Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2012

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix lap charts

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso was in position to win the world championship at two different points during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Brazilian Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

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

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Lewis Hamilton1111112122343333333333333333333222222222222222221111111
Jenson Button222222121111111111222222222222233333333333333333333333311111111111111111
Mark Webber3455556181717191615139777657777777777141212111010999998888888888877666554444444444444
Sebastian Vettel4222018161311866101714118655445555555555666677777777777777777781011109877777766666666
Felipe Massa536666555543445111413121012111111111111111110887766655555555555555555544322223333333333
Nico Hulkenberg664443333322222222111111111111111111111111111111222222222245555555555555
Fernando Alonso7533344444512964444564444444444445444444444444444444444433433332222222222
Kimi Raikkonen88888141919191815151817141211119811101010101010101011101010121212111111101010101010101010101010914171816131211111111111111111111111010
Nico Rosberg911101010910981517141312108881014182020202020202020191917161616161615151515151515151514151516181918181717161515151515151515151516161515
Paul di Resta107777787771119191513999111288888888887799991212121211111111111111111111111098755710101010101010101099
Bruno Senna11
Sergio Perez12
Michael Schumacher13131111112120202020202020202020202020201715151515151515151412111110111110101011121212121212121212121212109987666666677777777
Kamui Kobayashi14109998761319161310975667966666666665545555666666666666666668910988888888888999
Daniel Ricciardo15121212121091091618181714121010108799999999999988888888899999999991113131311111313121212141414141414141313
Pastor Maldonado169
Jean-Eric Vergne1718171717161413108655561315141411101313131312131313202020191919191919181818171716161616141414141311111078109999999991010888
Romain Grosjean181614141411
Vitaly Petrov1914131313121211141197810161613151515151414141414141414131313131313131313131313131313131315161615151515161615141414141414131313121212121111
Heikki Kovalainen20151515151513121197668111416161616191616161616161616151514151515151517191919191919191818181717161616141413151616161717171717171715151414
Timo Glock211716161817151412108877151512121313131212121213121212121119202020202020202020202020202020191818171717151514171717171616161616161617171616
Charles Pic2220192020191716161313101119191817171717141717171717171717161615141414141414141414141414141413131313131412121212121112131313121212131313131212
Narain Karthikeyan23212121212018171814141116181817181818181619191919191919191818181818181818181717171818181819192020202018202020191919191919191919191919191918
Pedro de la Rosa2419181919181615151212912161719191919192018181818181818181717161717171717161616161616171717171719191920191919181818181818181818181818181817

The lap chart reveals how rapid Sebastian Vettel’s return to the front of the pack was after his collision with Bruno Senna at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2012Having fallen to last place he gained at least two positions on each of the next seven laps, putting him sixth by lap eight. He was aided by pit stops for some drivers including Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber.

With Fernando Alonso looking on course for a podium finish for much of the race, Vettel needed to get back into the points. Alonso was in position to win the championship on two different occasions during the race.

He moved into championship-winning position when he passed Webber and Felipe Massa for third on lap three. But on lap six he went off at the first corner allowing Nico Hulkenberg into third and putting Vettel back in position to claim the title.

There was a brief moment later in the race when Alonso had the title in his grasp. Lewis Hamilton’s retirement moved him back up to third on lap 55, while Vettel was recovering from a slow extra pit stop due to a radio glitch.

At this moment Alonso had the combination of positions he needed to win the title, but lost it when Vettel passed Kamui Kobayashi for ninth the next time by. Although Massa later let Alonso through into second, by this time Vettel was up to seventh and the Red Bull driver eventually claimed sixth to secure the title by three points.

Brazilian Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

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

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Lewis Hamilton000000.01300.8211.6677.07820.87719.82218.6816.41414.65415.39118.74727.52445.52345.50345.00547.80653.38716.0068.1826.8831.6551.8090.9691.4282.4072.412.6812.5952.3742.2782.2932.1521.9962.021.9091.9761.3531.4971.2791.4161.4830000000
Jenson Button0.6290.8220.9151.0310.64300.659000000000000.8430.8251.2911.2330.6791.2011.4051.5190.8671.0950.5441.072.8523.253.8073.7414.0044.0833.9413.9163.9463.9833.8854.2833.5043.4053.3764.1984.9534.1594.6644.8615.8876.0055.864.41800000000000000000
Mark Webber2.093.0154.1574.7276.5138.58920.06421.14128.78940.72237.67840.06241.64142.57340.82341.04144.00847.76757.79376.0775.69986.40296.43258.67321.98813.8635.6345.4822.2887.268.0668.37710.22310.94611.93414.82715.73916.44317.01418.10919.11419.58622.36123.52124.57626.1327.34828.40130.50431.83732.81434.74838.64645.51747.10257.26843.1428.12527.67628.5828.66328.75628.17227.77126.86426.55727.19426.22824.20526.6814.936
Sebastian Vettel13.37112.82912.59212.27813.04812.34812.49515.31918.34826.33238.09839.03440.76138.95636.74435.62337.60540.82949.1567.44367.98377.51986.3351.73419.74511.9583.663.7322.1623.194.4255.3786.4858.4269.2489.94210.96512.27913.31114.49815.7216.44616.40618.04719.18720.14522.09322.75624.46526.31228.84835.07355.78768.23379.47675.31661.12746.05246.04447.32346.64346.98746.4947.46846.1244.61643.98943.0640.60339.3939.453
Felipe Massa2.0823.9894.3655.2216.7578.2039.64112.08915.26817.78820.49123.1828.53534.70249.26863.44263.08164.43373.32891.61490.867105.663111.91771.53428.4618.4711.13510.8443.9344.4175.8196.3087.0498.0148.3758.9679.59611.27211.91712.91713.35213.82613.24513.80413.92614.79215.58915.17416.42517.50518.23319.57121.96524.76427.8438.45224.50210.67412.96916.25519.29922.39322.72923.0823.17224.1924.60624.41221.83823.3743.615
Nico Hulkenberg2.52.9043.3923.783.6212.9672.8963.0993.7873.6182.7211.8272.6481.1430.9340.2940.3190000000000000000000000000000001.8142.4192.0881.791.5351.1560.117.2636.60114.51522.1228.51229.30729.15829.4929.16829.40828.07727.87828.90127.99225.56727.5655.708
Fernando Alonso2.2162.2662.4273.2895.8927.4468.238.6799.87919.14232.51933.47834.28733.54831.44332.19435.19244.42464.29864.80765.07474.85882.78348.19617.15510.6612.5312.6411.5162.193.2384.6575.3065.6765.886.1076.5597.0877.6418.0718.1868.9278.3628.9079.2579.85310.57510.21310.7712.5113.37814.68517.57720.13318.05827.66930.16116.50917.91319.86620.4220.95921.27421.23120.36221.31321.04820.25518.27522.1442.754
Kimi Raikkonen4.6315.9816.0746.65613.29528.12729.61631.50133.50533.6837.14843.30949.46249.37949.45550.58953.35857.45967.88488.22587.6100.769107.30967.14625.09417.15610.7289.8823.9925.0856.5477.90911.24411.86513.72415.28117.35119.64122.00223.1923.99225.09925.00225.8126.97128.70330.3131.19833.54136.03437.88974.58894.843123.34114.89112.42299.63586.14788.0489.86690.55891.38791.64393.42292.94493.41894.595.494101.702151.436
Nico Rosberg5.8956.8587.4068.038.4419.74212.49816.23725.33538.31436.03838.40341.03743.27144.27545.36549.05657.71780.319121.982151.557174.139169.075139.129128.233104.7765.59232.8547.8819.44811.10313.26515.26917.98720.37923.10725.66827.72429.9432.36834.76438.07239.16341.46143.55247.17352.95855.98261.61973.834104.176110.148118.538122.749118.307120.276114.411107.713112.509120.949125.591132.266140.818146.07151.872156.664162.48170.414185.166192.166
Paul di Resta3.7924.735.0635.8447.0468.81611.62215.75218.99427.30444.92544.54146.87846.04345.13246.09750.14758.92776.75678.23577.77388.398.28160.66622.56314.3777.1846.5762.4713.8495.2647.7369.2310.05611.24619.99521.07522.3823.36224.63725.41426.49226.14626.98328.17329.52731.60631.91134.24536.58739.06142.11446.15751.60845.51346.73560.01161.58860.93761.44760.79660.47959.87160.41259.20459.16760.3759.606
Bruno Senna
Sergio Perez
Michael Schumacher6.8687.8878.4988.92828.32453.53260.37676.29192.7890.06889.2592.94994.65994.17793.23694.28101.443118.344119.426119.732119.048140.084135.934130.675122.87197.8259.60528.8545.9156.6977.0028.03610.12111.55813.36315.25317.16119.61223.19325.68327.77729.78831.36632.9134.29635.45937.24237.85939.87341.31142.61345.4850.7362.89468.67265.82953.49839.59540.07542.30543.56644.93146.16749.07950.02850.86452.07152.63452.54851.92511.907
Kamui Kobayashi5.8916.6386.6117.037.6118.72211.26519.32138.52235.24633.83635.43238.15937.96736.61437.55939.91947.79169.43769.44168.70779.81986.90952.48420.76912.5864.7284.4742.2022.8843.9554.6546.3077.3077.7568.52910.47811.91512.87513.8414.72315.86716.03717.5918.39919.43421.3121.29822.57223.80225.06826.86929.14261.7778.63876.13862.89648.25847.99449.62250.25251.33851.32652.02551.3151.79152.98653.13964.85672.29331.25
Daniel Ricciardo6.8338.0348.6039.0969.148.92913.49116.41426.78639.97739.36242.53546.01946.02646.23447.84251.38656.31266.87884.65184.82697.238104.02266.37524.70816.5659.7389.0653.1184.5535.9676.8717.9199.30110.51111.42312.67214.32615.95617.73420.05421.84222.67324.54925.85727.42129.10330.09832.49735.1741.65466.14873.10882.58781.95497.277102.91389.7390.80292.698.402118.681120.64122.678123.438124.862127.676129.438146.875160.801
Pastor Maldonado4.638
Jean-Eric Vergne9.88411.01511.6213.32814.0914.00715.87916.91220.54723.03525.33927.58231.57536.60550.43964.37165.05667.89973.78185.62102.436123.54132.402128.503120.33495.05754.54622.84919.66437.50637.00137.57737.76738.53539.15740.00341.04442.25942.9144.19145.05846.12347.03247.31247.0248.56151.19250.77651.84252.91454.27656.33759.29367.02761.1371.07474.5559.64758.47359.46458.92458.69558.14258.82458.18758.92161.34961.96662.25370.21228.653
Romain Grosjean9.0849.419.71710.42810.025
Vitaly Petrov8.0729.0929.62810.39813.00613.61315.53319.4222.59126.02528.15132.17638.66552.20264.6463.4166.67872.02584.106108.041107.847129.044135.093129.529122.67596.9658.29728.1315.6016.7839.71211.9713.66315.68517.80120.26322.66625.09227.28829.72831.74834.32635.42537.69639.55848.55553.72356.79660.47265.1768.84676.51789.079107.331114.821113.986103.91592.20794.41598.515101.041103.754106.066109.337112.513117.949121.775124.153131.216157.722
Heikki Kovalainen8.97610.53811.22112.06714.0613.67415.55417.32420.93124.61926.58528.75736.76845.22756.01271.94872.67976.07387.133123.544124.822145.412136.882132.19124.01299.08660.11229.8116.267.3879.7812.98514.78716.76618.94621.77928.29748.10549.02950.20851.6853.60254.07655.73257.84359.26662.22463.34965.54168.33171.3277.02985.11695.18394.827118.297125.141112.365118.843138.102141.65145.023149.872152.943155.015157.572161.048163.347179.282185.359
Timo Glock9.47610.89111.49813.4114.97214.93716.65518.11922.02825.84628.58530.39436.36750.92164.12261.98663.05166.64477.2494.90795.281112.926126.702127.082120.39193.28553.922.2734.7426.02720.80540.58341.41342.27643.51145.16646.64749.25851.20252.96754.31156.72756.85358.15958.84463.48666.11466.88769.21771.172.66478.17785.72998.20699.2124.315134.689123.838126.603131.13137.33141.902144.959150.76153.8157.358163.024170.77185.811193.998
Charles Pic11.16312.73814.06514.61516.48816.04217.79520.48824.32127.71331.31136.68362.63279.68177.32276.99279.1484.04691.042106.588128.386150.316142.41134.109125.64199.55561.40830.3616.587.9210.43512.46714.29116.03118.40720.32123.46425.75728.0530.45232.50434.59636.00738.29240.01742.87645.48746.63949.78752.66656.07660.74267.83581.24689.593108.11697.89288.56292.40696.60799.437102.396104.591108.461115.644120.519124.187127.647134.633159.42
Narain Karthikeyan12.6416.22617.72617.9517.75317.22919.02721.83924.77928.09931.62141.65355.58176.47975.61577.41282.25891.278100.623116.588143.296168.108168.76137.865127.562103.51764.51931.8527.6719.38512.98615.58818.51821.61724.84628.32331.85435.27238.68641.92745.18649.27851.23955.13758.81363.4869.22672.51478.19687.32597.758132.433156.284170.831198.797224.117219.543208.047210.598214.776219.295222.338231.031234.695240.877245.548251.175268.982284.779
Pedro de la Rosa10.67612.27713.40114.10715.40815.63417.17320.26523.8227.47931.25538.25949.38267.70684.79484.66887.94491.921106.131131.066133.138158.278151.125135.078126.445102.54463.50130.9966.9938.58411.00414.31916.59119.221.83224.74727.58230.71233.73237.24140.78644.62647.26550.83154.19957.9862.19967.18972.17981.732110.051119.334139.792152.353171.158189.138178.861167.186170.105173.725175.664179.412183.835187.11188.918191.408194.917211.688252.454

Marussia lost their grip on the lucrative tenth place in the constructors’ championship to Caterham after Timo Glock’s race was ruined by Jean-Eric Vergne.

Glock was running in the 12th place the team needed in front of both Caterhams when he was hit by Vergne following the first safety car period. It brought back memories of Glock’s retirement in Korea two years ago at the hands of another Toro Rosso driver – Sebastien Buemi – which also cost the team (then Virgin) a strong result.

Glock’s demise led to the battle for 12th place being conducted between his team mate Charles Pic – who will join Caterham next year – and Vitaly Petrov. With six laps to go, Petrov overtook Pic and gave Caterham the result they needed.

Inevitably this proved questions over whether Pic took a fall to benefit his future team. The pair were close on lap times at this stage but Pic’s lack of KERS probably made the difference in this battle.

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11 comments on “2012 Brazilian Grand Prix lap charts”

  1. It’s interesting to look back at how Petrov got to that important 11th-place finish. Glock actually got ahead of both Caterhams during the first pit stops and was still in front as Vergne hit him at the restart after the safety car. Kovalainen lost around 15 seconds in his second pit stop. Finally, Petrov spun on lap 46 and thus lost a place to Pic at that moment.

    We’ll never know if Pic had defended more fiercely against Petrov on lap 55 if the latter didn’t represent his future employer that most likely gained several million pounds because of this pass. But Caterham fully deserved the 10th place in the championship even if yesterday wasn’t their best day in the office.

    1. @girts, well spotted .
      I wasn’t aware about all this happening in the back and assume the most of the people wasn’t either…… it was kind of a second smaller championship that was decided there.

  2. Νοw that I see this graphic I see that ΜSC also had a fantastic race.

    1. Yea it’s amazing what a couple safety cars can do for an average drive

      1. Yes like a couple of safety cars helped an average driver in Abu Dhabi. Oh no!!!! It was Sebastian Vettel!!!

      2. Only difference being that there were two SC to help Sebastian in Abu Dhabi while Michael took advantage of one in think?? (The one in the end didnt help)
        Also Sebastian was probably in the fastest car in Abu Dhabi and MSC in a dog of a mercedes, 6th fastest car at best……..

        1. * i think

  3. if somebody choose to see only Vettel, Alonso, Button,Hamilton and Hulkenberg in the race chart the following is apparent:
    1) About the 20 first laps of the race when the track was damp-wet Vettel was the fastest man on track although his damaged floor and necessity of overtaking.
    2) After the safety car ,when everybody were on slick tyres and the track was drying out Hamilton was the quickest and Button-Hulkenberg were close on par behind him. Alonso was i little slower and Vettel a lot slower than Alonso.
    3) In the closing stage of the race and specially the last 10 laps when everybody was again with intermediates Vettel was again the fastest of all.

    conclusion:
    Although Ferrari had wished for a wet race it looks like the RB of Vettel was the quickest car in these conditions and if we didn’t had that middle dry part (30~55 lap) probably he would ended up even higher than 6th , maybe even in front of Alonso.

    2nd remark
    Webbers pace in that middle part of the race was also equal slow to Vettel , meaning that the pace of the latter maybe was more due to the set up and less due to the damaged floor he had.
    On the other hand, during almost the whole middle part (30~52lap) Vettel was close behind Kobayashi unable to overtake him due to the low top speed of the RB meaning his pace was dictated by the latter.

  4. About the overtaking of Vettel on Schumacher in lap 64,
    the chart shows us that from lap 59 onward Vettels pace was 1-2 sec/lap quicker than Schumachers.
    In 4 laps Vettel glossed a gap of 6sec.
    According to this, its clear that Vettel passing Michael was either way inevitable even without him stepping aside.

  5. Something other interesting to see is the position changes in the last pit stops between Vettel- Webber- Kobayashi.
    Although Vettel was about 5sec in front of webber his double pit stops due to miscommunication lead to Webber coming in front of him. Seeing the position Webber finished (in front of hulk) means that if Vettel didn’t had to do this double pit stop would finish 4th.
    On the other hand, Kobayashi who was in front of Vettel lost two places to the redbulls even with only one pit stop. Kobayashis pit stop was one of the worsts of the race even worser(+4s) than the last of Vettels and cost him at least one place. This pit stop of kobayashi was 17 sec slower that the first pit stop(10lap) of Vettel which was the fastest of the race.

    Lastly if we look closely in Webbers & Kobayashis lines in laps 6-7 we can see that the the HIT of the latter to the former that resulted him to spin of the track costed Webber about 10sec and 12 places drop in position.
    Somehow coincidentally the last disastrous pit stop of kobayashi gave justice to Webber.

  6. Well, Button and Hulk were certainly comfortable enough in the conditions!

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