Valencia was least popular race of 2008

The new Valencia circuit produced the least popular race of 2008

The new Valencia circuit produced the least popular race of 2008

I’ve compiled the results from the 18 ‘rate the race’ polls of 2008 and crunched the numbers to find what were the most popular and least popular races of the year.

Unsurprisingly Brazil came out on top as the fans’ favourite, with the European Grand Prix at the new Valencia Circuit voted worst race. Here’s the list in full.

2008 F1 race popularity

2008 F1 race popularity (click to enlarge)

2008 F1 race popularity (click to enlarge)

Brazil comes out easily on top with Monaco, Britain and Italy all getting similar scores. All four of the most popular races were affected by rain.

Here are the races ranked by popularity with the race winner for each.

Brazil 8.756 (Felipe Massa)
Monaco 8.177 (Lewis Hamilton)
Britain 8.164 (Lewis Hamilton)
Italy 8.153 (Sebastian Vettel)
Canada 7.809 (Robert Kubica)
Belgium 7.736 (Felipe Massa*)
Australia 7.609 (Lewis Hamilton)
Germany 7.180 (Lewis Hamilton)
Turkey 6.816 (Felipe Massa)
Japan 6.660 (Fernando Alonso)
Singapore 6.302 (Fernando Alonso)
Hungary 6.202 (Heikki Kovalainen)
Malaysia 5.738 (Kimi Raikkonen)
France 5.548 (Felipe Massa)
Bahrain 5.364 (Felipe Massa)
Spain 5.085 (Kimi Raikkonen)
China 4.446 (Lewis Hamilton)
Europe 3.977 (Felipe Massa)

*At the point at which most of the votes were cast it was not yet known that Lewis Hamilton was going to be stripped of his win.

2008 F1 race popularity – adjusted

Some races seemed to have oddly large numbers of people voting the lowest rating of ‘terrible’. They didn’t seem to be consistent to a particular driver or a particular type of race. If we filter out the ‘terrible’ votes it changes the average ratings as follows:

2008 F1 race popularity (adjusted) (click to enlarge)

2008 F1 race popularity (adjusted) (click to enlarge)

Belgium and Singapore do much better. I remember Belgium picked up a lot of ‘terrible’ votes after the news of Hamilton’s penalty was announced. As for Singapore, perhaps a lot of Ferrari fans were angered by the double whammy of the Massa pit lane debacle and Raikkonen’s late crash.

Do you think this ranking reflects what were the best and worst races of the year?

If you want to have a play with the raw data you can download it from MediaFire:

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28 comments on Valencia was least popular race of 2008

  1. I’d love to see the back of the Barcelona GP. It manages to be astoundingly dull year on year. Bring Estoril back.

    I’m prepared to give Valencia another go, but it wasn’t just the lack of racing on the track that made it boring. It was the lack of interesting scenery around the track the tipped it into “astoundingly dull”.

  2. Not much surprising to see that the most popular races are the rainy ones. Let’s hope next year we will not need rain anymore to see good races.

  3. beneboy said on 25th November 2008, 18:42

    El Gordo

    I’d love to see the back of the Barcelona GP. It manages to be astoundingly dull year on year. Bring Estoril back.

    I’m prepared to give Valencia another go, but it wasn’t just the lack of racing on the track that made it boring.

    Agreed.

    It’s time for Barcelona to be redesigned or replaced, 1996 is the only enjoyable race I can remember and it rained that season (Schumi’s first win in a Ferrari too).

    I’d like to see Estoril given a race too.

    I’m reserving my judgement of Valencia until next season, hopefully the new regulations will give us some better racing there.
    Hopefully as it becomes an established track there will be a bit more investment in the area and the surrounding area will be a bit better looking and have an improved atmosphere.

    It’s no surprise to me that the wet races were the favourites, I’ve always preferred a wet or changeable race but like everyone else I’m hoping the new regulations will give us this type of racing in the dry.

  4. Friday 29th March 2009

    Make that Sunday

  5. taurus said on 16th April 2009, 22:07

    I would happily lose:

    Barcelona
    Hungaroring
    Shanghai
    Bahrain
    Malaysia
    Fuji (I know its alternating, but Suzuka is just so much better)

    Keep/bring back/replace with:

    Montreal
    Silverstone
    Imola
    Jerez
    Adelaide (fat chance!).

    Valencia needs another chance, but I personally dont think it will get any better…

  6. 10 x YES for Imola. Remove the crappy Asian/Mideast circuits like Turkey, Bahrain, China and bring Imola, Montreal and that track in Argentina.

  7. Cyanide is right, tilke fixed imola why not just go back.

    DROP VALENCIA AND BRING BACK IMOLA!!!!!!!!

  8. stuart said on 30th July 2009, 21:02

    how much are the tickets for valencia ??

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