Coulthard's verdict on F1's 2012 epic

Coulthard's verdict on F1's 2012 epic

AUTOSPORT's grand prix-winning expert columnist gives his verdict on the big stories and greatest achievements of the thrilling 2012 Formula 1 season

This year's Formula 1 World Championship was nothing short of remarkable. That Hollywood ending at Interlagos was the climax of an unpredictable season – a shame then that it was slightly tainted by that yellow-flag controversy a few days after the chequered flag fell.

Sebastian Vettel richly deserved his third successive championship, but Fernando Alonso would also have been a worthy champion if that final race had worked out in his favour. He showed admirable resilience, and has created a special aura as 'Fernando at Ferrari'. Lewis Hamilton was back to his best after his dip in form that we talked so much about in 2011, and Jenson Button showed that fantastic touch of his.

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