The 2012 F1 season was the best of the last five years according to F1 Fanatic readers.
The results of F1 Fanatic’s regular Rate the Race polls produced the highest average score since they began in 2008.
Top of the list was the thrilling season finale in Brazil, which was rated the best race of the last five seasons.
Rating the races of 2012
F1 Fanatic readers were invited to rate every race out of ten during the season.
Here are the average scores for each race in 2012:
The final three races of the season were among the highest-rated as the contest for the championship between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso went down to the last lap of the last race.
The only other race to appear in the top four was the European Grand Prix, which saw a superb win for Alonso from 11th on the grid. While last year’s race was the lowest-rated of the season at 3.8 out of ten, this year it scored 8.7.
At the opposite end of the sale processional races in Korea, India and Monaco were among five Grands Prix to score less than six out of ten.
F1 Fanatic readers having been rating the races since the beginning of the 2008 season. The results for the 20 rounds that are still on the calendar can be seen above, arranged in the order they were run this year.
The average ratings for each season reveal 2012 was rated slightly higher than last year:
Top ten races, 2008-2012
The gripping season finale in Brazil set a new record as the highest-rated race of the last five years. Of the 835 votes cast, 536 rated it ten out of ten. It’s only the third race to get a higher rating than nine out of ten.
Reflecting the quality of the season we’ve just had, five of this year’s races feature among the best races of the last five years. F1’s return to the Unites States for the first race at the Circuit of the Americas ranks sixth overall.
This year’s lowest-rated race, the Korean Grand Prix, ranks eighth from bottom on the list.
Over to you
How do you think the 2012 season compared to the previous four years of Formula One? What did you think was the best race of the season?
Did you think the racing was better or worse this year – and if so, why?
Have your say in the comments.
2012 F1 season review
- The complete F1 Fanatic 2012 season review
- What F1 Fanatics thought of 2012: The year in polls
- The drivers and cars of 2012
- F1 Fanatic’s 50 article highlights of 2012
- 11 different Driver of the Weekend winners in 2012