In pics: 2012 Formula 1 winners

Sports | | October 17, 2012, 3:57 am
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McLaren's Jenson Button dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix 2012.  (Getty Images)

McLaren's Jenson Button dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix 2012. (Getty Images)

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso held off Sauber's Sergio Perez to take a sensational victory in a thrilling, rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix 2012. (Getty Images)

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso held off Sauber's Sergio Perez to take a sensational victory in a thrilling, rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix 2012. (Getty Images)

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took his maiden Formula 1 victory with a dominant drive in the Chinese Grand Prix 2012.  The German led from pole position to secure Mercedes' first victory since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took his maiden Formula 1 victory with a dominant drive in the Chinese Grand Prix 2012. The German led from pole position to secure Mercedes' first victory since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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World champion Sebastian Vettel took his first victory of 2012 in a close battle with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen at the Bahrain Grand Prix. (Getty Images

World champion Sebastian Vettel took his first victory of 2012 in a close battle with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen at the Bahrain Grand Prix. (Getty Images

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Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado took his maiden victory and Williams's first since 2004 at Spanish GP 2012. (Getty Images)

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado took his maiden victory and Williams's first since 2004 at Spanish GP 2012. (Getty Images)

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Red Bull's Mark Webber won the Monaco GP for the second time in three years from Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso.  (Getty Images)

Red Bull's Mark Webber won the Monaco GP for the second time in three years from Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso. (Getty Images)

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McLaren's Lewis Hamilton became the seventh different winner in as many races in a slow-burn Canadian Grand Prix that came alive in the final laps. (Getty Images)

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton became the seventh different winner in as many races in a slow-burn Canadian Grand Prix that came alive in the final laps. (Getty Images)

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso started 11th and registered a spectacular victory in the European Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso started 11th and registered a spectacular victory in the European Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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Red Bull's Mark Webber beat Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in a close battle to win the British Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

Red Bull's Mark Webber beat Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in a close battle to win the British Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button in a close fight to win the German Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button in a close fight to win the German Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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McLaren's Lewis Hamilton took his second victory of the season as he beat Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen in the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton took his second victory of the season as he beat Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen in the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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McLaren's Jenson Button was dominant as he won the Belgian Grand Prix, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso crashing out. (Getty Images)

McLaren's Jenson Button was dominant as he won the Belgian Grand Prix, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso crashing out. (Getty Images)

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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led nearly from start to finish to win the Italian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led nearly from start to finish to win the Italian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory in the Singapore GP after Lewis Hamilton's McLaren retired. (Getty Images)

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory in the Singapore GP after Lewis Hamilton's McLaren retired. (Getty Images)

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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Japanese Grand Prix to put himself in a strong position to win the world title. (Getty Images)

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Japanese Grand Prix to put himself in a strong position to win the world title. (Getty Images)

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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Korean Grand Prix to take the world championship lead from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. (Getty Images)

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Korean Grand Prix to take the world championship lead from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. (Getty Images)

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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel dominated the Indian Grand Prix to take a fourth win in a row. (Getty Images)

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel dominated the Indian Grand Prix to take a fourth win in a row. (Getty Images)

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Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year. (Getty Images)

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year. (Getty Images)

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McLaren's Lewis Hamilton defeated Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull to win the US Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso finishing third to keep his world championship hopes alive. (Getty Images)

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton defeated Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull to win the US Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso finishing third to keep his world championship hopes alive. (Getty Images)

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McLaren driver Jenson Button clinched his third race win of the season at the Brazilian GP. (Getty Images)

McLaren driver Jenson Button clinched his third race win of the season at the Brazilian GP. (Getty Images)