Sebastian Vettel seized the lead role for the 2011 FI season from an intimidated casting director in Melbourne and never relinquished it.
But the supporting characters have also had their moments in the sun - and sometimes the rain.
We pick five moments that stood out in this action-packed drama.
Image: Grid-girls applaud as Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany holds up a bottle of champagne to celebrate his victory on the podium during the awards ceremony at Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 25, 2011.
Text: Sankhya Krishnan