Rate the race: 2012 German Grand Prix

2012 German Grand Prix

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Rate the 2012 German Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (3%)
  • 5 (7%)
  • 6 (16%)
  • 7 (36%)
  • 8 (25%)
  • 9 (8%)
  • 10 (3%)

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166 comments on Rate the race: 2012 German Grand Prix

  1. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 22nd July 2012, 14:56

    I don’t know whether it is too soon but Alonso will definitely go down in time as one of the best Formula 1 racers to have graced the sport. It is not because he has passing skill or good race craft (which he has in no small measure), but the fact that in every team that he has been in, he has managed to extract more out of the car than seemed possible. Today was one of his finest drives, I have seen and the power the Ferrari gained out of the first 2 corners and into the DRS zone was reminiscent of Giles Villeneuve doing the same.

    The race was pretty standard however and a good example of how DRS can spoil a race. Passing became ridiculously easy and boring to watch. The FIA need to take a very strong look at how DRS should assist overtaking and not be causing it. Up until this race I was quite ambivalent about it but I feel myself drawn towards its critics.

    On a note, a good drive by Button who seemed really charged up. Whether Lewis’s actions early on in passing Vettel made a difference to his position later on will be a) decided by the stewards and b) subject to much debate. Yet, given how poor his form has been this year, it was a refreshing drive.

    Other teams did what they do. Sauber – Superb tyre management getting them good points. Lotus – One driver almost flatters to deceive towards the end while the other struggles. Mercedes – Still lagging behind. Force India – Tyre wear Tyre wear Tyre wear.

  2. Estesark (@estesark) said on 22nd July 2012, 14:57

    This was two thirds of a great race. In the first stint, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Räikkönen put on a good show. In the second stint, it was great to see Button pushing towards the front and eventually taking second place. But in the third stint, not much really happened. A three-way battle for the lead looked to be on the cards, but it never materialised. Two thirds of the available points, rounded to the nearest point, is seven.

    • infy (@infy) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:28

      There was a battle for the lead and Alonso won it. How many seconds to you need to be behind some one before it is considered a battle? Button was up to half a second.

      Then there was a battle for second place (again) which Vet won.

      • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:21

        Try dipping a wiped oil stick, into the engine oil bay but without it touching the actual oil, and then pull it out to determine if the oil needs replacing. Mebbe then, you would know that unless ‘it goes all the way in’, it doesnt count!

        The race at the front, till Vettel got past Button, was basically another Queen Elizabeth!

      • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:41

        iTry dipping a wiped oil stick, into the engine oil bay but without it touching the actual oil, and then pull it out to determine if the oil needs replacing. Mebbe then, you would know that unless ‘it goes all the way in’, it doesnt count!

        The race at the front, till Vettel got past Button, was basically another Queen Elizabeth!

      • Estesark (@estesark) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:48

        @infy Fair point, but the definition is a matter of opinion. Neither Button or Vettel actually initiated an overtaking manoeuvre on Alonso, so I don’t consider it to be a real “battle”.

  3. Victor. (@victor) said on 22nd July 2012, 14:59

    An 8. A different sort of race. Shame the finish was an anti-climax. Would have loved the top 3 to trade punches.

  4. Passo (@passo) said on 22nd July 2012, 14:59

    7 – Some good battling during the first third of the race, but it died down from then on. The relatively close battle for the lead added tension, but it didn’t deliver a thrilling climax. Not that we should expect one every race. Enjoyable enough.

  5. tito bagus (@tito1790) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:04

    Not good but not bad

  6. MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:05

    Not the best race of the season, but still decent. I gave it a 6.

    I’m slightly amused that Alonso still says that Ferrari isn’t the fastest ;)

    • Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:20

      Honestly, the McLaren and also the Red Bull looked faster over certain stages in the race. Alonso just got it right, making no mistakes and using the advantages of his car in a way that Vettel and Button couldn´t make use of their strengths and DRS.

      • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:33

        At what stage Ferrari didn’t look faster than Red Bull and McLaren? Couple of laps in the last stint maybe. And that’s a big maybe. I think it’s the best car on the grid and has been up there for the last five or six races.

        • caci99 (@caci99) said on 22nd July 2012, 19:22

          @maroonjack In the first stint, while all were with soft tyres, Ferrari looked good, but in the second Vettel cached up Alonso, just couldn’t pass him, in the third stint it was Button who cached up Alonso, but he failed as well to pass him.
          Definitely Ferrari is way better than when this championship started, but there is still something missing in that car compered to the others. From the little dry running in practice we saw that McLaren was really fast, and Button showed that today. Who knows what Hamilton could have done.

    • infy (@infy) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:29

      Yeah, they were faster but the second they got into the dirty air they lost what ever advantage they had.

      • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:41

        Actually when they were catching the back-makers, especially later in the race, Alonso was able to maintain or even increase his gap to the following car. I didn’t see any advantage lost in the dirty air. I think that this car is an amazing piece of machinery and it seems a bit funny when they complain about not having the best car. That’s all.

  7. LucaBadoerFan (@lucabadoerfan) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:05

    an okay race – this is not a reflection of the race, but i wish to point out what a great race petrov had. pretty much trounced kovalinen. i’m really pleased for vitaly. not a world champion in the making he may be – but my personal driver of the weekend.

    i was hoping hulkenberg would finish a bit higher up the order – perez too. hopefully the next race will be a better one for the williams boys.

    a good race by pedro too – shame he couldn’t catch pic.

  8. Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:06

    OK race but far too reliant on DRS overtakes for my liking. 6/10

  9. racingfanatic96 (@racingfanatic96) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:07

    Really enjoyed the race, never got bored. Very enthralling unlike the Silverstone snoozefest two weeks ago. Arguably it was an anti-climatic finish, so I give it an 8/10. Vettel’s move was not acceptable either. If he doesn’t get penalised it would be a 5/10 personally.
    A shame it didn’t rain though- I hate it when practice and qualifying is drenched yet the race is not. Any race is better in the rain, especially when watching in warm Britain on Sky HD!

  10. SpaFrancorchamps (@spafrancorchamps) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:08

    I watched the whole race as always but halfway I noticed I noticed that however I was still interested in the outcome, I wasn’t interested in the race itself anymore. Nothing spectaculair and DRS made overtaking look pretty easy again. I think after Silverstone this is the most boring race of the season. It’s also looking like now that the top teams are understanding the tyres it takes away the excitement of the beginning of the season. I rate it a 5/10..

  11. Hadzhiev (@hadzhiev) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:17

    It was a nice race though I don’t think that I’ll remember it for a long time.
    The problems with the tyres are seemingly starting to disappear.
    Now they have to make something with the Drug Reduction System. I’ve never liked it but they should do one of these three things:
    1. Banned it for most of the races;
    2. Seriously shorten the length of part of the circuit where it can be used;
    3. Introduce a new approach of usage – for example, a definite number of times in a race it can be used.

  12. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:18

    I went for a 7. It was great having 3 different drivers so close for so long, but eventually the tension ebbed away as Button failed to mount a challenge on Alonso and there wasn’t a huge amount happening behind them.

    At least my fears on DRS weren’t realised! I thought it gave maybe a little too much advantage to the car behind, but not so much it ruined the passes for me!

  13. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:19

    Christian Horner on Hamilton unlapping himself:

    “Is it against the rules… probably not. It’s not very sporting though”

    :D What can you say??? Wow….

  14. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:24

    I think the coverage of the race killed it for me

  15. Rahim.RG (@rahim-rg) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:31

    Good Race…7/10
    Man!! Raikkonen was flying…he just needs a good qualifying…surely Hungary is Kimi’s :)

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