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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: Full results

It was a close-run thing, but as we've seen Luiz Razia just edge out Davide Valsecchi for the GP2 Driver of the Year 2012. But what were the surprises? And who's missing from the top ten?
That's it, here's your 2012 GP2 Driver of the Year vote results in full, with the final averaged ratings (out of ten) for all 20 drivers:

The top ten (link through to individual reports):
1. Luiz Razia (Arden International) - rated 7.49
2. Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) - rated 7.35
3. James Calado (Lotus GP) - rated 7.16
4. Felipe Nasr (DAMS) - rated 6.50
5. Luca Filippi (Scuderia Coloni) - rated 6.47
6. Esteban Gutiérrez (Lotus GP) - rated 6.47
7. Giedo van der Garde (Caterham Racing) - rated 6.19
8. Tom Dillmann (Rapax) - rated 6.16
9. Max Chilton (Carlin) - rated 6.05
10. Marcus Ericsson (iSport International) - rated 5.99

The rest of the field:
11. Johnny Cecotto Jr. (Barwa Addax) - rated 5.52
12. Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) - rated 5.52
13. Rio Haryanto (Carlin) - rated 5.32
14. Jolyon Palmer (iSport International) - rated 5.02
15. Nathanaël Berthon (Racing Engineering) - rated 4.86
16. Stefano Coletti (Scuderia Coloni/Rapax) - rated 4.68
17. Nigel Melker (Ocean Racing Technology) - rated 4.54
18. Josef Král (Barwa Addax) - rated 4.36
19. Stephane Richelmi (Trident Racing) - rated 4.19
20. Fabio Onidi (Scuderia Coloni) - rated 3.33

Thanks to everyone who voted - we were surprised and delighted to receive so many ballots for the GP2 Driver of the Year, demonstrating just how much interest there really is in the feeder series and the F1 stars of tomorrow.

We've already run through the top ten in some detail, but now you can see that it really was tight at the top with a pretty small margin separating Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi. And look how closely James Calado ran them both in the end, as well!

There's quite a long drop-off in the scores (nearly half a point) between Marcus Ericsson and the first of those drivers to finish outside the top ten. Johnny Cecotto Jr. clearly impressed quite a lot of you, and if only Barwa Addax hadn't been struggling through a difficult season in 2012 we reckon he'd have had an even better chance to shine and show off what he can do. He certainly improved considerably on his previous two seasons in the feeder series, and came with two race wins (Monaco and Hockenheim) along the way.

Cecotto actually finished the year neck-and-neck with Fabio Leimer, who showed huge promise and some promising bursts of pace at many points during the year but somehow had it all unravel before he could ride it to a single race win in 2012 - the first time in three years of GP2 competition he's finished the year without a victory. But despite some strong moments from Cecotto and Leimer, we can't honestly make a case for either of them to deserve a top-ten spot in the GP2 Driver of the Year standings. In fact, we reckon that Crash.net readers have done an exemplary job in evaluating the relative performances of this year's driver line-up.

Okay, we might quibble just a little over Max Chilton not being a little higher up than ninth. After all, he - along with Esteban Gutiérrez - is confirmed as now being F1-bound, and at the end of the day that's what the feeder series is really all about. Now the question for next season is which of the Class of 2013 will emerge as their heirs to Grand Prix stardom: will it be James Calado, Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson - or someone we haven't even heard about yet?

Time will tell, as it always does.



Related Pictures

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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.)
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 with his team 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 winning the 2012 GP2 Series championship after the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore. (World Copyright: Alastair staley/GP2 Media Service)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his victory in the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore on the podium with Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his victory on the podium. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the race. Round 6. Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain. June 23 2012 (Photo: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
Nelson Mason (CAN, Hilmer Motorsport) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Wednesday, April 16 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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JJJ - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 6:46 PM

Seems about right to me in general. I think Nasr is up there pretty high considering he was teammates with Valsecchi. I know he's a rookie and all and he did a lot better than the Norwegian guy next to Grosjean in 2011 at DAMS, but he didn't impress me that much to be honest. I also might have put Valsecchi P1 as I didn't think there was anything to choose between Valsecchi and Razia but Valsecchi did take down the championship. Finally (dutch bias) I think Giedo deserves a better grade but I can't argue too much with the names in front of him on this list (except Nasr). As for GP2 I like to catch the races if I can, sadly it's not live on TV here so I have to catch a stream. I do think it's the best feeder category, eventhough WSBR was good this year too. I wish the F1 teams would let all of their prospects prove themselves in GP2 first but apparently some think they're smarter than that and put drivers in F1 after F3/WSBR with mostly questionnable results (from the current drivers o



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