I’m feeling a little melancholy right now. I never know what to do with myself at the end of a Formula One season. With so many races, the off season is actually quite short, but I don’t know what’s going to keep me entertained until March. To keep me busy for five minutes I’ve written my own F1 2012 season review.

The season has seen a lot of races start off exciting, be stupendously dull in the middle and only get interesting again when the tyres start to fall off five laps from the end.

On the flip side, it’s the usually dull races that have provided some of the best racing this season. Valencia and Abu Dhabi being the ones that really stand out

Sebastian Vettel championship

Image credit: Red Bull Racing

At the start if the season I wanted Alonso to win and I really thought he would do it. Then Vettel suddenly started to do what he does best, he put in some stonking qualifying laps. His overtaking in Abu Dhabi was just superb. 24th to 3rd was wonderful to watch. I don’t understand how people don’t like him. He really can overtake!

We can’t fail to mention the seven different winners in the first seven races, with Kimi making it eight in Abu Dhabi. That in itself makes the whole season terribly exciting.

Yes, the tyres made the middle of a lot of the races a bit boring but overall the season was thrilling.

Felipe Massa Ferrari

Image Credit: FIA

It was lovely to see Massa come good again, which obviously means a lot of Rob Smedley on the screen – that’s always appreciated. I’m glad he has a drive at Ferrari for next year. He’s never going to be able to contend with Alonso but I’d like to see some Ferrari 1-2s in 2013. A Massa win would be lovely too. I wish he’d won in Brazil but just seeing him on the podium at his home race brought tears to my eyes.

Webber could’ve done better. I thought he had a real shot at the title but nothing really came of that and he started dropping back. He had a few good results but some bad starts and crashes just let him down. I don’t think he’s going to get another good shot at the title, and that makes me feel a little sad.

Kimi Raikkonen was my driver of the season. What a comeback. Not only is he hilarious but he drove so consistently. He finished every lap of the season and scored points in 19 out of 20 races. It was nice to see a bit of off roading from him during the Brazillian Grand Prix and his radio messages to his team during Abu Dhabi were classics.

Vitaly Petrov in FP1

Image credit: Caterham F1

As a Caterham fan, the Brazillian Grand Prix was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever watched (actually it probably was even if you’re not a Caterham fan). Bravo to the team and to Petrov for driving so wonderfully. A big well done to Marussia too for putting up a great fight.

I’ve no idea what to expect from Pic at the team next year but I’ve heard murmurings of Senna joining up too and that fills me with more excitement than I dare think about.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the season and your predictions for next year.