Driver of the Year 2012 – António Félix da Costa All Over! 4 Titles, Including 2012 Best Driver

Driverdb.com concluded their poll in several categories for Driver of the Year 2012.

Portuguese Reb Bull’s Young Driver Programme dominated the election. Quoting Driver Database:

For the sixth time the annual Driver of the Year poll has been decided. Like last year it was once again a battle of the young and up-and-coming drivers. The closeness of last year’s poll wasn’t matched this time though as the margin of victory was quite overwhelming. After the votes were compiled the 2012 Driver of the Year was Red Bull protegé Antonio Felix da Costa with 51% of the votes. Second overall was Mitch Evans with Fernando Alonso coming in third.

Driver of the Year

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1. Antonio Felix Da Costa GP3 / F3 / FR3.5 51.3%
2. Mitch Evans GP3 9.8%
3. Fernando Alonso Formula 1 6.6%
4. Sebastian Vettel Formula 1 5.9%
5. Daniel Abt GP3 5.8%
 

Young Driver of the Year

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1. Antonio Felix Da Costa GP3 / F3 / FR3.5 59.8%
2. Mitch Evans GP3 17.3%
3. Daniel Abt GP3 10.9%
4. Stoffel Vandoorne World Series by Renault 3.7%
5. Robin Frijns Karting 2.8%
 

Open Wheel Driver of the Year

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1. Antonio Felix Da Costa GP3 / F3 / FR3.5 53.7%
2. Mitch Evans GP3 13.2%
3. Sebastian Vettel Formula 1 11.5%
4. Fernando Alonso Formula 1 10.9%
5. Kimi Räikkönen Formula 1 8.2%
 

Stock car / Sportscar / Touring car Driver of the Year

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1. Bruno Spengler DTM 23.8%
2. Jamie Whincup V8 Supercars 15.4%
3. Rob Huff WTCC 15.4%
4. Gary Paffett DTM 10.3%
5. Jan Magnussen ALMS 7.9%
 

Karting Driver of the Year

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1. Marco Ardigo KZ1 / KZ2 17.6%
2. Dennis Olsen KF2 15.8%
3. Harry Webb Rotax Junior 15.2%
4. George Russell KF3 14.4%
5. Simas Juodvirsis KZ2 8.5%
 

Surprise Driver of the Year

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1. Antonio Felix Da Costa GP3 / F3 / FR3.5 60.2%
2. Kimi Räikkönen Formula 1 15.5%
3. Bruno Spengler DTM 6.2%
4. Pastor Maldonado Formula 1 4.3%
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay IndyCar 3.2%

The Driver Database 2012 Driver of the Year awards were run in two parts. First the visitors of Driverdb.com were able to nominate drivers for the five sub categories. The ten drivers with the most nominations in each category were then selected as the nominated drivers – and all were available for voting in the overall Driver of the Year category. During 20 days the visitors were able to vote for the drivers in all seven categories.”

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