AUTOSPORT's F1 season review 2012

AUTOSPORT's F1 season review 2012

Great races, eight different winners, an incredible title showdown, and off-track politics. Formula 1 had it all in 2012. Mark Hughes looks back

No one has ever really resolved what Formula 1 is at any given moment. Just as the quantum physicist will tell you a particle cannot have both a velocity and location, only a precision of one and an approximation of the other, so F1 is at any given moment approximately a business, entertainment, sport, a political battleground and a technical exercise. What's more, that mix is by nature never static, or fully under control.

Where that combination took F1 to in 2012 was sometimes a baffling place so that we had, after the Spanish Grand Prix, the Red Bull team principal – a racer whose team is a key part of the marketing operation of a soft-drinks business and who employs the sport's best technical brain – saying: "Success in F1 has always been about aerodynamics. But this year that seems to be far less a factor than historically.

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