Rate the race: 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

2012 Chinese Grand Prix

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

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (1%)
  • 6 (2%)
  • 7 (8%)
  • 8 (24%)
  • 9 (42%)
  • 10 (22%)

Total Voters: 862

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290 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

  1. SteveLWA said on 15th April 2012, 10:04

    Have to say having been following F1 for 30 years this was the most confusing & difficult to follow race I’ve ever watched.
    The tyre wear & pit stops make things impossible to follow even with the timing, tracking & various incar images.

    also didn’t like how racing in places was harmed because of the ridiculous amount of tyre marbles.

    this isn’t the f1 i grew up loving since the age of 4 sadly, far too artificial & gimmickey for my liking :(
    Was good drs was totally ineffective although most the passes that were done with drs were still a bit too easy, think we can do without such a silly gimmick if im honest, certainly added nothing to the race or any other i’ve seen with it used.

    • +1

    • david said on 15th April 2012, 10:40

      funny as that’s the f1 I watched by the time I got into it. trains of cars, few passing opportunities because there was no drs, plenty of marbles and a runaway winner. The only difference is that this time around passing was possible.

      • vishy (@vishy) said on 15th April 2012, 12:21

        At best DRS is a band-aid, but when we used to see these processional racing atleast they were going at each other, now look at them Vettel on a 2 stop could not be passed by Button or anyone for almost 10 laps, what do you call that? Not even an attempt by Button he was drifting a second behind doing nothing.

        Why do you think there was a big train of cars, because nobody could pass others either offline or be too agressive, cause you have to make it to the end with this set of tires? O really, is this an endurance race?

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 15th April 2012, 10:47

      I had no trouble following what was going on. It’s pretty easy to understand that if someone stops in a certain lap frame what strategy he’ll be using.

      I agree with DRS though. For some (Renault powered cars) it didn’t work at all and for others (Mercedes powered cars) it was far too easy.

  2. Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 15th April 2012, 10:05

    That was phenomenal. The kind of race that when crazy people ask me why I care about Formula 1 (that’s a ton of people where I live in Hawaii), I’d show tape of this. 9/10. If Nico had more challengers for the lead, that would’ve sealed the 10.

  3. AJK (@ajk) said on 15th April 2012, 10:06

    Just. Plain. Awesome. This is the race I will point people to when they ask “why F1?” Superb.

  4. Marucat (@marucat) said on 15th April 2012, 10:07

    Finally a race worth a 10! How could it get any better? Lots of great racing, and first pole and race for Rosberg in one weekend… amazing, loved it!

  5. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 15th April 2012, 10:08

    10! Last 15 laps were simply incredible.

  6. rahul1810 (@rahul1810) said on 15th April 2012, 10:09

    In the first 3 races, we have had 3 different teams on the top step of the podium, 6 different drivers of 5 different teams have been to the podium, with the previous World Drivers Champion and the World Constructor Champion only managing a single podium position till now. This is going to be a glorious season!

    Ferrari would be happy with this as this means nobody has really run off with the championship yet, and they wouldn’t fall behind too much till Barcelona where they are hoping to bring a major change in the car. They would be hoping Webber, Schumacher, Raikonnen and Williams team also get in the mix in Bahrain!

  7. akshay.it (@akshay-it) said on 15th April 2012, 10:09

    DRS banned or not.. but one of the best races I have seen.. even young GP2 guys contributed well to take this to another level of excitement..

    Congrats to Nico Rosberg for his 1st win after 111 races..
    Button shows again that he can race in dry..
    and Hamilton is the most consistent driver (3rd position in 1st 3 races)..

    Team mate wars getting spicier at Mclaren, RedBull, Sauber, Williams, and hopefully, Mercedes would be another name in this list..

  8. Harry said on 15th April 2012, 10:11

    9. Great race, the first 40 laps were not boring. It was fascinating to see teams punt on a strategy and guess how it might work out!

    Would have been a 10 if Mclaren hadn’t mucked up Buttons pit. We would have a fight for the win as well as Hamilton sithing through the pack for 3rd.

    Can’t complain though, once again a great race!

  9. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 15th April 2012, 10:14

    Very unpredictable race. Excellent. Lots of overtaking and nobody crashed out.

    Nico’s first win, well done to him. I must say he was a bit lucky given Button’s bad pits. In terms of action, I think Hamilton was the driver of the race for me.

    Very disappointing that MSC retired again.

  10. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 15th April 2012, 10:15

    First half of the race was very boring I thought, but the excellent racing at the end more than made up for it. 8/10, was absolutely delighted with Rosberg’s first win

  11. sid_prasher (@) said on 15th April 2012, 10:15

    Going with 9. What a close race it was…it is rare to see the top 12 bunched so close together. Totally gutted for Kimi, i guess he will now realize how different Pirelli tyres are to the Bridgestone ones.
    Another hard race for Alonso – happy to see Massa being a bit more competitive but in such a tight field – still no points.
    Annoyed on Schumi’s behalf and delighted for Nico!

  12. Scottie (@scottie) said on 15th April 2012, 10:15

    Fantastic race, had me on the edge of my seat all race! … It just needed a showdown for the win.

  13. F1_Dave said on 15th April 2012, 10:16

    it was a good race in terms of ontrack action, However with all the pit stops & tyre chaos there was no real flow to the race whihc made it incredibly hard to follow as a race.

  14. GeorgeDaviesF1 (@georgedaviesf1) said on 15th April 2012, 10:16

    Ending brings it up 2 to 9

  15. bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 15th April 2012, 10:17

    How did Nico do it. I mean I thought the Mercedes was supposed to be horrid on its tyres yet Nico seemed to be softest on his tyres? A complete turnaround yes?

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