Driver of the Year: Sebastian Vettel
A deserved world champion, had a few errors and failures along the way but pulled it out of the bag in the end to win cleanly and fairly.
Car of the Year: Red Bull RB6
Though the drivers tried to hide it at times, this was the best car all season. Fifteen pole positions and nine wins is testament to that.
Team of the Year: Ferrari
A difficult season last year, with a driver badly injured and poor pace, but they quickly came together and made a huge step forward. Third in the championship was all they could manage with what was the third-best car for most of the year.
Best Race: Australia
A wet/dry race where the reigning world champion showed his class to spring one from seemingly nowhere. Good racing throughout and a great way to start the season properly after the false-start in Bahrain.
Surprise of the Year: Renault
Widely tipped to disappoint after a poor 2009 and a tumultuous close-season, Renault built a great car and established themselves as “best of the midfield runners” until Mercedes were relegated to that group in mid-season.
Disappointment of the Year: Adrian Sutil
Was supposed to finally be his breakthrough year. Usually had the measure of Liuzzi but his pace was never really matched with consistency or common sense. On the strength of this year’s performances it’s Force India or bust for Adrian in 2011.
Most Forgettable Team: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Too fast to be lapped very often but too slow to be of much interest to the TV cameras, STR were very anonymous for much of the year, except when their drivers were attempting to run other people off the road.
Most Forgettable Driver: Jarno Trulli
Usually qualified well but his Lotus would frequently shake itself to bits early in the race, leaving Jarno conspicuously absent from our screens most of the time.
Inexplicable Accident of the Year: Sebastian Vettel punting Jenson Button off the road at Spa
Seriously weird fishtailing by Vettel resulted in him spearing the reigning world champion when attempting a seemingly routine overtaking move.
Explicable Accident of the Year: Sebastien Buemi harpooning Timo Glock in Korea
Explicable by the fact that Buemi’s a careless oaf.
Rookie of the Year: Michael Schumacher
A good year for this driver, with a couple of fourth places the highlight. Sure, he made a few rookie mistakes, but that’s understandable given his inexperience.