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CONTENTS

KEY PEOPLE AND CONTACT INFORMATION…………………………………………………….. 2

HOURS OF OPERATION .............................................................................................................3

CIRCUIT SCHEDULE ..................................................................................................................4

NEWS CONFERENCES...............................................................................................................6

PHOTOGRAPHIC AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES INFORMATION.........................................7

ENTRY LIST .................................................................................................................................8

RACE CALENDAR........................................................................................................................9

DRIVERS' STANDINGS .............................................................................................................10

CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS ...............................................................................................11

DRIVER AND CONSTRUCTOR INFORMATION, BIOS ............................................................12

FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS……………………………………………… 41

AMERICA IN FORMULA 1 HISTORY.........................................................................................43

KEY REGULATIONS FOR 2012.................................................................................................44

BOY WONDER ...........................................................................................................................45

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS ..............................................................................................................46

USEFUL CONTACTS………………………………………………………………………………… 47

FACILITY AND PARKING MAPS………………….………………………………………………… 48

Circuit of The Americas

301 Congress Ave. Suite 220

Austin, TX 78701

512-301-6600

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KEY PEOPLE & CONTACTS

FIA F1 Head of Communications &

Media Delegate Matteo Bonciani; mbonciani@fia.com

512.655.6253(Circuit office)

FIA Communications Pat Behar; pbehar@fia.com

Sandrine Gomez; sgomez@fia.com

512.655.6253(Circuit office)

National Press Officer

Circuit of The Americas

301 Congress Ave. Suite 220

Austin, TX 78701

512-301-6600

Julie Loignon;

Julie.Loignon@circuitoftheamericas.com

512.655.6251(Circuit office)

Media Center Manager Ali Putnam; Ali.Putnam@circuitoftheamericas.com

512.655.6252(Circuit office)

Media Assistants

Taylor Kelley;

Taylor.Kelley@circuitoftheamericas.com

Harrison Lindsey;

harrison.lindsey@circuitoftheamericas.com

Media Center Support Staff Stuart Sykes; stuart@scotsport.com.au

Ann Bradshaw; abc@annieb.co.uk

Laura McLachlan;

Laura.McLachlan@grandprix.com.au

Rob Van Leeuwen; rob.vanleeuwen09@gmail.com

Media Center Reception Desk 512-655-6250

Circuit Online Media Center www.circuitoftheamericas.com/media-center

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HOURS OF OPERATION & MEDIA PARKING/SHUTTLE SERVICES

All times Central Standard (CST)

MEDIA ACCREDITATIONCENTER -The Crown Center, 9111 FM 812, Austin, Texas 78719

Nov. 14 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 15 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 16 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 17 8 a.m. to noon

Nov. 18 8-10 a.m.

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS MEDIA CENTER – Adjacent to Pit/Paddock Building

Nov. 14 Noon to 8 p.m.

Nov. 15 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nov. 16. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Nov. 17 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Nov. 18 7 a.m. to TBD

MEDIA CREDENTIAL PICK UP LOCATION

The Crown Center

9111 FM 812 Austin, TX 78719

Each accredited journalist must pick up his/her credential and sign release forms. Media outlets

cannot pick up credentials en masse.

MEDIA PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICES TO THE CIRCUIT

Free parking will be available for credentialed journalists at the Media Accreditation Center

(MAC), located at The Crown Center, 9111 FM 812, Austin, Texas, 78719. There will be

roundtrip shuttles from the MAC to Circuit of The America’s PARKING LOT A(see map at rear

of Media Guide),from which journalists can take internal shuttles to the Media Center.The

shuttles to and from the MAC and from Lot A to the Media Center will run while the Media

Center is open.

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CIRCUIT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Starts Ends

10:00 16:00 Formula 1 Initial Scrutineering

10:00 12:00

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Promoter Activity Competition Winner Pit Lane Walk

11:00 Formula 1 Press Conference - Press Room

13:00 14:00 Formula 1 Track Familiarization and System

Checks - Safety Car - Track Closed

16:00 Formula 1 Team Managers Meeting

FRIDAY

Starts Ends

8:20 Formula 1 Medical Inspection

8:30 8:45 Formula 1 Track Inspection and Track Test

9:00 10:30 Formula 1 First Practice Session

11:00 11:30 HGP Practice Session

11:30 12:30 Formula 1 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk

12:30 12:40 Formula 1 Track Inspection

13:00 14:30 Formula 1 Second Practice Session

15:00 15:45 Ferrari Challenge Practice Session

15:00 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy

USA West

Drivers Meeting

15:00 16:00 Formula 1 Press Conference - Press Room

16:00 Formula 1 Drivers' Meeting

16:15 16:45 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy

USA West

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Practice Session

17:00 Track Activity Marshal Pit Lane Walk

SATURDAY

Starts Ends

7:00 7:40 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice

7:00 7:40 Formula 1 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk

7:45 8:15 Ferrari Challenge Qualifying Session

8:20 Formula 1 Medical Inspection

8:30 8:45 Formula 1 Track Inspection and Track Test

9:00 10:00 Formula 1 Third Practice Session

10:30 11:00 HGP Qualifying Session

11:05 11:40 Formula 1 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk

11:30 11:40 Formula 1 Track Inspection

12:00 13:00 Formula 1 Qualifying Session

13:30 14:00 Ferrari Challenge First Race (10 Laps OR 25 Minutes)

14:30 14:50 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy

USA West

Qualifying Session

15:20 15:55 HGP Race (14 Laps OR 30 Minutes)

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CIRCUIT SCHEDULE (CONTINUED)

SUNDAY

Starts Ends

9:30 10:00 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy

USA West

Race (10 Laps or 25 Minutes)

10:00 Formula 1 Drivers Meeting (If Necessary)

10:30 11:00 Ferrari Challenge Second Race (10 Laps or 25

Minutes)

11:05 12:15 Formula 1 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk

11:15 11:30 Formula 1 Marshaling System Track Test

11:30 Formula 1 Formula One Drivers Parade

11:45 12:15 Formula 1 Starting Grid Presentation

12:00 Formula 1 Medical Inspection

12:10 12:20 Formula 1 Track Inspection

12:30 Formula 1 Pit Lane Open

12:45 Formula 1 Pit Lane Closed Grid Formation

12:46 Formula 1 National Anthem

13:00 15:00 Formula 1 Grand Pix (56 laps or 120 Minutes)

*NOTE: Circuit schedule is subject to change. Be sure to check Media Center notice board for updates.

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NEWS CONFERENCES

The Media Center will host four official Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) news

conferences during the race weekend. There will be a news conference on each of the four

days of the event. All FIA-hosted news conferences take place in the designated news

conference room located in the Media Center, near the Media Café. Transcripts will be

distributed within the Media Center.Please note that only FIA-accredited media may attend

these news conferences.

Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. CST

Participants:

A maximum of six drivers and two team personalities chosen by the FIA F1 Head of

Communications

Friday, Nov. 16, from 4-5 p.m. CST

Participants:

Up to six team personalities chosen by the FIA F1 Head of Communications

Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4-4:30 p.m. CST

Participants:

Top three drivers of the qualifying session

Sunday, Nov. 18, post Formula 1 race

Participants:

Top three finishing drivers

ADDITIONAL FIA-ACCREDITED MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Qualifying:All drivers eliminated in Q1 or Q2 will be available for media interviews immediately

after the end of each session, as well as drivers who participated in Q3 and are not required to

take part in the post-qualifying press conference.

Race:Any driver retiring before the end of the race will be available for media interviews after his

return to the paddock. In addition, all drivers who finish the race outside the top three positions

will be available immediately after the end of the race for media interviews.

During the race, every team will make at least one senior spokesperson available for interviews

by officially accredited TV crews. A list will be made available in the Media Center.

BROADCAST MEDIA

Driver interviews for all broadcast media will take place in the “Bull Pen” area just outside the

Media Center, near the Paddock area. These media availabilities will normally take place

immediately after each race. Details will be posted on the noticeboards within the Media Center.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES INFORMATION

PHOTOGRAPHIC SUPPORT SERVICES

Nikon and Canon will be located in the Media Center to support photographers with technical issues.

PHOTOGRAPHER SHUTTLE SERVICE

The shuttle buses will take working photographers around the Circuit on all three days when Formula 1

cars are on track.

The buses will depart at the following times:

Friday, Nov. 16 Formula One Practice Session 1

Departs: 8:30‐9 a.m. CST

Pick‐up: 10:30 a.m.

Formula One Practice Session 2

Departs: 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Pick up: 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17 Formula One Practice Session 3

Departs: 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Pick‐up: 10 a.m.

Formula One Qualifying Sessions 1‐3

Departs: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Pick‐up at 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

Departs: Noon to 1 p.m.

Pick‐up: From end of Formula One race (approximately 3 p.m.)

The Shuttle Bus timetable is subject to change, so please be sure to check the notice board located

within the Media Center for the latest details.

Please note: Photographers must have appropriate accreditation to use this service.

ELECTRICAL POWER

United States spec power (110v, 60hz) will be available at each workstation area. We will have universal

power adapters available at the reception area, which will enable any country’s plug type to plug into a

U.S. wall plug and the power outlets at each work station.

TELEPHONES

A limited number of extra phones will be available in the Internet café. To make overseas calls, an

account code can be obtained at the Media Center reception area.

INTERNET

Circuit of The Americas offers free high‐speed broadband Internet connections at each workstation.

Additionally, access information for the Circuit’s free Wi‐Fi network can be obtained at the Media Center

reception desk.

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2012 FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

ENTRY LIST

1 Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull Racing

2 Mark Webber Australia Red Bull Racing

3 Jenson Button Great Britain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

4 Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

5 Fernando Alonso Spain Scuderia Ferrari

6 Felipe Massa Brazil Scuderia Ferrari

7 Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

8 Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

9 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus F1 Team

10 Romain Grosjean France Lotus F1 Team

11 Paul Di Resta Great Britain Sahara Force India F1 Team

12 Nico Hülkenberg Germany Sahara Force India F1 Team

14 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber F1 Team

15 Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber F1 Team

16 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Scuderia Toro Rosso

17 Jean-Eric Vergne France Scuderia Toro Rosso

18 Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams F1 Team

19 Bruno Senna Brazil Williams F1 Team

20 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham F1 Team

21 Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham F1 Team

22 Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT F1 Team

23 Narain Karthikeyan India HRT F1 Team

24 Timo Glock Germany Marussia F1 Team

25 Charles Pic France Marussia F1 Team

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2012 FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

RACE CALENDAR

Rd Date Country Venue

1 March 18 Australia Melbourne

2 March 25 Malaysia Sepang

3 April 15 China Shanghai

4 April 22 Bahrain Sakhir

5 May 13 Spain Barcelona

6 May 27 Monaco Monte Carlo

7 June 10 Canada Montreal

8 June 24 Europe Valencia

9 July 8 Great Britain Silverstone

10 July 22 Germany Hockenheim

11 July 29 Hungary Budapest

12 September 2 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps

13 September 9 Italy Monza

14 September 23 Singapore Marina Bay

15 October 7 Japan Suzuka

16 October 14 Korea Yeongam

17 October 28 India New Delhi

18 November 4 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

19 November 18 United States Austin

20 November 25 Brazil São Paulo

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2012 FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: DRIVERS' STANDINGS AFTER

ABU DHABI

Driver Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Points

1 S Vettel Red Bull Racing 18 5 5 5 255

2 F Alonso Ferrari 18 3 2 0 245

3 K Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team 18 1 0 2 198

4 M Webber Red Bull Racing 18 2 2 1 167

5 L Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 18 3 6 0 165

6 J Button McLaren Mercedes 18 2 1 2 153

7 F Massa Ferrari 18 0 0 0 95

8 N Rosberg Mercedes 18 1 1 2 93

9 R Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 17 0 0 1 90

10 S Perez Sauber F1 Team 18 0 0 1 66

11 K Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team 18 0 0 1 58

12 N Hülkenberg Sahara Force India 18 0 0 1 49

13 P Di Resta Sahara Force India 18 0 0 0 46

14 P Maldonado Williams F1 Team 18 1 1 0 43

15 M Schumacher Mercedes 18 0 0 1 43

16 B Senna Williams F1 Team 18 0 0 1 30

17 J Vergne STR 18 0 0 0 12

18 D Ricciardo STR 18 0 0 0 10

19 T Glock Marussia F1 Team 17 0 0 0 0

20 H Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 18 0 0 0 0

21 V Petrov Caterham F1 Team 17 0 0 0 0

22 J D'Ambrosio Lotus F1 Team 1 0 0 0 0

23 C Pic Marussia F1 Team 18 0 0 0 0

24 N Karthikeyan HRT F1 Team 17 0 0 0 0

25 P de la Rosa HRT F1 Team 17 0 0 0 0

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2012 FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS

AFTER ABU DHABI

Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Points

1 Red Bull Racing 18 7 7 6 422

2 Scuderia Ferrari 18 3 2 0 340

3 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 18 5 7 2 318

4 Lotus F1 Team 18 1 0 3 288

5 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 18 1 1 3 136

6 Sauber F1 Team 18 0 0 2 124

7 Sahara Force India F1 Team 18 0 0 1 95

8 Williams F1 Team 18 1 1 1 73

9 Scuderia Toro Rosso 18 0 0 0 22

10 Marussia F1 Team 18 0 0 0 0

11 Caterham F1 Team 18 0 0 0 0

12 HRT F1 Team 17 0 0 0 0

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Drivers’ career statistics to end of 2011

1 Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull Racing

Born July 3, 1987• F1 debut USA 2007 • 81 races • 21 wins • 30 pole positions • 9 fastest laps •

World Champion 2010, 2011

2 Mark Webber Australia Red Bull Racing

Born Aug. 27, 1976 • F1 debut Australia 2002 • 176 races • 7 wins • 9 pole positions • 13 fastest

laps

3 Jenson Button Great Britain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Born Jan. 19, 1980 • F1 debut Australia 2000 • 208 races • 12 wins • 7 pole positions • 6 fastest

laps • World Champion 2009

4 Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Born Jan. 7, 1985 • F1 debut Australia 2007 • 90 races • 17 wins • 19 pole positions • 11 fastest

laps • World Champion 2008

5 Fernando Alonso Spain Scuderia Ferrari

Born July 29, 1981 • F1 debut Australia 2001 • 177 races • 27 wins • 20 poles • 19 fastest laps •

World Champion 2005, 2006

6 Felipe Massa Brazil Scuderia Ferrari

Born April 25, 1981 • F1 debut Australia 2002 • 152 races • 11 wins • 15 pole positions • 14

fastest laps

7 Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Born Jan. 3, 1969 • F1 debut Belgium 1991 • 287 races • 91 wins • 68 pole positions • 76 fastest

laps • World Champion 1994-95, 2000-01-02-03-04

8 Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Born June 27, 1985 • F1 debut Bahrain 2006 • 108 races • 2 fastest laps

9 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus F1 Team

Born Oct. 17, 1979 • F1 debut Australia 2001 • 156 races • 18 wins • 16 pole positions • 35

fastest laps • World Champion 2007

10 Romain Grosjean France Lotus F1 Team

Born April 17, 1986 • F1 debut Europe 2009 • 7 races

11 Paul di Resta Great Britain Sahara Force India F1 Team

Born April 16, 1986 • F1 debut Australia 2011 • 19 races

12 Nico Hülkenberg Germany Sahara Force India F1 Team

Born Aug. 19, 1987 • F1 debut Bahrain 2010 • 19 races • 1 pole position

14 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber F1 Team

Born Sept. 13, 1986 • F1 debut Brazil 2009 • 40 races

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2012 FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP(continued)

Drivers’ career statistics to end of 2011

15 Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber F1 Team

Born Jan. 26, 1990 • F1 debut Australia 2011 • 17 races

16 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Scuderia Toro Rosso

Born July 1, 1989 • F1 debut Great Britain 2011 • 11 races

17 Jean-Eric Vergne France Scuderia Toro Rosso

Born April 25, 1990 • F1 debut Australia 2012

18 Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams F1 Team

Born March 9, 1985 • F1 debut Australia 2011 • 19 races

19 Bruno Senna Brazil Williams Williams F1 Team

Born April 15, 1983 • F1 debut Bahrain 2010 • 26 races

20 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham F1 Team

Born Oct. 19, 1981 • F1 debut Australia 2007 • 89 races • 1 win • 1 pole position • 2 fastest laps

21 Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham F1 Team

Born Sept. 8, 1984 • F1 debut Australia 2010 • 38 races • 1 fastest lap

22 Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT F1 Team

Born Feb. 24, 1971 • F1 debut Australia 1999 • 86 races • 1 fastest lap

23 Narain Karthikeyan India HRT F1 Team

Born Jan. 17, 1977 • F1 debut Australia 2005 • 27 races

24 Timo Glock Germany Marussia F1 Team

Born March 18, 1982 • F1 debut Canada 2004 • 72 races • 1 fastest lap

25 Charles Pic France Marussia F1 Team

Born Feb. 15, 1990 • F1 debut Australia 2012

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Constructors’ career statistics to end of 2011

1 Red Bull Racing

F1 debut 2005 • 126 races • 27 wins • 38 pole positions • 22 fastest laps • World

Championships: Constructors' 2 • Drivers' 2

2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

F1 debut 1966 • 703 races • 175 wins • 147 pole positions • 149 fastest laps • World

Championships: Constructors' 8 • Drivers' 12

3 Scuderia Ferrari

F1 debut 1950 • 831 races • 216 wins • 205 pole positions • 227 fastest laps • World

Championships: Constructors' 16 • Drivers' 15

4 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

F1 debut 2010 • 38 races

5 Lotus F1 Team

F1 debut 1977 (as Renault) • 300 races • 35 wins • 51 pole positions • 31 fastest laps • World

Championships: Constructors' 2 • Drivers' 2

6 Sahara Force India F1 Team

F1 debut 2008 • 73 races • 1 pole position • 1 fastest lap

7 Sauber F1 Team

F1 debut 1993 (2006-2010 as BMW Sauber) • 323 races • 1 win • 1 pole position • 2 fastest laps

8 Scuderia Toro Rosso

F1 debut 2006 • 108 races • 1 win • 1 pole position

9 Williams F1 Team

F1 debut 1977 • 567 races • 113 wins • 126 pole positions • 129 fastest laps • World

Championships: Constructors' 9 • Drivers' 7

10 Caterham F1 Team

F1 debut 2010 (as Lotus) • 38 races

11 HRT F1 Team

F1 debut 2010 • 37 races

12 Marussia F1 Team

F1 debut 2010 • 38 races

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1 Sebastian VETTEL • Germany • Red Bull Racing

Born July 3, 1987

F1 debut USA 2007

Career statistics to end of 2011:

81 races

21 wins

30 pole positions

9 fastest laps

Averaging a victory every four races, Sebastian Vettel is a modern Formula 1 phenomenon.

He was the youngest driver to take part in a Formula 1 practice session; youngest to be on pole;

to lead a race; to score World Championship points; to win a race; to become World Champion;

and to become a double World Champion – all by the age of 24!

His first title came thanks to victory at the last round of 2010 in Abu Dhabi; his second in 2011

capped a dominant year when he eclipsed Nigel Mansell’s 20-year record of 14 poles in a

season, took 11 race wins including Singapore and was World Champion by a 122-point

margin.

German Formula BMW champion in 2004, Vettel was runner-up in the F3 Euroseries in 2006

behind Scotland’s Paul di Resta, who has also graduated to Grand Prix racing.

BMW Sauber’s “third driver” at that year’s Turkish Grand Prix, Vettel was called in by the same

team to replace the injured Robert Kubica at the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis. He

was age 19 and 349 days. In Hungary that year he joined Scuderia Toro Rosso and completed

the season, finishing 14 th with six points.

In 2008 Vettel brought Toro Rosso their first and so far only Grand Prix victory from pole

position at Monza. In 2009, after transferring to sister team Red Bull Racing, he was runner-up

to Jenson Button; and for the last two years he has been the sport’s undisputed No. 1.

Like current title rival Fernando Alonso, he is bidding for a third title that would elevate him into

the company of past greats such as Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna.

Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 5 wins • 5 pole positions • 5 fastest laps • 255 points

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2 Mark WEBBER • Australia • Red Bull Racing

2 Mark WEBBER • Australia • Red Bull Racing

Born August 27, 1976

Born

F1 debut

August

Australia

27, 1976

2002

F1 debut Australia 2002

Career statistics to end of 2011:

Career

176 races

statistics to end of 2011:

176 races

7 wins

7 wins

9 pole positions

9

13

pole

fastest

positions

laps

13 fastest laps

Mark Webber began racing in Formula Ford in his native Australia, but his career took off when

Mark Webber began racing in Formula Ford in his native Australia, but his career took off when

he moved to the United Kingdom, winning the 1996 Formula Ford Festival, doing a season in F3

he

then

moved

joining

to

Mercedes-Benz

the United Kingdom,

in the

winning

FIA GT

the

Championship

1996 Formula

alongside

Ford Festival,

Bernd Schneider.

doing a season in F3

then joining Mercedes-Benz in the FIA GT Championship alongside Bernd Schneider.

At Le Mans in 1999, Mark’s Mercedes took off and flipped in mid-air, not once but twice. When

At

the

Le

same

Mans

thing

in 1999,

happened

Mark’s

to

Mercedes

teammate

took

Peter

off

Dumbreck,

and flipped

Webber

in mid-air,

resolved

not once

never

but

again

twice.

to

When

race

the same thing happened to teammate Peter Dumbreck, Webber resolved never again to race

with a roof over his head. Instead he moved to F3000 to re-launch his career, winning the

with

prestigious

a roof over

Monaco

his head.

round

Instead

on his way

he moved

to runner-up

to F3000

spot

to

with

re-launch

the much-decorated

his career, winning

Super

the

Nova

prestigious Monaco round on his way to runner-up spot with the much-decorated Super Nova

team in 2001.

team in 2001.

In 2002 Webber made his Formula 1 debut with little Italian-based team Minardi in his home

In 2002 Webber made his Formula 1 debut with little Italian-based team Minardi in his home

race in Melbourne. Keeping his head while many veterans around him lost theirs, Webber

race

nursed

in Melbourne.

an ailing car

Keeping

home in

his

fifth

head

place

while

to claim

many

two

veterans

unlikely

around

World

him

Championship

lost theirs, Webber

points.

nursed an ailing car home in fifth place to claim two unlikely World Championship points.

At Jaguar through 2003 and 2004, Webber was the dominant partner first with Antonio Pizzonia,

At Jaguar through 2003 and 2004, Webber was the dominant partner first with Antonio Pizzonia,

then with Christian Klien, but the team’s potential was never realized and Mark accepted what

then with Christian Klien, but the team’s potential was never realized and Mark accepted what

looked like a golden opportunity to drive for Williams in 2005 to 2006.

looked like a golden opportunity to drive for Williams in 2005 to 2006.

While Webber’s directness and combative approach were reminiscent of his compatriot Alan

While

Jones,

Webber’s

who took

directness

the world championship

and combative

with

approach

Williams

were

in 1980,

reminiscent

the glory

of his

days

compatriot

were gone.

Alan

A

Jones, who took the world championship with Williams in 1980, the glory days were gone. A

third place in Monaco in 2005 was the best result Mark could achieve. It was time for another

third place in Monaco in 2005 was the best result Mark could achieve. It was time for another

rebuilding phase, this time with the up-and-coming Red Bull team.

rebuilding phase, this time with the up-and-coming Red Bull team.

Showing true ‘Aussie grit” – his social media identity – Webber recovered from a broken leg

Showing

suffered during

true ‘Aussie

his fund-raising

grit” – his social

adventure

media

in Tasmania

identity – Webber

to take his

recovered

maiden

from

win in

a

Germany

broken leg

in

suffered during his fund-raising adventure in Tasmania to take his maiden win in Germany in

2009, and won again at season’s end in Brazil.

2009, and won again at season’s end in Brazil.

In 2010 he could – should – have won the World Championship. He led the standings after four

In 2010 he could – should – have won the World Championship. He led the standings after four

outstanding wins including the prestigious Monaco and Silverstone rounds, but a slip in Korea

outstanding

was costly, and

wins

he

including

saw teammate

the prestigious

Vettel take

Monaco

the title

and

in

Silverstone

the last round

rounds,

in Abu

but

Dhabi

a slip

instead.

in Korea

was costly, and he saw teammate Vettel take the title in the last round in Abu Dhabi instead.

Eclipsed by the German in 2011, the Aussie veteran has fought back in 2012 with repeat

Eclipsed by the German in 2011, the Aussie veteran has fought back in 2012 with repeat

victories at Monaco and Silverstone.

victories at Monaco and Silverstone.

Mark Webber’s 2012 statistics:

Mark Webber’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 2 wins • 2 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 167 points

18 races • 2 wins • 2 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 167 points

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3 Jenson BUTTON • Great Britain • Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Born Jan. 19, 1980

F1 debut Australia 2000

Career statistics to end of 2011:

208 races

12 wins

7 pole positions

6 fastest laps

With the exception of Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button is the longest-serving member of the

2012 field and will be out on his own when the German retires at the end of this season. By a

happy coincidence Hungary, scene of his first Grand Prix win in 2006, saw Jenson notch up his

200 th Grand Prix start in 2011 – and he won again.

Winning has been a Button habit. In the 1991 British Cadet Kart series he did it 34 times before

moving into single-seaters in 1998. He duly won Britain’s prestigious Formula Ford Festival and

became McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year.

Formula 3 in 1999 was mere stepping stone as Button vaulted straight into Formula 1 the next

year. The fact that he did so with British favorites Williams didn’t make life in the spotlight any

easier and after a slim 12-point haul in 2000 he made way for Colombian hot shot Juan Pablo

Montoya.

A move to Benetton Renault was supposed to be part of his apprenticeship before returning to

Williams, but after a protracted contractual dispute he never went back to Sir Frank’s team.

After six years of being powered by Honda and a single win to show for it Button might have

been written off. Not by himself or Ross Brawn. In 2009 the three Bs – Brawn, Button and

Barrichello – swept all before them and Jenson became world champion with six victories in the

first seven races.

He joined McLaren in 2010 and was expected by many to suffer in comparison to long-term

McLaren family member Lewis Hamilton. Now it’s Hamilton who’s moving on and Button who is

the senior partner in McLaren’s new line-up for 2013.

Jenson Button’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 2 wins • 1 pole position • 2 fastest laps • 153 points

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McLaren Mercedes

Born Jan. 7, 1985

F1 debut Australia 2007

Career statistics to end of 2011:

90 races

17 wins

19 pole positions

11 fastest laps

Lewis Hamilton has surprised many by announcing that he will leave his only Formula 1 home,

McLaren, and move over to Mercedes for 2013 and beyond. This is the boy who marched up to

McLaren boss Ron Dennis at the age of nine and announced he would like to drive for the team

one day…then duly joined them in 2007.

Less than two years later, at the last race of the 2008 season in Brazil, Hamilton overtook a

struggling Timo Glock on the final corner to claim fifth place, enough to make him world

champion in only his second F1 season.

Hamilton’s first major title was in the 2003 Formula Renault series with Manor Motorsport.

Graduating to the F3 Euroseries, Lewis dominated his second season in 2005 with 13 poles and

15 wins in a Dallara-Mercedes run by ASM. He followed his former karting teammate Nico

Rosberg into GP2, the new feeder category for Formula 1, in 2006.

Rosberg was that category’s first champion. In 2006 Lewis Hamilton was its second, winning

five races on the way. Grand Prix racing beckoned, and so did Ron Dennis.

Hamilton made his debut in Australian in 2007, qualifying the McLaren on the second row and

securing his first podium finish in a season that saw him become a Formula 1 race winner in

Canada and end the year as runner up to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

He yearns for the second title that would underline his career credentials – and a disastrous

Korean Grand Prix, where he finished 10 th , had him all but acknowledging that it would not

come in 2012. How long will Lewis have to wait with Mercedes?

Lewis Hamilton’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 3 wins • 6 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 165 points

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5 Fernando ALONSO • Spain • Scuderia Ferrari

Born July 29, 1981

F1 debut Australia 2001

Career statistics to end of 2011:

177 races

27 wins

20 pole positions

19 fastest laps

The most tigerish competitor on the current Formula 1 scene, Fernando Alonso has spent much

of 2012 contemplating the third world championship that would see him equal the achievement

of his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna.

World champion with Renault in 2005 and again in 2006, Alonso has been in single-seater

racing since 1999, when he won the Formula Nissan series at his first attempt. Spending just

one season in F3000 with Astromega, Alonso signed off his campaign with a sumptuous victory

at Spa-Francorchamps and signed on as a Formula 1 driver with Minardi before moving to a test

driver role with Renault to continue his apprenticeship in 2002.

Racing for the team in 2003 he scored his maiden victory in Hungary that year, the youngest to

do so until Vettel five years later. In 2005 Alonso became Spain’s first world champion, backing

up with a second title in 2006 and helping to lift Formula 1’s profile in a country devoted to

soccer and two-wheeled racing.

A stormy 2007 followed. Making headline news by joining McLaren, Alonso did not take well to

the atmosphere in that camp alongside Lewis Hamilton. Despite winning four races for them he

was on the move again for 2008, rejoining Renault only to become embroiled in the “Crashgate”

controversy at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, which he won.

In 2010 Alonso, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, joined Ferrari in a marriage that seems

made in Formula 1 heaven. He has recently committed his long-term future to the team. Only

four drivers now stand above him in the all-time winners’ list. When you remember that their

names are Schumacher, Prost, Senna and Mansell you understand the company that Fernando

Alonso keeps.

Fernando Alonso’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 3 wins • 2 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 245 points

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6 Felipe MASSA • Brazil • Scuderia Ferrari

Born April 25, 1981

F1 debut Australia 2002

Career statistics to end of 2011:

152 races

11 wins

15 pole positions

14 fastest laps

Felipe Massa appears destined to be remembered for two moments of agony in his Formula 1

career, one emotional, the other physical. Who knows which of them left the greater mark on his

temperament?

The first was in his native Brazil in 2008. Last race of the season, last corner of the year – and

Massa’s Ferrari crossed the line in front of them all, seemingly clinching the drivers’ title for the

likeable Paulista. Not so. Around half a minute later Lewis Hamilton also came home in his

McLaren, his fifth place enough to steal the title from under the watching Massa family’s noses.

The second moment of pain was in Hungary in 2009. At high speed on a qualifying lap, Massa

was struck in the head by a coil spring that had come off compatriot Rubens Barrichello’s car

and bounced into the Ferrari cockpit, inflicting serious injury to Massa’s eye and skull. He

missed the rest of the season, but he had missed death by inches.

After early European success in Formula Renault it was in 2001 that Massa took a big step

forward, winning the Euro F3000 series by a handsome margin and propelling himself into a

Formula 1 seat with Sauber in 2002. Like his current teammate Alonso, he then stepped back

into a test driver role to hone his skills at Ferrari.

After two years as a fully-fledged Sauber driver, Massa rejoined Ferrari in 2006, earning a first

win in Turkey that year and ending it with an emotional success back at Interlagos in his home

city.

Felipe’s podium finish in the Japanese Grand Prix this year was his first for almost two full

seasons and has secured his seat with the Scuderia for at least another season.

Felipe Massa’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 95 points

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7 Michael Schumacher • Germany • Mercedes

AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Born Jan. 3, 1969

F1 debut Belgium 1991

Career statistics to end of 2011:

287 races

91 wins

68 pole positions

76 fastest laps

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but Michael Schumacher dropped

another thunderbolt of his own just weeks ago when he announced that he would be retiring

from Formula 1 at the end of the season. It was the second time the sport’s most successful

driver had made such a statement. He first quit at the end of 2006 with 91 race wins (40 more

than next man Alain Prost), 68 pole positions and 76 fastest laps to his name—not to mention

seven world championships, two more than the peerless Fangio in the Fifties.

Seduced by the “Silver Arrows’ of Mercedes in 2010, and by the chance to rejoin forces with

Ross Brawn, Schumacher came back, but ultimately failed to rediscover the old magic. This

season has seen him involved in more than one major collision, usually of his own making. The

news that Lewis Hamilton was to join Mercedes in 2013 was the trigger for his own

announcement.

A German F3 champion way back in 1990, Schumacher became a Mercedes protégé in the

Sportscar World Championship in a Sauber-Mercedes before making his Formula 1 debut, also

funded by Mercedes, in a Jordan at Spa-Francorchamps. He out-qualified veteran teammate

Andrea de Cesaris but his clutch broke before the first corner.

Within two weeks Schumacher had been transferred to Benetton driver; in 1994 and 1995 he

was world champion with that team as his partnership with Brawn bore fruit. They were together

again at Ferrari, where Schumacher virtually rewrote the Formula 1 record books. In 2000 he

was the Scuderia’s first world champion since 1979. He held the crown for the next four years.

Michael Schumacher’s name tops every list in the Grand Prix record books, but his long history

of on-track incidents – Adelaide and Damon Hill in 1994, Jerez and Jacques Villeneuve in 1997

and others – means many are reluctant to grant him the accolade of “greatest ever.”

“Schumi” as he’s known is, in his spare time, a UNESCO Ambassador who has put his

immense wealth to the service of others with many generous humanitarian gifts to deserving

causes.

Michael Schumacher’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 43 points

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8 Nico ROSBERG • Germany • Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One

Team

Born June 27, 1985

F1 debut Bahrain 2006

Career statistics to end of 2011:

108 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

2 fastest laps

A career in aeronautical engineering was a distinct possibility for Nico Rosberg Jr. – he had a

place at London’s highly-regarded Imperial College – until the idea of following in his famous

father’s footsteps suddenly started to appeal.

German-born, but raised in Monaco, Nico is the son of Finland’s Keke Rosberg, the most

famous street-fighter in Formula 1 history and a winner at Monte Carlo for Williams in 1983.

Rosberg Sr. was also the 1982 World Champion. So after Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve,

Nico is the most recent son of a former Formula 1 racer to build his own successful Grand Prix

career.

German Formula BMW champion in 2002, Rosberg was able to slip into his father's team for the

F3 Euro Series, where he won races at Le Mans in 2003 and at Hockenheim and the

Nürburgring in 2004, though he never managed to take the title.

The younger Rosberg made history in his own right in 2005 when he became the first GP2

series champion, racing for ART in the new series designed to become the ultimate Formula 1

feeder category. Months later he was back in Bahrain, where he sealed the GP2 title, to set

fastest race lap on his Formula 1 debut. Fittingly it was with Williams, Keke’s former team.

Four years there were disappointing, with just two podiums, the first of them in Singapore's

inaugural race in 2008. In 2010 Rosberg answered his country’s call when he followed Michael

Schumacher into the re-born Mercedes team.

Like Jenson Button and Mark Webber, Rosberg racked up more than 100 races before winning

his first Grand Prix in China in April this year.

Nico Rosberg’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 1 win • 1 pole position • 2 fastest laps • 93 points

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9 Kimi RAIKKONEN • Finland • Lotus F1 Team

Born 9 Kimi October RAIKKONEN 19, 1979 • Finland • Lotus F1 Team

F1 Born debut October Australia 19, 2001 1979

Career F1 debut statistics Australia to end 2001 of 2011:

156

Career

races

statistics to end of 2011:

18 wins

156 races

16 pole positions

18 wins

35 fastest laps

16 pole positions

35 fastest laps

World champion with Ferrari back in 2007, Kimi Raikkonen, like Michael Schumacher, found it

impossible to resist a return to Formula 1. While Williams was one possible address, in the end

World Lotus won champion out and with the Finn Ferrari has back not disappointed in 2007, Kimi on Raikkonen, his return. like Michael Schumacher, found it

impossible In the first part to resist of the season a return he to was Formula on the 1. podium While on Williams average was once one in every possible two address, races, in the end

Lotus elevating won himself out and to third the Finn overall has and not prompting disappointed whispers on of his a return. possible second title in his first

season back. Without at least one race win, though, it was a remote possibility, but Raikkonen

In the first part of the season he was on the podium on average once in every two races,

was keeping three members of Formula 1’s “big five” – Hamilton, Button and Webber – behind

elevating himself to third overall and prompting whispers of a possible second title in his first

him.

season back. Without at least one race win, though, it was a remote possibility, but Raikkonen

His was an unusual route to the top. In 2001 he had competed in just 23 Formula Renault races

was keeping three members of Formula 1’s “big five” – Hamilton, Button and Webber – behind

when Peter Sauber offered him the chance to drive for his Formula 1 team.

him.

Raikkonen had solid karting experience, including the runner-up spot in European Formula

His Super was A in an 1999, unusual and route had just to won the top. the Formula In 2001 Renault he had UK competed single-seater in just title 23 convincingly Formula Renault with races

when seven Peter victories, Sauber but Sauber offered had him to the persuade chance the to FIA drive that for the his Finn Formula deserved 1 team. his Super License.

Raikkonen Kimi duly scored had solid a point karting on debut experience, in Australia including in 2001 and the switched runner-up to spot McLaren in European in 2002, Formula

Super spending A in five 1999, years and with had Ron just Dennis’s won the team, Formula for whom Renault his maiden UK single-seater victory came in title Malaysia convincingly in with

seven 2003. He victories, lost that but season’s Sauber title had fight to to persuade Michael Schumacher the FIA that by the just Finn two deserved points. his Super License.

Kimi In 2007 duly he scored replaced a Schumacher point on debut at Ferrari in Australia – and in started 2001 by and taking switched pole position, to McLaren fastest in lap 2002, and

spending victory in his five maiden years race with for Ron the Dennis’s Prancing team, Horse for in Australia. whom his He maiden was only victory the fourth came man in Malaysia to win in

2003.

on debut

He

for

lost

Ferrari

that season’s

in F1 after

title

Fangio

fight

(1956),

to Michael

Andretti

Schumacher

(1971) and Mansell

by just two

(1989).

points.

World Champion with the Scuderia in 2007, Kimi spent two further years there before quitting F1

In 2007 he replaced Schumacher at Ferrari – and started by taking pole position, fastest lap and

after 156 races to go rallying. He had already made his World Championship debut in Finland in

victory in his maiden race for the Prancing Horse in Australia. He was only the fourth man to win

2009. In 2010 had Citroën and Red Bull behind him, then ran his own Ice 1 Racing entry in

on

2011.

debut for Ferrari in F1 after Fangio (1956), Andretti (1971) and Mansell (1989).

World He also Champion dabbled in with NASCAR the Scuderia in the United in 2007, States Kimi but spent decided two to try further his hand years again there in F1 before with quitting F1

after Lotus 156 Renault, races starting to go rallying. in 2012. Nicknamed He had already “the Iceman”, made his super-cool World Championship Kimi is a no-nonsense, debut in Finland in

2009. old-school In 2010 driver had whose Citroën form and has Red already Bull confounded behind him, the then F1 skeptics. ran his own Ice 1 Racing entry in

2011.

He Kimi also Raikkonen’s dabbled 2012 in NASCAR statistics: in the United States but decided to try his hand again in F1 with

Lotus 18 races Renault, • 1 win starting • 0 pole positions in 2012. • Nicknamed 2 fastest laps “the • 198 Iceman”, points

super-cool Kimi is a no-nonsense,

old-school driver whose form has already confounded the F1 skeptics.

Kimi Raikkonen’s 2012 statistics:

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10 Romain GROSJEAN • France • Lotus F1 Team

Born April 17, 1986

F1 debut Europe 2009

Career statistics to end of 2011:

7 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

0 fastest laps

Born in Switzerland but racing under the flag of France, Romain is having his second crack at

Formula 1 – and what a challenging year it has turned out to be. After Round 12 in Belgium,

Grosjean was suspended for one race for triggering the first-corner collision that wrecked the

race for Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso—and came close to inflicting major damage on

Alonso himself. It was the first time since 1994 that the Formula 1 powers had taken such

drastic action.

Grosjean was hardly back before he was in trouble again, provoking Mark Webber’s ire when he

took the Red Bull driver off track on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix and earning a stopand-go

penalty for his trouble.

Grosjean won the French title Formula Renault in 2005, by which time he had already earned a

berth on the Renault Driver Development Program. Next was the F3 Euroseries, another title he

picked up in 2007 before graduating to F1 feeder series GP2 in 2008. By that time he had been

nominated as test driver for Renault in F1.

Grosjean proved capable of winning races in both the GP2 Asia series, which he won, and the

“main” series where he was expected to do well in 2009 with Campos (now Barwa Addax).

But F1 came calling when he was drafted in to replace the disgraced Nelson Piquet Jr. for

Renault. He made his race debut at the 2009 European GP and totaled seven appearances for

the year.

The next two years were a time of reassessment as Grosjean aimed for a permanent F1 seat.

He won again in the first race of the new FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010. He returned

part-time to GP2 and in 2011 raced full-time there for DAMS, winning both the shortened GP2

Asia series and the full GP2 title.

For 2012 Lotus Renault offered him the chance to resurrect his F1 career, which he seized with

podium finishes early in the season in Bahrain and Canada.

Romain Grosjean’s 2012 statistics:

17 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 90 points

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11 Paul DI RESTA • Great Britain • Sahara Force India F1 Team

Born April 16, 1986

F1 debut Australia 2011

Career statistics to end of 2011:

19 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

0 fastest laps

Singapore seems to be the young Scot’s destination of choice. He scored his best result, sixth

place, there in his rookie year in 2001 and this year finished fourth, again his best result in his

short Formula 1 career to date.

After a stellar junior career in karting Paul – cousin of Indycar star Dario Franchitti – moved to

the Formula Renault winter series in 2002 and into the main Formula Renault UK series in

2003, coming seventh overall.

With Manor Motorsport in 2004 he won that title and took his first F3 step, finishing the season

with the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award.

Progressing to the F3 Euroseries gave Paul’s career some real impetus. In 2005 he was 10 th

but in 2006, joining ASM, he racked up five wins and nine pole positions to claim the title.

Sebastian Vettel was among his competitors.

Mercedes came calling with the offer of a drive in the 2007 German Touring Car Championship

(DTM), where Paul performed superbly to finish fifth in an older-spec car.

Earning a full works drive, Paul spent the next three seasons in the DTM, culminating in the title

– the first for Mercedes in four years – in 2010. It took him until the seventh round to win, but he

scored a hat-trick of successes in a row and second in the final round was enough to edge out

fellow-Briton Gary Paffett.

The German connection led Paul to Force India, supplied by Mercedes, in F1. A point-scorer on

debut in Australia, he was 13 th in his debut year and has carried on with Force India.

Scotland has always punched above its weight with two world champions, four drivers who have

won races in Formula 1 and a total of 66 Grand Prix victories. Can Di Resta carry on that proud

tradition?

Paul Di Resta’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 46 points

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12 Nico HULKENBERG • Germany • Sahara Force India F1 Team

Born Aug. 19, 1987

F1 debut Bahrain 2010

Career statistics to end of 2011:

19 races

0 wins

1 pole position

0 fastest laps

Nico Hülkenberg, predictably enough, earned the nickname “Incredible Hulk” at the end of 2010

when he claimed a fairly unbelievable pole position for Williams in Brazil – the British team’s first

for over five seasons.

It was the penultimate race of Nico’s rookie year in F1, but it wasn’t enough to keep him there.

In 2011 he stepped back to a “third driver” role with Force India, and his patience paid off with a

race seat for 2012.

A garlanded kart racer, the young German moved into Formula BMW in his native country in

2005; nine wins were more than enough to earn him the title.

The following year he combined German F3 duties with his international role in A1GP, where

nine race wins helped Germany to the title. With one race victory he also came fifth in the F3

series.

For 2007 Nico inherited the F3 Euroseries seat with ASM which his current Force India

teammate Paul di Resta had just left. He came third overall, but the next year he made the title

his with no fewer than eight victories. He had already tested for Williams at Jerez.

Hülkenberg is one of no fewer than six GP2 champions to be racing in F1. He won that title with

ART as teammate to Pastor Maldonado in 2009 – his first crack at the F1 feeder category – and

was rewarded with a Williams F1 drive for 2010.

Two of his 22 points that season were scored in Singapore, though his best result was sixth in

the Hungarian GP. Maldonado was the man to replace him at Williams, but like Di Resta before

him “The Hulk” earned the call to a Force India race seat. Fourth place in Belgium saw him go

two places higher than his best result in 2010.

Nico Hülkenberg’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 49 points

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14 Kamui KOBAYASHI • Japan • Sauber F1 Team

Born Sept. 13, 1986

F1 debut Brazil 2009

Career statistics to end of 2011:

40 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

0 fastest laps

“Hero to zero” is a familiar phrase in sport and sadly Kamui Kobayashi earned it in the space of

one week this season.

In Japan in Round 15, Kobayashi became only the third man from his country to stand on a

Formula 1 podium when he finished third. He was the first Japanese driver to achieve that feat

on Japanese soil since 1990 and it looked the perfect result to help him hold on to his Sauber

seat for 2013.

One week later – less than one lap later, in fact – Kobayashi provoked an unusually immoderate

attack from the mild-mannered Jenson Button, who’s McLaren he side-swiped in an ill-judged

approach to the third corner of the Korean Grand Prix.

A star of the Japanese karting scene, Kamui was then runner-up in Formula Toyota in that

country and won a place on the Toyota Driver Program. By 2004 he had made the mandatory

move to Europe to further his racing career.

Seventh place in Italian Formula Renault that year was followed by winning the Formula Renault

Euro Cup and the Formula Renault Italy title. F3 beckoned. Rookie of the year in the 2006 F3

Euroseries, Kobayashi was a race-winner in the F3 World Final in Macau and earned a Formula

1 test with Toyota, who were then in Grand Prix racing in their own right.

A second F3 Euroseries year yielded fourth place overall with a race win at Magny-Cours, then

it was time for another step up to GP2. Kobayashi dipped his toe in those waters in the GP2

Asia series with DAMS, winning in Malaysia and Bahrain, and also claimed a victory in

Barcelona in the main European-based series.

A year later he was the GP2 Asia champion with two poles and two race wins, but more

importantly he was drafted in to replace Timo Glock in Toyota’s F1 race team for the final two

races of the season. He only had to wait two races for his first points for sixth in Abu Dhabi.

In Germany this year he celebrated his 50 th Grand Prix start.

Kamui Kobayashi’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 58 points

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15 Sergio PEREZ • Mexico • Sauber F1 Team

15 Born Sergio Jan. 26, PEREZ 1990 • Mexico • Sauber F1 Team

Born F1 debut Jan. Australia 26, 1990 2011

F1 Career debut statistics Australia to 2011 end 2011:

Career 17 races statistics to end 2011:

17 0 wins races

0 wins pole positions

0 pole fastest positions laps

0 fastest laps

One of the undoubted stars of the new Formula 1 generation, Sergio “Checo” Perez has already

earned what most drivers would consider a dream move – to McLaren, one of the premier

teams of the sport, for what will be only his third year in Grand Prix racing in 2013.

Perez, who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico, is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and had

been widely tipped to be their next Formula 1 driver, perhaps as early as next year, if current

incumbent Felipe Massa did not lift his game. As if to prove the point, he ran current Ferrari ace

Fernando Alonso a close second in Malaysia early in 2012, then had the audacity to take

second place in front of the adoring Ferrari faithful at Monza.

But with Lewis Hamilton quitting McLaren to join Mercedes, it’s Perez who has got the nod from

the British outfit. Perez may have moved through the senior ranks at an astonishing rate but he

took a round-about route to Formula 1 in the first place. His karting career was built both in

Mexico and in the United States, where he also raced in the Skip Barber National Championship

in 2004.

Europe was next on the itinerary, with Sergio taking 14 th place overall in Germany’s Formula

BMW series in 2005 before moving again, this time to Britain for his F3 debut.

He comfortably took out the second-tier “National” UK F3 title in 2007, winning 14 times, and

represented his country in A1GP as well before graduating to a full-scale F3 challenge for 2008.

Four race wins came on his way to fourth overall; in 2009 it was time for GP2. With the Campos

(now Addax) team he took two wins in the GP2 Asia series, where he finished as runner-up, and

with Arden he was twice a podium finisher in GP2’s “main game.”

With Addax Sergio set his sights on the GP2 title in 2010, falling just short as Pastor Maldonado

took it instead. But seven fastest laps and five victories, including a sparkling success in

Monaco, signaled Perez’s arrival on the big stage.

Top talent-spotter Peter Sauber signed him to a Formula 1 contract for 2011. Singapore was

one of five places where he scored points as he took 16 th One of the undoubted stars of the new Formula 1 generation, Sergio “Checo” Perez has already

earned what most drivers would consider a dream move – to McLaren, one of the premier

teams of the sport, for what will be only his third year in Grand Prix racing in 2013.

Perez, who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico, is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and had

been widely tipped to be their next Formula 1 driver, perhaps as early as next year, if current

incumbent Felipe Massa did not lift his game. As if to prove the point, he ran current Ferrari ace

Fernando Alonso a close second in Malaysia early in 2012, then had the audacity to take

second place in front of the adoring Ferrari faithful at Monza.

But with Lewis Hamilton quitting McLaren to join Mercedes, it’s Perez who has got the nod from

the British outfit. Perez may have moved through the senior ranks at an astonishing rate but he

took a round-about route to Formula 1 in the first place. His karting career was built both in

Mexico and in the United States, where he also raced in the Skip Barber National Championship

in 2004.

Europe was next on the itinerary, with Sergio taking 14

place in his rookie season. He also

drove his F1 car in the streets of his home town before an estimated crowd of over 100,000

fans.

Sergio Perez’s 2012 statistics:

th place overall in Germany’s Formula

BMW series in 2005 before moving again, this time to Britain for his F3 debut.

He comfortably took out the second-tier “National” UK F3 title in 2007, winning 14 times, and

represented his country in A1GP as well before graduating to a full-scale F3 challenge for 2008.

Four race wins came on his way to fourth overall; in 2009 it was time for GP2. With the Campos

(now Addax) team he took two wins in the GP2 Asia series, where he finished as runner-up, and

with Arden he was twice a podium finisher in GP2’s “main game.”

With Addax Sergio set his sights on the GP2 title in 2010, falling just short as Pastor Maldonado

took it instead. But seven fastest laps and five victories, including a sparkling success in

Monaco, signaled Perez’s arrival on the big stage.

Top talent-spotter Peter Sauber signed him to a Formula 1 contract for 2011. Singapore was

one of five places where he scored points as he took 16 th place in his rookie season. He also

drove his F1 car in the streets of his home town before an estimated crowd of over 100,000

fans.

Sergio Perez’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 66 points

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16 Daniel RICCIARDO • Australia • Scuderia Toro

16 Rosso Daniel RICCIARDO • Australia • Scuderia Toro

Rosso Born July 1, 1989

Born F1 debut July Great 1, 1989 Britain 2011

F1 Career debut statistics Great Britain to end 2011 of 2011:

Career 11 races statistics to end of 2011:

11 0 wins races

0 wins pole positions

0 pole fastest positions laps

0 fastest laps

Rising Red Bull youngster Dan Ricciardo’s (he pronounces his surname “Riccardo”) is in his first

Rising full season Red in Bull Formula youngster 1 after Dan earning Ricciardo’s a race (he debut pronounces with the his HRT surname team at “Riccardo”) Silverstone is in in 2011, his first

full serving season out in the Formula rest of the 1 after season earning before a race switching debut to with a full-time the HRT drive team for at Toro Silverstone Rosso in this 2011, year.

serving His Red out Bull the connections rest of the have season helped. before In switching 2008 he to was a full-time named as drive a member for Toro of Rosso the Red this Bull year.

His Junior Red Team Bull connections after a fine apprenticeship have helped. in In Formula 2008 he Ford was named and especially as a member in Formula of the BMW Red Bull Asia

Junior Pacific Team and the after World a fine Final apprenticeship in Spain. Four in Formula years later Ford he and has especially been doing in his Formula utmost, BMW with Asia a

Pacific string of and points-scoring the World Final finishes, in Spain. to cement Four years his place later in he the has sport. been doing his utmost, with a

string Dan is of a points-scoring multiple race-winner finishes, in every to cement category his place in which in the he sport. has competed. In 2008 he had 14

Dan victories is a multiple in Formula race-winner Renault, but in every 2009 category was when in he which really he stepped has competed. up. In 2008 he had 14

victories With Carlin in Formula Motorsport Renault, he took but seven 2009 wins, was when six pole he positions really stepped and 12 up. podiums on his way to

With winning Carlin the Motorsport coveted British he took F3 title seven – the wins, one six previously pole positions taken and out by 12 great podiums names on his like way Ayrton to

winning Senna. He the was coveted also British the fastest F3 title driver – the in the one end-of-year previously taken F1 rookies’ out by test great in names Spain. like Ayrton

Senna. There was He no was letting also the up in fastest 2010. driver Joining in the Tech end-of-year 1 to race in F1 the rookies’ World test Series in Spain. by Renault 3.5

There class, Ricciardo was no letting took up eight in 2010. poles and Joining four Tech wins, 1 including to race in the the Monaco World Series GP support by Renault race, and 3.5 was

class, runner-up Ricciardo for the took season. eight He poles combined and four his wins, racing including with the the reserve Monaco driver GP role support for both race, Toro and was

runner-up Rosso and for Red the Bull. season. He combined his racing with the reserve driver role for both Toro

Rosso Early in and 2011 Red Daniel Bull. was the “Friday driver” for Toro Rosso at Grand Prix weekends, while

Early again in contesting 2011 Daniel the was World the Series “Friday by driver” Renault for Championship Toro Rosso at with Grand ISR. Prix Once weekends, again he while took out

again the prestigious contesting Monaco the World round Series before by Renault his elevation Championship to F1 driver with status ISR. with Once the again new HRT he took team, out

the replacing prestigious Narain Monaco Karthikeyan. round before his elevation to F1 driver status with the new HRT team,

replacing In Melbourne Narain in March Karthikeyan. 2012 he emulated compatriot Mark Webber’s feat of scoring World

In Championship Melbourne in points March in 2012 his home he emulated race debut compatriot with Toro Mark Rosso. Webber’s feat of scoring World

Championship points in his home race debut with Toro Rosso.

Daniel Ricciardo’s 2012 statistics:

Daniel 18 races Ricciardo’s • 0 wins • 2012 0 pole statistics: positions • 0 fastest laps • 10 points

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 10 points

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17 Jean-Eric VERGNE • France • Scuderia Toro Rosso

Born April 25, 1990

F1 debut Australia 2002

Career statistics to end of 2011: n/a

One of two new faces in the Toro Rosso line-up this year, Jean-Eric Vergne, or “JEV” as he is

commonly known, took just two races to score his first world championship points when he

came eighth in Malaysia.

Vergne kick-started his racing career in karts, winning support from the French national motor

sporting authorities when he switched to single-seaters in Formula Renault Campus, effortlessly

winning that series in 2007. He was also by then a member of the Red Bull Junior program.

A year later he was contesting both the Eurocup and the West European Cup in Formula

Renault 2.0, and in 2009 he was runner-up in both categories.

Then came what he has called a life-changing move to the UK and a superb 2010 with Carlin

Motorsport. Vergne was following in his current F1 teammate Dan Ricciardo’s footsteps and,

like the Australian, he took out the British F3 title with Carlin.

Moving up to the 3.5-litre version of Formula Renault, JEV took five race wins in 2011 but just

lost out in the final round and was runner-up overall.

In November of that year he took full advantage of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi by using

Red Bull’s title-winning RB7 to set fastest time on each of the three days.

Vergne was given a severe scolding for an ill-judged maneuver against Heikki Kovalainen in

Valencia, but he freely admits he’s on a steep learning curve and he can point to three eighthplace

finishes as proof of the talent to which he only needs to apply some polish.

Jean-Eric Vergne’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 12 points

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18 Pastor MALDONADO • Venezuela • Williams F1 Team

Born March 9, 1985

F1 debut Australia 2011

Career statistics to end of 2011:

19 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

0 fastest laps

The first seven races of the 2012 Formula 1 season brought seven different race-winners and

Pastor Maldonado was by far the most unlikely of them all.

Not only is he only in his second season of Grand Prix racing, but also his Williams team had

failed to win since 2004 and had just endured their worst-ever season with a miserable five

points in 2011. Pole position in Barcelona (he got there when fastest qualifier Lewis Hamilton

was demoted) and first place earned Maldonado a permanent place in Sir Frank’s heart.

Maldonado is only the third driver from Venezuela to grace Formula 1, but that Spanish success

means he is already the most successful. Johnny Cecotto was the country's only previous

points-scorer, and the former motor cycle ace managed just one way back in 1983.

Europe-based for a decade and more, Pastor competed in Italian Formula Renault in 2003 and

in the Italian and Eurocup series in 2004, winning the Italian crown. He also tested an F1

Minardi at Misano.

After a difficult 2005, including a four-race World Series ban for dangerous driving, he secured a

full-time seat in that championship for 2006 and was third.

GP2 was to be his hunting-ground for four seasons, with a first-year win in Monaco for Trident

Racing and a move to Piquet Sports in 2008, winning at Spa-Francorchamps on his way to fifth

overall.

Sixth with ART in 2009, Maldonado signed for Rapax in 2010 - and finally showed what he

could do, winning no fewer than six of the Saturday feature races to secure the title.

Like many others, Pastor put himself in the F1 shop window at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test

in late 2010 and by December he had been named as a Williams Grand Prix driver for 2011. A

single point in Belgium was his share in the team's worst season.

That all changed in Spain in 2012.

Pastor Maldonado’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 1 win • 1 pole position • 0 fastest laps • 43 points

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19 Bruno SENNA • Brazil • Williams F1 Team

19 Born Bruno April 15, SENNA 1983 • Brazil • Williams F1 Team

Born F1 debut April Bahrain 15, 1983 2010

F1 Career debut statistics Bahrain to 2010 end of 2011:

Career 26 races statistics to end of 2011:

26 0 wins races

0 wins pole positions

0 pole fastest positions laps

0 fastest laps

What’s in a name? Everything, if it just happens to be the most charismatic ever to grace

What’s Formula in 1. a name? Everything, if it just happens to be the most charismatic ever to grace

Formula Now, as his 1. uncle, Ayrton, did so briefly before him, Bruno has taken the Senna name to

Now, Williams, as his a team uncle, on Ayrton, the up-and-up did so briefly this year. before He him, has Bruno outdone has his taken teammate the Senna in terms name of to races

Williams, finished in a the team points, on the but up-and-up so far has this come year. nowhere He has close outdone to Maldonado’s his teammate mercurial in terms moment of races in

finished Spain. in the points, but so far has come nowhere close to Maldonado’s mercurial moment in

Spain. “If you think I’m good, wait till you see my nephew!” was what the incomparable Ayrton Senna

had “If you told think motor I’m racing good, insiders, wait till you so a see great my deal nephew!” was expected was what of the late-starter incomparable Bruno Ayrton when Senna he

had made told his motor way to racing Europe insiders, and British so a great F3 – the deal series was expected Ayrton won of late-starter in 1983 – in Bruno 2005. when He has he been

made playing his catch-up way to Europe pretty much and British since his F3 uncle’s – the series death Ayrton and his won family’s in 1983 understandable – in 2005. He fear has of been

playing further loss catch-up kept Bruno pretty much out of since the sport. his uncle’s death and his family’s understandable fear of

further Still with loss Raikkonen kept Bruno Robertson out of the Racing, sport. in 2006 the new Senna had matured enough to claim

Still five race with Raikkonen wins and finished Robertson third Racing, overall. in 2006 the new Senna had matured enough to claim

five Two race years wins of GP2 and finished were next third on overall. the agenda, winning the main race at only his second event

Two with the years Arden of GP2 team were in Barcelona next on the in agenda, 2007 and winning switching the to main iSport race for at his only second his second campaign event in

with 2008. the Arden team in Barcelona in 2007 and switching to iSport for his second campaign in

2008. His two race wins included Monaco, where his uncle won the Grand Prix no fewer than six

His times; two his race second wins was included in the Monaco, sprint race where at Silverstone. his uncle won But the for Grand an unfair Prix share no fewer of misfortune, than six

times; including his a second bizarre was retirement in the sprint when race he hit at a Silverstone. stray dog at But Istanbul for an Park, unfair he share might of have misfortune, done

including better than a bizarre finish runner-up retirement overall. when he hit a stray dog at Istanbul Park, he might have done

better Given than a taste finish of an runner-up F1 car by overall. Honda, which was so fond of Ayrton, in 2009 Bruno opted for the

Given Le Mans a taste Series, of an competing F1 car by for Honda, Oreca which in three was European so fond of rounds Ayrton, with in two 2009 podiums, Bruno opted and racing for the at

Le Mans Mans. Series, competing for Oreca in three European rounds with two podiums, and racing at

Le And Mans. then it was on to F1. In 2010 Senna was given his Grand Prix chance by the sport’s new

And recruits then from it was Spain, on to HRT. F1. He In 2010 started Senna 2011 was in a given test driver his Grand role with Prix Lotus chance Renault by the and sport’s inherited new

recruits Nick Heidfeld’s from Spain, race HRT. seat in He time started to compete 2011 in in a a test further driver eight role races with Lotus that year, Renault taking and his inherited maiden

Nick points Heidfeld’s at Monza. race seat in time to compete in a further eight races that year, taking his maiden

points at Monza.

Bruno Senna’s 2012 statistics:

Bruno 18 races Senna’s • 0 wins 2012 • 0 statistics: pole positions • 1 fastest lap • 30 points

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20 Heikki KOVALAINEN • Finland • Caterham F1 Team

Born Oct. 19, 1981

F1 debut Australia 2007

Career statistics to end of 2011:

89 races

1 win

1 pole position

2 fastest laps

Can a good driver do well in a car that’s less than competitive? It would seem so, for earlier this

year Heikki Kovalainen’s was one of several names being bandied about as paddock insiders

confidently predicted that Ferrari would be looking for a new partner for Fernando Alonso.

Kovalainen has spent three hard-working years at his current address without success, at least

in terms of World Championship points on the board, but has earned plaudits for his

commitment to the task and for some sterling drives. He was also involved in one of Grand Prix

racing’s most heart-stopping moments of recent years when Mark Webber’s fast-closing Red

Bull was launched into mid-air off his rear wheels at Valencia in 2010, happily without injury to

either man.

It’s over a decade since the Finn, building on a brilliant foundation in karting, headed for the UK

to become rookie of the year in Formula Renault. By 2002 he was tied up with the Renault

Driver Development scheme and on the ladder to success, taking five wins in the last nine races

of the British F3 series.

In 2004, his second year in the World Series by Nissan, he was champion with six race wins

and secured a seat with Arden for the inaugural year of the new F1 feeder series, GP2, for

2005.

For much of that year he looked like being the first GP2 champion but a mid-season dip allowed

Nico Rosberg to overhaul him and Heikki finished runner-up. He then accepted a test driver role

in F1 with Renault.

When Fernando Alonso left to join McLaren Heikki got the nod, his best result being a fourth

place in Canada. When Alonso then left McLaren to rejoin Renault, Heikki again replaced him,

and Ron Dennis made him a Grand Prix winner.

It happened in Hungary in 2008 and was the solitary success in his two seasons with McLaren.

In 2012 he drove his 100 th Grand Prix at the same Hungaroring venue.

A keen golfer, Kovalainen is also pretty unflappable. In Singapore two years ago he realized his

Lotus was in flames, pulled over on the main straight, reached through the fence to borrow a fire

extinguisher and put out the fire himself.

Heikki Kovalainen’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 0 points

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21 Vitaly PETROV • Russia • Caterham F1 Team

Born Sept. 8, 1984

F1 debut Australia 2010

Career statistics to end of 2011:

38 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

1 fastest lap

Another driver whose immediate future in Formula 1 is under some threat, Vitaly Petrov is the

first Russian to race in F1 and would have been harboring thoughts of enjoying the moment

when his country stages its own first Grand Prix, scheduled for 2014.

He is one of the six regular drivers who have yet to score a point this season and remains highly

unlikely to do so, a disappointing development for him after his first two seasons, both spent

with Renault, yielded 27 and 37 points respectively.

Despite finishing 13 th and then 10 th overall, with a maiden podium in the 2011 Australian round,

his relationship with Renault disintegrated after an ill-judged media outburst later that year, but

Petrov was able to resurrect his F1 career by supplanting Italian veteran Jarno Trulli at the

rebadged Caterham team.

Unlike the current generation of ex-karting stars in Formula 1, Petrov, who has a degree in

meteorology, started out in his country’s 2001 Lada Cup, a series he dominated in 2002 with a

100-percent winning record.

After a brief foray into Formula Renault in Italy with Euronova, Petrov returned home to race in

the Lada Revolution, again winning the series at the second attempt in 2005. That’s when his

career began to gather momentum.

In 2006 he raced in the F3000 Euroseries and made his GP2 debut with David Price Racing,

moving to Campos Grand Prix to continue his GP2 apprenticeship the following year.

He made a major breakthrough in 2008, winning at Sepang in the GP2 Asia series and at

Valencia in its European counterpart. His best year was 2009, when he finished as runner-up to

a dominant young German by the name of Nico Hülkenberg.

The 2012 Belgian Grand Prix was his 50th F1 start.

Vitaly Petrov’s 2012 statistics:

17 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 0 points

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22 Pedro DE LA ROSA • Spain • HRT F1 Team

Born Feb. 24, 1971

F1 debut Australia 1999

Career statistics to end of 2011:

86 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

1 fastest lap

The popular Pedro de la Rosa reached an important milestone with his 100 th Grand Prix start,

the exact location depending on whose statistical records you trust – and ours tell us it was

Japan (a non-start in Australia, where neither HRT car qualified, may have caused some

confusion).

A Catalan by birth, de la Rosa was Spain’s Formula Fiat Uno champion in 1989 and won the

national Formula Ford 1600 title in 1990. He then went to Britain to win the 1992 UK and

European Formula Renault series.

By the mid-Nineties he found himself on the other side of the world, winning in both Japanese

F3 and Formula Nippon, before earning a contract as test driver for Jordan in F1 for 1998.

On March 7, 1999, de la Rosa scored a point for Arrows on his World Championship debut in

Australia, but it would be the only one in that maiden F1 season.

He spent two years with Arrows and another two at Jaguar before opting for a more rewarding

role as test driver with McLaren in 2005. A year later he inherited the race seat left vacant by the

sudden departure of Juan Pablo Montoya midway through the season.

In eight races that season he scored his first and so far only F1 podium in Hungary.

De la Rosa returned to his testing duties after 2006, also taking on the responsibilities of

chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.

He then returned to contest 13 races for BMW Sauber in 2010, deputized for Sergio Perez in

Canada last year, then – at 41 – he proudly accepted the challenge of being a Spanish driver in

Spain’s first F1 team.

Pedro de la Rosa’s 2012 statistics:

17 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 0 points

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23 Narain KARTHIKEYAN • India • HRT F1 Team

Born Jan. 17, 1977

F1 debut Australia 2005

Career statistics to end of 2011:

27 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

0 fastest laps

Not only is Narain Karthikeyan the only Indian currently racing in Formula 1, he was also the

only man from his country to take part in India’s first World Championship Grand Prix at New

Delhi last year.

Getting to the pinnacle of his chosen career was a long, hard road for the gentlemanly

Karthikeyan, who first dabbled in racing in the early nineties both in India and in the United

Kingdom. In a 20-year racing journey he has tried his hand at most things and shown

remarkable persistence in making a career for himself at the wheel.

People started paying attention when he raced in British F3, finishing sixth overall for Carlin

Motorsport in the 1999 series and enjoying one-off drives in high-profile events such as the

Masters at Zandvoort and the Macau Grand Prix.

For three seasons he was a stalwart of the World Series by Nissan, scoring a test drive in a

Minardi F1 car in 2004, then he realized his dream by becoming a Grand Prix driver with Jordan

in 2005.

He figured prominently in that season’s most controversial race at Indianapolis, when all of the

Michelin-shod cars withdrew, leaving only six to race, and Narain came home fourth behind

Jordan teammate Tiago Monteiro.

Two years as a Williams test driver followed, but Karthikeyan was still as busy as ever. He

raced in A1GP, taking one victory for India in 2007 and two more in 2008. He raced in the Le

Mans 24 Hours, and in 2010 he raced in PSV Eindhoven colors in the football-inspired

Superleague.

Since 2011 he has been back in F1 with HRT, for whom he first raced in Malaysia, completing

eight Grands Prix last season and earning a second year as a full-time driver for the Spanish

team. Will he be in Formula 1 next year, or might he choose a spell in the United States? Only

time will tell…

Narain Karthikeyan’s 2012 statistics:

17 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 0 points

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24 Timo GLOCK • Germany • Marussia F1 Team

Born March 18, 1982

F1 debut Canada 2004

Career statistics to end of 2011:

72 races

0 wins

0 pole positions

1 fastest lap

The personable, self-effacing Timo Glock is one of several current Formula 1 drivers whose

career at the top level had something of a false dawn. Glock’s came back in 2004, when he was

drafted in by Jordan, for whom he was test driver, when the highly-rated but ultimately

disappointing Giorgio Pantano left.

He made his debut in Montreal and scored points in seventh place, but four Grand Prix starts

were all that materialized. As a result, Glock has been rather overshadowed by big-name

compatriots like the Schumachers, Rosberg and even Hülkenberg.

Glock’s route to Grand Prix racing was via karts, which he started racing in 1997, and then the

German Formula BMW category. He was junior champion in 2001 then senior champion a year

later.

A race-winner in the F3 Euroseries in 2003, Glock learned his craft sufficiently well to earn that

call-up as Jordan’s F1 test driver for 2004. When no full-time drive with Eddie’s team was

offered, he continued the learning process in Champ Cars in the USA before heading back to

Europe and GP2 in 2006.

Switching teams midway through 2006 to iSport, he finished the campaign as one of its frontrunners.

Although he blotted his copybook in 2007 with a high-speed start-line accident in

France, he recovered strongly to claim the title in a nail-biting finish in Valencia.

In 2008 Glock got his second call to F1, and this time he was more than ready. Although Toyota

never became the predicted force, he finished 10 th overall in 2008 and 2009 and scored some

memorable results, two of them in Singapore where he finished fourth in 2008 and claimed an

outstanding podium with second place in 2009.

In 2010 Timo transferred to newcomers Virgin, since rebranded as the Marussia F1 Team, and

is now a veteran of over 80 Grand Prix starts.

Timo Glock’s 2012 statistics:

17 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 0 points

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25 Charles PIC • France • Marussia F1 Team

Born Feb. 15, 1990

F1 debut Australia 2012

Career statistics to end 2011: n/a

Baby-faced Charles Pic was launched on the road to Formula 1 by a man who had been there,

done that: his godfather Eric Bernard, who made 45 Grand Prix starts between 1989 and 1994,

gave him his first kart a decade ago.

By 2006 Pic was in single-seaters, taking third place overall in France’s apprentice series,

Formula Campus.

Next step on the ladder was Formula Renault 2.0, followed by the move up to the World Series

by Renault 3.5 for 2008 and 2009, racing for the Tech 1 team.

Highlight of his first year was an outstanding performance in Monaco, where he won from pole

in the wet. His WSR years also brought race wins at Le Mans, Silverstone and the Nürburgring,

before it was time to move on to GP2.

His first season, driving for Arden, yielded an early race win in Barcelona, and in 2011 he

moved to Valencia to link up with the Barwa Addax team for a second GP2 campaign.

Reliability issues clouded a year in which he still took two wins, three poles and was on the

podium five times, finishing the season in fourth place overall.

If Bernard’s influence were not enough, Charles now has another seasoned French F1 driver

guiding him in the shape of Olivier Panis, a 158-race veteran and winner of the Monaco Grand

Prix in 1996, coincidentally for Ligier as well.

A marathon effort in the Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi earned Pic – second-youngest on the

2012 grid after Vergne – the call-up to F1 with Marussia for 2012.

Charles Pic’s 2012 statistics:

18 races • 0 wins • 0 pole positions • 0 fastest laps • 0 points

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2011 FIA FORMULA 1DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Driver Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 19 11 15 3 17 392

2 Jenson Button McLaren 19 3 0 3 12 270

3 Mark Webber Red Bull 19 1 3 7 10 258

4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 19 1 0 1 10 257

5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 19 3 1 3 6 227

6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 19 0 0 2 0 118

7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 19 0 0 0 0 89

8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 19 0 0 0 0 76

9 Adrian Sutil Force India 19 0 0 0 0 42

10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 19 0 0 0 1 37

11 Nick Heidfeld Renault 11 0 0 0 1 34

12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 19 0 0 0 0 30

13 Paul Di Resta Force India 19 0 0 0 0 27

14 Jaime Alguersuari STR 19 0 0 0 0 26

15 Sébastien Buemi STR 19 0 0 0 0 15

16 Sergio Perez Sauber 17 0 0 0 0 14

17 Rubens Barrichello Williams 19 0 0 0 0 4

18 Bruno Senna Renault 8 0 0 0 0 2

19 Pastor Maldonado Williams 19 0 0 0 0 1

20 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber 1 0 0 0 0 0

21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 18 0 0 0 0 0

22 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 19 0 0 0 0 0

23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 17 0 0 0 0 0

24 Jérôme D'Ambrosio Virgin 19 0 0 0 0 0

25 Timo Glock Virgin 18 0 0 0 0 0

26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 8 0 0 0 0 0

27 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 11 0 0 0 0 0

28 Karun Chandhok Lotus 1 0 0 0 0 0

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Driver Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 19 11 15 3 17 392

2 Jenson Button McLaren 19 3 0 3 12 270

3 Mark Webber Red Bull 19 1 3 7 10 258

4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 19 1 0 1 10 257

5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 19 3 1 3 6 227

6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 19 0 0 2 0 118

7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 19 0 0 0 0 89

8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 19 0 0 0 0 76

9 Adrian Sutil Force India 19 0 0 0 0 42

10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 19 0 0 0 1 37

11 Nick Heidfeld Renault 11 0 0 0 1 34

12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 19 0 0 0 0 30

13 Paul Di Resta Force India 19 0 0 0 0 27

14 Jaime Alguersuari STR 19 0 0 0 0 26

15 Sébastien Buemi STR 19 0 0 0 0 15

16 Sergio Perez Sauber 17 0 0 0 0 14

17 Rubens Barrichello Williams 19 0 0 0 0 4

18 Bruno Senna Renault 8 0 0 0 0 2

19 Pastor Maldonado Williams 19 0 0 0 0 1

20 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber 1 0 0 0 0 0

21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 18 0 0 0 0 0

22 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 19 0 0 0 0 0

23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 17 0 0 0 0 0

24 Jérôme D'Ambrosio Virgin 19 0 0 0 0 0

25 Timo Glock Virgin 18 0 0 0 0 0

26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 8 0 0 0 0 0

27 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 11 0 0 0 0 0

28 Karun Chandhok Lotus 1 0 0 0 0 0

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FIA FORMULA 1 DRIVERS' WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 1950-2011

1950 G Farina (ITA) Alfa-Romeo 1951 J M Fangio (ARG) Alfa-Romeo

1952 A Ascari (ITA) Ferrari 1953 A Ascari (ITA) Ferrari

1954 J M Fangio (ARG) Mercedes/Maserati 1955 J M Fangio (ARG) Mercedes

1956 J M Fangio (ARG) Lancia/Ferrari 1957 J M Fangio (ARG) Maserati

1958 M Hawthorn

(GBR)

Ferrari 1959 J Brabham (AUS) Cooper-Climax

1960 J Brabham (AUS) Cooper-Climax 1961 P Hill (USA) Ferrari

1962 G Hill (GBR) BRM 1963 J Clark (GBR) Lotus-Climax

1964 J Surtees (GBR) Ferrari 1965 J Clark (GBR) Lotus-Climax

1966 J Brabham (AUS) Brabham-Repco 1967 D Hulme (NZL) Brabham-Repco

1968 G Hill (GBR) Lotus-Ford 1969 J Stewart (GBR) Matra-Ford

1970 J Rindt (AUT) Lotus-Ford 1971 J Stewart (GBR) Tyrrell-Ford

1972 E Fittipaldi (BRA) Lotus-Ford 1973 J Stewart (GBR) Tyrrell-Ford

1974 E Fittipaldi (BRA) McLaren-Ford 1975 N Lauda (AUT) Ferrari

1976 J Hunt (GBR) McLaren-Ford 1977 N Lauda (AUT) Ferrari

1978 M Andretti (USA) Lotus-Ford 1979 J Scheckter (RSA) Ferrari

1980 A Jones (AUS) Williams-Ford 1981 N Piquet (BRA) Brabham-Ford

1982 K Rosberg (FIN) Williams-Ford 1983 N Piquet (BRA) Brabham-BMW

1984 N Lauda (AUT) McLaren-TAG-

Porsche

1985 A Prost (FRA) McLaren-TAG-Porsche

1986 A Prost (FRA) McLaren-TAG-

Porsche

1987 N Piquet (BRA) Williams-Honda

1988 A Senna (BRA) McLaren-Honda 1989 A Prost (FRA) McLaren-Honda

1990 A Senna (BRA) McLaren-Honda 1991 A Senna (BRA) McLaren-Honda

1992 N Mansell (GBR) Williams-Renault 1993 A Prost (FRA) Williams-Renault

1994 M Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1995 M Schumacher Benetton-Renault

(GER)

(GER)

1996 D Hill (GBR) Williams-Renault 1997 J Villeneuve

(CAN)

Williams-Renault

1998 M Hakkinen (FIN) McLaren-Mercedes 1999 M Hakkinen (FIN) McLaren-Mercedes

2000 M Schumacher Ferrari 2001 M Schumacher Ferrari

(GER)

(GER)

2002 M Schumacher Ferrari 2003 M Schumacher Ferrari

(GER)

(GER)

2004 M Schumacher

(GER)

Ferrari 2005 F Alonso (ESP) Renault

2006 F Alonso (ESP) Renault 2007 K Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari

2008 L Hamilton (GBR) McLaren-Mercedes 2009 J Button (GBR) Brawn GP

2010 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing 2011 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing

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FIA FORMULA 1 CONSTRUCTORS' WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

1958-2011

1958 Vanwall 1959 Cooper-Climax

1960 Cooper-Climax 1961 Ferrari

1962 BRM 1963 Lotus-Climax

1964 Ferrari 1965 Lotus-Climax

1966 Brabham-Repco 1967 Brabham-Repco

1968 Lotus-Ford 1969 Matra-Ford

1970 Lotus-Ford 1971 Tyrrell-Ford

1972 Lotus-Ford 1973 Lotus-Ford

1974 McLaren-Ford 1975 Ferrari

1976 Ferrari 1977 Ferrari

1978 Lotus-Ford 1979 Ferrari

1980 Williams-Ford 1981 Williams-Ford

1982 Ferrari 1983 Ferrari

1984 McLaren-TAG-Porsche 1985 McLaren-TAG-Porsche

1986 Williams-Honda 1987 Williams-Honda

1988 McLaren-Honda 1989 McLaren-Honda

1990 McLaren-Honda 1991 McLaren-Honda

1992 Williams-Renault 1993 Williams-Renault

1994 Williams-Renault 1995 Benetton-Renault

1996 Williams-Renault 1997 Williams-Renault

1998 McLaren-Mercedes 1999 Ferrari

2000 Ferrari 2001 Ferrari

2002 Ferrari 2003 Ferrari

2004 Ferrari 2005 Renault

2006 Renault 2007 Ferrari

2008 Ferrari 2009 Brawn GP

2010 Red Bull Racing 2011 Red Bull Racing

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AMERICA IN FORMULA 1 HISTORY

Although the Circuit of The Americas will stage the first Formula 1 race in the United States

for five years, the country can point to a rich and varied presence in the World Championship

since its inception in 1950.

Austin is the 10 th U.S. city to stage a Grand Prix. It joins a list that began in 1959 at Sebring in

Florida and includes Riverside and Long Beach in California, Watkins Glen, N.Y., Las Vegas,

Nevada, Detroit, Michigan, Dallas, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona and Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2012 race will be the 52 nd Grand Prix held in the United States. While the first 11 years of

the World Championship included the Indianapolis 500, that race remained entirely American

territory. When Scotland’s Jim Clark triumphed in 1965 – the first foreign driver to win the fabled

500 since 1916 – Indianapolis no longer figured on the Formula 1 calendar.

Excluding the Indianapolis 500, 16 American drivers have scored points in World Championship

Grands Prix. Foremost among them is Mario Andretti, one of the greatest all-round race drivers

of all time. Andretti took part in 128 Grands Prix between 1968 and 1978, winning 12 of them.

He was the 1978 World Champion at the wheel of a Lotus Ford.

Mario was not America’s first World Champion, however. That honor went to the late Phil Hill,

the first American to win a Grand Prix, at Monza, Italy in 1960 for Ferrari. He won three of his 48

World Championship races, all in Ferraris. It was the fabled Italian marque that carried Hill to the

title in 1961.

Only three other American drivers have Grand Prix victories to their names. Richie Ginther

scored one victory in a career that covered 52 races between 1960 and 1966; “Tall Dan” Gurney

won four times in 86 races between 1959 and 1970; and Peter Revson’s 30 races brought two

wins between 1964 and 1974.

But no American driver has lifted a winner’s trophy in the Formula 1 World Championship since

Mario Andretti’s final victory for Lotus at Zandvoort, Holland, on Aug. 27, 1978.

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KEY REGULATIONS FOR 2012

Changes to the Technical Regulations which govern Formula1 have made this season’s cars,

with their “stepped” noses, more functional than flattering to the eye.

Bodywork in the area where nose joins chassis must not exceed a height of 55 centimeters. The

2012 cars all have a flat frontal section with a step up as the bodywork moves rearward towards

the cockpit. Only McLaren’s MP27 interprets this rule with an unbroken curve and is, according

to some, the prettiest car on the 2012 grid.

No manipulation of exhaust gases is permitted, and the exhaust pipes must exit a minimum of

20 centimeters above each car’s floor.

The main regulations

Pirelli is the sole tire supplier, offering its P Zero tires in a range of six compounds which are

color-coded for easy identification. Two dry-weather specifications, one intermediate and one

wet-weather compound are mandatory for each event on the calendar.

For the inaugural FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in Austin, teams will use both

the Medium (white markings) and Hard (silver markings) compound tires during the race.

Each driver may use 11 sets of the dry-weather tires: six of the “Prime” tire, which is the harder

compound, and five of the “Option.” Unless wet weather intervenes, each driver must use at

least one set of each specification during the race. Four sets of intermediates and three sets of

wet-weather tires make up each driver’s allocation at each event.

Formula 1 cars use 2.4-litre V8 four-stroke engines that spin up to 18,000 rpm. Each engine

must weigh a minimum of 95 kilograms. The weight of car and driver is a minimum of 640

kilograms. Each driver may use only eight engines through the season. Should an engine

change be necessary after he has used that allocation, a driver will incur a 10-place grid

penalty.

Similarly, gearboxes must last for five consecutive events, otherwise a five-place grid penalty is

incurred. Teams may opt to use KERS (kinetic energy recovery systems) which allow the driver

a gain in power of around 60 kilowatts once per lap.

Speed limits in pit lane apply throughout the weekend. In free practice it is 60 kilometer/hour;

this rises to 100 kilometers/hour for the remainder of the event.

Race distance is 305 kilometers or a maximum of two hours, unless the race has to be

suspended. In the latter case, the time under suspension will be added on, up to a maximum of

four hours.

World Championship points are awarded to the top 10 finishers at each event on the following

scale: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

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BOY WONDER

One word sums up Sebastian Vettel’s career: youngest.

Vettel has been the youngest driver to take part in a Formula 1 practice session; youngest to be

on pole; to lead a race; to score World Championship points; to win a race; to become World

Champion; and to become a double World Champion – all by the age of 24!

German Formula BMW champion in 2004, Vettel, a soccer fan who follows Eintracht Frankfurt,

moved into the F3 Euroseries, where he was runner-up in 2006. The driver to beat him was

Scotland’s Paul di Resta, now in F1 in his own right with Force India.

By 2006,“Seb” as he’s nicknamed was already knocking on F1’s door: he was BMW Sauber’s

“third driver” at that year’s Turkish Grand Prix, and in 2007, while leading the World Series by

Renault standings, he got the call from the same team to replace the injured Robert Kubica at

the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis. He was age 19 (and 349 days).

Four races later, in Hungary, he became a fully-fledged F1 driver with Scuderia Toro Rosso and

completed the season, finishing 14 th with six points.

The rest is history. In 2008 Vettel claimed Toro Rosso’s first, and so far only, Grand Prix victory

from pole position at Monza. In 2009, after transferring to sister team Red Bull Racing, he was

runner-up to Jenson Button, and for the last two years he has been the sport’s undisputed No. 1.

His first title came thanks to victory at the last round in Abu Dhabi. His second in 2011 capped

a dominant year when he eclipsed Nigel Mansell’s 20-year record of 14 poles in a season, took

11 race wins including Singapore and was World Champion by a 122-point margin. After his

incredible race from last to third place in the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI

GRAND PRIX, who knows what we can expect from the “Boy Wonder” as he makes his way

around Austin’s new world-class Circuit1

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2012 FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON

The 63 rd season in world championship history has been remarkable in many ways, not least

because the first seven of the 20 scheduled races gave us seven different winners – the first

time that has ever happened. One of them was Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, taking his

maiden Formula 1 victory in China in his 11 th start and from his first pole position. It was also the

first win for the ‘Silver Arrows’ since Mercedes returned to Grand Prix racing as a constructor in

2010: their last had been at Monza in 1955 with Juan Manuel Fangio.

In round five it was Pastor Maldonado’s turn to make history: not only did he give Williams their

first win since Brazil in 2004, he is also the first Venezuelan to win a Grand Prix.

The first man to win twice in 2012 was Fernando Alonso, the Ferrari star adding victory in

Valencia to his previous success in Malaysia to take a seeming strangle-hold on a third title.

Valencia, the European Grand Prix, also brought the first podium finish for Michael

Schumacher since he returned from retirement in 2010. It was the 155 th top-three finish of a

career that began in 1991.

In Germany, his home race, Sebastian Vettel incurred the stewards’ wrath and was penalized

20 seconds for forcing Jenson Button off-track as his Red Bull passed the McLaren; Alonso

became 2012’s first three-time winner. In Hungary Lewis Hamilton took the 150 th pole position

for McLaren and went on to win the race, making himself a genuine player in the 2012 title race.

One race later in Belgium the stewards really saw red. Their anger was provoked by a first-lap

collision in which Alonso was lucky not to be injured when Romain Grosjean’s Lotus hurtled

over the Ferrari’s nose. The Frenchman, already involved in start-line incidents in Monaco and

Germany, was suspended for one race, the first such drastic action against a driver since 1994.

McLaren, meanwhile, was the team on a roll: Jenson Button, making his 50 th start for the team,

won the race after claiming his first McLaren pole.

Belgium was also the 300 th race of Michael Schumacher’s career, the second driver to reach

that milestone after former Ferrari buddy Rubens Barrichello. Schumacher made his debut at

Spa-Francorchamps in 1991, won his first Grand Prix there in 1992, had been victorious there

six times and called it “my living-room”. He was made an honorary citizen of the Ardennes town.

Vettel again fell foul of officialdom in Italy for forcing Alonso off-track, for which he was given a

drive-through penalty; Hamilton won, the 180 th victory for McLaren.

In Singapore, however, Vettel embarked on a three-race winning streak that carried him to the

top of the championship standings. Schumacher caused a major collision there for the second

year in a row and was penalized 10 grid places for the next race at Suzuka.

Kamui Kobayashi became the first Japanese driver to stand on the Suzuka podium since 1990

and only the third from his country ever to be a top-three finisher. Grosjean was in trouble

again, this time earning a stop-and-go penalty for taking Mark Webber’s Red Bull of on the

opening lap.

Still in Japan, Vettel won from the 34 th pole of his career – a feat that makes the 25-year-old

third in the all-time polewinners’ list behind only Schumacher and Ayrton Senna; and Ferrari’s

Felipe Massa returned to the podium for the first time in almost exactly two years.

In Korea Vettel overhauled Alonso, extending his lead to 13 points with a fourth straight 2012

victory in India. Abu Dhabi then produced the race of the season, Kimi Raikkonen becoming the

eighth winner of 2012 while Alonso’s second place left the Ferrari man 10 points adrift with two

races to go.

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