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2012-12-05 08:46

F1 FIGURES: Statistics from the 2012 F1 season reveal there were 957 pit stops and more overtaking moves.

PARIS, France - Formula 1 statistics for 2012 reveal there were 1139 overtaking moves and 957 pit stops during the season's 20 races.

This and other data was compiled by F1 tyre supplier Pirelli.

The fewest overtakes were on the narrow roads of Monaco where only 12 gained position; the busiest race was the season-ending Brazilian stunner in which there were 147 in wet and unpredictable conditions.

SEASON OVER

Germany's Sebastian Vettel won his hat trick F1 crown on the final day of the season for Red Bull to deny Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain his turn at glory.

The most overtakes during a dry race was 90 at the 2012 Chinese GP where Germany's Nico Rosberg won for Mercedes.

There were 957 pit stops during the year, mostly for tyres; the average number per race was 47.9 or 1.9 per driver.

The rain-afflicted Malaysian GP stood out with 76 pit stops - three per driver - and the fastest tyre change was by Jenson Button's crew - 2.31sec at the German GP.

Dry tyres carried the cars an average of 180km.

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