Victorious Vettel – The Official Review of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season, © 2013, distributed by Visual Entertainment Group Australia
Format: DVD (reviewed); BluRay

Victorious Vettel – The Official Review of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship SeasonAgain failing to make the pre-Christmas sales cut-off, the 2012 Formula 1 Season Review hit the shelves in early January as a five-hour double DVD or seven-hour BluRay.

And despite the delay getting it on the shelves, the production falls well short of the mark and the review contains some glaring omissions.

With twenty races on the 2012 calendar, the editors have a tough job squeezing in all of the best bits from a cracking season, but as was the case with the 2011 Season Review DVD, too much of the back story content was chopped and this time they went to the extreme.

The first DVD launches straight into the season-opening Grand Prix at Australia. You have no introduction to the drivers or teams, no discussion of the rules changes, or any pre-season form to give the opening races any kind of context or form guide.

That piece actually comes in the form of an ‘extra feature’ on the second DVD disc, but it feels utterly misplaced there.

Most annoying of all, there’s absolutely no footage from practice or qualifying, a pattern that frustratingly continues throughout the review.

Major events that shaped the season – penalty incidents for drivers, the near-skipping of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the post-race fire at the Spanish Grand Prix, Maria de Villota’s career-ending testing accident – are all missing. At best, a few are given the barest passing mentions.

Of course, the high-definition footage and 5.1 surround sound format is splendid to behold for the armchair fan wanting to recap the season, and we’re given quite a few extra bits of unseen race footage and radio snippets.

But the lack of context and proper content in the two-disc DVD fails to give the 2012 season proper justice. We don’t see anything substantial covering the battle to master the Pirelli tyres, Ferrari’s recovery at the hands of Fernando Alonso, and Red Bull Racing’s continual development to world-beating dominance in the back half of the season.

It’s clearly time to rethink how these official reviews are done. It’s a shame that the 2012 edition fails to support its coverage of the on-track action with the same focus on the real drama in the year.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award the 2012 Formula One World Championship Review


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.