Rate the race: Europe

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

What did you think of the European Grand Prix? Rate the race out of ten and leave a comment below:

Rate the 2010 European Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (11%)
  • 2 (5%)
  • 3 (7%)
  • 4 (8%)
  • 5 (12%)
  • 6 (18%)
  • 7 (22%)
  • 8 (13%)
  • 9 (3%)
  • 10 (2%)

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  1. not a great race (ferrari fan) but Kob at the end was great

    1. FIA sucks!

      What a shame of race!

      1. Thanks God Webber and Kob its OK by the way

        1. Agree… fia is whatever…

          What was that with Hamilton… another flower from him….

      2. Totally true. Too bad for Charlie he can’t fix the Germany-England football score.

        1. I couldn’t agree more. Out with Whiting who is manipulating the races! Why is nobody doing anything??? What else has to happen?!?

          1. I voted this a perfect race simply because Mark Webber is alive.

  2. Mark Hitchcock
    27th June 2010, 14:48

    5. Not much action really but Kobayashi livened things up towards the end.
    And obviously, as horrible and scary as it was, Webber’s crash was memorable.

    1. damonsmedley
      27th June 2010, 15:15

      Yes I totally agree. This track needs to go as soon as possible. Every time someone attempted a pass, there was contact. Luckily there weren’t many crashes like Mark’s. But it was even happening it the support races. There can not be any better proof that this track is terrible. Well done Kobayashi though!

  3. Good race by Valencia’s standards! Overall pretty dull though, don’t think track design helps, too often we saw a driver lock up significantly in the final turn while being shadowed by another and retain their position.

  4. Before Webber’s crash, which was heartstopping and spectacular (I was extremely worried for his safety for a second until he threw the wheel out angrily), it was pretty decent. After the safety car it was just a procession and a bunch of disappointing penalties. It’s not often that a safety car makes the race less exciting but without it we would’ve seen Vettel and Hamilton battling at the end (made impossible by his drive through), we wouldn’t have to wait to see what the stewards have to make of the final result. That being said it was probably the best race we’ve seen at Valencia. It’s also a shame we have that 2 tyre rule because I really believe Kobayashi could’ve been on the podium if he was allowed to carry on. I was well happy when he overtaked Alonso and Buemi (on the final corner) though! And with the penalties still to come he might even be on the podium!


    1. You gotta be careful though. Even Brundle said without the safety car we would have seen a great battle but it was pretty clear Vettel was crusing out on his own and made to extend the gap when Hamilton pushed after his drive thru. Had there been no Safety Car Vettel would have just kept pushing the whole way.

      And if there were no 2 tyre rule then everyone would have done what Kobayashi did and not pitted at all and he wouldnt have made up the positions by not pitting.

      I was thinking the same things but you gotta take everyones race into perspective

  5. miguelF1O (@)
    27th June 2010, 14:49

    this was another strange race why cant f1 be just 4 or 5 drivers battling on the track at valencia we had cheating whining drivers fantastic crashes rocket kobayashi i think that will be a lot of DSQ hopefully too mutch luck too mutch artificial racing it seems impossible to have fair competition

    1. yep, I love alonso Whinning “tell Charlie Hamilton overtook the safety”. It was like being back to skool when I was 10 :)

      1. are you saying Alonso should have just shut up and driven? He was easily third, then he was easily tenth, through no real fault of his own – and in his view, the perpetrator escaped unpunished. If he wasn’t furious, he’s not a true racing driver.

  6. Kobayashi’s last leap moves made it an 8 for me.

    I notice that Alonso is 32.8 behind Vettel while Button is 7.6, so if Button does not get more then 25 seconds penalty, Alonso is still behind him, but Kobayashi would be just ahead.

    1. Btw, how much does a drive through penalty cost? I hope if those drivers that are under investigation does get a penalty it would not cost them more than a drive through penalty. My rationale behind it is that there are plenty of time to give those driver a drive through penalty so there is really no reason to give them more than that. They should give the penalty relative to the penalty they are given to Hamilton.

      Well, I’m still waiting on the post race analysis on whether if they are actually speeding under SC give them any advantage or not.

      And great drive by Koby… Burger power? :)

      1. I think a drive-through awarded after the race nets 25 seconds added to their finishing time. That’d put Kobayashi up to 3rd, Button down to 4th, still 0.2 seconds ahead of Alonso.

  7. For Valencia this is all we could have hoped for.
    Ok maybe some more if Hamilton didn’t have his penalty.

  8. Thank you, Kobayashi, for showing how fantastic this track is!
    We saw overtaking maneuvers on half of the corners.

  9. much better than the previous two events.

    1. Are you mental?

      1. I’m guessing he meant the previous two at valencia?

        1. yes, i was refering to the previous two valencia races.

  10. What a farce. The SC just ruined a race when the top 3 where fighting for the win. Terrible decision form the stewards that favoured as always Mr. Hamilton

    1. They favored him by penalizing him? Interesting way to favor someone.

      1. They favored him by waiting more than 10 laps to penalize him. So yes they favored him.

    2. what are on about?

      1. what are u on about antizyklon

        1. He is referring to the way the penalty didn’t cost Hamilton anything. But this was because of a combination of two things- the time it took for the decision to be made, and Hamilton’s raw pace that he had anyway.

          1. Did stewards know he would exit the pits in front of Kobayashi when they penalized him? Hindsight is great but they needed to examine the situation first. We don’t know how much examinations they had and how many teams complained about. From the feature in F1 Racing about the stewards they have a lot of work examining situations, especially in first part of the race.

          2. Or the Kobayashi train, than enabled the top 2 drivers to pull away at more than a second a lap.

  11. Kamui driver of the race putting the move on both Buemi and Alonso. Webber’s crash fanstic. Have to see what happens with stewards decisions on the other cars. 8/10

    1. miguelF1O (@)
      27th June 2010, 14:59

      agree but there are 10 cars that probably are going to be penalised it will change this race a lot a complete farce fighting for th win should be on track and please ban all fuel mix options cause hamilton gave us hope for an exciting decider for the win but in the end vet was saving is car and eventually ham had to save fuel as well not to mention that if he had respected the rules he should have ended in a similar position to alonso

  12. it was a farce… Vettel automatically won the race after SC and Hamilton stole P2
    really really terrible

    1. Blog Raider
      27th June 2010, 15:25

      Stole P2? Wasn’t he running P2 before the safety car?…and yes he was punished, denied a chance of going for P1!

      1. well.. to be correct he did’nt stole anything, but where the stewards who gifted him with P2 awaiting 15 laps before taking a decision… really disgusting this time…

        1. Blog Raider
          27th June 2010, 16:09

          sure, and it is not his fault, also not his fault that Kobi was holding everyone else behind for him to built a nice gap…

  13. miguelF1O (@)
    27th June 2010, 14:55

    After the messy race champ may be a bit scrambled counting the DSQ the classification might be
    8ºDi Grassi

    1. Hamilton isn’t getting penalised post race though…

      1. miguelF1O (@)
        28th June 2010, 1:57

        ok if hamilton penalty was fair im starting to ignore the safety car every race

    2. Two Alonsos and no Hamilton? The latter already served his penalty.

    3. They made a hash of things today, but the stewards aren’t going to give Alonso 3rd and 4th place :P

      You might mean Hamilton in 2nd, and Kobayahsi 3rd, ahead of Button and one guy called Alonso.

  14. miguelF1O (@)
    27th June 2010, 14:56

    i gave 5 but now i think after all this cheating and bad conduct the race should not count for the champ

  15. Ferrari is screwed by the FIA. At the end it was better for them to overtake the safety car.

  16. I think we might be on to something here! I mean they gave the track a lick of paint and we got the most exiting Valencia grand prix in years :D.

    Kamui for man of the race obviously. I was so happy when I saw he had overtaken buemi.

  17. For Valencia a memorable race. A big crash, SC confusion, amazingly fast lap from Schumi in the last laps. Kobayashi had a drive that might have just saved him and the team for next year. First he dropped back only because of the 2 compound rule. But those overtakes by him almost make it worthwhile to have this rule.

    Bushi (Burger – Sushi) champ. Let Burger king introduce that in the menue and sponsor Sauber full scale from next race on.

    1. Bushi in Japanese means warrior, which describes Kobayashi’s mentality towards having a go at Alonso and Buemi, something Button could not or did not do against him…

      1. I didn’t know that, but it makes it even better. Showed exactly what we hoped to see from him last year.

        Gutsy driving, not afraid to have a go at it and makes less mistakes than Sato. And a good job of conserving those tyres to last up to that point, 54 laps is massive for this track.

      2. Senshi in Japanese means warrior. Bushi sounds like something to do with the word Bushido.

        As for Kobayashi, he did amazingly well. He really made the strategy work. Alonso is my favourite driver, but I was willing on Kobayashi all the way.

        1. Both words have similar meaning, but did Kobayashi make Button look stupid for following him for three quarters of the race when Button was going “Oh we can’t overtake in Valencia, not enough room at this track” when there was clearly enough room for Kobayashi to make moves on Alonso and Buemi…

          1. Kobayashi’s overtakes were on FAR superior tires and Button’s lack of attempts at an overtake was probably partly due to him knowing Kobayashi…

    2. Some of us like the best car/driver to win. Not cheaters rewarded or stupid 5 second penalties for safety infringements. It is truly sad that Races must be “enlivend” by bringing the wrong tires to races and such.

  18. Eventful race which was poorly handled by the FIA and will result in lots of protests after the race and some changes of the results. The only positive I could find was Webber emerging unscathed from a frightening accident.

    1. I agree with you 100%

  19. I can’t feel more frustrated and angry about a race.-

    I hate the stewards, they ruined what could have been another great race.-

    It feels like referees on a football game, they try to be the stars of the show.-

    I vote for Charlie Whiting and his troupe to retire ASAP!!

  20. What a joke. Shame on the Race Control.

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