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
Hulkenberg goes so close in Brazil
From way back in February, when this year's not-so-pretty broken nosed F1 cars started to appear in pre-season testing, one thing was apparent: it was going to be close at the front and in the midfield. Where seconds had been the margin in the past, tenths would have to do in 2012.
Red Bull and McLaren and Ferrari continued to dominate, Mercedes fell back, Williams came back. And in the middle, Sauber and Force India, always not-quite there, fading towards the end as funds got diverted to next year's cars.
Except nobody told Nico Hulkenberg. The boy likes Brazil. He drove a Williams there, put it on pole, and led. Then he took a year out before popping back up at Force India, and he did it again. Such a shame he fell over on to Lewis Hamilton. We don't blame him, it was impossible there. And the talent is impossible to deny. He was linked with McLaren's empty seat, only to opt to go to Sauber, Ferrari's B-Team. Don't forget Ferrari made it clear it wasn't buying Perez. There's method in Hulkenberg making what looks like a sideways switch...