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. It does make me laugh when I still read messages on here about Lewis Hamilton ‘only winning because he had the best car’ as if he were the only driver in history to do so!
    I guess that is why we never saw a champion crowned driving a Minardi then. Ofcourse its down to the strength of the car, in most cases. It is all about maximising your potential when the machinery is competitive and reliable. When you look back at the ‘majority’ of F1 champions over the last three decades they all won when they had a competitive car. Very few, including such legends as Prost, Senna, Schumacher, Hakkinen, and even Alonso, succeeded in winning championships with duff cars.
    In nearly every form of motorsports this applies. So Jenson Button is only doing what other great drivers have done before. He is wringing the neck out of the best racing car he has probably ever driven, just like Senna in 1988, just like Hakkinen in 1998, and just like Schumacher in 2004 (which in my opinion was probably the best car Ferrari gave him). So cut the crap.
    As for the race. Snooooooooooooozzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeee.

  2. Maurice Henry
    8th June 2009, 11:50

    Dull race. Expect worse next year. Nice to see the FIA rule changes, which have cost the teams a lot of money in R&D, have done nothing to improve the racing. 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?

    1. In contrast, in fact, Mansell is backing Button and has nothing negative to say about his driving, the car, or the way in which he is winning. He believe Jenson utterly deserves this chance and is happy to see the man who has spent many a season struggling with a uncompetitive machine get his chance to show his full worth.

      All from the interview in Monaco with Ted.

  3. 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?

    See my reply here

    In summary, in an interview with Ted in Monaco he was absolutely full of praise for Button and fully behind him.

    1. Maurice Henry
      8th June 2009, 17:46

      Then I wonder why he said it about Lewis? BTW I have to work weekends and cannot always be bothered to sit through the build up so I would have castigated Mansell for that at the time had I seen it.

      1. I think Mansell is miffed because Lewis went straight into a Championship winning car and had it again the following year, whereas Button had “served his apprenticeship” so that makes it deserved. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion.

        I think they both are great drivers and very deserving of the title, and in a straight fight there wouldn’t be much in it.

  4. In an interview with Ted in Monaco he was absolutely full of praise for Button and fully behind him.

  5. Maurice Henry
    8th June 2009, 17:50

    I recommend people who say it will all be so much better next year read Murray Walker’s comments in F1 Racing’s latest mag. He doesn’t think it will be that much more exciting without refuelling.

  6. @Maurice Henry.

    I think not! There was definately a bit of spite and venom in Mansell’s attack on Lewis Hamilton and the suggestion that the 2008 title was somewhat ‘easier’ than that of 1992 was pure nonsense.
    Typical Mansell, with his ‘me against the world’ mentality that goes back many years. Even in his heyday, he would always complain about other drivers, his car, etc etc. Self inflicted errors were always somebody else’s fault.
    When Jackie Stewart spoke of Senna saying that , ‘the man really believes in what he is saying, but then so did Hitler’, the same can be said of Mansell also.
    He needs to be reminded that his era went nearly twenty years ago and the sport has moved on without him!

  7. This is not specifically regarding the race (which I voted 7), but more about wordings and descriptions used in the voting system at the moment, and how it might be skewing the votes.

    Keith, I suspect (with no concrete prove, I admit) that pairing words with the numbers in the voting system is distorting the ratings. It applies for all the ratings, from 1-10, but I think is most prominent with “3”, which has been unfortunately paired with “Boring”.

    So what happens now is that, after a dull race, people went for the word that they associated with most, instead of the rating they felt the race actually deserved. “I was bored to tears, grrr. What should I vote? Oh, there it is, ‘Boring'”.

    Say if “2” or “4” had been paired with “boring”, I’m pretty sure they’ll have been the popular choice among the lower ratings.

    Of course, I admit this doesn’t skew the ratings by a HUGE amount, but I do feel it’s unnecessary, and easily preventable distortion. It only works to some extent, since if you had paired “6” or “7” with “Boring”, voters would probably not have been affected as much. (But they’ll have questioned your rating descriptions long before this :D)

    I just feel a fully quantitative vote would better serve its purpose of obtaining a read of the voter sentiment on the race. The understand the descriptions add flavour, but I feel it’s worth a try to do without them.

    1. Chua – Yeah I thought that myself a while ago! Will give some thought to changing or doing away with the labels.

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