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
Red Bull's mid-season technical woe
Red Bull, reigning double champions in both drivers and constructors championships, and the dominant force for the three proceeding seasons, looked out of their depth back at the start of the summer.
Engineering superbrain Adrian Newey had yet to crack a way of reliably getting back the downforce lost to the ban on double diffusers. Worse, the RB8 had reliability issues, and the pressure was starting to show on the once happy-go-lucky Sebastian Vettel.
His retirement in the soulless arena of Valencia was the low-spot of his season as a certain, and needed, second 2012 victory escaped him. And so the win-drought began and would not end until round 14 in Singapore.
Valencia, too, found itself pushed aside, and will now co-host the Spanish Grand Prix after losing its stand-alone European Grand Prix status. It won't be missed by many.