Car of the Year & Flop of the Year
23 December, 2012
Car of the Year: Red Bull RB8
Dec.23 (Grand Prix 247) The Red Bull RB8 was a finicky piece of kit from the outset, as Adrian Newey penned masterpieces tend to be, but despite a somewhat subdued start to the season when it really got going, around the time the Formula One circus returned to Asia in September, it was a devastating weapon which enabled Sebastian Vettel to claim the drivers crown with a flurry of four wins in a row – Singapore, Japan, Korea, India – which coupled to his win in Bahrain and two victories by Mark Webber was enough to hand the team its third consecutive F1 Constructors’ World Championship. Not much more need be said of a car that was also bullet proof as was shown in Brazil and pretty handy in qualifying – clearly the car everyone coveted; ask Fernando Alonso…
Flop of the Year: Ferrari F2012
Before it was unveiled the Ferrari F2012 was described as ugly by Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali. A few weeks later after the first pre-season test in Spain it became apparent that it was a beast too, in fact a couple of seconds off the early pace. Credit to the team for narrowing the gap considerably, but undeniably they were down on the pace setters all year despite so-so race pace. Nevertheless the drivers had to graft all weekend long to make the thing work and Fernando Alonso in particular was called on to deliver heroics every weekend. The woeful qualifying pace could ultimately be blamed for costing the team the title, had Alonso been gifted a car capable of starting on the first two rows he may not have been victim of cruel punts at Spa and Suzuka. A team with such a proud car building heritage should not be playing second fiddle to team whose claim to fame is making energy drinks… or maybe the Maranello boys should get into the fizzy drinks business!
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