Start, Interlagos, 2012

2012 rated the best season of the last five years

2012 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Interlagos, 2012The 2012 F1 season was the best of the last five years according to F1 Fanatic readers.

The results of F1 Fanatic’s regular Rate the Race polls produced the highest average score since they began in 2008.

Top of the list was the thrilling season finale in Brazil, which was rated the best race of the last five seasons.

Rating the races of 2012

F1 Fanatic readers were invited to rate every race out of ten during the season.

Here are the average scores for each race in 2012:

The final three races of the season were among the highest-rated as the contest for the championship between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso went down to the last lap of the last race.

The only other race to appear in the top four was the European Grand Prix, which saw a superb win for Alonso from 11th on the grid. While last year’s race was the lowest-rated of the season at 3.8 out of ten, this year it scored 8.7.

At the opposite end of the sale processional races in Korea, India and Monaco were among five Grands Prix to score less than six out of ten.

Comparing the last five seasons

Australia Malaysia China Bahrain Spain Monaco Canada Europe Britain Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Singapore Japan Korea India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil
2008 7.609 5.738 4.446 5.364 5.085 8.177 7.809 3.977 8.164 7.18 6.202 7.736 8.153 6.302 6.66 8.756
2009 7.937 5.284 6.69 6.42 5.33 5.504 5.355 5.755 7.096 6.808 7.852 7.049 5.336 5.58 5.794 8.309
2010 8.638 6.684 8.326 4.587 4.919 6.217 8.668 5.454 7.203 3.74 6.654 8.368 6.759 7.194 6.642 7.536 6.602 6.253
2011 6.751 7.775 9.241 7.319 7.684 9.095 3.871 7.96 8.43 8.344 7.772 7.494 6.39 7.57 6.915 5.555 6.127 5.771
2012 7.662 8.452 8.648 6.904 8.274 5.436 8.197 8.784 7.048 7.055 5.975 7.467 7.64 5.998 6.381 5.158 5.194 8.854 8.772 9.449

F1 Fanatic readers having been rating the races since the beginning of the 2008 season. The results for the 20 rounds that are still on the calendar can be seen above, arranged in the order they were run this year.

The average ratings for each season reveal 2012 was rated slightly higher than last year:

Year Average rating
2008 6.651
2009 6.316
2010 6.759
2011 7.23
2012 7.367

Top ten races, 2008-2012

Race Rating
2012 Brazilian Grand Prix 9.449
2011 Chinese Grand Prix 9.241
2011 Canadian Grand Prix 9.095
2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 8.854
2012 European Grand Prix 8.784
2012 United States Grand Prix 8.772
2008 Brazilian Grand Prix 8.756
2010 Canadian Grand Prix 8.668
2012 Chinese Grand Prix 8.648
2010 Australian Grand Prix 8.638

The gripping season finale in Brazil set a new record as the highest-rated race of the last five years. Of the 835 votes cast, 536 rated it ten out of ten. It’s only the third race to get a higher rating than nine out of ten.

Reflecting the quality of the season we’ve just had, five of this year’s races feature among the best races of the last five years. F1’s return to the Unites States for the first race at the Circuit of the Americas ranks sixth overall.

This year’s lowest-rated race, the Korean Grand Prix, ranks eighth from bottom on the list.

Over to you

How do you think the 2012 season compared to the previous four years of Formula One? What did you think was the best race of the season?

Did you think the racing was better or worse this year – and if so, why?

Have your say in the comments.

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89 comments on “2012 rated the best season of the last five years”

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  1. Could you upload a reversed graph where the horizontal axis is the rating and vertical is the venue?

  2. F1 – a simple Formula – “safety cars and rain.” :D

  3. Valencia was a mind-blowing race, as were Sepang and Interlagos.
    Austin and Abu Dhabi were slightly overrated. Abu Dhabi’s two long DRS straights did not help in making the racing better while Austin was expected to be this eventful right after it was found out that the track was too slippery.

  4. Interesting to note that from the top ten from 2008 onwards races were won by the following:
    Button -3
    Hamilton -3
    Rosberg, Alonso, Raikonen, Massa -1

    None of the red bull wins feature in that list.

  5. I think 2012 has been a great year for racing but this site has been equally great in keeping us up-to-date with all the news and articles. In terms of the time and effort you put into this site, this has got to be your best years yet! :-) Seriously. I’m so glad I found this site. Thanks for your hard work! I hope you’re ready for next year (after a deserved break)! lol

  6. Malaysia was rated 8.542 not 8.452 :) So we have 14 races over 7 (including Bahrain, because it was hugely underrated thanks to the protests).

  7. Median race ratings per season (should give a measure of each season’s ‘typical’ race(s)):

    2008 Turkey (6.8), Japan (6.66)
    2009 Abu Dhabi (5.9)
    2010 Malaysia (6.7)
    2011 Italy (7.494)
    2012 Italy (7.64), Belgium (7.467)

  8. I didn’t actually think 2012 was that great of a season, I can think of many of the 40 years I’ve been following F1 that were better in many ways.

    In terms of great championship fights, exciting moments & proper racing I’d put 2000, 2003 & 2005-2010 well ahead of 2012.

    1. im totally with you on that to be honest.

      while everyone was going on about the great racing earlier in the year i honestly was left scratching my head wondering what everyone was on about.

      95% of all that “great” passing we saw this year was boring to actually watch as it was all way too easy due to drs or the silly pirelli tyres.
      most the time the drs passes were easy, uncontested straght line highway passes that were totally dull & unexciting to watch & much of the tyre relayed passing was the same, one driver totally defenseless on old tyres making the pass inevitable & boring to watch.

      for me there was practically no real racing this year, the proper overtakes were few & far between & there wasn’t the sort of real hard fought, flat out racing with real exciting overtaking which i love to watch & which is the main reason i’ve kept watching f1 for so long.

      i’ll watch the start of 2013 but in all honesty if it goes the same was as 2012 did i’ll just stop watching as its all getting way too artificial & way too much ‘show’ for my liking.

      1. meant to add that i started watching the indycar series this year for the 1st time in many years & found that series to be far more interesting/exciting to watch than i did f1.

        they didnt have silly gimmicks like drs or tyres that fell to pieces yet put on consistently exciting races which featured real racing. every overtake was really exciting to watch & there were none that were too easy, uncontested or guaranteed.

        when they introduced there so called push-2-pass system late in the year it didn’t do what drs often does & drive cars clean past, it wasn’t a guaranteed thing & didn’t make things too easy. it worked like drs probably should & did just enough to assist the chasing driver to get a wheel alongside, leaving him to fight hard to do the rest & complete the overtake. and since the lead driver could use the p2p to defend you saw real fair & even fights, it works so much better than drs does to create real exciting racing rather than just dull passing.

  9. @keithcollantine i remember a few years ago you did the same summary article of rate the race results, but you discounted scores of 10 and 1 in order to remove any ‘fanboyism’ or rage votes. perhaps you could do a quick recalculation of this season?
    i believe there were too many people voting 10 for ‘perfect’ race this during this year when they were far from ‘perfect’. thanks.

  10. Joey Zyla (@)
    4th December 2012, 2:23

    Of the races I saw, I give would have given the following ratings:

    BEL 7
    ITA 10
    SIN 8
    JPN 8
    KOR 7
    UAE 10
    USA 10
    BRA 10

  11. Joey Zyla (@)
    4th December 2012, 2:43

    Why did ANYONE dare vote Monaco 5 or lower?

  12. I think the 2012 season started strongly, but it kind of flat-lined once the teams got on top of the tyres, and it was pretty much brain-dead from Singapore until Abu Dhabi, when it finally came alive again. But I still feel that it was a fairly weak end to the season, simply because Vettel dominated so much of the last part of it, and in the end, the boring races like India proved to be more important to the championship outcome than the exciting ones like Austin. I still feel that Brazil was perhaps a bit too chaotic for its own good, because watching it in review, everything tended to happen at once. The start was frantic, the middle was flat and the end was frantic. I don’t think it’s a good thing when you have to pay more attention to the timing screens in order to understand what is going on than to the actual racing.

  13. fact: Brazilian GP had 147 passing moves, record in F1 history!

  14. A flying start from McLaren in Oz, who then fell away slightly only to return at the end of the season.
    First wins for Rosberg, Maldanado and Kimi (MkII).
    The unpredictability of who Grosjean or Mad Mal will crash into next.
    Fernando cruising nicely until Red Bull got back to Asia.
    A last race that is voted the best of the last five years.
    All the drivers that started the season finishing it too.
    Me actually going to Brazil for the finale.
    Yes. It’s been a pretty decent season.

  15. The half of the 2012 season I saw on the BBC was good, but the best in the last 5 years…..hmmmmmm…

    1. There was something bugging me about the photo above of the cars going through the Senna Esses.
      And it is please please the FIA do something about the side plates? at the end of each front wing.
      The huge wings are bad enough, but the great big bookends is getting to much :-/

      1. Please please the FIA do something about the side plates?

        I believe that in 2014 the FIA are reverting back to the pre-2009 front wings, both for less downforce and possibly also as a secondary reason to prevent so many punctures. I think it’ll be for the better!

  16. i feel the FIA is really working hard to make every gp competitive for all of us. never befrore show by smaller teams..nice job..i think sauber and force india have been the highlights this year apart from the big things. i see that F1 is more realistic now then ever before and that’s the reason we enjoyed so much in 2012.
    apart from that all the new circuits have been designed by this one guy who has made them terrible. so the vintage circuits are the highlights still and will be in the near future.

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