Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

2012 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012What did you think of the Spanish Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

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Rate the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix out of ten

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  1. Definitely one of the best races throughout… 9 from me

  2. Second ever 10/10 from me, exciting race from start to finish, really had my heart pumping!

  3. Great result for Maldonado and Williams! Would have been even better for me if hamiltons tyres held on to hold off vettel but still it was a great drive from Hamilton Williams and awesome to see Alonso not on the top spot of the his home race.

  4. Definetely the best race this year!

  5. Not too much passing. Very tense, but a new winner. 9 for me..

  6. 8 for me. Great race, very happy for Pastor but I wish Lotus sorted out their strategy. I could tell before Kimi’s last stop that it was about 3 laps to late. Should have pitted him the lap after Pastor caught him than he could have won. also putting them on softs for second stint when it was clear that hard was faster was plain stupid. Lotus strategists utterly useless. Nonetheless great race!

    1. talking about strategy, I would say Lotus did not win much from theirs, but McLaren only got Button dropping back after his good start, and it was not great for Hamilton either.

      1. I guess with Hamilton they had little choice, wouldn’t you agree @bascb? W/o fresh tyres or grid position than a 2 stopper. Button’s strategy seemed to be leading to disappointment from early on, but maybe it was also just him not seeming to be confident in the car (a bit like HAM seemed not to have it entirely under control in AUS?). The HAM tyre bump was sad.

        Lotus do indeed need to look at what they do, and it sounded like Kimi will be telling them that softly, but insistently. Too many misses, I am sure they feel they could have won two, maybe three, races this season had they done things a bit different. Kimi for a win in Monaco, fighting Mark and Lewis to fend of Pastor to get their first win of the season?

  7. OMG <3 f1!!!!!

  8. Amazing from Maldonado, really amazing. I’m also extremely impressed with Hamilton coming from the back and managing his tyres. I had a friend tell me the other day that Hamilton can’t really manage his tyres, I look forward to talking to him later today.

  9. Fun race! Happy for Pastor and Williams. Pastor showed great maturity and really managed that situation well.

  10. 10/10 – Who said Spain is boring? No rain? No problem! Epic drive my Maldonado and great overtakes everywhere in the field. Koba also back to his BANZAI self.

  11. 8 for me… what a race.. absolutely brilliant. Different winner at every race. I won’t even bet £.10 on who is going win the championship.. every driver has a chance. Pastor did a great job. To beat Alonso at during the pit stop phase and take such a lead is remarkable.

    Lewis almost won the driver of the day for me but have to give it to Pastor. Maybe if he had overtaken Rosberg on the last lap :-)
    Bring on next race :-)

  12. Obviously, things might have panned out differently had McLaren not shot themselves in the foot… yet again, but super drives from Maldonaldo and Alonso. So great to see Williams’ return to form. I gave the race an 8.

  13. Awsome race and great job from Pastor. Rated 8 / 10

  14. Not a very exciting race and the yellow flags in the first part really blew some of the excitement out of it (Vettel’s and Massa’s penalties were utter bull, as was Hamilton’s quali penalty), but more than worthy of a 9.

    Thank you so much, Pastor. At least, when Massa leaves, I’ll still have someone to cheer for.

    1. “Not a very exciting race”
      “but more than worthy of a 9”

      what? :S

      1. That penalty has been handed out before, there is a clear precedent for it. When a driver goes past double waving yellow flags they must make an effort to slow down as he passes, that’s a safety issue.
        There was debris all over the track, all Vettel and Massa had to do was make an effort to slow down. The Video of Vettel blasting past with his DRS wide open was damning.
        The Commentators said straight away pretty much as soon as you are referred to the stewards for speeding past yellows you get a penalty. Telementry and Sectors times and the GPS trackers they have make it pretty much impossible to defend the charge.

  15. So many things to think about. First off, it was an exciting Spanish Grand Prix for a change. There was action everywhere on track, the field was all mixed up, the DRS worked OK and there were plenty of overtaking outside the DRS zone… it feels odd to think this was a race at Barcelona, where they (used to) just follow each other.

    Secondly, we got a new winner in F1, which is always great. Maldonado was just superb the whole race and the team’s strategy was a slap in the face for Sauber, who should’ve done the same in Malaysia.

    And finally: it’s Williams back to the top. And that’s a popular win no matter what. To think last year they probably were the worst team besides Team Lotus, Virgin and HRT, and they now win from pole. It’s unbelievable how unpredictable F1 now is… and that’s a great thing too.

    10/10 for me.

    1. About Malaysia forget pitting Perez early, even if they had pitted him on the same lap as Alonso they could have won it

      1. @ridiculous yeah, well, that’s what I wanted to say. This is how you win a race… they got it completely wrong at Malaysia!

        1. I thought they scared out of it a bit. Guess the difference is with Wiliams knowing how success tastes, they had the balls to go for it, while Sauber seemed to be just thrilled to have a podium finish.

          1. @bascb my thoughts exactly.

  16. 8 for me…
    Hamilton’s penalty ruined a little bit…might’ve been an exciting battle in front of he had started in 6th or even 10th…
    but still a very tense and amusing race! I never thought to see so many overtakes outside DRS zone in Barcelona! Kobayashi on Button and Hamilton on both Toro rossos were great!

  17. I’m absolutely speechless. Yesterday I was wondering whether Williams or Ferrari would have the race pace to fight for the win. This year they had been much stronger on race trim so I was left believing they had sacrificed some of their race pace in favour of qualifying performance, as Sauber seemingly did, and I went to sleep convinced that the best bet was on Grosjean followed by Raikkonen. It was almost a shock to see Lotus so far behind on the pace in the early stages of the race.

    Although I wanted the battle to be decided on track, I can be equally amazed by a good strategic battle, and this race surely delivered on that. The final stint was a swrill of emotions that combined the tenseness I felt at Monaco 2011 – with Alonso chasing down the leader with fresher tyres – and the excitement of seeing an underdog comanding a race – like Vettel did in his first win in 2008, and it is just these emotions that I strive for when I watch an F1 race (although my legs hurt a bit now after spending 25 laps shaking like Christian Horner). Easily 10 out of 10.

  18. 9, really close to a 10, but the race was just a little dull at times. Battles throughout the field, a great feel-good result, winner in doubt until the last few laps, and two great passes from Kobayashi.

    I’m no DRS fan, but it worked well here, allowing passing to happen without it being too easy. It doesn’t solve the problem, but it’s fix of sorts and I’m coming round. Tyres producing unpredictability (always a good thing) but there’s no luck — it’s all about managing they tyres. Maldonado did it, and Alonso didn’t really.

    1. I agree with your view on the DRS, there weren’t actually that many DRS passes of significant note, most of the good passes happened elsewhere.

  19. Really hope that williams keep the momentum and doesn’t fade away then it would have been a great season . just cant understand the vettel drive thru penalty he didn’t overtake any one under blue flag

    1. @smokinjoe

      You also have to slow down in yellow flag zones. Vettel was using his DRS there which shows he was pushing as hard as ever. He probably posted a similar sector time to his other laps (although that is just and assumption, I wasn’t following the live timing), so the penalty was deserved.

      1. And to make it worse @smokinjoe, in addition to what @guilherme says about Vettel showing he was racing, having DRS open in a yellow flagged area, Button behind him did close his DRS in response to the yellow flag, showing that wasn’t impossible to do. I guess Massa similar issue (though didn’t see it).

    2. The commentators said he opened DRS flap under yellow

  20. An excellent race, I gave it 8/10, very close to a 9.
    Brilliant drives by Maldonado, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen. Plenty of battles throughout, and a very tense and interesting finish. Might have been even better if Kimi passed Alonso.
    At the end of the day it was brilliant to see Pastor win, he held off Alonso under massive pressure, he deserves it.

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