Rate the race: Japanese Grand Prix

A pot-boiler of a result at Suzuka which keeps both championship battles going.

Rate the Japanese Grand Prix out of ten and leave a comment below.

Rate the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (2%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (3%)
  • 3 - Boring (14%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (7%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (18%)
  • 6 - Not bad (20%)
  • 7 - Good (24%)
  • 8 - Great (9%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (2%)
  • 10 - Perfect (1%)

Total Voters: 1,732

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Japanese Grand Prix

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78 comments on Rate the race: Japanese Grand Prix

  1. cyanide said on 4th October 2009, 7:42

    Terrible race, partly due to Star Sports inserting ad breaks during each and every exciting moment in the race.

    • Stephan said on 4th October 2009, 7:51

      @cyanide, so basically, you had two ad breaks?

      • cyanide said on 4th October 2009, 8:55

        No, but we had ad breaks were during all the exciting moments and more.

        • wasiF1 said on 5th October 2009, 2:33

          It’s frustrating we had break when Sutil was trying to pass Hekki,when Fishi & Hekki was battling when they came out of the pit & when Trulli pass Hamilton on his second pitstop.

          What have we seen????????/

    • F2000 said on 4th October 2009, 7:54

      Good race happy for toyota and trulli another good race for kimi and ham
      Button lucky as always
      1ºsutil and kov spun out then Raikkonen and Heidfeld got out of the pits between him and kubica the champ is evolving very slowly since mid season
      vettel had a few probs on the pits but nothing big jenson is praticly World Champ

      • TommyB said on 4th October 2009, 8:14

        Yeah its a shame. Jenson should have wrapped up the title ages ago and we could all think about next year.

        Rubens needed to close up on Button. It hasn’t happened. Button has won the title realistically. With Brawn reliability and his smooth (dull) driving style he won’t get any DNF’s

    • Hammad said on 4th October 2009, 8:14

      Yeah… I know, it doesn’t help that you have that idiot Slater commentating. Try and get Supersport, they use BBC’s feed…

    • Tell me about it. It’s annoying enough they put put ads right at the most inopportune times, but that these are ads of their own shows.

      Don’t even get me started on Steve Slater!

  2. TommyB said on 4th October 2009, 7:42

    I voted Good.

    Not a great race, still problems with overtaking. Good at the end although still no overtaking. It would be a 5 or 6 but for Vettel and Hamilton on the podium :D

    • I voted a 4 — Often Tedious. Sure, this is almost a perfect set-up for the next two races, but the race itself, esp. compared to the qualifying yesterday — yawn.

  3. explosiva said on 4th October 2009, 7:44

    Man, Jenson salvages a few points again!

  4. thought it was a good race. had no video feed so followed with live score and twitter. guess i read the suzuka gp! thanks for the tweets

  5. Ninad said on 4th October 2009, 7:48

    Very less overtaking, so a bit dull. They must get rid of KERS.
    Rubens stuck behind Kimi, Sutil behind Heikki, etc……….

  6. TBH I actually dozed off after the first round of pitstops. Not much going on midrace, I think it only picked up during the second round of stops.

    Best part of today: the titles aren’t decided yet!

  7. F1Yankee said on 4th October 2009, 7:59

    i liked it. although there wasn’t much passing, the pace and surprises made it more entertaining. vettel had the race by the throat, and a nice result for toyota at home should brighten their situation. brawn and button let the titles slip, but the opposition is simply running out of races.

    did uk viewers notice a difference in picture quality?

  8. Mahir C said on 4th October 2009, 8:00

    Man a very boring race indeed. Not much more exciting than Singabore.

    Good drives from Vettel, Trulli, Button and Kimi.

    Kovalainen is a joke. How come he is so slow in the 1st stints of all races?

    • TommyB said on 4th October 2009, 8:17

      I know Kovy is outrageous. How can he be so slow? And what was he thinking with Sutil. He didn’t need to do that

  9. An OK race, as usual we didn’t see much overtaking (though there was a great move at the 1st turn by Liuzzi), but it was fairly absorbing nonetheless.

  10. adz2193 said on 4th October 2009, 8:01

    I believe Webber robbed his team-mate of a Grand Chelem by posting the fastest lap on the penultimate lap. The first since Schumacher, Hungary 2004.

    Rubens looks like a beaten man in his post race interview, but it looks like Rosberg’s penalty is going to decide the championship =/

  11. Oasis said on 4th October 2009, 8:01

    Kovalainen overtaking Fisico was pretty damn cool.

    • Gagan said on 4th October 2009, 11:25

      u mean just after the pit stop. It was nothing but a joke.Both were terrible after coming out of the pits. Indeed a very boring race

  12. Dougie said on 4th October 2009, 8:02

    Rubens loses one place from the grid, Jenson gains two from a more difficult position. Fantastic laps from Jens when it mattered, again!

    Interesting comments from Jens regarding Rosberg, let’s see what happens there.

    • Harv's said on 4th October 2009, 9:39

      the reaso he made up places was because the cars kovi and fisco tangled, not because of his laps

      • TommyB said on 4th October 2009, 14:31

        Yeah Button got the point from Kovi. What the hell was Kovi thinking! Stupid move from him

      • What race were you watching ? Can’t have been 2009 Japanese GP. Kovaleinen and SUTIL collided and spun when Sutil made a pass. Button, travelling sensibly behind the pair of them, just swept past and you could see his grin through his helmet.

        Kovaleinen later partially repaired yet more damage to his poor record by passing Fisicella as they both left the pits,

      • Harv's said on 5th October 2009, 4:10

        sorry not fisco, i meant sutil, realised that after submiting comment!

      • Dougie said on 5th October 2009, 8:30

        All very valid points people, however don’t forget Jenson made a bad start and lost two places and had to overtake (on the track, something Vettel has yet to do, won from Pole everytime) Fisichella and Kubica. Jenson then had to put an awesome middle sector together which allowed him to come out right behind his teammate who had opened a gap while Jenson was stuck behind other slower cars.

        Don’t forget also that Jenson closed down Rubens (at over half a second a lap) while Rubens was also in clear air.

        Jenson drove yet another storming race from a poor qualifying position to keep his championship alive. I just wish he’d sort out qualifying, and shut the nae sayers up! His race’s have always been champion quality drives.

  13. Awesome race for S.Vettel!!!

  14. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th October 2009, 8:14

    Had some high points – Sutil and Kovalainen, Kovalainen and Fisichella. You have to give respect to Vettel’s performance it was utterly peerless. And it was much the better for being a race at a proper track. 6/10.

    • Scribe said on 4th October 2009, 9:27

      yeah, it got a not bad.
      I considered a 5 due to having to wake at 5 but still 6 it is.

    • pSynrg said on 4th October 2009, 12:09

      To be honest this one disappointed compared exclusively to Singapore. More expected from this classic circuit of course.

      Vettel, perfect drive, absolutely brilliant all the way, all the weekend.
      Trulli very surprisingly on it – all too rare though, did well to get ahead of Hamilton compounded by whatever that was when Lewis was exiting the pits.
      The Brawns are clearly playing it safe. Ross Brawn feigning disappointment, I think they’re just collecting the safe points with a strategy to suit.

      Getting up for the race and quali was nice again, gives it that special feeling that has been lost with them moving the schedules around.

      Not Bad…

  15. Hammad said on 4th October 2009, 8:15

    You know, I’ve always figured they should go back to the 2005 rules… there was quite a bit of overtaking that year.

  16. Xanathos said on 4th October 2009, 8:18

    Where is the “Not worth getting out of bed” – option?

    Terible race, something clearly went wrong with the new regs if they can’t race properly at Suzuka. The last thing F1 needs right now is “stability” with the rules.

    • I really would like to see how these cars would race if they banned the big diffusers.

    • name a year where there was masses of overtaking at Suzuka…ever?
      Silly comment knowing there is really only 2 big braking zones/overtaking areas on the track.

      • TommyB said on 4th October 2009, 14:33

        2005

        • Steph90 said on 4th October 2009, 19:19

          I think maybe overtaking was easier that year, maybe drivers were more brave but a mad qualifying meant that the good drivers with good cars were at the back so they had all the potential to storm the field and more overtakes. However, I was expecting more from this years race

  17. beneboy said on 4th October 2009, 8:20

    Boring

    I was really looking forward to this race but I’m now regretting getting up at 5 a.m. as this was no better than Valencia or Singapore.

    Even the Safety Car couldn’t rescue this race, hardly any overtaking after the first lap and few drivers even able to get within a second of the car in front for most of the race.

    If it hadn’t been for the live blog I’d probably have fallen asleep.

  18. steph90 said on 4th October 2009, 8:22

    I said it was good, wish there had been more overtaking. I don’t understand the Kovy bashing with Sutil; both made mistakes and we still want drivers to overtake and they won’t try if we and the stewards keep slapping them down and it wasn’t that serious.
    Cars are closer performance but can’t overtake and maybe as no car is completely superior it stops a charge through the field like we used to see from Ferrari and Mclaren and also would like to see more attempts from the drivers but it is very difficult.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th October 2009, 8:27

      Both of them could have avoided the crash but in the final reckoning I think you have to blame Kovalainen. Not least because he was daft enough to leave the door open in the first place.

      • beneboy said on 4th October 2009, 8:34

        I’d say that Kovalainen caused the crash but that he should never get a penalty for it as it was a legitimate racing move.

        He had a chance of regaining his position and didn’t deliberately crash into Sutil.

        All in all, a racing incident.

      • steph90 said on 4th October 2009, 8:38

        Actually now you have said that it makes sense. He was a bit asleep at first then lost his head and as you say it could have been avoided, I just prefer to avoid steward punishments for racing incidents when they don’t seem too bad.

        • gabal said on 4th October 2009, 15:08

          I’m glad it wasn’t investigated – drivers of today need to learn what racing incident means and let the duels be determined on track, not in stewards room.

  19. To anyone who is unfortunate enough to watch F1 on Star Sports, seriously take Hammad’s advice. With Anthony Davidson doing the commentary on practice days (sessions you won’t even see on Star Sports) and the excellent *advert free* coverage of the whole weekend, BBC commentary interspersed with chats from the really nice guys in South Africa I wonder why anyone even considers Star Sports retarded advert driven coverage.

  20. Grace Lovvorn said on 4th October 2009, 8:28

    A “not bad” race, showing that Vettel had a near flawless performance today, even if it was a little too repetitive. I think we can all agree that he has natural talent, whether we like him or not. All I’m questioning are the reliability of Vettel and Webber’s cars…The season isn’t over yet! They’re being way too harsh on the engines. Also, I expected more from the Brawns, just so they could secure the constructors title, and maybe even the drivers, although that would have been impossible with Vettel’s win. Good to see Trulli on the podium, because I’ve been having this gut feeling that he’s going to retire after this season…I guess not. And did Kovi try to show that he actually existed? Yep! I believe he needed to get the title of “Most Likely to Run Someone Off the Track for No Apparent Reason.”
    Also, I have to give props to Alguersuari. Leave it to a little teenager to bring out the good old safety car! I was moaning and groaning about it, because it was a the last of the race, but at least it broke the monotony, right?

    Well, can’t wait for Brazil. Hopefully it will be exciting. Maybe not like last year’s (which starred a 30 second champion, the real champion, and Timo Glock), but it’ll definitely be something to look forward to. And don’t forget Abu Dhabi…

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