The outcome of the 2012 F1 season may not have been a new one, but the year as a whole was a mixture of the unexpected and unpredictable, with eight different winners - seven in the first seven races - and a title fight that saw contenders gradually wittled away ahead of a nail-biting showdown in the Sao Paulo rain.
In the end, Sebastian Vettel
did just enough to complete a hat-trick of world championship crowns, becoming the youngest three-time titleist as he saw off the challenge of Fernando Alonso, who transcended the potential of a difficult Ferrari
to take the battle to the wire.
Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button
and Mark Webber
all took their expected share of the wins, but were joined by both Kimi Raikkonen, on his return to F1 after two years in the rallying wilderness, Nico Rosberg, taking the first modern era win for Mercedes, and Pastor Maldonado, who returned Williams
to the top step for the first time since 2004.... shortly before the team;s pit garage went up in flames!
Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean, Kamui Kobayashi
and a certain Michael Schumacher all appeared on the podium during the season, while the supporting cast all played a part in the annual travelling show.
But who impressed you the most?
We'd like to know, so VOTE NOW and give us your verdict on the F1 class of 2012, by giving each one a score from one (poor) to ten (excellent), depending upon how impressed you were with their performances.
We've included every driver who made a race start in 2012 - so apologies if you wanted to grade the likes of Ma Qing Hua, Dani Clos, Valtteri Bottas or Giedo van der Garde - and listed them in championship order with a brief resume of their season to help you along.
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