Formula One 2012: the highlights

Nico Rosberg records a win in China

Eight drivers from six teams won grand prix in 2012, and it could even have been nine from seven had Nico Hulkenberg not leaned on Lewis on Brazil.

Remarkably, by the time the season ended the most freaky result was not Pastor Maldonado's win for ‘Phoenix' Team Williams, but Nico Rosberg's pole-to-flag victory in China.

Mercedes produced yet another terrible car this year, one they simply did not understand, maybe not surprisingly considering its ‘killer app'. It became apparent early on that Ross Brawn had designed a car that could, when its DRS flap opened, pipe fast air all the way to the front of the car and stall the front wing too. Yes, we thought that too. It was too much of a diversion and, Schumacher's ‘pole' lap at Monaco aside, the team became bit part players, fighting with Sauber and Force India. Lewis has his work cut out.