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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: 2nd

You voted Davide Valsecchi into 2nd place in Crash.net's GP2 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012:
2. Davide Valsecchi

Birthplace: Erba, Italy
Birthdate: January 24, 1987
Team: DAMS
2012 starts: 24
Poles: 2
Wins: 4
Podiums: 10
Fastest laps: 2
Championship points: 247
Championship position: 1st
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2011 position: 16th

There felt like there was a definite pro-Razia sentiment among Crash.net readers during the season, and so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by the fact that the 2012 GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi is pipped to the post in the Driver of the Year ballot.

In reality it was very hard to separate Valsecchi and Razia, who were team mates last season for the then-new Caterham Team AirAsia. Razia led after the first weekend in Malaysia, but then there was that incredible run for Valsecchi which netted him a hattrick of victories in back-to-back weekends in Bahrain that was to be the backbone of his 2012 championship campaign.

Did Valsecchi start to play it a little too safe and allow Razia the chance to edge closer and closer over the next four events? He lost the lead in the standings at Silverstone and then had to struggle to stay in touch with Razia before finally drawing level at Spa; and then the Italian held his nerve as Razia faltered and was hit by poor luck at Monza which left him too far adrift to counter at the season finale in Singapore.

The final average vote scores between the two were very close. It could have gone either way. And to be honest, either Valsecchi or Razia would have been worthy winners of our Driver of the Year vote this year.

Check back later in the week for the details of the averages each driver scored, and what happened to those drivers outside the top ten.

The complete top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012 results:
1. Luiz Razia
2. Davide Valsecchi
3. James Calado
4. Felipe Nasr
5. Luca Filippi
6. Esteban Gutiérrez
7. Giedo van der Garde
8. Tom Dillmann
9. Max Chilton
10. Marcus Ericsson


Related Pictures

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Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) prepares for a run at Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 23rd March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his pole position during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates after winning the 2012 GP2 Series drivers championship (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates winning the 2012 GP2 Series championship after the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore. (World Copyright: Alastair staley/GP2 Media Service)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the Monza sprint race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Ivan Taranov (RUS, Hilmer Motorsport) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Pit Lane sign at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) & Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) on the second day of pre-season testing at Jerez in Spain on Friday, April 11 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) on the second day of pre-season testing at Jerez in Spain on Friday, April 11 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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