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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: 1st

You voted Luiz Razia into 1st place in Crash.net's GP2 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012:
1. Luiz Razia

Birthplace: Barreiras, Brazil
Birthdate: April 4, 1989
Team: Arden International
2012 starts: 24
Poles: 0
Wins: 4
Podiums: 9
Fastest laps: 1
Championship points: 222
Championship position: 2nd
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2011 position: 10th

He might have lost out on the 2012 GP2 championship, but at least Luiz Razia can take surely huge comfort in claiming victory over his season-long rival Davide Valsecchi in the prestigious Crash.net Driver of the Year vote!

It did seem to us that Razia had the slightly stronger season overall, right through to almost the very end. There were only two moments that swung the title away from Razia: the first was Valsecchi's sparkling hattrick of wins at Bahrain early in the season which put Razia briefly on the back foot, and the second was Razia's failure to score any points at Monza in the crucial penultimate weekend after clashing with Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer in the feature race. That left him with too much work to do at Singapore, forcing him to settle for the runners-up spot in the championship.

Outside those two occasions, it was Razia who was the more dominant driver all season, and that quite rightly impressed Crash.net voters when they were making their decisions. Perhaps a little sympathy went into your selection as well, for surely Razia deserves some commiseration prize for coming so close to the title and missing out by so little.

Whatever the reason, you've made Luiz Razia the 2012 Crash.net GP2 Driver of the Year. And for what it's worth, we reckon you've made a fine choice!

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 GutiƩrrez
7. Giedo van der Garde
8. Tom Dillmann
9. Max Chilton
10. Marcus Ericsson


Related Pictures

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Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) ahead of the Singapore title decider (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Hungary sprint race with Nathanael Berthon ( FRA, Racing Engineering) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory on the podium after the British sprint race at Silverstone on July 8, 2012. (Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Media Service.)
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) leads Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) in the British sprint race at Silverstone on July 8, 2012. (Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Media Service.)
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory as he crosses the line at the end of the Valencia sprint race. Spain, June 24 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory on the podium after the feature race at Sepang, Malaysia in March 2012. [World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium with Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win in Parc Fermeat Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium with Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) and Alex Fontana, (SUI, ART Grand Prix) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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Nico - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 9:38 AM

Dylan Oh, my gooood! "Razia is undoubtly one of the best drivers ever in the GP2 era right there with Lewis Piquet Jr. and Rosberg. " you are absolutely wrong! one of the best driver??? ohh Razia: 2009-2009 GP2 Asia: finish 13th!! 2009 GP2: 19th!!! 2009-2010 GP2 Asia: 26th!!! 2010 GP2: 11th! 2011 GP2: 12th!!! 2011 GP2 Asia: 25th! 2012 GP2: 2nd oh my good, Chilton mediocore? this year was Razia's fourth!!! year in GP2 and finally he finished 2nd, congratulation! and ok, in this year he was suprising good, and hope he will get a F1 seat, but he was one of the best?? pfff you or some guys said: Gutierrez disappointing and get undeserved F1 seat...really? he did much better in 2 years!!!!! in GP2 than Razia in 4 years! its very interesting... Chilton or van der Garde or Ericsson are at least as good as Razia, indeed...

josh - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 8:46 AM

When you see a medioc re Chilton the 9th best driver securing a seat and neither the top 2 securing an f1 seat and the likes of kobayashi and kova leftout I seriously start to question my motivation to watch F1.



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