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United Arab Emirates 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2012 abu dhabi programme
Race 18 of 20 in the 2012 Formula One season
Date 4 November 2012
Official name 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Yas Marina Circuit
Distance 55 laps, 305.355 km (189.739 mi)
Weather Dry, Air Temp 29 °C (84 °F)
Pole Position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
Time 1.40:630
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
Time 1:43.964, on lap 54
Podium
First Finland Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus-Renault)
Second Spain Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Third Germany Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

The 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (formally the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 4 November 2012 at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was the eighteenth round of the 2012 Formula One season, and the fourth Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The race, contested over 55 laps, was won by Kimi Räikkönen driving for the Lotus team, from a fourth position start. Fernando Alonso finished second in a Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel third for the Red Bull Racing team.

ReportEdit

Pre-raceEdit

Going into the race, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel led the World Drivers' Championship with 240 points; Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was second on 227 points. In the Constructors' Championship, Red Bull Racing were leading on 407 points and Scuderia Ferrari were second on 316 points, with McLaren third on 306 points.

The sport's tyre supplier Pirelli, provided two specifications of slick dry tyres for the race, designated Medium (also referred to as the "prime" tyre) and Soft (also referred to as the "option" tyre). The Medium compound was distinguished by a white-band while the Soft compound was distinguished by a yellow-band.

PracticeEdit

Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday from 13:30 to 15:00 and 17:00 to 18:30 local time, and a third on Saturday afternoon between 14:00 to 15:00. The first practice session took place in dry conditions. The ambient temperature was 32 °C (90 °F), and the track temperature was 43 °C (109 °F). Lewis Hamilton set the session's fastest time with a lap of 1 minute and 43.285 seconds, three-tenths of a second ahead of Jenson Button. Vettel and Alonso, were third and fourth fastest.

The second practice session was held in similar weather to the first; the only difference was a slightly higher track temperature of 45 °C (113 °F). During this session, Vettel set the fastest time of the session, a 1:41.751. The McLaren drivers ran slower— Hamilton in second and Button in third. Saturday's weather was again dry for the third and final practice session, with an ambient temperature of 32 °C (90 °F) and a track temperature of 47 °C (117 °F). Hamilton set the fastest time, a 1:42.130, quicker than his best from Friday's first practice session. This put him ahead of Button and Vettel.

QualifyingEdit

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 20 minutes and eliminated the cars from qualifying that finished the session 18th or lower. The second part of qualifying lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 17. The final part of qualifying determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position.

Hamilton set the fastest time in the first, second and final parts of the session, which clinched him pole position with a lap of 1:40.630. Hamilton was joined on the front row by Webber, who recorded a lap time 0.357 seconds slower. Vettel set the third fastest lap, but ran out of fuel after qualifying ended, which prevented race officials to obtain an mandatory one-litre sample of fuel for analysis. Red Bull elected to start Vettel from the pit-lane. All of the remaining drivers that qualified behind Vettel were promoted one place on the grid.

RaceEdit

The race took place in the evening from 17:00 local time, in dry and sunny weather, with an ambient temperature of 29 °C (84 °F), and a track temperature ranging from 29 and 34 °C (84 and 93 °F). At the start of the parade lap, Pedro de la Rosa stalled on the grid in his HRT which caused him to have to start from the pits behind Sebastian Vettel. When the race began, Hamilton led into the first corner, while Kimi Räikkönen passed Mark Webber and Pastor Maldonado to take 2nd. Contact between Bruno Senna and Nico Hülkenberg caused the Force India driver to retire from the race. During the first lap, Fernando Alonso overtook both Button and Webber.

On Lap 5, Romain Grosjean made a move on Nico Rosberg at Turns 8 and 9, but ended up with a puncture on the right front which made contact with Rosberg's front wing. Both drivers had to pit – Grosjean for a set of tyres and Rosberg for a new nosecone. Four laps later, on Lap 9, Rosberg and Narain Karthikeyan were involved in a collision. Karthikeyan braked due to a steering problem, causing Rosberg who was right behind him to crash into him, bringing both out of the race but unharmed, and sending out the safety car. During the safety car period, when Daniel Ricciardo was weaving and braking, Sebastian Vettel was unaware, and he swerved to avoid the Toro Rosso and hit the DRS board at the side of the track, causing more damage to his front wing. Red Bull soon gave the instruction to fit a new front wing on Vettel's car, along with a set of soft tyres.

On Lap 20, the race leader Lewis Hamilton slowed to a halt as a technical issue with his McLaren put him out of the race. Kimi Räikkönen inherited the lead as a result. No safety car was required as he had parked his car in a safe position. On the next lap, Fernando Alonso managed to overtake Pastor Maldonado with the assistance of DRS. By this time, Sebastian Vettel had fought his way up to tenth place. By lap 31, Vettel was up into second, about twenty seconds behind Kimi Räikkönen, and his subsequent pit stop on lap 37 put him down to fourth.

Drama continued on lap 38 as Paul di Resta and Sergio Pérez tried to overtake Romain Grosjean. Pérez ran wide, and when entering the track again, he collided with Grosjean who then collected Mark Webber, taking the Lotus and Red Bull out of the race and earning Pérez a ten-second stop and go penalty. This sent out the safety car once more. In the closing laps, Fernando Alonso put in quick laps to catch Kimi Räikkönen, as Vettel took advantage of the safety car to close up to Jenson Button and get past on lap 51. Räikkönen, however, managed to do just enough to hold off the Ferrari to win the Grand Prix, his only win of 2012, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid Pos.
1 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.497 1:40.901 1:40.630 1
2 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:41.933 1:41.277 1:40.987 2
3 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.981 1:41.907 1:41.226 3
4 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:42.222 1:41.532 1:41.260 4
5 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.342 1:41.873 1:41.290 5
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.939 1:41.514 1:41.582 6
7 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.926 1:41.698 1:41.603 7
8 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.974 1:41.846 1:41.723 8
9 10 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.046 1:41.620 1:41.778 9
10 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:42.579 1:42.019 10
11 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.624 1:42.084 11
12 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:42.572 1:42.218 12
13 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.735 1:42.289 13
14 19 Brazil Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:43.298 1:42.330 14
15 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.582 1:42.606 15
16 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:43.280 1:42.765 16
17 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:44.058 17
18 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:44.956 18
19 25 France Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.089 19
20 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:45.151 20
21 24 Germany Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.426 21
22 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:45.766 22
23 23 India Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:46.382 23
EX 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:42.160 1:41.511 1:41.073 PL1
107% time: 1:48.601
Notes
^1 – Sebastian Vettel, who set a 1:41.073 qualifying time in Q3 and subsequently would have started from third position, was excluded from the qualifying results for violating the rules by not having enough fuel to return to the pits. However, the stewards allowed him to start the race from the last grid position. Red Bull opted to make set-up changes before the race, which meant that Sebastian Vettel had to start from the pit lane.

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 55 1:45:58.667 4 25
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +0.852 6 18
3 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 55 +4.163 24 15
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +7.787 5 12
5 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 55 +13.007 3 10
6 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 55 +20.076 15 8
7 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +22.896 8 6
8 19 Brazil Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 55 +23.542 14 4
9 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +24.160 12 2
10 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +27.463 16 1
11 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +28.075 13
12 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +34.906 17
13 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +47.764 18
14 24 Germany Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +56.473 21
15 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 55 +56.768 11
16 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1:04.595 20
17 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +1:11.778 221
Ret 25 France Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 41 Engine 19
Ret 10 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 37 Collision 9
Ret 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 37 Collision 2
Ret 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 19 Fuel pressure 1
Ret 23 India Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 7 Hydraulics/Collision 23
Ret 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 7 Collision 7
Ret 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 10

Notes:

  • ^1Pedro de la Rosa failed to start the formation lap when a cord from one of his tyre blankets became caught up in the wheel, and he therefore started in the pit lane behind Sebastian Vettel.

Championship standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 255
1rightarrow blue 2 Spain Fernando Alonso 245
1rightarrow blue 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 198
1rightarrow blue 4 Australia Mark Webber 167
1rightarrow blue 5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 165
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 422
1rightarrow blue 2 Italy Ferrari 340
1rightarrow blue 3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 318
1rightarrow blue 4 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 288
1rightarrow blue 5 Germany Mercedes 136
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Abu_Dhabi_Grand_Prix
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/2012/abou-dhabi.aspx

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