Rate the race: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

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Rate the 2012 Australian Grand Prix out of ten

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

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268 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

  1. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 18th March 2012, 7:58

    Had to give the race a 10. It was a phenomenal, exciting race, which is a fantastic way to start the season!

  2. michiamogino (@michiamogino) said on 18th March 2012, 8:00

    8 for the start till first pit
    5 for the sc.. the final part of the race was boring
    so 6

  3. libertywho (@libertywho) said on 18th March 2012, 8:00

    Just a side note: Sky F1 coverage sucked (pre- and post- shows).

    • mags (@mags) said on 18th March 2012, 8:13

      You’re not kidding.

    • Dave_F1 said on 18th March 2012, 8:16

      Disagree I thought the Sky show has been fantastic.
      Loved the pre-race & the post race so far has been very good.

      Also your complaining about the post race show that has only just started & only included an interview with Martin Whitmarsh, showed the full press conference & brief race highlights? How can you possibly say the post race sucked when they havn’t actually even really got it underway yet?

      Also the depth of the extras they had was awesome. Loved all the In-Car’s & the pits channel which featured loads of exclusive team radio comms.

      Id go as far as saying its the best F1 race coverage i’ve ever had access to!

      • libertywho (@libertywho) said on 18th March 2012, 8:22

        “Id go as far as saying its the best F1 race coverage i’ve ever had access to!” I have to agree with you on that, but I’ll opt for BBC whenever possible.
        I was too harsh with post-show as it haven’t even started properly, but I guess I’m not used to going from checker flag to god-damn ads. Plus it does feels like they get 2nd class treatment on the pit lane versus regular BBC one, but I just might be biased.

    • SimBri (@f1addict) said on 18th March 2012, 8:17

      Completely agree. Hopefully they’ll improve, though. Wish they’d got Lee rather than Nathalie

    • Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 18th March 2012, 8:23

      I agree, who is the bloke shouting next to Brundle? I might be old but I ain’t deaf! He makes Murray Walker sound restrained. Come back DC , all is forgiven.

      • Novotny (@novotny) said on 18th March 2012, 9:41

        That was David Croft, who had been handling Radio 5’s coverage for some time prior to being nicked by Sky. I had really hoped he would have taken over from Legard a few years ago, but the other DC got the job. IMO, Croft is absolutely excellent.

      • Drop Valencia said on 18th March 2012, 12:04

        Never heared of Croft before but I think he was very very good, goes well with Brundle.

  4. Slr (@slr) said on 18th March 2012, 8:01


    Great race, the midfield battl was amazing, Kobayashi and Raikkonen were racing hard all race. Maldonado raced really well and even though I’m an Alonso fan, I would have loved to have seen Maldonado pass him. It’s a shame he crashed in the end, he’s quick but just needs to cut out those mistakes. Also the scrap at the end for the final points was great, Di Resta stealing a point after being nowhere for the entire race was great.

    The only disapointment was that the top four never actually fought each other, the gaps between them just stayed static. Other than that, great race.

    • dragon said on 18th March 2012, 8:12

      The gap stayed static because (along with Alonso) they’re the 5 best drivers in the field. They respond to each other’s pressure and don’t make mistakes. So while the party of 5 will generally hold their positions, it’s not down to lack of effort from anyone.

      • Pink Peril (@pink-peril) said on 18th March 2012, 21:13

        Agree, they are not easy drivers to frighten off the road. I thought it was a fantastic race, in fact I didn’t even realise it was on the last lap until I saw the flag come down, there was so much happening.

  5. Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 18th March 2012, 8:02


    So many interesting storylines! Great racing throughout, I would have given it a 8 or 9 had Schumi, Grosjean, Massa and a few others not run into trouble. The fight for the final points positions was fantastic, but it could have been even better!

    Terrible shame for Maldonado, the guy was on fire, he drove the wheels off his Williams and even one off of a Lotus!

    Fantastic win for Button, he looked much like Vettel did last season, but I think Will Buxton summed it up best when he called Button’s performance, “imperious.”

    McLaren is clearly ahead, but Redbull is close, with best of the rest really and truly seeming up for grabs!

    • phildick (@phildick) said on 18th March 2012, 17:30

      he drove the wheels off his Williams and even one off of a Lotus!

      LOL :D

      His last-lap crash reminded me of Hamilton’s at Monza in 2009. Maldonado seems to have a similar die-hard mentality to Lewis, with all of its pros and cons.

      • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 19th March 2012, 0:12

        Yes! Very much like Lewis at Monza that year. Maldonado really impressed me yesterday, as did the Williams he was driving. Hopefully Senna can have some better luck in Sepang so we can get a clearer picture of everyone’s pace.

  6. Rahim.RG (@rahim-rg) said on 18th March 2012, 8:04

    9/10 – Battle until the last corner….Perfect start to the season…
    Great driving by Button..
    Amazing comeback for Raikkonen(Funny when he asked about the Blue flags)

    • SimBri (@f1addict) said on 18th March 2012, 8:20

      I saw a blue flag being waved on the pit straight when only Button, Vettel, Hamilton and Webber were going past, so there must have been one idiot marshall

      • LosD (@losd) said on 18th March 2012, 21:19

        I don’t think that it’s the marshalls. They more or less get a “blue flag now” light, from some kind of GPS system. Apparently that system had major troubles today.

  7. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 18th March 2012, 8:05

    A very good race. Proceedings slowed down a bit in the middle but the closeness of the cars (partially helped by the SC period) made it a little more exciting. Feel very sad for Maldonado but I feel he could have stayed put for 6th place instead of chasing for 5th, nonetheless it was a great drive for him and Williams should be pleased with their car.

    Sauber did a fantastic job as well, both drivers drove well, Kobayashi did what he does best :) !!

    Epic photo finish and was thankful Force India got a point.

    Lastly, the return of Kimi which led to some pretty hilarious conversations namely, why are the blue lights flashing, they are not for you and an unheard one where he apparently says Oops when Kobayashi passed him.

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 18th March 2012, 8:34

      I would have loved it if they had aired Kimi saying oops! That’s great. A good drive by him.

      It was also great to see Kobayashi return to his banzai overtaking moves that won everyone over in 2010!

  8. tkcom (@tkcom) said on 18th March 2012, 8:05

    9 – Not enough action for the leading pack to make it a 10, but midfield is definitely the battleground. Final lap drama at its best.

  9. bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 18th March 2012, 8:06

    10. Hectic. Exciting all the way through the race. Can’t ask for more.

  10. Carl Craven said on 18th March 2012, 8:06

    Webber had better race pace than Vettel, could have been his race if he’d started better.

    Up to the safety car the race was 9 after the safety car it was about 6, average about 7.5 in my opinion. Be happy to see races this good every week.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 18th March 2012, 8:38

      When? Those two laps after his pit stop when he got in clear air and Vettel was right behind Hamilton?

  11. KiwiUK (@kiwiuk) said on 18th March 2012, 8:07

    Great drive by Button. I think Hamilton’s problem comes from McLaren’s policy that the leading driver gets to decide when they pit first. Hamilton, being more aggressive on his tyres would pit earlier, allowing Button to progress as normal. However when Button is on top Hamilton has to wait until he can pit which is past his normal pitting point. I think Button’s cottoned onto this to his advantage.

    • mark (@markp) said on 18th March 2012, 8:12

      Well he needs to be in the lead then. Lead driver always should get 1st choic

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 18th March 2012, 9:11

        I agree that it is up to HAM to not let it get to that point, here the start should have been better. But I also think the team should have a re-think if it effectively allows Button to shut HAM out from fighting with him, which it does, and put him far enough on back-foot that they lose the 1-2. BUT definitely knows this, and wanted such an outcome. The team should be wary of that, bc. HAM seems not (capable of?) fight his teammate “dirty” like that, if it means they won’t get the best result as a team. I think. But I admit that I have a soft spot for HAM.

        • KiwiUK (@kiwiuk) said on 18th March 2012, 9:40

          Absolutely, Button is a very intelligent racer so he’s worked out where he needs to push in order to control the race (which means managing his teammate too). I would like to see a different policy though as you and @himmatsj say, just to spice up the interteam track battles more if nothing else!

    • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 18th March 2012, 9:11

      Only team to do otherwise is RedBull, but then they are not letting their drivers to compete against each other

    • himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 18th March 2012, 9:22

      Well, if this is the case, McLaren should rethink their policy. For sure, if both drivers want to come in at the same lap, then the leader gets the call, but if Hamilton wants to pit now and Button will only do so 2 laps later as his are holding on pretty – well it is not fair.

      • sb360 said on 18th March 2012, 11:04

        I agree with this, nothing wrong with giving the lead driver first choice but that shouldn’t always mean that he has the first stop, if its a better strategy (as is normally the case) for HAM to pit a couple of laps earlier because he is harder on the tires then that should be how its done. In a related note the double-stop was very impressive, even if it didn’t help HAM stay ahead of VET.

    • Millsique (@millsique) said on 18th March 2012, 11:00

      Its possible that McLaren were reluctant to pit Hamilton any earlier… If Ham had pitted before Button he may have had the problem he had last year (Sepang?) where he had to then pit earlier on his next stop, etc etc snowballing into an overly long last stint or maybe a 3rd stop.

      • lainie (@elainie) said on 18th March 2012, 15:32

        I think Mclaren definitively needs to rethink their policy; Lewis is always much harsher on his tyres and Jenson usually always stay out much longer.
        I agree that the lead driver should get first choice of when to come in, but to make the 2nd driver wait till after this is crazy, especially when you could see lewis’s times plummet.
        Lewis lost a total of 4sec in the first pit stop alone and this contributed heavily into his third place, along with the safety car.
        As a consequence Mclaren lost valuable points today, when theycould of probably had a mclaren 1 and 2…..

        Sort it out Mclaren….

        • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 19th March 2012, 0:21

          Is there any evidence/official statement from McLaren that that is their strategy? To employ such a basic strategy at every race regardless of track conditions and other variables seems odd. A team as intelligent as McLaren surely does not blindly hold to a single rigid strategy. Even if they did so yesterday, Jenson beat Lewis on merit, by driving a better race and therefore deserved the victory.

  12. Anatoly Nechaev (@mr-prayer) said on 18th March 2012, 8:08

    Nice fighting throughout whole race.
    Gutted by Caterham retirements.
    Glad to see Petrov was consistently faster than Kovalainen (0.5-1.2 per lap).

    Last las was quite exciting.
    Good to see both teams with not ugly cars doing well.

    • Brother Lehmann said on 18th March 2012, 9:46

      Petrovs performance over Kovalainen was due to technical problems that caused Kovalainen to loose both KERS and DRS in the beginnig of the race. I think that Kovalainen will come back stronger in the upcoming races.

  13. UKFan (@) said on 18th March 2012, 8:09

    9\10 missing the 10 because the winning overtake was 60 laps before the end of the race. Great season ahead, this showed how F1 should be, abit like 2009, cars should be tight and wheels should spin, F1 cars shouldnt be upside down planes this year we can really see the cars working the tyres instead of gliding, finnally diffuser rules clampdown worked congrats to the Fia 2 years late but better late than never.

  14. 8. Fantastic race! Battles all the way down the field. Disappointed that Grosjean went out, but such is life. Good to see Kimi getting in the points though. Alonso or Perez for Driver of the day I think, what with Alonso and his dog of a car, and Perez starting on the last grid position. Bring on Sepang! :D

  15. SimBri (@f1addict) said on 18th March 2012, 8:10

    8 for me, was thinking about 7.5 but the final lap action just pushed me to the 8. Very enjoyable!

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