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Brazil 2012 - Rate the race // How does the final race of the 2012 season stack up?

Published by Christine Blachford

You'd be hard pushed to find more entertainment of a weekend, but judging the racing is always a subjective thing, so this is your time to tell us how the Brazilian Grand Prix rates for you.

Rate the Brazillian GP

Rate the Brazillian GP

142 votes

It contained a little bit of everything: rain on and off, safety cars, yellow flags, spins, changes of leader, genuine overtakes, DRS overtakes, broken radios, retirements and championship battles. If you can pick your way through all of that, then decide how you rate this race compared to the rest of the 2012 season.

There were championship battles to watch out for throughout the field, with the title up for grabs, but also the lower positions as well.

Rate the Vettel's recovery drive

133 votes

Sebastian Vettel found himself at the back of the field on the first lap after a spin left him facing the oncoming traffic. He was lucky not to get bashed any further, and the car seemed undamaged, which allowed him to move back through the field. He finished in sixth place, enough to win the title.

Rate the Caterham/Marussia battle

121 votes

We'd thought it was all over for Caterham, as Marussia's twelfth place finish seemed untouchable. Throw in a bit of chaos at Interlagos though, and the crucial tenth place championship position was up for grabs once more. It ebbed and flowed between Kovalainen, Pic and Petrov before going Caterham's way.

Finally, there was a lot going on in the race, and a lot of drivers messing up, or managing to avoid trouble. If you can pick a top job for the afternoon, who do you think made the best of the situation they were in?

Who was your driver of the day in Brazil?

  • Jenson Button

    12%
  • Fernando Alonso

    10%
  • Felipe Massa

    40%
  • Sebastian Vettel

    12%
  • Nico Hülkenberg

    19%
  • Other

    7%

149 votes

Of course, do share your thoughts in the comments, who you have voted for and why. Or remain anonymous and revel in the fun of the swingometers.

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  • I don't want to take anything away from Vettel, he is clearly a great driver and deserving world champion, however, I do think a few things make a mockery of his 2012 title. Firstly, he turned into Bruno Senna, he was in the wrong and took Senna out of the race yet the incident was not investigated (unlike Hulkenburg who incurred a penalty for accidently taking out Hamilton from the race when his car slid from under him). Vettel clearly over took Kobyashi under yellow flags, that was proven on sky sports F1 HD. Yet there was no investigation, certainly no penalty (yet Maldonardo was penalized yesterday for ignoring the stop light in the pit), and thirdly Vettel gained a place when his fellow countryman Michael Schumacher let Vettel through to help him win the championship.

  • Although Petrov made a mistake that cost him 12th place (at the time), he gave to Pic, he was able to recover and get in front of him at the end. Which gave his team a huge difference in terms of championship position and huge pile of cash.

    Hulkenberg's race was great right until he drove into Hamilton.

    Alonso and Vettel was just ok. And Vettel made a mistake that could cost him title. His comeback was good but we expected it to be, didn't we?

    Massa and Button drove good but didn't do anything extraordinary.

    So in terms of result to driver and constructor championships i'd give a DotD title to Petrov. But since i'm Russian, i'm expected to, am i not? 8)

  • To the poster than claimed that Vettel overtook under a yellow flag - please check your facts. The sky sports presenter was mistaken. If you watch the video again, you'll see that the light that governed the section of the track where he overtook was a static yellow light (indicating a red/yellow flag) as opposed to a flashing yellow light (indicating a yellow flag). Actually, its quite shocking that sky sports would produce such sloppy journalism.

  • Actually, its quite shocking that sky sports would produce such sloppy journalism.

    i didn't catch sky's coverage, but the confusion they managed to cause f1 fans is unacceptable.

  • i didn't catch sky's coverage, but the confusion they managed to cause f1 fans is unacceptable.

    Yeah it's obvious in the replays, the yellows are flashing where GRO has crashed, then a Green at the bottom of the hill.

    There was no reason for yellows on the run to the finish line, and the fact that the lights were steady on, i.e. not flashing clearly means something different.

  • Another reason why Sky should stick with what they do well (cricket, etc) and leave F1 to the BBC.

  • JEV and Petrov get my votes for Drivers of the Day.

  • In the long run Petrovs 11th place is probably more important than Vettels 3rd championship. One is a need, the other a want.

  • i didn't catch sky's coverage, but the confusion they managed to cause f1 fans is unacceptable.

    Having seen the clip on the Sky website I will say McNish and others were caught out by the lighting from the onboard camera, it made it look like a yellow light when it was actually a darker orange and static.

    However yes as an FIA steward Allan ought to have known a static light is slippery surface and flashing is yellows, even as confusing as that is.

  • Having seen the clip on the Sky website I will say McNish and others were caught out by the lighting from the onboard camera, it made it look like a yellow light when it was actually a darker orange and static.

    love that sky sports have a story, denying the non-story, that they in fact made up all on their own.

    gmm eat your heart out.

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