Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Montreal, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Canadian Grand Prix

2012 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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Rate the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (2%)
  • 6 (4%)
  • 7 (15%)
  • 8 (30%)
  • 9 (28%)
  • 10 (18%)

Total Voters: 797

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223 comments on “Rate the race: 2012 Canadian Grand Prix”

  1. Two overtakes for the lead. How often do we see that. that is worth at least a 9.

    1. but they were both boring because they were both made stupidly easy thanks to drs.

      the fact that what should have been exciting passes for the lead were made totally soul-less & disintresting because of drs should actually see a lower rating & not a higher one.

      thats why even as a hamilton/mclaren fan i only gave it a 4.

  2. I don’t get the complaints about DRS. The reason some overtakes we’re so easy was because of the tyres. Not DRS.

    With two cars on the same tyres (compound and number of laps used) DRS was perfectly balanced.

    But of course when the overtaking car is already a second and a half faster due to tyre differences they will breeze past.

  3. Don’t understand people complaining about DRS, so far, DRS is getting a faster driver in front of the slower driver.

    Remind me of a back overtake after a DRS overtake?

    With DRS whole field kept bit tighter by allowing faster cars move up. Though there are still trains that slow faster cars and let leaders get away.

  4. An 8 out of 10 from me.

    Close racing at the front for most of the race and the possibility of overtaking made the race interesting and exciting, a complete contrast from 2 weeks ago. It was also interesting to see Perez and Grojean make their one stop strategies work when Alonso and Vettel in normally faster cars couldn’t.

  5. 7/10
    We saw different strategies, drivers taking risks both with their strategy and driving, but too many passes happened in the DRS zone, spoiling the race for drivers like Alonso who could only rely on their defensive driving.

  6. 4 at best, dull race. I worry for F1 because even when a car fights up from 3rd to 1st all the overtakes are simple and boring, where is the excitement coming from in 2012?

  7. I gave it a 7 out of 10. I really enjoyed it for the most part but there were some dull moments in the race where there weren’t any overtakes or any pit stops etc. The action this year happens towards the end of a stint when the tyres are beginning to fall off and it makes for great viewing. The last few laps were fantastic and some of the best I’ve seen for a while. Perez and Grosjean made a 1 stop work whilst Vettel and Alonso failed. So great to see those two on the podium and I really hope they continue to succeed this year.

  8. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey)
    11th June 2012, 12:49

    i voted 8 as it was an entertaining, enjoyable race. watching the strategies play out was interesting.

    i don’t get all the complaints about DRS. people moaned that it was a bore-fest when overtaking was nigh on impossible, now they moan that it’s a bore-fest because overtaking is artificial. make your minds up peeps!!
    canada played out different due to tyres. if all the front runners (with 15 laps to go) were 2 stopping, then DRS would’ve been the decider and would probably have given a close finish. remember, that to use DRS you still need to be within 1 sec of the driver in front, if you’re slow, that’s not going to happen. remember also that DRS is virtually impotent at certain circuits – monaco for instance – so it’s not the great spoiler that some would have you believe.
    in an ideal world, it’d be 1 set of tyres for the race with balls-to-the-wall racing deciding who wins. with aero intolerant modern f1 cars, it was processional and not much fun to watch. this is the reason we have DRS, cliff edge tyres and KERS. like it or loathe it, f1 now has the chess element, and that was what brought this race alive for the last 15 or so laps.

  9. antonyob (@)
    11th June 2012, 12:59

    Broadly im a fan of DRS, you can see at some tracks it does its job in allowing the car behind to continue to reel in the guy in front despite hitting the dirty air but in Canada it sucked. The differentials seemed to be huge. Its nearly as bad as overtaking on the undercut, at least thats a natural aspect of F1. The race itself was no classic but with the walls and oversteery cars it was still a spectacle to enjoy.

    I wonder what the story wouldve been if Button had won and Lewis finished 16th after 4 bad races in a row.?

  10. I would’ve given it 8/10, but that stupid DRS ruined so many battles that I gave it 6/10 instead.

  11. Great race, the Canadian Grand Prix is still probably my favourite overall on the calendar and the most likely to provide an entertaining race.

    The difference in strategies really made the race with Hamilton using his fresher tyres to catch and overtake the one-stoppers but I was surprised Grosjean was able to make a one stop work better than both Alonso and Vettel.

    I found it a tough decision whether to give it an 8 or 9 rating. As I only saw the BBC highlights rather than the full race live it hampered my overall enjoyment of the race. I was set to give it an 8 but if I had seen it live I think I would have rated it higher possibly an 8.5 rounded up to a 9, so I did give it a 9 in the end.

    1. if you’d seen it live you would have been comatose with boredom for 40 laps.

  12. 7/10, the race picked up massively within the last 10 or so laps.

  13. On the DRS thing you know its shocking that’s the whole scope of comments here, practically. I hate DRS too. And frankly, it took the stuffing out of the final laps. But lets remember than as far back into antiquity as 2008 we saw dominant cars blow by other cars for position. Hockenheim 2008 was not boring because Hamiilton passed Piquet for the win like he was chained to a post. Or when Kimi mowed down Fisi in Japan in 2005. It’s just a dynamic of the racing under the current rules. It’s just a particularly obvious dynamic now. In this race, without DRS, what would have been the story? Hamilton maybe does not get by Alonso after the first stop. Then of course he stops again and the race turns out the same way—Alonso would have still be helpless at the end without DRS. So maybe the battle down the straight until the braking zone, when Alonso has to brake like 50m earlier anyway. It makes no difference in the end one whit. The real issue, if you want to talk about lousy easy passing is the tires. So here, DRS, the usual suspect, has to walk because it only threw a match on an inferno that the tires started.

  14. I give it a 7 as I was hoping for much more entertainment in this race. Things only started to spice up on the last 10 or 15 laps. Before this stage of the race it kind of remembered Monza a track wich seems good for overtaking but when the races come we hardly see any.
    I honestly think that this race is being over-rated because the winner was Hamilton, had it been Vettel or Alonso doing what Hamilton did it would be rated with a 6 or 7! :-)
    Clearly we the “fanatics” vote more with the heart that with the mind!

  15. Shane (@shane-pinnell)
    11th June 2012, 21:40

    4 – Could have been double that if they removed DRS. I don’t see the need for it. Too many drivers were left all but defenseless as a result of DRS & tire degradation. Alonso falling back for instance, no need for DRS there, his tires provided all the performance differential needed. At least without DRS it would have been a legitimate overtaking maneuver and maybe he could have defended to some degree. It is a shame to see a “push to pass” button at this level of racing, especially when it clearly isn’t needed.

  16. F1fanNL (@)
    11th June 2012, 22:39

    6 out of 10.

    DRS was awful. Alonso couldn’t even defend against Hamilton (first pass, not the second one where Alonso was on 25 year old tyres).

    Also, nothing really happened. Once Hamilton got passed Alonso I knew it was over. The McLaren was the fastest car on track. Then Ferrari and Red Bull decided to make it even less exciting by trying to do over 50 laps on the softs which was basically them putting a nice ribbon around Hamilton’s victory.
    There were a few scraps here and there but nothing as exciting as China or Bahrain.

  17. I have no idea where the 8, 9, & 10’s are coming from for this race. 90% of it was utterly drab, the tension over “will Hamilton do it?” lasted 3 laps while his times stayed stable , and the final few laps was all about tyres, not driving. Nowhere near as good as last year’s. You could have skipped laps 1 – 50 and missed nothing at all.

  18. I haven’t seen much of the races this season. Not too interested in F1 since the tyre lottery was introduced. This was the first race I watched the whole race. I’m really glad I did, because this looked like the racing I loved from before. Perhaps it would have been better if Alonso and Vettel actually had gone on the same strategy as Hamilton, but in this case even some tyre based “entertainment” was exciting in it’s own way.

    Personally I liked the “boring” bit before that better. The suspense of how the race will unfold with the top 3 continuously that close to each other interests me a whole lot more than all the fake “overtaking” that has been introduced.

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