Sebastian Vettel dominated the title race and no-one could match his Red Bull team – but it wasn;t the German who featured at the head of the top stories on Crash.net
during the past year.
What follows are the top ten most read F1 stories right here on from the 2011 season.
1. Lewis Hamilton: Maybe it's because I'm black
- 29 May 2011
After a controversial race in Monte Carlo, Lewis Hamilton makes his ill-advised quip about the way he was treated by stewards in the Monaco Grand Prix.
2. Robert Kubica condition: UPDATE
- 6 February 2011
Lotus Renault GP issues an update on the condition of Robert Kubica after his accident during the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy – an accident which would ultimately rule him out of the entire 2011 season.
3. Rumours of Red Bull needle return in Barcelona
- 23 May 2011
Speculation that all may not be well between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at Red Bull is reported following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
4. FIA releases F1 2012 calendar – with 21 grands prix
- 3 June 2011
After fears that 20 races in 2011 were too much, the FIA reveals a 21 date calendar for the 2012 season – although much will change before the year is out.
5. Webber 'not fine' with 'don't race' order
- 11 July 2011
Mark Webber is asked to hold position behind Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone – and isn't overly impressed by the fact.
6. Hamilton could yet face FIA wrath
- 30 May 2011
Although he apologies to stewards for his outburst in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton finds himself faced with the possibility of disciplinary action from the FIA
7. McLaren forgive Hamilton for post-Malaysia outburst
- 12 April 2011
Lewis Hamilton's outburst at McLaren for what he felt was poor strategy in Malaysia is forgiven by his team – the Brit in the headlines for the wrong reasons early in the year
8. Questions raised over Kubica future
- 16 September 2011
Reports in the German media cast doubt over Robert Kubica's future with the Renault team – which ultimately prove to be correct when it is confirmed that he won't be back in 2012
9. Lewis Hamilton names his three biggest F1 rivals
- 2 June 2011
Lewis Hamilton names his three biggest rivals in F1 as Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.
10. Raikkonen sets tongues wagging with F1 visit
- 19 September 2011
Kimi Raikkonen pays a visit to Williams as rumours of an F1 return continue, although he will ultimately sign with a rival for his 2012 comeback