Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Nico Hulkenberg wasn’t the only driver who impressed with his speed in the wet conditions – Jean-Eric Vergne did as well.

Brazilian Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2012drivercolours.csv

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Lewis Hamilton86.33281.85881.97982.86883.54385.42785.87287.69888.64195.253103.04586.18786.74188.68189.67589.46789.32293.314100.43681.67480.67782.73999.70884.085117.164116.896121.387118.035120.70985.52482.66580.70479.80478.73778.30378.378.26578.06978.17678.32778.65878.98180.17480.32880.35879.5679.99579.8879.79880.43280.31779.91981.93985.737
Jenson Button86.96182.05182.07282.98483.15584.77186.54486.21887.79589.84289.24687.24287.88390.94791.43588.7385.96684.53783.2881.67681.64179.8893.573121.988125.192118.309125.963118.109120.99885.59183.46881.09980.0978.75778.78778.47578.10878.18578.36278.3478.67179.31280.01880.08580.54780.24580.68380.56980.30380.62981.34380.03781.79484.2959189.94100.055102.00287.90386.8688.12887.69188.34787.84989.24588.47388.19888.7990.74100.184150.47
Mark Webber88.42282.78383.12183.43885.32987.4997.3687.95495.443101.77586.20289.62689.46291.87989.68588.94888.93388.29692.46399.97180.80490.641104.15783.70788.303110.07118.386117.729118.35590.03782.49281.01281.37979.54679.51281.28979.16278.91478.90379.39879.77479.38683.57281.34481.63180.97781.14682.41681.90181.76581.29481.85385.83792.60897.003100.10685.92786.98787.45487.76488.21187.78487.76387.44888.33888.16688.83587.82488.717102.66128.725
Sebastian Vettel99.70381.31681.74282.55484.31384.71486.03289.70190.82497.826101.01288.17889.6189.14289.22387.60987.94887.76190.75899.98781.71589.474102.93886.8792.999110.408118.317117.953119.97986.09382.92181.65480.6480.76479.34679.0979.27379.52479.36479.4979.99179.6480.75781.82581.71680.38181.87682.02681.50782.27982.85386.144102.65398.183106.66185.7885.86686.92787.89588.13987.44888.03587.8588.82787.89786.96987.57187.86188.28398.974120.53
Felipe Massa88.41483.76582.35583.72485.07986.8687.32389.32590.97492.36291.94989.93193.23897.114106.001102.90485.60585.88991.33299.9880.42894.734100.38181.08381.914108.205119.28117.59114.63985.54883.08881.1980.27479.78878.88578.98878.87979.88678.97779.30379.20479.38880.21680.74380.69880.28980.72580.94881.04981.51281.04581.25784.33388.53698.494100.55286.10588.17490.19890.14691.17290.78588.68388.289.33789.49188.61488.59688.166101.72130.711
Nico Hulkenberg88.83282.26282.46783.25683.38484.7685.81487.0888.48389.67388.34986.34888.70489.44291.22688.0985.99184.21882.43781.69481.17579.93894.127121.466124.988118.195126.615117.881121.54985.06581.68680.70179.53378.82378.52478.39678.2578.2178.33278.30378.76978.91480.79780.18480.57679.42379.92883.17780.40380.10180.01979.66481.5684.691102.57189.278107.969109.60794.29587.65587.97988.02388.02588.08987.91488.27489.22187.88188.315102.182128.613
Fernando Alonso88.54881.90882.1483.7386.14686.96886.66987.32688.99599.105102.62388.20188.69290.20889.3389.48188.96493.769102.31182.20381.44289.722102.05286.87993.947111.701118.485117.991120.42485.73982.73482.1280.18279.19378.72878.62378.70278.73878.88678.73378.88479.65580.23280.72980.92680.01980.6581.00180.35582.17281.18581.22684.83188.29393.34399.551102.54788.3589.30788.81388.68288.2388.66287.80688.37689.42487.93387.99788.76104.053131.08
Kimi Raikkonen90.96383.20882.07283.4590.182100.24687.37488.76289.79990.01792.71493.40394.03690.86491.51189.86488.73588.63892.862102.03580.5593.107100.66781.30382.936110.257120.187117.035115.65986.15883.14882.06382.86879.44480.38379.95380.3280.580.69379.49179.57180.02180.780.99281.73781.15581.53582.25182.14182.92582.172116.618102.194114.23486.96887.47287.26888.51489.79688.68688.8288.5288.60389.62888.76788.94789.2889.78496.948149.918
Nico Rosberg92.22782.82182.52783.49283.95486.71588.64190.61696.893102.82186.9789.60790.51793.18192.43989.8289.65793.198105.039123.357110.75102.5289.06391.52114.09294.73287.43785.14396.57686.63283.34182.86381.53781.54180.91681.12480.81180.26680.54880.73181.16582.22281.88882.48282.66783.04485.71384.38785.43592.647110.65985.89190.32989.94890.97691.90994.1995.30492.69995.392.7794.36696.89993.10195.04793.26594.01496.724105.492107.184
Paul di Resta90.12482.79682.31283.64984.74587.18488.69191.00791.03798.152106.86786.85890.2290.11290.52489.69590.01693.317100.26683.17380.71390.465104.10883.85186.885110.009119.422117.273117.44486.44383.10183.17381.02779.64979.71487.14579.3379.51579.31479.57879.54679.99280.45181.02181.76680.77782.00781.66882.13282.77482.79182.97285.98291.18889.32391.162113.331103.57987.25287.3787.47787.37487.73988.3988.03788.43689.40188.026
Bruno Senna
Sergio Perez
Michael Schumacher93.282.87782.5983.298102.939110.62292.729102.792104.28487.1388.42890.94189.59390.46590.49489.77493.129101.43883.5198280.491100.97489.977116.207117.18493.14488.487.1398.6185.84781.99181.73581.61880.2680.32980.28680.15880.66181.91380.79380.86380.92582.37581.72881.96280.58681.71181.9881.81281.8781.61982.78687.18997.901101.19687.09787.72488.09988.38389.0989.38989.05689.58390.76190.19489.30989.40589.35390.65499.561110.452
Kamui Kobayashi92.22382.60581.95283.28784.12486.52588.42894.933106.99686.56687.83688.83890.6190.75590.08289.67588.32692.409104.08381.69880.44191.05101.21787.04193.273110.012118.757117.627119.27785.74782.75781.481.18679.82378.97379.16980.19979.64779.29279.26879.65280.05880.96781.73781.38580.45881.80481.35181.07281.66281.58381.7284.212118.365112.28687.4486.81387.36487.63988.48888.75888.77788.33588.54888.5388.95489.39388.943102.457107.621109.427
Daniel Ricciardo93.16583.05982.54883.36183.58785.20390.44789.898.167103.03388.63190.41591.36790.95491.64390.33889.5189.46393.00399.46781.3592.35100.91183.81983.321110.052119.788117.208115.60286.583.181.60580.58180.20579.73479.30879.49979.86479.96280.08181.08980.70281.62882.0681.88480.98781.6182.35882.19783.10586.801104.41388.89995.21694.785105.263105.69188.81988.97588.65893.93107.9790.30689.88790.00589.89791.01290.552108.177114.11
Pastor Maldonado90.97
Jean-Eric Vergne96.21682.98982.58484.57684.30585.33187.75787.9191.4392.3391.5589.48591.87695.977105.269102.66286.65187.3888.31993.53397.991101.042102.989117.567116.81992.91886.10486.184118.364102.90781.18181.27779.72379.59179.14679.24279.29179.42578.98379.58479.63679.97981.70680.46480.28480.96482.55980.94780.86481.50481.67981.9884.89593.47189.52199.884103.53187.09986.72987.85187.58887.46287.79488.53188.60889.20790.62689.40791.027108.143108.911
Romain Grosjean95.41682.18482.28683.57983.14
Vitaly Petrov94.40482.87882.51583.63886.15186.02187.80590.76490.96693.27691.37291.26794.372104.484103.87387.589.23489.88494.518105.62980.981101.135100.176115.902118.13492.4887.95287.71599.01986.24784.61582.95981.22680.84580.6480.85880.65380.63680.52880.74380.78981.49281.89682.45582.43888.4285.09684.43683.47485.1383.99387.5994.501103.989102.90889.10589.98490.29490.11190.9690.65490.40490.65991.1292.42193.90992.02491.16897.803126.69
Heikki Kovalainen95.30883.4282.66283.71485.53685.02887.76588.64791.40293.5391.21289.41495.89499.406102.22104.66686.69787.93193.497118.10582.453100.52885.597116.774116.8193.26987.64187.5897.99886.19284.07983.90681.33580.80280.70481.22984.76898.01879.25679.48280.24180.83681.27181.8482.68780.84682.88682.48881.9983.22283.30685.62890.02695.80495.062113.41106.89989.22694.381106.11991.67691.06493.19690.9291.31791.0391.67491.089106.675106.261
Timo Glock95.80883.27382.58684.7885.10585.37987.60388.34191.70493.6691.98589.05193.856105.501104.63686.59487.03188.1393.03399.36181.54997.583107.903121.846118.29791.08987.2386.254104.01886.3596.464100.47980.36379.68679.75980.05179.73180.82180.27680.06880.11381.3380.92381.4981.26184.06582.55682.13682.12882.31581.88185.43289.49198.21496.412115.055110.42991.15190.66891.38794.32892.26391.40493.6592.28592.03193.86496.536105.781108.371
Charles Pic97.49583.43383.30683.41885.41684.96887.63889.5791.62893.23492.84492.614113.832107.99689.07688.488.11489.44389.43397.24102.973101.86886.221113.165116.5292.10988.46886.83497.76886.40584.20182.73381.35780.56380.980.3181.39380.50380.62580.70580.82181.00682.20882.46982.30182.28282.53982.51582.94683.31183.72784.58589.03299.148103.765108.46389.83192.67291.74791.06190.95890.6590.54291.71996.42893.34891.86692.2597.726124.971
Narain Karthikeyan98.97285.44483.47983.09283.34684.8987.68389.68990.73593.16292.76897.274101.811111.84590.57190.52790.81293.55791.78297.659107.883104.7594.77990.571114.68594.1587.61785.21497.36886.77985.28783.30382.46381.92281.75381.87381.78181.62881.74681.54482.02883.00682.75884.08284.25284.0985.67484.65185.4889.56190.75114.594105.79100.284123.384115.2695.48190.50690.45491.03892.64790.73497.0491.51395.42793.14493.825106.597106.537
Pedro de la Rosa97.00883.45983.10383.57484.84485.6487.42489.96991.3593.50193.02294.24699.006109.271108.52388.60489.24288.51496.647106.62983.247105.07886.974105.419116.35594.29487.57285.37697.54686.65684.10684.01681.80581.43281.15681.31181.08581.3481.35281.81282.31482.75483.43683.7583.94483.20484.14786.35384.78889.985108.63689.202102.39798.298114.223107.9289.77890.32790.82290.4890.06791.43992.7791.12491.05390.96391.707105.561131.506

One driver who shone in the damp conditions was Nico Hulkenberg, in similar circumstances to those he set pole position at the same circuit two years ago.

Another who impressed was Jean-Eric Vergne, who was among the quickest drivers on the track late in the race when the rain returned.

Kimi Raikkonen’s unsuccessful attempt to return to the circuit using an old section of track on lap 53 cost him over half a minute.

Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’18.06938
2Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’18.1080.03937
3Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’18.2100.14138
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’18.6230.55436
5Felipe MassaFerrari1’18.8790.81037
6Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’18.9030.83439
7Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’18.9730.90435
8Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’18.9830.91439
9Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’19.0901.02136
10Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1’19.2561.18739
11Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’19.3081.23936
12Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’19.3141.24539
13Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’19.4441.37534
14Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1’19.6861.61734
15Michael SchumacherMercedes1’20.1582.08937
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’20.2662.19738
17Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1’20.3102.24136
18Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1’20.5282.45939
19Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1’21.0853.01637
20Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1’21.5443.47540
21Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’22.1844.1152
22Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’30.97012.9011
23Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari
24Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault

The fastest laps table reveals how badly Sebastian Vettel’s car was affected by the damage it incurred on the first lap – he was a second off the pace when the track was at its best.

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12 comments on “2012 Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps”

  1. Force India really lost a golden opportunity here. Hope they have a faster car next year with the extra GBP50m infusion

  2. Good stuff from Button and Hulkenberg to stay out on dry tyres and do respectable lap times in the couple of laps when inters were faster.

    Lewis finally got his fastest lap this year, but I think that will be scant consolation.

  3. @keithcollantine You mentioned in the race review that the unusually cool conditions might have helped Vettel conserving his damaged car. Adrian Newey said he assumed the exhaust of the car would melt in a few laps and blow the engine up.

    Ultimately, it did not happen, but do you think it would have happened had it not been for the lowly temperatures? Also, just how small the margin was even this way? I mean just how close could Vettel have been to elimination?

    1. @atticus-2 Not only thanks to cool conditions but also to the rain. As shown in the article, Vettel pace was quite slow when the track was drying. And knewing a bit about thermal exchange, it’s sure that water is more efficient to cool the concerned spot than just air, probably what’s saved his race if there was a risk of melting as suggested

    2. @atticus-2 Also, they did heavily modify his ECU to try and keep the exhaust cool. It’s a shame really that we’ll never know!

  4. Kimi’s excursion meant he finished a lap down – was that the only lap he failed to complete all year?

    1. Just read in another story it is true. Sad for Kimi :(

  5. Hack Kovy’s lap is mighty impressive too!!

  6. Bruno Senna was another capable of doing very well under the rain, as he proved in Malaysia, where he was as fast as Alonso, Hamilton and Perez in damp conditions. What a shame Vettel put him out of the race in the first lap, as he could have been one of the protagonists, at least fighting for a podium. Also Hulkenberg deserved to win the race and didn’t deserve the penalty he received. If there was no penalty for Vettel there shouln’t be any to Hulkenberg either, as they were both (Vettel/Senna and Hulkenberg/Hamilton) racing incidents.

  7. Is there an onboard of Vettel of the first 7 laps? I am sure it is gonna be exciting to see him pass people left right centre. I think those 7 laps will have gone a long way in convincing the naysayers that Vettel is indeed worthy of his third title.

    Come to think of it, how will the ranking for the top 3 drivers be done? Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen have been pretty equal all year.

  8. Kovalainen 10th? That’s just amazingly impressive!

  9. Kobayashi deserves to be driving next year, can’t believe he doesn’t have a seat

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