2012 Italian Grand Prix result

2012 Italian Grand Prix

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14Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes53
215Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari534.3564.356
35Fernando AlonsoFerrari5320.59416.238
46Felipe MassaFerrari5329.6679.073
59Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault5330.8811.214
67Michael SchumacherMercedes5331.2590.378
78Nico RosbergMercedes5333.5502.291
811Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes5341.0577.507
914Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari5343.8982.841
1019Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault5348.1444.246
1118Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault5348.6820.538
1216Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari5350.3161.634
1310Jerome D’AmbrosioLotus-Renault5375.86125.545
1420Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault521 lap1 lap
1521Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault521 lap0.199
1625Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth521 lap10.921
1724Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth521 lap27.393
1822Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth521 lap12.032
1923Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth521 lap14.868
202Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault512 laps1 lap
2112Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes503 laps1 lap
221Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault476 laps3 laps
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3Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes3221 laps15 lapsFuel system
17Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari845 laps24 lapsAccident

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32 comments on “2012 Italian Grand Prix result”

  1. Fritz Oosthuizen (@)
    9th September 2012, 14:33

    Perez is knocking the door down for a seat at Ferrari. Massa helped Alonso in the championship for a change.

    1. True but he still needs to mature a bit more… I would hire him immediatley but Massa showed today that he still has it… He delivered an excellent performance today and I agree… He finally helped Alonso for a change!!!

  2. Perez! Unbelievable. Medium never looks good this weekend but Perez, somehow, made amazing lap times again and again! I don’t know how’s this possible. Massa helped Alonso but I expected it and it’s not much sensational as 2010 Germany.

    1. Compare the times to qualifying first.
      By race day the track was in better condition.
      He used the mediums on a lighter fuel load.

  3. Who said Perez isn’t good enough for a seat at the Scuderia? I’m sure Montezemolo will reconsider his statements after this race. Brilliant drive, spot on strategy and a Sauber team getting well deserved payment after the whole Belgium disaster.

    Good pace from Hamilton and a well constructed win. It was always gonna be him or Alonso. Ferrari did a decent job as well with keeping Fernando’s lead intact and regaining 3rd in the WCC from Lotus. Well done for Mercedes as well. I was expecting them to fall further behind with their 2 stopper strategy but I guess 6th and 7th is finally a decent result in that car. Well done Massa for finally getting on the right track. 4th and 5th for the remainder of the season and he just might keep his seat for another year.

    Massive disappointments: Webber going from bad to worse in that car as the season progresses, or should I say as his new contract progresses; Senna – for providing a couple of silly-moments early in the race and only getting a point due to Ricciardo’s sudden fallback in the last lap, D’Ambrosio, who in my opinion was a lot slower than expected – if it weren’t for the retirements he would have finished 18th, mearly at the Caterham borderline.

    Also, is it just me or is Maldonado trying to straighten up his game and thus, is becoming slower?

    1. Montezemolo might start to think he’s too fast for Alonso.

      Anyway, Great bounce back from the Miserable 4 of Spa. Oops, except Grosjean.

    2. Given the starting place of Maldonado, I would not consider him “slower” today

      1. I agree. He did second best job of the year, only Spain is better than this. Fast, no mistake, no crash. Just too far behind to score a couple of points.

        1. Also the fact that MAL finished within some tenths of Senna (who started 9 places ahead in the grid) underlines the fact that probably Senna does not deserve that seat at Williams. May be we could see some change in the Williams driver line up next season?

          1. I’d say for sure. There’s no reason at Williams not to replace Senna with Bottas except for the fact that Senna brings in more money than the finn.

            Senna’s pace was a little bit better than Maldonado’s today, though. At least in the first part of the race.

          2. Let’s not forget that SEN was pushed off the track by DIR, loosing several seconds and a place to WEB.

          3. Sometimes a better starting position can actually be worse off than starting further back. Senna was fighting for position with other cars, hence lap times suffered.

      2. I’m pretty sure I saw Hulkenberg, who started two spots behind, running in front of him at some early point in the race. And he was definitely slower than Senna.

        Nothing against him. He drove a decent race and compared to his last Z outings on the track, finally not crashing into anyone on a rather incident prone track is quite an achievement. Just a thought crossing my mind, that’s all. :)

  4. Ricciardo was 10th until the last lap, he lost 5 seconds in the last sector. What the hell happened there?

    1. Yeah, I was really annoyed about that too. Fuel pick-up issue out of the last corner as it turns out.

      1. What a frustrating day for STR

  5. I’m surprised more teams lower down the grid didn’t go for hards first, it was clearly the fastest strategy if you are not stuck in traffic for too long and can make the tyres last deep into the race.
    What happened to Ricciardo on the last lap?

    1. Maybe they worried about what Alonso suffered in Silvertstone? Still, Almost everyone go the option was out of expectation.

  6. To tell the truth, Sauber deserves more credit than Perez.For their spot-on strategy and their extremely tyre-conservative car!

    1. @carbon_fibre Kobayashi was almost 40s behind, you can’t take credit away from Perez. He made some terrific passes.

      1. Completely agree.. it looked like Kobayashi was driving a different car. Sergio on the other hand was increadibly quick through the race, overtook with much more confidence and mastered Paarabolica this weekend.

        As an Alonso fan I was not happy about him losing that P2, but nonetehless, great job by Sergio

        1. As an Alonso fan I was not happy about him losing that P2,

          Neither was I but Alonso is like Prost in a way… there was no way he would have held Perez back since Perez had fresh rubber and he just let him go without a fight… that way, he still hauls in good points for the WDC and gets a podium finish!

      2. Kobayashi had to start using medium compound…Saubers should never qualify for Q3

    2. Actually I think they could do better. He was still flying at the last couple of laps. If not the extended first stint they could have even bigger chance for fighting Hamilton.

  7. Sauber!! Well done to them and especially Perez for doing such a good job on those medium tyres.

    You’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at speed trap data when looking at where RBR finished today. Shocker for them. I imagine they will bounce back at Singapore.

    Decent haul of points from Mercedes too, would have expected better from them given their usual good straight-line speed but they didn’t do too well with the tyres.

    Honourable mention to D’Ambrosio too. Bust KERS yet still finished above where he qualified. I think points would have been an unrealistic stretch for him. Well done to him.

    1. Surely track characteristics and tyre allocation of Singapore would be good for Red Bull. but will it be good as or better than Mclaren? We will see. I expect better performance from Mercedes there. Apart from it, I don’t know…

  8. After seeing the replays, I have to agree with the Vettel penalty. Alonso was alongside Vettel. Vettel should have given him room.

    1. I thought it was a little harsh. Vettel did hog too much of the track, but I do not think it was intentional to put Alonso on the grass, but more to do with poor visibility in his rear view mirrors around that corner.

      It was really similar to the amount of space Alonso left him last year around the same corner… maybe Vettel was slightly more aggressive in defending… but it’s a really fine line.

      1. @todfod

        but more to do with poor visibility in his rear view mirrors around that corner.

        Nonsense…. Alonso gave him just enough room last year and that is why Vettel passed.. I guess Vettel didn´t like the fact that he was gonna get it back in the same manner and in the same corner as he dished it out las year, hence the opening on exit!

    2. @todfod There’s been a lot of comments about this so I’ve set up a poll:

      Did Vettel deserve penalty for Alonso move at Curva Grande?

  9. I suppose some peoples problem with the penalty was the fact it was very similar to last years incident, but you have to remember its a new rule that has been incorporated since then, and therefore you cannot say ‘Well alonso got away with it last year’

    I was surprised Webber didnt try what Perez did, and if I was Ferrari I would have put Alonso out on hards in Q3 once I knew about the problem

  10. The championship has just swung back in Alonso’s favour. What will happen now I don’t know, but Alonso will surely win the championship now.

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