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 (4%)

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166 comments on Rate the race: 2012 German Grand Prix

  1. 7-ish for me.

    Hamilton’s unlapping techniques, Force India constantly swapping places with the Saubers for half the race and Vettel’s desperate driving were fun-to-watch moments. However, not much else to it.

    Some good overtaking here and there – most of them starring Raikkonen, Di Resta or Koba. Some uber-easy moves under DRS too.

    Some ups for: Button getting back to his senses, the Saubers nailing the strategies for both drivers again, Rosberg grabbing a point from 21st on the grid and Maldonado managing not to take anyone out this time.

    Quite a few downs for: Massa going back to his own self, Schumacher not capitalising on his last stint on softs, Grosjean’s slow pace and error-riddled race, Williams looking quick with Maldonado in front of Webber for 1/4 of the race and dropping down to 15th after all – wasted potential, same old – and Caterham bringing a brand new car to Germany in order to lose contact with Torro Rosso again. Also expected Raikkonen to be more of a threat to the trio in front.

    Still a decent race though. Seen better, seen worse.

  2. Bendanarama (@bendana) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:43

    I’d say an eight. Good, not great – vould have been higher, but the battle for the lead fizzled out rather than being spectacular.

  3. JB (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:44

    I gave it a seven. Although it was a perfect drive from FA, It sort of lacked something to make it stand out… It was lookng quite good at the end and JB really seemed like a real threat but in the end the battle never took place which sorta killed it for me…

  4. buzzzz (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:47

    Missed the beginning of the race, what happened to Hami?

  5. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:47

    It was a good and fun race to watch, but we had a anti-climax at the end, so for me it’s a 7 out of 10. I was really hoping that those three would battle it out for the lead on the last laps, but it didn’t happen, to my disappointment.

  6. F1fanNL (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 15:51


    Most boring race of the year. Just 2 real overtakes. A little promise of Button and Vettel challenging Alonso for the lead but the Ferrari is the fastest car now. Button had an advantage briefly but that advantage cost him his tyres.

    • JB (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:04

      I wouldn´t call it the most boring race of the year but it certainly wasn´t spectacular and i really don´t think the Ferrari is the fastest… Jenson worked his way up like a rocket and was dismissing rivals left and right… Alonso just made the best with what he had… The McLaren is definitely the quickest car!!

  7. robk23 (@robk23) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:01

    7/10 from me, there was plenty of racing to keep me amused but the Alonso v Button anticlimax at the end spoilt it a bit.

  8. panache (@panache) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:07

    + Plenty of nice overtakes during the race. Faster drivers who were assertive were able to convert pace advantage into overtakes but not easily. For the most part the DRS zone seemed to be good today.
    + Close racing throughout the field with plenty of changeups. Race was open for the win for either Button or Vettel until the last 7 laps.
    + It was relatively easy to interpret how the race was unfolding but the race was not too predictable.
    + Return to form for Button is good to see
    + Dry race

    – Hamilton and Grosjean both suffering as a result of Massa and ultimately completely out of contention.
    – Battle for the lead was slightly anticlimactic with no actual overtaking attempts, but still a good, close and long battle.
    – Vettel’s overtake on Button denied fans the opportunity to watch Button attempt to defend ON THE TRACK in the last 2 laps.

    Overall an 8/10 for me.

  9. marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:03

    Spent more time watching the timing than action, but still good fun. Better than Silverstone. Shame to see Grosjean and Hamilton tooling round the back though. And Massa continues to disappoint.

  10. Dimitris 1395 (@) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:05

    It was a wonderful race! Many overtakes (a lot of them after the DRS zone), good battles and some pretty drivng by Alonso, Button, Kimi and Kobayashi. Despite this, two of the best drivers were far away in the back (Hamilton, Grosjean) and for yet another race, the closing laps lacked the much-expected drama.
    P.S I have to say a big thanks to the organisers of the Grand Prix as they weren’t distracted by the treacherous rain and managed to help everyone in the circuit!

  11. James (@jamesjames123abc) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:11

    Gave it a 6. I’ve seen better (especially this year) but I’ve seen worse.

    DRS wasn’t as bad as expected, actually it was probably one of the ‘best’ DRS zones this year.
    Some interesting battles down the field.
    Massa had a good recovery drive after effectively ruining his own race at the first corner.
    Was good to see the Saubers make there way through the field, they’ve deserved a good result lately.

    I just hope we get a completely dry weekend at Hungary next week, to see the true pace of everyone, although it doesn’t look likely.

  12. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:14

    I think the post-race controversy rather spoils the race itself, a 4/5 for me.

  13. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:39

    The fact that Red Bull were allowed to race with their illegal car is a disgrace so before the race it already deserved a 1.

  14. Trenthamfolk (@trenthamfolk) said on 22nd July 2012, 17:58

    A highly enjoyable race from my perspective: great overtaking, inept driving from Massa, nice aggressive stuff from MSC, thoroughly deserved win for Eyebrows, beautiful return to form for Button… I’m more than satisfied with this season to date, and this race was a welcome addition. Only downers were Hamilton’s retirement, and Maldanado not crashing anyone out… 7/10

  15. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 22nd July 2012, 18:54

    7. Certainly not a classic, but enough interest to keep us guessing. Win was in some doubt until the final few laps, though things were a bit processional.

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