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
Rob Smedley and Felipe Massa's love-in
Who saw the BBC's rare interview with Rob Smedley last weekend on its post-race forum (it's still on the iPlayer if you're quick)?
The Brit's belief in Felipe Massa is powerful - it's really quite touching. Massa looked like he was heading for an early bath as the teams headed for Europe: Perez would be in his Ferrari for Monaco, went the rumours. But Massa lasted the season out, got more confident and more importantly got faster, out-qualifying Alonso in the last two races of the season.
He's back to his very best, the man who outraced Kimi Raikonen and nearly beat Lewis Hamilton to the title in 2008. Look out for him in 2013. The comeback, his engineer revealed to BBC, began with a long weekend in the bosom of the Smedley family. A reminder that even in F1, sometimes all we need is a big bromantic hug.