So far, everything is pointing in the direction to say that this is going to be a brilliant season of Formula One. We have twelve ultra-determined teams and from analysis of testing, it looks very very close. Here's my season preview.
Finally, after a painfully long wait, Formula One is back, with the season starting next weekend in Melbourne, as we get ready for a season which looks like its going to be a classic. We're expecting a very close fight between the twelve teams, and here's my preview.
THE TEAMS AND DRIVERS
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Edge of Glory
His 2011 was near perfect, and you wouldn't bet against him making it three in a row this year. Looked as strong as ever in testing, and with the promising RB8 behind him, he's going to take a hell of a lot of stopping.
A massive year for Webber, after the disaster that was 2011. He needs to show Vettel that he is no pushover and can challenge him. Qualifying and the starts crucial for the Aussie this season.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Don't stop believing
His fantastic 2011 has being followed up with a solid winter testing period. Button has the number 3 on his car, while Hamilton is 4. That's huge psychologically if JB can beat Hamilton again.
A tempestuous 2011 means that this is an enormous year for Hamilton. The last of his current McLaren contract, he needs to get back ahead of Button. No-one doubts his talent but lots doubt his temprament.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Poker Face
Was awesome in 2011 but the car was nowhere near his talent. If the F2012 does Alonso justice then he can win the title, but if testing is anything to go by, it's going to be another frustrating year for the Spanish genius.
Most were amazed Ferrari stuck with him after a dreadful 2011 season, but in the last year of his Ferrari contract, the Brazilian is going to have to seriously impress to keep his drive.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: We will rock you
The seven times world champion got back to form at the end of 2011 and if the W03 is as good as it seems you can expect Schumi to be returning to the podium this season.
Rosberg's hunt for his first race win goes on, and with the W03, he might not be winning races, but he'll surely be visiting the podium.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Ice Ice Baby
The Iceman cometh back. The car looks in great shape, and his pace in testing has looked excellent. All that remains to be seen is just how good he can be, and whether he can stay motivated for the season.
The Frenchman is back after two years away. He only did half a season but has looked on the pace almost instantly. Could be a big hit, and a good tip for at least one podium this season.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Reach for the stars
PAUL DI RESTA
Impressed no end in his rookie year last year. Following the departure of Sutil, he is now the team leader at Force India. The Scot needs to get the oppurtunity by the scruff of the neck and lead the team's charge.
Everyone remembers that pole in Brazil 2010, and after a year out, he's back, but with Force India. His battle with Di Resta is one of the most intriguing of the season. Could be brilliant, could be mediocre.
IF IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Let me entertain you
Went off the boil in 2011, and was invisible for some time as his team mate outperformed him. Has looked good in testing so far, and will be looking to re-assert himself in the Sauber.
My rookie of the year 2011 will have been proud of all the Ferrari rumours flying around, and it's not hard to see why. A brilliant young driver, and a big season. Watch this space, he could be the dark horse this year.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Love me for a reason
Impressed in his half a season with HRT last year; now has moved up significantly. Ricciardo will be battling for points in the Toro Rosso, but more importantly, battling for a drive at Red Bull
Another of F1's rookies for 2012, Vergne has serious potential. Almost certain to be a Red Bull driver at some point, if he could beat Ricciardo this year his CV would look strong...
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: When we were young
A troublesome and reckless 2011 was how it was reported, but in fact Maldonado did a pretty solid job in a terrible car. With an improved Williams, expect to see a big improvement from the Venezuelan.
Nephew of the legend Ayrton, Bruno Senna is being given a huge chance here after being harshly shown the door by Renault. Looked solid in winter testing, clocking up lots of miles. Big chance for Senna.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: What's my name?
Has being F1's unsung hero for the last two years at Team Lotus. Now in their new guise as Caterham, Kovalainen leads the team into their breakthrough year. Expect consistency and points from the Finn.
Brought in at the last minute to replace the sacked Jarno Trulli, Petrov is taking a big step down from Renault. Needs to perform well to keep his reputation intact after two average years.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: I need a dollar
It's beyond me how he's managed to get a drive but now he has he knows the only measure of his performance will be his team mate. Fortunately for him, that might not be such a difficult ask.
PEDRO DE LA ROSA
Just keeps coming back to Formula One. De La Rosa starts the season with HRT knowing that he is more than capable of beating his team mate. Don't expect to see much of him in 2012.
IF THEIR 2012 SEASON WAS A SONG: Help
A bit like Kovalainen, deserves a better drive. A quality driver, it is humiliating for him to see his team fail crash tests. Should smash Pic but simply doesn't have a good enough car to do anything of note.
Another of F1's rookies. After both Lucas di Grassi and Jerome D'Ambrosio were sacked from this team after one season, the Frenchman will have to do a lot to keep his seat. Good luck to him.
2012 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS
2 Jenson Button - McLaren
3 Lewis Hamilton - McLaren
4 Mark Webber - Red Bull
5 Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
6 Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus
7 Michael Schumacher - Mercedes
8 Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
9 Romain Grosjean - Lotus
10 Felipe Massa - Ferrari
11 Paul di Resta - Force India
12 Sergio Perez - Sauber
14 Daniel Ricciardo - Toro Rosso
15 Nico Hulkenberg - Force India
16 Kamui Kobayashi - Sauber
17 Pastor Maldonado - Williams
18 Bruno Senna - Williams
19 Heikki Kovalainen - Caterham
20 Vitaly Petrov - Caterham
21 Timo Glock - Marussia
22 Charles Pic - Marussia
23 Pedro de la Rosa - HRT
24 Narain Karthikeyan - HRT
Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy - F1 2012 is go.
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