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%)

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268 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

  1. Joseph94 (@joseph94) said on 18th March 2012, 8:11

    7 – A good race but far from being a great race. Looks like McLaren & Red Bull are going to be the top 2 teams during the Spring. Looking forward to Sepang International next Friday.

  2. magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2012, 8:11

    Liked the race, great overtake from Vettel on Rosberg.
    Horrible day for Nico and the brazilians, Fernando was amazing.
    Button deserved the win.
    A shame for Pastor.
    Lewis disappointed.
    And Paul di Resta had a really weak weekend and did not deserve the point at the end…

  3. Dizzy said on 18th March 2012, 8:12

    drs once again produced a significant number of stupidly easy passes, worldfeed did not pick them all up but sky’s onboard feeds picked up a lot of them. this stupid system really does need to be banned, or at least the regs changed so the lead car can defend.
    once again all the best racing, most exciting racing & best, most exciting overtakes were done well outside drs zones.

    • Joseph94 (@joseph94) said on 18th March 2012, 8:15

      Agree totally with you, too many false over-takes.

    • bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 18th March 2012, 8:36

      It must be really cool to have all the different viewing angles with sky. Though I have enough trouble keeping up with what is happening with just one perspective.

      Interesting point you make about the DRS. I couldn’t from the broadcast see what effect the DRS was having on the race.

    • Bendanarama (@bendana) said on 18th March 2012, 9:26

      Because it was so much more fun when the cars just trundled round behind each other with no changes to the order, right?

      • Dizzy said on 18th March 2012, 16:00

        but there was plenty of real racing well outside the drs zones so it was never going to be a procession.
        also ditch the 2 drs zones & we would have seen some better racing in those areas.

        passing shouldn’t be made too easy yet this is exactly what drs all too often does.

        i would rather see some great racing with less overtaking than poor racing because of unexciting & ridiculously easy drs passing.
        as ive said before i’d rather 1 real overtake than 10 drs passes.

        drs isn’t racing, its an rtificial gimmick that produces, bland, unexciting, unintresting, dull & boring passing & destroys the actual racing!

  4. Tete said on 18th March 2012, 8:13

    Star of the race: alonso, kimmi. Biggest loser/s: hamilton and mAldonado( what an idiot, throw away 8 points trying to gain 2 points.). I said it here yesterday. Button will own hamilton this season. You just could see hamilton body languague after the race. Button is getting into his head.People are complaining that hamilton lost a place because of the safety car, alonso too lost a place he was ahead of webber before he pitted and after the sc he was behind him. Last but not least maldonado got what he deserved. Drove really well but didn’t used his brain and threw away 8 very important points for williams. MAssa is a joke of a drive and rosberg is pretty mediocre at best, senna also a bad paid driver. Caterham hasn’t done much.

  5. AndresM (@andresm) said on 18th March 2012, 8:17

    Great race, lots of impressive drives, BUT, VET, ALO, MAL, PER. Hilarious radio from Kimi. Close fights all over the race. I give it an 8

  6. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 18th March 2012, 8:17


    Mainly because the racing was very tight all among the field, and I barely can name any driver who was not repeatedly involved in something interesting to watch.

  7. Sinuhe (@gentleman) said on 18th March 2012, 8:18

    Fine race. Even Ramesses the Great would have liked it!

  8. bpacman (@bpacman) said on 18th March 2012, 8:19

    I loved Kimi’s radio message to check if the blue flags were for him – and his engineer then explaining the whole blue flag system to him! I half expected Kimi to come on the radio a few minutes later and ask what this button marked “DRS” does!

    • Palle (@palle) said on 18th March 2012, 11:54

      ;-) He did very well, despite being a little rusty regarding blue flag rules.

      • bpacman (@bpacman) said on 18th March 2012, 12:50

        @palle True, I’ll be interested to see how well him and Grosjean can do in Malaysia if they have a straightforward qualifying and clean first few laps. Could be challengers for the podium?

        • Palle (@palle) said on 18th March 2012, 14:00

          I saw too much rookie in Grosjean today, just before the accident, which unfortunately took him out, he seemed like a sunday driver, who was surprised not to have the road to himself. I think he needs at least a race more to be able to capitalize on a good qualifying. But it will be interesting to follow Lotus this year.

  9. bwells88 (@bwells88) said on 18th March 2012, 8:20

    I went for a 9 as it was an amazing race that while Button had it cased, there was so much action behind him… Alonso 5th from 12th in a sketchy car…( with amazing race pace!)… Kimi came from 17th to grab 7th… so many great stories and horror stories… back that with the added excitement of uncertainty before the first race… what car has the best race pace… treating their tyres well… yes… a solid 9… 8)

  10. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 18th March 2012, 8:20

    NOt a bad race to start the season off at all :D

    Shame about Schumacher and Grosean’s early exits.

    Hamilton and Rosberg just seemed to fade in the race

    But the hightlight for me was BUtto’s win, and the great fight from the back and then last round scrap of Kimi and the saubers !

  11. F1fanNL (@) said on 18th March 2012, 8:21


    Great to see Button win and Vettel and Hamilton on the podium but disappointed Schumacher and Grosjean had to retire and that Vettel passed Hamilton in the pits in stead of on track. I agree with Vettel he probably had a good chance of overtaking Hamilton without the SC because he made his tyres last longer and would have had to do a shorter stint at the end on fresher tyres compared to Hamilton.
    It would also have been interesting to see where Schumacher and Grosjean could have finished. Especially when seeing Räikkönen go through the field like he did and Schumacher usually having a slightly better race pace than Rosberg. Especially at the end of the race.

    The SC killed it for me. I don’t understand why Petrov didn’t just drive to the end of the pits like any other driver would have.

    • Harvs (@harvs) said on 18th March 2012, 8:53

      i dont agree that vettel would have been able to pass hamilton on track, why? because mclaren on the primes were faster than red bull on the options, and with the straight line advantage mclaren had over red bull i wouldnt have thought that red bull would have been able to get a run on the straights.

      also the mclarens had more pace in the last stint that i recon lewis burned up his tyres in the turbulent air of vettels car, i think Vettel should be prasing his luck with the saftey car.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th March 2012, 9:16

        @harvs – The poster above you meant that Vettel had a pretty good chance of jumping Hamilton in the pitstops without the SC. He was hovering around 1-2 seconds behind, remember.

        • Harvs (@harvs) said on 18th March 2012, 9:57

          no i dont mean that, who ever pits first has fresh rubber and passing by doing an extra lap is highly unlikely unless the other teams pitstop crew messes up

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th March 2012, 10:22

            @harvs Regardless, Vettel was a lot closer to Hamilton than his car should have been. We will never know what would have happened.

          • smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 18th March 2012, 11:58

            @harvs Its not the matter of rubber alone ,if Lewis got stuck in traffic on the lap after pit stop and vettel get a clear track on the lap leading to the pit stop assuming Lewis have pitted a lap earlier ,then vettel could have made up that 1-2 sec gap

  12. nannini said on 18th March 2012, 8:22

    I´m gonna give this one a ten.
    Bloody brilliant.

  13. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 18th March 2012, 8:25

    Rated 10. IMO personal driver preferences shouldn’t come into this, but only how exciting the race was. So, although I’m disappointed by another bad start by Webber, and by the fact that Williams were left with nothing because of what must be one of the stupidest mistakes ever in the history of F1 by the PM idiot(not a slow idiot though, just a reckless, irresponsible, dangerously error prone idiot), the Australian GP was great. Lots of action, but overtaking was not too easy.

    • Drop Valencia said on 18th March 2012, 12:11

      Bit harsh on PM, he was obviously giving it 110% chasing FERNANDO in a FERRARI and made a mistake.

      • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 18th March 2012, 14:06

        Not harsh at all. It’s the last lap, he’s P6 after a brilliant race, the best position Williams could’ve finished in 18 months, and he throws it all away for what? He didn’t catch Alonso for many laps before why risk everything on the last lap? Bottom line is: He didn’t use his head. He never does. He makes too many stupid mistakes. Which makes him an idiot. Great shame too since he clearly has some serious speed.

  14. adamtys (@adamtys) said on 18th March 2012, 8:25

    9 from me. Would be 10 if not safety car.

  15. i gave it a seven, Button was great from the start and left hamilton and the field for dead early. vettel drove well, his overtake on rosberg was good stuff (Keith – In future, anyone who mentions vettel and ‘can’t overtake’ in the same breath, should have user id revoked for 30 days LOL). Webber was as usual slow at the start and like vettel got a huge benefit from the SC.
    Highlights for me
    Alonso – fantastic drive and result in clearly a car that isn’t up to speed.
    Perez was good value
    Maldonada was great for 57 laps, it was a shame he had that mistake at the end….but thankfully it appears Williams may feature more in a GP season then they have the past few years.

    It would have been great to see Schuey and Grosjean get more race time as I believe both were really in the mix for a good result, but that’s racing.

    Only 7 days till malaysia….yippee.

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