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The 2012 Indian Grand Prix (officially 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix) was the 17th race of the 2012 Formula One Season, which took place at the Buddh International Circuit on October 28 2012.

The race was won by Red Bull-Renault driver, Sebastian Vettel from pole, leading every lap. It was the third consecutive race in which Vettel had led every lap, and the German's fourth consecutive win. As of the end of this race, Vettel had led 205 consecutive laps since lap 23 of the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix. Spaniard Fernando Alonso continued his run of good form by finishing second, with Vettel's Red Bull team-mate, Mark Webber in third.

Vettel would have clinched a second consecutive (third in total) Grand Chelem as he set the fastest lap on crossing the finish line. However, this record lasted all of ten seconds, as the German's lap time was eclipsed first by Alonso and then Button on the final lap.


Background

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel carries a 6-point Drivers' Championship lead into the Indian Grand Prix, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Vettel will be looking for a fourth consecutive win after Singapore, Japan and Korea. The Constructors' Championship is lead by Red Bull-Renault who have a 77 point lead over Ferrari. A good result by Vettel and Webber in India could allow Red Bull to clinch the title at the next race in Abu Dhabi.

The circuit, only in its second season of F1, features numerous elevation changes, a number of medium–high speed corners, particularly in sectors 2 and 3, and one of the longest straights on the F1 calendar.

In 2011, the DRS zone was along the long back straight between turns 3 and 4 – a distance of around 1,100 metres. This is expected to be repeated in 2012.

Entry list

The full entry list for the 2012 Indian 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
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15 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C31 Ferrari 056 P
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 Overview

FP1

FP2

FP3

Practice Results

Qualifying

Q1

Q2

Q3

Results

Race

Results

Milestones

Standings after the race

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 240
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 227
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 173
4 Australia Mark Webber 167
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 165
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 141
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 93
8 France Romain Grosjean 90
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 89
10 Mexico Sergio Pérez 66
11 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 50
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 49
13 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 44
14 Germany Michael Schumacher 43
15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 33
16 Brazil Bruno Senna 26
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 12
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 9
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
25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 407
2 Italy Ferrari 316
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 306
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 263
5 Germany Mercedes 136
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 114
7 India Force India-Mercedes 93
8 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 59
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20
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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