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The 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix (formally the XIV Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix) is a Formula One that took place at the the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on the 25th of March 2012. It was the second race of the 2012 season.

The race was won by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, an unexpected result. The Ferrari F2012 has been considered a poor car, but in the wet conditions, the car-driver combination showed up well. Another unexpected result was the second place achieved by Sergio Pérez of Sauber, who gave Alonso a run for his money at the car.


Background

Entry list

The full entry list for the 2012 Malaysian 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

Free Practice

FP1

FP2

FP3

Results

Qualifying Overview

Qualifying Times

Grid

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

* Kimi Räikkönen was relegated five places for a gearbox change (was fifth).
** Heikki Kovalainen was relegated five places for a safety car infringement at the Australian Grand Prix (was 19th).

Race Overview

Results

Fastest Laps

Lap Leaders

Lap-by-Lap

Totals

Milestones

  • This will be the first race where Pirelli's soft tyre has not been used.
  • Sergio Pérez's first podium finish of his career.

Standings

Pos. Drivers Pts Constructors Pts
1 Fernando Alonso 35 McLaren-Mercedes 55
2 Lewis Hamilton 30 Red Bull-Renault 42
3 Jenson Button 25 Ferrari 35
4 Mark Webber 24 Sauber-Ferrari 30
5 Sergio Pérez 22 Lotus-Renault 16
6 Sebastian Vettel 18 Force India-Mercedes 9
7 Kimi Räikkönen 16 Williams-Renault 8
8 Bruno Senna 8 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6
9 Kamui Kobayashi 8 Mercedes 1
10 Paul di Resta 7 Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Jean-Éric Vergne 4 Caterham-Renault 0
12 Daniel Ricciardo 2 HRT-Cosworth 0
13 Nico Hülkenberg 2
14 Michael Schumacher 1
15 Nico Rosberg 0
16 Pastor Maldonado 0
17 Timo Glock 0
18 Charles Pic 0
19 Felipe Massa 0
20 Heikki Kovalainen 0
21 Vitaly Petrov 0
22 Romain Grosjean 0
23 Pedro de la Rosa 0
24 Narain Karthikeyan 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
Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
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