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Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year vote: 1st

You voted Fernando Alonso into 1st place in Crash.net's F1 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2012:
1: Fernando Alonso

Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain
Birthdate: July 29, 1981
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari F2012
2012 starts: 20
Wins: 3
Poles: 2
Podiums: 13
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points: 278
Championship position: 2nd
Crash.net F1 Driver of 2011 position: 3rd

That Fernando Alonso even found himself in with a shot of taking the 2012 F1 world championship title at the final round of the season was something of a miracle, but helped confirm the Spaniard's status as one of the best on the grid.

Ferrari's F2012 was difficult from the start of testing and, save for a couple of races mid-season, always appeared to be trailing McLaren and Red Bull. An unexpected triumph in the wet at Sepang, however, established Alonso's 'samurai' persona as he refused to be cowed either by a poor qualifying position, the conditions or a terrier-like Sergio Perez, who dogged his wheeltracks to the very end.

That victory was joined by others in Valencia, when he again came from deep in the field to head fellow champions Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumcher on the podium, and Germany, but it was Alonso's remarkable knack for grabbing podiums and scoring points that kept him out front of the title race until Suzuka.

A start-line error there, however, allowed Sebastian Vettel to shave 25 points off his 29-point advantage – the gap having been as much as 40 during the summer break - and the writing was on the wall as Red Bull proved the team to beat as F1 traversed Asia for the second time.

Featuring in the top three in seven races around his Japanese DNF underlined Alonso's fighting qualities and it was only the smallest of margins that eventually denied him a third title. Ferrari tactics, roundly condemned by rivals at the time, saw the Spaniard handed a more beneficial grid slot, at the expense of team-mate Felipe Massa, for the USGP in Austin, and a subsequent podium finish ensured the double world champion headed to the Brazilian finale in with a shot of crown number three.

Again, Alonso did all he could, eventually finishing as runner-up to Jenson Button in changeable conditions, but Vettel did what he needed to ensure that the crown remained in his possession by just three points. Given his determination to bring glory back to Maranello, Alonso cannot be discounted next year, but is already urging Ferrari to do all it can, on track and off, to make his job a little easier….

The complete top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012 results:
2. Kimi Raikkonen
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Sebastian Vettel
5. Jenson Button
6. Nico Hulkenberg
7. Mark Webber
8. Sergio Perez
9. Felipe Massa
10. Kamui Kobayashi

Related Pictures

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25.11.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
FIA Formula One World Championship - Fernando Alonso; World Copyright: FIA
25.11.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.11.2012- Race, 2nd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.03.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
24.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
24.06.2012- Race, Mechanics Scuderia Ferrari  celebrate the victory of Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
24.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 race winner
22.07.2012 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
22.07.2012 - Scuderia Ferrari celebrates Fernando Alonso (ESP) win
21.07.2012 - Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.03.2012- Celebration, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 race winner
Toro Rosso unveils new look STR12
Toro Rosso unveils new look STR12
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Red Bull R13, car launch, [Credit: Red Bull]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Sauber F1 Team
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]

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December 31, 2012 9:14 AM

While I am a Vettel fan, I have to applaud Fernando for winning this poll !I agree that it was his best season ever as was declared even by himself. A very gifted driver from whom, I think, there are more to come.

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