Which race has been best so far in F1 2012?


F1 teams are now starting to prepare for the next round of the season at Spa, as the sport heads towards the end of the summer break.

Prior to the Belgian Grand Prix however, we want to know which race you feel has been the best so far in 2012 - and we've given you a little reminder of what happened in each to help you make your decision...

Australia:
The season starts with victory for Jenson Button in Melbourne, with the McLaren man dominating the race to open his season in style. What should have been a 1-2 for the team became a 1-3 when Sebastian Vettel made the most of a safety car period to get ahead of Lewis Hamilton to secure second with Hamilton third and Mark Webber fourth. Fernando Alonso takes fifth after Pastor Maldonado crashes out while pressurising the Ferrari man on the final lap.

Malaysia:
Alonso takes a surprise win in a rain-affected race, which was halted early on due to the poor conditions. On a drying circuit after the restart, Alonso sees off the challenge of Sergio Perez to take victory with the Sauber man left to rue a late error while chasing down the Spaniard. Hamilton completes the podium from Webber, Kimi Raikkonen and Bruno Senna. Neither Vettel, who suffers a late puncture, nor Button score points.

China
From pole, Nico Rosberg wins for Mercedes to become the first new F1 winner since Webber in 2009; the German coming home more than 20secs clear of Button and Hamilton as the McLaren duo fill the remaining podium places. Webber and Vettel take fourth and fifth with Romain Grosjean sixth. His team-mate Raikkonen loses out when he tyres go off badly in the final stint.

Bahrain:
Vettel takes his first win of the year in Bahrain to hit the championship lead but only after a strong challenge from Raikkonen's Lotus. A strong race for the Enstone team sees Grosjean third from Webber, with Rosberg fifth despite some questionable defensive moves on Hamilton and Alonso during the race.

Spain:
A shock result in Spain sees Maldonado take his maiden win for Williams, beating home hero Alonso at Catalunya. Alonso leads early on but Maldonado jumps ahead in the second stops and stays out front to the finish with Alonso holding on to take second from a charging Raikkonen in third. Hamilton trails in eighth having been stripped of pole.

Monaco:
The run of winners continues with Webber taking victory in Monaco – heading a train of cars to the finish with the top three covered by less than a second. Rosberg and Alonso complete the podium with a light rain shower not strong enough to prevent the Australian from winning again in the Principality.

Canada:
Hamilton makes a two-stop strategy work to perfection to take his first win of the season, hunting down a one-stopping Alonso to take victory in Montreal. Grosjean and Perez complete the podium having also got ahead of the Ferrari man who stays out on track but can only finish fifth with his tyres shot at the finish.

Europe:
Alonso becomes the first double winner of the year in Valencia, storming through from eleventh on the grid to clinch a dramatic victory. Vettel dominates early on before alternator failure puts him out, with Alonso taking advantage to win from Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher – who takes a podium when Hamilton is knocked out of the place by Maldonado on the penultimate lap.

Britain:
On a weekend overshadowed by the British weather, Webber trims Alonso's points lead with victory at Silverstone – chasing down the Spaniard and securing victory with a pass just four laps from the end. Vettel completes the podium ahead of Felipe Massa but it's a hard race for the home drivers, with Hamilton the best Brit in eighth.

Germany:
Win number three for Alonso who leads throughout but can never relax with Vettel and Button keeping honest – but ultimately holding each up in the closing stages. Vettel however then gets a penalty for overtaking Button by going off track, putting Button up to second and Raikkonen onto the podium. Kamui Kobayashi secures a best ever fourth while Webber is down in eighth.

Hungary:
Hamilton takes his second win of the year having qualified on pole, although he doesn't have it all his own way with Lotus pair Raikkonen and Grosjean keeping him honest. Vettel takes fourth after a three-stop strategy fails while fifth for Alonso means he extends his championship lead over Webber, who can only trail in eighth.


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