Rate the race: 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

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179 comments on Rate the race: 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. BROOKSY007 (@brooksy007) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:21

    Only a 5, mostly boring except for ham and vet; ham should have just slammed it down the inside!

    Felt sorry for webber though.

    Until they get rid of that stupid chicain in sector 3 its hard to imagine myself giving a score higher than 5!

  12. Guilherme (@the_philosopher) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:22

    For me it looked like the last laps were five minutes long! I think I only relaxed when Hamilton’s tyres faded with around 5 laps to go.

    Great win by Vettel, really good race from the McLaren and Sauber drivers, good first stints from Alonso, and quite underwhelming performance from Webber and Massa.

    The was a lot of tension in this race, particularly with Hamilton and Vettel, and it’s great to see the DRS being completely useless (I think most of the overtaking took place at Seat and La Caixa rather than in the main straight), but most of the overtaking happened because the driver in front was either on old softs or hards. To sum it all up, this race was good by Barcelona standards, but still not particularly exciting.

  13. georges10099 (@georges10099) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:22

    just for those slating the coverage of the race, it is the fom that control it, not the BBC!!!

  14. f199player (@f199player) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:25

    best spanish gp since 1997

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd May 2011, 15:27

    7/10

    The FIS blew it with the placements of the DRS, but I’m always happy to see Alonso collapse. Especially at his home race.

    • Rob said on 22nd May 2011, 19:14

      Collapse? His car is only worth 5th place and he finished in 5th. The fact that he was ahead of 5th for a good part of the race simply means he drop the pants off of that thing before returning to where the limits of the car permits.

    • MSCOTD (most stupid COTD)

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