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

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  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
      1┬║sutil 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.

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