Rate the race: Italian Grand Prix

A Brawn one-two and a dramatic last lap – what did you think of the Italian Grand Prix? Rate the race out of ten and leave a comment below.

Rate the 2009 Italian Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (1%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (0%)
  • 3 - Boring (3%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (2%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (6%)
  • 6 - Not bad (15%)
  • 7 - Good (34%)
  • 8 - Great (25%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (10%)
  • 10 - Perfect (4%)

Total Voters: 2,192

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116 comments on Rate the race: Italian Grand Prix

  1. Paul Sainsbury said on 13th September 2009, 21:11

    I agree with Mark totally, we want to see RACERS and that is why some of us are such big fans of Lewis.

    He is the most exciting driver since Mansell and Gilles Villeneuve.

    I think those that think a driver should cruise for points are kind of watching the wrong sport really.

    • “He is the most exciting driver since Mansell and Gilles Villeneuve.”

      No disrespect meant, but you sir, have been hibernating for long! i’m certain that Hill Vs Schumacher, Schumacher Vs Villeneuve jnr., Schumacher Vs Mika, Schumacher Vs DC, Schumacher Vs Kimi, Schumacher Vs Alonso, Schumacher Vs Schumacher, Schumacher Vs Montoya, Kimi Vs Alonso Vs Hamilton… most of the world, we certainly did find it entertaining enough.

      Yes, we didn’t have many british drivers come out of those scraps winning :P but boy was it fun…

      You know what, we even have the greatest overtaking move ever during that time (mika on schumacher, spa 2000)… Schumacher doing 4 stops to Alonso’s 3 and yet winning the race… 2 Imola’s where they were chasing each other’s tails… DC going on the outside of Schumacher, french gp. Montoya overtaking Schumacher only to be undone in a lap or two. Brothers Schumacher squabbling at imola and a couple of other races.

      I could go on and on. Frankly speaking… i guess you don’t have a clue about what you are speaking!!!

      I do not see so many people speaking positively about Button as much as i would like… despite him wiping the floor with the rest of the field in the initial part of this championship. Was that not good enough driving?

      Yes Hamilton is good. I’ll say that again slowly so most people can follow… “he’s good. quite good. great? don’t think so!!!”

      Before you accuse me of some bias, i’m an indian, bloody neutral as hell and appreciate skill and speed more than nationality.

      Teams i root for: Williams and Ferrari

      Man i respect most in the pitlane… Sir Frank, for the way he carries himself with much dignity.

  2. I rated it 6, only because I felt the actioned tapered off a little after a great start. I enjoyed it though and it was good to see the 2 championship contenders at the front for the first time in a while. This bodes well for the run in.

    As for the people on here laughing at Hamilton and rejoicing in his failure and humiliation… May I suggest you get out of the house, meet some people, have some fun, generally get a life because you need a distraction from your anti-Hamilton issues. The guy isn’t in contention for the championship, McLaren aren’t anywhere near the constructors title so he was going for it and trying to finish as high as possible. He went off, so what? It made a refreshing change to see a driver going for it on the last lap.

    And I’m not a Hamilton “fanboy”, just a fan of motor racing so someone racing right to the flag will always get my support.

  3. Patrickl said on 13th September 2009, 22:01

    I didn’t enjoy this race a whole lot. Had some trouble keeping my eyes open. It was more like a battle of maths rather than a battle on track.

    Of course most of the drivers really put in a great effort, but when it’s all about strategy, it just doesn’t translate well to the TV.

    I guess Hamilton showed just how much he was trying. While Kovalainen and Vettel seemed keen on showing how not ro drive a race. Guess they picked the wrong tyres for the first stint or something.

  4. gwenouille said on 13th September 2009, 22:05

    I just can’t believe some 23 people rated this race as “terrible” or “rubbish”…

    Nice Brawn strategy, nice combativity from Ham., nice Toyota fight, tense start wthout casualties, a FI/Ferrari battle… Plenty to look at.

    Bye bye Europe though…

    • I reckon they musta been McLaren fans. For me, i was happy to see Rubinho winning again. Brawn surprised me!!! Loved the race.

  5. RedBullRacer said on 13th September 2009, 22:54

    I rated it good as I enjoyed the race, although obviously I’m not happy about the result for the championship. The Red Bulls are basically out of the running now, and even though it wouldn’t have happened it makes me sad that it’s now mathematically impossible for Kimi to win the WDC even if he won every race and the top four guys failed to score.
    I’ll be rooting for Barrichello now as far as the WDC goes. He deserved that win today; for most of the race he seemed to outperform Button.
    I loved the Toyota battle, it was great to see Sutil finally in the points, and I thought Hamilton’s late charge was good to watch even though it ended badly.
    I’m sad that F1 is leaving Europe now…it’s way too soon to all being over for another year.

  6. Knew we’d get a load of Kimi hype again, come on guys he’s a very good driver but don’t milk it. On average he’s put in the best performance over the last 4 races, but I don’t think he’s been the best driver in any single one of those races, except maybe Spa (personally I though Vettel’s late charge was slightly more impressive but Kimi’s performance did deserve Driver of the day consideration, don’t think I’m knocking him for no reason).

    I only wonder, what would Massa have done?

  7. Sorry but apart from history why oh why is Monza such a great track…?

    Along with Barcelona and Valencia another ho hum rubbish track.

    I actually fell asleep after LH pit stop. Only shame I didn’t see him bin it.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th September 2009, 0:14

      Because it’s all about speed. It’s immensely fast, straight line speeds are way higher than anywhere else. It’s an extreme track – just like Monaco is exceptionally tight and slow, and Spa is all about the fast corners.

      And if it doesn’t produce great racing then I don’t give a stuff because overtaking isn’t the only thing that makes F1 great. Seeing a pack of cars go by at 220mph is pretty impressive too.

      • go and watch champ cars then…lol

        I cant see how going in a straight line fast is any more entertaining than the drags. Flood the track and it is an enjoyable round.
        Considering how many better tracks to watch Italy has too….

        Every year it is the only track I am guaranteed to fall asleep watching, and has been now for as far as memory serves me (apart from last year).

  8. The Limit said on 14th September 2009, 1:02

    That was one of the best races and one of the most important. The top drivers in the championship needed to leave Europe with good performances and the Brawn boys passed with flying colours.
    As for Hamilton, he just made a simple mistake. The Brawn cars were rocketships all afternoon long, on a strategy that really put Lewis under the cosh. The Lesmo series of corners are well known for producing such crashes as they are both 100mph plus inwhich the driver uses all the kerb then some on exit. As soon as I saw Hamilton had crashed it was obvious what had happened. Vettel and Trulli were both lucky to escape their moments there too.
    What fascinated me was the moment during the BBC feed, just before the drivers went on the podium, inwhich you can clearly hear Button discussing Lewis’ crash. One can only wonder what Kimi thought as he approached his former machine, stricken by the side of the road?
    Great race, great drama, and no one got hurt. 7/10.

  9. Fandysilalahi said on 14th September 2009, 6:40

    Big shout out for Lewis, two tumbs up mate. He proved that there are still “real” racers in today’s F1 scene. Adrian and Kimi was also great. Too bad Vitantonio had a mechanical Breakdown. Who knows what might’ve happened if he didn’t.
    This is how an F1 Race should be.
    Also, Big Thanks to F1 fanatic’s twitter feed, I translated your live feed and post it for my mates in the Indonesian W202 club, who couldn’t watch the race, they all say it was awesome.

  10. The race would have been rather processional were it not for the fact that I could only watch a full recording of the race (not the live broadcast) and my mother-in-law had already said “oh, whatshisname crashes out on the last lap” – she forgot the name of the driver. So it would have been dull, but instead it was a nail-biting countdown to the last lap knowing that someone would be crashing out.

  11. Paul Sainsbury said on 14th September 2009, 11:18

    ‘I could go on and on. Frankly speaking… i guess you don’t have a clue about what you are speaking!!!’

    Mmm…..Well, I have watched every GP event since 1982, and I have been to 33 races ‘live’ as well. So I think I might have some clue.

    I think you are entirely missing my point with your extensive list of F1 highlights. I agree you brought up some great moments, but they are entireley besides the point. What I was saying was that Lewis is an exciting, hard-charging RACER, in the same mould as Mansell and Villeneuve snr. Your example of MS once winning despite an extra pitstop is a perfect example of your ignorance. Whilst this was an impressive driving achievement, it really has little to do with racing where drivers fight each other on the track. It seems to me more and more that recent fans of the sport are often totally unable to understand this.

    Your rating of Hamilton as ‘good, quite good’, is hilarious and once more indicative of a simple lack of understanding. I am not going to go into a long defence of LH here, because I really would be wasting my time.

    Good to trade posts with you though…….:)

  12. rampante said on 14th September 2009, 20:29

    @Paul Sainsbury, you would be wasting time defending LH because he is good nothing else.Great divers are made over years. Not a good idea to bring up how long or how many GP’s you have seen as that gets easily beaten by many here(watched since 1970 been to over 60 races). Can we just say the people who rated this race 1 or 2 and 9 or 10 were not really interested in the race,only the result.

  13. “What I was saying was that Lewis is an exciting, hard-charging RACER, in the same mould as Mansell and Villeneuve snr.”

    Lewis for certain had his share of races. But is he Clark or Moss or as you say Villeneuve Snr., i don’t think so.

    “Your example of MS once winning despite an extra pitstop is a perfect example of your ignorance”

    Why good sir, would you tell me that making one extra stop than normal and still winning a race was not being inspired enough? That was not the only time when we saw the genius that Michael Schumacher at work, was it? No am not talking about Jerez or Adelaide. You’d know better than that, having watched all races since, ’82 was that?

    Once again, i don’t mind Hamilton as much as i mind the idiotic press and fans levitating him towards sainthood. My assessment is precise. He’s just earning his ranks and he more than anyone else needs to acknowledge as much. Or, like in case of Raikkonen as we saw, he’ll be caught by a Massa (a man with much less god given talent but helluva lot more tenacity and panache)and left in his wake.

    • Sorry Paul, i made a couple of mistakes, cos i was typing fast and well hiding from everyone. I’m at work. LOL. But i love a good discussion, as long as we are all level headed. I regret that i was a little curt in my earlier posts, but what i state is pure fact and i stand by that.

  14. Carl 27 said on 14th September 2009, 23:37

    I am very glad for Rubens and my congratulations to Button as well. Still don’t understand why everyone is wasting energy defending or laughing at LH crash. It was a race incident, whether he was pushing or was a simple mistake, he only knows. A pity nevertheless as he is getting stronger every race. A different subject I don’t think HK will be in Mc next year.

  15. Paul Sainsbury said on 15th September 2009, 0:12

    @ sri

    I also enjoy a good discussion, no hard feelings, we are all fans and I think on this site there is a good level of respect….:)


    I understand your point about people rating the race a 1 or 2. I can honestly say though, at least as far as I am concerned (I rated it a 3) that it was because it was mainly stategy rather than racing that is was a little flat.

    • I rated it a 3 because it was dead set boring, LeMans 24hrs had more action and cars went fast there too. This ‘temple of speed’ bs is non sense.

      Well Done RB keep it going.

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