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Japan 2012 - Sebastian's Suzuka surprise gives Red Bull the edge

Red Bull make significant strides as Ferrari begin to falter

Sidepodcast: Japan 2012 - Sebastian's Suzuka surprise gives Red Bull the edge

by Christine

The race weekend in Suzuka promised a lot - the championship is looking ever closer, the Red Bull looked fast enough to provide a decent battle, and there were enough drivers out of order to offer potential for action. Unfortunately, Sunday wasn’t the spectacle we may have been hoping for but it certainly provided some interest and/or upset for the teams involved.

Singapore 2012 - Red Bull benefit from McLaren's Marina Bay misfortune

Sebastian Vettel inherits victory, whilst there are changes afoot for the new teams

Sidepodcast: Singapore 2012 - Red Bull benefit from McLaren's Marina Bay misfortune

by Christine

The Singapore Grand Prix went on for so long that it had to be cut two laps short, else cross the two hour time limit. It wasn’t a case of non-stop action throughout the entire 120 minutes, but there were certainly some unmissable moments, and plenty to ponder as we wait for the next race to creep up on us. Where McLaren lost out, Red Bull picked up the pieces, but it was Alonso that was the real winner once again.

Italy 2012 - McLaren prevail around the mighty Monza

Sauber stun all, while Red Bull falter and Ferrari struggle at home

Sidepodcast: Italy 2012 - McLaren prevail around the mighty Monza

by Christine

Intense back to back race weekends can be exciting enough but when the first event is at Spa and the second at Monza, you know you’re onto a good thing. This past weekend saw drivers take on the challenge of the high speeds and low downforce of the Monza circuit, with the history overshadowing them and the Tifosi cheering them (well, a few of them) on. McLaren dominated the weekend, but it’s a surprise to see who fell behind HRT in the finishing order.

Hungary 2012 - Mixed fortunes for McLaren as they tame Hungaroring

Lewis Hamilton won in Hungary, but the team still have work to do

Sidepodcast: Hungary 2012 - Mixed fortunes for McLaren as they tame Hungaroring

by Christine

The racing at Hungary this year was both disappointing in terms of overtaking numbers, but also because we have seen so many great races this year that a mediocre one seems that much worse. Nevertheless, it was a strong performance from the race winner, and throughout the field there are some important lessons to be learned from all the teams involved.

Britain 2012 - Red Bull succeed at surprisingly sunny Silverstone

Red Bull and Ferrari show great pace, whilst McLaren continue to struggle

Sidepodcast: Britain 2012 - Red Bull succeed at surprisingly sunny Silverstone

by Christine

Silverstone threatened rain and delivered on the first and second days, but once the Grand Prix began, the sun came out. It was a weekend of small surprises, culminating in an impressive victory for Mark Webber. He and Fernando Alonso are now the only two drivers with more than one win this season, and they were the pair fighting for the lead of the race. There was more to the British Grand Prix than just P1, however we have to start somewhere.

Europe 2012 - Vintage victory for Ferrari in Valencia

Fernando Alonso wins the European GP in front of a home crowd

Sidepodcast: Europe 2012 - Vintage victory for Ferrari in Valencia

by Christine

We’ve long since stopped making any serious predictions for F1 this year, but we all agreed that Valencia wasn’t going to be a classic race. How wrong we were. Most agree it’s the best race we’ve ever seen round the dockland street circuit. Some have even said it’s the best race of the year so far. Fernando Alonso would probably fall into that camp, taking victory in front of his home crowds, and becoming the first driver of 2012 to secure two wins.

Canada 2012 - McLaren master Montreal madness

Lewis Hamilton secures his first win of the year in a mixed McLaren showing

Sidepodcast: Canada 2012 - McLaren master Montreal madness

by Christine

The Canadian Grand Prix was slow to start off, but as the laps disappeared, so the action began to hot up. The potential for a change in the lead was on right up until the end of the race, with a mix of strategies being the key to the victory. Lewis Hamilton became the seventh winner of the season, and with just seven races complete, the championship is as close as it possibly good be.

Bahrain 2012 - Red Bull return to race winning form

Vettel's victory leads a race of mixed results for teams

Sidepodcast: Bahrain 2012 - Red Bull return to race winning form

by Christine

Regardless of the furore surrounding the Bahrain Grand Prix, I don't think anyone was expecting too much from the race itself. Traditionally, the BIC hasn't delivered when it comes to on-track action, but this year things were a lot better. I did find the latter stages of the race quite dull but up to, and including, Kimi's attempt on taking Vettel for the lead, things were very exciting. Here's my thoughts on each team's performance in Bahrain.

China 2012 - Mercedes master Chinese challenge

The teams found low temperatures at Shanghai a trial

Sidepodcast: China 2012 - Mercedes master Chinese challenge

by Christine

There was some madcap racing in China this weekend, as a close field fought for points until the very end of the race. It was Nico Rosberg's day, though, taking victory for Mercedes in their first win since their comeback in 2010. Teams were really put through their paces in Shanghai, as tyre degredation was high and strategies were absolutely crucial. There was just the one retirement from the race, the other Mercedes of Michael Schumacher. A race of attrition it was not, but that made it all the more fascinating.

Malaysia 2012 - Sauber sparkle under darkened Sepang skies

Ferrari finish ahead as HRT qualify for their first race of the year

Sidepodcast: Malaysia 2012 - Sauber sparkle under darkened Sepang skies

by Christine

An extended race in Malaysia saw Fernando Alonso victorious, but Sauber were the real winners after showing some fighting spirit to take second place. Despite an hour's delay after eight laps due to the poor conditions, the racing action continued as it had begun - frantic, mixed up, and fascinating. Just one team managed to get both their drivers into the top ten, whilst it was a weekend of both fortune and failure for McLaren, Mercedes and Williams.

Australia 2012 - McLaren master Melbourne in dramatic season opener

The first race of the new season provides intrigue from start to finish

Sidepodcast: Australia 2012 - McLaren master Melbourne in dramatic season opener

by Christine

Albert Park is renowned for delivering a fascinating, if chaotic race. The start of the season, with new drivers and new machinery, makes for some interesting action, and it was down to our twelve intrepid teams to make the best of what they had. Jenson Button made an early bid for the lead and kept it throughout the race, whilst HRT didn't even make it as far as Sunday. Some surprises were in store, particularly the pace of the Red Bull and the performance of the Mercedes duo, but ultimately, it was a weekend for McLaren to prove that you don't have to have an ugly car to win.