Rate the race: Turkish Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 (2%)

Total Voters: 1,829

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  1. 6/10 – Not Bad. Nothing special by any stretch of the imagination, but there was some good overtaking every now and then, and the race just seemed more interesting than Spain or Bahrain. Shame for Seb and Rubens, well done again to Jenson and Mark. Good to see Williams and BMW creeping back up the order again too.

  2. Extremely boring, stopped watching after the first pitstops. I’ve been watching F1 since the A.Jones – C.Reutemann – G.Villeneuve era, with the exception of a 1.5 year break after Senna’s death. I think it’s time for another long break, until the F1 circus improves the spectacle a bit. I agree with other posters, it’s a shame, after all the hype about the OWG and the reg changes.

  3. A bit dull. Enough action early in the race to avoid a really negative rating, but that final stint really put me to sleep.

  4. David Smith
    7th June 2009, 17:13

    BORING….I tried to make it interesting trying to count how many time jonathan legrad (BBC commentator) said Jenson Button in any given minute!!!

    1. He also repeats the phrase ‘in the wars’, like the broken record he seems to be.

  5. 3/10 – No Championship this year is a big disappointment.

    Close racing? For 2 laps then it separates again.

    Closest ever field? That’s why the championship was over in 5 races? We had 7 different winners last year and this year Button will win every single dry race.

  6. Just one question – Do Jenson fans find this new F1 interesting?

    I’m a Hamilton and Vettel fan but them dominating would be boring for me. I much prefer seeing great racing for the lead and lots of different winners and a close title battle.

    1. Do Jenson fans find this new F1 interesting?

      New F1!?! For me its always been the same F1 since they brought back re-fuelling… the reversing of which I am very much looking forward to next year.

      That aside, I am still very much enjoying it. The Schumacher years were excellence personified, then the new champion in 2005/6 and 2007 & 8 were brilliant, though not for the on track stuff to be honest. More so now that we are seeing a driver I’ve always believed in given the chance to show what we all thought of him back in 2000, and then some.

      I won’t be happy until Jenson has won them all.

  7. HounslowBusGarage
    7th June 2009, 17:50

    I really thought Ferrari were going to be successful this weekend, but they just seemed to be in the background; part of the also-rans. Neither qualifying or the race seemed to feature the red cars at all.
    Any ideas what happened to them? I know Kimi had a bit of a tussle with Alonso’s rear end (car rear end!), but Massa just seemed to acquiesce into sixth.

    1. It was just a lack of race pace the cause of which is being looked into.

  8. Is it possible that the tracks are just not challenging for the drivers anymore? Drivers are making fewer and fewer mistakes. How can that be with what is supposed to be the cutting edge? With thousands of man-hours of driving producing so few mistakes, it’s pretty clear to me that the cars and drivers have outgrown the tracks and track design conventions.

    Even this race, it was Vettel’s mistake that made it slightly more interesting, with the possibility that he might catch and pass Button – imagine how we’d be ranking this race if Button had passed him in the pits.

    The tracks need to be made much more challenging. How challenging is turn 8 really, if nobody really made a mistake there in all those laps in all those cars?

    1. Vettel went off during this race and the previous. Monaco saw a whole lot of crashes.

      BTW Turn 8 is demanding on the car. Not on the driver. Isn’t it flat out for the fastest cars?

      1. the drivers get up too 5G that not demanding?

    2. Drivers are making fewer and fewer mistakes.

      Navs has a point here, with the cars so finely tuned & perfect and the drivers training to the n’th degree and absolutely flawless in the races, mistakes and therefore opportunities are fewer and therefore overtaking is nigh on impossible.

      Look to the 70’s and 80’s, overtaking occured because the driver in front was pressured into a mistake. A driver that the night before was out drinking with his best buddies, who would happen to drive for the other team, or was s3xing it up playboy style.

      All that counted back then was talent, and it varied enourmously.

      Today, talent is just one part of the complete package.

  9. I’m actually not a Jenson fan but I am finding this season quite interesting. If the cars were a bit closer then it would be better. FIA have got a lot to answer for.

  10. StrFerrari4Ever
    7th June 2009, 19:03

    I voted a 6 there wasn’t any real challenge as soon as Vettel made that mistake I felt ill and angry I knew Jenson would go on to win the only real thing I watched the rest of the race for was to see whether Jenson’s car would just go crazy that didn’t happen and after that I was very edgy and didn’t want anyone talking to me.Toro Rosso struggling didn’t help much 2 weeks time things better be different very different!!! :@

    1. I am the same. I tune in really happy and at the end of the race I’m just mardy and annoyed. I’m sick of seeing the same driver winning every single race, I thought the days of 2002 and 2004 were behind us. Hope Toro Rosso can improve too :(

  11. StrFerrari4Ever
    7th June 2009, 20:12

    Good to see someone share’s the same view as me TommyB Jenson’s a good guy but seeing him just winning all the time it’s getting unbareable when Schumi dominated I didn’t have a problem because you knew that it wasn’t just the car it was the whole package and he deserved it more than anyone. But with Jenson I get frustrated because I know he deserves a top car but not one where he can dominate with if Red Bull don’t win at Silverstone the title race could be finished.Just a sidenote did anyone see the entry speeds for Turn 8 I think Vettel had 272.8km/h isnt that the highest into that corner during the circuits history or did cars go faster in years past?

  12. HounslowBusGarage
    7th June 2009, 21:08

    I remember a quote from an old time GP driver, who said something like “The secret to winning is to drive as slowly as possibly, while still driving faster than all the others.”
    Can anyone remind me who said that?
    And doesn’t that look like what Jenson has done this year? His smooth style has often obscured his pace to the extent that it looks metronimacly boring when he’s smashing the opposition to pieces.
    Not his fault. Smoothest is quickest. That’s the way Jackie Stewart did it. Blame the others for not being quick enough and allowing Button to drive as slowly as possible while still driving faster than the opposition.
    Congratulations to JB.

    1. I remember a quote from an old time GP driver, who said something like “The secret to winning is to drive as slowly as possibly, while still driving faster than all the others.”
      Can anyone remind me who said that?

      Sounds like something Prost would say, but I don’t know for sure I’m afraid.

      1. or maybe Sir Jackie

  13. why did they go though all that trouble with overtaking and suddenly allow a ddd which creates a large amount of turbulence

    1. why did they go though all that trouble with overtaking and suddenly allow a ddd which creates a large amount of turbulence

      What evidence do you have to support this claim?

      My understanding is that the diffuser cleans up the air exiting the car and therefore, I imagine, reduces turbulence.

  14. The scariest thing about the no in season testing is that what has happened this year could happen again & again.Say Mclaren make a car like the Brawn next year we could see exactly the same thing just a different team and there is a strong possibility soon, one or two of the big teams are going to shelve this year and concentrate on 2010.If turkey is anything to go by why would you bother chucking big money over improvement’s that show no real advantage.Ferrari’s race was a joke I predict them to be the first to move.

  15. you know the medal system might have been better in this ocasion

  16. Boring, Boring, Boring
    I like Button and I think what Brawn is doing is great. Turkey looks like a beautiful venue for a race. The track layout is interesting. But, come on guys…this race was BORING.

  17. Oh.. by the way. Maybe Bernie is doing a re-think on that medal system thing. :-)
    Lets all hope the B man is feling better.

  18. sorry, thats “feeling better.”

  19. any 1 notice Naomi Campbell is completely insane

    1. who cares.

  20. I wonder, if Vettel hadn’t made his mistake, stayed in front of Button and won the race with everything else remaining as it happened, would there be as many people bemoaning how “boring” this race was? I thought that there were a few exciting battles throughout and another outstanding drive from Button meant it got a 6 from me.

    The down side of having the grid on it’s head this year is that in the 6 of the best cars on the grid (Brawn, RBR and Toyota) there’s only 1 driver showing he has what it takes to win the title. If any of those other seats had Hamilton, Kimi or Alonso in them it’d be the close fight people want.

    1. Your right. But they don’t and it isn’t. (Right now)

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