1st - Red Bull Racing - Still top dog, but not by as big a margin as it was last year, Vettel continues to dominate Webber, who takes one last win before retiring at the end of the year.
2nd - McLaren - Some weekends they are capable of matching RBR, some weekends they are way off, but no one else gets as close to RBR as McLaren. Lewis bounces back from last year and beats Button on points, but again it is very close. Both drivers take points off each other which hampers any title bid, but it probably wasn't on anyway.
3rd - Toleman Lotus - A rejuvenated Enstone team leap into third place, but its more because of Ferrari and Mercedes screwing up than any great gains in performance. Kimi is back to his best and piles on the points in the first half of the season. Grosjean starts a little slower but starts scoring consistenly too by mid season. First Ferrari and then Mercedes overhaul them on speed later in the year, but neither scores enough points, 3rd-4th-5th is very close. No wins for Lotus, but Kimi gets a few podiums.
4th - Ferrari - Looks like its made of Lego and drives like it too. Ferrari have a dreadful start and struggle to score in the first half of the season. Still, they are too good a team to be down for long and are the third fastest team by the end of the year. Alonso drives the wheels of his car and beats Kimi to 5th in the championship, but the team's constructors chances are badly hampered by Felipe Massa, who wins DBTMOTY.
5th - Mercedes Benz - The team struggles to shake off its BAR DNA. A decent start (4th fastest behind Lotus) gives way to the now traditional mid season slump. The team fight back up to 4th fastest behind Ferrari by the end of the year, but with few points in the mid season they are consigned to 5th. Schumie takes a lucky podium late in the year and retires. Still no wins for Nico...
6th - Force India - More consistent than last year but with Lotus' improvement there is no way for them to break into the top 5. Consistent points for both di Resta and Hulkenberg, but nothing to write home about.
7th - Sauber - Business as usual for Sauber, midfield anonymity for most of the year. Kobayashi regains his spark and puts in the occasional stunning drive, but the car just doesn't have the speed.
8th - Williams Renault - After 2011 the only way is up for Williams, sadly they are unable to climb any higher than 8th. The extra cash brought in by their two pay drives allows for some development by the end of the year, but its only a glimmer of hope.
9th - Torro Rosso - Two rookies doesn't work out for STR, with the senior team dominating the championship, Mateschitz loses interest and sells up at the end of the year.
10th - Caterham - Kovalainen scores the teams first points and snaps at the heels of the Torro Rossos all year, Trulli's continued indifference hampers and chance of beating them in the constructors championship however.
11th - HRT - De la Rosa shows he really deserved a better shot at F1 with some feisty near "Kovalainenlike" drives. Still the car just isn't capable of rising any higher than 21st on merit and there are still no points scored. Karthikeyan is usually behind the Marussias and is fired halfway through the year, to be replaced with another anonymous pay driver, who doesn't do much better.
12th - Marussia - Marussia turn out to be the new Spyker - a small volume car manufacture you've never heard of buy an F1 team, don't make the proper investments and leave before the end of the year. Without even Wirth on board the team slides behind HRT on pace and go bust at the end of the year. Glock leaves the team in disgust just after mid season and finds a drive in sportscars, his F1 career sadly over.
"Well we've got this ridiculous situation where we're all sitting by the start-finish line waiting for a winner to come past and we don't seem to be getting one!" - James Hunt, Monaco 1982