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Singapore 2012 Singapore Grand Prix
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Race 14 of 20 in the 2012 Formula One season
Date 23 September 2012
Official name 2012 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
Location Marina Bay Street Circuit

5.073 km (3.152 mi)

Distance 59 laps, 299.170 km (185.896 mi)
Weather Hot and humid, 29 °C (84 °F)
Pole Position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
Time 1:46.362
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Nico Hülkenberg (Force India-Mercedes)
Time 1:51.033 on lap 52
Podium
First Germany Sebastain Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
Second United Kingdom Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)
Third Spain Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

The 2012 Singapore Grand Prix (formally known as the 2012 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix) is a Formula One motor race that took place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Marina Bay, Singapore, Singapore on 23 September 2012 as the fourteenth round of the 2012 season. The race was the thirteenth time that a Singapore Grand Prix has been held, and the fifth time it was a round of the Formula One World Championship.

Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole. Sebastian Vettel won the race, his second of the season, after Hamilton's gearbox failed early in the race.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Free practiceEdit

QualifyingEdit

RaceEdit

Hamilton lead from the start with Maldonado falling to 4th and Vettel and Button overtaking into P2 and P3 respectively.

On lap twenty three, Hamilton's gearbox failed forcing him to retire allowing Vettel to take the lead which continued until the end of the race. It was noted to be the 2nd mechanical retirement for the Briton.

On lap 30, Karthikeyan crashed at turn 18 causing yellow flags and a safety car to be deployed. Maldonado retired with hydraulic issues before the safety car came in. Two laps later, Schumacher and Vergne collided, with Schumacher failing to brake properly, and consequently crashing into the back of Vergne's Toro Rosso, resulting in their retirement. After the crash, Schumacher climbed out of his car and went over to apologise to Vergne.

Paul di Resta managed to keep Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg at bay to claim his career-best finish of fourth, gaining him two places in the Driver's Championship to stand 11th. The race finished two laps early as the two-hour limit was reached, the first time this had happened since the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.285 1:46.665 1:46.362 1
2 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:49.494 1:47.602 1:46.804 2
3 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:48.240 1:46.791 1:46.905 3
4 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:49.381 1:47.661 1:46.939 4
5 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:49.391 1:47.567 1:47.216 5
6 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:48.028 1:47.667 1:47.241 6
7 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:48.717 1:47.513 1:47.475 7
8 10 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:47.668 1:47.529 1:47.788 8
9 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:49.546 1:47.823 no time 9
10 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:49.463 1:47.943 no time 10
11 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:49.547 1:47.975 11
12 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:48.169 1:48.261 12
13 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:49.767 1:48.344 13
14 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.055 1:48.505 14
15 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.023 1:48.774 15
16 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.564 1:48.849 16
17 19 Brazil Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:49.809 no time 221
18 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.933 17
19 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:50.846 18
20 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:51.137 19
21 24 Germany Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.370 20
22 25 France Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.762 21
23 23 India Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:52.372 23
24 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:53.355 241
107% time: 1:55.226

Notes:

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 59 2:00:26.144 3 25
2 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 59 +8.959 4 18
3 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 59 +15.227 5 15
4 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 59 +19.063 6 12
5 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 59 +34.784 10 10
6 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 59 +35.759 12 8
7 10 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 59 +36.698 8 6
8 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 59 +42.829 13 4
9 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 +45.820 15 2
10 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Sauber-Ferrari 59 +50.619 14 1
11 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 59 +1:07.1751 7
12 24 Germany Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 59 +1:31.918 20
13 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 59 +1:37.141 17
14 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 59 +1:39.413 11
15 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 59 +1:47.467 19
16 25 France Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 59 +2:12.9252 21
17 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 58 +1 Lap 24
18 19 Brazil Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 57 Engine 22
19 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 57 +2 Laps 18
Ret 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39 Collision 16
Ret 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 39 Collision 9
Ret 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 36 Hydraulics 2
Ret 23 India Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 30 Accident 23
Ret 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 22 Gearbox 1

Notes:

  • ^1Mark Webber originally finished in tenth place, but had twenty seconds added to his time after he cut a corner in order to pass Kamui Kobayashi.
  • ^2Charles Pic had twenty seconds added to his race time after he was spotted overtaking another car while red flags were being shown in the final free practice session.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Spain Fernando Alonso 194
1uparrow green 2 2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 165
1rightarrow blue 3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 149
1downarrow red 2 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 142
1rightarrow blue 5 Australia Mark Webber 132

Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 297
1rightarrow blue 2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 261
1rightarrow blue 3 Italy Ferrari 245
1rightarrow blue 4 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 231
1rightarrow blue 5 Germany Mercedes 136
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

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