Rate the race: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

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Rate the 2012 Australian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (2%)
  • 6 (8%)
  • 7 (27%)
  • 8 (40%)
  • 9 (15%)
  • 10 (5%)

Total Voters: 914

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268 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

  1. Pingguesy said on 18th March 2012, 7:49

    7 – I thought the race was not that special.

  2. time (@keef) said on 18th March 2012, 7:50

    Great race,, JB won… :-) shame I had to watch it on streaming TV….. was better last year when I could watch it for Free on my TV…..

    • Also watched it on streaming, I`m now watching the Sky version of “F1 Forum ” ! The Sky coverage seems a little bit boring and I hate breaks !!!!

  3. Marty (@martysomething) said on 18th March 2012, 7:50

    Great race to start the season. Button had it under control but it was far from a “sure thing” with Vettel, Hamilton and Webber not too far behind. The midfield battles add to the depth and excitement, though it’s a shame that Grosjean and Schumacher were out of the race early — that would have spiced the entertainment factor up even more! 8/10

  4. strunk27 (@strunk27) said on 18th March 2012, 7:51

    Great race. There was always a battle happening somewhere, super happy for the Sauber boys after a less than stellar qualifying. Happy to see Mclaren take the win but honestly kind of expected it. The safety car really messed up Lewis’s race which was disappointing for me. It Nice to see Kimi get up to 7th, wasn’t honestly sure how he would do. Feel terrible for Grosjean and even more really gutted for Maldonado. Never been a Maldonado fan but that sure was tough to watch Williams so close to a good result to lose it on the last lap.


  5. Martin Rasmussen (@floptickle) said on 18th March 2012, 7:51

    *takes mclaren coloured glasses off*

    Pretty good for a season opener! Safetycar killed the race. Would have loved to see if VET would pass HAM in a one on one. Brilliant finish for the last points! Good race for ALO, STR and RAI.

  6. magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2012, 7:52

    Paul di Resta is a lucky *******! He had a horrible weekend and did not deserve that point!

    • Dev (@dev) said on 18th March 2012, 16:56

      the reason he got that point was due to him being on medium tyres & both STR were on soft tires… but when softs were new, both STR overtook him & when they were worn out for last 2 laps he caught one of them.

  7. Asif (@) said on 18th March 2012, 7:52

    That was a brilliant race from Jenson. I thought it was really interesting that Lewis couldn’t respond to Jenson’s pace…..perhaps Jenson is doing a better job with race setup or is it all down to better tire management?

    Also turns out that McLaren isn’t that dominant so should be a great season trading blows with Red Bull.
    Great job from Fernando! It’s a beauty watching him fight that ill-handling car.

  8. Dev (@dev) said on 18th March 2012, 7:52

    8/10…. would have given 10 only if Massa had bumped into Hmilton but he chose Senna shame

  9. JohnBt said on 18th March 2012, 7:52

    8 is perfecrt. Fantastic opening with close racing.

  10. Oleksii (@goodkraft) said on 18th March 2012, 7:52

    Perfect! McLaren is most beautiful car on track and, today, the fastest! Great start, thx guys!

  11. David-A (@david-a) said on 18th March 2012, 7:52

    8/10 Rather good overall. Plenty of midfield action, some good overtakes, last lap chaos for the lower points positions.

  12. Ryan Williams (@ryanwilliams) said on 18th March 2012, 7:55

    8/10. Battle out front was intriguing all the way through, but especially after the safety car. Fantastic midfield battles during the race and that last lap was crazy!

  13. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 18th March 2012, 7:56

    I give the race 7. The start was good, there were some really impressive drivers from the midfielders, and the last lap was chaos (Sky cut back to Button crossing the line just in time), but there wasn’t really any shock result and the middle of the race was a little boring.

  14. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 18th March 2012, 7:57

    A very solid season opener. 8 for me.

    I was impressed with Vettel’s race as much as I was disappointed with Hamilton’s. IMO Rosberg is failing to use the Merc’s potential and Massa is a one man disaster. Kudos to Alonso for putting the Ferrari 5th while the car hardly belongs to top 10. Also good to see Kimi doing his job, started 17th – ended 7th, very good job. And last but not least, mr Button who did exactly what I expected of him – kept his cool and cruised to victory.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 18th March 2012, 8:28

      I do think the Ferrari belongs in the top 10. If Alonso didn’t make his mistake yesterday he probably would have made it into Q3. And today you could clearly see his pace was good enough to challenge the Mercedes. I think Ferrari suffer the same problem they did last year, poor (for Ferrari standards) quali performance but reasonable race pace.

      Nevertheless a stunning drive from Alonso once again. Massa though… Oh man, was he bad today. And yesterday…

      • Brother Lehmann said on 18th March 2012, 9:28

        True. Ferrari has had the same kind of situation with poor qualification performance for years now. I think that Alonso was the best performing driver today. Race was good and I hope all teams keep up the good work and will not let the big three (McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrarii) slip away as the season goes on.

      • suka (@suka) said on 18th March 2012, 10:16

        williams of pastor looked quicker at the last stages of the race…Im not sure if it got something to do with tires.

  15. topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 18th March 2012, 7:57

    8 from me. Great race by Jenson, more comedy moments from Massa, unlucky for Hamilton and Maldonado.

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