Rate the race: Turkish Grand Prix

Jenson Button notched up his sixth win of 2009 in Turkey.

What did you think of the race? Rate it out of ten and leave a comment below:

Rate the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 - Terrible (5%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (3%)
  • 3 - Boring (19%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (7%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (18%)
  • 6 - Not bad (17%)
  • 7 - Good (20%)
  • 8 - Great (8%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (2%)
  • 10 - Perfect (1%)

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122 comments on Rate the race: Turkish Grand Prix

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  1. rick jones said on 7th June 2009, 14:46

    Another awesome drive by jenson

  2. Yuma said on 7th June 2009, 14:51

    it’s getting really boring, Jenson obvisoly has the best car on the track and Hamilton has the worst

    • Damon said on 7th June 2009, 14:56

      it’s getting really boring, Jenson obvisoly has the best car on the track and Hamilton has the worst

      It was the other way around last two years.

      • Yuma said on 7th June 2009, 14:57

        that’s why the championship was decided in the final race by 1 point

        • Yuma said on 7th June 2009, 14:59

          a srry, I replied to quickly, what you say is true, that is why I wanna see a race where all the drivers have equal cars so you can really see who’s best : ) srry

          • Vincent Altair said on 7th June 2009, 15:14

            Then you need to find a different racing series to watch Yuma! :-)

          • beneboy said on 7th June 2009, 15:18

            I don’t think you’ll get much support for a spec F1 series on here mate :-)

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th June 2009, 17:35

            I wanna see a race where all the drivers have equal cars so you can really see who’s best

            Try IRL, GP2, A1 Grand Prix, they’re all good. They aren’t F1 though.

          • persempre said on 7th June 2009, 18:03

            Yep, you`re watching the wrong series if you don`t believe in F1 is a team sport, Yuma.
            Even the spec series can`t be said to be all about the driver. The minute a mechanic touches a car or someone decides strategy it becomes a team sport.

    • Robert said on 7th June 2009, 15:32

      It would be nice if it was like 2008 when mclaren and ferrari where so close to each other

      • Robert said on 7th June 2009, 15:34

        Sorry what i mean is i wish red bull where closer to brawn so the championship would go down to the last round

      • Dougie said on 8th June 2009, 1:35

        It would be nice if it was like 2008 when mclaren and ferrari where so close to each other

        Well, if Brawn were making as many mistakes as the other teams then it would be.

        2008 was about who could give the championship away, not who won it. Mistakes a plenty all round.

        • Owen G said on 8th June 2009, 4:56

          Exactly!!

          Last years championship was so exciting because there were so many balls ups. Button and Brawn are making zero mistakes and reaping the rewards. Fair play to them.

  3. Loki said on 7th June 2009, 14:52

    Awesome drive by Jenson – but the race was as boring as they come, I’d have rather spent the afternoon in the sunshine.

    I would even give Driver of the Day to Rubens for at least spicing things up for a little while.

    A ‘3’ from me.

    • Mouse Nightshirt said on 7th June 2009, 14:56

      I watched the race on my laptop in the sunshine – you can have the best of both!

      Voted a 6 – Barichello’s excursions helped a touch, but on the whole, an uneventful race.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th June 2009, 17:36

        I watched the race on my laptop in the sunshine – you can have the best of both!

        Yeah that’s definitely the way to do things in the summer. If only I could nick my girlfriend’s 19-inch Vaio from her!

        • Dougie said on 8th June 2009, 1:36

          If only I could nick my girlfriend’s 19-inch Vaio from her!

          Keith, that sounds positively rude! :-D

    • HaHa said on 7th June 2009, 14:56

      If this race proves anything, it’s that R.B. isn’t a great racer. Too many silly judgement calls. Senna, Schuey et al didnt do daft things like that.

  4. Prometheus said on 7th June 2009, 14:56

    8 points from me, Button is unbeatable but behind him it was a really cool race, some nice fights in the last couple of corners and some tactical position changes. Istanbul is a really nice circuit.

  5. Achilles said on 7th June 2009, 14:56

    A dull race, enlivened by the antics of Barrichello. Vettels bobble cleared the way for Button, then it was game over as far as the rest were concerned. I wonder what happened to the idea of making the RACING closer?

    • HaHa said on 7th June 2009, 14:59

      Vettle couldnt take the pressure, very poor. Just goes to show Button is supreme.

      • Achilles said on 7th June 2009, 15:04

        Vettel moved over to the dusty side of the track in turn1, to block Button, maybe that was why the car moved at turn8/9, giving Button the lead, credit where credit is due, the Braun car is impressive.

        • Prometheus said on 7th June 2009, 15:08

          The wind direction had changed; Rosberg said that’s why he could pass a couple of drivers who made mistakes like Vettel.

    • persempre said on 7th June 2009, 18:05

      Sadly, it went out the window with the allowance of the double-decker diffuser & the option of KERS

  6. Robert McKay said on 7th June 2009, 15:00

    A dismal race.

    • HaHa said on 7th June 2009, 15:41

      Why?

      • TommyB said on 7th June 2009, 17:13

        Because we tune in every day now and already know who’s won. Button is going to win every race and it’s so boring. Last year we had 7 different winners.

        • Dougie said on 8th June 2009, 1:39

          Because we tune in every day now and already know who’s won.

          That’s strange, because I’ve never known going into each race who is going to win. Button has deserved it everytime though 100%. I hope he wins them all personally.

  7. Achilles said on 7th June 2009, 15:00

    you are right HAHa the season is’nt boring, but you could hardly describe that as a great Race….

    • HaHa said on 7th June 2009, 15:31

      Ask Button, he’d say it was great.

      • Cameron said on 7th June 2009, 16:10

        After the way his Winter played out, just being in an F1 car is probably great in his mind! To him, this must be Incredible!

        • HaHa said on 8th June 2009, 9:27

          absolutely. What a breath of fresh air he & his dad are compared to the miserable Lewis & Anthony Hamilton.

          • Dougie said on 8th June 2009, 10:15

            Yeah, I find Jensons interviews so refreshing. Although, in Lewis’s defence, his post race interview was one if his better ones.

          • Maurice Henry said on 8th June 2009, 12:19

            I wonder if Nigel Mansell will say how devalued Jenson’s title is because he only beat 19 other guys rather than 25 in his WDC year?

  8. jayb said on 7th June 2009, 15:06

    very happy for button but it was a pretty dull race.
    it is starting to turn into another 2004. which was the most boring season ever!!!

    • Dougie said on 8th June 2009, 1:42

      it is starting to turn into another 2004

      Like in 2004 I find enjoyment and excitement from watching an awesome driver being absolutely flawless in an exceptional piece of technological engineering. The difference, of course, with 2004 is that the Brawn is not nearly as superior a car as the Ferrari was. It is just the consistency of the car, strategy and Button which is keeping it first across the line.

      The car has been beatable on more than one race this year.

      • HaHa said on 8th June 2009, 9:31

        This is what’s getting on my nerves, so many people are not willing to give Button & Brawn GP any credit. The car is fantastic, no argument, but someone still has to bring it home.

  9. Damon said on 7th June 2009, 15:06

    It was a “Let’s wait and see if anything changes during pitstops” race. So boring.

  10. Ninad said on 7th June 2009, 15:06

    I went for 8 points (Great), just because track is really challenging, and there was good battle and overtakings during the race. 1st lap was awesome, people getting past one another, also some nice stratergic moves by some teams.

    • Cameron said on 7th June 2009, 16:02

      These are all things I love about F1, but the more I think about it, the more I can understand why the general public thinks F1 is garbage. If first lap events, and several laps with passing challenges, and waiting for pit stops to see if something happens are what all us diehards class as a ‘great’ race, I can understand why so many people don’t like this sport I hold so dear to my heart!

      :P

  11. Nick said on 7th June 2009, 15:10

    the season is ****. Button will win every race to come since noone can test…its worse than 2004.

  12. -A- said on 7th June 2009, 15:19

    Not a terribly entertaining race, but in my opinion, a very informative one. Once again showing “no risk, no fun” as the supreme philosphy is the wrong approach in Formula One. You need to be able to put out a measured performance under the circumstances you’re given. Once again, Vettel and Red Bull failed to do that, so they didn’t capitalise on their pole position, which after they’d won the start, had given them a good chance to win the race.

    Germany’s media are trying very hard to put up Vettel as the main title contender for Button and Brawn, but if it continues to go like this, he’s not very effective. I think they’re getting a bit carried away with his lush, bantering personality, tending to ignore that except from Shanghai which he happened to win, he didn’t deliver what he needed to do in any race so far this year…

    • David (Brazil) said on 7th June 2009, 16:03

      I agree, Vettel so far has been getting a soft ride from the media and most bloggers. He’s talented for sure, but the question is whether he can take the extreme pressure that comes with battling for the WDC. I remember last year a lot of people chortling when he went past Hamilton at São Paulo – with absoultely nothing riding on his race. In Turkey today, on pole, the pressure was huge and he could barely keep the car on the track in the first lap. That’s the real test. Kubica fluffed his chance last season when it suddenly looked as though he could catch up Massa and Hamilton. Barrichello just can’t take the pressure being exerted by Button’s cool, no flap driving. Bar a calamity for Button, it’s all over for RB and his last chance for a championship. Vettel should be contending but is showing much less cool than Hamilton showed at the start of his first season in a similar position (the next-best car chasing Ferrari with a more experienced driver as team mate). However, going by Vettel’s expression (suppressed rage after being told to back off Webber) at the end of the race, I imagine he’ll be more focused from now on in. Only it’s too late for this year.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th June 2009, 17:37

        Vettel so far has been getting a soft ride from the media and most bloggers. He’s talented for sure, but the question is whether he can take the extreme pressure that comes with battling for the WDC.

        I think it will lead people to re-appraise Vettel a bit. But also, I think it emphasises just how well Hamilton did at the start of 2007. And we must remember Vettel’s had a season and a half already.

        • Nick said on 7th June 2009, 18:33

          er, Hamilton had the best car on the grid.

          • Matt Fallon said on 7th June 2009, 19:20

            Be honest though, the Red Bull isn’t exactly far off being the best car on the grid. And i think Keith was refering to how little mistakes Hamilton made in 2007 rather than his pace.

            In 2007 Hamiltons pace was great and he barely made a mistake

            This year Vettels pace has been great but he has made at least 3 high profile errors.

            I believe that is what Keith was refering to.

          • Matt Fallon said on 7th June 2009, 19:20

            Be honest though, the Red Bull isn’t exactly far off being the best car on the grid. And i think Keith was refering to how little mistakes Hamilton made in 2007 rather than his pace.

            In 2007 Hamiltons pace was great and he barely made a mistake

            This year Vettels pace has been great but he has made at least 3 high profile errors.

            I believe that is what Keith was refering to.

  13. mp4-19 said on 7th June 2009, 15:21

    processional race with no attention seeking moments. as i have said before this is a repeat of 1992. again the next race at silverstone is an aero killer.we can expect button to stamp his authority all over the place. rubens barrichello must retire & join globo tv. he’i’m sure will never win a single race this year. the only way to stop button is to drug him before the race. as for mclaren- the can go into hibernation. ferrari are also nowhere near brawn. adrian newey must be scratching his head by now. bmw have made a mockery of themselves. they were the one’s who advocated for kers so strongly & aren’t even using it. nelson piquet just did his father proud by finishing the race. i think giancarlo’s time is up. the liqor baron mallya must show him the door.pity red bull didn’t allow seb to race webber. that car to pit radio communication was the lie of the season. it must be investigated. toyata must get their act to-gether, orelse i see them pullin’ the plug. nico rosberg just proved everyone right, he’s the unsung champion of fridays. nakajima- he better go & do some fishing. all in all a very boring race.

    its F&%$#*g poetic justice for mercedes. their engines kept coughin’ up every few feet with mclarens over the past decade & now seem bullet proof on a costumer car!!

    mclaren lost the 2000,2003,2004(rip),2005 championships due to mercedes engine blowing up.

    • HaHa said on 7th June 2009, 15:38

      jeez, you do go on…….

      • Cameron said on 7th June 2009, 16:05

        Atleast his ramble is somewhat interesting. That’s far more than I can say for your contributions.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th June 2009, 17:39

      mclaren lost the 2000,2003,2004(rip),2005 championships due to mercedes engine blowing up.

      No they didn’t. You could possibly make the case for 2005, but the rest of the time Ferrari’s dominance and/or the mistakes of McLaren’s drivers were at least to blame.

      • mp4-19 said on 8th June 2009, 13:25

        remember the inaugural 2000 US gp at indianapolis? hakkinen’s engine gave way when he was leading both the race & championship.it served as a death blow to hakkinen & mclaren. it took them a long time to recover fron that. in 2003 kimi at one point in time was leading shoemaker by 17 points. kimi lost his lead after the canadian gp. but was set to regain his lead in the next race itself at nurburgring. his merc engine blew when he was leading the race by a comfortable margin. the lesser said about 2004 the better. we all know about thar years car & specifically the engine. brings back bad memories. the chassis was revolutionary, but the engine was crap. in 2005 kimi statrted the french,british,italian gp’s with a 10 place grid penalty due to merc engines blowing up on dynaos & engine simulators! the 2006 engine never had the thump in it. so im right i think in saying mercedes have let down mclaren on innumerable occasions. but now their engines are unflappable on the brawns. ron must be fuming over this i think, cuz imo the only time mclaren failed to provide a bad chassis to mercedes is 1995,1996 & 2009. the rest was due to the failure of mercedes. if mclaren had gone with customer engines in say 2004, i wud say they would have easily won the championship.

  14. mp4-19 said on 7th June 2009, 15:29

    forgot to mention. OWG is a complete failure. that mclaren simulator is complete crap. maybe we gotta implement mad max’s theory of the what is it called?? a centre downwash wing or somethin’ like that, the wing with a big gaping hole in the middle. complete failure on the part of the technical team framing the rules for racing. it just proves simulators are simulators. & was this button’s forth succesive merc engine? just curious. cuz i’ve fillowed mercedes since their re-entry into f1 in 1992. they’ve never managed to supply good reliable engines. so mercedes are settin’ right that record atleast.

    • HaHa said on 7th June 2009, 15:42

      blimey, there’s more?

    • Patrickl said on 7th June 2009, 16:04

      *** are you talking about? The OWG made sure the cars are able to reasonably be able to overtake if the leading car is a second a lap slower.

      THEY ACHIEVED THAT GOAL! This has been demonstrated often enough.

      The fact that Red Bull thinks their cars need no overtaking (no KERS and no moving front wing) is their fault, not the OWG’s.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th June 2009, 17:40

      maybe we gotta implement mad max’s theory of the what is it called?? a centre downwash wing or somethin’ like that

      Isn’t what we have this year just the CDG in reverse? Compare the 2009 front wing to the CDG rear wing.

    • persempre said on 7th June 2009, 18:09

      OWG came up with regs which should have allowed closer racing & overtaking. That went straight out the window when the double-decker diffuser was allowed.
      Can`t blame the OWG for the FIA allowing something which was totally against the mandate they`d given, mp4-10

      • persempre said on 7th June 2009, 18:14

        Sorry, I seem to have deducted you by 9, mp4-19

      • Patrickl said on 7th June 2009, 19:53

        I see a lot of close racing though. Only the Red Bull of Vettel seems to have problems with overtaking. Webbers car is doing a lot better in that respect (best move all season when he repassed Alonso)

      • Dougie said on 8th June 2009, 1:46

        That went straight out the window when the double-decker diffuser was allowed.

        There is absolutely no evidence to suggest the double-deck diffuser creates more turbulence in the wake of the car. Quite the opposite in fact as its primary purpose is to clean the air flow exiting the car.

  15. chaostheory said on 7th June 2009, 15:30

    Istanbul is probably quite interesting to drive on, but very boring to watch others racing there. But other thing – for TV watchers – how/what TV director(s) shows to us can make quite a big difference and it seems like they fell asleep in Turkey; but it wasnt that bad like with Interlagos, where 99% of the race we can see front runners only – no matter whats happening behind.
    And Nelson Piquet jr driver of the race for that mini-battle with Lewis Hamilton ! :D

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