5. Drivers divided over Brazil incidents
Those Brazilians again...but this time there was an understandable excuse. The variety of controversies striking the Sao Paulo IndyCar race had both the racers and the fans eager to weigh on the question of whether drivers were out of control or the design of the street circuit lent itself to such shenanigans...or both.
4. Ecclestone expects 19 races in 2013
The Web is always forward-looking, so maybe it's not really surprising that one of the biggest stories of 2012 should relate to 2013! In this case, it was F1's commercial boss explaining how he planned to cope with the postponement of GP America at New Jersey's Port Imperial by adding another race, probably in Turkey. We're still waiting for confirmation of that, though, so maybe this article's position in the rankings is a bit premature...
3. VIDEO: DeltaWing crashes at Road Atlanta
The DeltaWing again...this time for its spectacular wreck during practice at Petit Le Mans. Video of the crash, the circumstances of it and the Highcroft Racing/Nissan DeltaWing team's heroic efforts to repair the car in time for the race became one of the big talking points of the year in our article comments.
2. Newman/Haas drive for Alesi at Indy?
This one had all the elements that made for a great story: the mooted return of a great race team that was on hiatus due to a lack of sponsorship, the quixotic comeback of a Formula 1 fan favorite in not only a series, but a style of racing he'd never done, and the element of surprise since it came just a month before the start of practice at Indianapolis.
Unfortunately it also turned out to be a little short on substance, despite Alesi's "confirmation" of a deal in the story. The Frenchman's Indy 500 rookie run ended up being an association with Tyce Carlson's Fan Force United team instead, but given the woeful inadequacy of the Lotus engine motivating his car, the team behind it turned out to not make much difference.
1. NBC lands F1 TV deal
There had been whispers about this ahead of the October announcement, but RACER.com readers were nevertheless drawn to this news like moths to the flame. And "flame" was a good description of the general reaction, judging by the resulting article comments.
The follow-up announcement that 3/4ths of the announcing team from SPEED would be migrating over to NBC Sports Network's coverage of F1 next year (less play-by-play man Bob Varsha, who is remaining with SPEED) mollified that attitude to some extent. The crew announcement was made on the Thursday prior to Formula 1's return to the United States at Circuit of The Americas, largely pushing the actual news reports from Friday practice aside!