With the year drawing to a close, we’d thought we’d do something a bit special for our New Year’s celebrations, and bring you our thoughts on a season of excitement, drama and Sebastian Vettel in Formula One. It’s our very own New Year Honours, where we’d like to award those worthy with ‘a Badger’

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The “Do you smell burning?” Spectacular Failure Award

Nick Heidfeld – Hungary

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The “Dropped cup of tea” Overtake of the Year Award

Mark Webber on Fernando Alonso – Belgium

[youtube width=”350″ height=”267″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74D7VZEtpDU

Badger GP’s Race of the Year – Voted by the Fans

CanadaRace of the Year Poll

The Bernt Maylander Unsung Hero Award

The marshals at the Canadian Grand Prix

Two hours of track cleaning, falling over in the face of danger, and constant collection of carbon fibre from a host of cars – gentlemen, we salute you!

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The Gerhard Berger No.2 Driver Award

Mark Webber, Red Bull


The Shock of the Year Award

BBC donate half of F1 to Skyinterview with Brundle and the Sky F1 team

The “Where did HE/THAT come from?” Debut of the Year Award

Daniel Ricciardo

From Formula 3.5 front runner, to Hispania backmarker, to Toro Rosso driver, all in one calendar year!

Most Fingers in a Year Award

Sebastian Vettel – he’s had loads – The Year of the Finger

Post-Race Interview/Outburst of the Year Award

Lewis Hamilton – “Is it because I am Black?

[youtube width=”350″ height=”267″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Am3PYbroDs

The HRT Award For Being Slower Than They Should be

Virgin Racing

Retro F1 Award of the Year

Mark Webber gives Fernando Alonso a lift – Germany

A blue car with yellow markings, giving a driver in red overalls and a yellow helmet a lift back to the pits? It was Silverstone 1991 all over again.

The Sleeping Dog of 2011

(Awarded to the best performing driver from the Sleeping Dogs, ie the back of the field.)

Heikki Kovalainen


The Chasing Dog of 2011

(Awarded to the best performing driver of the midfield, or the Chasing Dogs)

Adrian Sutil


The Top Dog of 2011

(Our driver of the season. Fact.)

Sebastian Vettel


And what about you? If you have any awards or honours to hand out, pop them in the comments below.