Vettel's road to the 2012 world title - Part 2

Vettel's road to the 2012 world title - Part 2

27 November 2012 – Sebastian Vettel's bid for a third world title was far from straightforward, with the 25-year-old sitting 44 points behind Fernando Alonso at the halfway mark of the season. In Part 2 of this championship overview, GPUpdate.net runs through the final ten races and finds out how he managed to overturn that deficit...


Round 11, Hungary: With Hamilton on top form at a circuit he loves and the Lotus pairing of Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean at one with their cars under the baking sun, fourth was the maximum for Vettel in Hungary. However, after a four race spell of finishing behind Alonso, this was a more important result than initially anticipated. For the first time since Canada, the points gap to his rival had been reduced.

Points: Alonso, 164 - Vettel, 122

Round 12, Belgium: Spa-Francorchamps was a lucky escape for Vettel, with Alonso being taken out in one of the biggest first corner crashes in recent years. Failing to secure a place in Q3 on Saturday afternoon happened to be a blessing in disguise and the Red Bull driver went on to finish the Grand Prix in second place. Alonso's lead was slashed to just 24 points.

Points: Alonso, 164 - Vettel, 140

Round 13, Italy: Sixth on the grid, a drive-through penalty for forcing Alonso off the circuit and an alternator failure. Italy was far from Vettel's finest weekend in 2012. Having approached the event within striking distance of the title lead, he left Monza fourth in the standings and 39 points behind the top spot. It was time for the Heppenheim man to fight back, beginning on the streets of Singapore...

Points: Alonso, 179 - Vettel, 140

Round 14, Singapore: Although Vettel inherited victory at the Marina Bay circuit in September, the fact remains that he was there to pick up the pieces when Hamilton's McLaren failed. From the misery of Monza, Vettel was back in the hunt once again. With six races remaining, little more than one race victory stood between Vettel and his determined Spanish rival.

Points: Alonso, 194 - Vettel, 165

Round 15, Japan: Vettel stamped his authority on the title race with a stunning performance in Japan. Raising his victory total to three at the historic Suzuka venue, he closed to within four points of main rival Alonso who suffered another first lap retirement. This would turn out to be one of the most important Grands Prix in the battle for championship glory.

Points: Alonso, 194 - Vettel, 190

Round 16, Korea: Korea was statistically Vettel and Red Bull's most successful weekend in 2012, with the Milton Keynes-based squad locking out the front row and claiming a 1-2 finish - its first since Brazil 2011. The new title leader and his team were in a very good place at exactly the right time, while Alonso was left without an answer for their outright pace in third.

Points: Vettel, 215 - Alonso, 209

Round 17, India: India marked a fourth successive victory for Vettel, with the German turning his title bid around from Singapore onwards. He now held a 13 point championship advantage ahead of the final three races of the season, but the Drivers' crown was far from guaranteed as Alonso's persistence in lesser machinery had kept him firmly in the hunt.

Points: Vettel, 240 - Alonso, 227

Round 18, Abu Dhabi: The Yas Marina weekend arguably defined Vettel's determination to claim the 2012 world title. Following a post-qualifying penalty, Abu Dhabi turned out to be a sublime example of his ability to fight through the field. Despite some heart in mouth moments, he left critics speechless and rose from the pit lane to third, just behind Alonso.

Points: Vettel, 255 - Alonso, 245

Round 19, United States: America returned to the calendar for the first time since 2007, with Vettel looking incredibly quick from the offset. He was untouchable during practice before winning a pole position battle with Hamilton. A slow but rule-abiding HRT scuppered his chances of victory, although second place extended his points gap to Alonso.

Points: Vettel, 273 - Alonso, 260

Round 20, Brazil: In the most dramatic season finale imaginable, Vettel secured the points required to become the sport's youngest ever triple World Champion. A first lap clash with Bruno Senna sent him to the back, but a string of impressive overtakes saw him rise to sixth. Despite finishing second, Alonso missed out on the title by three points.

Points: Vettel, 281 - Alonso, 278


With 2012 presenting one of Formula 1's most intense title battles in recent years, it is easy to forget that the sport witnessed seven different winners from the first seven races. However, one man rose to the top and although Fernando Alonso put up a spirited fight, Sebastian Vettel became a thoroughly deserving triple World Champion.


Mike Seymour
GPUpdate.net Editor



You can take a look at Part 1 of Sebastian Vettel's road to the title here

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 22 October 2017

  2. Rossi prepared to play changed 'game' 11:06

    Rossi prepared to play changed 'game'

    Valentino Rossi says MotoGP tactics have become "a bit more dangerous" but insists he is prepared to match his rivals, after a…

    MotoGP
  3. Video: Behind the scenes with Ferrari 10:22

    Video: Behind the scenes with Ferrari

    Take another look behind-the-scenes with Ferrari during the weekend's action at the Circuit of the Americas.

    F1
  4. Márquez: Australian GP 'like a Moto3 race' 09:42

    Márquez: Australian GP 'like a Moto3 race'

    Marc Márquez labelled the Australian Grand Prix as "like a Moto3 race" he prevailed in a thrilling scrap for victory at Phillip…

    MotoGP
  5. 06:48

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday in Australia

    MotoGP
  6. 06:46

    In full: Australian Grand Prix results

    MotoGP
  7. Márquez triumphs in Australian GP thriller 06:44

    Márquez triumphs in Australian GP thriller

    Marc Márquez put himself on the brink of a fourth MotoGP title after prevailing in an epic Australian Grand Prix, which…

    MotoGP
  8. 05:30

    Starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix

    MotoGP
  9. Video: Rosberg vs Rosberg vs Rosberg 04:06

    Video: Rosberg vs Rosberg vs Rosberg

    Reigning Formula 1 World Champion turned vlogger and pundit Nico Rosberg displays his various personas in this advertisement…

    F1
  10. 02:31

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  11. 02:29

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Saturday in Austin

    F1
  12. Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing 02:27

    Verstappen 'very angry' over Q3 showing

    Max Verstappen says he was "very angry" over his showing in the final phase of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix…

    F1
  13. Vettel hails turnaround after Friday issues 00:48

    Vettel hails turnaround after Friday issues

    Sebastian Vettel has heaped praise on Ferrari after significant car changes contributed to him claiming a front row start for…

    F1
  14. Stroll also hit with grid penalty for blocking 00:42

    Stroll also hit with grid penalty for blocking

    Lance Stroll has also been given a grid penalty of three places for the United States Grand Prix after blocking Romain Grosjean…

    F1
  15. Magnussen penalised for impeding Pérez 00:11

    Magnussen penalised for impeding Pérez

    Kevin Magnussen has been hit with a notional three-place grid drop for the United States Grand Prix after impeding Sergio Pérez…

    F1
  16. Saturday 21 October 2017

  17. Hamilton: Austin coronation 'highly unlikely' 23:59

    Hamilton: Austin coronation 'highly unlikely'

    Lewis Hamilton reckons it is "highly unlikely" that he will secure a fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix, given…

    F1
  18. 23:10

    In full: US Grand Prix qualifying results

    F1
  19. Hamilton claims pole, Vettel grabs second 23:02

    Hamilton claims pole, Vettel grabs second

    Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the United States Grand Prix, ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, building on a…

    F1
  20. 21:45

    Follow qualifying for the United States GP!

    F1
  21. Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing 20:40

    Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing

    Fernando Alonso has suggested that he would like to compete at next year's Daytona 24 Hours, having renewed with McLaren in…

    F1
  22. Video: 'In his shoes' at the US Grand Prix 19:28

    Video: 'In his shoes' at the US Grand Prix

    Take a look behind-the-scenes with Ferrari in the paddock and garage at the Circuit of the Americas, ahead of the United States…

    F1
  23. 18:03

    United States GP: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  24. Hamilton completes practice clean sweep 18:01

    Hamilton completes practice clean sweep

    Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton completed a practice clean sweep by topping FP3 for the United States Grand Prix…

    F1
  25. Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty 17:41

    Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen is set to receive a 15-place grid penalty after taking on new power unit components at the United…

    F1
  26. 16:45

    Follow final practice for the United States GP!

    F1
  27. Video: Texas Longhorns mascot visits F1 14:26

    Video: Texas Longhorns mascot visits F1

    Texas Longhorns Mascot Hook 'Em visits the Red Bull Racing garage ahead during the 2017 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit…

    F1
  28. Hartley encouraged by practice progress 13:12

    Hartley encouraged by practice progress

    Toro Rosso debutant Brendon Hartley believes he made substantial progress over the course of Friday's practice sessions in the…

    F1
  29. Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery 12:24

    Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery

    Marc Márquez insists he still has to be wary of title rival Andrea Dovizioso, despite the Ducati rider struggling for pace…

    MotoGP
  30. Video: Formula E's Rome demonstration 11:02

    Video: Formula E's Rome demonstration

    Watch as Lucas di Grassi, Sébastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Luca Filippi demonstrate Formula E machinery around the…

    FE
  31. Power steering biggest challenge - Leclerc 10:18

    Power steering biggest challenge - Leclerc

    Sauber tester Charles Leclerc says getting accustomed to Formula 1's power steering is the major challenge he faces compared to…

    F1
  32. Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion 09:38

    Super Formula cancels finale, Ishiura champion

    Super Formula officials have cancelled Sunday's double-header finale at Suzuka due to the impending arrival of Typhoon Lan…

    SF
  33. Video: Red Bull duo try American Football 09:34

    Video: Red Bull duo try American Football

    Watch as Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen get a taste of American Football as they train with the Del Valle Cardinals ahead…

    F1
  34. Michelin stays as MotoGP supplier to 2023 08:24

    Michelin stays as MotoGP supplier to 2023

    Michelin will remain as MotoGP's sole tyre supplier through to 2023 after agreeing a new deal with series officials. Michelin…

    MotoGP
  35. Alonso: Friday's lost mileage 'quite painful' 07:34

    Alonso: Friday's lost mileage 'quite painful'

    Fernando Alonso described his lost mileage at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday as "quite painful", having planned to test a…

    F1
  36. 06:04

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday in Australia

    MotoGP
  37. Márquez storms to pole, Dovizioso 11th 06:03

    Márquez storms to pole, Dovizioso 11th

    Marc Márquez put in a stunning lap to claim pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, with title rival Andrea Dovizioso only…

    MotoGP
  38. Video: Staying focused at a home race 05:32

    Video: Staying focused at a home race

    Mercedes aerodynamicist Kimberly explains how she handles a whole range of external influences at her home race in Austin, with…

    F1
  39. Friday 20 October 2017

  40. 22:48

    Latest Formula 1 photos: Friday in Austin

    F1
  41. Vettel struggled for rhythm during practice 22:42

    Vettel struggled for rhythm during practice

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel believes more performance can be extracted from the SF70H after enduring a difficult start to the…

    F1
  42. Hamilton builds 'solid platform' on first day 22:36

    Hamilton builds 'solid platform' on first day

    Lewis Hamilton says that he built a "solid platform" on the first day of practice for the United States Grand Prix, as he pushes…

    F1
  43. Ricciardo: No concerns over Red Bull parity 22:21

    Ricciardo: No concerns over Red Bull parity

    Daniel Ricciardo says he has no concerns over driver parity at Red Bull moving forward, in the wake of Max Verstappen's…

    F1
more news