Rate the race: Australia

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

So, who thought Melbourne gave us a better race than Bahrain? Rate the Australian Grand Prix out of ten and leave a comment below.

Rate the 2010 Australian Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (1%)
  • 6 (1%)
  • 7 (9%)
  • 8 (30%)
  • 9 (32%)
  • 10 - Perfect (26%)

Total Voters: 4,366

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2010 Australian Grand Prix

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  1. Primeirão!!!! That was an awesome race!

    1. overtaking problems immediatly felt after the track dryed out. dry track low fuel result in fast turning speed which led to an increase on turbulence making a lot harder to overtake

      1. Agreed, but what I think really made the race come alive was the freedom of tyre strategies. The aero dampened things again as is the norm, but I hope the FIA and FOTA take note of the impact of being able to choose your own tyres whenever you wanted had on this race.

        1. Yes Icthyes, definatley this, get rid of the quali tyre rules. Will add strategy, different performance of the line. So many elements artificially removed, it was a knee jerk reaction that has damaged the racing. Please get rid of it. This needs to be expressed in anyway it can be to the bosses. If enoguh fans give this message before Malaysia hopefull this silly rule can be done with.

          1. I don’t think it’s the qualifying tyre rules, but the two-compound rule that stifles strategy more, although the qualifying rule is just as artificial.

        2. “what I think really made the race come alive was the freedom of tyre strategies”

          Agreed, let’s hope they sit up and take notice of what makes a good race.

          1. Rated 8, Bahrain was 1

            A bit of rain helped make things less predictable and as others have said, gave more freedom for tire strategies…

        3. I could not agree more. This race has to be the greatest supporting argument for all those that say “no tyre rules”. Basically everyone ran the inters for a few laps then had complete freedom, and what we were left with were some teams trying to stretch tyres the whole race while others changed twice and were noticeably faster. FIA were you watching?

        4. The hard tyres were good for nothing today, nobody went near them. They should drop the “use both compounds” rule straight away.

      2. Exactly, I think what really hit home was Martin Whitmarsh saying you now need to be 3 secs a lap quicker than the guy you want to pass.

    2. A disgraceful strategy from Mclaren for Hamilton. Button did not deserve this win. Hamilton would have had him if wasn’t made to stop from 3rd place. Hamilton drove a fantastic race and passed more than anyone including Button. Hamilton robbed of a victory AGAIN. SHAMEFUL

      1. McLaren – sensibly – covered all their options by operating different strategies…

      2. Hamilton had shagged his tyres, buttons were still ok.

      3. During the race, Hamilton was bitching about tyre wear. McLaren change the tyres, Hamilton drops a few places and cannot get past Alonso. He then bitches about the reason McLaren brought him in for a third stop

        — Matty

        1. he wins a race thanks and praises the team, when he does bad he blasts the team!! bit of a bad loser in my opinon like a spoilt kid!!:(

          1. oh come off it, Did he blame the team in Hugary, no he didn’t, did he blame the team till Germany in 2009. Not that much, he said things like “we win together we lose together” before he made his complaint to the beeb he added the caveat that the team always does great work.

            An his radio transmission was in the heat of the moment. Seriously do you people work for Newspapers, stop trying to sell scandal where there aint none.

          2. woops corection ment valencia

          3. scribe i’ll admit he had a great drive but i don’t think he has his head screwed on properly all the time, and also i question the communication and organisation in that team at times

      4. Like plushpile said, Hamilton wrecked his tyres while Button successfully managed to keep his in good nick. Jenson’s smooth style paid off in spades this time, and Hamilton, despite the merit of his storming drive, needs to cool off a bit. Anyway, great race! Voted it an 8.

        1. Hamilton drove a fantastic race and overtook Button, Weber, Massa, Barichello. You guys have no proof that he wrecked his tyres. He just complains a lot like… just like everyone else.

          Button got lucky he was no match for Vettel. However McLaren were only covering their options and it made sense to bring in Hamilton as he was behind Button.

          1. He only complained about his tyres after he pitted and got up behind Alonso again.

            I assume like S-D says they were just covering their bases with different strategies. Although I think really they shot themselves in the foot because it looked like a 1-2 was on the cards.

          2. Not sure this is as conclusive as you make out, Hamilton wore his tyres harder, but he reckons he could’ve lasted the distance. He may have been marginal at the end but it would probably been worth it.

            An in most races Jensons driving style isn’t going to have the chance to shine through in this way. Turkey could be a Button Massa face off.

    3. i think it was one of the best races since brazil 2008 i thought it was the most exiting at least im thrilled to see f1 back after the rule changes leading to 2009.

      1. Malaysia 2009 was interesting too

        1. but it rained so hard that the race couldnt continue?

          1. Should we have permanent wet races.Like at certain point of the track the it will be wet & the drivers will all have to race with dry tyre! That will make things very interesting indeed.

  2. everyone will forget what happened in bahrain after this, i guess

    1. Ned Flanders
      28th March 2010, 9:15

      Depends what happens in Malaysia and China. If every race is half as good as this I’ll be happy!

      1. Both Tilkedromes, Wide with al ot of run off, nice smooth tracks.
        not good!

        1. Ironically though it was Albert Park’s lack of long straights that stifled overtaking the most today, apart from the cars themselves of course.

      2. Rain is expected in Malaysia, hope we go to the distance.I am expecting some good racing, but Tilke should at least learn some lesson from this track.

  3. Now that was a great seasoning opener, forget Bahrain. AMAZING

  4. Definitely a 9 for me, just needed a scrap for 1st to make it perfect, but a thoroughly enjoyable race and here’s hoping Malaysia will be the same!

    1. Imagine if they hadn’t pitted Lewis. You know, it’s going to happen sometime. We’ll get McLaren one twos this year, that might not apeal to all but picture this, Buttons saved his tyres, Hamilton is catching him half a second to lap 10 to go.

  5. This race was very stupid but very entertaining

    1. stupid? What are you on about. It had everything. Only down was Webber ramming Lewis…spoiled a good fight with Alonso

      1. Amazing race, but was left fuming at Webber, although he had nowhere to go!

    2. What was stupid about it? Other than Vettel not winning & both hamilton & webber failing to finish where they should have been despite the fact both were racing hard.

  6. the only thing needed for a 10/10 was a pass up front. the rain gods have saved f1 again. kubica for driver of the race, webber refuses to go quietly at home, wacky radio calls and car-on-car violence.

    1. Didn’t hear what Webber said on the radio, what was it?

      I did hear Lewis getting angry about that disastrous pit strategy though.

  7. Already 2 votes for terrible, who are these people?

    1. Webber fans maybe? :P

      1. Schumacher fans probably…

        1. More likely Webber fans :P

    2. planet f1 fans.

    3. Kobayashi and Vettel?

    4. I’m a Webber fan and I gave it a nine!

      Awesome race. I don’t want textbook, I want war! And Webs fought hard, got up in there gave us something to watch. Aus GP rules.

  8. It was an awesome race, but it needed the changing conditions to make it happen.

    Short of having lawn sprinklers trackside, what can the FIA and FOM take away from this race???

    1. Squirrels in the cockpit!!

      1. omg that’s so funny to imagine :D

    2. That freedom to choose tyres made the race. Keep the mandatory rubber change, get the hell rid of the quali tyre rule, it could well produce rubbish races in future.

      If you different tyre chices you get overtaking at the begining an the end of the race. If there all on same, you get none, simple as.

      1. For me, its the combination of rain (both the ‘proper’ rain at the start and the occasional flurries making the track slipperier) plus some very slow cars out of position

  9. Prisoner Monkeys
    28th March 2010, 8:47

    Great race. I think this is what a lot of people were expecting from Bahrain.

    There’s been some movement on the development front; apparently there’s to be an emergency meeting at Sepang next week. A couple of people – including Stefano Domenicalli and Fernando Alonso – seem to have worked out that the aerodynamics at the back of the car are the problem. However, I hope they don’t look at this race and think there’s no problem with the sport.

    Also, this is a manjor blow to the people who think Button can’t best Hamilton. Button was cool, calm and collected; Hamilton blew it.

    1. i want to know why mclaren put that radio on tv.

      1. the rules are that all pit to car communication is open. They don’t get to choose what is broadcast anymore.

    2. Button had the measure of Hamilton today, but ‘Hamilton blew it’? I know people have said ridiculous things about how Button would be nowhere in comparison to Hamilton this year, but that’s a bit of a reactionary exaggeration I’d say.

    3. Hamilton blew what? He drove an absolutely storming race! Thankfully that collision with Webber only lost him one place. Great job anyway by Jenson, a fine win, but Lewis will beat him still. ;)

    4. It was really a very disciplined drive from Button, he wasn’t even anywhere near Vettel when he (Vettel) binned it.

      Going 50 laps on options? Button really deserves the moniker “Mr Smooth”…

      1. Although to be fair, it was the brakes which did Vettel in…

      2. Prisoner Monkeys
        28th March 2010, 9:03

        Button had the measure of Hamilton today, but ‘Hamilton blew it’?

        Hamilton blew what?

        Uh, how about the way he pitted for fresh rubber, came back out with the intention of using said fresh rubber to catch the Ferraris and Robert Kubica, but pushed too hard and the net result was that once he caught on to Alonso’s diffuser, his tyres were no better than the Spaniard’s.

        1. That isn’t ‘blowing it’, that’s the car’s problem when Hamilton was caught up in turbulent air. It’s the same problem everyone had in Bahrain. At that point it was starting to become a procession.

          1. Prisoner Monkeys
            28th March 2010, 9:15

            Hamilton consistently drove sub-1min 30sec laps when he had new rubber. Button was doing 1min 32sec. If Hamilton was two seconds a lap quicker, he was clearly pushing harder. And pushing harder like that means your tyres get more worn out.

          2. That’s the result of of pushing harder to gain time, but do you really think his tyres would’ve worn out that quickly if he had clear air? I don’t think so.

          3. PM, funny how Hamilton’s tyres went at the exact time he found himself in Alonso’s wake. Yet you still insist it was Hamilton’s doing that the tyres went off.

        2. McLaren brought him in for tyres.

          He ate up the lead for so long that it’s pretty unlikely the tyre wear, which came on suddenly, was down to him pushing. Everyone’s performance went down in dirty air, so I guess Massa, Alonso, and Webber all blew it too, then?

          Sorry PM, but your argument doesn’t square with what happened out there. I know you don’t like Hamilton too much and get annoyed by people saying he will blow Button away effortlessly this year, but coming up with equally disproportionate assessments of your own is hardly any better of an argument.

    5. Hamilton didn’t blow it, he was absolutely brilliant. It’s McLaren’s fault for their strategy and the crash was actually Webber’s fault because he should’ve held back after Hamilton took the line.

      1. Yeh I’ll be interested to see if there’s any action over that, though Webber came off far worse anyway, and the last thing we need is the return of silly penalties.

        1. Ned Flanders
          28th March 2010, 9:21

          I still think Webber deserves a penalty for taking Hamilton out, it was terrible driving

          1. I’d say it was a mistake, but nothing more. If penalties start getting handed out for stuff like that then noone will have a go.

          2. It was a racing incident and it would be a mistake to give penalties for it.

          3. I want to know where the investigation is into massas dangerous weave and block on Webber going into the fastest corner on the circuit.

          4. ajokay, I was thinking the same thing.

            Keith, I know it makes the pages a bit of a mess if it becomes a particularly long conversation thread, but is there any chance of removing the limit on how many Replies can go in one “tree”?

    6. “Button was cool, calm and collected; Hamilton blew it”

      You’re right but, I prefer 100 times to watch Ham way, than Boring-Button one

      1. Plink Plonk Plunk
        28th March 2010, 20:49

        So Webber is, or was, the head of the drivers association and always going on about driver safety.

        Todays calamity with running into Hamilton is yet another one of his stupid moves. Not saying he should get a penalty as I too think it was a racing incident but Webber is just as guilty as anyone for making a dangerous block or moving someone over recklessly. Yet no one says a thing about it.

        I never really cared for Webber and today only adds to my dislike of his driving. I just find him to be hypocritical about safety then makes dangerous moves on the track.

        Hamilton had a great drive. Agressive yet not reckless. Webber had no business trying to make the pass on the outside like that.

  10. Now THAT was a race. Intense all over. Start to become procession towards the end. It was great race (result SUCKED).
    Please Bernie installed sprinklers at all tracks with a randomizer that might or might turn on them for random time period on all or part of the race.

  11. Winnipeg GP
    28th March 2010, 8:51

    Button did not deserve to win at all. He ruined both Schumacher and Alonso’s race at the start and got insanely lucky with the early pit stop gamble. He is a good gambler and a good driver.

    1. we are about to experience some friction at mclaren and that friction will be instigated by the sneaky british press alongside some rather cunning folks at mclaren . Alright button made the call to come in early , but the question is who made the call to call lewis in thereby putting him at a great disadvantage

      PS hamilton was at least a second faster than button today

      1. Lewis came in I think because Schumacher was going fastest after he changed tyres. But I do hope the McLaren drivers don’t fall out over that.

      2. I don’t think there’ll be friction, they’re in a very warm team and the season is early.

      3. Hamilton was a second faster than Button because Button was doing a stunning job of keeping his soft tyres happy for four fifths of the race, and did a wonderful job of doing so.

      4. true about the sneaky brit press. but would the italian press try and split massa and alonso???

        1. Depends on which driver they consider more Scuderia, which IMHO is Massa…

      5. I don’t think there will be any friction ion the team just because of this, but it’ll be interesting to see how the media handles this, and I think they will try to stir things up to appeal to the lowest common denominator, as usual.

    2. Deserving to win does not matter. Whoever wins, wins and if you don’t like it then well too bad.

      1. Winnipeg GP
        28th March 2010, 9:01

        I bet you would not say that If you were not cheering for Button/macca.

        1. Er, I’m a Hamilton fan. If Lewis wins a race fair and square and people say he doesn’t deserve it then I’d tell them the same thing. It does look like a bad call by Lewis’s engineer, but surely that wasn’t to screw him over, surely?

          1. I’m neither a fan of Lewis or macca but I must admit Lewis was absolutely fantastic today. He surely deserved to win. Button
            won the race without even overtaking a single car.

      2. i see you either hate hamilton or you are just one ignorant follow-follow fan . Hamilton deserving better is an understatement , the question i asked is not off mark at all , who made the call to bring hamilton in . why is it important ? because it was the wrong call , the ferraris stayed out , the renault stayed out why did lewis come in ? whilst you don’t see anything wrong with that i bet over the coming days the press will move in on it . And then you’ll run back to this forum.:-)

        1. I don’t think it’ll be a big media issue. I think McLaren made a mistake and they know it. Martin Whitmarsh at the end of the race admitted that to the BBC.

    3. Jarred Walmsley
      28th March 2010, 9:00

      How, it was all Alonso in that incident Button had the racing line and Alonso didn’t let him take it, so Alonso has no one to blame but himself, and so was Alonso that ruined Scumachers race not Button. I think this race as well as alievating some of the naysayers over the new rules will also prove to people that he actually can drive an F1 car very well and it wasn’t just his DD last year that allowed him to win all those races. The person I feel most sorry for is Vettel who was unfortunate not to win from pole again and due to another incident that he had no control over.

      1. As a former Button basher it annoys even me to see people deride his obvious quality. I imagine they would be saying the same thing of Prost, were he racing today.

        Vettel has had some bad luck but it’s all about the car and driver package, if the Red Bull is good enough to make you lead races it has to be good enough to get you to the end in the lead too.

        1. this time no one is going in on button , you should ask button if you meet him , why he was one second slower than hamilton :-)

          1. Cause his tyres were old whilst Hamilton was FLYING on a new set? Note that Hamilton and Webber were by a large margin quicker than anyone else after their pit stops.

          2. Maybe that was down to Hamilton having new tyres at that time?

          3. The same reason why Massa, Alonso and Kubica were slower than Webber and Hamilton – new tyres.

      2. Maybe Vettel should try NOT getting on pole this year to get his first win?

        Did you see him sitting on the pit-wall, getting a hug from Horner. Great for him to be there and not just get on the plane back home as soon as possible.

        1. There seems to be a lot more camaraderie in Red Bull than the rest of the field combined, doesn’t it? Horner I think is doing a great job as a team boss, and his drivers help. Button’s word exchange with his team seemed, in contrast, somewhat jaded. Even at the podium, ceremony, he and Whitmarsh looked like they were from different teams. At least to me.

    4. From what I see Alonso didn’t give Button enough space, so if I’m pointing finger at the first corner accident, it would be Alonso’s fault.

    5. Haven’t read everyone elses reply but simply, Alonso clearly cut in on Button and only ‘fan visors’ would make you see otherwise

      1. Jarred Walmsley
        28th March 2010, 19:39

        Exactly, Alonso didn’t pull away when it was obvious Button’s racing line.

        1. Button had the racing line, it was 100% Alsonso fault (auctully ferrari’s fault, for those stupid mirrors, that vibarate at speed and the driver cant see anything out of them).

          The blame is not on Button for ruining Alonso’s and Schumi’s race, but on Ferrari’s car design, if you watch a replay you will see alonso turns into Button because he cant see him. Red bull and Torro Rosso also have the same mirrors

  12. I would give 7 points. There have been better races that this one, but a big improvement over Bahrain.

  13. Amazing race from Alonso. Coming all the way down from the last position to 4th is an incredible thing. Superb. Disappointed with Massa….he definitely should have done better with the position he was in. But happy for him on his podium.

    Major story would be Schumacher. Being in a similar position as Alonso, he could come up with only a 10th place. And he took so long to overtake Jamie….not at all impressive.

    I am really happy with Alonso’s performance….Incredible!

    1. Winnipeg GP
      28th March 2010, 8:58

      He had to pit one more than Alonso. Also Alonso made all those passing moves when the track was still wet. Alonso struggled to pass his slow teammate once the track dried out.

      1. Both had to save their tyres (if u r aware). Getting too close to the car ahead of u destroys the tyres. It was a damage limitation for Alonso adn he drove superbly, even a blind guy can say that. After the 1st lap, who would have thought that alonso will be 4th. Even MIchael was taken out on the 1st lap but he could not make groud. This was a similar performance from alonso to what he drove in 2005 San Marino…. great driving ALo

    2. Winnipeg nailed it. I think Schumacher is doing really rather well but suffering from a bit of bad luck. Rosberg is proving himself as a top driver and may be able to hold his own against his fellow german, but I don’t see Schumacher letting the gap stay this wide for long. Amazing and worthy return, I think, for a 41 year old. And I’m not really his fan.

  14. Gave it a 7.
    Soft tyres lasting so long was the only down side for me.

    1. I gave it a 7 too, although I admit that I am biased so if Vettel had won it probably would’ve got an 8 or 9.

      I wouldn’t give it a full 10, because even though we saw some overtakes, the “aero factor” is still there – as shown by Alonso not getting past Massa, and Hamilton/Webber not overtaking Alonso. But, all in all – it was a great race :)

  15. It was a brilliant race, full of drama and excitement. I’m ecstatic that Button won and that Massa’s on the podium again. I’m a little disappointed that Hamilton wasn’t on the podium though because he was on fire for most of the race but a disastrous strategy held him back.

    Vettel deserved better too.

  16. Who Said F1 Is Boring?!?!

    Great Race! Well Done Jenson!

    And What A Race By Lewis! Such Overtakes, Another Day That Would Of Been A Win!

    Butt Great Race, Well Worth Getting Up Early!

  17. Ooh I love Aussie autumn! That’s what we lokin’ for! Proper F1.

    Jenson – like Prost… classic!
    Kubica – magic
    Massa – impotence

  18. Fantastic Race. ALO and WEB should get penalties. ALO put Lewis in a corner by locking his brakes, if the FIA is consistant they will penalize him for this the same way they penalized HAM in 2008. WEB caused an avoidable collision, they both should get penalties.

    1. “ALO and WEB should get penalties”
      You must be joking

      1. where is the joke , dj is giving an opinion thats totally valid , kovalainnen got a penalty for knocking webber of at spa 2008 , if i am right vettel got a penalty for knocking kubica out in aussie gp 2009. It exposes the inconsistency with the FIA . especially webber’s move , you can’t just send one blindly into another driver like that .

        Whichever way my words, yours and any other persons are opinions anywayz ;-)

        1. It was obviously Webber’s fault, but I’m extremely sorry to tell you that if the FIA punished Alonso for braking late and defending the position they might as well say the drivers to stop fighting for positions when they have the inside line, and that if they do and lock their brakes while doing so they will get penalized’.

          Just no. Hence, he must be joking.

        2. Alonso doesn’t deserve any penalty.He just defended his position.

      2. We have a term for that “moment” over here in the states… “Just one of ‘dem racing deals”

        1. This is a little bit more complicated than driving anticlockwise in a circle.

    2. No penaltys or fines. It was just racing incidents.

    3. IMHO, Alonso caused his own first corner blunder and Webber was responsible for the clash with Hamilton. BUT, both of them were in very difficult conditions. Alonso was in the middle of traffic and possibly so worried about Schumacher to his left that he didn’t even realise Button was so close to his right. Webber, though certainly too eager, I think suffered from a big loss of aero support riding that close to Hamilton; we’ve seen before how this tends to ruin one’s grip and cause this exact kind of accidents. I for one praise Alonso and Webber’s competitiveness and tenacity. Their bravado is exactly what we like to see in F1, and giving either of them a penalty would be a big mistake by the FIA.

      If you want to penalise those who jeopardize safety, think about Sauber. Three front wing failures in the same weekend, one of which caused a major crash, is IMO a real safety issue. Not racing drivers vying for position.

    4. Alonso can’t get a penalty, he just kept his car to the inside to defend his position.

      1. Webber was racing quite hot headed, almost took hamilton off after he passed massa, and then did take hamilton out at the end of the race,

        although i dont like race penalties, i think for the sake of consistency webber should be given a 5 place grid drop for the next race.

  19. Jhonnie Siggie
    28th March 2010, 9:01

    I guess the guys that voted terrible are Vettel fans?

    1. Don’t forget the Webber and Schumacher fans.

      1. Dont forget the HAM fans….

      2. Don’t forget the Hamilton fans, they’re bound to complain, and blame Alonso for no reason (see an above post).

        1. I’m a HAM fan, I gave it a 9 and I don’t blame Alonso. I blame McLaren for bringing Lewis in again and, to a lesser degree, that Australian for crashing into him.

        2. I’m also a HAM fan and gave this race a 9. I’m disappointed he didn’t end up on the podium but he drove his heart out and provided pretty much all of the excitement.

          1. To be honest, I shouldn’t have said “Hamilton fans”, I really meant Hughes and that Cabbages guy.

          2. Since you two (Robbie and TomD11) are genuine F1 fans.

  20. michael-in-Beijing
    28th March 2010, 9:02


    Can we have all 20 races in Albert Park circuit next year?!

    1. Here here. But next time lets have some snow at the start!

      1. Ice. Make them have chains on their tyres.

    2. Not sure if it would have been this exciting if it wasn’t for the rain. Still, Albert Park is indeed up there with Spa and Interlagos as a prime venue for entertaining races. Sure, I’d still watch F1 if it ran a whole season in just these three circuits plus Monaco. And Monza. Come to think of it, there are actually quite a few good tracks in the calendar. Maybe its just a case of the boring ones causing such a bad and lasting impression.

    3. I’d miss Monza, Spa and Interlagos.

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