Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2012

2012 Canadian Grand Prix fastest laps

2012 Canadian Grand Prix

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The difference in performance between McLaren’s two drivers could hardly have been more extreme. Here’s the lap time data for all the drivers in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Canadian 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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Sebastian Vettel85.30780.66380.56779.73779.76479.89879.85680.13680.57980.46880.32880.12180.07480.15780.64294.78481.61279.84679.8480.11579.90279.51379.32479.69979.61978.94179.08779.09878.71478.52178.43678.45178.80378.68178.45478.25178.26378.29578.33178.26378.21978.3278.46978.7878.61178.15978.3477.75577.91278.03478.0577.95178.20278.24678.30578.55978.42578.24278.28278.32678.84879.44194.60579.45777.00476.82976.04776.1176.46175.752
Lewis Hamilton86.47980.91680.5880.20779.68379.89779.96280.34780.25780.22680.2780.19880.08379.79280.180.55993.25581.50878.99480.58479.17878.9478.71279.41879.08778.69878.64378.45578.76378.64778.54978.38878.08378.20278.24278.28978.2378.33778.20477.77378.14878.54178.76678.13978.24278.39978.34978.18478.50293.41780.15577.24477.13577.27977.21777.17677.20377.36677.0277.13777.15978.66777.32679.99977.65277.97477.36477.74878.10379.24
Fernando Alonso86.96181.19780.84979.95180.21780.17380.3280.00780.13280.12180.3780.28880.30479.77579.75579.79879.47879.493.0882.15179.50279.59979.45579.69779.4878.99378.86578.60578.76478.62678.45478.38678.45378.40678.34578.32378.26978.15878.01578.05478.3777.8278.00578.52678.19978.55678.37378.13877.86378.18377.8877.91678.21978.35578.21178.1978.27578.5878.66878.85378.84379.1979.06781.09679.56279.93479.97380.01680.56480.796
Mark Webber87.93581.07480.81980.60580.50880.56980.69980.60280.72280.40780.46780.41680.15580.14580.29880.99294.22681.40579.77579.55480.01179.56778.91479.18979.22878.92778.89278.77778.34578.82579.37279.01578.71678.81479.08878.85679.15178.86880.66378.25878.35878.19778.14878.22578.09678.14978.29978.57678.20878.41979.15591.50179.83277.5677.29777.51877.63579.80177.69277.59177.45177.13177.25677.60177.31177.55277.41777.21577.29377.338
Nico Rosberg89.44682.35782.23581.72280.881.24680.62680.88780.57880.81780.85681.0180.87879.64279.53679.61879.61679.69193.21581.47178.94579.94279.32379.66379.28879.1779.44678.98379.03378.69478.52978.64278.66878.3177.97278.18777.90891.65579.77377.51479.36879.05477.977.88377.74877.88977.68577.53777.39377.90677.97878.67677.67477.49777.62478.95480.60179.53277.5977.61477.31477.23477.23177.62777.9377.17477.0677.18177.09577.587
Felipe Massa89.4881.86480.60979.7738089.97580.980.73380.74780.61580.80594.17281.29880.48981.00679.47179.19179.88680.12679.49979.55979.26279.2679.22879.40578.8979.05979.00878.91679.55278.58778.39778.38678.57478.578.44178.13678.46478.08478.4178.17278.08877.99378.29878.16378.20578.25178.9878.48378.64978.84178.84578.65478.99579.15280.08180.19594.34779.99277.47277.37477.03977.23776.82877.16776.99676.53176.42276.18276.469
Romain Grosjean90.73782.24481.50281.77280.80981.22980.53981.10380.53780.69280.82281.01181.06279.63480.11379.6879.61979.57279.50979.33593.68180.7679.08379.47679.34479.2779.97479.15278.90778.87278.5378.54378.69378.17678.31778.15278.14278.09578.27278.59278.26778.19978.16478.28378.63278.5578.30678.49978.3278.56977.93877.95277.74177.9777.81177.51177.26478.11377.60177.46577.72177.80477.79777.85477.56577.50377.95678.03577.64777.51
Paul di Resta89.98382.32281.53981.21780.81480.90380.75980.68280.96880.79381.01781.15294.82782.57580.79980.479.98880.01480.74680.56779.98780.02479.89180.11980.17279.65579.67279.45379.84179.57779.43979.16979.5678.95978.86178.86478.87578.79978.44378.54578.75778.91678.87993.36180.59578.20978.34978.16677.99278.36778.18277.89277.86978.02177.92777.94678.5877.48477.62677.68977.57877.60277.21977.30177.25777.66977.81277.72477.87278.468
Michael Schumacher91.16482.15681.77381.47381.28481.17980.73680.82580.60280.80480.67681.00495.05782.44181.68579.9979.43780.10879.76980.39880.05980.09979.97680.12880.88779.49579.47179.56279.8479.70979.58279.23379.30179.2279.18178.97378.43378.76278.50579.69378.86878.52496.115
Jenson Button91.83382.83481.50581.18681.21181.25480.90880.73380.9280.52480.86680.97281.29581.91396.13582.93980.648079.88279.93179.60779.79879.64580.06780.19380.180.45380.82780.06779.92679.8180.01594.43181.42179.68879.41579.40379.36279.21579.16479.33279.18679.34679.41179.34779.36279.03479.32379.3479.54679.59593.64582.93879.02878.11578.49778.44478.21778.08477.93977.95177.84677.84377.85879.72878.23380.19483.64478.706
Kamui Kobayashi92.61982.65781.54681.19781.1981.480.72381.00980.6980.78780.76480.87480.981.68281.12279.34579.52479.47179.21879.80880.04779.82380.0295.10181.4479.35879.64479.47979.86379.48279.72679.0179.45579.06179.05378.91678.74378.70278.77780.07378.48478.37378.38278.40278.15277.94177.878.04477.99177.94478.13878.3277.88878.66377.80677.59877.49378.07978.01477.56777.46477.71278.11977.96378.17878.12578.07578.18478.03178.789
Kimi Raikkonen92.2182.6381.70481.26281.12281.22380.98280.69180.92980.57480.7480.94781.10481.23279.76379.91379.63879.73379.8179.48880.07779.68779.61180.04379.63279.21579.31479.17279.25979.09179.10378.97479.0578.88178.80779.16478.93378.74878.62992.64681.60280.09378.73678.54878.47378.32378.18978.08977.90477.89478.63977.63778.58478.63377.72177.6677.82477.71977.80677.81877.34377.34277.09277.74277.85977.57377.24777.36877.276.764
Nico Hulkenberg93.8682.38982.10381.28481.01382.00581.05980.89880.72480.52781.19580.48280.25380.95482.0279.9680.11279.81879.89480.24396.68281.26279.08579.97679.88879.68779.71479.30179.25579.25179.58779.05879.45479.14578.93978.92778.51578.51878.71978.8879.26695.30180.5778.31178.17577.86877.89377.80877.56477.83677.99977.79477.37677.36877.8877.66878.06178.73678.74377.65577.4777.20277.84177.58578.23678.63578.75278.40678.42478.763
Daniel Ricciardo95.45483.39781.94681.4582.90381.4381.06281.5181.64880.64380.36780.35880.21880.40380.74680.82394.35782.97180.53180.09880.92680.46379.76479.96379.67479.47279.50279.39679.4279.479.41679.82379.27279.05979.40579.34879.06678.87478.78578.69578.62378.69878.55878.3478.42278.4978.59378.51878.40378.68378.52778.51478.61178.78978.61878.59579.55793.35781.06877.88577.68377.39877.23777.34877.01377.03177.06188.84976.94576.609
Sergio Perez93.21682.51882.20681.16980.92782.05881.01880.85580.39780.61881.00680.55380.40281.75781.32679.87579.54279.379.43179.38879.35680.11179.80180.19279.6579.03378.84178.59379.27278.93279.0167979.17478.90578.98278.75179.19278.87978.96878.8693.07580.877.99177.62977.97878.05577.5577.79977.8378.02877.94977.83577.72977.377.74778.30779.54577.61177.0876.88976.93877.09577.32977.02176.77276.94776.41476.64376.88877.002
Bruno Senna94.22584.21981.7281.70283.90882.35481.69681.43981.50882.11181.86181.53681.43582.73681.9481.89781.94181.27981.05381.44983.1981.85197.08482.58179.82979.6979.9980.2380.00480.24480.16279.66580.37479.73479.49979.37279.52679.57780.00380.80580.45380.280.61379.78979.91779.36279.37679.35778.98482.37979.70278.94378.76578.69378.66778.55978.25478.09478.25577.86879.3278.23678.19681.57379.86778.44977.81778.06978.072
Heikki Kovalainen94.7158381.881.77181.62881.86481.86182.18182.26583.22581.77181.66781.34181.85583.07682.67997.01582.58981.99681.57780.86380.33580.20481.47880.26380.01979.90380.00279.97179.82979.87279.92879.80579.87479.8179.86879.94179.69179.56679.50880.96495.52383.38380.14279.31978.9678.74778.40678.68381.79178.99279.72582.20578.97678.47878.9678.32978.42978.38878.51278.32378.12878.38578.30579.39978.78178.49178.50978.497
Vitaly Petrov96.79283.65982.29381.79781.73482.54881.61181.83182.2281.61581.79681.75882.18381.87681.89482.46582.23696.42282.81381.9281.18280.5480.17780.52779.97980.4579.90980.380.08380.06479.86979.64379.62980.16879.42279.61379.54579.76980.0279.6381.55281.56294.71481.39179.09779.31179.74779.70679.97879.47680.16380.20480.15678.67578.42178.34378.8778.09378.56278.11979.22878.37278.72880.15578.58378.13778.40178.70980.498
Jean-Eric Vergne95.16283.69782.78781.32581.90381.50480.62781.2580.64180.48180.53480.65580.52780.38180.43595.35883.21882.09280.07180.2181.54880.1479.70479.92180.21679.77880.00779.49479.49179.40179.60979.40279.34378.99779.32779.73578.77879.10179.03579.23879.4257994.75882.22379.39678.85586.80982.95578.84678.57378.52678.39578.45778.17177.87578.12780.05378.42778.25478.30778.20879.44878.81878.90178.06478.39880.06680.77181.407
Pedro de la Rosa96.52484.40583.11782.96582.60782.70182.35382.16182.32382.17182.16482.5882.24281.99681.87682.25882.40582.27781.8581.99481.59481.64781.53581.621
Timo Glock97.43184.37783.32882.70582.85583.02182.67982.49582.682.41682.27683.08382.5582.29882.56182.56182.74482.76682.43283.40185.37384.75783.533102.43684.95384.51482.15885.00882.39983.03683.53482.40983.15981.68981.33881.83481.53282.29881.05381.5982.08882.6683.0481.6381.08784.43881.03284.52283.13381.26581.47781.33981.22682.282.60183.101
Pastor Maldonado95.71883.79982.49581.52381.93281.72181.42881.17381.67482.13680.68780.33680.34780.36680.61180.45780.08180.34580.27780.480.00380.45780.12780.6280.8680.14380.0880.21794.78380.75779.29479.45779.3779.27579.17879.41279.16378.92579.02978.87678.77278.55979.04878.83678.94878.95178.54278.5978.47378.55978.69979.52978.478.27678.18878.04378.11378.26478.26177.98778.06777.66577.93277.72177.52777.68577.48977.52177.8478.621
Charles Pic98.07884.33583.4882.86582.88682.71782.83282.66682.80682.48582.26183.24582.6783.62182.50582.35982.03582.23782.96282.56584.26482.85482.31782.85882.31182.2182.11497.82685.99881.92881.38484.74982.76582.78383.90381.92781.30681.58881.54383.00881.84681.65682.53282.96383.59982.02582.10382.79681.52682.12782.94283.47581.53581.13381.22381.62781.69181.5681.37381.20981.96581.07380.63281.2281.10681.26583.513
Narain Karthikeyan98.43784.59883.62582.81483.26182.65984.67382.53782.57282.43282.4982.04482.76782.86882.29983.1182.52583.29283.61983.6382.90883.703

The contrasting fortunes of the McLaren drivers is made clear by the gulf between their lap times during the race. Jenson Button was regularly around a second off Hamilton’s pace.

Button ended the race a lap down, almost 100 seconds behind his team mate, having pitted three times.

“Not a lot to say about that is there?” asked his race engineer glumly on the radio after the chequered flag. “Obviously we need to get back and have a think about what we have to do.”

After the race Button summoned up his double-whammy problem: “I couldn’t look after the tyres, I didn’t have any pace.”

Canadian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’15.75270
2Felipe MassaFerrari1’16.1820.43069
3Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1’16.4140.66267
4Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’16.6090.85770
5Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’16.7641.01270
6Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’17.0201.26859
7Nico RosbergMercedes1’17.0601.30867
8Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’17.1311.37962
9Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’17.2021.45062
10Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’17.2191.46763
11Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’17.2641.51257
12Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’17.4641.71261
13Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’17.4891.73767
14Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1’17.8172.06567
15Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’17.8202.06842
16Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’17.8432.09163
17Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’17.8752.12355
18Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1’18.0932.34158
19Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1’18.1282.37662
20Michael SchumacherMercedes1’18.4332.68137
21Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1’20.6324.88063
22Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1’21.0325.28047
23Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1’21.5355.78323
24Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1’22.0446.29212

Sebastian Vettel claimed the fastest lap of the race on the final tour after his late pit stop for fresh tyres.

Kimi Raikkonen also completed his fastest lap as he took the chequered flag, on tyres that were 30 laps old.

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20 comments on “2012 Canadian Grand Prix fastest laps”

  1. Aditya Banerjee (@)
    11th June 2012, 8:05

    Alonso on a forced one-stop having a quicker lap than jenson in a three-stopper? How the hell???

    1. Senna had a faster quick lap that Button. Even the Caterham’s were matching Button in pace, they were only 2-3 tenths slower than Jenson. Nuff’ said.

  2. Ideed, what to say to it. Button’s grip on the car seems to have dropped off dramatically since they changed the nose for Barcelona!

    1. +1
      Jenson needs to evaluate the old nose (or even his Australia set up), look how Massa’s improved since he used his Monaco setup (he spun during the Canadian GP so should’ve been higher up).

  3. I think Button probably just couldn’t be bothered in the last few laps, especially after being blue flagged to let his team mate pass to take a win. For the sake of the constructors championship I hope he gets it together otherwise Red Bull will sail to the win with ease given Ferrari only have one main points scored, so would McLaren in this situation and Mercedes so far (although likely to change etc).

    1. He would have started losing loads of time with the blue flags as well, as all the others were passing him at that time as well, I guess.

      1. TraverseMarkSenior (@)
        11th June 2012, 12:51

        The drop in form from Button is staggering. I never thought it would get to the point where the gulf between the McLaren drivers is greater than that of the Ferrari pair.

  4. I wonder why Alonso’s pace dropped off so quickly and dramatically whereas Grosjean could keep up a good pace, even though Alonso’s stop was only two laps earlier than Grosjean’s. They had very similar lap times before Alonso fell off the cliff.

    1. @alfisti37 – I direct your attention to this quote from the article:

      Kimi Raikkonen also completed his fastest lap as he took the chequered flag, on tyres that were 30 laps old.

      Evidently, the Lotus E20 was much kinder to its tyres than the Ferrari.

      1. @prisoner-monkeys Of course I noticed that quote. My comment doesn’t mean that I was not acknowledged of the evident fact that you mentioned, and I was just trying to express the amazement from the chart.

  5. Maybe Button’s plight should give us a different perspective on Massa’s. When the car’s development proceeds in a direction that doesn’t suit your driving style, you can be made to look very bad very quickly.

    1. Traverse Mark Senior (@)
      11th June 2012, 12:34

      And when you consider that Ferrari almost certainly spend 90% of their time developing Alonso’s car, it does put it in perspective.

    2. Last years car was deigned for buttons driving style and Hamilton did quite well with it. Apart from the on-track incidents.

  6. Sergio Perez in qualifying: 1’15.156
    Sergio Perez in the race: 1’16.414 with 27 laps on the tyres and no DRS, impressive stuff!

  7. Is there any way to zoom on these graphs at all? Would be a lot easier to tell how different the lap times were if you could zoom in a bit…

  8. It was disappointing to see Massa spin on lap 6. I was very impressed with the way he was all over the back of Rosberg, and then passed him. In two laps he then took 1.5 seconds out of Webber, so his afternoon might have gone very differently without that silly mistake. It would have been interesting if Massa had come up behind an off-the pace Alonso; would he have been allowed past, or would he have had to sit tight with a horde of attackers coming up from behind?

    1. His strategy was a bit off as well. Were they trying to do one stop? I wonder why they left him out so long on his second set of tyres, when he was clearly struggling (when Rosberg and Perez caught him). That second stop came 7 or 8 laps too late – he was quick at the end, but there were no laps left for him to get stuck in again and grab some more points.

      1. Yes, they were originally planning a one stopper for him as well, and changed it only when they saw how far the times were going up @bullfrog (saw some quotes from Massa about it)

  9. This graph pretty much tells the story of 2012. Last year we would have seen a growing disparity between the drivers as the race progressed but this just proves how close things are and continue to be so during the race.

  10. Again an impressive race by Perez with a Sauber that impresses. Third on the podium, third fastest lap, made up 12 positions…..i mean he put the various Schumacher, Raikonnen and Massa in the shadow!!!

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