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This weekend's British Grand Prix will be the ninth in the 20 scheduled rounds of the 2012 F1 world championship. So how are the drivers getting on? Jonathan Noble gives his verdict

With the halfway point of the Formula 1 world championship fast approaching, it's time to take a look at who is performing, who's been unlucky, and who has to step up their efforts.

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are just three of the drivers who have starred at different points, but who has been the outstanding competitor of an unbelievably unpredictable season so far?

As part of our British GP build-up, Jonathan Noble looks back at the first eight remarkable races of 2012 and assesses all 24 drivers...

Sebastian Vettel

AUTOSPORT's Rating: A
Team: Red Bull Racing
Champ pos: 4th
Wins: 1 - Bahrain
Poles: 3 - Bahrain/Canada/Europe
FLs: 2 - Bahrain/Canada

Sebastian Vettel was probably as shell-shocked as the rest of the paddock when what had appeared to be a stunning winter of work with the RB8 did not produce a race-winning car from the off. It took the reigning champion a few races to get totally comfortable with the post-blown diffuser era cars - but once sorted the results soon followed. Victory in Bahrain was his first triumph of the campaign - but more encouraging (even though the result did not follow) was his dominance of the Valencia weekend. That performance points to Red Bull moving in to top gear over the second half of the season.

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