Rate the race: Hungarian Grand Prix

The first win for a KERS-powered car as Lewis Hamilton wins for McLaren. What did you think of the Hungarian Grand Prix? Leave a comment and rate the race below:

Rate the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (3%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (1%)
  • 3 - Boring (5%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (3%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (7%)
  • 6 - Not bad (17%)
  • 7 - Good (28%)
  • 8 - Great (19%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (10%)
  • 10 - Perfect (7%)

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47 comments on Rate the race: Hungarian Grand Prix

  1. TommyB said on 26th July 2009, 14:48

    Good race, especially for Hungary. Must be a bad season when this is one of the best races. Enjoyed the overtaking out of the pitlane. Gutted Vettel retired which has probably blown the championship for him. So pleased Hamilton won!!! :D

  2. TommyB said on 26th July 2009, 14:50

    Hamilton miles ahead of the Brawns

    “What a difference 6 months makes!” (as Legard says)

  3. Mark Hitchcock said on 26th July 2009, 15:01

    Exciting weekend as a whole this time.
    Much more overtaking than I was expecting today, unexpected winner, very good drive by Hamilton.
    8 from me.

    Shame Vettel retired though, and good to see some inconsistency from the stewards again regarding Raikkonen… Don’t think he deserves a penalty but if he gets one it should have been dealt with during the race like with Webber, not postponed as it was today.

  4. chaostheory said on 26th July 2009, 15:07

    Good race. First since Australia when I felt any emotions (cause there where drivers in front I wanted them to win – Alonso and Raikkonen). That was really stupid what happened to Alonso – to lose any chances because someone cant tighten a wheel (sorry dont really know how you say it in english).

    • pSynrg said on 26th July 2009, 15:22

      That’s not what happened. The car was released before the wheel man could finish his job. He hadn’t put his hand up.

      Lollipop’s mistake…

      • gabal said on 26th July 2009, 17:24

        I agree – chief mechanic (lollypop man) was to blame. he released Alonso before the guy at the front right tyre gave the signal he is done.

  5. Nick said on 26th July 2009, 15:12

    Kimi and Vettel wasnt the same as Webber Rubens. Anyways, finally a race here that wasnt a complete bore.

  6. Influenced said on 26th July 2009, 15:18

    Personally think it was a bad race overall
    Terrible pit stops…
    The tire difference cost up to half a second that is way to drastic. (Bring back tyre war)
    Inconsistent stewards (even though i support raikkonen)
    and my biggest disappoint
    JONATHAN LEGARD. Awful awful commentry

    • Tom Watson said on 26th July 2009, 15:33

      Why are people still dragging the legard issue up, first of all he’s not that bad, oh no he has said that phrase twice; burn him :/ secondly you only need to hear him for like 3 hours every other week, you also have a choice to switch to 5live comm, finally the beeb also have to cater to the neutral fan, one who doesnt keep track/know what is happening and legard does that job pretty well. All round the coverage is excellent and let’s be honest we are lucky to have the commentators we do.

      • Mark Hitchcock said on 26th July 2009, 15:38

        As I mentioned in my latest bitching session in the forum, it’s Legard’s explanation of the race as a whole that is most lacking.
        And that’s the part of the commentary that the casual fans need the most in order to understand what’s happening.

        But lets save it for that thread in the forum and not annoy Keith by blabbing on about it in the comments here!

    • redbird said on 26th July 2009, 18:45

      Agree with points 2,3, 4 but not that itwas a bad race, first bit of real excitement for a long time! Even had a few good passes!
      BUT MAINLY, 100/% AGREE ABOUT JONATHON LEGARD. Banal, uninformed, tells us what we can see for ourselves, IRRITATINGLY keeps asking the viwer to guess the outcome of events, ‘Is this the beginning of…? Is this the end of…? What is this going to mean for…?
      Dring todays race we heard an interview with JB where he said it would help him greatly if the MacLarens could get in front of the Red Bulls and if Lewis could win. A few minutes later I think I heard JL spouts saying that the KERS cars could, ‘further disrupt the Brawns fight back’. JL seems to be a nice guy and trying hard but not only is he boring in himself but his bumbling and incessant chatter even seems to be sucking the life out of Martin Brundle’s normally brilliant contribution. Please JL, you’re not on radio now, you don’t need to artificially hype the action, we can see it! Rely on Martin for the racing knowledge until you learn something about F1. Other wise man up and admit you are out of your depth

  7. chaostheory said on 26th July 2009, 15:24

    Legard is awful? Maybe. But you didnt hear polish comentators :P Sometimes I watch F1 on internet from BBC and its really interesting to hear your commentators, especially the ones from 1st practice session. They are miles in front of rest of the world (Brazilians being the worst :P ).

    • Luigismen said on 26th July 2009, 15:42

      Venezuelan commentators are worst, generally they don’t even know who’s driving the car.
      I would be pleased to have bbc coverage

    • Pedro Carvalho said on 26th July 2009, 19:35

      Well, Portugal tops the cake. We only have 1 guy, and although he knows quite a bit about theory, he can’t figure how what’s happening on track half the time (the other half he’s rambling about something that no one even cares about).

      Seriously, you people in the UK have no idea how lucky you are – informed comments, tons of staff on the spot, interviews, graphs, etc. It’s really good.

      That said, Legard is annoying, and like someone already said somewhere, it’s because BBC provides a great service that his lackluster performance sticks out like a sore thumb…

  8. pSynrg said on 26th July 2009, 15:30

    MCL are back? That looked like genuine pace, at least from Lewis anyway. Brilliant drive, very neat lap times throughout with excellent tyre management. Not normally one of Lewis’s strong points. Aggressive only where necessary and perfectly measured otherwise.
    Really great to see Lewis where he belongs! Yep, Lewis could well be Jenson’s biggest ally now.
    Webber still pretty decent though – bagging the FL once on super softs, his pace was there, just out of position.

    Another really good race at Hungary then – I don’t know why it gets such a bad rep. It’s just a good, very technical track.

    A mention for Jaime – nice 1st drive and ahead of your team mate. Well done.

    Speedy recovery to Massa!

  9. Rasputin said on 26th July 2009, 15:51

    Well I’ve got to say that was a rather enjoyable race. Half way through I switched to the Radio 5 commentary and Herbert was very good as was the regular bloke (can’t remember his name). I had feared that the BBC would suddenly come all over ITVish and go Hamilton mad but thankfully they kept it sensible and continued to discuss the whole field rather than just the winner. I hate to think how this would have been handled by ITV.

    Shame we now have such a long break but it certainly sets up an exciting finish to the season with more cars now moving towards the front.

    • 159Tom said on 26th July 2009, 19:26

      Radio 5 was excellent on Saturday, quicker than TV to report what had happened to Massa. David Croft – I agree he’s very good. I don’t mind Legard – some amusing turns of phrase and he doesn’t tell us how excited we are like James Allen used to – but can’t help wondering how good Croft and Brundle on telly would have been.

      6/10 for me, an eventful race early on but aerodynamics and fuel stops killed the racing again. BBC showed the 1986/88/89 Hungarian Grands Prix last week, and that was how F1 should be – the drivers were all attacking and defending, not preserving tyres and waiting for the stops.

  10. David A said on 26th July 2009, 15:59

    8/10, a better race than I was expecting from Hungary.

    And I remember that after Button won his sixth race at Turkey I referred to the 2006 where Alonso won 6 early on but only won 1 more race. Everyone still said that this season was over and that Button would win all the races. I don’t like to say it, but I told you so =P

    • Patrickl said on 26th July 2009, 16:19

      Well we’re lucky we don’t have the silly medals. Otherwise the season would realisticly be over already (and in a few races even mathematically).

      Especially Webber should be happy.

  11. Hakka said on 26th July 2009, 16:04

    I looked up last year’s poll for Hungary and the most popular rating at 33% and 172 votes was “#3 Boring”. The next most popular was “#5 A Bit Dull.” I suspect we’ll see something different this time :)

    Last year saw three instances of fire during refueling, it didn’t look like we had any today.

    This was easily the most exciting start and first half of this season. The 2nd half sort of settled down a bit. I always like to see the old guard at the sharp end. Too bad Alonso couldn’t stick around.

    Massa would have done well here considering he was going to win last year when his engine failed with 3 laps to go.

    • Patrickl said on 26th July 2009, 16:22

      “Too bad Alonso couldn’t stick around.”

      Alonso never had a chance. He eliminated himself by that dumb strategy. Hope he finally learns his lesson.

      • mp4-19b said on 26th July 2009, 16:42

        pat, i think you should blame ING for that ;)

      • Hakka said on 26th July 2009, 16:59

        They may have been going for a 3-stopper since they probably correctly predicted the significant tyre graining he experienced just before his pit stop. Given the parameters of the car, that may have been the optimal strategy for them. It’s been done before by another world champion if I recall correctly.

        I would never go so far as to call a double world-champion or his crew and strategists “dumb.” Yikes!

        • Patrickl said on 26th July 2009, 17:43

          Well this was the fourth time they tried this stunt. It failed three times before and now it failed four times.

          How many times must it fail before I can call it dumb?

          If he really had a problem with the tyres he still should have gone for a two stop race. 3 stop would never have worked.

          A long middle stint would have compensated for being stuck in the midfield (behind Trulli and Buemi)

          • Hakka said on 27th July 2009, 10:11

            Well, high risk strategies tend to fail often but payoff big when they do succeed rarely. It’s a very rational strategy for a team like Renault that has little to lose this season. Same applies to the last three times he did this.

            It would have been “dumb” if he did it in the seasons when he was actually leading the championship or was close. Otherwise it’s a just a mechanism to modulate the risk upwards.

            High risk != dumb.

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th July 2009, 16:19

    Started off quite well, good passes by Hamilton and Button. Ended up a rather dull strategic shuffle at the end. Had its moments though – and a good result for the championship.

    • Robert McKay said on 26th July 2009, 16:36

      Yes, agreed.

      I thought the first 30 laps were very good, especially by Hungary’s standards. Fell away after that, but in general I enjoyed it.

      Perhaps perversely because the main names (Red Bulls and Brawns) were all having their own problems.

    • adaptalis said on 26th July 2009, 17:56

      Couldn’t agree more.

      Good moves at the first half of the race. But after that, things really got a bit stale.

      Top 2 was decided way before the race ended. Even the delay during Kimi’s 2nd stop wasn’t even going to affect the outcome. Only scrap was between Kov, Webber and Rosberg. And even that was determined by who was going to pit first.

      Starting to feel Qualy is more exciting to watch than the race. (Not because of Massa’s crash yesterday of course. All the best to him)

  13. Wow, Raik an Vet touch…Vet out,maybe they should make the cars a little stronger , boring

  14. Hammad said on 26th July 2009, 16:33

    I liked it. Quite a bit of overtaking. Surprised that that track could do such things…

    • Xibi said on 26th July 2009, 16:37

      Same here as well! There were some good overtaking manoeuvres which we have never seen before so consistently on this track.

  15. Hammad said on 26th July 2009, 16:34

    I just hope they don’t penalize Raikkonen…

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