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The 2012 European Grand Prix (officially the 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe) was the eighth race of the 2012 Formula One Season. It was held for the fifth time at the Valencia Street Circuit, Spain and was the 22nd running of the European Grand Prix as a standalone Formula One event. The race took place on 24 June 2012. It was the last F1 race to be held at Valencia before it was dropped from F1.

On Saturday, Sebastian Vettel took pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton after a storming lap in a tight qualifying session. Vettel's time was over three tenths ahead of Hamilton.

The race was won by Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso from 11th on the grid, a deserved victory after a string of overtakes earlier in the race. Second was Kimi Räikkönen for Lotus, with Mercedes veteran Michael Schumacher completing the podium. This was Schumacher's first podium since his return to Formula One in 2010. Sebastian Vettel led up until lap 33, when an alternator failure on his Renault engine forced him to stop. Lewis Hamilton was third with two laps to go, but crashed with Pastor Maldonado. Maldonado received a 20-second penalty for his part in the crash, and lost a point as a result.

Background

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Red Bull arrived at Valencia with a major set of upgrades expected to greatly improve their performance after a disappointing result in Canada. Amongst other teams making minor bodywork changes were Ferrari with new aerodynamic parts and Lotus with a new front wing design.

The Valencia Street Circuit remained unchanged from the 2011 event, however the double-DRS zone which was used the previous year was reduced to a single DRS zone on the long back-straight between the swing-bridge exit (turn 10) and the braking zone for the tight right-left chicane (Turn 12). This posed potential difficulties taking the left-kink (Turn 11) with the DRS activated.

Following an unsuccessful practice, Marussia driver Timo Glock was forced to withdraw from the event on doctors' advice, as he was feeling unwell. The team chose to leave the number 24 car-slot vacant for the race, rather than allowing reserve driver María de Villota to compete in the race, as de Villota lacked the Super Licence required by the FIA to race.

Entry list

The full entry list for the 2012 European 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
12 France Jules Bianchi India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z P
19 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P

Practice Overview

FP1

For Free Practice 1, Jules Bianchi replaced Nico Hülkenberg and Valtteri Bottas replaced Bruno Senna.

The session started relatively quietly, without much driving taking place in the first half hour, and with no incidents. Like in Canada, Jenson Button's McLaren was having issues, first with his KERS, then front locking and brake balance issues. Despite this, Button set the fourth fastest time of the session. But the quickest driver was Pastor Maldonado, who set a time only eight hundredths ahead of second-placed Sebastian Vettel, who in turn was only about one hundredth ahead of his Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber. The top thirteen drivers were all within one second.

FP2

Unlike FP1, Free Practice 2 had some incidents. First, 25 minutes in, Michael Schumacher suffered an engine problem, he was soon back out on track. Then, just after 40 minutes into the session, Pedro de la Rosa had a accident, crashing into the barriers, and this brought out Yellow Flags for five minutes. Also unlike FP1, the drivers completed a lot of laps, with Heikki Kovalainen doing the most laps (38). Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets after being second quickest in FP1; but surprisingly was backed up by Nico Hülkenberg and Kamui Kobayashi. The top 15 were covered by one second, tighter than in FP1; and also of note is that Vitaly Petrov's FP2 time would place 2nd in comparison to the FP1 times.

FP3

In an uneventful session, out-of-form Jenson Button surprising set the fastest lap time, ahead of the two Lotus's, with Romain Grosjean ahead of Kimi Räikkönen. The Force Indias came fourth and fifth, Nico Hülkenberg beating Paul di Resta. Mark Webber only completed four laps in the hour session; all at the start, as his suffered brake problems. The only near-crashes were Pedro de la Rosa, who spun at the final corner, but kept his car out the barriers; and Sebastian Vettel, who went off at turn two with minutes to go.

Practice Results

No. Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:40.973 1 1:39.334 13 1:39.434
2 Australia Mark Webber 3 1:40.984 9 1:39.901 19 1:41.282
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:40.994 12 1:39.990 1 1:38.562
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 8 1:41.158 14 1:40.147 8 1:39.178
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 5 1:41.065 7 1:39.733 12 1:39.395
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 14 1:42.109 15 1:40.244 9 1:39.318
7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 7 1:41.117 4 1:39.601 7 1:39.141
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 9 1:42.182 10 1:39.926 15 1:39.946
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 10 1:41.620 11 1:39.945 3 1:38.759
10 France Romain Grosjean 11 1:41.784 8 1:39.868 2 1:38.655
11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 6 1:41.105 6 1:39.700 5 1:38.892
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg DNP 2 1:39.465 4 1:38.819
France Jules Bianchi 15 1:42.175 DNP DNP
14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 12 1:41.838 3 1:39.595 11 1:39.358
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez 13 1:41.861 16 1:40.511 6 1:39.084
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 1:42.777 18 1:41.121 17 1:40.134
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 18 1:42.758 20 1:41.263 16 1:40.037
18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1 1:40.890 13 1:40.075 10 1:39.357
19 Brazil Bruno Senna DNP 5 1:39.644 14 1:39.543
Finland Valtteri Bottas 16 1:42.299 DNP DNP
20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 17 1:42.442 19 1:41.197 18 1:40.681
21 Russia Vitaly Petrov 20 1:43.209 17 1:40.963 20 1:41.931
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 22 1:44.996 24 1:44.260 21 1:42.758
23 India Narain Karthikeyan 23 1:45.120 23 1:44.201 23 1:42.943
24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 24 1:45.338 21 1:42.424 24 1:43.815
25 France Charles Pic 21 1:44.173 22 1:42.958 22 1:42.815

Qualifying

Q1

Pastor Maldonado topped the first session, which saw Mark Webber return to the track after problems with his brakes. However, his DRS was not working, and as a result he was unable to progress to Q2, despite using the softer tyres. His place in Q2 was taken by Heikki Kovalainen, who beat the time of Jean-Éric Vergne on his final lap to advance out of Q1 for the first time this season. Behind Webber, Vitaly Petrov was 20th, the two HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan were 21st and 22nd. Charles Pic qualified 23rd, and Timo Glock did not take part in the session.

Q2

The second session of qualifying was very tight. Romain Grosjean was fastest, setting a time of 1:38.489 at the end. Felipe Massa, who was 13th, posted a time of 1:38.780, under three tenths of a second slower than Grosjean. Fernando Alonso qualified 11th and Michael Schumacher qualified 12th, the two biggest scalps of Q2. Bruno Senna was 14th, with Sergio Pérez 15th. Another surprise was that Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen beat the time of Daniel Ricciardo, to qualify 16th.

Q3

The third and final session was dominated by one lap from Sebastian Vettel. He beat Lewis Hamilton by 0.324 seconds, with one the best qualifying laps of his career. Behind Hamilton was Pastor Maldonado, showing some of the form he had last time he was in Spain. Fourth and fifth were Lotus teammates, Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen. Sixth was Nico Rosberg, and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi was seventh, another good qualifying performance from the Japanese driver. Eighth was Nico Hülkenberg, who beat McLaren's Jenson Button. After a mistake on his fastest lap, Paul di Resta was tenth, completing a disappointing return for Force India, considering their strong performance in the practice sessions.

Post-qualifying

Sebastian Vettel's pole was the 33rd of his career, putting him equal third in the all-time table with Jim Clark and Alain Prost. He was, however, still 32 poles behind Ayrton Senna, who has the second-most amount of poles (65).

The stewards gave Timo Glock special dispenation to take part in the race, but after taking medical advice, he chose not to.

Qualifying Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:39.626 4 1:38.530 1 1:38.086 1
2 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:39.169 8 1:38.616 2 1:38.410 2
3 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1 1:38.825 7 1:38.570 3 1:38.475 3
4 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 12 1:39.530 1 1:38.489 4 1:38.505 4
5 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 11 1:39.464 5 1:38.531 5 1:38.513 5
6 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 4 1:39.061 2 1:38.504 6 1:38.623 6
7 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 15 1:39.651 10 1:38.703 7 1:38.741 7
8 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 3 1:39.009 9 1:38.689 8 1:38.752 8
9 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 1:39.622 6 1:38.563 9 1:38.801 9
10 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 2 1:38.858 3 1:38.519 10 1:38.992 10
11 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 8 1:39.409 11 1:38.707 11
12 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 9 1:39.447 12 1:38.770 12
13 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 7 1:39.388 13 1:38.780 13
14 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 10 1:39.449 14 1:39.207 14
15 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 6 1:39.353 15 1:39.358 15
16 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 17 1:49.087 16 1:40.295 16
17 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:39.924 17 1:40.358 17
18 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:40.203 18
19 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 19 1:40.395 19
20 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 20 1:40.457 20
21 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 21 1:42.171 21
22 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 22 1:42.527 22
23 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 23 1:42.675 23
24 24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 24 no time 24*


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

* Timo Glock was unable to participate in qualifying, due to a stomach bug, and though he was allowed to race, he decided against doing so.

Race

Report

At the start, Sebastian Vettel made a strong start and held onto first place. Lewis Hamilton made a poor start, but managed to hold onto second. Kimi Räikkönen made a good start, but was blocked by Pastor Maldonado, and then Romain Grosjean took Maldonado's third place. Kamui Kobayashi, meanwhile, sneaked into fourth place. Both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa also made good starts, both making up three places. Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button did the opposite, making poor starts; Rosberg fell to 11th, and Button finished the lap 13th.

Vettel then drove away from a slow Hamilton at about two seconds a lap. Hamilton was being pressured by Grosjean. On lap 10, Charles Pic lost a bit of his front wing trying to overtake Narain Karthikeyan at turn 2, who was lucky to avoid a puncture. On lap 11, Grosjean attempted to pass Hamilton at turn 12, completing the move by turn 13. On lap 13, Alonso passed Nico Hülkenberg for 7th, and Räikkönen managed to pass Maldonado for fifth.

Hamilton then pitted, as did Räikkönen, while Alonso passed Maldonado what had become third. On lap 15, Alonso pitted. On lap 16, both Vettel and Grosjean pitted, and after Grosjean got pass Rosberg and Paul di Resta, they were in first and second again, but the gap was about 20 seconds. Hamilton had held onto third after the pit stops, with Alonso in fourth after a few overtakes. Räikkönen was fifth, ahead of Maldonado.

On lap 20, there was contact between Kobayashi and Bruno Senna at turn 8, and Senna managed to spin on the following straight, before correcting the spin with a fine piece of car control. Senna picked up a puncture in the incident and then received a drive-through penalty.

On lap 27, Jean-Éric Vergne and Heikki Kovalainen collide, after Vergne pulls an overtake on Kovalainen, but then Vergne's right rear hits Kovalainen's front left, and the safety car is brought out as damage is shrewn all over the circuit. As a result, Vergne was forced to retire his Toro Rosso.

Under the safety car, Alonso got past Hamilton, the McLaren driver being the victim of an awful pit stop. Daniel Ricciardo found himself in fourth place, behind Alonso, but ahead of Räikkönen and Hamilton.

After the restart on lap 34, Vettel held onto his lead, while Alonso managed to get past Grosjean. Kobayashi and Massa touched, leaving Massa with a puncture and Kobayashi was forced to retire his car with terminal suspension damage. Then on the run-up to turn 10, Vettel lost drive, with an alternator failure, and had to stop his car. This, amazingly, left Alonso in the lead from 11th on the grid.

Hamilton overtook both Räikkönen and Ricciardo to take third place on lap 35. On lap 37, Schumacher overtook Ricciardo for fifth; and since the restart, Rosberg had lost seven places, to Schumacher, Webber, Maldonado, Hülkenberg, Di Resta, Button and Sergio Pérez. Webber pitted after losing places to Maldonado, Hülkenberg and Di Resta.

On lap 41, Grosjean is forced to retire as his car had an alternator failure, similar to the one that ended Vettel's race. This left Alonso ahead of Hamilton by three seconds. Räikkönen was promoted into the final podium place, with Maldonado fourth. Schumacher pitted on the same lap as Grosjean retired, after quickly losing three places, and he emerged in front of Webber again, this time in 11th place. But more surprising was that Vitaly Petrov had made his way up to tenth place.

Petrov was overtaken by Schumacher and Webber on lap 45, who had started to carve their way through the field on fresh tyres. On lap 46, Rosberg pitted, and became the fastest driver on the track, Petrov pitted a lap later for a new front wing, after having made contact with Ricciardo. On lap 49, Schumacher and Webber got past Button, who had found his way to eight place; then the duo made their way past Pérez three laps later, then the one-stopping Di Resta the next lap. The pair had driven their way to fifth and sixth places.

Then, on lap 55, Räikkönen managed to find a way past Hamilton who then fell into the clutches of Maldonado. They ran side-by-side, but then on turn 12 of lap 56, Maldonado gets ahead, runs wide, then drives into Hamilton. Hamilton is forced to retire, while Maldonado completes the race minus a front wing; he finishes the race in tenth. On the same lap, Schumacher and Webber overtake Hülkenberg. Rosberg, in the fastest car on track with his fresh tyres, overtook Button, Pérez, Maldonado, and Di Resta. Button makes his way past both Pérez and Maldonado.

Alonso won the race, finishing six seconds ahead of Räikkönen, who in turn finished another six seconds ahead of Schumacher, who scored his first podium of his comeback. Schumacher was surprised when he heard of his third place finish, since he was quite far down the order with only a few laps to go. Schumacher was followed by Webber. Hülkenberg came an impressive fifth, and Rosberg had managed to charge up to sixth place. He was followed by Di Resta, who was ahead of Button. Pérez scored two points for ninth. Maldonado completed the top ten. Senna was about a second behind his teammate, who in turn was a few seconds ahead of Ricciardo. The two Caterhams of Petrov and Kovalainen were 13th and 14th, and Pic was the last driver on the lead lap, in 15th place. Massa eventually came 16th, a lap down. Pedro de la Rosa and Karthikeyan came 17th and 18th. Hamilton was classified 19th.

Post-race

The result left Fernando Alonso in the lead of the World Championship by 20 points over Mark Webber. Red Bull extended their lead in the Constructors' Championship.

Pastor Maldonado was given a twenty second penalty for returning to the track in an unsafe manner, and as a result crashing with Lewis Hamilton. The penalty took him out of the pointscoring positions, and he was placed 12th. Bruno Senna, Maldonado's teammate, took the final point.

Jean-Éric Vergne was given a ten place grid penalty for the next race, the British Grand Prix, for causing an avoidable collision with Heikki Kovalainen. He was also fined €25,000 for driving dangerously with a puncture.

Kamui Kobayashi was given a five place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix, for his part in his collision with Felipe Massa.

Results

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Avg Speed Grid Pts
1 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 57 1:44:16.649 177.728 11 25
2 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 57 + 6.421 s 177.545 5 18
3 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 57 + 12.639 s 177.369 12 15
4 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 57 + 13.628 s 177.341 19 12
5 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 57 + 19.993 s 177.161 8 10
6 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 57 + 21.176 s 177.128 6 8
7 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta IndiaForce India-Mercedes 57 + 22.866 s 177.080 10 6
8 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 + 24.653 s 177.030 9 4
9 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 57 + 27.777 s 176.942 15 2
10 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 57 + 35.961 s 176.712 14 1
11 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 + 37.041 s 176.682 17
12 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado* United Kingdom Williams-Renault 57 + 54.630 s 176.749 3
13 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 57 + 1 m 15.871 s 175.598 20
14 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 57 + 1 m 34.654 s 175.079 16
15 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 57 + 1 m 36.551 s 175.027 23
16 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 174.533 13
17 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 56 + 1 lap 174.281 21
18 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 56 + 1 lap 174.024 22
19 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 55 Collision 177.341 2
Ret 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 40 Alternator 174.462 4
Ret 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 33 Alternator 172.181 1
Ret 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 33 Collision damage 171.981 7
Ret 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 26 Collision damage/Puncture 178.776 18
DNS 24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth Illness

* Pastor Maldonado finished 10th but received a 20-second penalty for "rejoining the track in an unsafe manner" in his collision with Lewis Hamilton. This moved him down to 12th.

Fastest Laps

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap Avg Speed Race
1 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 54 1:42.163 190.954 6
2 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 40 1:42.717 0.554 189.924 4
3 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 43 1:43.099 0.936 189.220 3
4 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 43 1:43.526 1.363 188.440 9
5 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 40 1:43.666 1.503 188.185 1
6 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 1:43.674 1.511 188.171 11
7 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 43 1:43.686 1.523 188.149 2
8 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 38 1:43.764 1.601 188.007 Ret
9 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 43 1:44.007 1.844 187.568 19
10 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 43 1:44.064 1.901 187.465 12
11 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 45 1:44.101 1.938 187.399 7
12 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 1:44.111 1.948 187.381 10
13 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 40 1:44.226 2.063 187.174 5
14 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 54 1:44.253 2.090 187.126 13
15 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 36 1:44.431 2.268 186.807 16
16 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 18 1:44.555 2.392 186.505 Ret
17 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 48 1:44.806 2.643 186.138 8
18 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 22 1:45.082 2.919 185.649 Ret
19 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 40 1:45.294 3.131 185.274 14
20 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 22 1:45.491 3.328 184.930 Ret
21 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 42 1:46.388 4.225 183.370 18
22 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 43 1:46.701 4.538 182.832 15
23 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 36 1:46.799 4.636 182.665 17

Laps in the Lead

By Lap

Stint Driver Laps Total Distance
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 01 – 33 33 178.827 km
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 34 – 57 24 130.056 km

Totals

Pos. Driver Laps Distance
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 33 178.827 km
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 24 130.056 km

Milestones

Standings after race

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 111
2 Australia Mark Webber 91
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 88
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 85
5 Germany Nico Rosberg 75
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 73
7 France Romain Grosjean 53
8 United Kingdom Jenson Button 45
9 Mexico Sergio Pérez 39
10 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 29
11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 27
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 21
13 Germany Michael Schumacher 17
14 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 17
15 Brazil Bruno Senna 16
16 Brazil Felipe Massa 11
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 4
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 2
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 0
20 Russia Vitaly Petrov 0
21 Germany Timo Glock 0
22 France Charles Pic 0
23 India Narain Karthikeyan 0
24 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 176
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 137
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 126
4 Italy Ferrari 122
5 Germany Mercedes 92
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 60
7 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 45
8 India Force India-Mercedes 44
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6
10 Malaysia Caterham-Renault 0
11 Russia Marussia-Cosworth 0
12 Spain HRT-Cosworth 0

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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
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