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
Williams win a race in Spain
The Williams comeback was possibly the most remarkable story of 2012 - especially if you consider that until he crashed out on the second last lap of the first race of the season, Pastor Maldonado was set to beat Williams' entire 2011 point tally.
Williams produced an impossibly tidy car that seemed to sweet-talk its tyres. And with Lewis Hamilton demoted to the back of the grid, Maldonado made the most of it in Spain. The number 18 Williams would go on to regularly surprise us in Q3, if rarely in the final results. The number 19 car, driven by Bruno Senna, conversely made Q3 only once, but was usually there or thereabouts at the finish.
You couldn't help but wonder what might have happened had Rubens Barrichello stayed on for one more year? Still, wild as he his, Maldonado is fast. As is his new team-mate for next year Valterri Bottas. Bonkers name, but Frank Williams is already saying he is one of the very best...