F1 2012 in pictures by leading photographer Darren Heath

Jenson Button
18 March: The view from a helicopter high above Albert Park, Melbourne, as McLaren driver Jenson Button powers his way to victory in the Australian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso on the podium
25 March: The setting sun breaks out from behind heavy rain clouds as Fernando Alonso steps on to the podium after his remarkable victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg
15 April: Nico Rosberg rounds Turn 13 in practice as he prepares for his maiden F1 victory in the Chinese Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso
22 April: What's behind the glasses? Fernando Alonso, who has performed miracles in an uncompetitive car so far this season, contemplates life at Ferrari in Bahrain
Pastor Maldonado celebrates in Spain
13 May: Williams's Pastor Maldonado soaks up the moment as he celebrates his maiden victory at the Spanish GP, handing Frank Williams a 70th birthday gift
Hotel de Paris, Monaco, 2012
27 May: "What's that noise?" Guests at the famous Hotel de Paris enjoy a spot of lunch during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton in Montreal
10 June: Lewis Hamilton's McLaren creates a blur of colour through the trees of Montreal's Ile Notre Dame on the way to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel arrives back in the pits having retired from the European GP in Valencia
24 June: Sebastian Vettel's thunderous mood following his retirement from the lead of the European Grand Prix is captured as he walks back to the Red Bull pit
Lewis Hamilton
8 July: A penny for your thoughts? Lewis Hamilton waits in the McLaren garage at Silverstone minutes before starting the British Grand Prix from his lowest qualifying position of the year, with doubts about McLaren's competitiveness and his options for 2013 narrowing
Fernando Alonso at the Hockenheimring circuit during the German Grand Prix
22 July: Fernando Alonso leads at Hockenheim during the German Grand Prix, where he became the the only man to win three times so far this season
Iceman? The state of Kimi Raikkonen's fingernails before his stellar performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix suggest his nickname is not always fitting
29 July: Iceman? The state of Kimi Raikkonen's fingernails before his stellar performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix suggest his nickname is not always fitting
Lewis Hamilton looks lost in thought on the grid preparing for the Belgian Grand Prix
2 September: As a difficult weekend for Lewis Hamilton reaches its climax, the McLaren driver looks lost in thought on the grid preparing for the Belgian Grand Prix
Paul di Resta
9 September: Paul di Resta, who achieved his best-ever qualifying result with fourth at the Italian Grand Prix, pushes his Force India to the limit at Monza
Lewis Hamilton
23 September: Smoke pouring from its broken gearbox, Lewis Hamilton parks his McLaren after retiring from the lead of the Singapore Grand Prix, his championship hopes now hanging by a thread
Sebastian Vettel
7 October: Sebastian Vettel, in a league of his own all weekend, blasts past Suzuka's main grandstand on his way to victory in the Japanese Grand Prix - closing to within four points of the championship lead
The pressures of life at the top of F1 show on McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh at the Korean Grand Prix
14 October: The pressures of life at the top of F1 show on McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh at the Korean Grand Prix, a weekend when the team's drivers' title hopes evaporated and they fell behind Ferrari into third place in the constructors' championship
Fernando Alonso at the Indian Grand Prix
28 October: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is on the limit through Turn 11 as he attempts to close on title rival Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull during the Indian Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen
4 November: Ever his own man, Kimi Raikkonen's feelings about his media call are transparent ahead of his victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
18 November: Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton head into Turn 15 as they battle for the lead at the revived US Grand Prix at the new Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas
Fernando Alonso (left) and Jenson Button after the Brazilian Grand Prix
25 November: Ferrari's mechanics let their man Fernando Alonso know that, title runner-up or not, he's still their number one as Jenson Button (right) goes to celebrate his win with the McLaren team