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Placed Gained (+) or Lost (-) from Grid Position in 2012 Races

Australia
Malaysia
China
Bahrain
Spainish
Monoco
Canada
Valencia
British
Germany
Hamilton
-2
-2
-1
-6
+1
-1
+1
DNF
None
DNF
Button
+1
-12
+4
-14
+2
-3
-6
+1
+8
+5
Vettel
+4
-5
+6
None
+2
+6
-3
DNF
+1
None
Webber
-1
None
+3
-1
+1
+1
-3
+15
+1
-5
Alonso
+7
+8
None
+2
+1
+3
-2
+10
-1
None
Massa
DNF
-3
-1
+5
-2
+1
-4
-3
+1
+2
Raikkonen
+11
None
-9
+9
+2
-1
+4
+3
+1
+6
Grosjean
DNF
DNF
+4
+4
None
DNF
+5
DNF
+4
-3
Schumacher
DNF
-7
DNF
+8
DNF
DNF
DNF
+9
-4
-3
Rosberg
-5
-6
None
None
None
+1
-1
None
-2
+7
Perez
+9
+8
-3
-3
DNF
+13
+12
+6
DNF
+7
Kobayashi
+7
DNF
-6
-1
+5
DNF
+2
DNF
+1
+8
Di Resta
+5
+7
+3
+4
-1
+8
-3
+3
DNF
-2
Hulkenberg
DNF
+5
+1
+1
+4
+3
+1
+3
-3
-7
Senna
-2
+7
+7
-7
DNF
+4
-1
+4
+6
-11
Maldonado
-5
-8
+6
DNF
None
DNF
+4
+1
-9
+1
Hungary
Belgium
Italy
Singapore
Japan
Korea
India
Abu Dhabi
USA
Brazil
Hamilton
None
DNF
None
DNF
+4
-7
-1
DNF
+1
DNF
Button
-2
None
DNF
+2
-1
DNF
-1
+1
+7
+1
Vettel
-1
+10
DNF
+2
None
+1
None
+21
-1
-2
Webber
+3
+6
DNF
-4
DNF
-1
-1
DNF
DNF
-1
Alonso
+1
DNF
None
+2
DNF
+1
+3
+3
+6
+6
Massa
-2
+9
-1
+5
+9
+2
None
None
+3
+2
Raikkonen
+3
None
+3
+6
+2
None
None
+3
Grosjean
-1
DNF
DSQ
+1
DNF
None
+2
DNF
-3
DNF
Schumacher
DNF
+6
-1
DNF
+2
-3
DNF
+1
-10
+7
Rosberg
+3
+7
None
+5
DNF
DNF
-1
DNF
+4
-5
Perez
None
DNF
+11
-6
DNF
+1
DNF
-5
+4
DNF
Kobayashi
-3
DNF
None
+5
+1
DNF
+3
+8
+2
+6
Di Resta
None
None
-4
+2
None
-2
+4
+2
-2
-8
Hulkenberg
+1
+8
DNF
+3
+3
+2
+4
DNF
None
+2
Senna
+1
-5
+4
DNF
+4
+3
+3
+5
+1
DNF
Maldonado
-4
DNF
+1
DNF
+6
+1
-5
-2
+1
DNF

 

Qualifying position for race wins since 2010

Vettel
Qualifying position
Number of times
1st
16
2nd
3
3rd
2

Webber
Qualifying position
Number of times
1st
3
2nd
4

Hamilton
Qualifying position
Number of times
1st
3
2nd
6
3rd
1

Button
Qualifying position
Number of times
1st
1
2nd
3
3rd
1
4th
1
5th
2

Alonso
Qualifying position
Number of times
1st
3
2nd
1
3rd
3
9th
1
11th
1

Only three other drivers have won in the last three seasons. Rosberg and Maldonado, took their victory from pole whilst Raikkonen won from 4th.

 

Number and percentage of times qualifying position yields win since 2010

Qualifying position
Number of victories
Percent of victories
1st
26
44%
2nd
17
29%
3rd
7
12%
4th
3
5%
5th
3
5%

Alonso's wins from 9th and 11th form 1% each of the total wins.

 

Alonso's dominance continues, increasing championship lead further

Race Results
1st
Alonso
2nd
Button
3rd
Raikkonen
4th
Kobayashi
5th
Vettel
6th
Perez
6th
Schumacher
8th
Webber
9th
Hulkenberg
10th
Rosberg
11th
di Resta
12th
Massa
13th
Ricciardo
14th
Vergne
15th
Maldonado
16th
Petrov
17th
Senna
18th
Grosjean
Yet another win for Alonso puts him 34 points clear in the championship. His win at Hockenheim, however, was not dominant: Vettel or Button were never further than a few seconds behind. Had Vettel, Hamilton or Webber been on pole it is difficult to imagine Alonso making a pass but Alonso probably only took pole due to the rain. Alonso looks good for the championship but not yet for regular race victories.

The two most interesting results were Button and Perez. After a run of six terrible races, Button came second after Vettel's penalty and at times looked a contender for victory. There no good reason to believe Button's performance is a one off, so he should be the fifth man in the field contending for victory once again. Perez came an impressive 6th, having started 17th after a five place penalty. Without that penalty he probably would have finished 4th, converting into a podium after Vettel's twenty second penalty and paying off at 32/1 (33.00) from Ladbrokes.

The race was disappointing for Rosberg and Webber but they could have been expected higher up the grid without their gear box penalties. The major disappointment was Grosjean finishing 18th, having never finished below 6th except due to retirement.

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