Ferrari F2012 (2012) Nosecone - Alonso
Driven by former World Champion Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, the F2012 was built to be Ferrari’s competitor in the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship® season. A reliable runner, Ferrari recorded the least retirements of the season and each of those three retirements were all collision related. An underwhelming pre-season led to an initially poor start to the season. Ferrari denied the car was underperforming but Alonso was struggling to challenge for podium places whilst Massa only scored once in the first four races. There was a brief respite in Malaysia as Alonso took advantage of the F2012’s superior ability in poor weather conditions and mistakes by Sergio Pérez to take victory.
At in-season testing at Mugello, Ferrari tried different solutions of exhaust system in order to improve traction of the car and to make it less sensitive to throttle position, improving its handling characteristics. This seemed to do the trick and Alonso qualified third in Spain before finishing in second place during the race. In Monaco, both cars made it into Q3 for the first time in the year and Alonso took another podium. Victories followed in the European Grand Prix and in Germany and consistent podiums were achieved for the rest of the season, excluding blips in Hungary and Belgium. The season culminated in a 2-3 finish in Brazil, meaning Ferrari finished their season with their highest weekend points haul. Overall, the F2012 earned the team three wins, twelve further podiums and 400 Constructors’ points. Ferrari ultimately finished second in the Constructors’ Championship, 60 points behind Red Bull.
This fine 1:12 scale model nosecone is of the Ferrari F2012 as driven by Fernando Alonso. Alonso earned 70% of Ferrari’s Championship points in 2012, scoring 278, but ultimately finished second in the Drivers’ Championship, being pipped to the title by Sebastian Vettel by three points. Alonso scored all three of Ferrari’s victories in Malaysia, the European GP and Germany and was responsible for ten further podiums. He recorded two retirements during the season, both of which were out of his hands: in Belgium, in a now infamous near-miss as Romain Grosjean’s Lotus flew over Alonso’s Ferrari, missing his head by inches, and Japan, where future team-mate Kimi Räikkönen crashed into the back of him, sending Alonso across the gravel at the first corner.
This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
This model is one of many in our collection of miniature nosecones.