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Brazil 2012 - Starting grid // Pastor Maldonado drops down the order, and moves Alonso up a place

Published by Christine Blachford

With the last race of the year being crucial for the championship battle, Fernando Alonso will be glad to have moved up a position thanks to Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan fell foul of a simple rule during qualifying, but that gives him three reprimands in a season.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:12.45821
2Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:12.51320
3Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:12.58122
4Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:12.76019
5Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:12.98725
6Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:13.20623
7Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:13.25325
8Kimi RäikkönenLotus F1 Team1:13.29822
9Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:13.48926
10Paul di RestaSahara Force India F1 Team1:14.12118
11Bruno SennaWilliams F1 Team1:14.21921
12Sergio PérezSauber F1 Team1:14.23421
13Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:14.33417
14Kamui KobayashiSauber F1 Team1:14.38024
15Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:14.57422
16Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team1:13.17424
17Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:14.61923
18Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:19.9678
19Vitaly PetrovCaterham F1 Team1:17.07314
20Heikki KovalainenCaterham F1 Team1:17.08614
21Timo GlockMarussia F1 Team1:17.50813
22Charles PicMarussia F1 Team1:18.10414
23Narain KarthikeyanHRT Formula 1 Team1:19.57613
24Pedro de la RosaHRT Formula 1 Team1:19.69912
  • 10 places. Pastor Maldonado - A penalty of a Reprimand is imposed for not stopping at the weighbridge. This is the third Reprimand of this season, which will result in a ten grid place penalty.

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  • Pastor does'nt see the light in an unusual situation when nobody expect to get call for weight in.... weird that the FIA is always damaging the sport with this bs calls, why make surprise checks and no just do it fair and square for everybody. This looks as corrupted as the FIFA organization trying to put the big money makers in the final. F1 better clean up their act or the sport is going to go to the dumps

  • bolido, i like a good f1 conspiracy theory as much as the next person, but you're miles off with this one.

    pastor did see the light turn red, he admitted as much. and drivers do expect to be called in to be weighed during qualifying. mark webber fluffed a similar call recently, but told his team immediately so they took the car back to be weighed, escaping sanctions. why pastor didn't do the same is anyone's guess.

    additionally pastor's misdemeanour occurred halfway through the qualifying session, long before he was in a position to demote alonso down the grid. to suggest the fia preempted such a possibility is laughable.

    finally, you cannot weigh every single car during qualifying, the queues would be ridiculous.

  • additionally pastor's misdemeanour occurred halfway through the qualifying session, long before he was in a position to demote alonso down the grid. to suggest the fia preempted such a possibility is laughable.

    Plus, they would have had to have pre-empted this from the moment he got his first reprimand of the three... which is a big ask, even for the FIA!

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