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2012 FIA Formula One

World Championship season

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2011 2013
Races 20
Drivers 25
Teams 12
Engine Suppliers Cosworth, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault
Tyre Suppliers P
Drivers' Champion
Sebastian Vettel
Germany Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) - 281 points
Constructors' Champion
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Austria Red Bull Racing - 460 points

The 2012 Formula One season was the 63rd FIA Formula One season. The championship was contested over twenty rounds, which started in Australia on 18 March and ended in Brazil on 25 November. The 2012 season saw the return of the United States Grand Prix, which was held at the Circuit of the Americas, a purpose-built circuit in Austin, Texas. After being cancelled in 2011 due to civil protests, the Bahrain Grand Prix also returned to the calendar.

Pre-seasonEdit

Sebastian vettel entered the season as World Drivers' Champion and Red Bull Racing as World Constructors' Champion.

Rule changesEdit

Driver changesEdit

Team changesEdit

Calendar changesEdit

New/returning racesEdit

  • After the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled, the race was reinstated for the 2012 season with a provisional date in October. The final version of the calendar brought the race forward to April.
  • The German Grand Prix returned to Hockenheim after the 2011 German Grand Prix was held at the Nürburgring, in line with the event's policy of alternating between venues.
  • In May 2010, it was announced that Austin, Texas would host the return of the United States Grand Prix, the first since Indianapolis in 2007. Known as the Circuit of the Americas, the venue will be a brand-new, purpose-built permanent circuit designed by event promoter Tavo Hellmund and 1993 Grand Prix Motorcycle World Champion Kevin Schwantz with the assistance of German architect and circuit designer Hermann Tilke. The race was originally scheduled to be held in June, but was moved back to become the penultimate event of the season in response to concerns over the heat of the Texas summer and its effects on teams, drivers and spectators, and the failure of race organisers to meet a key deadline for the race sanctioning fees.

Removed racesEdit

  • The Turkish Grand Prix was removed from the calendar after Formula One Management and the event organisers could not agree on a renewed contract. In August 2011, organisers of the race revealed that they were negotiating with Bernie Ecclestone to resume their place on the calendar. However, the race was removed from the calendar later that month.

Teams and DriversEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2012 Formula One World Championship. The FIA published a provisional entry list on 30 November 2011, and the grid was finalised on 17 February.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Free Practice driver(s)
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault RB8 Renault RS27-2012 P 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel All N/A
2 Australia Mark Webber All
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 Mercedes FO 108Z P 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button All N/A
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2012 Ferrari Type 056 P 5 Spain Fernando Alonso All N/A
6 Brazil Felipe Massa All
Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W03 Mercedes FO 108Z P 7 Germany Michael Schumacher All N/A
8 Germany Nico Rosberg All
United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus-Renault E20 Renault RS27-2012 P 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen All N/A
10 France Romain Grosjean 1–12,
14–20
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 13
India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z P 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta All France Jules Bianchi
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg All
Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari C31 Ferrari Type 056 P 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi All Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez All
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 Ferrari Type 056 P 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo All N/A
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne All
United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado All Finland Valtteri Bottas
19 Brazil Bruno Senna All
Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault CT01 Renault RS27-2012 P 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen All Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
21 Russia Vitaly Petrov All
Spain HRT Formula 1 Team HRT-Cosworth F112 Cosworth CA2012 P 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa All Spain Dani Clos
23 India Narain Karthikeyan All
Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth MR01 Cosworth CA2012 P 24 Germany Timo Glock All United Kingdom Max Chilton
25 France Charles Pic All

Season calendarEdit

18 March - Australian Grand Prix

Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne

25 March - Malaysian Grand Prix

Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

15 April - Chinese Grand Prix

China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

22 April - Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Melbourne120318
Kualalumpur120325
Shanghai120415

13 May - Spanish Grand Prix

Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló

27 May - Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

10 June - Canadian Grand Prix

Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

24 June - European Grand Prix

Spain Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia

Montecarlo120527
Montreal120610
Valencia120624

8th July - British Grand Prix

United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

22 July - German Grand Prix

Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim

29 July - Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest

2 September - Belgian Grand Prix

Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot

9 September - Italian Grand Prix

Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza

22 September - Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

7 October - Japanese Grand Prix

Japan Suzuka Circuit, Mie

14 October - Korean Grand Prix

South Korea Korea International Circuit, Yeongam

Singapore120923

28 October - Indian Grand Prix

India Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

4 November - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

18 November - United States Grand Prix

United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

25 November - Brazlilian Grand Prix

Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo

2012 abu dhabi programme

Season reviewEdit

Pre-SeasonEdit

The pre-season testing began immediately after the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a three-day 'Young Driver Test' (for drivers with fewer than three Formula One race starts to their name) at the Yas Marina Circuit from 15–17 November 2011. Toro Rosso test driver and Formula Renault 3.5 Series runner-up Jean-Éric Vergne was the fastest driver in every session over the three-day test, driving for Red Bull Racing. The Young Driver Tests also saw the debut of Pirelli's 2012 tyre compounds, with all bar one of the tyre compounds used in 2011 having undergone significant revisions. Several teams, including Williams and Mercedes used the tests as an opportunity to test parts for the 2012 season in the face of a ban on exhaust-blown diffusers.

The 2012 season was preceded by three test sessions at Jerez de la Frontera and Barcelona. These sessions gave the teams and drivers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their cars, though the teams downplayed the accuracy of testing times as being representative of the running order for the season. At the second test in Barcelona, Lotus F1 discovered a critical fault in the build of their chassis that forced them to miss four days of running, while both HRT and Marussia were unable to complete any mileage with their 2012 cars after both the HRT F112 and Marussia MR01 failed their crash tests, though both teams were able to complete shakedowns of their cars.

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari Report
3 China Chinese Grand Prix Germany Nico Rosberg Japan Kamui Kobayashi Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes Report
4 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 1 France Romain Grosjean Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber 2 Mexico Sergio Pérez Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
8 Spain European Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Nico Rosberg Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Finland Kimi Räikkönen Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
10 Germany German Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
14 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
16 South Korea Korean Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
17 India Indian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
18 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault Report
19 United States United States Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
20 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
  1. ^ - Lewis Hamilton was excluded from pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix for a technical infringement and moved to the back of the grid. Pastor Maldonado was recognised as the pole-sitter for the race.
  2. ^ - Michael Schumacher recorded the fastest time in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, but started sixth after a five-place grid penalty from the previous race was applied. Mark Webber was recognised as the pole-sitter for the race

Drivers' standingsEdit

Points were awarded to the top 10 classified finishers. Championship points were awarded on a 25–18–15–12–10–8–6–4–2–1 basis to the first ten finishers in each race.

Pos. Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
IND
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 2 11 5 1 6 4 4 Ret 3 5 4 2 22† 1 1 1 1 3 2 6 281
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 5 1 9 7 2 3 5 1 2 1 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 3 2 2 3 2 278
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 7 5 14 2 3 9 8 2 5 3 2 3 5 6 6 5 7 1 6 10 207
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 3 3 3 8 8 5 1 19† 8 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 5 10 4 Ret 1 Ret 190
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 14 2 18† 9 16† 16 8 10 2 6 1 Ret 2 4 Ret 5 4 5 1 188
6 Australia Mark Webber 4 4 4 4 11 1 7 4 1 8 8 6 20† 11 9 2 3 Ret Ret 4 179
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Ret 15 13 9 15 6 10 16 4 12 9 5 4 8 2 4 6 7 4 3 122
8 France Romain Grosjean Ret Ret 6 3 4 Ret 2 Ret 6 18 3 Ret 7 19† 7 9 Ret 7 Ret 96
9 Germany Nico Rosberg 12 13 1 5 7 2 6 6 15 10 10 11 7 5 Ret Ret 11 Ret 13 15 93
10 Mexico Sergio Pérez 8 2 11 11 Ret 11 3 9 Ret 6 14 Ret 2 10 Ret 11 Ret 15 11 Ret 66
11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Ret 9 15 12 10 8 12 5 12 9 11 4 21† 14 7 6 8 Ret 8 5 63
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 6 Ret 10 13 5 Ret 9 Ret 11 4 18† 13 9 13 3 Ret 14 6 14 9 60
13 Germany Michael Schumacher Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 7 7 Ret 7 6 Ret 11 13 22† 11 16 7 49
14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 10 7 12 6 14 7 11 7 Ret 11 12 10 8 4 12 12 12 9 15 19† 46
15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 13† 19† 8 Ret 1 Ret 13 12 16 15 13 Ret 11 Ret 8 14 16 5 9 Ret 45
16 Brazil Bruno Senna 16† 6 7 22† Ret 10 17 10 9 17 7 12 10 18† 14 15 10 8 10 Ret 31
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 11 8 16 14 12 12 15 Ret 14 14 16 8 Ret Ret 13 8 15 12 Ret 8 16
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 9 12 17 15 13 Ret 14 11 13 13 15 9 12 9 10 9 13 10 12 13 10
19 Russia Vitaly Petrov Ret 16 18 16 17 Ret 19 13 DNS 16 19 14 15 19 17 16 17 16 17 11 0
20 Germany Timo Glock 14 17 19 19 18 14 Ret DNS 18 22 21 15 17 12 16 18 20 14 19 16 0
21 France Charles Pic 15† 20 20 Ret Ret Ret 20 15 19 20 20 16 16 16 Ret 19 19 Ret 20 12 0
22 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Ret 18 23 17 16 13 18 14 17 19 17 17 14 15 15 17 18 13 18 14 0
23 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 13 0
24 India Narain Karthikeyan DNQ 22 22 21 Ret 15 Ret 18 21 23 Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret 20 21 Ret 22 18 0
25 Spain Pedro de la Rosa DNQ 21 21 20 19 Ret Ret 17 20 21 22 18 18 17 18 Ret Ret 17 21 17 0
Pos. Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
IND
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest lap

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Constructors' standingsEdit

Championship points were awarded on a 25–18–15–12–10–8–6–4–2–1 basis to the first ten finishers in each race.

Pos. Constructor No. AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
IND
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 2 11 5 1 6 4 4 Ret 3 5 4 2 22† 1 1 1 1 3 2 6 460
2 4 4 4 4 11 1 7 4 1 8 8 6 20† 11 9 2 3 Ret Ret 4
2 Italy Ferrari 5 5 1 9 7 2 3 5 1 2 1 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 3 2 2 3 2 400
6 Ret 15 13 9 15 6 10 16 4 12 9 5 4 8 2 4 6 7 4 3
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1 14 2 18† 9 16† 16 8 10 2 6 1 Ret 2 4 Ret 5 4 5 1 378
4 3 3 3 8 8 5 1 19† 8 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 5 10 4 Ret 1 Ret
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 9 7 5 14 2 3 9 8 2 5 3 2 3 5 6 6 5 7 1 6 10 303
10 Ret Ret 6 3 4 Ret 2 Ret 6 18 3 Ret 13 7 19† 7 9 Ret 7 Ret
5 Germany Mercedes 7 Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 7 7 Ret 7 6 Ret 11 13 22† 11 16 7 142
8 12 13 1 5 7 2 6 6 15 10 10 11 7 5 Ret Ret 11 Ret 13 15
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 14 6 Ret 10 13 5 Ret 9 Ret 11 4 18† 13 9 13 3 Ret 14 6 14 9 126
15 8 2 11 11 Ret 11 3 9 Ret 6 14 Ret 2 10 Ret 11 Ret 15 11 Ret
7 India Force India-Mercedes 11 10 7 12 6 14 7 11 7 Ret 11 12 10 8 4 12 12 12 9 15 19† 109
12 Ret 9 15 12 10 8 12 5 12 9 11 4 21† 14 7 6 8 Ret 8 5
8 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 18 13† 19† 8 Ret 1 Ret 13 12 16 15 13 Ret 11 Ret 8 14 16 5 9 Ret 76
19 16† 6 7 22† Ret 10 17 10 9 17 7 12 10 18† 14 15 10 8 10 Ret
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 9 12 17 15 13 Ret 14 11 13 13 15 9 12 9 10 9 13 10 12 13 26
17 11 8 16 14 12 12 15 Ret 14 14 16 8 Ret Ret 13 8 15 12 Ret 8
10 Malaysia Caterham-Renault 20 Ret 18 23 17 16 13 18 14 17 19 17 17 14 15 15 17 18 13 18 14 0
21 Ret 16 18 16 17 Ret 19 13 DNS 16 19 14 15 19 17 16 17 16 17 11
11 Russia Marussia-Cosworth 24 14 17 19 19 18 14 Ret DNS 18 22 21 15 17 12 16 18 20 14 19 16 0
25 15† 20 20 Ret Ret Ret 20 15 19 20 20 16 16 16 Ret 19 19 Ret 20 12
12 Spain HRT-Cosworth 22 DNQ 21 21 20 19 Ret Ret 17 20 21 22 18 18 17 18 Ret Ret 17 21 17 0
23 DNQ 22 22 21 Ret 15 Ret 18 21 23 Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret 20 21 Ret 22 18
Pos. Constructor No. AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
IND
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
Points

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Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest Lap
|} Notes:

  • † — Cars did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

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