Sebastian Vettel

We had to hand the now three-time champion the Top Dog award on Sunday – read our final entry of 2012 here!

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi may know what he’s doing but in Sao Paulo on Sunday, he didn’t quite know where he was going. The Iceman ended up at a dead end after an off track excursion and tried to rejoin via an access road only to find a closed gate blocking his path. It wasn’t his fault, as he’d done the same in 2001 and the gate had been left open – what a difference 11 years makes.

The Finn, undeterred by his impromptu U-turn, eventually found his way to the track to finish in tenth, the only driver to reach the chequered flag in every race of 2012.  Well done.

Jenson Button

Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Can’t fault the Brit’s tenacity in the rain, can you? If the first safety car hadn’t come out – which we assume, was for the viewing public to catch their breath – Button was a whopping 45 seconds down the road from anyone else bar Nico Hulkenberg, and set for the win anyways.

He negotiated a drying track with aplomb and comfortably took the win McLaren were looking for so much. Lewis Hamilton got to wear Rocket Red on Sunday, thanks to the Frome Flyer.

Charles Pic

The Frenchman found himself in quite an awkward position in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The titanic battle for tenth spot in the constructor’s championship came to a head when Pics Marussia was closed down by Petrov (in the Caterham seat that he will occupy next year). The Russian easily passed Pic in the DRS zone in the run down to turn 4, handing the lucrative 10th place to his new employers, Caterham, for the third successive season.  A nice pressie for his future employers.

Lewis Hamilton

Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Spare a thought for poor old Lewis.  Determined to end his McLaren career on a high, but his race and McLaren career came to an abrupt end when Force India’s Nico Hulkenburg tried to re-take the lead going into the Senna ‘S’. The Hulk lost the rear end and slid into Hamilton, breaking his front left suspension. Ouch.

The McLaren era is over and the fairytale didn’t happen. Now, unfortunately it seems, the hard work has to start at Mercedes.

Bruno Senna

We all have to say a big thank you to Bruno for being the unwitting catalyst for another brilliant drive through the pack by Sebastian Vettel. Sadly for the Brazilian though, he was unable to continue in what was his last race for Williams.

Fernando Alonso

We bet Fernando couldn’t believe his ears when the message was relayed to him about Vettel’s first lap mishap. That said, he still had to finish in the top three to stand any chance of being crowned champion at the chequered flag.

The Spaniard once again made a great start and was soon up to fourth. The podium was looking out of reach with the Mclaren duo and Hulkenburg disappearing into the distance until the Hulk ruined his, and Hamilton’s, chance of victory.

Alonso took full advantage of this to cross the line in second but with Vettel finishing in sixth, one place short of the title.  So close.

Romain Grosjean

At least it wasn’t the first lap and he didn’t take anyone else with him.  Poor Romain.  His boss didn’t look pleased…

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Nico Hulkenberg

We can’t write a driver review f Brazil without touching on the fact that Nico looked like an absolute world beater in the Sao Paulo drizzle. He stuck with Button like he’d been a front runner for years, and in a car that didn’t really deserve to be there. And yes, he madea couple of mistakes, but to be fair, most of the field did on Sunday.

His stock has risen greatly in the past few races, and will definitely be one to watch is Sauber can reproduce the goods in 2013.