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. Sunday 19 April 2015

  2. 15:46

    Follow the Bahrain Grand Prix live!

    F1
  3. 14:58

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday at Sakhir

    F1
  4. Ecclestone happy with V6s if costs controlled 14:55

    Ecclestone happy with V6s if costs controlled

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that he would be happy for the sport to continue using the current V6 turbocharged…

    F1
  5. 14:21

    Starting grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix

    F1
  6. Video: Drivers meet the fans at Sakhir 14:16

    Video: Drivers meet the fans at Sakhir

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi…

    F1
  7. Haryanto secures first GP2 win in Bahrain 13:05

    Haryanto secures first GP2 win in Bahrain

    Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto claimed his maiden GP2 victory during the Sprint Race in Bahrain, passing Julián Leal early on…

    GP2
  8. Bell to make return at Indianapolis 500 11:15

    Bell to make return at Indianapolis 500

    Townsend Bell will return to IndyCar at next month's Indianapolis 500, driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing. Bell has…

    Indy
  9. Video of the Day: Verstappen vs Sainz Jr. 05:12

    Video of the Day: Verstappen vs Sainz Jr.

    Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. go head-to-head in an autograph battle.

    F1
  10. Saturday 18 April 2015

  11. Castroneves takes record Long Beach pole 23:29

    Castroneves takes record Long Beach pole

    Hélio Castroneves will start on pole for tomorrow's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after breaking the track record in…

    Indy
  12. Daly to replace injured Moran Jr. 20:34

    Daly to replace injured Moran Jr.

    American Conor Daly will fill in for Rocky Moran Jr. this weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Moran Jr., 34, would…

    Indy
  13. 19:54

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday at Sakhir

    F1
  14. Button senses improvement despite problems 19:42

    Button senses improvement despite problems

    Jenson Button is adamant that McLaren is making strides despite the Briton being plagued by problems so far this weekend in…

    F1
  15. Márquez dominates to take Argentina pole 18:57

    Márquez dominates to take Argentina pole

    World Champion Marc Márquez took a dominant pole position after controlling qualifying at the Río Hondo Circuit in…

    MotoGP
  16. Vettel: Ferrari will be closer in the race 18:52

    Vettel: Ferrari will be closer in the race

    Sebastian Vettel is confident that Ferrari will provide Mercedes with an even greater challenge in race conditions in…

    F1
  17. Rosberg says he 'got it wrong' with strategy 18:17

    Rosberg says he 'got it wrong' with strategy

    Nico Rosberg has admitted that he "got it wrong" with regards to his qualifying strategy in Bahrain after ending up third on the…

    F1
  18. First Bahrain pole pleases Hamilton 17:58

    First Bahrain pole pleases Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits after securing his first pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday…

    F1
  19. Vandoorne elated by perfect start 17:42

    Vandoorne elated by perfect start

    McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne says his GP2 season could not have started in better fashion as he followed up pole…

    GP2
  20. 17:09

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying results

    F1
  21. Hamilton beats Vettel to Sakhir pole 17:08

    Hamilton beats Vettel to Sakhir pole

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton maintained his 100 per cent pole record for the season by outpacing Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel…

    F1
  22. 15:47

    Follow qualifying for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  23. Márquez tops third session in Argentina 14:51

    Márquez tops third session in Argentina

    World Champion Marc Márquez set the quickest time during the third practice session at the Río Hondo circuit in…

    MotoGP
  24. 14:37

    Latest GP2 photos: Saturday at Sakhir

    GP2
  25. Video: Pile-up during GP2 Feature Race 14:35

    Video: Pile-up during GP2 Feature Race

    Norman Nato, Arthur Pic, Raffaele Marciello and Pierre Gasly were all involved in a pile-up during Saturday's GP2 Feature Race…

    GP2
  26. Nato penalised for triggering pile-up 14:25

    Nato penalised for triggering pile-up

    Arden rookie Norman Nato has been handed a grid penalty for causing a multi-car pile-up during the opening stages to GP2's…

    GP2
  27. 14:06

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  28. Hamilton edges Vettel in final practice 14:05

    Hamilton edges Vettel in final practice

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton narrowly outpaced Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel during final practice for the Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  29. 12:48

    Follow final practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  30. Vandoorne recovers to take Bahrain victory 12:25

    Vandoorne recovers to take Bahrain victory

    McLaren junior driver Stoffel Vandoorne opened his 2015 account in perfect fashion as he recovered from an unfavourable strategy…

    GP2
  31. 10:47

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  32. New Manor Marussia expected in August 10:31

    New Manor Marussia expected in August

    Manor Marussia team boss John Booth hopes that the outfit's full 2015 Formula 1 car will be ready for the sport's summer break…

    F1
  33. Video of the Day: Sakhir braking demands 10:02

    Video of the Day: Sakhir braking demands

    Learn more about the braking demands at the Sakhir circuit with this Brembo video guide.

    F1
  34. Friday 17 April 2015

  35. 20:33

    Latest F1 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    F1
  36. Räikkönen reprimanded for pit infraction 20:31

    Räikkönen reprimanded for pit infraction

    Kimi Räikkönen has been reprimanded by the stewards after they deemed that he drove in a potentially dangerous manner in the…

    F1
  37. Mercedes fearful of 'really strong' Ferrari 19:29

    Mercedes fearful of 'really strong' Ferrari

    Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are wary of Ferrari's long run potential after the first day of practice in…

    F1
  38. Video: Vettel, Pérez collide during practice 19:10

    Video: Vettel, Pérez collide during practice

    Watch as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Force India's Sergio Pérez collide during FP2 in Bahrain.

    F1
  39. No further action over Vettel/Pérez incident 19:07

    No further action over Vettel/Pérez incident

    Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Pérez have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the stewards after their clash during Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  40. 19:01

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Río Hondo

    MotoGP
  41. Espargaró stays on top in second session 18:59

    Espargaró stays on top in second session

    Aleix Espargaró continued to set the pace for Suzuki as he posted the fastest time during the second practice session at the…

    MotoGP
  42. 18:41

    Latest GP2 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    GP2
  43. Vandoorne storms to pole in Bahrain 18:38

    Vandoorne storms to pole in Bahrain

    Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his fifth successive GP2 pole position and bagged the first four points of the 2015 campaign by…

    GP2
more news