2012 F1 best ever
The 2012 Formula One season was the best ever. That’s a big statement for a sport that started almost 100 years ago – as the European Grand Prix – and delivered many exciting seasons. Think Juan Manual Fangio vs Striling Moss in the 50s, Prost vs Senna in the 80s and 90s, Schumacher vs Häkkinen at the turn of the century and, in 2012, Vettel vs Alonso.
What made the 2012 season different? The field hosted 6 world champions. There were seven different winners in the first seven races – throughout the season there would be eight different winners. The driver and manufacturer championship went down to the last race, Sebastian Vettel scoring enough to beat Fernando Alonso by a mere 3 points to take his third world title.
The 2012 F1 season had more races than any other and each of those 20 races brought its own unique challenges and excitement. In fact, most of the races were more exciting than some entire previous seasons.
Overall track conditions and organization appeared to be better than ever. Even the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, hosted a top class Grand Prix, with music and movie stars et al.
With more experienced drivers than most other seasons the fans were treated with breathtaking overtaking manoeuvres, awesome 200mph wheel-to-wheel sprints and, bar one or two young drivers, truly professional driving. Alonso echoed, “I score this season a 10!”