Best race: Brazil
With so many enthralling races to choose from this was a difficult decision, any one of Abu Dhabi, Austin and Belgium could have won but Brazil had all the things to make it the best race of 2012. There was rain, safety cars, crashes and a title decider all in one 71 lap race. Vettel spinning on lap one added to the drama before he recovered to win his third consecutive title. Add to that a Force India leading the race, Hamilton being taken out and a Caterham finishing 11th, Brazil is a worthy winner of best race in 2012.
Best Driver: Fernando Alonso
Alonso managed to keep an inferior Ferrari in contention for the drivers title right up until the last race of 2012. He won three races in 2012 in Malaysia, Europe and Germany and took 13 podiums. He only failed to finish two races where he was taken out by other drivers in Belgium and Japan, had this not happened it may have been Alonso that became triple world champion in Brazil.
Most disappointing driver: Romain Grosjean
This accolade can only really go to Romain Grosjean. He may well be speedy and incredibly talented but he was just too crash prone. He failed to finish seven races in 2012 and did not start in Italy after receiving a one race ban for his crash in Belgium. He may have finished eighth in the drivers championship but his race craft is disappointing when considered with teammate Raikkonen. After being retained by Lotus he will want to improve his performance in 2013.
Best team: Red Bull
Red Bull are deservedly the best team of 2012. Three consecutive constructors titles and three consecutive drivers titles suggest that Red Bull are unstoppable. Not everyone was always happy with the design of their car but whatever the outcome Red Bull were never to far from the front of the field. The team look set for a place in the history books.
Best overtake: Nico Hulkenberg on Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean – Korea
This overtake by Hulkenberg showed the talent and composure of the German and suggests that he can be a star of the future. Using the drag of Hamilton’s car he overtook Grosjean and then kept his line into next the corner to go around the outside of Hamilton. The fact that it was a double overtake in two consecutive corners makes it deserving of the best overtake of the year.
Worst crash: Romain Grosjean- Belgium
Grosjeans crash on the first lap of the Belgium Grand Prix has to be the worst crash of 2012. The six car crash he caused took out Fernando Alonso, cutting across his head and only just avoiding a much worse outcome. Grosjean was given a one race ban for the next Grand Prix in Monza.
Surprise of the year: Williams win at Barcelona
Many people did not expect to see a Williams win again after they had failed to secure a victory since the 2004 season. Pastor Maldonado took his maiden win at the Spanish Grand Prix beating Ferrari to the top spot on the podium. Maldonado kept composure in the closing laps as the Ferrari of Alonso was on his tail but managed to hold on to produce a lights to flag victory.
Disappointment of the year: Mercedes F1 Team
The early promise with Nico Rosberg’s victory in China and Michael Schumacher’s podium in Europe suggested this was a return to the Brawn GP days. However the good times did not last and the team failed to score in the last six races of the season. With Hamilton on his way to join the team in 2013 Mercedes will have to improve dramatically to have any hope of race victories and championship titles.