23 de abr de 2012

F1 - GP of Bahrain 2012

Kimi Räikkönen, Jenson Button
Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton

 Kamui Kobayashi, Bruno Senna

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa

Kimi Räikkönen, Mark Webber

Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi Räikkönen, Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Christian Horner

Christian Horner, Sebastian Vettel

Pos   No  Driver                       Team                               Laps     Time/Retired       Grid   Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 1:35:10.990 1 25
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +3.3 secs 11 18
3 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 57 +10.1 secs 7 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +38.7 secs 3 12
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +55.4 secs 5 10
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +57.5 secs 10 8
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +57.8 secs 9 6
8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 57 +58.9 secs 2 4
9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57 +64.9 secs 14 2
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +71.4 secs 22 1
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +72.7 secs 8
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +76.5 secs 13
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 57 +90.3 secs 12
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 57 +93.7 secs 17
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 6
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 18
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 16
18 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 Exhaust/differential 4
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 23
20 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 20
21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 24
22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 54 Retired 15
Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 25 Puncture 21
Ret 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 24 Engine 19
Note - Maldonado qualified 17th, Schumacher 18th. Both dropped five grid places as penalty for an unscheduled gearbox changes.

Pos   Team                                Points
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 101
2 McLaren-Mercedes 92
3 Lotus-Renault 57
4 Ferrari 45
5 Mercedes 37
6 Sauber-Ferrari 31
7 Williams-Renault 18
8 Force India-Mercedes 17
9 STR-Ferrari 6
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0
12 HRT-Cosworth 0

Pos   Driver                        Nationality   Team                                Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 53
2 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 49
3 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 48
4 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 43
5 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 43
6 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 35
7 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 34
8 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 23
9 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 22
10 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 15
11 Bruno Senna Brazilian Williams-Renault 14
12 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 9
13 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari 4
14 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault 4
15 Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari 2
16 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 2
17 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 2
18 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 2
19 Timo Glock German Marussia-Cosworth 0
20 Charles Pic French Marussia-Cosworth 0
21 Vitaly Petrov Russian Caterham-Renault 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Caterham-Renault 0
23 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0

Sebastian Vettel - GER
Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

I think it was an incredible race. Extremely tough. Sometimes we had a decent gap but still even from the start we had a very good start, which was crucial. I was able to pull away immediately and pull away from the pack. That turned out to be a big advantage because we always had to go on a used set of tyres as we used nearly all of them yesterday in qualifying. We could see, Kimi was getting through, he was very quick and so was Romain. A difficult race but with the strategy everything seemed to work so I can only say a big thanks to the boys in the garage. I said it yesterday: incredible job they’ve done over the first four races. The amount of work they had and that we gave them in particular because we weren’t happy with the car and we asked for little tweaks here and there and they came back with new parts, old parts, back with the new parts, back with the old parts, back and forth, so extremely tough and they spent a lot of hours in the garage trying to get the car to our liking and I think we got it this weekend together for the first time and I was very happy in qualifying and throughout the whole race to be fair. So given the fact that Kimi found a dealership somewhere where he got some new tyres from, which allowed him to start every new stint on new tyres, it was extremely tough to keep them behind us. Once he was very close and I thought he would get more than just one shot but it turned out to be enough and in the end I was even pulling away a little bit and I could control the last stint. All in all, very happy and very proud of the team.

Kimi Räikkönen - FIN
Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi Räikkönen

I think we gave ourselves a chance at least. It’s a bit disappointing that I didn’t manage to do it. But I made a small mistake at the beginning and lost one place to Ferrari. I had to re-overtake him and it took a little time. I got past the people quite easily but if you look in the end I think we still took too long and we couldn’t win the race. But at least we got the podium with both cars. After the last race we tried hard and failed and probably people thought we were a bit stupid. Even after yesterday what we did. But it turned out to be the right decision and I think the team deserves what we have achieved now. We have been working hard. We’ve not been 100 per cent happy with how the weekends have run so far but finally we’ve got some proper results for the team, so it’s an important step.
My car was the same the whole weekend. We tried two cars with different floors but I mean in the end I don’t think there’s much difference between them but for sure it looks like we did the right thing. The car cannot be too bad because we finished second and third, we’re still not happy in certain areas but that’s a pretty normal thing. You’re never really 100 per cent happy with things. You always try to find something new and improved. But, I mean, great thing for the team to finish second and third, so I’m happy for them but a bit disappointed to not have more, to not be able to challenge more for the win. I’m not winning but that’s life.

Romain Grosjean - FRA
Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean

It’s a strange feeling so far. I think I will be delighted tonight. But I’m very proud of the team, all we did in the race. We knew we had a good car but I think we were surprised at the beginning by how quick we were. And we chose a different strategy to Kimi. It turned out to be not too bad at the end. Our car is very competitive in what so far has been a very tight season. Every small detail makes a huge difference, so the team is working very hard bringing new pieces as well and then putting back the old and trying to see which one is the best - not always easy when you have so little running. But I think we can be very happy with what we did and personally I’m very, very happy to be on my first podium. It’s quite a good feeling I have to say! I was saying first points, then top five, then podium but I jumped one step. The next step will be victory but well, that will take time and now I think we can be happy and now we can have a week off to enjoy the time and to work a little bit at the factory and to find the six or seven second gap there was to Sebastian.

So nice see him in the podium:
Kimi Räikkönen

P.s. Sorry for the really late poste.


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