Formula 1 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

data

2012-04-22
4
Bahrain International Circuit
Sebastian Vettel VET
Sebastian Vettel VET
Sebastian Vettel
lap 41 - 1:36.379
VET

The 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

The race in Bahrain was round 4 of 20 of the 2012 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 22 April 2012 12:00 GMT (raceday).

Partly Cloudy
rain
84.19°F
27%
9.3 mph
345°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 57 1:35:10.990 25
2 57 +3.333 18
3 57 +10.194 15
4 57 +38.788 12
5 57 +55.460 10
6 57 +57.543 8
7 57 +57.803 6
8 57 +58.984 4
9 57 +1:04.999 2
10 57 +1:11.490 1
11 57 +1:12.702 0
12 57 +1:16.539 0
13 57 +1:30.334 0
14 57 +1:33.723 0
15 56 +1 Lap 0
16 56 +1 Lap 0
17 56 +1 Lap 0
18 55 Exhaust 0
19 55 +2 Laps 0
20 55 +2 Laps 0
21 55 +2 Laps 0
22 54 Vibrations 0
25 Puncture 0
24 Engine 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.422
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +0.098
3 Mark Webber Red Bull +0.215
4 Jenson Button McLaren +0.289
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.399
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso +0.490
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 +0.586
8 Sergio Pérez Sauber +0.972
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +0.981
10 Paul di Resta Force India +1.088
11 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus F1 +1.367
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber +1.384
13 Nico Hülkenberg Force India +1.385
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari +1.490
15 Bruno Senna Williams +1.595
16 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham +3.710
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams +2.217
18 Michael Schumacher Mercedes +2.443
19 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso +2.592
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham +3.401
21 Charles Pic Marussia +5.261
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT +5.461
23 Timo Glock Marussia +5.483
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT +5.892

driver positions through the laps

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

The 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix (formally known as the 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 22 April 2012 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. It was the first time Formula One returned to Bahrain after the 2011 race was cancelled due to ongoing anti-government protests. The race, the eighth running of the Bahrain Grand Prix, was contested over 57 laps and was the fourth round of the 2012 Formula One season.

Sebastian Vettel started the race from pole position, leading into the first corner and for the majority of the race en route to victory. He was not without pressure though, as the Lotus of Kimi Räikkönen climbed the field, having started in eleventh place, and challenged for the lead before finishing second. Räikkönen's teammate Romain Grosjean took the first podium finish of his career by finishing third, after having a strong start and quickly moving into second place by overtaking Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber. Räikkönen passed Grosjean for second place roughly halfway through the race, being on a better tyre strategy. Hamilton started on the front row, but pitstop errors and degrading tyres left him eighth; his McLaren teammate, Jenson Button, retired with two laps remaining.

As a consequence of the race, Sebastian Vettel took the lead in the Drivers' Championship from Lewis Hamilton. He became the fourth driver to top the standings from four races, and also the fourth race winner. Hamilton remained second, four points behind Vettel, whilst Webber jumped in front of Button to move into third with his fourth consecutive fourth place. Webber was just one point behind Hamilton, and Button was only five points behind him; Nico Rosberg was fifth. The Constructors' Championship was now led by Red Bull, who also took the lead from McLaren (who were now nine points behind them). Lotus F1 moved up from sixth to third in the standings after their first podium. Ferrari fell to fourth whilst Mercedes remained fifth.

The decision to hold the race despite ongoing protests and violence has been described as "controversial" by Al Jazeera English, CNN, AFP and Sky News. The Independent named it "one of the most controversial in the history of the sport".


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