The Sky Sports F1 team reveal their personal highlights from the 2012 season

Our pundits, presenters and reporters reveal some surprising answers!

Last Updated: 27/12/12 3:30pm

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From the adventure of Australia and the madness of Malaysia through to the bedlam of the Brazil finale, the Sky Sports F1 team reflect on their favourite moments of an unforgettable year

Martin Brundle: "A highlight for me has been going to races and really not knowing who was going to win. It was like entering the great unknown - even during the last laps of a race like, say, Malaysia you wouldn't know. The first half of the season was totally unpredictable.

"Something bizarre was that what are usually two of the most boring races, Valencia and Abu Dhabi, were actually the most exciting - everyone was on the edge of their seats. It's been a classic season. Also, there's been some very skilful driving on display."

Simon Lazenby: "It's more of a high followed by a low: Pastor Maldonado's victory in Spain. I like Pastor and I like his gung-ho driving style.

"The low was, of course, the fire in the Williams garage after the race."

David Croft: "The reaction of the Japanese fans when Kamui Kobayashi finished third at Suzuka. They were chanting his name and it was lovely - you don't hear that often. Also Fernando Alonso's drive in Valencia, where he won from 11th on the grid. Yes, he was fortunate with two retirements but there was some brilliant overtaking. And the reaction of the Spanish fans afterwards; like Kobayashi's result, it's great to see that sport matters. Those are two moments when I've been moved.

"The worst call of the season was the guy who said 'Be careful Checo, we need this' to Perez in Malaysia!"

Ted Kravitz: "My favourite moment is the return of a Champion. 'Just leave me alone, I know what I'm doing,' said Kimi - and he certainly does.

"Yes, Raikkonen wouldn't have won in Abu Dhabi had Lewis Hamilton not retired but once he took the lead, he upped his pace when he needed to and was never going to give it up. He took his opportunity like a rat up a drainpipe."

Georgie Thompson: "Having former FIA President Max Mosley as a guest on The F1 Show was a highlight, as was having the first interview with Lewis Hamilton in Japan after he announced he was leaving McLaren for Mercedes.

"And I have to say that being driven around Monaco by Ted in a McLaren was another highlight of the year!"

Damon Hill: "For me, the early part of the season was so apparently random; it was exciting that so many drivers had a chance. Overall the Championship has been a classic and it went down to the wire. There's no specific thing that stands out but Pastor Maldonado's win in Spain - in a Williams of course - the United States and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix and Fernando Alonso's brilliant drive in Valencia have all been highlights.

"Also, Kimi Raikkonen's outburst in Abu Dhabi was a watershed. Teams should stop treating drivers like babies and leave them alone. They might get more from the drivers that way."

Johnny Herbert: "Kimi Raikkonen's win in Abu Dhabi. He responded to all the pressure applied by Fernando Alonso and the radio messages were wonderful.

"Overall, I've just liked the whole season; it's been the best by a long shot and has been what F1 needs. Long may it continue! It went down to the wire with the drivers we'd expect in contention."

Natalie Pinkham: "I loved doing donuts in a Caterham at Silverstone. Also Austin: it came at a time when people didn't have much left in the tank but going there seemed to re-invigorate everybody. And Lewis Hamilton's win was great.

"Also, going to Venezuela in the summer (accompanying Pastor Maldonado back to his homeland) - that was amazing."

Rachel Brookes: "I've two personal highlights. The first is when I got to drive the track at Spa. It was on the Wednesday and in a Fiat hire car. I was only doing about 30 mph but still took the racing line!

"The other is taking the windscreen off Abbey - that's the name Sebastian Vettel has given to his car this season - when Red Bull were doing set-up work late on Friday in Korea. They let me keep it, so I've framed it to give to my nephew as a Christmas present."

Mark Hughes: "The highlight for me was Fernando Alonso's take-no-prisoners first lap at Valencia from 11th on the grid. Sitting it out through the kink with Jenson Button, forcing him to lift to prevent them both going into the wall, then going around the outside of the traffic into turns two and three.

"It was the foundation of the fabulous victory that followed."

Craig Slater: "Bahrain provided the biggest news story of the races I attended. As you will recall, Force India had a staff minibus caught up in the violence. Rather than shy away from the controversy, Paul di Resta spoke with genuine authority on behalf of the team - an example to many of his more experienced fellow drivers. I also understand he displayed real leadership behind the scenes to galvanise the group.

"Having given up a practice session so team members could return to their hotel in daylight thus limiting his tyre data - he then executed a two-stop strategy for sixth in the race - holding off Fernando Alonso into the bargain."

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