Rate the race: European Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Last year’s European Grand Prix was rated the worst of the season. Was this year’s instalment any better?

Rate the European Grand Prix out of 10 and have your say about the race below.

Rate the 2009 European Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (4%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (4%)
  • 3 - Boring (15%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (9%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (16%)
  • 6 - Not bad (20%)
  • 7 - Good (18%)
  • 8 - Great (9%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (3%)
  • 10 - Perfect (2%)

Total Voters: 2,219

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99 comments on “Rate the race: European Grand Prix”

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  1. So boring I was wishing ITV were waking us up with the occaisional ad break.

  2. Keith, I think it’s time you put a seperate scale full of negative scores for races as boring as these :D

    1. yeah 2 poll’s

      1 for the race
      1 for the track

  3. Great result boring race

  4. *sigh*


    No overtaking. RB only won because LH pit-crew stuffed up.
    Take the GP away from Valencia.

  5. I thought it was a pretty good race. You don’t always need lots of overtaking to have tension.

    Hamilton, Barrichello and Raikkonen all drove a great race. That’s a good thing to see too.

    No way I would call that boring.

  6. What a crappy race, how could McLaren not have the tyres ready? Barrchello really didnt deserve to win this race…

    1. A crappy one, cos McL failed? Interesting… :) Rubens DID deserve to win this race from any point of view.

  7. Boring, and made even worse by pathetic commentators on our national TV channel (not any kind of BBC).

    1. I know how you feal, i get that with the australian commentators but luckily it is only at the start, end and when they go and come back from ad brakes

      1. Victor, are you watching in Spain? Yes, they are very bad. But at least he got his ham sandwich! They were so excited to be in Spain, it was crazy.

        1. No, I’m from Romania. Our commentators are completely clueless… at least someone is trying to save them by also putting in a Romanian racing driver who is currently racing, as far as I know, in the World Series by Renault.

  8. …yesterday I did say “barring any surreptitious nastiness”..what a sham F1 is now!

  9. best race of the season

    1. Grace Lovvorn
      23rd August 2009, 15:25

      If you say so yourself, “Luca”…

  10. I rated it ‘good’, but that is partly to do with the winning driver. The track is dull and there’s hardly any overtaking. I say get rid of it.

    1. i will give anyone $100 if they saw an overtake after lap 1. they should give the european gp back to nurburgring and get hockenheim back in as the german race. damn economic restrictions…

  11. Was there a single on-track overtake after the first lap? I didn’t see any, absolutely boring with the botch on Hamilton’s stop being the only excitement of the race. Drop Valencia!!!

  12. After watching this race i’ve come to the conclusion that kovi is possibly the worst ever formula 1 driver. The slaker must be kicked from the team immediately!!! The idiot couldn’t even delay barrichello before the 1st round of pit stops & yesterday after quali he was blabbing about mounting a challenge for a win. this guy is as useless badoer, maybe its a bit unfair for me to compare him with badoer, after all he’s racing after 10 long years. kovi is just not F1 material. After almost 2 years with mclaren. all he has to show is , a lucky podium at malasyia & a lucky win at hungary. This guy just doesn’t have the ballz to take on others.

    1. mp4, read James Allen’s rather prescient preview of Kovi’s dilemma. My impression at the start was that Kovi actually backed off a little to avoid passing LH (who was defending both of them from RB). He then evidently held his pace to keep RB back until LH was some 6 seconds ahead of the latter. Not defending him totally, his race performance is mediocre, but it seems unfair to pan him when he was stuck between proving his race strength and working to secure a LH victory (that should have happened!)

      1. I don’t buy that. McLaren is in no position to fight for either championship so what’s the point of one driver not fighting for the race win?

        1. Exactly!! the are sailing in the same boat, lewis & kovi. Not an excuse to be given by macca or kovi.

      2. At the end of the day he’s a racing driver. A racing driver never curbs his instincts. Its his career at stake at mclaren, if he really wanted to prove whitmarsh wrong he would have gone for it & overtaken hammi on the start. The fact that he held back to no avail just goes to show that he not formula 1 material. Ok once he knew that he couldn’t challenge hammi, at least he should have played shortgun. he failed to do that also. & i really dunno how kimi got past him!! at the finish rosberg was on his tail for god sake. I’ve had nuff of him. Honestly the guy is not worth his seat at mclaren. We need someone more aggressive. this guy is just boring. he’s not a racer, i’ve never ever seen him pull a overtaking maneuver on anyone till date, after all he’s driven for 2 top teams renault & mclaren. i dunno why whitmarsh supports him so vocally, if it were to be ron, we would have seen kovi back in espoo or vantaa or where ever he comes from.

        1. So you accept he may have backed off overtaking LH at the start and then blame him, if so, for sticking to team strategy?! By the way, the Observer interview with Lh today suggests McLaren/Hamilton were (are???) still working on the remote chance of Lewis winning the championship (!) Crazy but not entirely, entirely. If Hamilton win the next 6 races (extremely unlikely but not unthinkable) and Button maintains his performance of today (2 points), Hamilton wins! For this reason, I suspect that without mentioning such a laughable plan, McLaren were working towards a LH victory, not equal racing for both.

          1. Presuming RB doesn’t finish second or third in these races of course :0)

          2. So you accept he may have backed off overtaking LH at the start and then blame him

            i don’t accept the fact that he backed off, he shouldn’t have, i’m damn sure the team wouldn’t have told him to do so. just goes to show how useless he is. My only arguing point is that he fails to deliver in the races. He doesn’t seem to maintain that pressure that’s need to become a good racer. Either the guy is too nervous or talentless. and i think he’s the latter. not too many finnish drivers are talentless, but kovi is an exception. And regarding hammi’s title challenge, i hope you are not joking.

    2. At the finish Kovalainen was 20 seconds behind Hamilton. That’s really not than bad.

      It’s depressing though that people actually think that Kovalainen would have been holding up Barrichello. Just makes no sense

      1. So sorry to depress you Patrick, but why does that make no sense? It was the Brazilian TV assessment of the early part of the race, plus James Allen’s prediction. Kind of a supercilious response to an at least plausible argument.

        1. A) Kovalainen was obviously driving as fast as he could. He simply could not keep up with Hamilton
          B) If he wanted to hold Barrichello, he would have really done so.
          C) There was no reason for Kovalainen to hold Barrichello up and ruin his own race.

          It wasn’t James Allen’s prediction. He simply put the “conspiracy theory” forward as a possibility.

          Reality proved it wrong anyway.

      2. 20 seconds in formula one amounts upto several thousand light-years in astronomy my friend.

        1. OK, try reading carefully: I said I wasn’t defending HK’s race performance, which definitely seems to fade, incouding in this race. For me there’s no comparison between him and LH. But then you have to ask whether this doesn’t suit McLaren, at least if he can do the job of protecting LH? Often he’s failed, but he seems to be improving with his job under pressure. I really hope they go for Heidfeld next year, but slating Kovaleinen entirely seems to me really harsh.

      3. mclaren doesn’t care about having a good second driver. Just think about the Coulthard years. It was pathetic. They like to have just one driver to concentrate on. You can’t hire paracarri like kovi or coulthard and then ask them to perform, it’s not the driver’s fault.

        1. I don’t know why you think he’s talentless. He did very well at Renault and I think he’s the unlucky driver in F1! He makes the odd mistake and lets not forget that Lewis had a better spec car.
          BTW I thought the race was ok, better than last year. Hamilton deserved the win but I was happy to see Rubens to get a victory for all his hard work.

        2. McLaren wanted Roseberg next to Hamilton. They even want Schumacher back.

          It’s just utter nonsense that McLaren wouldn’t want 2 good drivers. They in fact DO and DID.

          Trouble is there aren’t that many top drivers in Formula 1. By definition of course because otherwis they wouldn;t have been top drivers.

  13. worst race ever. It was so boring I just wished it’d finish earlier to read mp4-19b’s stupid comments and forget about it

  14. Just 2 highlights: the start crash and Ham’s pitstop

    1. start crash? barely.

  15. I loved the race, mainly because lewis lost. i dont know why you are all so happy about the fueling ban… think how boring that race would be without strategy…

    1. There will still be strategy! just tyre strategy not fuel aswell

  16. 8 stars just for Ruben’s win and graet strategic battle!!

  17. Most boring race of the season so far.
    Once the first lap was over it was a procession that was only interrupted by a fuel rig failure for Vettel, then an engine failure, Nakajima’s puncture & McLaren bringing the tyres out late for Lewis.

    1. WidowFactory
      24th August 2009, 9:53

      Agreed. Anyone who voted higher than ‘A bit dull’ must have been watching a different race than me.

  18. I think that if you time it precisely Rubens’ margin after the pitstops was more than the time Hamilton lost because of the tire mix-up.

  19. I only rated it boring and not terrible because of the result. It’s great that Rubens won, he really deserved it I think.

    1. Agree totally, I voted the same for the same reason. The track is diabolically bad.

      1. It’s clear that most people hate this track/race. but who can actually tell Bernie this? would love to send a massive f1fanatic email to him.

        1. Maybe a petition could be started, sort of saying:

          “We the fans of Formula 1 refuse to watch or attend, or support in anyway what so ever any future events held at the Valencia Street Circuit, for the following reasons:


          Blah, blah, blah”

          And everyone who agrees “signs” their name and when there is enough names it gets sent off to the FIA, the commercial rights holders, the TV stations that broadcast Formula 1, the teams, all the stakeholders.

          People power. Us the fans are just as important as any of the other stakeholders in Formula 1. We are majority, yet we are the silent majority. Maybe it’s time for the fans to stand up and tell the people in control what we want to see.

  20. So far, the most votes are for ‘not bad’. If that wasn’t bad, then what is???

    I thought the race was just as boring as last years, but the difference was the 2008 race was a rare dud, whilst in 2009 the majority of races since Bahrain have been rubbish.

    Sorry for my pessimism, but I’m just a bit fed up with boring races right now. Hopefully Spa will be much better, as it usually is.

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