Start, Monza, 2012

The complete F1 Fanatic 2012 season review

2012 F1 season reviewPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Start, Monza, 2012As 2012 comes to an end so does F1 Fanatic’s season review. Catch up on the complete review of 2012 below including all the features, statistics, pictures, quizzes and more.

Team-by-team reviews

A look at how each of the teams performed in 2012.

Red Bull bounce back to claim title hat-trick
Alonso fights to the end in another flawed Ferrari
McLaren?s mistakes cost them championship success
Raikkonen helps Lotus to fourth with comeback win
Mercedes? season goes downhill rapidly after win
All change at Sauber after strong season
One step forward, one step back for Force India
Williams fail to get the most out of winning car
Toro Rosso?s Red Bull rookies prove closely-matched
Midfield target remains an elusive goal for Caterham
No fairytale ending to tough season for Marussia
HRT?s failure is a small but significant loss for F1

Driver Rankings

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011The F1 Fanatic Driver Rankings always provoke considerable debate. I chose Fernando Alonso as my Driver of the Year this season.

2012 F1 Driver Rankings part one: 24-15
2012 F1 Driver Rankings part two: 14-6
2012 F1 Driver Rankings #5: Nico Hulkenberg
2012 F1 Driver Rankings #4: Kimi Raikkonen
2012 F1 Driver Rankings #3: Sebastian Vettel
2012 F1 Driver Rankings #2: Lewis Hamilton
2012 F1 Driver Rankings #1: Fernando Alonso


Two 20-question quizzes to test your recollection of the 2012 season.

Take F1 Fanatic?s 2012 Formula One season quiz
Take the new 2012 F1 season race-by-race quiz


Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 201250 things that made the 2012 F1 season great

My personal favourite moments of the year.

F1 Fanatic?s 50 article highlights of 2012

A selection of the best, most popular and most hotly-debated articles from F1 Fanatic this year – make sure you’ve seen them all.

Who had the fastest car? Performance data analysed

Crunching the performance data from 2012 revealed some interesting details about how competitive the teams were.

2012 in statistics part one: The year in context
2012 in statistics part two: Stats and facts

It seems you all can’t get enough of F1 Fanatic’s Stats and Facts features so here’s two looking at the data from 2012.

The best of the 2012 Caption Competition winners

Your funniest caption suggestions of 2012.

Top ten: Schumacher comeback moments

Michael Schumacher returned to retirement after a three-year comeback. Though it didn’t go accoridng to plan, it wasn’t without some moments to cherish.


Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Marina Bay, 2012The 2012 F1 season in pictures

Over 100 of the best pictures from every round of the 2012 F1 season, plus all of F1 Fanatic?s top ten pictures from each race.

Vettel and Red Bull?s title ??triple double? in pictures

Pictures of the team and driver who’ve been the dominant force over the past three seasons.

Lewis Hamilton?s McLaren career in pictures

After six years racing for McLaren Lewis Hamilton is finally moving on. Here’s a look back on their time together.

Michael Schumacher?s F1 comeback in pictures

Images from Schumacher’s three-year comeback stint at Mercedes.

Three years, zero points: HRT?s short life in pictures

HRT quietly disappeared at the end of the season after three unsuccessful years.

Race reviews

Australian Grand Prix: Button starts season with victory in Melbourne
Malaysian Grand Prix: Alonso holds off Perez for superb win
Chinese Grand Prix: Rosberg races to emphatic first win
Bahrain Grand Prix: Vettel leads home Raikkonen to take first win of 2012
Spanish Grand Prix: Maldonado ends Williams? eight-year wait for a win
Monaco Grand Prix: Webber gives Red Bull third straight Monaco win
Canadian Grand Prix: Hamilton wins as Alonso?s gamble fails
European Grand Prix: Alonso clinches superb win in Valencia
British Grand Prix: Webber beats Alonso to British Grand Prix win
German Grand Prix: Alonso holds off Vettel and Button to win
Hungarian Grand Prix: Hamilton resists Raikkonen for win
Belgian Grand Prix: Button storms to Spa win after first-lap shunt
Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton wins as Perez charges to second
Singapore Grand Prix: Vettel wins as Hamilton drops out
Japanese Grand Prix: Vettel?s Suzuka masterclass as Alonso hits trouble
Korean Grand Prix: Vettel takes championship lead with hat-trick of wins
Indian Grand Prix: Vettel wins but Alonso limits the damage
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Raikkonen wins as Vettel races from pits to podium
United States Grand Prix: Hamilton snatches victory from Vettel in the USA
Brazilian Grand Prix: Button wins intense race as Vettel recovers to seal third championship

The readers’ verdict

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2012Fernando Alonso voted F1 Fanatic Driver of the Year

Good to see F1 Fanatic readers picked the same top driver of 2012 as I did. Also Kimi Raikkonen was named overtaker of the year and won the vote for best pass.

Top ten passes of 2012: Vote for the best

The ten overtaking moves you picked as the best of the year.

Kobayashi?s podium leads fans? top moments of 2012

What F1 Fanatic readers enjoyed most about 2012.

De Villota, Watkins & Bahrain: The low points of 2012

The moments to forget in 2012.

11 different Driver of the Weekend winners in 2012

Full results from all 20 Driver of the Weekend polls.

What F1 Fanatics thought of 2012: The year in polls

F1 Fanatic readers had their say about a lot more in 2012.

Who F1 Fanatic readers supported in 2012

Find out who are the most popular drivers and teams at the moment.

Your 2012 F1 season predictions revisited

How well did we predict the 2012 season? Find out here.

2012 rated the best season of the last five years

Complete Rate the Race results for 2012.

Become an F1 Fanatic supporter

The F1 Fanatic Supporter programme launched during 2012 and I’m very pleased with the response so far.

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