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Rate the race: 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

2012 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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Rate the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 8 (24%)
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  1. How can a race that close, in the dry, not be a 10! Brilliant.

    1. Can’t agree more. Great racing without rain and SC lottery.

      1. +1 and Nico wins.

    2. Good race. Too bad the piece of rubber don’t let drivers try to pass other cars outside the racing line. A few drivers tried that and end up out of the track. In another matter it is kind of fun to see button beating Hamilton even with the 6-8 seconds he lost on the last pit stop. Alonso keeps scoring points in a dog car and he might have had a better result if it wasn’t because of a useless, unnecessary put stop he made to put soft tires. He was in the hunt the entire race but couldn’t do much cause there were at least 4. Or 5 drivers that had 1 pit stop less than the other drivers in the top 10.

      1. Yeah button is looking great. It was good to see Lewis looking positive and genuinely happy, I think that might change if HAmilton starts thinking about Jenson and how their pace is evenly matched even with Button faster somethimes.

        This is why this race is so cool, it gives a lot to think about.

        1. Lewis looking really good this season. Without penalty he might have own the race.
          Pace was on par with button just grid position hampered him.

      2. ” In another matter it is kind of fun to see button beating Hamilton even with the 6-8 seconds he lost on the last pit stop”
        I think that is a very irrational statement. How can someone who has 43 points beat someone with 45? Lewis started from 7th and finished 3rd- 4 places up, while Button started from 4th and finished 2nd -2 places up. Both are great drivers and I think it is not fair to make ridiculous and unnecessary comparisons just to satisfy one’s bias. Also remember that Maclaren is on top cos of the greater number of points brought in by Lewis.

        1. by your logic Nico had a terrible race relative to Hamilton because Hamilton gained +4 and Nico gained +0. BOO Nico, why didn’t you gain positions?!

          1. use your head. You cant make up non-existent positions. Button drove a crazily good race – as did Lewis.
            We should be flaring the McLaren pit crews, who cant seem to go a weekend without messing something up. Lewis was never going to win this race, but Jenson had a pretty good chance to nick it – right up to when his pit crew left him sitting there wishing he’d brought a newspaper along.
            Cant wait for Bahrain.

          2. A sense of perspective is needed here. McLaren’s pit crew also gained Hamilton a position over Raikkonen. And unlike Mercedes, at least they remembered to hold Button until the wheel was attached properly.

        2. Button started in 6th, up 4 places same as Hammy. Both drivers doing great jobs, I hate arrogant people who love to hate certain drivers. I support the British drivers as always but I do have a bit more love for Hamilton :)

          1. Button started 5th, so up 3, Hamilton up 4. But either way, as you say, the British drivers doing very well, and so close together. It’s going to be an interesting battle between them, as well as all the way down the field. So far, 2012, what an absolutely fantastic season!

          2. Button started in 5th. Hamilton in 7th.

        3. Where is the quote from please?

          1. It is my reply to a comment by @Tete, up.

        4. * Correction
          Jenson started 5th, not 4th. So he gained 3 positions.

          1. Yes but one was a retirement.

          2. THis is in relation to the comparison of HAM and BUT’s position gains in the race. HAM also gained a spot during retirement. Also, gaining positions in the top 5 is harder than gaining them further down the field.

      3. It’s sad to see how Jenson fans constantly display this bad vibe/attitude towards Hamilton assessing his every single comment with disdain as if he a horrible guy. Is it possible for you the enjoy the fact you prefer Jenson without these absurd comparisons. It’s probably time you look at their racing life and compare results, then I am sure you will keep it to yourself. Wikipedia is a good place.

        1. I dont see a comparison. jenson has one of the best karting records ever in the uk. That was running on ols tyres due to his budjet. ofen used for more than one meeting. When he did arrive in F1 it was in a car that never on the front running pace until Brawn. (thanks JB for winning me £3500 for the WC)
          By comparison Lewis has had the best of the best since he was 8 years old.
          Both great drivers with very different styles, will be good too see it unfold over many years to come.

          1. @abboracing Hamilton’s dad worked 3 jobs to pay for Lewis’s his karting…

          2. In the very early days yes

      4. Both button and Hamilton had good races but tbh I think hamiltons could have beaten button or at the very least challenged him given he wasn’t stuck behind a lot of traffic after every pit stop. Either way. Solid race for McLaren :)

        1. Ifs, buts and maybes. If Hamilton hadn’t been held up, then maybe he could have challenged, but if Button hadn’t been held up in a bad pit stop, he could have challenged for the win.

          Both had good races, leave it at that.

      5. hamilton is the quickest driver out there, button is the best at managing a race, combine both skills and u have the greatest ever! they are both as gd as each other, even if the level button has got to has surprised me, at least no1 is dominating this year, like cant cope with actual racing s vettel was last year,

      6. Wow, it must be hard being Lewis!

    3. The only reason I gave it a 9 was because there was no real battle for 1st. Other than that, it was a beautiful race. As a Kimi fan I was sad when he fell back, but the great battles for 2nd more than made up for it. Also, great drive by Rosberg, definitely deserved it. Vettel also drove very well.

      1. 100% agree.

    4. i never rate 10. it would have to be a race like that one but with an intense battle for the lead.

      1. Ditto. Also many passes were due to DRS. But it was immense fun to watch.

        1. the DRS worked well IMO. it was just unfortunate that drivers were running in a train alot of the time.

    5. A brilliant race, and congratulations to Rosberg, what a fantastic weekend he’s had.
      Raikkonen’s tyres hit the cliff pretty dramatically, he dropped down to 14th from 2nd!

      1. Raikkonen had same tyres for 27 laps. He managed not to be overtaked by others several laps because he saved all the kers for the straight line and for the rest of the lap, overtaking was difficult in out zone of racing line. Too bad that his tyres fails at the end. I hope he managed to make a strong opinion of Pirelli tyres(first season for him), and this situation will never repeat again.

    6. GEOFFREY (@)
      15th April 2012, 13:51

      Close battle, no in-race penalty, no safety car, great pack racing and overtaking, third team to win after three races, great Chinese Grand Prix! Just missed a crash, but Webber flew, newcomers and rookies drive really well this year, no spins nor mistakes. I rated highly this time, 2012 should be good (if we don’t go to Bahrain!!!)

    7. It wasn’t close at the front. That’s really the only negative I can find, even though I’m delighted for Nico and excited to see a new winner in the sport. I’m giving it a 9.

    8. A 9 out of 10 for China for the 3rd year in a row!

      That battle for second was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in F1. A new winner.

      First half of the race was a 5/10 second half an 11/10 so I’d give it a 9 not a 10.

    9. No real challenge for the lead at anytime, that’s how.

    10. Because of the first 3 quarters. A solid 9 though. Great race, congrats Nico.

    11. PJ (@pjtierney)
      17th April 2012, 0:42

      Can I give it an 11?

  2. 9 out of 10. I only have one word that was EPIC. Happy for Nico, racing behind him was great. 2012 will be a great year, everybody’s so close together.

    1. Yeah I went for 9/10, a truly great race. So happy for Rosberg, and even more so for Mercedes to win a Grand Prix for the first time in so long.
      The fight for the other podium places was crazy! I was relieved to see Hamilton and Button work their way through the pack at the end, as it looked for a while like another poor strategy call from Mclaren was going to hurt them both.
      Great race.

    2. I also went for 9/10. The race was a bit slow to get going, but when it did finally kick in to life, it was fantastic.

      1. Yeah it all kicked off when Kimi got overtaken, then it hit the fan at every turn. I can’t ever think of a grid so close together like that. After 2 laps maybe, but 40 odd? Ha!

    3. I went 9/10 too. It started a bit slow, less overtakes then we’d have liked but it wasnt awful, just a slow burner until it was apparent that everyone was on different strategies and thats when the excitment built into the fine crescendo that was the final 20laps. Great stuff!

      If Button hadnt had that bad pitstop and was able to challenge Nico for the win, then Id have made it 10, possibly.

      Still, like last year, the Chinese GP has come alive and is actually having lot of people turn up, I expect that was a result of last years race and they’ll probably get more people there next year as a result of todays race.

      1. I went for 9, I thought it was a great race but what made it annoying for me and not the race was that Gary Anderson, his reports are soo annoying in my opinion, well that is the BBC side, I also felt there were some boring minutes.

        1. Yeah 9/10 for me as well. At times it was like watching NASCAR!..haha..train of cars passing and repassing and then repassing was pure class this race I have ever watched!

          Kudos to Nico. Been following his career since he was in GP2, always was impressed with his pace and aggression, just too bad it took him this long to get the win. Better late than never, lets hope he was mount a push for the title this year.

          This year will probably be the closest championship ever! We’ve already had 3 different winners from 3 different teams. I suspect this trend will continue, but its hard to see a Mclaren driver not winning it. Then again, it really depends on what Mercedes, Red Bull and for love of racing, Ferrari can pull out of the bag come Barcelona!.

  3. 8/10
    If all that drama for 2nd and 3rd being the fight for the win, then it would have been 10.
    Fantastic racing, credit to the drivers really that nobody crashed properly.

    1. In the heat of the moment I would have gone for a 10, very happy for Nico. But I voted 8 too. Too much Trulli trains in the race. As a friend of mine pointed out, Massa was exercising for a drive on the safety car :). (no disrespect meant to Massa, Kimi took care of replacing him lately)

      1. You can’t blame Kimi for that. Is not his fault if others can’t overtake him with newer tyres (Raikkonen had 27 laps with same tyres, a record in that race). This was his strategy not to do the third pit-stop and to keep a position in front. The strategy was good if the length race was shorter with 5 laps.
        And you can’t blame him for that miscalculation. It is his first season with Pirelli.

        1. To be honest I think a lot of people on the 3 stop strategy got caught out by who tightly packed everyone was. They had to decide whether to keep position on a track where DRS wasn’t helping people overtake too easily and try and defend, or come in a lose 10-15 positions and they have to try and get them all back with only 15 odd laps left. They had to make a call, and despite the result for Kimi I still think it was the right one. They could pit a near enough gurantee no points, or stay out and keep some, as Vettel managed. I mean, if Vettel had pit again, I doubt he would have made it back higher than 5th anyway.

          1. (In the first sentence I am referring mainly to those who looked like they were on a 3 stop strategy, but who only ended up doing 2. Not those who actually did 3, just so that’s clear etc).

  4. No reason at all for lower than 10/10

    1. The first 40 laps?

      1. haha, my thoughts exactly

      2. Yes. It was really boring those laps. Also that track, the rubber and the Pirelli tires made it harder for overtaking.

        1. i thought the reason was,
          Ria was so fast down the straight that nobody could pass each other.
          everyone had there DRS open but no one gained anything, LOL.
          just shows how it can be soooo booooring with out DRS.

          1. Kimi was saving all his KERS up everytime, he new nobody could move off the racing line anywhere else, so bunched everyone up and let the KERS get him up to speed on the straight.

        2. I’d give the race a 7 for this reason, the amount of rubber off the line meant that although the drivers were tightly bunched, they had little chance to make use of the circuit’s width. It meant we didn’t really see much creative passing – I’d rather see one or two great passes in unexpected places, than a few more in the obvious or same spots. Given the teams seem very close, the tyre wear doesn’t seem so necessary this year to ensure close racing.

          1. the amount of rubber off the line meant that although the drivers were tightly bunched, they had little chance to make use of the circuit’s width

            I don’t remember seeing a single driver hold back from making a passing move because of rubber off-line.

            I did, however see several drivers making mistakes on the rubber which created overtaking opportunities.

            I think it’s a knee-jerk point of view to say that marbles off-line prevent racing. A lot of the time they actually enhance it, as they did today.

          2. Well, maybe it is a knee-jerk reaction, but precisely because of those mistakes you mention, there seemed to be more reluctance from drivers to overtake, despite seeming to be right behind other cars, faster, and with track to spare to the sides. I bow to your better judgment though.

          3. Totally agree David, Pirelli should have gone for the medium and hard compounds instead of the soft and medium although in their defense track conditions may have turned out different than anticipated. Also the DRS zone was too short to work effectively. Not a bad race though and I hope that they take lessons from this race and improve for next year. Congrats Nico

        3. I think boring is quite a bit exaggerated for this race Tete, we saw really nice battles all through the race really.

      3. @matt90 I think I enjoyed the first 40 laps also as I was looking into each driver’s strategy and it was fascinating. Those laps might have little action, but seeing the process of different strategies being unfolded is equally brilliant with the battles in the last 20 laps.

        1. Yep @alfisti37 well said, those first 40 laps there was a lot of different drivers doing different things on track, keeping it interesting almost all the time. Great potential to go well or not so well hinging on small decisions. Massa and Raikkonen lost out in the end, but might have done better with a slightly different strategy; Vettel could have done worse, but kept it reasonably okay, could possibly have gotten 2nd. All set up in those 40 laps for a great finish fight for 2nd-10th after that.

      4. I rated it 7/10. As I always do, I was thinking of the rating as I watched the race, and I was going to give it a 6. True, the last laps were very good, but not enough to earn more than a point.

        1. Why @fixy, only because Ferrari weren’t in the thick of it with Alonso? I thought that with a slightly different strategy, both Massa and Raikkonen could have been fighting for 5th.

          1. Kimi dropped down not because of his strategy, as he was 2nd before running wide trying to defend his position. Alonso and Massa had both good races, but I never rate a race based on my favourite teams’ performance.

  5. Yes, it was a 10, especially the latter part of the race.

  6. First 3/4 of the race was incredibly boring considering how much I expected the Grand Prix. The last bit was fantastic… so many different strategies that it was quite hard to follow, but once we got to 10 laps till the end, when it was clear what all were doing, it got epic!

  7. Good race, a little bit of everything, also good to see key figures having some decent battles. Eight from me.

    1. Oops, double post, delete one if you like.

  8. Cant be 10. Because that was last year at china. But pretty stellar. Stayed up for history. and some serious combat among top drivers for p2.

  9. What a race 10/10! 3 races, 3 different winners, 3 different winning constructors……I think we’re in for very exciting season.

  10. even if it made some milestone and actions, I can’t rate so high.

  11. Quite simply 10. I doubt we’ll see any other race this year where 2 odd seconds separate 12 frontrunners during the latter stages of the race. And the ballsy wheel to wheel racing? 10/10.

    1. At one stage late in the race I noted that second to thirteenth were covered by 11.1 seconds.

  12. Not sure I can give it higher than 7. Very dull first 3/4, which most people seem to have forgotten.

    1. Actually ended up giving it an 8, as the end was great. But 10? Really?

      1. Same. The ending was brilliant, but the beginning was rather boring.

        1. I don’t quite understand the people saying this. The beginnning certainly wasn’t as exciting as the end but I certainly wouldn’t say it was dull. Maybe we’ve just been spoiled by the first couple of races this season!

          1. It was in no way gripping for me. It was a procession, and I found myself bored during the middle.

          2. I gave a 9. The early part was not as exciting but working out various strategies and trying to get a good read on the race kept me engaged.

          3. I thought it was tense, with drivers having close fights for position more or less through the field, at least behind Rosberg?

            Maybe you saw right through all the strategies @matt90 and @victor, and knew who’d fall away, but even then, how fast people could move up through the field was unpredictable and dependent on the drivers themselves, making it a long game. For me at least.

      2. yeah, honestly. The first bit was VERY boring. If this one is a 10, Brazil 2008 is a 2 million.

        I mean, it was exciting… but not THAT much.

        1. I guess it depends on the teams or driver you support. It was very exciting a 10 I’d say. Seems like Ferrari is your team.

          1. I support McLaren and have been waiting on Rosberg’s first win for a while. And regardless, it’s rate the race, not rate the result. Baseless assumptions when people have actually clearly described their reasons won’t get you very far.

          2. I’m far from being a Ferrari fan. I like Rosberg, I like Button, and the result wasn’t too bad for me.

            I don’t get my preferances mixed up with the rating I give to the race. I like good races regardless of who ends up winning.

            And for me, this one doesn’t come close to the Malaysian GP. That was a real thriller. This was ok, but not as good and certainly not a 10.

    2. It wasn’t dull at all. You can’t expect wheel to wheel racing for the entire gp. Instead like most f1 fans, we enjoy watching each driver and team attempt and rethink different strategies on the fly. For example Webber had a comparatively uneventful race and yet knowing he was chewing through that front left tyre through the first part of the race, he had a hell of a last stint to finish 4th.

      1. I don’t expect the kind of action we had at the end throughout an entire GP. But in a race that’s going to be rated at 9 or 10 I need to see exciting racing spread through the duration, even if it’s just a midfield battle. Either that or a fight for the lead. Strategy is slightly interesting to me, but not enough for me to find what I thought was processional as thrilling. I was also frustrated seeing driver coming out of the pits in traffic, whereas otherwise we may have seen closer fights.

      2. Sure, but if you’re going to rate a race, then 10 would be a GP with action on track during the whole race, like at Sepang for instance, or Canada 2011.

        For me, this was good, but just not as good as to give a 10. I guess @matt90 isn’t complaining about the race either…

        1. @fer-no65 I don’t agree – a race can be exciting without wall-to-wall position swapping and collisions. There’s tension and anticipation as well.

          No, the opening stages of today’s race weren’t rip-roaring, but it was clear from the strategy situation that it was developing in a way that was going to give us some excitement.

          And there was the uncertainty over whether Rosberg would be able to make his tyres last. It’s a pity the problem at Button’s stop (or, indeed, Hamilton’s grid penalty) prevented us from seeing how it would have played out in a ‘normal’ situation, but that’s racing.

          And of the two races you mentioned, both of them had pretty lengthy safety car periods (Canada especially) which I suspect a fair few will have marked them down for.

          1. @keithcollantine I understand all you say, but… would you really rate it 10 out of 10?

            I mean, it was a great race, I really enjoyed it. The first bit wasn’t top-tip for me anyway, but really… 10/10?

            It’s a matter of perspective, I guess. I said 8/10, which is good anyway…

          2. I agree, but in that situation I at least like to see drivers being pressured. i remember Turkey 2010 as a particularly good example- I was gripped by that race all the way through, because even before Vettel crashed into Webber it was very tense having a 4-way fight for the lead. For whatever reason I didn’t get any real tension through the middle of this race. It probably didn’t help that I don’t tend to bother with live timing and I don’t think the BBC did a very good job keeping you clear about the race situation, particularly with the movements of the Red Bulls who I saw as quite suddenly finding themselves in good positions after they’d stopped or those around them had stopped.

  13. 10 even though I could have shook perez for holding up Hamilton so badly haha.

    1. Perez had every right to fight for that position. Blame Mclaren for pitting him into so much traffic such that his tyres were getting worn trying to get past those cars. If not because the DRS wasn’t too helpful, Hamilton may well have finished about 6th or 7th because both Webber and Vettel were ahead.

      1. Hamilton went from 8th to 3rd in ten laps and not all his passes where DRS he made a number of passes on the inner field to.

    2. And I could have shook Di Resta and Grosjean for waving people by.

      I absolutely loved it when Di Resta’s got the message “You’re still in a race”. What a gurke.

      1. If you have a chance to catch and pass the guy in front of you it’s stupid to waste time trying to stop a faster car from passing you, this is the lesson Massa needs to learn.

        1. That is all Massa does lately. Spoil faster driver’s race and be told to let Fernando pass.

          1. I’d kind of assumed that was a deliberate tactic, Massa letting Alonso past (on another tyre strategy) and holding the rest. Can’t see anything wrong with that, except maybe for Massa, but he’s not really performing well enough to justify Ferrari’s race tactics not being tuned entirely to Alonso.

        2. Agreed, but leaving the door wide open is plain ridiculous. They don’t have to defend like their life depends on it but at least try to make it look like a race. There’s a difference between defending while preserving the tyres and just letting others get by.

          Especially Grosjean’s move was unbelievable stupid. First he let’s Hamilton through as if he’s being lapped and then he decides to try and get the spot back around the outside, fails miserably and goes off losing even more places…

          That probably did wonders to his tyres…

    3. Hamilton’s main problem was actually Massa. He was the one who was difficult to pass as he was on pretty new tryes. This caused Lewis to lose time and damage his tyres so that, by the time he reached Perez, the tyres weren’t up to it. It’s a shame because he had been looking very quick up until his 2nd stop, and was also very quick after the 3rd.

      1. Yes, I agree Massa was a major roadblock for Hamilton I think @jleigh, and McLaren should have probably taken him into account more in their strategy; it’s no wonder HAM would be a bit more cautious with him now after last year, and Massa would hold him up, if only to help Alonso have more of a shot at some points. But in the end HAM still got second, and Ferrari were too slow, so I guess it didn’t change much for the WDC or WCC anyway.

  14. Great stuff, that train of cars all going for second at the end – amazing. Raikkonen falling like what 12 places!?! What a feel good podium that was. Nice stuff, left me smiling.

  15. “It feels like there are 30 cars on track” – Maryin Brundle

    Very exciting race, with almost no field spread at all. 10/10

    1. I just wonder whether anyone else heard this comment.

      1. No – We were all watching the BBC instead. ;-)

        1. Lol, so true. It pains me even more paying my bloody Sky sub after watching the Beeb’s superior coverage. With one exception, Eddie Jordan – what ceaselessly irritating little twerp.

          I did miss Brundle though and that quote just about sums up why.

      2. Yes I heard it, and it was quite accurate. It felt like an oval race at times (which is a good thing).

    2. It was like watching some spec series @David-a with the cars being so close together, not often we get that in F1.

  16. 9/10. Had to take off a point because in the end the pit lane mechanics twice ruined what could have been big factors in an even better race.

    1. Good point, without those two issues it might have been a three way battle at the front including one driver looking for a first one, one driver fighting for a serious championship attempt and possibly the greatest driver of all time trying to show he’s not completely over the hill. Though in that case the long train battling behind might not have seemed quite so exciting.

  17. Good race, 7/10

  18. The beginning was quite boring, the potential of the grid didn’t materialise. The end was awesome though. A shame McLaren screwed up Button’s stop – having a potential fight for the win would have made it fantastic.

  19. Oh My GOD! I thought Mrs LolaF1 was going to POP!

    That really is the best race i’ve seen in a long time, so close, so many banzai moments it was fantastic. Let’s hope that this season gives us many, many more races of this calibre :-)

    I shall now have to buy a new sofa after Mrs broke it jumping up & down with excitement on it.

  20. The train of cars made it interesting. The last half the race was good.
    Someone fire that right rear mechanic! Didn’t they learn that last year!?!

    1. No, that was the front left man.

      1. Left hand on the TV screen, but right hand on the car.

    2. Arijit (@arijitmaniac)
      15th April 2012, 18:41

      Well cant blame the mechanic you see…
      He was doing his job. For whatever reason the wheel failed to be secured he was trying really hard to get it secured but Michael still left. You should have seen the disappointment in his body language when the lollipop man let Michael through even though he hadn’t raised his hand indicating he was done… Well in such tense situations these mistakes can happen. I see this more as a failure to act as a team. Cant put the blame on one man.

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