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20 images from the 2012 season

Posted in F1 with tags , , , , on December 19, 2012 by James O'Connor

Instead of writing a long review of the season which would bore people after reading about 26,467 before this(if you haven’t,try any big F1 site),I will put up an image for each race with a tiny bit of writing only.

20 images for 20 races,one for each grand prix.

The photos will be only from on the track or podium pictures in 2012. None of the off track controversy.

Australia

In a mostly dull race,Button took a dominant win.

The photo chosen though is the dramatic moment on the final lap when Maldonado crashes out of 6th place chasing Alonso.

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Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez drove incredible races to finish 1st and 2nd. Perez could have won if it wasn’t for this mistake he made a few laps from the end.

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China

Nico Rosberg took a dominant victory,the first in his career. Kimi Raikkonen who was running 2nd with a few laps to go,hit the ”cliff” and dropped to 14th. The picture shows him heading for the tyre marbles after Vettel overtook him.

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Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel takes the win,his first of the year,after Kimi Raikkonen fails to take the one chance he got as you can see in this photo.

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Spain

Maldonado stuns the F1 world after storming to victory in Spain,beating home hero Fernando Alonso. Williams’ first win since Brazil 2004.

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Monaco

A very dull grand prix won by Mark Webber. The only dramatic moment was when Grosjean,Schumacher and Alonso had contact. Grosjean would retire.

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Canada

In a dramatic race,Lewis Hamilton won,while Romain Grosjean scored his first ever formula one podium with a second place finish.

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Valencia 

After the SC,a breathtaking race with Alonso winning from 11th on the grid after Vettel’s alternator failed on him.

Raikkonen and Schumacher(his first and only podium after his return)completed the podium.

It was the first time since the 05 French GP that the three of them were on the podium together.

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Great Britain

After an intriguing grand prix,Webber took the win with a late race overtake on Alonso. Webber would not win again in 2012.

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Germany

German grand prix was a cracking race with some fantastic battles. Alonso won the race. The photo here is Vettel illegally overtaking Button,which meant he dropped from 2nd to 5th and lose more ground in the championship.

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Hungary

Kimi Raikkonen’s charge from 5th to 2nd made this race a tiny bit exciting.

In the photo Kimi fends off Grosjean after coming out of the pits. Lewis Hamilton won the race.

Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.

Belgium

The scariest moment of the season. After not giving Lewis Hamilton enough space,Lewis touched Romain,Romain Grosjean took off,and was was not far away from hitting Alonso’s head. Grosjean received a race ban. Button comfortably won.

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Italy

Hamilton took a dominant win at Monza.Sergio Perez drove a magnificent race to finish 2nd from 13th on the grid.

Vettel got a controversial penalty after an incident with Alonso as you can see in the picture.

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Singapore

Lewis Hamilton was heading for a certain victory until his car broke down again. Vettel took the victory after almost getting clouted into from behind from Button during the SC period.

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Japan

Alonso’s lost himself the championship ultimately in this race. He squeezed Kimi Raikkonen heading into turn 1 which resulted in contact and gave Alonso a puncture. His engine cut out,game over. Vettel won again.

The photo I chose though is the Japanese fans who were amazing after Kobayashi finished on the podium. The best in the world.

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Korea

In a rather dull grand prix,Nico Hulkenberg’s brilliant double overtake on Grosjean and Hamilton was easily the highlight of the race(sadly no picture). Sebastian Vettel won the race to make it three in a row,which meant he took the championship lead.

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India

Vettel took a fourth successive win. Fernando Alonso finished 2nd after a great drive. The photo is the breathtaking battle between Button,Hamilton and Alonso on Lap 1.

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Abu Dhabi

After a dramatic weekend where Vettel started at the back and came home 3rd,Kimi Raikkonen secured his first win since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix with a storming drive.

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USA

An amazing first race in Austin with Vettel and Hamilton the class of the field. Hamilton took the win after Karthikeyan held Vettel up in S1,using DRS to overtake the double world champion.

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Brazil

Vettel took home a third successive championship after a dramatic finale in Brazil. His friend and mentor when he was a kid,Michael Schumacher,let him through to give him two extra points which gave the title by 3 points. If you believe in fate,then that was fate.Button won the race.

Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany congratulates compatriot Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

 

Image © Zimbio,Getty Images,Sutton Images,BBC

 

Alonso wins a thrilling British Grand Prix

Posted in F1 with tags , , on July 11, 2011 by James O'Connor

Spaniard Fernando Alonso took a wonderful victory at the British Grand Prix but despite this reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel  extended his championship lead.

Heavy showers beforehand made for difficult conditions at the beginning of the race,half the track wet,the other half bone dry,everyone went for inters.A brilliant start by Vettel saw him take the lead from poleman Webber by the first corner,with Alonso in 3rd place.Heikki Kovalainen in the Lotus retired soon after the race began.

Button,had passed Massa at the start but Felipe attacked Button on the second lap at Village and overtook him to get back into 4th place.Hamilton who had started in 10th,passed Rosberg,Maldonado,Kobayashi and Di Resta early on in the race to moved up into 6th place and on Lap 5 he passed teammate Button,who was quite slow.

Michael Schumacher,who made yet another great start,jumping up from 13th to 9th was involved in a collision with Kobayashi after the rear of the car stepped out on him,Kobayashi was spun round,Michael lost his first wing,Michael would then pit for dry tyres and immediately starting setting fastest laps before he was given a penalty(harshly in my opinion) for the contact with Kamui,(Kamui would retire later due to an engine problem) and after the penalty Michael was down in 17th.

After everyone made pitstops for dry tyres Vettel led from Webber,Alonso,Hamilton and Button.

Soon though Hamilton was right behind Alonso and bravely went up the inside at Copse on a wet line to take 3rd place in the grand prix.However Alonso quickly then caught Hamilton,setting fastest laps and passed Lewis down the wellington straight thanks to the DRS on Lap 26.He then set after the Red Bulls and was going faster than Vettel and comfortably faster than Webber.

However disaster then for Red Bull,Hamilton jumped Webber in the pitstops due to fresher tyres,Vettel had a shocking stop,a problem with the rear jack meant he lost the lead to Alonso and Hamilton took 2nd place but came out in front of teammate Webber.

Alonso then started cruising away,going 1 second to 2 seconds faster a lap compared to Lewis in 2nd place who was brilliantly defending against Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso soon built up a lead of over 10 seconds.Vettel pitted from third earlier than he would have liked due to been stuck behind Lewis,Mclaren brought Lewis in a lap later but Vettel did a great outlap and jumped Lewis to take 2nd place.Disaster would strike for Jenson Button at this final pitstop,his front right wheel was not put on properly so was forced to retire right at the exit of the pitlane meaning his dismal record at his home race continued.

So heading into the final stint Alonso led,Vettel 2nd,Hamilton 3rd,Webber 4th and Massa 5th,soon though Hamilton was told too save fuel which meant Webber breezed by in the DRS zone and set off after his teammate.

While Alonso cruised to victory,epic battles were going for 2nd and 3rd and also for 4th and 5th.Webber attacked Vettel hard on the last 2 laps but just could not find a way past despite Horner coming on the radio telling Webber to hold position,Webber said he ignored the order after the race.Meanwhile Massa and Hamilton had a fabulous dual,Massa passed Hamilton round the outside at vale but after a bit of contact Lewis got better drive out of club and held onto his 4th place.

Alonso won very easily from Vettel,Webber,Hamilton,Massa,Rosberg,Perez,who drove an excellent race,Heidfeld,Schumacher,who brilliantly came back through the field and Alguersuari,who also had a good race completed the points scorers.

Images from http://www.zimbio.com

Driver of the day:Fernando Alonso,a super drive,especially when it turned dry,beautifully pulled away and won the race easily,the new rules were a big help for sure though

Fool of the day:Christian Horner for trying to impose team orders,let them race,fair play to Webber for ignoring them

Race Rating 9/10

Championship standings(Constructors and drivers) http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/standings/default.stm

Ratings for all drivers here:http://www.twitlonger.com/show/blfdlo