The Season Review
Well it’s been twenty long races and we have seen the most epic battles for a very long time, with duels between drivers and cars that in the past would have never even been in the same lap, let alone fighting for the same front row positions.
Then Vettel had to go ahead and ruin everything.
Now it would be easy just to say he doesn’t deserve it, that Adrian Newey is responsible for the last three seasons of success but what would be the point. People will remember what they want to remember.
And luckily, disregarding the overall result, the 2012 season of Formula One was epic; every single race had something that made you sit on edge of your seat in suspense cringing at what might happen next, except Buddh that was boring.
Top three races of the year would have to be Valencia, Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo. Two of which are typically very boring, this year they flipped the table and we saw what made the sport great.
The new rules have worked and the new tires haven’t. Which is what made things so good and so unpredictable. Hopefully next season they are just as bad and we get to see more flat out racing.
A few downsides: Vettel winning the championship, mechanical issues which forced Hamilton out of the championship and if not for a certain French “rookie” I’m certain Alonso would have won this year.
Disappointments were Massa who only seems to do well in Brazil and Button for being nowhere near the top despite having the same car as a race winner. Webber being alienated by his team without them admitting it, Schumacher did himself no favors by crashing into everyone. Maldonado still looks like a murderer. And whatever reasons no one is resigning Kobayashi for next season.
Things to look forward to next season, Alonso will be back in hopefully a terrible Ferrari, Kimi is back with Lotus, Button will be the number one to his newly thrown in Perez number two – time to prove his worth. And Vettel… there is nothing to look forward to from that part pit lane; perhaps Christian Horner will get a decent haircut.
The biggest thing to look forward to next season is Hamilton’s move to Mercedes, on the track he will be fine and using 2012s Korea as a prime example, it should be awesome to watch. His challenge though is off the track where Hamilton has one season to get used to his new surroundings, establish a pecking order and embrace leading the team as a whole if he wants to win in 2014.