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Tyre statistics of 2012 by Pirelli

Pirelli have successfully completed its second full season as F1’s official tyre supplier, and following the last race of the season at Brazil, the Italian company has released the following stats, showing how its tyres were used throughout the 20 races in 2012.
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– Total number of tyres provided for the season: Race tyres: 31,800 of which 22,500 dry tyres and 9,300 wet tyres plus an additional 6,600 for the tests (not including development tyres)
– Of which (for race tyres only): supersoft: 6 % / soft: 25 % / medium: 21 % / hard: 17 % / intermediate: 18 % / wet: 11 % / 2 % development tyres
– Total numbers of tyres used: Dry tyres: 21,400; wet tyres: 2,100
– Number of tyres recycled during 2012: All, i.e. 31,800 race tyres plus 6,600 test tyres
– Average life span of a dry compound this season: 180 km
– Average life span of a wet compound this season: 140 km

Tracks, Races and Tests
– Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: India (turn 10-11)
– Longest race of the year: Malaysia in 2hrs 44min 51.812s
– Shortest race of the year: Great Britain in 1 hr 25min 11.288s
– Most laps run on Pirelli tyres: Hard – Kobayashi (798); Medium – Senna (869); Soft – Ricciardo (1,012); Supersoft – Raikkonen (237); Intermediate – Alonso (145); Wet – Kobayashi (104)
– Highest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 248.241 kph (Hamilton / Italy Qualifying)
– Slowest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 161.828 kph (Schumacher / Monaco Qualifying)
– Most fastest laps in 2011: Sebastian Vettel (5 in race / 6 in qualifying)
– Distance covered by Pirelli’s Renault R30 test car in 2012: 7,012 kms
– Number of different test tracks visited by Pirelli staff this year (incl. private tests): 9

Pit stops
– Total number of pit stops for the year: 957 (of which 14 were a Drive Through and 2 a stop&go penalty)
– Total average number of stops per race: 47.9, i.e. 1.9 per driver
– Most pit stops in a race: 76 (Malaysia)
– Least pit stops in a race: 24 (United States)
– Fastest pit stop time: 2.31s (McLaren / Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix)

Overtaking
– Number of overtaking manoeuvres in 2012: 994 (not including Brazil)
– Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race: 90 at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
– Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race: 76 at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix
– Least overtaking manouevres in a dry race: 12 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers
– Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2012 (races and tests): Hard – 101,692; Medium – 121,840; Soft – 123,270; Supersoft – 21,993; Intermediate – 13,770; Wet – 7,930
– Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 11 degrees Celsius (17.11.); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 0 degrees Celsius (10.02.)
– Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Brazilian Grand Prix at 55 degrees Celsius (23.11.)
– Coldest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 4 degrees Celsius (17.11); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at -2 degrees Celsius (10.11.)
– Hottest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Grand Prix of Europe at 37 degrees Celsius (21.06.)
– Amount of time spent downloading all tyre data on the RTS system this year (incl. tests): 92 hrs
– Number of track/air temperature taken by tyre fitter per race weekend: 124
– Total distance travelled by all F1 tyres in 2012 (off-track): 216,967 kms

Pirelli F1 and its people
– Total number of Pirelli people travelling to each race: 52
– Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
– Average amount of hours spent by each Pirelli staff member on a plane this year: 192 hrs (or 8 days!)
– Number of Pirelli wristbands given out during the season in the paddock: 4,450
– Total number of hotel nights booked for the Pirelli team: 1,498

Pirelli’s F1 Trucks & Hospitality
– Total amount of trucks at European races: 13
– Total average kilometres travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2012: 31,125 kms
– Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl. tests): 24,132
– Number of coffees served by Pirelli hospitality during the season: 28,350
– Number of different pasta recipes cooked by Pirelli’s chef this year: 314
– Amount of mascarpone used for tiramisu and other dolci: 205 kgs

Pirelli in Formula One overall (since 1950)
– Races started: 242
– Wins: 83
– Pole positions: 86
– Podium places: 256
– Fastest laps: 90
– Constructors Championships: 2

Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads McLaren one-two in Monza qualifying

Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads McLaren one-two in Monza qualifying

By Matt Beer (Autosport F1)

Lewis Hamilton, Monza, 2012Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the 2012 Formula 1 season as he led Jenson Button in an all-McLaren front row in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Having led both second and third practice, Hamilton maintained his strong form to set a 1m24.010s at the start of Q3.

That proved unbeatable, and Button eventually joined him up front with a lap 0.123 seconds slower.

Button’s run deposed Felipe Massa, as the Ferrari driver delivered his best qualifying performance of the year.

But it was a disastrous session for Massa’s championship-leading team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was only 10th, 1.4s slower. Ferrari reported a suspected anti-rollbar failure.

Paul di Resta qualified a superb fourth, although he will move down to ninth when a gearbox-change penalty is applied.

The Scot’s speed will still be some consolation for Force India as his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg encountered an apparent gearbox problem at the start of Q1 and was left at the back of the field.

Red Bull had another muted qualifying session. Sebastian Vettel was sixth, while his team-mate Mark Webber did not make Q3, missing the cut by 0.067s as he took 11th.

Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg sandwich Vettel in fifth and seventh.

Kimi Raikkonen qualified eighth for Lotus, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber.

It was also a tough day for Williams. A mistake on the exit of the Ascaris left Pastor Maldonado 12th in Q2, which will become 22nd on the grid due to his Spa penalties. Bruno Senna was only 14th in the sister car.

Romain Grosjean’s substitute Jerome d’Ambrosio was around 0.7s off team-mate Raikkonen’s pace throughout qualifying, which left him 16th for his Lotus debut.

D’Ambrosio substitute had a brief scare in Q1 when an error on his first run left him behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Caterham and in danger of elimination, but he switched to the softer tyres and made the cut with his last attempt.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.010s
 2.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.133s  + 0.123s
 3.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m24.247s  + 0.237s
 4.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m24.304s  + 0.294s***
 5.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m24.540s  + 0.530s
 6.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m24.802s  + 0.792s
 7.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m24.833s  + 0.823s
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m24.855s  + 0.845s
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.109s  + 1.099s
10.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m25.678s  + 1.668s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m24.742s                                Gap *
11.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m24.809s  + 0.567s
12.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m24.820s  + 0.578s****
13.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.901s  + 0.659s
14.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m25.042s  + 0.800s
15.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.312s  + 1.070s
16.  Jerome d'Ambrosio   Lotus-Renault         1m25.408s  + 1.166s
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.441s  + 1.199s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.834s                                Gap **
18.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m26.382s  + 2.207s
19.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m26.887s  + 2.712s
20.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.039s  + 2.864s
21.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.073s  + 2.898s
22.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m27.441s  + 3.266s
23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m27.629s  + 3.454s
24.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes

107 per cent time: 1m30.076s

* Gap to fastest in Q2
** Gap to fastest in Q3
*** Will take five-place penalty
**** Will take 10-place penalty

All timing unofficial

Pastor Maldonado gets two five-place grid penalties

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Pastor Maldonado has been handed two five-place grid penalties for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The Venezuelan was again punished by the stewards after it was ruled he had jumped the start at Spa-Francorchamps, venue for the twelfth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship. He was also punished for colliding with Timo Glock at the re-start, an incident that damaged his front-wing and put him out of the race just 5 laps in. Each incident earned him a five-place drop.

It was a disappointing end to the weekend for the Williams driver, especially as he had qualified sixth.

Source: Crash.net