Maldonado | 19 Senna | 20 Kovalainen | 21 Petrov | 22 De la Rosa | 23 Karthikeyan | 24 Glock | 25 Pic
Other Drivers Buemi | Paffett | Turvey | Rigon | Bird | Bianchi | Daly | Gutiérrez | Bottas | Wolff | Van der Garde | Rossi | González | Clos | Luizzi | de Villota | Chilton
Cars RB8 | MP4-27 | F2012 | F1 W03 | E20 | VJM05 | C31 | STR7 | FW34 | CT01 | F112 | MR01
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia | Malaysia | China | Bahrain | Spain | Monaco | Canada | Europe | Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | India | Abu Dhabi | United States | Brazil
Team Reports Red Bull | McLaren | Ferrari | Mercedes | Lotus | Force India | Sauber | Toro Rosso | Williams | Caterham | HRT | Marussia
Driver Reports Vettel | Webber | Button | Hamilton | Alonso | Massa | Schumacher | Rosberg | Räikkönen | Grosjean | di Resta | Hülkenberg | Kobayashi | Pérez | Ricciardo | Vergne | Maldonado | Senna | Kovalainen | Petrov | de la Rosa | Karthikeyan | Karthikeyan | Glock | Pic
Tests Jerez | Barcelona 1 | Barcelona 2 | Mugello | Young Driver
See also 2011 Formula One Season | 2013 Formula One Season | Bahrain GP protests | Category
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