Formula One 2012: the highlights

A fond farewell to HRT?

It seems unlikely there will be any HRTs on the grid next year. The team was laying off staff and mothballing the factory in Spain even as the cars were racing in Brazil. There is talk of a Chinese consortium looking to buy the team and its most valuable asset - a permit form Bernie to race in F1.

But at times like this there is always a Chinese consortium. They might have been painfully slow, but this year's cars were pretty, and last year's had a paint job by Daniel Simon, who used to design Phaetons but now designs stuff for Iron Man and Captain America. We'll miss them, and we'll miss Pedro de la Rosa: a gent, and a man who knows how to rock a 50's Matinee Idol haircut.