Vettel's road to the 2012 world title - Part 1

Vettel's road to the 2012 world title - Part 1

27 November 2012 – Sebastian Vettel's record-breaking Formula 1 career continued in Brazil last weekend, with the German becoming the youngest ever triple World Champion. GPUpdate.net reflects upon his rollercoaster season, starting with rounds one to ten...


Round 1, Australia: Although it wasn't the dream start he had hoped for, Vettel began his year on the podium in Australia. A tough qualifying session, where he posted only the sixth fastest time, was largely forgotten after a Safety Car-aided second place finish. Perhaps a worry for the German, McLaren appeared much more of a threat in 2012 with an opening victory.

Points: Vettel, 18 - Alonso, 10

Round 2, Malaysia: A disastrous weekend for the reigning Champion. Starting from fifth on the grid, Vettel endured a troublesome race which featured a clumsy collision with HRT's Narain Karthikeyan. After limping to 11th with a puncture, he did himself no favours by getting embroiled in Cucumber-gate when criticising the Indian post-race. Chief rival Fernando Alonso emphatically triumphed in the rain for Ferrari.

Points: Alonso, 35 - Vettel, 18

Round 3, China: At an event dominated by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, Vettel's wait for another victory continued in Shanghai. With tyre strategy pivotal to a strong result at the Chinese venue, he took the wrong route and could ultimately manage no higher than fifth. However, there was an element to draw positivity from, with his rivals taking points out of each other and Alonso languishing back in ninth.

Points: Alonso, 37 - Vettel, 28

Round 4, Bahrain: A dominant event in Bahrain reminded us of Vettel's stunning 2011 form, with his title fight well and truly kick-starting at the Gulf circuit. After coming out on top in a pole position battle with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Vettel surged clear on Sunday and triumphed for the first time this season. He was now sitting in control at the top of the standings, with Hamilton four points in arrears.

Points: Vettel, 53 - Alonso, 43

Round 5, Spain: Just how quickly can things change in the world of Formula 1? The three week break between Bahrain and Spain is a prime example. From the top step of the podium to a battle at the lower end of the top ten, Vettel endured a much tougher race in Barcelona. With Alonso securing a popular second place, sixth was far from what he wanted at an event marred by a post-race fire.

Points: Vettel, 61 - Alonso, 61

Round 6, Monaco: A tyre-saving exercise in qualifying left Vettel back on the fifth row of the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix in the Principality. He managed to keep it out of the barriers and rose from his lowly starting position to fourth at the finish, but the ever persistent Alonso guided his Ferrari to the podium and claimed the outright championship lead. Vettel had work to do if he was to shake off the challenge of his rivals.

Points: Alonso, 76 - Vettel, 73

Round 7, Canada: Despite a dominant pole position, Vettel came unstuck as a result of a differing tyre strategy in Canada. With just six laps of the Montreal race remaining, the German was forced to pit for fresh rubber and he slipped down the order. Amid all of the drama, which saw Hamilton secure victory and move atop the championship standings, he was able to salvage fourth and finish ahead of Alonso.

Points: Alonso, 86 - Vettel, 85

Round 8, Valencia: Heartache on the East Coast of Spain, as 25 points disappear in an instant for Vettel. Another impressive pole position and strong getaway meant nothing when his Magneti Marelli alternator failed in Valencia. It was the cruellest of blows which saw him drop back to fourth in the title race. To add insult to injury, Alonso secured his second win of the season in front of a rapturous home crowd.

Points: Alonso, 111 - Vettel, 85

Round 9, Great Britain: Vettel made it back onto the podium for the first time in four races at Silverstone. He lacked the pace to challenge team-mate Mark Webber all weekend long, but Alonso also muscled his way into contention at the historic British venue. The Spaniard held a 29 point advantage over the Red Bull man as the F1 circus headed to Hockenheim.

Points: Alonso, 129 - Vettel, 100

Round 10, Germany: There was drama on home soil for Vettel, as he received a post-race penalty for illegally overtaking McLaren's Jenson Button at Hockenheim. With Alonso returning to the top step for a third time this season, 44 points now stood between the pair of double Champions. Ferrari's pace was definitely at a high point and their number one driver was capitalising on the situation.

Points: Alonso, 154 - Vettel, 110


Mike Seymour
GPUpdate.net Editor



Part two of Vettel's road to the 2012 title will be available later on Tuesday

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 24 October 2014

  2. Caterham F1 set to miss next two races 18:01

    Caterham F1 set to miss next two races

    Caterham is set to miss the next two Formula 1 races after Bernie Ecclestone gave the squad special dispensation to skip...

    F1
  3. 16:44

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  4. Video: Behind the scenes at Force India 16:34

    Video: Behind the scenes at Force India

    Take a closer look at the inner workings of Force India's factory at Silverstone in this behind the scenes video, featuring...

    F1
  5. Grosjean 'very close' to new Lotus deal 15:57

    Grosjean 'very close' to new Lotus deal

    Lotus is just "a few details" away from signing a fresh agreement with Romain Grosjean, according to Deputy Team Principal...

    F1
  6. Caterham handed over to administrators 12:10

    Caterham handed over to administrators

    The Caterham Formula 1 team's management has decided to step back and hand over to administrators, in the wake of a public...

    F1
  7. Video: Mercedes duo in engineering race 09:41

    Video: Mercedes duo in engineering race

    Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take part in a different kind of battle.

    F1
  8. 09:39

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Sepang

    MotoGP
  9. Pedrosa tops first day at Sepang 09:38

    Pedrosa tops first day at Sepang

    Dani Pedrosa set the standard on the first day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Repsol Honda rider...

    MotoGP
  10. F3 champion Ocon completes Lotus test 07:28

    F3 champion Ocon completes Lotus test

    Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon has completed his maiden Formula 1 test with Lotus after receiving two days of running in...

    F1
  11. Video of the Day: Pedrosa's Sepang highlight 05:03

    Video of the Day: Pedrosa's Sepang highlight

    Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa picks his fondest Malaysian Grand Prix memory ahead of this year's event.

    MotoGP
  12. Nissany hails 'amazing' F1 test debut 04:16

    Nissany hails 'amazing' F1 test debut

    Roy Nissany described his first experience of Formula 1 machinery as "amazing" after enjoying a day of testing with the...

    F1
  13. Thursday 23 October 2014

  14. Caterham buyer refutes Fernandes claims 19:39

    Caterham buyer refutes Fernandes claims

    Caterham buyer Engavest "strongly refutes allegations" made by Tony Fernandes and Caterham Group CEO Graham Macdonald,...

    F1
  15. Fernandes blames Caterham F1 buyer 15:58

    Fernandes blames Caterham F1 buyer

    Tony Fernandes says the Caterham F1 team's buyer is fully responsible for the ongoing problems at Leafield, claiming that it...

    F1
  16. Ramon Aurin to be Pedrosa's new crew chief 15:00

    Ramon Aurin to be Pedrosa's new crew chief

    Ramon Aurin will replace Mike Leitner as Dani Pedrosa's Race Engineer next season. The Repsol Honda rider confirmed...

    MotoGP
  17. Buyer says Fernandes still owns Caterham F1 13:21

    Buyer says Fernandes still owns Caterham F1

    The consortium that purchased Caterham F1 at the end of June has insisted that Tony Fernandes did not transfer the relevant...

    F1
  18. Caterham F1 staff locked out of factory 11:54

    Caterham F1 staff locked out of factory

    Further doubt has been cast over Caterham's ability to contest the remainder of the 2014 Formula 1 season after staff...

    F1
  19. MotoGP reveals 25-bike entry list for 2015 10:55

    MotoGP reveals 25-bike entry list for 2015

    The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has published a provisional entry list for the 2015 MotoGP season, with the...

    MotoGP
  20. Fong completes first F1 test in Valencia 10:13

    Fong completes first F1 test in Valencia

    Adderly Fong completed his maiden Formula 1 test on Wednesday, getting behind the wheel of Sauber's two-year-old C31 in...

    F1
  21. Massa on Austin Fans' Forum line-up 09:43

    Massa on Austin Fans' Forum line-up

    Felipe Massa, Sergio Pérez and Esteban Gutiérrez have been confirmed on the line-up for the upcoming Austin Fans' F...

    F1
  22. Video of the Day: Racing without a driver 05:08

    Video of the Day: Racing without a driver

    A driverless Audi RS 7 was recently sent out to tackle the Hockenheim circuit. Find out how it fared.

    Misc
  23. Félix da Costa to make FE debut in Malaysia 04:47

    Félix da Costa to make FE debut in Malaysia

    Amlin Aguri has confirmed that António Félix da Costa will partner Katherine Legge for the second round of the Formula E s...

    Formula E
  24. Wednesday 22 October 2014

  25. Caterham F1 bosses threaten to quit 19:37

    Caterham F1 bosses threaten to quit

    Caterham's new bosses have warned that they could be forced to step away from the F1 team, claiming that Tony Fernandes...

    F1
  26. Haas: First five years revolve around survival 17:06

    Haas: First five years revolve around survival

    Gene Haas is under no illusions about the task his Formula 1 team faces when it joins the grid, stating that he will be...

    F1
  27. Background: The Toro Rosso candidates 15:57

    Background: The Toro Rosso candidates

    New Toro Rosso recruit Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history when he takes to the grid aged 17 next...

    F1
  28. Video: Hamilton's Stars & Cars invitation 15:12

    Video: Hamilton's Stars & Cars invitation

    Mercedes-Benz will stage the once annual 'Stars & Cars' event at its Stuttgart museum on November 29. Lewis Hamilton, who...

    F1
  29. Sam Michael set to leave McLaren 13:15

    Sam Michael set to leave McLaren

    McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael is to leave the team at the end of the season. A McLaren spokesperson has confirmed...

    F1
  30. Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015 11:12

    Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015

    Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez says he expects to retain Romain Grosjean for the 2015 season, despite admitting that the...

    F1
  31. 09:43

    Photos: Márquez, Pedrosa visit Indonesia

    MotoGP
  32. Pérez on brink of new Force India deal 09:34

    Pérez on brink of new Force India deal

    Sergio Pérez says he is likely to sign a fresh Force India deal "in the next week", a move that would complete the outfit's...

    F1
  33. Video of the Day: Wolff on F1 title success 05:15

    Video of the Day: Wolff on F1 title success

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff discusses the brand's maiden Formula 1 Constructors' success.

    F1
  34. Tuesday 21 October 2014

  35. Silverstone senior executives suspended 13:55

    Silverstone senior executives suspended

    The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) has taken "a closer role" in the day-to-day running of Silverstone following the...

    F1
  36. Caterham insists team not threatened 12:25

    Caterham insists team not threatened

    Caterham has dismissed media reports suggesting that Caterham Sports Limited (CSL) being placed into administration will...

    F1
  37. Lotus mourns death of Total chief 11:08

    Lotus mourns death of Total chief

    Lotus says it has been left "shocked" and "deeply saddened" by the death of Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of team...

    F1
  38. Spa to fight Nissan's use of Eau Rouge name 09:50

    Spa to fight Nissan's use of Eau Rouge name

    The Spa-Francorchamps circuit says it will contest an application from car manufacturer Nissan to trademark "Eau...

    F1
  39. Video: Miami welcomes Formula E 09:30

    Video: Miami welcomes Formula E

    Watch as the track layout for the Miami ePrix, scheduled to take place on March 14 next year, is revealed.

    Formula E
  40. Miami reveals Formula E circuit layout 09:22

    Miami reveals Formula E circuit layout

    Miami has become the latest Formula E host to reveal its track layout for the electric championship. Produced by track...

    Formula E
  41. Pons retains Tunjo for 2015 FR3.5 season 09:07

    Pons retains Tunjo for 2015 FR3.5 season

    Pons Racing has confirmed that Óscar Tunjo will remain with the team in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year. The...

    FR 3.5
  42. Video of the Day: Nasr samples FW08C 05:11

    Video of the Day: Nasr samples FW08C

    Williams reserve Felipe Nasr sampled Keke Rosberg's 1983 FW08C at the team's Partner Day at Silverstone.

    F1
  43. Monday 20 October 2014

  44. Brawn, Domenicali on new Accident Panel 17:54

    Brawn, Domenicali on new Accident Panel

    Former Formula 1 team bosses Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali have joined the FIA's new Accident Panel, which has been put...

    F1
  45. Moscow Raceway earns licence for F1 races 17:14

    Moscow Raceway earns licence for F1 races

    Moscow Raceway has been granted an FIA Grade 1 licence, allowing it to stage Formula 1 races. The track, located some...

    Misc
more news