Rate the race: Australia

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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234 comments on Rate the race: Australia

  1. fff said on 28th March 2010, 9:03

    Im brazilian and I don’t know why people are saying Massa race was great. He managed to get away from the crashes and still managed to get pression from Alonso who went to last position after a first corner crash.

    • Scribe said on 28th March 2010, 12:55

      Because his set up was rubbish an the car was a handful. He manhandled that car to a fourtuitous but deserved fourth. Sometimes you car is carp, it’s often what you salvage on those days that decides the championship.

  2. BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 9:09

    Wow, that was quite something. Massa getting up to P2 in the first corners, Alonso, Button and Schumacher clashing.
    I am a little bit worried about the Sauber wings coming off, a shame for Hülkenberg and Buemi, shame about Petrov as well.

    Schumacher after that clas was just testing tyres for Rosberg, when it worked, everybody except Kubica and Ferrari panicked and called their teams in for changes which lost them a lot.
    I think Lewis and Webber would have had serious trouble making the tyres last though.

    Vettel would have possibly had another stop as well, i think his tyres were gone pretty bad. Button saved the tyres when he could not get past him.

    Nice for Alonso to get back up this far, after that clash at the start. I think that if they had let him past Massa earlier, he would have had a better chance at getting Kubica. On the other hand it secured Ferrari 3-4, as i am pretty sure, Massa would not have been able to keep Hami behind him like Alonso did.

    Great race with suprising results and a lot to talk about. Gave it a 9 as there was no battle for 1st in the second half of the race.

    • curedcat said on 28th March 2010, 9:14

      i don’t know about webber but i think lewis would not have had so much of a tyre issue if he stayed out because he would not have had to push as hard as he did today .He would have kept it steady and then unleash the fire on whoever was in front at the later stages .

  3. OS X said on 28th March 2010, 9:11

    This is the problem with Formula One, unfortunately. This was a great race solely because of the weather. In this race, the limiting factor for overtaking was driver skill instead of aerodynamic inefficacy. But this is just an aberration. Drivers make great races, not cars.

    I think the drive of the day is split between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. I think the WDC will be either one of these two or Vettel. Button did well with his “silky smooth driving” (I owe Jonathan Legard about £5000 in royalties for using his signature quote). I’m still trying to figure out how someone who managed to have a first corner shunt, get overtaken by his team mate and have an off on an out lap managed to win the race, but it doesn’t have to make sense, it’s F1 baby!

    Do you not get fined or penalised for causing an accident anymore? Button on Alonso and Schumi was a racing incident but Webber on Hammy was flagrant dangerous driving.

    The most pertinent point to draw from this grand prix is a negative one. Cars that are 2-2.5 seconds faster in clean air on newer tyres (Webber & Hammy > Ferrari’s & Kubi) can not overtake in normal conditions. This does not augur well for on track action in the future races.

    • Robbie said on 28th March 2010, 9:14

      He won because Vettel went off but also because he made a really good gamble by going on the slicks which improved his times dramatically and he moved up a lot, especially when everyone pitted.

    • David said on 28th March 2010, 9:46

      Good ol’ F1 fans. Never ever happy.

      • David A said on 28th March 2010, 10:23

        I agree, it may have been partly down to the weather, but the most important thing is the race was entertaining and had some decent battling. Particualarly after Bore-rain.

  4. curedcat said on 28th March 2010, 9:16

    The hamilton haters should not forget that hamilton executed the cleanest and most overtakes today , as well as monza 2008 where he scored more than half the overtakes of the entire race . This guy is a racer , give him credit where it is due .

    • rfs said on 28th March 2010, 9:25

      Absolutely. But McLaren really needs to get this car’s qualifying pace up to that of the Red Bulls for him to have a shot at the championship.

  5. Jonathan said on 28th March 2010, 9:18

    Someone please burn down Bahrain. I admit after the track dried out the race the overtaking problem came back. But at least it was a lot more exciting with the crashes etc.

    You know what would be a great way to spice up the races?

    Install sprinklers at the side of the track.

    • rfs said on 28th March 2010, 9:19

      Or do a rain dance before every grand prix. :p

      • Harvs said on 29th March 2010, 6:09

        lets just get every one on this site to go there one night with a spade each and we will cover it with sand, nobady will notice or miss its absence

  6. BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 9:19

    Oh and a great result for HRT with Karun Chandhok making it to the finish.

    Heikki making it last as well,

  7. verstappen said on 28th March 2010, 9:21

    This was fun! Not perfect, beause no battle for the podiumplaces untill the finish.
    However, I was on the edge of my chair from start till the end.

    By the way, I couldn’t catch Hamiltons last comment on the radio, what was it?

    I just hope that the drivers will keep on racing after this ‘tyre-saving-win’ of Jenson. It was great fun looking at Hamilton, but I could almost smell the rubber in my livingroom…

    • Robbie said on 28th March 2010, 9:22

      “By the way, I couldn’t catch Hamiltons last comment on the radio, what was it?”

      It was something like, ‘Who made me pit? That was fricking terrible strategy.’

      He was clearly frustrated, trying to get ahead of Alonso all the time.

  8. Vikas said on 28th March 2010, 9:22

    Bloody cynics who rated this race terrible :(

  9. The man that Lewis thinks should retire, almost retired him.

    What a great race by JB and RK.

    FM + FA we’re lucky that McLearn made such a terrible tire call

  10. Ned Flanders said on 28th March 2010, 9:27

    9 out of 10 for me- it was my favourite race since Brazil 2008.

    Not only was it good while it was raining, the rest of the race was exciting too, which I didn’t expect. I can’t wait for the next race, which unfortunately for me is China as I’m off to the US at the weekend

  11. curedcat said on 28th March 2010, 9:31

    redbull should take advantage of that ride height adjuster in this few races , cuz when mclaren get their own device on thier car it will no longer be luscious for liz .

  12. Mouse_Nightshirt said on 28th March 2010, 9:36

    Watching f1 forum, I think that McLaren made the right decision with Lewis *at the time*. I fully suspect that Hamilton would have knacked his tyres as the race wore on. At the end of the day, Button made the right calls and pushed when he needed to. Lewis drove a stonking race, but F1 doesn’t have hindsight.

  13. chaosthoery said on 28th March 2010, 9:38

    You Brits cant stand the decision taken by McLaren to make Lewis pit, for all people in Poland it was a relief :P Kubica was great today, just like in Japan 2008 when he was defending from Kimis Ferrari, it was exciting. But if it wasnt for Lewis storming the field, this race wouldnt be as exciting.
    And I think Alonso was too gentle with Massa, like if he didnt want to cause some tension inside the team, or something.
    So to me this race was definitely better than the greatest from last season – SPA 09.

    • curedcat said on 28th March 2010, 10:00

      great hindsight mate , lewis did make the race exciting , show out to polish f1fanatics ;-)

    • Gagan said on 28th March 2010, 10:06

      I am an Alonso fan and I second that. Massa was struggling and alonso should have got passed him. May be ho got a call from Stefano not to take any chances. But it was a quality drive from Alonso and i think Massa should have been better than 3rd.

  14. wong chin kong said on 28th March 2010, 9:39

    I rated it 9, one step below perfect because it needed rain to bring excitement to the race. Crashes, different tyre strategies, unscheduled pit stops, damaged cars, dare devil overtaking moves spiced up the race. The organisers have to seed the clouds for rain in desert venues next time.

  15. David said on 28th March 2010, 9:44

    Wait a minute.

    Those thousands of ridiculously overreacting fans after Bahrain are now happy. What gives?

    • Lachie said on 28th March 2010, 9:58

      I think you’ll find most people agree the race shut down somewhat once the track dried and their are still inherent issues with the cars. We’re all just happy for the time being that we got some action no matter the reason.

      Jeez if you don’t like a little action you should just stop watching :P

    • I agree, there were several races last year that were just as dull as Bahrain this year, and many people seemed to have forgotten about them. Bahrain wasn’t even all that bad, no better than I’ve ever expected from any of the tilkedromes.

    • SennaRainho said on 31st March 2010, 18:09

      No David, we are absolutely not! Please read my two posts above.

  16. steph90 said on 28th March 2010, 9:50

    9. Alonso moment of the day for hilarious radio transmission

    • James_mc said on 28th March 2010, 9:51

      Agreed! :-D “I don’t wanna know!”

    • Robbie said on 28th March 2010, 9:52

      Was that the ‘Hamilton is now 3.5 seconds behind you’

      ‘I don’t want to know!’


    • Gagan said on 28th March 2010, 10:12

      That was awesome. HE knew that he could keep Ham behind him and he sis it superbly. Had it been Massa instead of Alo, Ham would haev overtaken him

      • Tony said on 28th March 2010, 11:24

        Its a shame Webber took Hamilton out when he did, as Alonso was out of shape after that corner (watching the replay, Rosberg had a real look at passing). Ham was likely thinking to duck back inside and go for the next corner.

  17. First of all it was an awesome race. Button may have won but the driver of the day none other than Lewis. Mclaren had miscalcualted Ferrari & Renault pitting. Webber’s driving? What did this race tell you(Red Bull)? Please stand on your feet and don’t bad mouth. Horner kept on speaking nonsense of Ron/Lewis/Mclaren.

    • curedcat said on 28th March 2010, 10:04

      christian horner or horny ;-) or whatever his name is feeling quite smug at the moment so he has the gut to poke fun at people like ron dennis , lets give it two races and he won’t have much to say

  18. Varun said on 28th March 2010, 9:54

    Good day for Bernie and all the F1 Fans….. Formula 1 is still as exciting as before! Next year Bahrain should arrange for some artificial rain (in the desert) to make it more exciting…..

  19. Steve said on 28th March 2010, 10:00

    Amazing how a track cobbled together from street roads through a park can produce a race with so much more excitement than one on a custom designed/built and modified track such as Bahrain.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th March 2010, 10:02

      Well said.

      • curedcat said on 28th March 2010, 10:11

        “well said”

        kinda funny or maybe a “being nice” stunt from you keith , but there is nothing overly exciting that deserves a “well said” about this race compared to bahrain . The difference was from natural intervention (rain) . Get some rainmakers to bahrain on a race weekend and you’ll see f1 5 star rating skyrocket.

        After the rain stopped the drama stopped , f1 has problems . How did hamilton who was chipping away at least 1.5 seconds a lap from alonso , suddenly finds himself stuck and can’t pass .

        1.5 SECONDS!!!!!!!!!!!! faster and can’t overtake , that is a joke

        • You have a point, but do keep in mind that Hamilton himself complained of having ruined his tyres exactly as he closed in on Alonso. That was a factor.

        • Ned Flanders said on 28th March 2010, 17:02

          “After the rain stopped the drama stopped”

          Er… were you watching the same race as the rest of us?!

        • Curedcat – have you ever watched Melbourne before? I have been going since 2000, and this is the first even semi-wet race we’ve had in that time. And yet, is it the first great race? Apart from 2004 & 2007, Albert Park has produced absolute pearlers every year on a bone dry track. That is the difference between a good, classic track, and a Tilke-drome.

    • Sadly, I don’t think tracks like this or Interlagos would be approved for construction today. The tilkedromes are what they are, I’m sure, in no small part due to the obcession with safety and the misguided notion that wide tracks equal good racing. We should treasure these tracks while they’re still in the calendar and hope F1 never moves away from all of them.

    • Maybe we can hope for rain at Singapore as well, would it make the most boring race on the calendar any better?

  20. Big Vettel fan here, very disappointing to see reliability let him down again, but I can deal with that for racing that good! Excellent race, I voted 9.

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