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Crash.net's Top 10 F1 stories of the year

2 January 2013

With the curtain having come down on 2012 and the countdown to the start of the 2013 F1 season now well underway, we figured it was a good time to look back at the top ten F1 news stories from the past twelve months here on Crash.net.

The story that got most of your attention was surrounding who earned what during 2012, but Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Maria de Villota were all drivers who got you reading over the past season.

The top ten most read news articles from 2012 can be found below…


1. F1 2012 driver salaries revealed - 3 June
The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, with Fernando Alonso again leading the way, while Sebastian Vettel is down in joint fourth, taking home the same as the likes of his team-mate, Mark Webber, as well as Nico Rosberg and current struggler, Felipe Massa…

2. Full extent of de Villota injuries revealed - 4 July
The latest statement issued by the Marussia F1 team following Maria de Villota's accident in testing at Duxford Airfield does not make for happy reading, revealing the extent of the injuries suffered by the Spanish driver…

3. Hamilton bids final farewell to special team - 23 October
Lewis Hamilton has taken advantage of the brief interlude in F1's hectic run towards Interlagos by returning to say goodbye to behind the scenes members of the team that nurtured him to world championship success…

4. And now the cracks begin to show… - 8 October
Not that it really matters with five races remaining and barely a championship challenge remaining between them, but the first cracks and paranoia in the relationship between McLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button surfaced in the wake of a difficult Japanese Grand Prix for the team…

5. Raikkonen: I'm not stupid - 6 November
Kimi Raikkonen's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was made memorable not just by his first victory since 2009, but also but the withering way he dealt with messages from the pit-wall…

6. Hamilton's Mercedes deal confirmed - 28 September
Lewis Hamilton will drive for Mercedes for the next three years after confirmation that he will switch from McLaren for the 2013 season…

7. Stewards confirm Vettel overtake was legal - 25 November
There will be no investigation or action taken regarding an overtaking move that triple world champion Sebastian Vettel made on Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi on lap nine during the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Brazil in Sao Paulo…

8. Hamilton to Mercedes, Schumacher to quit? - 5 September
Lewis Hamilton could swap one shade of silver for another next season, if rumours emanating from the build-up to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix are to be believed…

9. Vettel title hangs in the balance - 29 November
Sebastian Vettel's place in the annals of F1 history remains uncertain after Ferrari admitted that it was studying footage of an overtaking move that could still – four days after the event – see the German stripped of his third successive world crown…

10. Hamilton stripped of pole position - 12 May
Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of pole position and will have to start from the back of the grid for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, after being found to have been too light on fuel at the end of today's qualifying session…


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