F1 » Vote for your 2012 F1 Driver of the Year

The title race went to the wire, with two of the sport's biggest names vying for the crown, but F1 2012 was more than that, with eight different winners and some unexpected names in unfamiliar places. But who deserves the title of driver of the year?

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Conster - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 10:10 PM

I gave Schumacher top marks as at the age of 40 he is still setting the fastest time in a Monaco and was driving that terrible Mercedes to the extreme. He may have finished 13th but that was down to mechanical problems also he accepted his mistakes unlike others who blaimed the driver they crashed into.

80s Fan - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 10:26 PM

It depends what you mean by "impressive". Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton were the most consistent quality performers. Kimi impressed for someone who had been away, but was not on the same level. Button had some fabulous drives, but also some really, really bad races. Massa made the best "back from the dead" recovery. Hulk was the best of the non-winners followed by Perez. Maldonado and 'Sideshow Bob'were quicker than expected, but way too accident prone. Webber underperformed after a solid start. The rest were too mixed to draw any serious conclusions.

LOL - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 12:18 AM

Kimi will always be high up on these lists because people become infatuated with the legend of the 'Iceman'. A bit like Apple, people blindly follow him and think he is the second coming of Jesus (or Fangio).
Sure, he finished above two Maccas and a Red Bull, but can you honestly say he drove better than Hamilton? He has been very lucky to not retire at all this year and have hardly any mechanical problems (or at least no-wher e near the severity of others).


December 09, 2012 12:31 AM

I'm a Vettel fan, but Alonso should get the top honors of being 2012 driver of the year and simpily because he really fought a good fight right down to the end while never giving up. If anything he definitely demonstrated that he was a competitive sportsman.

Sergio Perez however gets the runner up nod simpily for showing that he had some future potential.

Luke - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 12:39 AM

10 - Alonso, Hamilton
9 - Vettel, Raikkonen
8 - Hulkenberg, Perez, Kobayashi, Button
7 - Grosjean, Ricciardo, Di Resta, Maldonado, Kovalienen
6 - Glock, Pic, Webber, Senna, Petrov, Massa
5 - Vergne, De la rosa
4 -
3 -
2 -
1 - Kartheikayen

sodesu - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 12:53 AM

The more I think about it, the more impressed I am with Kimi TBH. He'd actually gone to the point where you sort of had to start questioning whether he was actually that good to begin with. He was up against the likes of Heidfeld, Montoya and Massa who have all been proper humiliated since, and his adventures in WRC and NASCAR have not been terrible but not that good either. To then come back from that and win a race in a proper privateer team, that is pretty damn cool. He just has to be a natural and that is all.

US_F1_Fan - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 5:39 AM

Because he fought the good fight, never gave up and in the beginning of the year had a car that was not really ready-

The right man man got the crown, but Alonso was very impressive indeed this year.

Many others deserve a lot of credit- Hamilton and Massa for being back on form finally, Raikonnen for doing so well after being gone and more.

Rest up, guys- don't let Vettel make it four!

Ptolomy - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 6:00 AM

This last post is the type of brainwashed response I was talking about. "Fernado had a car that wasn't ready at the beginning of the season."
Well then, how did he WIN the 2nd race out of the box? Fernando proved right from the git-go that his Ferrari could fight right at the front in EVERY race this season. But we have still been told by some that it was simply him "fighting like a lion" that enabled him to STAY WAY OUT IN FRONT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP in the middle of the season.
NO. It was that fact that he is and excellent driver in a very good car.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Hamilton and Button had the best prepared car at the beginning of the season, continued with a top car, and yet somehow squandered it all and were shut out of the championship with severeal races to go.

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