One of the most enthralling seasons of racing in recent memory finished with one of the most exciting races ever. Surely, Formula One cannot get much better than in 2012. Our hearts surely wouldn't stand it. But next year could be special, too.
Unpredictable to the last lap. Competitive. Largely fair. With a deserving champion, Sebastian Vettel, pushed to his limits by a noble loser, Fernando Alonso, who might have finished as the 2012 champion himself with just a smidgen more luck. This year, F1 delivered everything one can reasonably expect from sport, and all at dizzying speed.
Ridiculously expensive and gas guzzling, F1 may seem like an anachronism at a time when governments and families are counting pennies and cutting back. But, wow, what a show.
With 20 races from March to November, this was the longest season in 62 years of F1. But it never felt too long, because the outcome remained so uncertain. The tension of not being sure who would finish as champion built up nicely ...