Rate the race: 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Rate the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (3%)
  • 6 (6%)
  • 7 (17%)
  • 8 (40%)
  • 9 (24%)
  • 10 (6%)

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175 comments on Rate the race: 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. Pinball said on 10th April 2011, 10:53

    I think the race would be better if each team had a team song that was played for the winner, rather than national anthems.

  2. Fantastic race with a significant number of on-track battles, varying strategies, mechanical failures, butchered pit stops and off-track excursions.
    Interesting to note with Webber’s KERS failure that is was the KERS assisted passes that looked artificial. Using DRS alone, it took more than a few corners to make the pass stick. That said it could just be the circuit or the leading drive using KERS defensively causing this.
    Petrov’s airborne effort would make an amazing picture! I hope someone grabs a hi-res screen
    Couldn’t have asked for more from that race, and really good to see Quick Nick on the podium, even at the expense of Webber. Vettel’s dominance will get tiresome though.

  3. Ellsbury said on 10th April 2011, 10:55


  4. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 10th April 2011, 10:56

    I was a fan of DRS, but it looks like it’s starting to ruin races more than it’s helping. It’s just too easy to overtake with DRS. They simply fly past and usually even get in front well ahead of the braking point.

    The tyres are a nightmare too. Way too much tyre conservation going on and then a bit og lottery due to failed pitstops. Hamilton, Alonso, Heidfeld lost out big due to trouble in their stops.

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 10th April 2011, 11:56

      Not really a fan of DRS or KERS, but they aren’t going to give up down force in F1, and that is fairly obvious.

      It’s the only way to overtake, until that issue is resolved.

      The tyres, I love that bit

  5. MercedesBeanz (@mercedesbeanz) said on 10th April 2011, 10:56

    This was yet another bizarre strategy decision from McLaren that hampered Lewis and gave Jensen the jump on him.

    Why stop for a 3rd tyre when you’re not losing speed, with your team mate given the softer tyres first, not to mention the messy stop for Lewis!?

    Disgraceful by McLaren, as its lear what they’re trying to do…

  6. BBT (@bbt) said on 10th April 2011, 10:56

    DRS robbed use of 5 great battles that I noted, would of been much better without it.
    Tyres seem to be a massive factor this season as we thought they would be. Too many tyre stops. Not as good as OZ.

  7. Gave it a 9. Could have been 10 if we’d had some battles for p1

  8. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th April 2011, 10:57

    It’s a bit hard to judge this one. It wasn’t the thriller we were expecting, but there was still plenty of overtaking (Petrov taking Kobayashi in turn 13 was my favourite). I’m going with 7.5/10, and rounding up to an 8.

    • Baron said on 10th April 2011, 11:05

      Hmmm, can’t agree with that assessment. More like 7.29 rounded up to 7.666666 recurring. Far more accurate.

  9. matt88 said on 10th April 2011, 10:57

    8/10. we’re probably going to see a Vettel “Schumi-style” domination this year, but behind him there’s a lot of struggle. Today we’ve seen some good overtaking (also without DRS) and the big question mark of tyres is making races more exciting. I just hope the Cavallino can come back, this car is really bad in qualifying but pretty good on race distance.

  10. 8. The fact we didn’t need rain says it all.

  11. Jumix (@) said on 10th April 2011, 11:01

    9/10, only because Vettel was never really challenged.

    What i must point is: There was no odd action, no real crashes, no rain, no major events and the race was a thriller from start to finish with the order at the front changing every 5 laps. Gotta love 2011 regulations.

  12. Damon said on 10th April 2011, 11:05

    Time for Hamilton to sign a contract with redbull. I don’t know who decides the stategys at mclaren but he needs sacking asap. Hamilton was catching vettel at the end of the first stint so why the hell bring him in first?? He then gets stuck behind petrov and vettel pits and comes out about 5 secs in front. I was fuming but then I thought oh no wait mclaren are geniuses they’ve put hards on Lewis till the end. Vettel put on softs meaning vettel has to stop again for the hards. Vettel pulled away yo about 8.secs but needed to pull a pitstop on front which in no way in hell he was going to do. Lewis was maintaining his gap to button who was on softs and needed to stop again. Then out of my astonishment d.c announces that Lewis is stopping again for another set of hards!!

  13. UKfanatic (@) said on 10th April 2011, 11:08

    like in 2009 we saw battle overtaking etc but we also saw the leader crusing. The problem with this race was the tyres, they drop off which is good but maybe they are also too good in the beggining we saw too much of fresh tyre againt very worn overtakes, which were just planned overtakes cause of different stages of the race, the DRS isn’t working ok, probably FIA fault Alonso could have overtake Hamilton twice on the straight, Webber had DRS problems aswell. In the end what made this race not a 10 was the fact that Hamilton, Alonso Heidfeld lost alot of time in the pits right when they were gaining time to Vettel.

  14. Ben Curly (@ben-curly) said on 10th April 2011, 11:10


    It was a good, solid race. Some exciting battles all over the place, although it would be nice if there was a fight for the first place.

    Negatives? Well, some passes didn’t feel quite right with the DRS. I don’t find this solution very exciting. Also, there were too many pit stops. For my tastes 2-3 pit stops per race is ideal, maybe even with the possibility of one stop for some brave teams. When it’s not raining four stops is just too much. On top of that, I think that the tyres leave way too much marbles on the track, which makes overtaking harder.

  15. mild7nick said on 10th April 2011, 11:18

    cant believe this race is being rated so highly, being watching f1 for 20 years now and thought this was the worst one since bahrain last year!

    Formula 1 should be a flat out sprint to the finish not drivers conserving their tyres all race long, this grand prix was contrived by poor pirelli tyres. Any more than 2 pitstops is too much

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 10th April 2011, 11:27

      I’ve been watching it a bit longer. It’s not like it used to be but I look at and rate it according to the rules of the day.

      We’re never going back to the real freedom of garage engineering in F1 but, somehow, it’s still F1 after all these years.

      I thought it was a great race.

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