Rate the race: 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

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191 comments on Rate the race: 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

  1. 7. First 5 laps were terrific, the last 3rd of the race was very exciting but it died off in the middle and the last couple of laps.

    • Ratboy (@ratboy) said on 31st July 2011, 15:11

      Was about to comment the same, 8/10 for me
      good midfeild battle, comical pit stop, overtakings but did have a lull in the middle where we had a waffle about tyres *sighs*

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 31st July 2011, 15:51

        7/10 for me too.

        The only really exciting parts were the first few laps and then the McLaren battle at the second rain shower. But Hamilton and Webber’s poor strategy (i.e. going onto inters), as well as the wrong compound at the wrong time for Alonso cost us a much more exciting race, and gifted Vettel second.

  2. SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 31st July 2011, 15:01

    Pit » Hamilton: “We got it wrong with the pitstops today. I’m sorry about that.”
    Hamilton » Pit: “Well done to Jenson.”

    I was looking forward to a real race to the flag between 2 capable drivers. Well Done for Jenson though 200 up with a win.

    Good to see Hamilton congratulate Jenson despite his disappointment – though that won’t be reported at all.

  3. dave said on 31st July 2011, 15:01

    oh god, i hate jenson button

  4. Dutch_Alex said on 31st July 2011, 15:03

    First 10 and the last 20 laps were great. A bit boring between that with Hamilton comfortably in the lead. So 7/10. But the best thing about this race: Seeing cars drifting and power sliding out of the corners! FIA please give us 1500bhp so we are not at the mercy of the weather gods for this.

  5. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 31st July 2011, 15:07

    8.
    I really enjoyed the track evolution and all driver struggling with it. Lots of errors improved greatly the excitement and added on the overall amount of nice overtaking i’ve seen.
    Great how the strategies have unfolded, supersoft fail this time around!

  6. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 31st July 2011, 15:07

    8/10

    Much quieter when it was dry, but there was enough drama to make it a fairly special race. Brilliant drive from Button in his 200th race.

  7. Erik said on 31st July 2011, 15:09

    Some dull moments unfortunately.

    8/10

  8. Justinas M (@justinas-m) said on 31st July 2011, 15:10

    8/10. Best race in Hungary since 1997.

    A short comment on HAM’s tyres: I was watching it with live timing and it was obvious SOFT were merely 0.5 sec slower than S-SOFT in first lap. What on earth were they thinking? Weren’t they watching the lap times? I would do the job for them if they don’t have resources, just put me in the paddock! No, seriously, how can they make these mistakes? They knew SOFT can last some 30 laps and S-SOFT would last 14 for HAM, how would you justify changing to SOFTs with 30 laps to go? Finally, even with a 1 second deficit to the following car, HAM could easily defend his position. What a shame.

    Again, Vettel proved he is just a quali champion – just mr nobody in real race. And, Button must be the greatest strategist when he retires!

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 31st July 2011, 15:15

      Agree, that was really a mistake to go on those super softs, and also the reason HAM had to anyway come in and went for inters. But Button would have been 2nd of 1st anyway I think.

      • andrewf1 (@andrewf1) said on 31st July 2011, 15:20

        Lewis lost the race at the point. I dont know how he managed to be so calm during the interview

      • Justinas M (@justinas-m) said on 31st July 2011, 15:21

        And then again, when the drops were falling again, they were lapping somewhere in 1.35. In the first part of race they were making 1.37 with S-SOFTs when the others were making 1.40 with inters. Given fuel change I think it was still some 3 seconds faster than inters. That is why really nobody went for inters except few gamblers – everybody saw inters couldn’t be quick enough and they can switch to inters later on anyway. So the real mistake here was S-SOFT as fourth stint for HAM. Finally… If you are not sure – just wait one lap and see laptimes, compare those of your competitors – all the answers were there, they were just incapable to pick them up. Real shame.

        • BBT (@bbt) said on 31st July 2011, 15:33

          Agree, and after half a dozen laps the s softs were slower than the softs so no way could the pitstop gap needed be pulled out… totally impossible.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 31st July 2011, 15:28

      Vettel wasn’t a “nobody” in the race. Performed quite well- the Mclarens were the faster car in the conditions but he did keep good pace and pass Alonso when he needed to.

    • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 31st July 2011, 15:33

      The only driver that made sense to compare to for Hamilton’s crew was Alonso. I was watching him in the live timing and that was the response, only .3s-.5s second in gap between compount, but Ferrari is known not to be able to get tires in the optimal temperature window. What if McLaren would have been able to extract more out of the tires?

      Of course They should have known, it’s their car. It remains a very very bad call, costing the victory, but the gap between compounds reduced massively from past days, from 1s to just .3-.5, slighty unpredictable, i don’t know if you agree. It didn’t happen at Nurburgring.

      Of course what makes it a bad call is that it was succeded by another even more bad call with the inters. There’s no possible excuse for that.

      • Justinas M (@justinas-m) said on 31st July 2011, 15:44

        Stefanauss, can’t completely agree. During the second stint Alonso warmed his tyres quickly, as far as I remember just in his first full lap. Even if McLarens were smart enough to remember this tyre heating issue with Ferraris, they could look at the previous stint and Ferrari’s behaviour – how much it took to quicken up. I guess the only question here is: did McLaren had the information to make the right call or not. My opinion is that they had.

  9. Ral (@ral) said on 31st July 2011, 15:10

    Nice race. I liked the beginning. I think the drivers were actually struggling more the first few laps here than in Canada and it made it really tense.

    The bit of rain made it really interesting in the beginning, but I thought more people would have gone onto the primes given Michael went on to them really quite early. Especially Ferrari got that call wrong for Alonso.

    What ruined it a bit for my personal enjoyment, was Sauber’s über-conservative strategy sticking with their two-stop despite the changing conditions and completely ruining Kobayashi’s race. His pace was really good and he could have finished 7th.

    Hamilton’s post-race interview on the other hand, made up for that. Like he’s saved up all his maturity up for now. The best part was definitely his first line. I think the first time he’s returned the compliments Button so often gives him in his interviews and it looked/sounded really genuine. Kudos to Hamilton for that.

    • jay said on 31st July 2011, 15:48

      Kobi is the new Trulli…

    • MJ4 said on 31st July 2011, 17:00

      Yeah, now we had the “Kobayashi train” :-)

      I find it utterly disappointing that while Sauber has a truly combative and overtaking-oriented pilot, their recent strategies invariably force him into hopeless defensive situations.

  10. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 31st July 2011, 15:11

    Quite an exciting race. Just let down ever so slightly with the interference of the stewards. 7/10

  11. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 31st July 2011, 15:12

    Spectacular to watch the drivers fighting for grip on a greasy track. Satisfying result, not great for what’s left of the championship though.
    11 out of 10 for the commentary. Made the race much more enjoyable. That’ll help as Brundle negotiates his pay for next year!

  12. BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st July 2011, 15:18

    I went for an 8, it was a great race by F1 standards of the past 4 years, but by 2011 standards the 20-30 minutes of little action in the middle got it down a bit.

    And the fact Vettel gave up on catching Button to secure WDC points in those last 10 laps and Alonso not being in the figth.

    But a very good race even so and it does look like McLaren are strong for Spa, if the European Summer keeps going this way.

  13. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 31st July 2011, 15:19

    I think it is getting time that Sauber rethink their strategy, seeing how FI now have found good speed and can fight them. And the slow laps for Sauber cost them points from the STR cars too.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 31st July 2011, 16:10

      Yes. The tyre trick worked in Melbourne because the tyres happened to last on that track, but since then they’ve been ‘flogging a dead horse’, as the saying goes.

    • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 31st July 2011, 16:24

      I really don’t see why they should. it’s clear they’re often going this way because it’s in the characteristics of their car to be easy on the tires. And it has often paid off. Lack or gain in pure pace and development over other teams is unlikely to change the inner basics of the car.

      To me this seems to be just a bad race strategy-wise in an otherwise very good season for them. And given the track rollercoast evolution, and most of all the very slim gap in compound performance this Sunday (which they strongly rely on to deliver in the race) as opposed to what has been seen on practice and QLF, the outcome could not be a real sign of regress in the pecking order after all.

  14. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 31st July 2011, 15:20

    Nice one Jenson, a cool calm head prevails….and yeah, when I saw Lewis do that spin I thought it was bloody dangerous, give it an 8.

  15. adaptalis (@adaptalis) said on 31st July 2011, 15:26

    Gave it a 9. Last point was for slightly poor coverage first without livetiming, then several passes wasn’t captured or only shown in Replays, then midfield scrap included sutil and perez who were 1 lapped down unnoticed by DC and MB.

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