Rate the race: Korea

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

Rate the 2010 Korean Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 8 (25%)
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  1. 8/10 – Apart from that tedious opening with 20 laps of the SC, that was an extremely entertaining and nailbiting first grand prix for Korea, as well keeping the championship open. Definitely a future classic track, especially if it rains like it did today.

    1. Ditto. Without the delay and Safety Car bits it would have been a 10 in my book, really exciting to watch. But the safety car just knocks a couple of points off.

      If I was rating the BBC’s coverage too, it’d loose a couple more points. Who the **** decided to switch to BBC2? Had it been football, it would have stayed on BBC1 and to hell with anything else, but F1 is not important enough. All this meant the Sky+ didn’t pick up the ‘2nd half’ on BBC2, which meant I had to go looking for it on iPlayer, and it wasn’t there till the rerun was already half way through! AARGH!

      But, yeah, the race was really good :)

  2. great race, but i’m giving it a 1.

    The ridiculous politics at the beginning of the race ruined the fantastic racing at the end. F1 shouldn’t be full of whinging drivers. Super unimpressed by Button.

    Top 4 deserved their positions

    1. F1 Fanatic holds polls on each race to find out which fans thought were the best and worst races during a season. Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.

      Thanks for nothing, sw6569.

      1. And I, Dave, as a fan, thought the first half of the ‘race’ was a complete farce.

        I am perfectly aware of how the system of voting works. Its my opinion, respect it and i’ll respect yours.

        It affected my rating because I, as a fan, was appalled by the way the politics affected the racing. It was bordering on Indianapolis levels. Thats my justification.

        There was no real overtaking either in the race after the safety cars – it was drivers going off the road and being passed. The circuit was poor and the result decided by an engine failure rather than actual racing. I’m no red bull fan either.

        1. William Wilgus
          24th October 2010, 15:17

          Almost totally agree. However, who can say that Alonso would not have given Vettel a run for his money in the last laps?

    2. “great race, but i’m giving it a 1.”

      *facepalm*

    3. It won’t affect my rating, but I agree. I was convinced the race was going to be delayed to the extent of having to award half-points, at one time I even thought it might just finish in grid order.

    4. sw6569, maybe you should try driving at 320kph between concentrete walls in pouring rain, on a half built track and I’m sure you would also bloody winge.

      1. Not if I was paid $40 million dollars to do it.

        1. Cheers Mike.

          Being an F1 driver is most peoples (mine included) dream. Brundle said he’d drive it, I certainly would even though i’d be terrible.

          It was all politics.

          1. Agreed sw6569, the courage and skill it takes to succeed in a race like todays is what sets F1 apart from other motorsport. I gave the race a 9 but the whinging and politics today were awful.

  3. Barring the crashes and incidents, not much actually happened. The wait really wasn’t fun, either.

    1. Pedro Andrade
      24th October 2010, 10:42

      Agree, I think people are over-rating this race. The wait for the start was too long, there was little overtaking (a rare sight in wet races, it looked like everyone was afraid to make a move), the field became spread too quickly, some nice crashes, and the only real positive was the Red Bull drama.

      So: 4/10 for the race itself, 7/10 for the drama – 5/10 overall

      1. Even though I did not get to see the full race even now (I was away and saw only race incidents on the internet), from what I read here, it was a great race by all accounts.

        I think I must quote my wife here (she does not watch F1 regularly, although she occasionally stays with me during the race, while also doing some work preparations and had a soft spot for Hamiltion in 2007), as she stayed awake through all of it early on sunday morning:

        It was great, Webber crashed, Alonso passed Hamilton, then Vettel asked for the race to be stopped and was punished by having his engine go bang, it was full of action and exiting till the end.

    2. Completely agree with Kevin here. The race was actually poor the more I think about it. The result, however, was exciting.

    3. Yeah I think people is over-rating the race because the drama.

      I’m particularly quite happy with the result, but the race was bit dull. We loose the opportunity to watch a wet start, we have to follow 17 laps under SC…

      1. Ahm, isn’t the drama what makes it a great race in the first place?

        What should you rate if not the drama, cars going through beautifull countryside at great speeds (like Suzuka) or the great looking cities of Monaco or Singapore at night?

    4. Hahaha, your comment is like saying: “barring what happened, nothing else happened”. Well… duh!

      1. i think Kevin should be a football commentator…. If it wasn’t for those 3 goals it would have been 0-0…. lol

        1. Sounds like Legard; “and thats not what he would’ve wanted at all” after most occasions that someone has gone off the road or had a slow pit stop. Well duh.
          On the Andrew Benson blog though I’ve heard Murray say the same during an old race.

          1. Unfortunately, those are the rare occasions he actually gets it right though!

  4. Rain ruined what could have been an exciting race. Boring wait to start, and very poor commentating on the BBC. If you like lots of crashes then it might be your thing, but I prefer to see racing.

    1. The only thing that stopped it from being a 10 in my opinion was the ridiculous amount of crashes.

  5. Fantastic Track. Fantastic Race. I’d give it a 10 but it drops to 9 because freddy won!

    1. JUst wanted to add that Legard was the worst he’s ever been today. Give me his job!

      1. yeah for about two laps he thought button was in front of lewis! What an idiot

      2. He was about 2 minutes late to Rosberg overtaking Hamilton. I noticed it as did Brundle as it happened, then two laps later, “AAAAND HAMILTOON HAS BEEEN OVERTAKEN!!!” First, stop shouting, secondly, keep up.

        1. Much as i agree with the Legard comments, in that he’s bad & not about today (i listen to 5live) theres an alternative of the REDbutton for David Croft on 5live. We’ve had this option 2 years now, so i dont understand why people keep going on about legard.

          Great Race though, well worth waiting through the 1hr before it actually got going. Aside from said delay, a great advert for the sport in S.Korea and probably the best introduction F1 could have wished for.

          1. Why would I want to listen to radio commentary? It’s completely different! They should just get a decent commentator like James Allen.

          2. decent commentator

            James Allen

            DOES NOT COMPUTE.

          3. Better than Legard. Lets Brundle speak. TBH Brundle would do a fantastic job on his own with DC as his assistant.

          4. the problem with the red button during the race is the constant news reports, and the interruptions from other sports (depending on the time of day the race is shown)

          5. Red button’s not perfect – can’t do it easily on the online streaming, and I don’t think it’s as good as everyone makes out. Whilst Croft and Davidson are good for technical insights, they just don’t have the charisma and flow needed – and also misses the quality Martin Brundle.

          6. Megawatt_Herring
            24th October 2010, 20:19

            I listened to 5live for the first time today and although the news bulletins are a bit annoying I find it much better than Legard, might go and watch it on the iplayer to see what Legard said.

  6. I gave it a nine! Really, this race has lived up to all expectations and this has been one of the best weekends of the year. And it has tightened up the championship nicely… I feel very sorry for Vitaly Petrov though. :( Maybe the best race of the year!

    1. Lords I was crushed with Vitaly’s crash, especially considering how well he was doing. He had managed on inters better than the rest that had made the tire change early on & it had paid off for him. That accident very nearly ruined the race for me. :(

  7. Need to think about this one. Would be a 7 or 8 but I feel like taking off points for the joke of a start imo. Maybe thats more drivers like Alonso’s comments that caused the non start though. Hmmm tricky

    1. I found the radio politics hilarious today! You knew exactly who was going to say what! Maybe Red Bull knew Vettels engine was on its way out and that’s where the “too dark” politics started!

      1. That’s exactly what I said as soon as his engine let go. “No wonder he wanted the race red-flagged….”

        I did wonder, for a moment, whether Seb would naughtily park his car somewhere inaccessible in the hope of causing the race to be stopped. He’s done daft things like that before (such as trying to continue with a wrecked car in Australia last year). But he sportingly pulled up next to a gap in the fence, so credit to him.

        1. I think the engine definitely surprised them actually. But I do agree they wanted the race over ASAP as they were worried about tyres, and the pressure Alonso was bringing.

          It’s interesting that Horner said they have plenty more used engines. Based on that used engine’s performance I would be very worried if I was RedBull.

          Am I right in recalling that Ferrari were allowed to alter their engine earlier in the season? I have to wonder if they weren’t allowed (by all the teams to do so) if they might be more worried than they must be now about their engines too.

          Overall credit to the organisers at pushing the race to full distance and avoiding the predictable cries from Ferrari and Mclaren fans that they weren’t given a shot at pressuring the various leaders home.

  8. UneedAFinn2Win
    24th October 2010, 10:07

    What a season.

    That’s what, 8:th championship lead change ?

    Awesome.

  9. 6/10

    Alonso won, so I instantly took two points off.

    1. Lmao, you must hate him more than I do! I only deducted 1 for that! At least the championship has closed up though eh?

      1. But he did win on his own, and he had to pass a car before doing so (getting back in front of Hamilton).

    2. LOL, i am with you there.

    3. Thats really lame, to rate the race lower because of who won. I dislike Lewis but when he won in Spa I didn’t care cause the race entertained me.

      1. Thats your opinion.

        1. I rate the races lewis wins as poor, so it all evens out :)

        2. Read the poll instructions and realise his opinion is also a fact.

    4. Errrr….. the poll clearly says: “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”

      But anyway, I guess it’s unavoidable to be emotional about it. I guess the result also influenced my vote :)

      1. Alonso isn’t my prefered driver, so I voted within the rules *smug fae*

      2. “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”
        I find that the relative success or failure of my favourite/least favourite teams and drivers is a major factor in how exciting or entertaining I find the race to be.

        1. Actually I think the race would have been far less exiting to me, had it been a Webber, Vettel 1-2 in the end, effectively sealing the WDC and WCC titles here, no matter how exiting a race it would have been.

    5. Oh would you look at baww baww McButthurt here

    6. PM gets the Troll of the day award.

      I hated the result in Belgium it ruined my day, Alonso out and Hamilton won it was a nightmare. But I gave it 9/10 because it was brilliant race from start to finish. To rate a race based on whether you’re favourite driver won is pretty childish. As Keith says:

      Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.

      1. To be completely fair, seeing the weather when I switched on this morning I thought, “Oh no, did I get up at 6am just to watch McLaren win?” I don’t enjoy races so much if drivers/teams I dislike do well. Not pleasant, but human nature to some extent I guess.

        Sometimes it is hard to be dispassionate, at least PM is admitting it!

        1. I know what you mean I had exactly the same thoughts when I got up my enjoyment of a race is nearly entirely based on whether I like the result. But in this people should try and vote as objectively as they can on how entertaining the race was in this poll or it becomes pretty pointless.

      2. PM gets the Troll of the day award.

        And you fell for it. Sometimes I fall for it too, which is why I say, if you don’t like trolls don’t feed them!

        1. Oh, and sometimes it’s easy to fall into behaving like a troll too. I did yesterday with Red Andy and felt quite stupid about it after…

          In this case PM is just winding you up :)

          1. Apology accepted. ;)

        2. PM gets the Troll of the day award.

          I thought the guy on the forum asking who the biggest boner was got that award.

      3. I’m not trolling. All I’m doing is expressing my opinion: that Alonso’s victory cheapened the race because it puts him in a championship position that I feel he has no right to. How you want to interpret that is entirely up to you.

        And as I said, I find the relative success or failure of my favourite and least favourite teams and drivers to be the single biggest factor in determining how exciting or entertaining I find a race to be.

        1. And as I said, I find the relative success or failure of my favourite and least favourite teams and drivers to be the single biggest factor in determining how exciting or entertaining I find a race to be.

          Which is exactly what I ask people not to do. You always have the option of not participating. Frankly I’d rather you did that otherwise you’re spoiling the whole thing and I might as well just put up a “who is your favourite driver” poll after every race.

          1. It’s a question of degree, though isn’t it? We’re all to some degree influenced by the performances of drivers we like and dislike in how we feel about each race. Of course, the more people are honest about it (with themselves) the less it’ll end up influencing their judgment.

            You just have to look at the result of today’s poll so far. Other than people being happy that both RedBulls didn’t score, I don’t much understand how people are giving this race anything more than a 6, maybe with gusts up to a very generous 7.

          2. Dont be concerned, outliers cannot spoil the poll since they are statistically insignificant because of their number (too few) and also because they compensate each other at both sides of the distribution… ;-)

          3. Which is exactly what I ask people not to do. You always have the option of not participating. Frankly I’d rather you did that otherwise you’re spoiling the whole thing and I might as well just put up a “who is your favourite driver” poll after every race.

            Sorry, Keith, but I disagree on this – you can’t tell me that the success of a favoured driver doesn’t at least influence the entertainment factor, especially for the most-passionate fans. Look at the 2008 European Grand Prix, when Fernando Alonso retired on the first lap. All the Spanish fans left the circuit after that. Or any Italian Grand Prix; if the two Ferraris retired in the first five laps, would the tifiosi enjoy the race?

            Races can be exciting and entertaining, but do you think fans get as involved in it when their favourite drivers aren’t in the thick of it?

          4. I’m not saying it doesn’t and I didn’t create the website for people whose interest in motor racing is so shallow they turn off when their favourite driver isn’t winning.

            A recurring theme in recent years is the quality of racing in F1 and the idea behind this series was to make some informed conclusions about what makes an entertaining race. Hence the request to rate it on its own merit, not on how particular people performed.

          5. If all the cars were painted black perhaps then we would have an honest pole result.

            It is a waste of time having this pole if the voter marks the race down just because their favourite driver didn’t win.

            Alonso isn’t my favourite driver,but he drove one h**l of a good solid race,hats off to the man,he deserved the win.

  10. MercedesBeanz
    24th October 2010, 10:08

    Natural justice for Red Bull and their flexible wings! Great race 9/10

    Fantastic drives from Alonso and Lewis: Lewis 2nd Jenson 12th, that says a lot about the Mclaren pace; only in the hands of Lewis could it be where its :)

  11. Charlie whitting shouldn’t delay the race more than 15minutes as we can see the cars can slowly clear the water on the track. almost an hour delay makes me sleepy and the drivers too must stop whining and get on with the race. what’s the point if the teams pays them multi million dollars when they so afraid to go out there and race

    if the race start sooner we can see much more exciting race.

    6/10 from me.

  12. Great race – the real racers came to the fore, Button did nothing but moan, Finishing 12 in a McLaren while your team mate fights for the podium positions? not acceptable.

    As a Hamilton fan i have to say great drive by Alonso, I think the fight is really between the 2 best RACERS Hammy and Alonso. Red bull will Qualify well but the race & title is Alonso & Ferraris to lose

  13. And doesnt it remain the case that no one has won a race while leading the championship? What a season.

  14. SIX for me, good middle of the race but it should of started 15 – 20 minutes earlier.

    The mid-field battles were that best bit for me.

  15. 9/10. Apart from the 1 hour delay (and the lost sleep this morning), it was a great race full of action.

    I can’t understand Sutil, it was like he was possessed by Sato’s spirit – he was a total Kamikaze.

    1. I can’t understand Sutil, it was like he was possessed by Sato’s spirit – he was a total Kamikaze.

      Which is even more odd considering that Sutil does have a history of excelling himself in wet conditions. Remember that time he topped the timing sheets in Monaco while driving a Spyker?

      I can only theorise that Michael Schumacher is an evil scientist who has been sucking the talent out of other drivers to fuel his comeback bid.

      1. Apparently he had some brake problems but if he was just going to keep running into everyone he should have retired.

      2. “Which is even more odd considering that Sutil does have a history of excelling himself in wet conditions”

        True but he does have a history of crashing as well, I guess today he combined the two

      3. @PM.Yes well it takes one to know one,ie. if you do have a BSc?

  16. Ron in Michigan
    24th October 2010, 10:13

    I voted a, on the sheer fact that i just watched 5 hours and 10 minutes (and running) of F1. As an F1 fan it really doesn’t get any better.

    P.S.
    Ok, if Hamilton had won it would’ve been better.

    1. Ron in Michigan
      24th October 2010, 10:14

      forgot to add i voted a 10.

  17. Hard for me to vote objectively seeing how front-row lockout converted to 0 points.

    5 for the several pieces of action. Good drive by the top 4. Tedious wait and unreasonable SC period. Most passes missed on coverage. Overtakes mostly due to driver errors. Dirty dirty cars.

    1. actually, I liked how dirty cars were. It reminded me of rallying.

  18. Can someone tell me what vettel told the team in german after 42 laps were completed??

    1. don’t remember exactly, something like “it’s too dark to see” Which translates into: Ok, now it’s already full points for the race, my tyres are shot, my engine’s about to bust, Nando and Lewis are breathing up my neck, please call it quits ASAP!!.

  19. I’d rate it at 8. The race was good after things got underway, though much of it was down to the slippery conditions (rain + new track surface). Would’ve loved to see more laps under racing conditions.

    All credit to Alonso for holding it together as the RBRs DNFed.

  20. Not really worth a 10 guys. I gave it 5 five, largely the only action was idiots from FI or Toro Rosso crashing into the sides of everyone else. There was not a real battle up front the only thing being Alonso overtaking Hamilton because a mistake by the brit.

    1. My feeling entirely. Most things were missed by the cameras, and the commentators. I use the live timing screen, and I saw more action looking at numbers than I got from the tv.

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