Rate the race: 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

2012 Spanish Grand Prix

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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  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (1%)
  • 6 (3%)
  • 7 (13%)
  • 8 (33%)
  • 9 (33%)
  • 10 (14%)

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219 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

  1. DT (@dt) said on 13th May 2012, 15:08

    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 :-)

  2. schooner (@schooner) said on 13th May 2012, 15:09

    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.

  3. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 13th May 2012, 15:11

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

  4. Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 13th May 2012, 15:11

    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.

    • baldgye (@baldgye) said on 13th May 2012, 20:00

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

      what? :S

      • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 14th May 2012, 4:26

        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.

  5. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 13th May 2012, 15:11

    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.

  6. Snafu (@snafu) said on 13th May 2012, 15:12

    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!

  7. Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 13th May 2012, 15:12

    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.

  8. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 13th May 2012, 15:13

    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.

  9. smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 13th May 2012, 15:17

    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

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 13th May 2012, 15:30


      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.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 13th May 2012, 15:38

        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).

    • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 13th May 2012, 15:36

      The commentators said he opened DRS flap under yellow

  10. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 13th May 2012, 15:20

    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.

  11. Jorge Lardone (@jorgelardone) said on 13th May 2012, 15:24

    8/10 Great race for Maldonado, he beats a two times champion by his own! Great race for Hamilton also, wonderful work for him.

  12. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 13th May 2012, 15:27

    Gave it an 8/10, great race, sooooo happy with Williams an Maldonado winning! A few battles here and there, might have given it a 9 , but have to hold it against the other races this year , so an 8

  13. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 13th May 2012, 15:28

    Good race, well done to Maldonado. Good job Hamilton. Very embarrassing for Schumacher. –> I guess if one can not go “around the car”, the next option is to try going through it! Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to work… Fair enough that Senna was blocking, but Schumacher should have expected something and hit the brakes or anything. Now Rosberg has 41 points vs Schumacher 2. That looks quite awkward.

    • kaks said on 13th May 2012, 15:41

      Thats coz michael fights for every point and rosberg collects every point

      • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 13th May 2012, 15:49

        Looks like Michael didn’t win any of those fights

        • kaks said on 13th May 2012, 17:41

          Michael has won 7 times & rosberg none. collectors never win.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 13th May 2012, 20:20

            At the moment, though, it’s Rosberg with the race win. Unlike Massa, though, there is some capability for Schumacher to turn some of the points deficit around. I’d rather have the pace to be running 2nd or 3rd in a race before something goes wrong with the car, than eternally running around in 15th a lap down on my teammate.

  14. MHK (@mhk) said on 13th May 2012, 15:34

    A 10 even as I read the text live for the past hours.
    Great job Pastor and especially Williams; a sensational win after 7-odd years
    Slightly disappointed as the Lotus pair did no agitation, but great potential!

    This season is scintillating!!!

  15. Stephen Jones (@aus_steve) said on 13th May 2012, 15:35

    10. Action from start to finish, what more do you want?

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