The 2012 Formula One season was the 63rd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. The championship was contested over twenty rounds, which started in Australia on 18 March and ended in Brazil on 25 November. The 2012 season saw the return of the United States Grand Prix, which was held at the Circuit of the Americas, a purpose-built circuit in Austin, Texas. The Bahrain Grand Prix also returned to the calendar.
The 2012 season broke several records. The calendar for the season included twenty races, breaking the previous record of nineteen, which was first set in 2005. Six current or former World Drivers' Champions — (Vettel, Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Räikkönen, Schumacher) — started the season, breaking the record of five established in 1970.
The early season was tumultuous, with seven different drivers winning the first seven races of the championship; a record for the series. Vettel entered the final race of the season with a thirteen-point lead over Alonso. Alonso needed a podium finish to stand any chance of becoming World Drivers' Champion, but in a race of attrition that finished under the safety car, Vettel finished in sixth place, scoring enough points to win his third consecutive championship, becoming just the third driver in the sport's sixty-three year history to do so. In the World Constructors' Championship, Red Bull Racing secured their third consecutive title when Sebastian Vettel finished second at the United States Grand Prix.
Find the season results below: race by race.
|Australia||18 Mar||Jenson Button||58|
|Malaysia||25 Mar||Fernando Alonso||56|
|China||15 Abr||Nico Rosberg||56|
|Bahrain||22 Abr||Sebastian Vettel||57|
|Spain||13 May||Pastor Maldonado||66|
|Monaco||27 May||Mark Webber||78|
|Canada||10 Jun||Lewis Hamilton||70|
|Europe||24 Jun||Fernando Alonso||57|
|Great Britain||08 Jul||Mark Webber||52|
|Germany||22 Jul||Fernando Alonso||67|
|Hungary||29 Jul||Lewis Hamilton||69|
|Belgium||02 Sep||Jenson Button||44|
|Italy||09 Sep||Lewis Hamilton||53|
|Singapore||23 Sep||Sebastian Vettel||59|
|Japan||07 Oct||Sebastian Vettel||53|
|Korea||14 Oct||Sebastian Vettel||55|
|India||28 Oct||Sebastian Vettel||60|
|Abu Dhabi||04 Nov||Kimi Raikkonen||55|
|United States||18 Nov||Lewis Hamilton||56|
|Brazil||25 Nov||Jenson Button||71|