Rate the race: 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

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179 comments on Rate the race: 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Fixy (@fixy) said on 22nd May 2011, 14:58

    6/10 (Which is still good for Catalunya).
    The race was nothing compared to the last 5 races. Alonso’s start was superb but from then on it was obvious that because of the pit stops that gave the other drivers a clean lap Alonso was going to end 5th. Good race by the first three, but DRS showed itself bad (there were more overtakes at turn 1 in GP2 than in F1).

  2. AntoninF said on 22nd May 2011, 14:58

    Shame for another Vettel win. The fight for championship will end way shorter! Amazing race for Heidfeld, fastest man on last 15 laps! Took 20 secs. to Mercedes on just 5 laps. Never gave up!

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 22nd May 2011, 14:59

    8 – Best Spanish GP in many years. Ironic how we haven’t had Rain or Safety Car this season, but the races have all been very tense :)

  4. BBT (@bbt) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:01

    They should try a race without DRS

  5. tmax (@tmax) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:03

    Good Race….

    Overall very less Artificial overtaking…

  6. Lustigson said on 22nd May 2011, 15:03

    Wow, that was the first exciting Spanish Grand Prix since Michael Schumacher won it in 1996… and that was a (very) wet race, so that doesn’t even count.

    Prior to this season, I’d take the (much-hated) Hungaroring for a Grand Prix over the Circuit de Catalunya any time.

  7. tmax (@tmax) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:06

    Whatever happened to Fernando and Mark.. Esp Fernando
    sudden surge and then waned away

  8. Kev (@) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:08

    8. A very good race in a track not known for its overtaking opportunities.

    Vettel performed magnificently to hold off Hamilton despite all the KERS issues with the car. Keep this form and he will wrap up the WDC with more than 5 races to go.

    Felt sorry for Webber after taking pole and finishing 4th. Hamilton and Button making use of McLaren’s race pace and getting closer and ahead of a RB respectively.

    Finally to Alonso. The new deal actually saves the Italians from embarrassment on this account. He is the saving face of Ferrari now and Massa might as well stay in the pits. Not a bit of fight in him, too timid to put up a challenge and not enough pace to do something useful with the machine.

    Alonso deserves much better than the horse, sorry, donkey he is driving now. Time for Ferrari to shut their mouths and get to the drawing boards to salvage something from the season.

    Magnificent start and brilliant first stint from Alonso.

    My driver of the day would be Vettel for making most out of the provided opportunities and overtaking Button, Massa to make his strategy stick.

    Bravo Vettel!

  9. Roald (@roald) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:10

    Very impressed with Alonso’s start, goosebumps from the onboard footage, he was all over the place steering left and right trying to fit the car in a gap without lifting the throttle to prevent speed loss. Crazy to see the crowd’s reaction too!

    I’d rate it a 8 easily. Great race, perhaps my favorite race this season thus far. Always hated the circuit, but if it’s like this every year I might come to like it. But for God’s sake, lose that last chicane, it just looks dumb and makes no sense combined with DRS either, because it’s such a slow pair of corners the car in front can get on the throttle so much earlier than the one behind that there’s no way the car on the front can be caught up with on the straight. Oh well.

  10. Dai McCann said on 22nd May 2011, 15:11

    Good race, encouraging to see Hamilton so close Vettel.
    Turn 9 seemed to be making the difference, big lifts from Lewis while Vettel was flat out meaning that by the time they got to the DRS activation, Vettel was just too far ahead.
    Good battle between the best driver in a very good car and a very good driver in the best car – with the latter winning this time. 7/10.

  11. robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:11

    Lewis, Jenson and Webber under investigation for not slowing by the yellow flags.

  12. maxthecat said on 22nd May 2011, 15:12

    I’ll give it a 7 atm, but if the result is changed because of the investigation into Lewis/Mark/Jenson for not slowing down under yellows is held up you can make that a 1.

  13. sumedh said on 22nd May 2011, 15:12

    Brilliant race. Not as many overtakes but the race was amazingly tense. The speed with which Hamilton would close up to Vettel at the braking zone of turn 1 was incredible.

    I will put the fight between Hamilton and Vettel into the category of Imola 2005, Imola 2006, Monza 2010. Very very close but no on-track overtake. Gripping Television!

  14. wigster (@wigster) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:12

    I gave it a 9.

    The race had action all the way through and close racing. Yes there wasn’t as much overtaking as previous races this year but this is normally a difficult curcuit for overtaking and following the race unfold between the top 5 cars was entertaining.

  15. 8/10
    Great, close race, even without much overtaking.

    I personally don’t favour the use of DRS, but if you consider that a driver still has to get close enough to the car in front to make use of it and stand a chance of using it, then the activation zone was too far down the straight here.

    Quality of BBC coverage is dropping – telling us that a pit stop took around 20 secs even after Button had lost only 16 secs to get out ahead of Petrov, and also that the hard tyres were a second a lap slower, as Hamilton and Vettel were putting in times only 1/10th off the fastest lap. Look at your timing screens guys.

    Can’t imagine Hamilton will get away without a penalty – his sector time was purple passing the accident, and went on to post the fastest lap. Doesn’t look good, unless he wasn’t shown a yellow.

    • robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:15

      Quality of BBC coverage is dropping – telling us that a pit stop took around 20 secs even after Button had lost only 16 secs to get out ahead of Petrov, and also that the hard tyres were a second a lap slower, as Hamilton and Vettel were putting in times only 1/10th off the fastest lap. Look at your timing screens guys.

      I agree. They also put up a really stupid graphic towards the end of the race saying Vettel was almost half a lap ahead of Hamilton, all the while not showing the actual footage of them even though they were half a second within each other with only a couple of laps left.

    • sumedh said on 22nd May 2011, 15:18

      the hard tyres were a second a lap slower, as Hamilton and Vettel were putting in times only 1/10th off the fastest lap.

      The commentators were right. You are forgetting that fuel is being burnt and care are getting lighter all the time which makes the car quicker.

      • Yes, but they pretty much picked up where they left off on softs – the lap times don’t come down *that* quickly. The reality is that the prime tyres weren’t the dogs that everyone expected after qualifying – if they were we’d have seen more of the four stoppers only using them once.

  16. Kain said on 22nd May 2011, 15:15

    Hamilton Button and Webber to be investigated after the race for the yellow flags :(

  17. Kain said on 22nd May 2011, 15:16

    Hamilton, Button and Webber to be investigated after the race for the yellow flags :( Hate if they had to take points away

  18. kevmscotland said on 22nd May 2011, 15:17

    For those worrying, i dont think the race result will change from the investigation anyway.

    Assuming its a 20second penalty, lewis was well clear of jenson by 40 seconds, jenson and mark were clear of the rest of the field by more than 30seconds.

    So assuming they are all penalised equally, it shouldnt turn the results around.

    Even lewis can be penalised and still stay p2

  19. Jack Holt said on 22nd May 2011, 15:19

    Great race, but I think we’ve got to thank Alonso – otherwise the Red Bull(s) would have opened up a gap from the start.

  20. Pingguest said on 22nd May 2011, 15:21

    Pit stops and pit stop strategies decided the outcome of the race. I thought mid-race refuelling was banned for the very same reason, wasn’t it?

    • VXR said on 22nd May 2011, 17:33

      Mid race refuelling was banned because everyone optimised fuel load to lap time, which meant that everyone pitted at the same time regardless of tyre wear. It was boring in the extreme.

      Now it is tyre wear that dictates strategy and not optimum fuel load, so no one has got to pit because they are low on fuel.

      If you had started todays race with everyone on the same compound with no pit stops, at what point do you think the result of the race would have been known?

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