Rate the race: Abu Dhabi

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 (4%)

Total Voters: 2,775

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117 comments on Rate the race: Abu Dhabi

  1. CeeVee777 said on 1st November 2009, 15:54

    All bling, no action

  2. Ned Flanders said on 1st November 2009, 15:57

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

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

    • 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.

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

    • rmac923 said on 1st November 2009, 16:06

      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.

      • TommyB said on 1st November 2009, 16:57

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

      • steph90 said on 1st November 2009, 17:06

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

      • Patrickl said on 1st November 2009, 21:18

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

        • Jonathan said on 2nd November 2009, 9:09

          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.

          • Patrickl said on 2nd November 2009, 13:11

            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.

  4. 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.

  5. steph90 said on 1st November 2009, 16:07

    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?

  6. Oh, to make matters worse I forgot to change the clocks last night and was woken at 4am.
    Just what is the attraction of F1 under the lights?
    No flaming exhausts, sparks or even glowing breaks,I don’t get it, complete waste of electricity by the haha ‘green team’.

  7. Besides the last lap (button and webber) the race was Boring with a capital B. I am not a fan of those “bad taste” bling bling playground tracks. TO MUCH space, whit tjis types of tracks they never are going to overtake…..

    • Maksutov said on 2nd November 2009, 4:13

      not as boring as some other races we seen this year. In fact there were number of interesting overtaking maneuvers that made the race worth watching. Too much space? hmm…. never overtake? did you see Kobayashi?

  8. Hakka said on 1st November 2009, 16:29

    I wish Formula 1 was more down-to-earth.

    Less celebrities and more engineers with oil-soaked hands. Less glitzy hotels and more fans huddled together under a tarp under the rain. Less artificial circuits and more sweeping tracks that follow the lay of the land.

    Less of this:
    http://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/photogallery/92/yas-marina-circuit.html

    More of this:
    http://www.tasman-series.com/images/other/65spastart.jpg

    • Patrickl said on 1st November 2009, 21:21

      There are plenty of tracks where you can stand in the mud. Spa is indeed one of those.

    • Maksutov said on 2nd November 2009, 4:22

      With the speed that cars are doing today that seems very unlikely. It is unfortunate, but F1 is just going to become more and more about money and popularity and celebrities and people trying to look good and show off…

  9. Gusto said on 1st November 2009, 17:14

    That was like watching paint dry, the track looks a mess, the TV direction was dire, Legard is just unbearable (had to switch to the Five Live commentary). Throwing money at something doesn`t make it good, they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

  10. Salty said on 1st November 2009, 17:18

    It was an okay race. The day into night thing worked beautifully. The track looks nice. Not enough overtaking, but bless ‘em Webber and Jenson put in a stirling performance over the last 2 laps. It obviously is possible to overtake here, but the dust off the racing line does cause issue. Maybe the place needs an industrial sized hoovering prior to F1 sessions.

    Biggest problem for me was the lack of atmosphere. Okay, I know it’s hard to get that down a TV feed, but think more fans and a few shots of them during the race would help.

    Anyways, nice finale for the season with a well earned 1-2 for RBR with JB right in the hunt till the final lap.

    Gonna be a long 133 days, but next season promises to be a goody again. Alonso and Massa in Ferrari, Button and Rosberg at Brawn, Lewis and Kimi in McLaren (hopefully) and Vettel and Webber doing more of the same. Six more cars. Brimming fuel tanks and no Max Mosley – bring it on!

  11. I actually liked the hotel but thought the rest of the track looked boring and was full of too many 90 degree corners. There was something about the surroundings which meant it had no character- mostly grey tarmac and barriers and blue stripes. Grass, trees, water and gradient give tracks character as do exciting corners. This coure lacked most of that. Also, racing under lights seems to make it even more colourless. The actual race was mostly dull too, except for the very end.

  12. …although I did like the James Cordon bit at the end. Would love to see him doing an alternative, totally biased review at the end of each race. Would make it quite funny, and he’d be a good replacement for Eddie Jordan!

  13. Frere Noel said on 1st November 2009, 17:51

    2 out of 10.
    Watched the beginning, then started reading the newspaper, lunched during the race (on sundays I always eat after the race), and left earlier for the local soccer match.
    In one word? BORING

  14. William Wilgus said on 1st November 2009, 17:53

    Except for a few moments shown on replay, it was completely, absolutely dull. Therefore, graded it boring.

  15. Xanathos said on 1st November 2009, 17:58

    I think this race was as good as it could possibly get.
    I didn’t see any driver being stuck behind another one, not being able to overtake. That’s what happens with race fuel Q3: Everyone drives off as fast as they were in qualifying, position changes only through the pits.

    Seriously, there is no racing series in the world where a driver can overtake a car that’s only marginally slower than himself, let alone a faster car. how exactly do you get a more exciting race from that base?

    banning KERS and refuelling for next year will be a step in the right direction. But besides that you can only introduce gimmicks like a reversed grid or NASCAR-style safety car-periods (Or spice things up by holding qualifying during torrential rain…)

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