Rate the race: Belgium

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

Rate the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix out of ten

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168 comments on Rate the race: Belgium

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  1. damonsmedley said on 29th August 2010, 14:38

    I gave it an 8. Altough I was very disappointed that Rubens crashed… :( That was a crazy race!

  2. 2.4L V8 said on 29th August 2010, 14:38

    Good race, Lewis!
    Unlucky, Button…
    Booooooooooo, Vettel!

  3. Ral (@ral) said on 29th August 2010, 14:41

    Awesome race. As always in Spa :)

    • I agree, great race but some of the worst organisation I have ever experienced!

      There are no proper paths to get to some of the main parts of the circuit (trudging up muddy hills is no fun at all) Plus at the end the shuttle buses were just chaotic! We waited 30 mins in the rain until we realised that non of the buses were allowing people on, then we walked about 100m up the road and one was letting people on. we got on only for it to head back to where we had been waiting, let more people on then took an hour to get about half a mile! They were letting Team trucks etc out which were blocking the roads (why not keep them back until most people were out). We ended up getting off and walking the 2km to the car park and still beat the bus. We then had to wait a further 30mins to get out of the car park.

      It is a great track and in a beautiful part of belgium but how Bernie has the cheek to criticise Silverstone after our experience is beyond me. I would definitely go back but only because the we could get so close to the racing and the great race it is. Obviously the good beer, waffles and great hospitality of the people of Hasselt helps too.

      One other thing, the drivers all went around for a parade lap as passengers in vintage cars before the race, only Hamilton, Button and Kovalinen were waiving and smiling at the crowd, the others could not be ***** and Alonso looked as though some one had shot his mom!

  4. Avril F1 said on 29th August 2010, 14:41

    If Webber won it wold have been 10.

    • Anthony said on 29th August 2010, 14:55

      the post says ‘rate the race’ not ‘rate the result’

      • GeeMac said on 29th August 2010, 15:29

        Quite right, regardless of who you support it was a great race. I was hoping for a shock Lotus point, but I still gave the race the 9 it deserved.

      • MondoL said on 31st August 2010, 11:39

        Even I like crazy races, what happens in it, can make me feel uneasy. Behaviour like Vettel’s made me hate the race. It’s not just the result, is the outcome of things that make you dislike the race. Stewart decisions, driver decisions, etc. I didn’t enjoy as much as other times. just a 7.

      • hartry said on 1st September 2010, 0:25

        Hang on, just that Avril said if Webber would have won would have made the race a ten rating doesn’t mean that that’s what she wanted to happen, or that she’s a Webber fan. I mean if Webber would have fought his way back to overtake Lewis at the end, surely that would have made the race even better than it was… suggesting so is not ‘rating the result’ at all.

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th August 2010, 15:52

      exactly how not to vote.

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 29th August 2010, 16:07

        I would have liked Webber to win too, but the race still would have been rated an 8 by me – unless Hamilton and Webber had a last lap duel in which case it may have scored a 9… :P

        • US_Peter said on 29th August 2010, 22:02

          I gave it an 8 as well, and probably would’ve rated it higher if as you say there had been more of a shootout for the win. I was kind of hoping Webber and Hamilton would crash each other out or have a slide at least and Kubica would sneak past for the win…

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th August 2010, 16:24

      Webber shouldn’t have allowed half the field to pass him at the start again.

  5. too bad Ruben crashed… not the same without it’s master.. definitely a crazy race…

  6. Chris B said on 29th August 2010, 14:42

    Would have been a 10 had it not been for Vettels poor driving eliminating Button from a great fight for 2nd place.

    • bosyber said on 29th August 2010, 14:45

      Agree fully. There was hardly a moment to sit back and take a breath apart from the SC moments.

    • Jack Peekoc said on 29th August 2010, 14:47

      It was raining. You cant really blame him for the rain, especially considering he had no clue the corner was wet.

      Rubens crash into Alonso 100X worse, if your going to go on about it.

      • karan01 (@karan01) said on 29th August 2010, 14:49

        Exactly. There is so much hate on Vettel over here. Do you want some nice overtakes or just a procession?

        • Vettel made a very, very, VERY stupid mistake,

          But it was a mistake, He shouldn’t have made it, but what were they thinking giving him a penalty?
          They might as well give one to Rubens as well!

          It’s up to his team and the fans to punish drivers
          for stupidity I think….

          • Lachie said on 29th August 2010, 15:13

            Vettel caused an avoidable accident so was punished. The fact that it was a mistake means the penalty was less than if he had run into Button deliberately

          • David BR said on 29th August 2010, 15:22

            Well if it was *that* stupid and ruined another driver’s race, a punishment seems right. The way I saw it, he lost control – not his fault as such – but then swung the car wildly to realign himself with little regard for Button. He could have continued his line off track at the corner and rejoined the track safely without crashing into anyone else. As he admitted, though, doing so would have meant losing position/s. So he took the wild route. As he usually does. Not hate of Vettel – just don’t see why Button had to pay for this recklessness.

          • Dianna said on 29th August 2010, 15:36

            @Mike,full agreeance again with you.What Rubens did was as bad if not worse than what MSC and Vettel did,but only MSC gets the heavy punishment.

            Michael Schumacher is BACK…what a DRIVER!!!!what a class act from 21st on the grid.in a car he hates.

          • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 29th August 2010, 17:59

            Barrichello’s was a lot worse but you have to remember he hit Alonso and not Button.

          • Tommy I think you’re being unfair there. The stewards aren’t pro-Button.l Seb used Button as brakes on a dry part of the track. When Rubens went off so did everyone becausen it was chucking it down

          • Mike said on 30th August 2010, 3:32

            Whoah! What?
            NO! Dianna, Tommy, Rubens didn’t even get close to doing anything wrong, at all.

            I used Rubens to explain that I think, like Rubens the only thing Vettel did wrong is a driving error. And Like Rubens, he should not have been punished for it. Because the rules are to punish bad sportsmanship, not mistakes.

            And I don’t care who they hit, and neither should anyone else, it’s not the important part…

        • BasCB said on 29th August 2010, 15:16

          I would like some nice overtaking certainly. But what Vettel did was very far off from that here.

          A stupid move, who does not know that you just don’t do big steering AND braking when your on slippery ground?

          • PeriSoft said on 29th August 2010, 15:44

            Vettel was a total jackass; I saw that crash coming from the moment the cameras switched to vette/button three or four corners before.

            It was incredibly obvious that he was going to do something dumb; the car’s body language just screamed “I’m passing, opportunity or not”.

            That said, I don’t think he should have been penalized; seems to me that unless you deliberately prang someone you shouldn’t be penalized.

            As they say, “Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence”… :)

          • Steph said on 29th August 2010, 15:55

            Sato according to DC “Ferrari are used to building strong cars as Michael used to drive into people a lot”

          • Calum said on 29th August 2010, 17:30

            Regardless of your opinion on Vettel, it was just an error because of the weather. You can not seriously put the mistakes down to a lack of maturity and experience on Vettel’s part because Barrichello in his 300th race had a similar weather related incident when he slammed into Alonso.

          • Zahir said on 29th August 2010, 19:26

            On the Forum afterwards BBC interviewed JB and he was adamant that the track was ‘bone dry’. The fact is it was an insanley stupid move by Vettel. I dont know why people are making excuses for Vettel, it was his nothing other than his fault and a sign of his immaturity

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th August 2010, 15:53

        how was alonso’s car able to carry on after that shunt??!!

      • nelly said on 29th August 2010, 15:55

        Button said the track at that part was bone dry when Vettel crashed into him. Maybe he would say that anyway but it was still a pretty silly incident and in that case (it being dry) it was all Vettels fault and he deserved a penalty. Glad he had the decency to apologise though and really, at the end of the day it was just a very big mistake. Avoidable but almost all accidents are to a degree.

      • Button said it was completely dry where Vettel dropped it. It looked like Vet being over exuberant as usual and then lacking grip due to Buttons wake.
        He’s doing a great job of ruining his own chances.
        As others have said it isn’t BTCC, Vet is constantly making contact trying to pass, this isn’t an isolated incident, he needs to sort himself out.

        • Michael said on 30th August 2010, 3:09

          He does need to sort himself out! He is getting a reputation for being an idiot, and its plain to see he’s a fast driver….the boy needs a mind coach.

    • nik (@nik) said on 29th August 2010, 15:27

      There shouldn’t probably be a separate post and comment thread about this incident, because I assume there is going to be a lot of discussion about it, that said:

      As F1 fans, we can not on one hand argue for more overtaking, and then on another complain ad nauseam every time a driver hits another driver while attempting to overtake. The situation today with Vettel was compounded by the rain – which made it more difficult to measure the breaking point and maintain control of the car.

      I am a Webber fan, and when Vettel hit Mark in Turkey, the argument for me wasn’t if he was an idiot for attempting to overtake him, but more about who was at fault. As a fan I accept that drivers will drop points through no fault of their own – either reliability, pit stop mistakes, or other drivers hitting them. It is all part of racing.

      For Vettel to be penalized for an honest mistake while attempting an overtaking maneuver is embarrassing for the sport. Had Button’s car not been there, Vettel likely would have spun out and lost a few places anyway. You can’t penalize a driver just because there happens to be another car in the way when they make a mistake.

      • i totally agree! Either they start letting racing incidents go or they make the sport a non contact sport. Not phaff between the 2 when it suits them or when they the media makes a big fuss.

        Its motor racing, not basketball.

      • Lotus 49 said on 29th August 2010, 19:09

        The point is Seb could have avoided running into Button by going straight on. In the split second he had to make a choice, he made the wrong decision.

        He did not need to hit him, he chose to, ergo a punishable offence.

        I am a big fan of Seb, but he is still making rookie errors under pressure, and after 3 seasons in F1 he isn’t a rookie anymore.

  7. too bad Rubens crashed… not the same without it’s master.. definitely a crazy race…

    • Dianna said on 29th August 2010, 15:51

      @RIN6…………..Too bad Rubens crashed!!!!he nearly KILLED Alonso,and spoilt his race..I wonder if he will apologise to Alonso?????????and the media in GB go overboard with the story!! Poor Reubens indeed.That’s a laugh.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th August 2010, 16:32

        Rubens made an error, he wasn’t trying to kill Alonso, like Schumacher wasn’t trying to kill Barrichello at Hungary. And I believe Barrichello did apologise for wrecking both their races.

        Doesn’t stop me being glad that “Mr. 300″ had a crushingly awful race, though.

  8. chaostheory said on 29th August 2010, 14:46

    8 from me. Not that good as last years race, but still pretty okay.

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th August 2010, 15:54

      how was last year’s race anyway near as better as this one?

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th August 2010, 16:35

        IMO last year’s race wasn’t “anyway near as better” than this one :P

        But the 2009 race was very good for a dry race, and one of the best of the 2009 season which saw a Force India nearly win.

        • Calum said on 29th August 2010, 17:33

          This years was better than last years, but not as good as 2008, although I think I protest voted ‘1’ in 2008 because of the shoddy decision by the stewards ;)

      • S.J.M said on 29th August 2010, 16:50

        last years wasnt a good one, once Kimi was infront that was that. This years race was excellent with drama and exciting racing.

  9. mountain man said on 29th August 2010, 14:47

    Fantastic Best of the season. Lewis has come of age! Great duels Pity about Rubie & Jenson…What a Great Final stint to the season it’s shaping up to be…

  10. jackal said on 29th August 2010, 14:48

    Very interesting race, I feel sorry for Jenson – seems like Vettal just can’t control his car. I had hoped for a better finish after the final safety car. Congrats to Lewis and Mark – good race!

  11. Victor. said on 29th August 2010, 14:49

    A 9 – would have been a 10 if there was proper action after the last SC and a challange for first!

    • nik (@nik) said on 29th August 2010, 15:32

      Yes. Most of the drivers limped home in the last few laps in an attempt to avoid any mistakes. They were very very slow the last stint after the SC – it was obvious that they were all just preserving the points they had (I am referring to the top 4)

      With the new points system, shooting from second for the win is worthwhile (7 points), but there isn’t enough of a difference between the other positions (eg. 2nd 3rd is 3 points) to be worth fighting for.

  12. I gave it a 10, my first I think.
    Of course perfect is a very strong word, but if we can have another race this good, I won’t be complaining.

    Poor Rubens :C
    Vettel’s a numpty
    Rosberg and Schumacher aren’t good team mates.
    Brundle was saying “De La Rosa is hanging in there” As I saw Pedro make his way throught the kitty litter. Poor guy :C.
    and Kubica 3rd! yaa!

    Rain and Spa, there is nothing better.
    Now tell me we should keep going to Valencia…

  13. Ninad said on 29th August 2010, 14:52

    Not a 10/10 race, there have been certainly lot better races at Spa.

  14. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 29th August 2010, 14:54

    Best race of the season for me. My heart was going crazy when Hamilton had his little off. And for a brilliant few moments when the rain returned I was convinced Adrian Sutil was about to take the lead

    Tad disapointing that the sprint finish did not bring any real action, but I still give it a 9

    • Katy (@katy) said on 29th August 2010, 15:35

      Totally agree, I gave it a 9 too for the same reasons. I felt so nervous all race. I couldn’t relax because no positions were safe.

  15. sumedh said on 29th August 2010, 14:55

    A nine from me.

    Exciting race. Can’t wait to download it tonight and watch it again :)

  16. Hamilton deserved the win, but sorry to see Button out after such a terrific start. By the way, how many racing ‘incidents’ caused by Vettel now this season?

    • How many drive-through penalty for Vettle so far?

      • How many times Jenson swerved ahead of Vettel?

        • nik (@nik) said on 29th August 2010, 15:34

          I noticed that as well, definitely more than a single defensive movement, he was actively blocking (he was obviously slower than Vettel) – I am not saying that Jenson should yield the position, but you can’t complain about what happen if you were actively trying to take up all the road to prevent Vettel overtaking

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th August 2010, 15:57

            but did BUT ever move to defend the right hand side? I don’t think he did.

          • David BR said on 29th August 2010, 16:00

            Just not true. Look at the incident again. Vettel decides to try to pass Button on the right, then changes his mind – *Button still keeping the same line* – and swings wildly to the left. This causes the spin, unsurprising given the wet track and violent manouevre. But then instead of turning less violently, losing pace but keeping on the left of the track, Vettel yanks the car right and smashes into Button. Two reckless maneouvres, neither of which was a serious attempt (i.e. likely to work!) at overtaking.

        • DaveW said on 29th August 2010, 17:17


          He stayed o the right, following the natural line from Blanchimont, then moved a bit left to take his line. In any event, at no point did Vettel have any room to take the right-side line in the chicane.

          In Vettel’s hot little mind he was going to stuff it down the inside no matter what, and when he saw that Button was not going to grant him the opportunity, decided about 50m too late to do something else and even more foolish.

          There may be some confusion on the definition of blocking depending on on’e experience: Button was only “blocking” in the IndyCar sense, where you are obliged to let a pursuer drive down the inside and then mail him a thank-you card after the race.

  17. Tobinen said on 29th August 2010, 15:01

    voting doesn’t work for me somehow but I’m on a piePhone so maybe that’s why. 7 from me.

    Hamilton, champion’s drive. Button, gutted for him. Vettel, amateur outing. Sutil, well done. Rubens, should’ve known better

    • David BR said on 29th August 2010, 17:42

      Definitely a champion’s drive. But Webber seems to be combining a level head and a degree of luck. He’s lost that edge he had on Vettel for a few races in terms of speed, but the latter’s self-destruct mode is virtually wiping out any chance of competing with Webber. My feeling is a Hamilton-Webber showdown over the last couple of races that may well be decided by a collision with one of: Vettel, Alonso, Schumacher or, erm, Vettel.

  18. I think a 9 does it. Pity about Reuben’s crash, pity that Mark didn’t win,sorry about Sebastian’s unfortunate accident, glad Alonso and toyboy Button went out BUT MOST OF ALL I AM SORRY THAT hamiton won…

  19. Victorface said on 29th August 2010, 15:02

    Watching F1 live in California usually results in the challenge of staying awake at odd hours, but high tension in this race certainly kept me up.

  20. Great race from Robert, shame that he lost that 2nd place.

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