Rate the race: 2012 European Grand Prix

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

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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. Nathan Bellows (@nathanbellows) said on 25th June 2012, 10:43

    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.

  2. Rodrrico (@rodrrico) said on 25th June 2012, 11:00

    Terrible circuit. Brilliant Race. 10 from me.

  3. Pink Peril (@pink-peril) said on 25th June 2012, 11:07

    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.

  4. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 25th June 2012, 11:17

    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.

  5. xabregas (@xabregas) said on 25th June 2012, 12:17

    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.

  6. me262 said on 25th June 2012, 12:19

    All of the above and I gotta say, extra points for not getting the finger at the end of the race. Thank you safety car

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th June 2012, 13:36

    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.

  8. Fixy (@fixy) said on 25th June 2012, 15:32

    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.

  9. amtrak said on 25th June 2012, 18:41

    End of race/podium anyone else think Raikkonen looked a tad knackered?
    I know it was a hot one, but even Shuey skipped up the stairs!

  10. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 25th June 2012, 18:56

    Terrible circuit, terrible result for me, great race and what drama. 9/10

    Would’ve loved to see the ratings if the SC didn’t come out and Vettel had won.

  11. smudgersmith1 (@smudgersmith1) said on 25th June 2012, 20:08

    the safety car saved this race otherwise it was …average, 7 for me

  12. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 25th June 2012, 22:52

    Umm, I gave it a 5. Better than it ever has been at Valencia but then so is stripping paint off a 50 year old door.

    It only came alive because of the questionable SC and the two significant retirements. Otherwise, Valencia.

    Very happy to see Alonso win though – thoroughly deserved. That’s what you call making your own luck…

  13. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 26th June 2012, 10:52

    Wowzers, what a race! It was pure entertainment from start to finish for me. This is why cars should be more unreliable, as it creates so much drama. There was some great racing due to different strategies and with people like Webber and Schumacher out of place it was great to watch them come through the pack.

    A superb result with Alonso taking the win at home and you could see how much it meant to him, I’ve not seen him like that maybe ever. I’m really excited for the rest of the season and it’s great to see Alonso and Webber leading the way in the championship points, always glad of a change at the top.

    I voted 9

  14. PJA (@pja) said on 26th June 2012, 18:08

    Wow an exciting race at Valencia who would have thought it, even with the 2012 Pirelli tyres. I rated it an 8.

    The safety car and Vettel’s retirement certainly helped, if Vettel’s car hadn’t given up he would have cruised to victory like he did so many times last year, and then Grosjean also retired just as it lucked we might have a good battle for the lead.

  15. frazbox (@frazbox) said on 27th June 2012, 5:57

    this is the only track that i can landmark a corner. every part of the track looks so similar. the only landmarks on this track is the cranes in the background and the old fish market.

    loves the train of cars going through the corners!!!!
    love how quali pace has nothing to do with the race (williams n force india doing better)

    thank you PIRELLI

    would have love to see vettel and grosian battle it out… but Silverstone is a different ball game
    love how ferrari/alonso never gave up

    lewis is da boss!! but he should have given maldonado the position (seems both were battling it out to be on the podium and both were sidelined!)

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