2011 Korean Grand Prix
With Red Bull beaten to pole position and high tyre wear predicted, expectations were high ahead of the Korean Grand Prix.
But the hoped-for fight for victory never materialised and for many the race fell short of expectations.
The race which saw Sebastian Vettel’s tenth Grand Prix win of the season, was rated 6.9 out of ten, ranking it 13th of the 16 races so far this season.
Chris Holland-Skinner was among those who enjoyed the race:
Thoroughly enjoyed that, there was plenty of action for me, the DRS wasn’t too strong and there were many stand out performers.
Highlight of the race for me was Hamilton and Webber battling through the middle sector on lap 34, was fantastic to watch!
Among those who were less impressed was Mr Draw:
There was little to spice things up: there was almost no tyre wear and there was very little overtaking. I was hoping for a heavy tyre-struggle and an immense fight for the lead, but it didn’t materialise at all.
ratings so far
The Drag Reductions System continues to divide opinion among fans. TommyB gave it a thumbs-up in Korea:
The detection zone was in a great place. An overtake into turn one would then result in the car having a chance to re-pass in the DRS zone.
Then the faster car would have a chance to slipstream on the following straight. We saw this happen with Kobayashi and Senna.
But DryYoshi was categorically unimpressed:
DRS is awful, worst detection point ever, if you pass at the first corner you just get re-passed at turn three.
But it’s not all about overtaking, as Kate pointed out:
Hamilton’s battle with Webber reminded me of the last lap battle between Webber and Button at Abu Dhabi 2009. It demonstrated that the car doesn’t need to get by for it to be entertaining.
Helen enjoyed the race, but felt the track left something to be desired:
I enjoyed it and have done for most of the season. I remember the snooze-fest of the early 2000s, so I appreciate the action going on all down the field.
The Korean track doesn’t look like one I’d save up my pennies to go and see though. Lots of empty seats again at a race, which is a shame for F1.
Has tyre conservation become too important in race strategy? 73Ben thinks so:
For me it feels like the formula has become too focused on endurance, with qualifying being neutralised by virtue of the fact that fresh rubber is more important than grid position.
Then in the races we have seen that the attacking drivers, such as Hamilton, Alonso and Webber have been neutralised by the fact that if they drive naturally they end up going slower.
Wigster offered words of praise for a driver who was seldom seen during the race coverage:
I think Kovalainen deserves some credit for finishing in front of both Saubers, neither of who appeared to have any particular problems, but unfortunately we didn’t see any of that on TV.
How do you think the Korean Grand Prix compared to the rest of this year’s races? Does it deserves its place towards the bottom of the list?
Have your say in the comments.
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