Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Valencia, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 European Grand Prix

Debates and pollsPosted on Author Keith Collantine

What did you think of the European Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race at the Valencia street circuit.

F1 Fanatic holds polls on each race to find out which fans thought were the best and worst races during a season.

Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.

Rate the race out of ten and leave a comment below:

Rate the 2012 European Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (2%)
  • 6 (3%)
  • 7 (7%)
  • 8 (19%)
  • 9 (33%)
  • 10 (35%)

Total Voters: 728

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188 comments on “Rate the race: 2012 European Grand Prix”

  1. I gave it a 7.

    I was disappointed about Hamilton DNF’ing due to Maldonado’s sudden incompetence. And Vettel and Grojsean’s mechanical failures seemingly out of the blue.

    But I was very happy to see Alonso win in front of the Spanish crowd. Especially with the amount of financial turmoil that Spain is in at the moment.

    Congratz Alonso.

  2. How can 1% of votes be for 1/10? Read the notes above! “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”

  3. I only voted it an 8. While it was a great an eventful race, there was no fight for 1st spot.
    Yeah there were lead changes, but forced by mechanical failures, and for me that is nowhere near as exciting as a driver slowly but steadily catching up on another over several laps. Just to build up the tension.
    Vettel’s retirement was disappointing for me, but it made for an open battle for the lead, so its a plus, but then when Grosjean looked quicker then Alonso, his car dies on him and after that Alonso didn’t really have any worries. So basically -2 points for Grosjeans DNF.

  4. Loved it, such clean and close racing in first part of the race. I think it took toll on drivers in later stages.

    That overtake on Grosjean from Alonso’s point of view, I was sure Lotus would have lost his front wing!
    I was furious with Riccardo for staying out on worn tyres and spoiling restart for Raikkonen and Hamilton. I was sure Kimi would have gotten a penalty cause of him too, but lucky he got him before yellow zone.

    If only Kimi can qualify in top four for rest of the season, he is so winning WC this year!!!

  5. Not perfect but overall a great race. Some great battles and a lot of drama after the SC appearance. If it had some more action in the first part of the race, it would have been an awesome race.

  6. Great race but only gave it a 7 as I felt there were too many incidents, seemed like a carbon copy of the 2 GP2 races, drivers who deserved to end up in the points and didn’t. I’m a Hamilton fan (amongst others) and although I don’t begrudge Alonso the win (it is racing after all) I felt so sorry for Vettel, Grosjean (my driver of the weekend) and Hamilton. Glad Schumacher got on the podium and happy for Raikkonen too but as for Button, what did he do to get in the points? I didn’t really agree with Senna’s penalty, he was driving really well and to me it was a racing incident but as for Vergne, Kobayashi and Maldonado, penalties well deserved although Maldonado’s should have been a grid drop also.

  7. I don’t normally vote on this, but this race was so good, and so unexpected I felt obliged to! I’d almost forgotten what a mechanical failure looked like, and we had two in one race! Not to mention such wheel to wheel racing. I’ve been a fan of the section Turn 17 all the way round to Turn 3 of this track for a while – good to see it actually paid off!

  8. Initially I signed it off as “Vettel wins!!” again, but ohh no!! What a fantastic race! Very very exciting!

    Kobayashi’s exciting banzai style driving seems to have gotten the better of him sadly. I wouldn’t have said Kobayashi deserved a penalty for his tangle with Senna, but Senna certainly didn’t!! He did very well to keep that one out of the barriers. His coming together with Massa was just a misjudgement on Kobayashi’s part. Unfortunate, but that’s racing.

    Very disappointed to see Grosjean forced to retire, he was running so well!

    McLaren are continuing to nicely ruin Hamilton’s races though, with a pitstop like that he may as well had been on a two stop strategy!!

    As for Maldonado, well, what can I say? He’s such a stroppy little child. There he was in the early-mid part of the race pulling the most unnecessarily aggressive moves out of anyone, yet the moment someone gives him a taste of his own medicine, he gets angry and goes into his video-game “I don’t give a crap any more” mode and starts taking people out. He had two options…slow back down, let Hamilton pass and line him up for another go, or continue turning left and overtake Hamilton illegally, let him back past and then line him up for another legitimate pass. Sadly when he’s given such lenient penalties it’s almost worth it for him to continue being a liability…

    Still! Three world-class drivers on the podium, and Schumacher has finally shown us what he can do when Mercedes give him a reliable car.

  9. I could hardly beleive this was the same racetrack that produced the borefests for the last few years! So much action, overtaking and twists and turns to the plot – all the better because I’m sure we were all predicted a Vettel win with the usual suspects bringing up the rear. Not sure that one good race justifies its contunued inclusion on the calendar, but at least it hasn’t been a total wasted effort.

  10. Gave it a 9. There was still a slight mid-race lull, and they needed an SC to make that race epic. But other than that, you can’t ask for anything more. And this is Valencia – WAY beyond expectations for this track.

  11. I gave a 9 but considering it was a race in Valencia maybe could have given a 10.
    This race had everything we could ask for, brilhant overtaking moves, great side by side racing, crashes, car faillures and banzai moves…………… just brilhant.

  12. The worst F1 circuit in the world provided us with the best racing of the Decade. As far I remember this is the second time I rated 10 to a race after Canada last year,it was epic. This has to be my second favourite F1 race ever,it’s a victory for F1.

  13. 9/10
    Sure, it took some retirements from the lead, some crashes, drivers on old tyres holding other drivers back, and a might Alonso but in the end the race was really epic.

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