Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Rate the race: 2011 Belgian Grand Prix

Debates and pollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Rate the 2011 Belgian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (3%)
  • 6 (5%)
  • 7 (23%)
  • 8 (37%)
  • 9 (23%)
  • 10 (6%)

Total Voters: 372

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1 = ‘Terrible’, 10 = ‘Perfect’

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170 comments on “Rate the race: 2011 Belgian Grand Prix”

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  1. 7 out of 10. Racing is always good at Spa but it was a bit of an anticlimax really as early on it looked like there would be a great battle for the win, but turns out Vettel and Red Bull had it all under control throughout.

    I wish Webber would get it off the line properly though! Every race he seems to lose places, like Barrichello in 09.

    His race pace looked just as good as Vettel’s today (mind Vettel was definitely within the limits of the car) but he keeps handicapping himself by giving Seb four or five place head start.

    Vettel, Button and Schumacher were all superb, Michael qualifies last through no fault of his own and comes in the top 5. That’s the Schumacher I used to know, hate and (grudgingly) admire in the early 2000’s.

    Rosberg was also really good, that car had no right fighting at the front in the early laps. Also gutted for Alguersuari, Senna seemed to be carrying 20mph more speed than the other cars into La Souruce, perhaps he had a brain fade and forgot the car was full of fuel :)

    1. Sorry La Source

  2. 7. Like many before me, I felt DRS was the only imperfection.

  3. I <3 Spa…

    Schumacher of old right there. That's what I like to see, To beat Rosberg from 24th. Brilliant.

  4. I voted 8/10 for the race dying down, but now I want to vote 7/10 because of DRS.

  5. Opening laps were worthy of a 10- plenty of action throughout the field, but after the safety car the race died down and was worthy of a 6. So 8 overall.

    Driver of the day- Schumacher for gaining 19 places.

    Driver of the weekend- can’t decide between Schumi and Vettel- who took on everyone, wheel to wheel this time- and beat them.

    1. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
      28th August 2011, 15:21

      I agree 100%. I hope people stop saying Vettel can’t overtake.

      Vettel did a great race today, he extracted the full potential of the car and used the safety car to great effect, while Schumacher was just on fire today – I wonder where would he have finished had he started 11th?

  6. I think Lewis was at fault the fact he could’ve easily left Kamui some space for the corner. No Lewis isn’t my favourite driver, by a long way.

    1. Respectfully disagree, Kamui at fault for me if anyone. Happy to leave it as a racing incident though.

    2. Lewis is my favourite driver and I 100% agree with you – he should have left him more space and not assumed the racing line. Only himself to blame.

    3. Lewis is my favourite, I still agree with you though, bad error of judgement from him, but no penalty was required, he made a mistake and got punished suitably.

  7. I am disgusted by some of the comments some people are attempting to post on here.

    For the benefit of those of you who have not read the Comment Policy, insulting other users is not allowed and your comments will be deleted.

    1. This used to be a really good site with lots of interesting and incisive comments but it now seems to be backsliding into pro and anti driver factions. Any incident seems to be viewed more from the strength of the posters like or dislike of a particular driver than a logical assessment of the available information.

      1. It’s still better than the comments pretty much all other F1 sites (did you ever look at 606!). I just don’t understand why some people get so worked up. I love Formula 1 as much as it’s healthy to do (maybe slightly more in the month before the season starts!) and there are some drivers (such as Button) that I like to do well. If they don’t or they get taken out I’m briefly disappointed but then start looking forward to the next race – it doesn’t ruin my day. I also hate Vettel’s dominance this season – but I don’t hate Vettel.

        Following a sport should be fun. If something’s getting you so worked up that you feel angry enough to make some of the comments we see then it’s probably worth taking a step back for a bit. Maybe only check F1 Fanatic once a day!

        (I’ve put other comments on here as ‘Simon’, changed the name I use because I think there are a few of us on this site)

    2. I am sad about people doing that and sorry for you to have to deal with those comments Keith.

    3. who are they talking about? a driver?

  8. Pastor Maldonado calling Lewis Hamilton a friend, comparing the Kobayashi incident to his own from qualifying, openly admitting to Coulthard that the incident yesterday was a personal thing between him and Hamilton…

    I really dislike this guy a lot.

    1. But he was 10th…But LH needs to adjust his mirrors and get a MRI after being knocked out.

    2. Actually I was really glad for that question from DC. And the answer does show he realises how wrong he was as well. Just he does not want to say that out loud.

      Actually keeping his nose clean and getting into the points might be the turnaround for him in F1.

  9. safety car just made race compromise for ferrari and benefited bulls

    1. They missed SC pit stop

  10. 10 – I was entertained the whole race again. I have loved every race this year. I have favourite drivers and ones I dislike. This year I haven’t minded who wins as much because the races are brilliant,

  11. I felt very sorry for Lewis, but it wasn’t Koba’s fault. Lewis didn’t know where Koba was and turned into his path.
    Wittmarsh to Button after the race: “Now maybe You understand why we called You in somewhat early in Q2 yesterday!”
    Schumi clearly driver of the day, but also fantastic drives by Button and Webber after his usual lousy start. Vettel was – it turned out – controlling the race superbly – like an old experienced Champion.

  12. I don’t know if KOB or HAM or anyone was at fault for that incident, and I don’t think I needed to see KOB get a penalty for it, he anyway had to pit to get his nose fixed I think. I am just really annoyed that it helped kill much of the fight at the front.

    And then the Ferrari turns out to still lack pace on mediums, and their reaction shows they already feared as much. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them concentrate on next year now.

    1. I don’t under stand why the teams must use the harder tires ,this race could have been a ten if they could stay on soft tires.

      1. I hope Ferrari start pushing to abolish that rule, if they have any of that supposed Veto power with FIA, please let them use it for this :-p

      2. what I don get it is why Ferrari didnt follow vettel’s strategy. You just cant win making this kind of mistake.

      3. @dj, did you not notice Webbers performance, all but 4 laps on primes, usual lousy start, finished 2nd.

        1. yes I did notice and did you notice Ferrari’s can’t get the power down ,with the wrong tire. Massa was going backwards

  13. A great race weakened spoiled a little by all the stupid errors from rookies who clearly aren’t in proper control of their cars; Senna, Maldonado, Kobyashi…

    1. Only one rookie there

  14. UKfanatic (@)
    28th August 2011, 15:35

    Good race but again how can we give 7 and 8 and 10 when the pole sitter wins, really not helping the championship exicitement either.

    1. not so much .Alonso was struggling with the tyres.
      why any of you haven’t talked about alonso’s passes on rosberg,massa,webber and your boy hamilton among others at the beggining of the race,with the same tyres under the same conditions? button’s pass on alonso were due to tires, alonso struggling on hards while button on softs.

  15. What is with people rating races like this 9 or 10 out of 10? Is this the only motor race you’ve ever seen? Because there have been many, many races in F1 history, and even just this year, that were better than this race. Giving a race 10/10 means that that race was an absolute timeless classic, a race that will be talked about for years to come. This was not one of them. 6/10 at best.

    1. Agree…having to go to the harder tire was a real let down,this is more of a problem then DRS

    2. I don’t think we should take the rating thing too seriously. If you really, really enjoyed it, give it a 10. Maybe the people who did that enjoyed it more than races you or I or anyone else would call a classic. Anyway people should be consistent with what they gave the earlier races. Maybe an end of season rating of all the races where you rank them 1-19 would be a good way to see people’s relative opinion of the races (I know the season’s not over but I have a pretty good idea which will be bottom of my list – clue, it’s in Spain)

      Are great races recognised as ‘absolute classics’ straight away anyway? Title deciders (e.g. Brazil 08) can be but for others I’m honestly not sure – any thoughts anyone?

  16. Not bad but DRS ruins yet more potential exciting battles. It’s not F1 and it saddens me everytime I see it used.


  17. Meh, gave it a 6, nothing really going on at the sharp end, pity it wasn’t a wettish race.
    @ Lewis just can’t stay out of trouble…..

  18. 8/10 for me, because it was a thrilling battle from the begging with no clue of who was going to take the win untill about half distance, which is pretty good in F1 standards!
    The DRS was far too long BUT those pesemistic people out there need to realise its there first year of DRS, and the FIA will learn from waht works and what does not. I have always said DRS is good because if the overtaken driver can’t reovertake, he is obviously not a fast enough driver!
    Shame about lewis Hamilton!

  19. Rate the race at 9, but DRS showed no mercy once again. Spa has always been fantastic and the best for racing.

    Good race from many drivers, will be hard to pick driver of the day.
    Vettel deserved the win but many will not agree as he took advantaged during the safety car period. Nando must have be gutted with the mediums, should he have done three options and finished off with mediums. Webber is a happy man today.

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