Moving to Arden at the start of 2012, Luiz Razia was one of a number of drivers picked out pre-season as a possible title contender. Sure enough, a win in the season opener at Malaysia - with Davide Valsecchi finishing second - established the basic story of this year's championship duel right from the start. Razia arguably had the consistency in the early races, but Valsecchi had that hat-trick at Bahrain which pushed him into a huge early lead. After plugging away for the rest of the season, Razia finally got on top with three more wins and an additional five further podium finishes only for the wheels to come off in the Belgium sprint race and then again at Monza allowing Valsecchi to clinch the title in the finale at Singapore. Even so, an impressive campaign from the Brazilian.