Rate the race: Japan

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

Rate the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (1%)
  • 3 (4%)
  • 4 (5%)
  • 5 (10%)
  • 6 (19%)
  • 7 (27%)
  • 8 (21%)
  • 9 (8%)
  • 10 (4%)

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174 comments on Rate the race: Japan

  1. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 10th October 2010, 9:02


    I enjoyed it- I like eventful races like these. There was always something going on out there. A few passes, a few crashes- good stuff

  2. Great race, really enjoyed that one a lot more than I thought I would. Shame Hamilton never got a chance to catch up Alonso, but he managed. Great performance by Vettel and he’s always smiling so uncontrollably whenever he wins, especially this one.

    Kobayashi really managed to make it the race it was though, in front of his home crowd. He’ll most likely be Disqualified though, as he seemed to be running the option and prime tires during his last stint simultaneously. Here’s a photo (courtesy of an Alex in the live chat): http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/1051/kobtyre.jpg

    Would be a terrible shame and a horrible mistake by Sauber, but doesn’t really detract from Koby’s performance. Let’s hope the green stripe was just torns off during the Algersuari battle. :)

  3. zarathustra said on 10th October 2010, 9:04

    7 from me, and that’s only because Kobayashi who was like RK last time.

    Kubica – the most unlucky driver today.

  4. Robbie said on 10th October 2010, 9:05

    Also, what’s with the word ‘banzai’? Brundle’s used it a few times before but now others are starting to do it as well. Vettel used it (saying ‘bonzai’) and Legard used it in the commentary as well. STOP IT!

  5. codesurge said on 10th October 2010, 9:06

    Kobayashi saves the day again! It’s a pity we didn’t get to see what Kubica could’ve pulled off in the race, but overall I’d say that this was worthy of an 8. Could’ve done with more action at the front though.

  6. I went for a 9! I really enjoyed that, Maybe I’m just in a good mood!

    If the FIA throw the book at Kamui I may regret it though…

  7. Guilherme Teixeira said on 10th October 2010, 9:10

    I think the circuit owners should rename the hairpin to something like “Kobayashi Kamui-sama hairpin”. Only that to keep me awake at 4am…

    I think it was a really good race, which is unusual because all races at Suzuka that I watched were a snorefest!


  8. peter said on 10th October 2010, 9:12

    Hometown boy Kobyashi was my driver of the day, great stuff!

  9. DavidS said on 10th October 2010, 9:14

    Reasonably boring race, Kobayashi saved it from being a repeat of Bahrain. Nothing interesting happened with the front runners, apart from Lewis bowing out with a broken gearbox.

    The Japanese producers didn’t help by showing way too much Yamamoto (seriously, pitting from last, rejoining in last is not worthy of air time)

    • BasCB said on 10th October 2010, 9:19

      The best of those moments were, when he got passed by Trulli and Glock :-(

    • Was it really that boring? I mean you had people battling up and down the field….

      I think people use the “it was like Bahrain” line WAY too often…..

    • Maciek said on 10th October 2010, 9:47

      Oh please – of course it’s worthy of air time if it’s your guy. Besides which: if you say the race was boring, what were we missing?

      • They say it was boring bc Mclaren didnt win. My fav driver didnt win today, but i thought the race was great. Gave it a 9

  10. Leftie said on 10th October 2010, 9:27

    It was an ok race, rated it 6, because most the excitement came from Kobayashi (you gotta love him!)

    But the moment which grabbed my attention was McLaren. The shots of Lewis approaching the chicane with Jenson behind. Lewis’s brakes were emitting clouds of carbon, and JB arrived at the spot without any visual effects at all. This is really where you should look for similarities between Senna and Prost situation. Generally, Lewis makes this McLaren go faster, but it often fires back with reliability problems. What reliability issues JB had? None! Don’t count Monaco, it was a human thing there. Considering they both get same equipment it is pretty obvious that Lewis harasses his car more than JB does. It’s cool, he’s a fighter and all that. His fighting also gets him in trouble during the races, but sometimes makes him a hero and all that.
    But what it’s worth if JB finishes ahead of him in the championship? It doesn’t seems unlikely now. This is, i guess, how it was in McLaren back in the days. A battle between ruthless speed demon and a grossmeister.

    And it seems that both McLarens are out of the hunt for the drivers championship, ~30 points with 3 races to go it’s a bit too much to regain in my view.

    • Robbie said on 10th October 2010, 9:29

      Except Lewis’ reliability issues weren’t with the brakes, they were with his gearbox. Dunno what the point of bringing up the brake dust shot shot since that happens a lot anyway.

      • santi said on 10th October 2010, 9:34

        Whatever, but I think Leftie has a point. When all reliability issues hit the same driver to a point when the difference is already statistically significant, the only difference is driving style…

      • BasCB said on 10th October 2010, 9:36

        But that show was nice to see, i found it remarkable as well to see how much Lewis brakes are huffing and puffing dust.

        It might be that without the lower gears he had to do a bit more with the brakes.

        • Leftie said on 10th October 2010, 9:56

          BasCB: it was even before! at first i didn’t pay any attention to it, only when JB appeared behind the difference became pretty eye catching

      • Leftie said on 10th October 2010, 9:54

        thanks man, i’m very aware of the fact that brakes don’t have a 3rd gear to loose :)

        well of course it happens a lot, but i’m pointing not at the fact of dust emitting alone, i’m pointing at the operating differences between two cars

    • Simon said on 10th October 2010, 11:47

      What have been Lewis’ mechanical failures so far this year though? Here are the 3 that I can recall:

      1.) Spain – whilst there were initial speculations that Lewis’ driving contributed to a ‘tyre failure’, it was found to be a wheel nut at fault.

      2.) Hungary – gearbox failure, as I understand it. Does anyone know anything more about the reasons for that failure?

      3.) Japan – gearbox failure. Considering it was brand new, I can’t imagine Lewis pushed it anywhere near enough in the laps he did to contribute to its failure.

      It’s always been clear that Lewis and Jenson have different driving styles and that Jenson is ‘easier’ on his car, but can you point to any evidence that suggests Lewis’s driving style has actually contributed to any of these 3 mechanical issues?

      The brake dust issue, as pointed out by Robbie, is a red herring in this case. It may indeed point to Lewis being a bit harder on his brakes, but that doesn’t mean it is detrimental in any way. He’s not suffered from any brake-related issues this year that I can think of?

      I think if Jenson does finish ahead of Lewis in the championship, he’ll point to his own mistake at Monza and (arguably) Singapore, rather than how the car was affected by his driving.

      • DaveW said on 11th October 2010, 4:10

        How does a driver’s style affect the reliability of a car in 2010? Does Hamilton flick the steering wheel paddles too hard whereas Button caresses them like a gentleman? This line of reasoning is an excuse for Button not being able to find that usual .3s he lacks from his teammate: he’s saving the car. A Likely Story.

    • David BR said on 10th October 2010, 13:07

      Put it this way, neither Button or Hamilton is going to win the WDC this year. It’s over. But even if Hamilton finishes below Button, the only one of them who *could* have won this year – had not accumulated these DNFs and other problems all of a sudden – is Hamilton. That’s the difference.

    • Sammy said on 10th October 2010, 19:16

      Maybe McLaren should build a more sturdier car for their wunderkind….one that he can actually adapt to his driving style and not suffer so many mech issues?

  11. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 10th October 2010, 9:29

    I hope an onboard from Massa appears online as well as a better angle/onboard of Di Grassi’s enormous a la McNish ’02 crash at 130R.

    • Massa had an onboard. He went a bit mental and went for a gap that was never really there or was never going to last long and seemed like as he went on the grass to get out of the situation he just lost it.

  12. 7. Race was quite good.

  13. Michałek said on 10th October 2010, 9:29

    what can I say?
    if there weren`t many crashes on the start and we couldn`t see kamui on the track, the race would be so so boring.
    although it was boring…
    4. for that

    bernie, please think about the future, because i will see RC Cars :)

    • BasCB said on 10th October 2010, 9:41

      The start was interesting, but FOM cameras missed most of the action and it gave us a SC instead of an interesting first 2 laps and then Kubica dropped out as well.

      I gave it a 6 mainly for the great passes by Kobayashi. Driving around Suzuka makes it a nice view to watch thoug, so it would not have been less than a 5 for me anyhow.

  14. Ben C said on 10th October 2010, 9:32

    What was Webber going on about in the post race interview? Something about “we all know the rules” and his position for the second part of the race. Were they team ordered? His last lap effort to hit fastest lap certainly pointed to a man who could have gone faster, and wanted everyone to know it. Didn’t think too much of that until his comment. Did anyone else hear that?

  15. Melchior (@melchior) said on 10th October 2010, 9:36

    A 7 from me.The race was a little bit of a procession at the front.Webber was lucky in Kubica’s misfortune.Kobayashi had an inspired drive and was the highlight for me.But i did get a good laugh on the final lap when Webber took the fastest lap away from Vettel.

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