Talking about epic drives, what were the drives that clinched the title for Seb?
For me it was...
1) Bahrain, Victory
Having looked like running away with the race after clinching his first pole of the year, he had to deal with a mid race onslaught from Kimi Raikkonen, before running away with it in the final stint. The thought that those 7 extra points earnt by defensive driving of the highest calibre was probably the single most important factor that clinched the title for him, puts Bahrain as Seb's drive of the year for me.
2) Belgium, 2nd place
Sebastian's championship challenge looked like it was getting into its last legs when he failed to make it into q3 in a race where he needed to make good inroads into Fernando's 42 points lead at that time. But Fernando's first corner exit gave him hope. But he still had to find a way to maximise his result, in a car that refused to overtake in the DRS zone. So he decided to take his opponents one by one at the bus-stop chicane to work his way to a well earnt 2nd place after finding himself in 12th place after the first corner melee.
3) Abu Dhabi, 3rd place
Having been shunted to the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying, Sebastian decided to start his race from the pit-lane in order make his car racier. And racier did his car look as Seb put behind a crash behind the safety car that relegated him to the back of the field, after he had worked his way upto tenth, to clinch a fabulous podium. Looking back, this was probably the race that clinched the title for him. In that regard Abu Dhabi 12 might be remembered in the years to come, in the same vein that Suzuka 88 is remembered.
4) Monaco, 4th place
After an admittedly poor qualy effort that saw him struggle to challenge for pole while his team mate did, Sebastian showed that he had loads of grit in him as he made use of an unconventional strategy to challenge for victory at one stage of the race, before having to settle for a valuable 4th place.
5) China, 5th place
A poor qualy effort and a poor start saw Seb languishing in 15th place after the first corner, before Sebastian showed his ability to fight by using a one stop strategy to be only 3 laps away from a hard fought 2nd place. But he had to settle for another valuable haul of 10 points after finding it impossible to hold on on his worn out tyres.
6) Brazil, 6th place
He went into the final race of the season knowing that he only needed a 4th place to secure his 3rd straight title. But what looked like a simple task snow balled into a herculean one as Seb found himself at the back of the field in a damaged car, that would lose a large chunk of performance in the dry and would force him onto the slower harder tyres that wouldnt even last as long as the softer ones used by the others, resulting in him having to pit for another set of hards just one lap before a downpour. But Sebastian kept his cool and made up a lot of ground in the wet to ensure that the title was his.
7) Suzuka, Victory
With Ferrari apparently playing a lot of dirty games in an attempt to create a conflict between himself and his team, Seb put his head down to grab pole, only to find Ferrari desperate in their attempts to somehow force the fia into giving Seb a penalty for supposedly blocking Fernando in qualifying. But as fate rolled out Fernando got taken out in the first corner while Seb went onto secure a commanding Grand Slam.
Edited by gillesthegenius, 01 December 2012 - 16:28.