Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Rate the race result: 2011 Belgian Grand Prix

2011 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Daniel Thomas

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Alonso and Vettel charge towards Les Combes

The Belgian Grand Prix was given a high rating of 7.7 out of ten by F1 Fanatic readers.

But that only ranks it in the bottom half of this year’s races which have seen some spectacular action this year.

And while many F1 Fanatic readers said they enjoyed the race, many admitted to lowering their ratings because they felt the Drag Reduction System made overtaking too easy.

Fer no. 65 would have liked Nico Rosberg’s excellent start to carry on:

We?ve seen plenty of action at Spa, we really didn?t need the DRS allowing everyone to go through. Imagine how long Rosberg would?ve been on the lead without the DRS giving everyone behind a chance to pass.

They need to find out a way to test this. Otherwise it?s always the same story. I’d rather watch them being blocked than allowed to overtake easily. And it?s not like they are not going to have a chance either, we?ve seen loads of overtaking moves outside the DRS zone.

The length of it was enormous for a place like Spa, with the immense run out to Eau Rouge and the long straight afterwards.
Fer no. 65

2011 average race
ratings so far

1 China 9.241
2 Canada 9.095
3 Germany 8.43
4 Hungary 8.344
5 Britain 7.96
6 Malaysia 7.775
7 Belgium 7.772
8 Monaco 7.684
9 Spain 7.319
10 Turkey 7.306
11 Australia 6.751
12 Europe 3.871

AndrewTanner and Bendanarama were among those who defended DRS, arguing that it shows a good attitude from the FIA:

They need a full season to take a look at it. I?m not particularly bothered if it stays or not but I do like the fact the FIA tried to address people?s fears of a lack of overtaking.

DRS needs tweaking for shorter zones and a tighter activation period, but it?s also helped create some exceptionally exciting racing.

The race saw many spectacular moves but one in particular stood out for Jared404 and several others:

My heart missed a beat when it looked like Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber were going to try and go through Eau Rouge side-by-side.

And as Mads says, the majesty of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is enough to make any race special:

The race itself probably wasn?t worth a nine, but the scenery Spa provides makes up for it easily.

On a similar note, Kidchris92 voiced his concerns about the future of the event:

There is talk of this race being shared with a revived French Grand Prix in years to come. I for one hope this doesn?t happen. Spa is my favourite race of the year, what a shame it would be if we could not see the drivers tackling Eau Rouge every year.

How do you think the Belgian Grand Prix compared to other races this year? Have your say in the comments.

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