Rate the race: Abu Dhabi

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel led home a RedBull-one-two at Yas Island. What did you think of F1’s first race at Abu Dhabi? Rate the race out of ten below and have your say in the comments.

Rate the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (2%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (2%)
  • 3 - Boring (13%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (8%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (16%)
  • 6 - Not bad (18%)
  • 7 - Good (21%)
  • 8 - Great news (9%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (7%)
  • 10 - Perfect (3%)

Total Voters: 2,775

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  1. just proved yet again jenson not worth it!! he just can’t overtake..got beaten on the lap by koby

    1. My favourite moment this year.

      1. Take your Red Bull tinted glasses off Tommy, sour grapes, Jenson won this year fair and square, take it like a man, if you are one?

        1. I know Jenson won I’m just saying that was my favourite moment. Great ovetake

          1. It wasn’t really that great, he was in a considerably faster car at the time

    2. Cant overtake??????????
      Is that the only GP you’ve seen this year?

    3. you silly sausage.
      overtaker of the year. JB

      Man did well.
      enjoyed his performance

      1. he only made passes on the slowest cars over the whole year!

        overtaker of the year? yea right! the thing is the cameras were fixed on him because he was in the fastest car!

        eg brazil, tv coverage missed a few passes by vettel, hamilton and kimi, because the cameras were always on button

  2. 4 for me. Would have been lower had it not for the fantastic last lap.

  3. End was great, start was good. Middle would have been great if Hamilton had stayed in

  4. 6 for me. Overtaking car be done on track but F1 rules do not promote overtaking!!

  5. Jenson could not take over webber and was taken over by a GP2 driver. poor performance by the brit, poor race.

    1. Jenson couldn’t overtake a very good driver, in a very fast car, but he nearly did, it was a fair drive.

      Kobayashi was much faster than Jenson at that stage, get some perspective

    2. Jenson couldn’t overtake a very good driver, in a very fast car, but he nearly did, it was a fair drive.

      Kobayashi was much faster than Jenson at that stage, get some perspective.

    3. Utter rubbish. Kobayashi is a talent to watch but he was also in a lighter car at that point.

      Secondly, who was on the podium?…

    4. gp2 driver…Kobbie in a top team car would rival Hamilton !!!
      This guy is great.

      Oh and forget button had cold tyres, just pitted and had a heavy car…but it still was a great drive by Kobbie and clean too

      Do you even follow motorsport?

    5. Button, like all the other drivers overtakes….he doesn’t, so far as I’m aware take over, but then again, I could be wrong… and remind me not to ask people who think like you do for a reasoned opinion on F1 events in future.

  6. We were robbed of a potentially titanic battle between Lewis and Seb because of a brakes issue. Real shame.

    Seb however drove an absolutely brilliant race, pretty much flawless. If Lewis’s car had been working it’s difficult to say who would have won!

    Jenson drove an excellent race too and the comments above are just silly and ignorant and show an understanding of F1 at the ‘back page of a tabloid’ level.

    Overall though I totally dislike the whole Abu Dhabi event. How a hotel costing a gazzlion pounds can end up looking like a cheap fairground attraction is testament to the difference in taste between the Gulf states and what we are used to here.

    Hamilton vs Vettel for 2010…

    1. Hamilton vs Vettel for 2010…

      I think Alonso will be with them too.

    2. Hamilton vs Vettel for 2010…

      Would be the dream for me. I really hope it happens. Those 2 are definitely the best 2 in F1 at the moment and will hopefully be very quick next year and fighting at the front.

      1. I wouldn’t neccesarily say they are the best two drivers, but I think they are definitely the two fastest.

        1. Agree Ned, Seb still needs to show he can overtake. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t win from any where other than pole but he still needs to be fight if he isn’t infront.
          I expect next year Kimi Massa Ham Alo and Seb will be the title ‘chargers’, Rob in the mix with Renault and Nico with a chance at getting his first win. Though this is f1 and who knows what will happen.

        2. 2 fastest is what I meant. They need to cut out the mistakes and they will be more complete drivers like Alonso

          1. Agree, very excited to see how Seb will mature and hopefully a few more overtakes.

          2. Agreed!!cant wait for 2010

        3. Massa is fast. Perhaps faster than Alonso… we’ll see.

    3. If Hamilton hadn’t had his brake problem he would have disappeared on the horizon.

      If he had struggled through with his ailing car it might have been an epic battle or … Lewis’s last race.

      1. i agree, the only reason vettle was able to keep up with hamilton was the problem with his brakes

        the problem was there from the start of the race and probably got magnified while in his pit box, the hot bakes being stationary in the pits probably damaged them further

      2. spanish senora
        2nd November 2009, 12:12

        The excitement went out of the race once Lewis had gone.

  7. 5 for me. Last lap was cool. Kobayashi has a bright future in F1 if he can land a good ride.

    Overall, another dull Tilkedrome. At least there was 1-2 on-track overtakes after the first lap.

    However, I’m optimistic for 2010. Even if the new teams are ****, they’ll at least prove to be obstacles for the front-runners!

  8. Those saying Jenson cant overtake are talking out your a**es he was the only one giving it a go today, good on him for giving a go. On another note this track is far better than valencia so good on Abu Dhabi!

    1. He was the only one giving it a go? What about kobayashi who overtook HIM in the first place?

      1. KOB had a lighter car, scrubbed tyres, and momentum so yes i can!

        1. Er, and I hardly think Webber was just cruising around on a sunday drive either…

          1. Webber did superbly defending that position, I was very impressed with him.

        2. KOB had a lighter car

          but buttons defense was crap, kobayashi clearly outsmarted him with that move. Regardless of heavy light, that was the best overtaking maneuver of the race.

          1. Agree!! ppl who talk about kobi had lighter faster and what not, forgot that Jenson braked late(a driver error under pressure) and didn’t defend his position, plz learn from Webber,

  9. Horrible tacky carbuncle of an hotel… Boring dockside track… No proper racing… I fell asleep…

    1. Is that you James May?

      1. Classy response – just snotted my rather nice red wine you buggar! LOL

    2. At least its better than Valencia. Though I suppose anything can be better than Valencia.

      Thing is though, Suzuka is one of the best tracks in the world and that race was actually more boring than this one.

      1. True, I enjoyed this race much more than Suzuka (which has propably been the most disappointing race all year).
        This race was better than most during the season, very definetely including the oh-so-traditional Silverstone

      2. I could punch myself in the face for two hours and enjoy it more than Valencia.

        5 for me – the track wasn’t as dull as I thought but the race didn’t really take light until the last lap.

      3. It’s not the tracks or the cars that make a race dull… it’s the absence of any randomizing factors.

        Great F1 races nearly always involve rain, or preferably rain in qualifying to mix up the grid.

    3. just keep sleeping then, and don’t wake up.

  10. Way to go Seb!!!Season ends on a high note for me!

    1. I’m always happy to see SuperSeb win, he seems like a genuinely nice guy.

      1. spanish senora
        1st November 2009, 17:42

        He wasn’t so nice in Brazil when he threw his steering wheel in disgust more like a spoilt brat. Also at press conf. both BUT and WEB thanked their teams, he didn’t!!

        1. Well he thanked them over the radio. That really matters more I guess. In the press conference it’s just the media training speaking.

          I do hate how he keeps whining about KERS though. He’s in the fastest car and still he whines about a perceived advantage other drivers might have.

          1. I have also noticed how Vettel keeps mentioning KERS, if he thinks he is at such a disadvantage I would simply ask him would he have preferred to have been in the KERS equipped McLaren for all of the season or his Red Bull.

  11. Terrible. Just because I was sick to death of seeing the hotel on friday let alone missing out on seeing the cars and webbers donuts just to look at it.

    I worried about f1 just being a tourist advert after so many wide shots showing off with micro machines in the background.

    Also every one out there will love it wont they. Great weather, hotels and wealth. Doesnt mean much to us real fans though does it?!

    1. I agree I could not believe they missed Webbers donuts!

  12. Just when things were about to get interesting…….
    From then on a completer snoozer.
    They can spend as much money as they want on lights and tunnels but it’ll never capture the magic of the fans presence at a real race track.
    What a sterile concrete mausoleum, yeah the sunset was cool.

  13. Good race overall. Shame that Hamilton was forced to retire with a brake problem. Exciting driving from Kobayashi. I’m quite happy with the circuit.

    1. Agree I like it. Not the worst Tilke at all.

      1. Certainly one of his better tracks. And unlike Turkey, there are actually fans there.

        I think if only the best three of the Tilke-tracks are kept on the F1 calendar (And if not every single new track would be designed by him) he will be remembered as a great racetrack architect.

    2. Shame that Hamilton was forced to retire with a brake problem.

      Which brings a point. I still don’t understand the brake problem Hamilton had. Clearly while he was still out on the track (in front of Webber and behind Vettel) he was able to maintain the gap. So just how much of a Brake problem did we really have!?

      Hamilton retiring was a surprise to me and simply did not make sense. Clearly if he had a major brake problem, in no way would he have been able to stay in front of Webber, or in front of Vettel for that long. It simply did not make sense how the brake was such a dangerous problem considering his pace. As silly as this sounds it just seemed like the retirements was more of a publicity decision than anything else.

  14. Horrible – twitter about the race was more interesting then the race itself. Only Valencia was duller then this and I wonder what would have happened if Kobayashi didn’t race…

    1. Umm Silverstone, Suzuka, Singapore, Barcelona all much more dull than this race during this season. What are you talking about?

  15. Ah yes Valencia, one would get a similar spectacle if they moved the LBGP to a track around the container docks.

  16. All bling, no action

  17. First lap was great. Last lap was great. Everything in between was soooo boring. 2/10

  18. Why do we bother to watch guys ?
    Is there a cure?

    1. Invert the qualifying order and let the fast guys start at the back and the slow guys up front (that’s why the Brazil race was good). Then we’ll have plenty overtaking.

    2. I wish you all would…getting sick off all the whining post race.

    3. Get rid of the double-diffusers & KERS. We saw the potential at Melbourne. But declaring the diffusers legal screwed up the air behind the cars which made overtaking near impossible… again.

      1. Agreed. Melbourne was an amazing race with lots of overtaking before everyone got the diffusers.

      2. Hopefully they’ll get rid of them for season after next.

      3. Melbourne was all about the tyres that lasted only for 10 laps.

        1. Yes, the overtaking at Melbourne was due to the difference between the two tyre compounds. Aero changes won’t solve this problem.

          But really, why would you expect exciting races when the cars start in order of pace, with the quickest car at the front? Yet to randomize the grids would be the end of F1 as a serious contest.

          1. Indeed I also see qualifying as the biggest reason why there is no overtaking. Start the cars on their race fuel ordered by the speed which they just demontsrated with the same car. How can you even expect any overtaking at all?

            Next year will probably be different though. Cars qualify with little fuel and then start the race with a lot of fuel. That could potentially completely change the performance of the cars and thus the order.

  19. Great track, nice battles, and excellent finish.

    Funny thing Rubbins finished the same way he started the year…clobbering Webber in T1 and having a broken wing for the whole race LOL

    If LH hadn’t had retired it would have taken away some of the mid race calm.

    RBR well done shame you had so many mid season errors.

  20. I said fantastic. I know I’m mad but alright start, Webber great finish Koby was mad and brilliant with Jenson, one my favs moments of year and for a little while I had some hope about Ferrari getting 3rd. I may be also being generous as this the last race :( What do I do now?

    1. That explains your choice, but what about the other 28! ;)

      1. Has deluded as me? :P

        1. Everyone else is as* sorry computer went bonkers

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