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The Season of Parity

The 2012 Formula One season is developing into one of the closest in decades. Seven different constructors have been in contention for victory at some point over the last five races with different winners triumphing at each event. The last time Formula One was statistically this competitive was 1983 - another season where seven constructors fought for race victories.

It's a far cry from last year -- or almost any other F1 year, when Sebastian Vettel won five of the season's first six races and Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, was the only winner that wasn't a Red Bull or McLaren car.

When Mark Webber won at Monaco on May 27th, he became the sixth different winner in the season's first six races, an unprecedented mark of variability in Formula 1. At Montreal, Lewis Hamilton made it seven winners in seven races, winning his third Montreal Grand Prix of the last five years. Moreover, Fernando Alonso became the only driver to secure two season victories in the European Grand Prix held in Valencia Spain on June 24th.

"I think that consistency, rather than individual strong results, will be the key to winning this world championship”, said Hamilton. “There are a handful of really strong drivers all separated by a couple of points, so there's still everything to play for."

Pirelli's tricky tires have kept teams guessing for the best setup and pit-stop strategy and the outcome in doubt through the first seven races of the year.

"The intensity of this year's championship means there's so little breathing space. We may have won in Canada, but there's an enormous amount of pressure to keep racking up good results at every race," said Hamilton, winner latest winner of the Canadian Grand Prix.

While some traditionalists may not be a fan of the "any given Sunday" approach that's suddenly appeared in F1, this dynamic has undoubtedly created excitement and increased the following of races from fans around the globe; once again reinforcing Formula One´s undisputed supremacy in motorsport.

Corie Chu
International Publicist
Velociudad Speedcity Circuit

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