2011: The good, the bad and the ugly

30 December, 2011

Nick Heidfeld (GER) escapes from his Lotus Renault GP R31 which is on fire. Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 21 May 2011.

Nick Heidfeld escapes from his Renault R31 which burst into flames during Spanish GP qualifying

Dec.30 (Grand Prix 247) There were many unforgettable moments during the course of the 2011 Formula 1 season: some great and some sad – we look back on these in no particular order.

Formula One driver Robert Kubica, of Poland, is carried on a stretcher at Santa Corona hospital in Pietra Ligure, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Kubica was injured Sunday in a rally car accident in Italy just weeks before the start of the new

Robert Kubica survived a lifee threatenting freak rally crash

• Best news of the year: Kimi Raikkonen comeback

• Worst news of the year: Robert Kubica rally accident

• Revelation of the year: Pirelli tyres

• Biggest disappointment of the year: Nick Heidfeld not raising his game

• Best overtake of the year: Mark Webber on Fernando Alonso into and through Eau Rouge in Belgium

• Second best overtake of the year: Fernando Alonso taking Jenson Button on the outside of Laranjinha in Brazil

• Worst overtake of the year 1: Vitaly Petrov T-boning Michael Schumacher during the Korean GP

• Worst overtake of the year 2: Lewis Hamilton on Pastor Maldonado into Saint Devote

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W02 and Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault GP R31 collide.

Vitaly Petrov mounts Michael Schumacher in Korea

• Most brutal block of the season: Sebastian Buemi on Nick Heidfeld at the German GP

• Most overtakes ever in one GP: 126 in Turkey

• Scariest crash of the year: Sergio Perez at the chicane during Monaco qualifying

• Most dramatic DNF of the year: Nick Heidfeld in Spain and Hungary when his Renault burst into flames

• Best race of the year: Canadian GP was full of action and intrigue with last lap drama

• Best track of the year: Buddh International Circuit ( just because it is new and at last Herman Tilke got it right)

• Who is fooling who award of the year: Shared by Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky

• On-off-on award of the year: US GP in Austin Texas

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 150 Italia with a puncture after colliding with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/26.

Lewis Hamilton and felipe Massa make contact in Singapore

• Feud of the year: Felipe Massa versus Lewis Hamilton

• Dumbest dispute of the year: Lotus versus Lotus

• Bad idea of the year: DRS zones made for fake racing – just allow them to use the flap whenever they want

• Red faced moment of the year: Bruno Senna slithering into the Spa barriers during  practice on his debut for Renault in place of Nick Heidfeld

• Worst indecision of the year: FIA bungling the exhaust diffuser saga

• Worst kept secret of the year: Nico Hulkenberg replacing Adrian Sutil at Force India

• Most GP starts ever: 322 for Rubens Barrichello

• Embarrassment of the year: Rubens Barrichello refusing to bow out gracefully

Parody on the F1 going to Bahrain dilemna

• Worst team of the year: Virgin Racing – too much talk not enough action

• Surprise, surprise of the year: Toro Rosso double axing of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi

• Never ending story of the year: Bahrain GP on or off

• Jokers of the year: FOTA

• Dreamer of the year: Timo Glock declaring that he knows he’s just as good as Sebastian

• Excuses of the year: Ferrari after every race except Silverstone

• Gearbox of the year: Sebastian Vettel’s in Brazil

• Wise decision of the year: Lewis Hamilton dumping Nicole Scherzinger – boy is she terrible on X-factor!

• Best deal of the year: Nico Rosberg (zero GP wins) inking deal worth $68 million with Mercedes GP


  • http://yallaF1.com F1 Fan

    Well i know who the good and the bad are on this list.

  • Butterfly

    I have to admit, Webber’s overtake on Alonso up Eau Rouge was just awesome!

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