Pastor Maldonado, Kimi Raikkonen, Barcelona, 2012

Spanish Grand Prix gets highest rating for five years

2012 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Daniel Thomas

Pastor Maldonado, Kimi Raikkonen, Barcelona, 2012Pastor Maldonado held off Fernando Alonso to claim his first F1 win in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The race was rated 8.274 by F1 Fanatic readers, making it the third best of five races this season.

It’s the highest a Spanish Grand Prix has been rated since we began doing these polls in 2008.

Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers had to say about this year’s race:

Mphipps was one of many who enjoyed seeing Williams back at the top:

Fantastic drive by Pastor and awesome to see Williams back on top after so many years: brought a little tear to the eye!

There was entertainment all the way down the field:

Fantastic, loads of interesting stuff going on. I liked the Ferrari-Williams battle, and seeing Red Bulls and McLarens out of position added an extra element to an already interesting midfield battle.

No one predicted Maldonado would win, which illustrates just how interesting this season is:

Crazy and unpredictable, just like the whole season. I?ve massively failed in my predictions once again and I’m loving it.

Hamilton’s demotion prompted hundreds of comments on Saturday evening, and some felt it might have cost us an even better race:

Hamilton?s penalty ruined a little bit. It might’ve been an exciting battle in front had he started in sixth or even tenth.

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!

The debate over the tyres continues:

Was so looking forward to watching a great fight between Alonso and Pastor but the tyres made Fernando fall back and destroyed a potentially great scrap.

Maldonado?s set were three laps older, he played it intelligently, managed his race well and beat Alonso fair and square. Alonso, one of the top drivers simply wasted his tyres early on.

This has little to do with Pirelli and pretty much everything to do with a skilled drive by Pastor.

The tyres were actually the best they?ve been all season. The hard tyres, unlike the softer compounds, perform more or less as they should ?ǣ they go off, but not at a ridiculous rate, and allow some real racing.

Hamilton managed to run a 30-lap stint at the end, and dice with Vettel for a couple of laps.
Nigel Bates

Readers were divided over DRS. Some thought it worked well – Adrian Morse was among those who disagreed:

I thought this race accurately highlighted some of the downsides of DRS. With quite a few DRS passes, the attacker was already a car length ahead by the time they got to turn one.

Not terribly exciting; otherwise, there may have been more side-by-side battles in the first corner.
Adrian Morse

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Race Average rating
2008 Spanish Grand Prix 5.085
2009 Spanish Grand Prix 5.33
2010 Spanish Grand Prix 4.919
2011 Spanish Grand Prix 7.319
2012 Spanish Grand Prix 8.274

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