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Japan 2012 - Starting grid // Penalties aplenty, as Schumacher hits the back, and Button loses third

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Michael Schumacher was facing a ten place grid drop before he even arrived in Japan, after crashing into the back of Jean-Éric Vergne at the last race. Vergne himself has also gained a three place penalty after impeding Bruno Senna in qualifying. Jenson Button secured third place on Saturday but has to take a five place drop after a gearbox change, as does Nico Hülkenberg.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:30.83911
2Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:31.09015
3Kamui KobayashiSauber F1 Team1:31.70016
4Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:31.89820
5Sergio PérezSauber F1 Team1:32.02220
6Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:32.11417
7Kimi RäikkönenLotus F1 Team1:32.20818
8Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:31.29014
9Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:32.32717
10Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:32.29312
11Paul di RestaSahara Force India F1 Team1:32.32714
12Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team1:32.51211
13Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.62516
14Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:32.95414
15Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:32.27212
16Bruno SennaWilliams F1 Team1:33.4058
17Heikki KovalainenCaterham F1 Team1:34.6576
18Timo GlockMarussia F1 Team1:35.2138
19Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:33.36814
20Pedro de la RosaHRT Formula 1 Team1:35.3856
21Charles PicMarussia F1 Team1:35.4298
22Vitaly PetrovCaterham F1 Team1:35.4328
23Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.46910
24Narain KarthikeyanHRT Formula 1 Team1:36.7346
  • 5 places. Jenson Button - The Driver did not use the gearbox for five consecutive Events.
  • 10 places. Michael Schumacher - Causing an avoidable accident at the Singapore Grand Prix.
  • 5 places. Nico Hülkenberg - The Driver did not use the gearbox for five consecutive Events.
  • 3 places. Jean-Éric Vergne - Blocking Bruno Senna during first qualifying.

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