Formula One 2012: the highlights
Come with us on a journey through one of the best F1 seasons in living memory…
Posted: 29 Nov 2012
The Spa first corner pile-up
F1 returned from its summer break with a bang in Spa. A very nasty bang, that had many holding their breath as cars somersaulted over one another and far too close to Fernando Alonso's head.
At Spa Alonso was eliminated at the first corner and Vettel finished second behind Button. This, as Top Gear's Sunday Afternoon Club noted at the time, was ominous. The rest of the season, we predicted, would be marked by Vettel slowly hauling in and then passing Alonso's points tally. And lo, it came to pass....
Spa also saw the FIA take firm action against Romain Grosjean, who Mark Webber was later to dub ‘that first lap nutcase'. RoGros' speed is without doubt (if you believe Kimi is as fast as he was), it's his temperament and special awareness that isn't necessarily all there. He hit enough cars enough times this season to have put his drive in jeopardy apparently, but we hope he's back next year.