GPUpdate.net's most read stories of 2012

GPUpdate.net's most read stories of 2012

26 December 2012 – As usual, there were plenty of exciting and controversial moments in 2012. From car launches to banned car parts and grid penalties to driver switches, here are GPUpdate.net's twelve most read stories from the year gone by...

1. Mercedes releases previews shots of 2012 car (15 February)
Mercedes has posted two sneak preview images of its new 2012 car, the F1 W03. Having started the pre-season testing period with last year’s contender, the new chassis will be formally uncovered before the second test in Barcelona next week...

2. 2013: the grid so far (11 August)
The F1 ‘silly season’ never seems to end these days, with countless rumours and stories frequently circulating a paddock so heavily influenced by the internet and social media sites as well as newspapers and TV. That said, the time has arrived for teams and drivers to look on to the future. Here is how 2013 is shaping up…

3. Webber ripped radio connection out of helmet (28 March)
Mark Webber has revealed that, like Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, he suffered major radio problems during the Malaysian Grand Prix. In fact, his issues were so off-putting that the Australian ripped the connection cord out of his helmet...

4. Red Bull air inlet raises eye brows in Jerez (6 February)
The new Red Bull RB8 is very much an evolution of its elder sister, the RB7, which crushed its opposition last year. However, one aspect has already attracted a keen amount of interest as the Formula 1 community gathers in Jerez on Monday...

5. India names kerb after Massa (15 October)
Following some embarrassing slip-ups, organisers of the Indian Grand Prix have named one of their kerbs after Felipe Massa. Over the course of the 2011 weekend, the Ferrari driver broke his front suspension against kerbs not once, but twice...

6. Red Bull floor declared illegal by FIA (2 June)
Formula 1 governing body the FIA has brought an end to the controversy surrounding Red Bull's floor design, forcing the current World Champions to remove the holes that sit in front of the RB8's rear wheels ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix...

7. New Caterham CT-01 breaks cover (25 January)
A day earlier than expected, the first photo of the Caterham CT01 has been released by the team. 2012 marks the third Formula 1 campaign for Tony Fernandes’ squad, which switches from the ‘Team Lotus’ name following the row over its rights. For the second consecutive season, engines will be supplied by Renault...

8. Insight: Perez threat too much for Alonso (13 September)
The F1 silly season is in full swing. Most of us have expected Sergio Pérez to be confirmed alongside Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. But, as explained in this exclusive GPUpdate.net column, whispers coming out of Maranello suggest that the Spaniard is pushing to retain Felipe Massa in order to lower the threat to himself...

9. Red Bull also hoping for Super F-duct clarification (19 March)
Red Bull has joined Lotus in calling for an explanation of the rules surrounding the revolutionary system developed by Mercedes, dubbed ‘super f-duct’. By taking advantage of a loophole, the silver arrows are enjoying greater straight-line speed...

10. Vettel sent back to back of Abu Dhabi grid (3 November)
Following an investigation which spanned almost five hours, championship leader Sebastian Vettel has been sent to the back of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid. In a dramatic twist for the 2012 World Championship, this leaves Fernando Alonso in sixth position and with a golden opportunity to reduce the points margin...

11. Ferrari releases first images of new car (3 February)
Ferrari has sent out the first shots of its new F2012. A Maranello launch had been planned for Friday, although this was called off on Thursday morning due to heavy snow in the area. As expected, the new contender features a significant drop down to its front nose cone in-line with modified regulations for this season...

12. Hamilton exit a mistake, argues Whitmarsh (28 September)
McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that Lewis Hamilton has made a mistake by signing with Mercedes, arguing that his team is the best place to fight for race victories and ultimately world titles. It was announced on Friday that Mexico's Sergio Pérez will replace the 27-year-old in 2013, partnering Jenson Button...

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