Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

Debates and pollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

What did you think of the Australian Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

Did the two DRS zones make for a better race than the single one used last year? Have your say in the comments.

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Rate the race out of ten and leave a comment below:

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. I rate this a 6 – there will be better races to come – for sure

  2. An exciting race from the start. But my expectations of Hamilton making it to the top were ruined at last. Maldanado and Massa offered lot of moments to curse and make fun of. Last lap wall crash of Maldonado and terrific drive through by Di Resta to P10 made a wonderful finish. And it proved once again that Vettel is the luckiest when it comes to SC. He sure was born with a flower in his a**.

  3. I gave it a 7 because it was an enjoyable race, a good opener for the season, however the overtaking opportunities is still an issue, however there was always something going on, on nearly every lap so it was a fairly decent race, just a shame about Hamilton, I hope this is not the begging of the end for the 2008 world champion!

  4. I waited to actually see the race on the BBC to see if the score I wanted to give the race changed, but it didn’t.

    It may be down to lack of sleep or only being able to listen to the race but I’ve only voted a 6. I thought apart from a couple of parts of the race; the last lap incidents, the first few laps, that the race was pretty run of the mill stuff.

    It wasn’t boring, but I don’t think it was action packed either. I think being the first race of the season, and the intrigue and interest that provides helped make it more entertaining than it otherwise might have been.

  5. I was doubting between 6 or 7, but that last lap was amazing: 8

  6. 7. A mark off for that diabolical safety car.

  7. Shane (@f1champion18)
    18th March 2012, 20:19

    10/10 would be Montreal 2011 or Suzuka 2005. This was a good race, with some exciting battles. However, I gave it a 7. I don’t think Button was in trouble at any stage of the race and the action was limited. Perez and Maldonado(despite his shunt late on) were mighty impressive. Malaysia will be interesting.

  8. 8 – Good opening race, though I was disappointed to see just how dire the Ferraris were.

  9. Jenson was immense, Vettel showed he’s the star (not the car!) at RBR and Kimi back where he belongs! Bliss!

    1. I second that! ^^

  10. 9, JB win ^^, and at all most all the time, there was something to watch and a exciting final lap

  11. Hamilton had a poor start and then refused to squeeze Button out on the first turn. He said he on top form but I think he’s lost his mojo at the moment. His podium demonstration takes a bit of understanding as well. He looked fed up!

  12. Turn 1 seemed to be a real eye opener,. Especially since rear downforce is totally different know. Was a bit disappointed that Schumacher dug up the roses at turn one.. he would probably of had a podium finish. Maldanado should of been penalized for his contact with Grosjean. I thought Force India would have a better run,. Sauber did great,.

  13. SetyawanBejo
    19th March 2012, 3:01

    here is the explanation about why McLaren did a double pitstop: (taken from

    By Lap 15, both McLarens were running laps in the 1:34s and Sebastian Vettel, now in P3, was catching them with 1:33s. Button pitted on Lap 16 and Vettel followed him in. Lewis Hamilton’s one extra lap on the old tyres cost him dear – a disastrous 1:36.403. This meant that when the cars reassembled after the pit-stops his lead over Vettel had shrunk from 10 seconds to 2.8.

    At the end of Lap 36 both McLarens followed suit. At this stage Button had a 10.8 second lead over Hamilton and so the team were able to get both cars in and out on the same lap. They had lost a lot of time when the tyres started to go off after the first stint and were not going to risk waiting an extra lap for Hamilton again.

  14. Exiting race, finally we are on the way! I’ll give the race a 7. Would have been better if not for the SC. Petrov should have a penalty for stopping in the middle of the straight. Surely he could have rolled a bit further and parked it better!

  15. 8
    Really good start to the new term, good start some interesting battles , couple of crashes ( no one hurt thank goodness ) safety car and the midfield scraps were excellent.
    Not quite enough wheel o wheel at the very front for a 9 or 10.
    Pleased for JB, he could well become a double world champion this year .

  16. 10! Probably not at all accurate, but seeing one of my favourite drivers win and then being under the podium as he received the trophy made it one of (I’m not joking) best moments of my life. I’ve honestly, truly, genuinely never had more fun. Perfect!

    1. @damonsmedley…How wonderful for you!…and I’m not joking either. Way to go.

  17. Didn’t managed to wake up on time for the race. Only watched last 5 laps of it. It was an exciting finish for the midfields, nearly everyone of them was so close, still battling out at the finishing line.

  18. 7…Exciting racing all through the field..The season looks promising, Red Bull and Mclaren will fight for wins, the mid field is what is going to be most exciting with Ferrari, Merc, Lotus and even Force India and Williams will fight for points..

    But this was certainly not 9 or 10, may be because it was the first race of the season, people are getting carried away..

  19. 6 – I thought it was too easy to pass with the double DRS & somehow the race just didn’t do it for me. I’ve seen worse however.

  20. SennaNmbr1 (@)
    19th March 2012, 11:52

    Good race and I must admit to not missing Brundle’s commentary at all. Ben Edwards and DC were very good together.

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