Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Suzuka, 2011

Rate the race: 2011 Japanese Grand Prix

2011 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Rate the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (4%)
  • 6 (10%)
  • 7 (30%)
  • 8 (30%)
  • 9 (19%)
  • 10 (6%)

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172 comments on “Rate the race: 2011 Japanese Grand Prix”

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  1. sid_prasher (@)
    10th October 2011, 20:52

    Going with 8, great race but the safety car was probably not necessary!

  2. “the safety car was probably not necessary”

    You would prefer a marshall getting hurt (or worse)?

  3. Suzuka, like Spa, Silverstone and Monaco, is one of those tracks where I don’t care if the race is any good, it’s just a joy to see the cars in action.

    But the intrigue provided by one of Red Bull’s rivals putting one over on them was, for me, tempered by the fact that there wasn’t much sparring at the front.

    Vettel tested Alonso’s defences once or twice but nothing came of it. What briefly looked like being a Montreal-style last-lap thriller never materialised.

    Don’t get me wrong, I marvelled at Button’s coolness under pressure, cranking out the fastest lap when he badly needed it, but can anyone honestly say they wouldn’t rather have seen a three-way battle for the win unfold on the final lap?

    Yes, there were some moves further down the field. But up front the major changes of position happened via the pits – a bit too refuelling era-style for my liking, and hopefully not the beginning of a trend.

    I also thought the timing of the safety car was a bit odd. We didn’t see much of the debris it was apparently brought out for, which left a nagging feeling it wasn’t really necessary.

    This brings me to my final point: the quality of the broadcast. Now, FOM have dropped some clangers and missed some big moments this year. But this rare look at a race through non-FOM (in this case, Fuji) eyes showed us there’s room for it to get much worse.

    Missing the new world champion celebrating his achievement in front of the crowd with some doughnuts was a particular low. But all weekend long the cameras cut to the action just after it had finished. It was three days of slowing-down laps and drivers accelerating away from rivals they had just overtaken.

    But for all that, this was a Grand Prix at one of F1’s ever-diminishing number of awe-inspiring tracks. So if the racing wasn’t quite up to scratch and the camerawork was dreadful I’m not too bothered. Just don’t ever let them take Suzuka away.

    1. @keithcollantine Last but not least!

      Your subjective posts are more endearing and thought provoking than your typical write-ups which are tarnished by necessitated professional objectivity.

      Is this perhaps a snippet of more to come in future? I for one would be intrigued to read a proper feature article series which provides your personal accounts of race weekends and other miscellaneous topics related to the site coverage during any particular week.

      I could envisage it being very popular and compelling for many of the same reasons that make bloggers with a raft of knowledge/history/experience in the sport a big draw to F1 fans.

      I can also envisage several reasons why you might be hesitant to embark on such a venture, most obvious of which would be to minimise the potential of alienating people from continuing to visit and/or contribute on this site based on a personal dislike of your opinions.

      However, you don’t appear to stray away from giving your opinions in the comments section of many articles and the forums so I imagine such concerns can’t be very prominent.

      Here’s hoping.

  4. 7, no real fight for the lead (just Red Bull napping and Button maintaining the lead) and not exactly a large amount of on track fighting.
    Seeing Button and Vettel celebrating their victories afterwards and the grandstands completely filled almost 2 hours after the race raised the score by 1 point for me, although that’s not exactly the race.

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