Right forum members, the results are in. Time to present the Forumula1.com Awards for 2012!F1 Rookie of the Year 2012 - CHARLES PIC
With 40% of the overall vote, the young (and very attractive ^^^) Frenchman takes the Rookie of the Year
honours. When Pic signed for the back-of-the-grid Marussia team, the task lying ahead of him was momentous - to impress in a car which gives you very little opportunity to stand out. In years previously, young hopefuls such as Lucas Di Grassi and Jerome D'Ambrosio failed to make an impact, and duly fell from the radar. With the highly regarded Timo Glock continuing in the other car, Pic's job was none too easy.
But impress he did, and more importantly, he impressed all the right people. The Caterham team welcome him to their clan for 2013, and last month, they said the following; "Throughout the 2012 season we have been monitoring the progress that Charles has made, challenging us on several occasions in qualifying, and it is clear that he is a special talent. As the year has progressed he has performed extremely well against a very experienced team-mate and we are looking forward to seeing him develop further within the environment we will provide in 2013 and beyond."
Charles Pic's finest performance came as the curtain dropped on the season, at Interlagos. He dragged his Marussia to a very respectable 12th place, finishing ahead of the likes of Ricciardo, Rosberg and Kovalainen.Selected forum member's comment: I think everyone underestimated Pic but he did quite well i thought, and fully deserves to stay in F1 for another season. And save for Raikkonen, has the most proven team mate of any driver on that list, and he stacked up pretty well against Glock. (Scotty)F1 Racing driver of the Year 2012 - FERNANDO ALONSO
With a highly respectable 52% of the community vote, Fernando Alonso is Forumula1.com's Racing Driver of the year 2012
. Lewis Hamilton came 2nd (22%) and Sebastian Vettel 3rd (17%).
Once again, the double world champion was given a car which was quite simply not good enough to maintain what would normally be a staunch and consistent fight for the WDC. The Ferrari was woefully off the pace in testing, and all fears were confirmed in Melbourne. So, to bring the car home to win in Sepang was a shock to everybody, even Ferrari themselves.
This would prove to be a major story of the season. While Felipe Massa, for the most part, had a dreadful campaign, Fernando Alonso would continue to pick up valuable points, often coming on strong in race set-up. Two more wins followed, but a better car would've been required to maintain a more consistent title challenge. Highlighting the mastery of Alonso's work this year was the fact that he would no doubt have been champion had he not been caught up in the first lap carnage at La Source, and also been involved the first corner mayhem in Suzuka.
Alonso will be hoping that Ferrari's fortunes begin to change in the next couple of years, especially after signing an incredibly long contract with the Scuderia. Until now, it's been a case of the Spaniard making the most of a less than ideal situation. Things must change, or he won't be happy.Selected forum member's comment: It has to be Fernando Alonso; to finish only three points behind Vettel after 20 races in a car which was nowhere near the fastest is incredibly impressive! (myownalias)