Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, Sepang, 2012

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix lap charts

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Sergio Perez’s lap 50 mistake may have cost him a shot at victory but his late pit stop was even more costly.

Lap chart

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

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Jenson Button2222362222222816132120202020202019191919191918181717171716151515151616161616161414141414141414141314
Michael Schumacher31613131110151515151515151311161313121212121212121313111111121212121212121212121212121212121212111111111111101010
Mark Webber4333224443444351077777777766666666666666685555554444444444
Sebastian Vettel544443666666654255555554444444444444444444444448121212121212121111
Romain Grosjean6211817
Nico Rosberg76665499999991417744444445678161515141414141414141414141415151515151515151515151515151413
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Sergio Perez9112319138333433321122222222222222222222222211222222222222222
Kimi Raikkonen1088887131313141313131618966666666555555555555555556666665555555555
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Felipe Massa1210101218148888888681188888888889121616161616161617181817191818181717171716161616161616161515
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Paul di Resta141216231915121212101212121091499999999997777777777777897778887777777777
Daniel Ricciardo151715151418181818181818181512191515151413131314141518171717171818181818171718171514141414141313131313131313131212
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Narain Karthikeyan2322212017131010101110101091512232222222222222222222222222222222222222222232323222222222222222121212121212121
Heikki Kovalainen2415141416212121212121212117132016161717171717202121212121212121212121212121212120202020202020191919191919191918

There were two big climbers in the race.

One of them we know all about: Sergio Perez finished second having been 23rd on lap two following his early pit stop.

Another was Bruno Senna, who sank to dead last at the start after losing his front wing on lap one. He recovered to finish sixth, passing the likes of Felipe Massa on the way.

Race progress chart

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

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Lewis Hamilton00000000000001.73624.7186.3837.619.00210.20911.25311.59612.28213.05214.14814.57714.80714.56714.81115.10115.51415.21315.0315.29715.19115.21214.31314.32114.41113.87412.13911.79818.95317.26716.34515.35214.9761615.62315.16514.54514.33714.33814.44814.47314.10614.591
Jenson Button1.0931.6771.9947.1320.1082.8662.3221.3861.3670.5820.4670.5334.95924.29730.34943.34942.16642.87844.03946.04147.68149.13251.6756.06272.97571.42169.69168.66468.16368.20669.19769.38471.83175.34275.96776.28677.73377.82981.70896.71187.17972.04671.30571.57672.00171.84474.07374.23374.41974.3674.77675.40876.31377.38177.62179.719
Michael Schumacher12.21716.46620.61923.42927.68242.98318.97718.0614.03214.01814.47811.2837.07214.86533.72817.7220.84923.88626.20928.12629.61331.37733.9236.62839.79242.15143.99345.84547.3250.03451.96154.18455.9257.1357.94358.50259.62560.44865.28177.13367.07750.71149.90448.94949.01149.48149.99450.01649.75449.5749.91750.25150.33150.44450.21149.996
Mark Webber2.0753.4094.5656.8718.08211.3763.4673.3992.6162.8232.3251.9891.8717.42727.90912.0914.5116.51118.46120.55921.99623.59425.28428.28329.19729.87730.43830.80830.83432.2132.68832.98233.39633.22833.24433.40633.25633.46137.32255.40244.77527.39824.89223.23221.76121.12122.04721.43120.78220.22519.98219.27218.73418.92618.16617.688
Sebastian Vettel3.0754.8387.59210.12414.92421.8586.425.2155.0734.8833.9183.3552.7465.2016.65310.49611.95514.16816.14517.81218.72820.57220.821.58721.95822.49122.69823.15323.46423.98324.22523.97423.9723.75623.96823.81424.38524.45224.82227.68938.80323.02521.26719.75418.58217.8441.17865.30964.81663.99964.65264.99467.2372.30874.53775.527
Romain Grosjean16.12319.49424.507
Nico Rosberg5.7167.3779.59612.99319.14732.35810.8819.8878.5498.1257.8646.7938.327.90925.9258.1510.19312.83815.09216.80618.15520.30524.13127.65231.25737.457.06158.67159.58759.90560.97362.14663.76465.82668.370.92573.1774.59979.45895.84286.78471.53170.67471.00471.64973.80575.24675.92876.03675.89175.85676.20776.92578.20578.24678.593
Fernando Alonso3.7895.998.45715.49129.61115.9944.7964.254.6694.1892.732.5772.1355.1920.1510000000000000000000000002.55214.305000000000000000
Sergio Perez9.67730.81432.86131.7326.0079.2562.7451.7823.5911.741.1881.1871.391002.4982.973.3934.3854.7364.4625.0985.696.1996.0286.7516.1087.7837.6387.7957.4156.7386.3915.7164.9853.9583.2562.311.339007.185.7693.9093.2742.3541.8740.9310.5755.3374.7944.5543.9113.2432.5972.263
Kimi Raikkonen7.0710.09413.91117.32423.40741.59817.78516.72512.76812.54912.9339.65110.26629.11127.00711.45813.23315.33516.8718.52219.77121.76324.41225.17925.77127.32627.84628.88629.59931.34631.86332.08231.93231.62531.57930.98131.45532.3933.12235.51351.41836.99736.29835.76235.67935.65836.6136.02135.90134.78233.99733.8232.86231.89830.5229.456
Pastor Maldonado6.118.30610.98114.50720.09841.88818.27717.2412.58213.10913.79510.4226.69713.86834.63236.67939.23741.69643.22844.57445.37446.81848.41449.73750.7652.63653.47755.05455.8856.84257.73358.79459.68960.8361.88162.10163.00162.79866.43677.34664.71148.19345.71244.13443.56943.90444.40244.87845.28245.76546.10446.84547.44758.935
Felipe Massa8.84412.48920.45340.338.24531.70610.2228.627.5026.9357.1355.4183.86310.57828.89712.94215.47218.36620.60422.67724.24226.86529.13931.61233.10838.8444.61164.07364.364.97766.24268.49571.33974.9278.69782.53988.29294.707119.049113.761105.02690.63990.25890.07390.30291.15892.12192.70992.93993.193.55194.5896.16497.06897.38697.319
Bruno Senna31.21960.94362.52964.47762.8254.27935.16126.33421.50821.99625.94621.70316.00535.70935.13318.99322.09926.52230.63833.10933.08235.18735.9237.29838.5340.0940.88941.70442.64244.06644.84745.84147.19646.93846.87446.47646.77847.21951.02963.55153.13738.58137.94736.82436.61436.9237.72537.95538.90338.72138.51238.81138.82538.90438.17837.667
Paul di Resta9.6917.96339.52441.50539.52138.7816.03613.8259.75810.7911.8438.9195.65413.06931.35814.06916.87119.64121.74723.61625.16127.40230.13932.27333.82935.65135.92836.9437.75438.82239.32140.39541.80142.38142.82542.57542.81943.27447.81660.43152.53238.04637.68338.52538.61939.27940.13440.57640.78641.17941.49142.26442.84643.12642.81544.412
Daniel Ricciardo12.34517.55123.43731.90548.14647.10222.27420.31917.14917.00318.92414.5618.82316.31736.8819.84623.08726.94629.58131.42332.49534.91237.86339.86945.90663.49564.19765.11866.19867.59270.21671.81173.04375.3678.81780.25286.735104.693100.35896.08785.71570.39869.99670.03470.30571.44673.34773.72273.53973.37273.29173.89175.19775.26475.42476.828
Nico Hulkenberg10.0614.31617.32123.78740.22837.11514.10713.18510.9849.83710.6088.2125.78310.42413.19116.48618.83622.07924.40226.56328.45830.73433.41835.78637.31840.04942.44843.84345.10946.36646.33247.43948.51549.10449.00448.47348.33948.55248.62550.68660.21445.02844.09643.33343.02643.43743.54844.29444.68945.21345.48846.3546.90147.59447.79147.892
Kamui Kobayashi7.93710.84814.93618.42926.77343.82319.97418.56114.20714.83915.46712.15511.3533.96733.07116.97820.22825.71828.77932.9635.48437.38839.03640.92742.76244.25545.18646.64748.17449.19548.61848.94449.92750.18650.74450.65951.52151.81652.56461.40578.61562.80962.4662.04463.71188.028
Jean-Eric Vergne10.75215.0218.92122.65428.25831.2279.3147.7545.9686.5886.2714.7813.9018.42211.46215.20117.45420.4523.24424.86426.55128.7731.22733.79435.46338.87539.09740.5241.1342.40343.16344.15245.37345.83846.04545.59345.5445.72545.76149.17659.65444.19843.18242.15141.72141.8742.0843.56743.51544.54944.81245.43246.1447.12146.91346.985
Vitaly Petrov13.07618.72724.534.61451.32848.61125.87221.79617.54817.54420.615.43714.4740.22640.1223.98526.50529.48132.39134.8537.17339.69241.99944.18346.84949.71751.88155.10959.14662.6965.09267.63570.33172.60275.20178.30881.78485.55392.195113.222104.590.40592.4393.29894.41696.14698.28199.874101.373104.722107.613109.399111.643113.918115.476
Timo Glock13.10420.54731.08352.41252.87151.85229.16923.50318.72918.63922.06917.13114.95338.4339.16724.20428.64133.22236.91640.30443.20746.79351.54555.00558.20561.52764.63167.90971.97775.5178.60981.36885.33888.76591.47494.827101.745105.58112.588130.296124.204111.672113.088114.651116.866122.722127.459130.129132.653135.251139.223143.767150.248154.959158.141
Charles Pic14.84123.6337.48369.87673.61667.82546.9225.70920.73620.92124.29220.66511.77618.45626.23644.69949.71455.74161.41465.54269.42773.42977.99181.81486.00690.31693.26296.42799.432102.888105.509108.231111.263114.317119.091123.805127.933132.63140.623173.157170.19160.016163.43167.748171.508175.738182.351185.699188.669191.323194.354198.546202.538209.372
Pedro de la Rosa21.57929.88138.20946.26947.90745.15721.63419.35516.35916.03318.1213.78314.18132.26740.29236.34778.62285.59592.59898.679104.077109.38114.454121.317127.651132.544138.871145.177152.488157.973164.286171.296178.258183.922189.568195.422202.243207.932218.816248.415240.94229.459233.942238.038244.928254.466259.985264.113268.572273.629278.47285.959290.77295.325
Narain Karthikeyan17.30325.56433.72538.54437.18135.99312.98311.72410.229.1219.7487.395.57520.06430.20852.82359.55567.26174.44881.87887.79494.182100.995108.011114.379121.186128.088134.814140.976149.293156.416166.471172.679180.41187.792193.82203.211234.282233.662229.083221.9209.184214.575219.066230.295235.936245.252253.186258.212262.511266.942271.124275.468282.115
Heikki Kovalainen10.87517.4123.11636.54760.11452.59730.15624.2519.21419.8123.71517.80110.53917.45638.15222.5325.76330.98534.71938.36141.22845.36258.90790.35191.8593.2294.54697.30999.949103.409106.222109.218112.54118.154122.982126.077130.608138.867155.085147.96138.35125.482129.007129.534130.858132.513134.408136.076138.916142.056145.9153.874156.514158.628162.12

The race gaps chart shows how much time Sergio Perez lost by delaying his switch to slick tyres by one lap. Having been 1.3 seconds behind Alonso he came out of the pits 7.1 seconds behind.

It cost him 5.8 seconds – a second more than his lap 50 mistake at turn 13.

We can also see how Sebastian Vettel’s collision with Narain Karthikeyan on lap potentially robbed us of a three-way fight for third between him, Hamilton and Webber.

Vettel was closing on Hamilton at the time, and as team mate Webber took 5.4s out of the McLaren in the final stint, here was another battle which failed to materialise in the dying stages.

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12 comments on “2012 Malaysian Grand Prix lap charts”

  1. Well, two things stand out for me here:

    The Trulli Train seems to have been replaced by The Rosberg Railroad. Look at the gap between the front three and everyone stuck beside Rosberg expand after lap 16. Not for the first time does the commentary maxim “He must not get bottled up behind the Mercedes” prove its value.

    And again, Massa finishes in the bottom end of the field while his teammate wins the race. Quite what went wrong for him at lap 28 I don’t know, but to have the team replace your car, and still end up battling backmarkers to finish out of the points, when Button had an extra pitstop and still finished ahead is no good at all. The tifosi may have been mollified by Alonso’s win but Felipe’s performance won’t have gone unnoticed.

    1. I noticed the same. It’s always Rosberg the one leading a little group of cars that one by one get past him using the DRS.

      Certainly today it was a matter of being in a different strategy at some points of the race, but last week at Australia it was pretty similar, same last year, as he was usually the one on the slow car annoying the frontrunners.

    2. And again, Massa finishes in the bottom end of the field while his teammate wins the race.

      Reminds me of Spa 2009 – a world champion wins the race for Ferrari while his team-mate is at the back. The race is nearly won by someone in a midfield team which noone expected.

      Fisichella replaced Badoer one race later.

  2. How did Senna manage to finish 6th if he was LAST until lap 14th? In a Williams?

    1. Williams’ car is very good this year and it was certainly fast in the wet. Senna was dead last at the restart, following his off, and Maldonado missed his pit crew so he basically made an extra stop after the restart. Without those two errors and Maldonado’s blown engine, I’m fairly confident they would have both finished somewhere around Kimi Raikkonen, possibly ahead.

  3. Comparing Hamilton, Perez and Alonso it looks like the race was in essence decided by pit stops.

    Perez, by changing to full wets early after the start, got up to speed early and made up time. Then by staying on full wets when the others pitted after the safety car he moved up to second where he stayed.

    Hamiltons race was basically ruined by his stop on lap 15, where he lost 4 seconds to Alonso. From the onboard of his stop it looks like if the stop had been a smooth one he may well have got out of his box while Alonso was still in his, meaning he could have got out in the lead. Given the relatively small lap time difference between the front runners he may then have been able to hold on to the lead till the end.

    Ferrari have obviously been refining their pit stops over the winter and got them all right, and pretty much got the timing right too, and possibly won the race by pitting before Perez for slicks.

    Oh and it looks like the worst place to be after the 1st few laps of a GP is going to be behind a Mercedes as fast qualifying pace and slow race pace is becoming a pattern of their races.

    1. On the subject of McLaren’s pit stops, a reader alerted me to this tweet by ex-McLaren man Marc Priestley:

      Jenson gets first call on strategy in today’s race as he’s currently ahead in the championship. That’s how McLaren make that decision.

      https://twitter.com/#!/f1elvis/status/183761762003329025

      I checked with McLaren and they said that isn’t how their strategy works – in normal circumstances they give first call to the driver who’s leading the race.

      They added they would only give preference to a driver leading the championship if only one of their drivers was in contention at some point later in the season.

      1. Perfect…I think that is exactly how it should be.

  4. Another was Bruno Senna, who sank to dead last at the start after losing his front wing on lap one. He recovered to finish sixth, passing the likes of Felipe Massa on the way.

    Hardly an achievement these days…!

  5. Vettel was catching Hamilton before his coming together if you look on the split times shown on the TV and could have ended the race on the podium.

    1. @ean He certainly was catching Hamilton. He was slightly less vulnerable than Alonso. I’m not sure if Vettel could have passed Hamilton to be honest, with the McLaren having the straight line advantage and all.

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