Rate the race result: 2011 Japanese GP

2011 Japanese Grand Prix

Start, Suzuka, 2011

Start, Suzuka, 2011

The 2011 drivers’ championship-deciding race did not produce the surprise we saw last year.

Sebastian Vettel clinched his second drivers’ crown with ease at Suzuka.

Nonetheless the race wasn’t without its moments and was rated a respectable 7.5, the ninth-highest score of the season. Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers had to say about it.

David A focused on those drivers that impressed him most:

It was Jenson Button’s best overall weekend this season, pretty much flawless today and only denied a first McLaren pole by qualifying-king Vettel. Alonso superbly fought to the end, proving like Vettel, why he?s such a worthy double champion.

The two Mercedes and Sergio Perez were the other stand-outs. Michael Schumacher beat Felipe Massa?s Ferrari, when seventh should have been the best possible result. Nico Rosberg took a well deserved point from 23rd, while Perez got his head down and got a great result despite the attention on his team mate.

Honourable mention to Adrian Sutil for his overtakes, almost made me wish the points went down to 11th!
David A

2011 average race
ratings so far

China 9.241
Canada 9.095
Germany 8.43
Hungary 8.344
Britain 7.96
Malaysia 7.775
Belgium 7.772
Monaco 7.684
Japan 7.570
Italy 7.494
Spain 7.319
Turkey 7.306
Australia 6.751
Singapore 6.390
Europe 3.871

Josh however, was disappointed to see the race-winning move made in the pit-lane:

Jenson got ahead through the stops and so he passes Vettel in the pits. He wins. How on earth is that exciting?
Josh

Electrolite praised Button?s impressive improvements:

2011 has been the year, if any, where Button has proved he has the raw pace as well as the mind and measure. He?s become a very, very complete driver.
Electrolite

JerseyF1 was pleased with stewards? restrained decisions:

I think that the stewarding was good ?ǣ generally the stewards this year seem to be too happy to give out penalties and fail to understand that sometimes in F1 cars are going to come together, drivers make mistakes, and drivers don?t want to lose places.

I think a more hands off approach that lets the drivers get on with it is the best way.
JerseyF1

It doesn?t matter how good the race is if it?s not shown on screen. Some felt that the Japanese director could have done a better job:

Good race but I gave it a 6 for the dreadful TV production. Missed 60% of the action..
Rits

It wasn?t one of those all time great races, and I?m inclined to blame the Japanese TV director for that to an extent.
Sundar F1

The safety car came out during the middle of the race and James_mc felt it was unnecessary on this occasion:

The best races are the ones which you don?t want to end and I certainly felt that today. Even though it didn?t have a significant negative impact on the race, I felt the safety car was a bit unnecessary and smelled strongly of “improving the show”.
James_mc

There were conflicting opinions regarding the remaining races of the season. While some looked forward to exciting racing, others will miss the tension provided by the championship race:

Fair play and congratulations to Vettel on winning the championship, at least we don?t have to sit through the feigned tension now and we can just watch some nice exhibition races.
Lachie

The race itself was very good ?ǣ but part of the enjoyment factor of a race is what is riding on it, and how the events in a race have consequences in the championship.

However it was never in doubt in my mind that Vettel was going to come out world champion today. For which he thoroughly deserves.
Electrolite

How do think the Japanese Grand Prix compared to other races this season? Have your say in the comments.

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21 comments on Rate the race result: 2011 Japanese GP

  1. sumedh said on 20th October 2011, 13:26

    Finally, a non-Vettel win that was rated lower than atleast one Vettel win.

  2. I enjoyed Suzuka. One thing, I think Malaysia and Belgium are too high up the list.

  3. Enigma (@enigma) said on 20th October 2011, 15:32

    Monaco is way too low. It was a fantastic race, with top three so close to each other, it was one of the best battles I’ve ever seen, even if they didn’t overtake.

  4. Enigma (@enigma) said on 20th October 2011, 15:35

    I have a couple of questions – which was the best race Vettel won and the worst he didn’t, this year? Monaco and Suzuka for me.

  5. My list is CHI-MON-GBR-CAN-GER-HUN-JAP-ITA-BEL-SPA-AUS-KOR-MAL-SIN-TUR-EUR

  6. Oliver said on 21st October 2011, 7:32

    Electrolite praised Button’s impressive
    improvements: 2011 has been the year, if any, where Button has
    proved he has the raw pace as well as the mind and
    measure. He’s become a very, very complete driver.
    Electrolite……..

    I agree Button has improved but is that improvement based on the fact that his team mate, Hamilton, had been handicapped repeatedly by faulty race strategies, poor car setups, messed up qualifying opportunities all by the same team that also serves Button.

    Jenson appears to have out qualified Hamilton several times this season, but more often Hamilton didn’t get the opportunity to complete a second run. Either his car wasn’t sent out at all or he was sent out too late and straight into traffic.

    While the statistics will show Button appearing to out perform his team mate, the facts tell a whole different story.
    The Irony is that Jenson’s gain is an overall team loss. Mclaren took themselves out of the race for the constructors championship by not ensuring they had both cars operating competitively.
    If Withmarsh believes Button will win him a driver’s championship, he had better ensure he gives him a car half a second faster than everyone else, or be satisfied with his endless ramble about FOTA.

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