Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

2012 Hungarian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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Rate the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (1%)
  • 2 (3%)
  • 3 (4%)
  • 4 (9%)
  • 5 (18%)
  • 6 (28%)
  • 7 (20%)
  • 8 (11%)
  • 9 (3%)
  • 10 (3%)

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  1. 3, definition of boredom.

    1. Agreed.

      But I wouldn’t got as low as a 3 :)

      1. 10, because Raikkonen is the best…

        1. good that i saw your post reasoning why you voted 10, else I wud have posted the “some people seem to vote a 10 just so that it makes them the only people to rate a 10, even if the race was a 3!”!!!

          1. same on you: “some people seem to vote a 3 just so that it makes them the only people to rate a 3, even if the race was a 10!!!”. In the point of view of a Raikkonen fan, the race was great, not just the result, because Raikkonen managed to take 4 position by where he started and 5 position after the start(lost a place). So 4-5 position was impresive, so for me it was a 10. I’m so curios if this was a 3, the races from last season has to got a maximum …2. I’m new on this site and a I don’t know how was the rates last year.

          2. Sorin, please read Keith’s instruction above the rating scale:
            “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”

          3. Even not being a defined Lotus fan, I really enjoyed Raikkonen’s progress. and the tension between Lotus and the possibility of grabbing their first victory had me the entire race—just when it seemed clear that Grojean wouldn’t be able to do it, Raikkonen snapped second and went on a charge.

            I went for a six simply because all the drama and tension in the race came to very little. I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat in suspense like other races this season, but it most certainly was enjoyable.

    2. Exaggeration much. Do people not remember the Ferrari dominate years? This would have been the more exciting thing ever compared to those years.

      1. Agree with you @solo, but when Bahrain GP was rate 1,2,3 because of political view and the race was fantastic…then this rates for me doesn’t matter anymore…so ..really, doesn’t matter.

      2. I certainly remember. This race was not boring at any moment, it was very tense and unpredictable all the way. It would have been a 10 for me if KR had managed to get past LH in the closing laps. As he didn’t, it’s a 9 !
        This year, BORING only applies to Monaco and Silverstone…[so far]

      3. +1.
        And want to add one more example of boredom to your list : 2011 RBR.

    3. Agreed….. 5

    4. Definitely another Hungorboring

  2. It was very boring. Very very boring. But the different strategies and the traffic in the middle fo the race spiced up the thing a bit.

    Still, a 4, being generous!

    1. Sad I already voted. The race gets an INSTANT 1 for sending Placido Domingo to do the post race interviews!

      Ofc, it’s a joke, but what was the idea, really? He’s not hungarian, nor a F1 guy. Not sure he’s even a petrolhead. If it was, say, Eric Clapton, okay, that’s cool. He likes Ferraris and he shows up in the grid from time to time.

      They could’ve got McNish up there. Or DC. Or Hill. Or Brundle. Or Herbert. Even Baumgartner!

      Rant over.

      1. Or Clarkson.
        And is it just me who doesn’t like these interviews at all, even with lauda and.. stewart, was it?

        As for the race, giving it a 7, it was a good one if you watched live timing and pit radio tweets, with plenty of strategic choices and thinking. If I want utter unpredictability, I watch the lottery draw before the news.

        1. And is it just me who doesn’t like …with lauda and.. stewart, was it?

          ‘course you, or for that matter I, wouldnt. Those are/were racers, NOT professional commentators/interviewers! Going by your last sentence pun, maybe u cud make a better interviewer!

          1. @f1lunatic chill, mate! :)

            @zantex I like those interviews, it’s better than the post-race conference in that little room with the uncomfortable chairs. At least this one makes it closer to the public But I guess it’s dependable on the track and the crowd itself. At Silverstone, the response was great.

          2. I prefer it to the conference room interviews too. Perhaps it is just an improved perception based on the novelty of the podium interviews, but I feel like we are getting more character and personality from the drivers.

            Was it me or did Raikkonen start to ramble? That is the most words I think I’ve ever heard from him at one time.

        2. @zantex I like them. It’s just the same as it was before, except the interviews take place somewhere the crowd at the track can watch them, which is obviously an improvement.

          I was happy seeing the interviews done by legends of the sport. But Placido Domingo, though he is great in other ways, is not an appropriate choice for this sort of thing.

          A former driver or F1 journalist would be fine. But roping in a celebrity is a gimmick we can do without.

          1. I disagree keith, I can understand your point of view, that the fans at the track see more of he interviews this way, but for me as a viewer at home this irritates me deeply. Especially when a guy who has nothing to do with racing goes up there. The post race pressconference was a much bette way of interviewing the drivers, multiple journalists meant every now and then one of them would actually ask the non standerd question of”how was your race” . Now you get some random guy, ONE guy, asking a few questions. And yes, for the purpose of doing an interview, Jackie Stewart and Lauda count as a random guy in my oppinion. Fans at the track get to SEE the race, please let us poor sods who stay home get some perks too…

          2. Jackie Stewart and Lauda count as a random guy in my oppinion

            Well they’ve got six F1 world championship titles between them so I say that’s rubbish.

            please let us poor sods who stay home get some perks too

            You didn’t pay hundreds of pounds to be there.

          3. YEs, they have six world champions between them, that makes them great drivers, it does not however make them good journalists/interviewers though…

            And yes, I did not pay hunderds of pounds to be there, but I did contribute to the hunderds of millions of pounds the formula 1 makes from tv rights by paying for my tvsubscription. Does that make me less of a fan, or less worthy of getting decent coverage because I did not go to the track?

            What I’m trying to say is, formula 1 will always get the biggest part of it’s income from tv, so lets do something for the people who watch tv too. And I don’t think the “interviews”(and I use the term lightly) on the podium do that.

          4. Hm. I should rephrase that. Maybe they are not so bad, but what I really miss is the conference on live TV. The podium thing is cute and all, and there are some funny pokes, such as greece-spain-italy-germany last week, and I fully respect all the former drivers and champions, but I would really like to see the old-fashioned conferences on TV after that, which is probably what melkurion is getting at as well.

          5. @melkurion

            Does that make me less of a fan

            No and I never said it did.

            But I see no reason to deprive those at the track who have paid to be there the opportunity to see post-race interviews in the flesh. In a sport where access to the competitors is so restricted, frankly it’s the least they can to.

            Complaining about it seems awfully mean-spirited when those sat at home aren’t really being deprived of anything.

          6. @keithcollantine

            I quite agree. The post-race/quali driver briefings are monumentally boring, and could just as easily have been delivered by a text-to-speech machine in the past. The odd interesting question or comment did come out well after the TV feed was switched off, but you’d only know about that if you hunted out the transcript somewhere.

            Doing it on the podium with someone of interest makes sense for the fans at the track, and doesn’t rob the TV viewer of anything other than a cut from camera as the drivers trek pointlessly off to a poky back room somewhere to be asked asinine questions by the jingoistic national press organs.

      2. @fer-no65 I guess I’ve got spoiled this season and it comes as a bit of a shock, especially after extremely interesting Valencia, to see Hungaroring being well… Hungaroring. This race has perhaps the greatest potential to deliver a dull race with everything determined by the strategy, little to none overtaking etc. Unfortunately it used this potential to the fullest.

        1. Well, at least it’s over with then. And at least the title race tightened up.

      3. Traverse Mark Senior (@)
        29th July 2012, 15:11

        Or EJ…or they could have got Alonso up on the podium and sang happy birthday to him!

        1. @tmcs88 @zantex or Schumi… he retired early, he could’ve done it! :P

          1. Traverse Mark Senior (@)
            29th July 2012, 15:16

            or Horner… *Dead silence as tumbleweed roles past*

          2. @tmcs88 Or Helmut Marko

            (that’d have been interesting! :P)

      4. Disagree. Placi Domi did as well as anyone in the situation, and was a bit more witty, and I’m afraid, all those you mention are getting a bit boring…. sorry! Plus, his english is better!

        1. You’re being sarcastic right? His English was terrible. He couldn’t make his sentences work even though he asked pretty much the same question of each driver.

          Still he managed to put in more words in his questions than he allowed the drivers to speak. Guess he’d rather hear himself talk than the drivers.

          1. Lauda was extremely dull in Germany, well for me. I liked this one, or maybe cause I’m Lotus fan I could feel the same enthusiasm. Alonso bit in the end was the only bad thing for me, bit too pushy.

      5. Or Batman!

    2. Gotta thank Hamilton, for generating ANY excitement into the race that it had! First he held back Grosjean long enough to let Raikkonen close the gap and then Kimi raced a race second only to Japan’05, Secondly he held back raikkonen till the race end.

      1. What is there to hold back of when you know that passing is nearly impossible.

    3. I completely agree! Just ended up watching the whole thing because I couldn’t find anything else to watch on TV.

  3. 7. because of just championship.

  4. PJ (@pjtierney)
    29th July 2012, 14:50


    That was an awfully boring race. The combination of a restrictive track, cars unable to follow well in turbulent air, and the teams getting a hold of the Pirelli tyres means that the race was no more than a strategy simulation for most of the teams.

    The only things that felt remotely exciting were Schumacher’s bad start, Kimi and Romain fighting at the pit exit, and Maldonado’s incident with Di Resta.

    Quite frankly I was hoping it would rain. It didn’t and we got a forgettable race.

    1. +1
      The only bit of emotion the whole race coming from Mr Ice Cold Grumpy, says it all! The strategy simulation is spot on.

      More worrying, though, was the penalty for Maldonado. What planet are FIA stewards on? Are they just completely incompetent? I think he should have been race banned 3 times now for three deliberate collisions and should probably count himself lucky to be in Formula 1. I really don’t care what penalties he gets. But it does bother me he gets one for simply racing and pushing someone wide, without causing any real incident. At least he was trying to gain a position. FIA stewards with this kind of penalty just make the sport duller and duller.

      1. Didn’t Massa force Alonso off the track in the same way in Barcelona 2007 – the stewards didn’t even look into the matter then.
        I don’t think it was right to penalize Maldonado today. It was clearly a racing incident.

        1. Thanks for the video. Another interesting thing about the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix: Felipe Massa won the race from pole!

  5. Traverse Mark Senior (@)
    29th July 2012, 14:51

    An ok GP. unfortunately pit stops dictated the race. Hamilton proves once again that he can manage his tyres when he has to.

  6. Dimitris 1395 (@)
    29th July 2012, 14:51

    Strategic race, although it had interesting development and result. Little overtaking action and a small amount of battles. For me its a 6 as my favourite drivers(Hamilton, Raikkonen) were on podium and the teams seem pretty equal as the season progress…

  7. Knowing that the Hungaroring was never an overtaking-friendly track, I was a bit more lenient here. There was a lot of tactical racing today, which I like, so a 7/10 is all right really.

  8. 5. Quite a procession. Thought the mixed strategies at the end would’ve mixed things up but there still wasn’t much overtaking or many battles.

    Glad Lewis won though, he was utterly brilliant all weekend. Made that kind of pressure look effortless.

    1. Same with me, a 5 simply due to the interesting strategies towards the end of the race and Kimi’s rapid pace. There was a complete lack of overtaking, the circuit could use an extended straight.

  9. worst race of the season so far

    1. Totally but at least it was Hamilton’s first legit pace based victory this year.

      1. I don’t think it was legit. If it was legit it had to be won by a lotus since they were faster than Hamilton. As I said before Hamilton only because the track favor him because in that track is impossible to pass other cars

  10. 5 for me. It was one of the more tedious races of the year even though there was a fair mix of strategies. Most of the passing was old-skool pitlane.

    The phrase “plan B” will make me shudder for the rest of my life. Compare McLaren’s 3 stop strategy for JB to Red Bull’s for Vettel. How could they possibly have thought it would work? It looked like panic to me.

    1. true..i guess the championship for may well have been over for button,even after winning the first race and no pit stop mess ups like lewis he is still 90 points down on alonso…button just dont have raw pace like vettel n ham

      1. @smokinjoe – yep but even if he’s not in contention, that strategy still ruined his race.

        1. Button ruined his tyres too quickly so they had to do an extra stop. Not much the team can do there. Button then was unlucky that he ended up just behind Senna, otherwise he would have been fighting Vettel for that position for the entire race.

          Oddly enough Hamilton was told he was on “plan B” also and in his case it seems to have meant doing one stop less.

          1. In an interview afterwards Button stated that his tyres were ok and that the team brought him in too early

  11. How can you call that boring?? Didn’t you feel the suspense or tension?

    1. exactly. 7 for me. the whole race was quite tense.

    2. At first I too thought it was suspense and tension later it proved to be mere frustration. Talk about ditching Valencia, Hungaroring is hopeless, not even DRS helps. What’s the point of racing here (at least with such a track layout) if every race ends up being a procession?

    3. Because you are a Hamilton fan. You could tell 10 laps to go , kimmi was not going to win because it was impossible to make a pass on another car.

      1. you are a Hamilton fan

        According to his profile @brad-ferrari supports Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

        Was the ‘Ferrari’ in his username and the picture of Alonso as his avatar not a big enough clue?

        1. Thanks for clearing that up. :)

          1. @brad-ferrari No problem – this sort of thing is exactly why I wanted that option in the profiles!

    4. I agree! It was a very tense and tactical, if uneventful race. I liked how the various strategies ended up playing out, and how the different drivers/teams coped with the race as it unfolded. Plus, Schumacher’s start-line antics and Vettel’s temper tantrums added some intrigue. I gave it a 7.

  12. Definitely below average, but only just as it’s good to see Hamilton get a decent result. 4

  13. 4 – mostly boring and little happening, but there were a few battles and we could never be sure who’d win. Decent race, not each and every one can be a classic.

  14. Poor, and cannot believe what happened to Button.

    I give it 4, and only because Ham won

    1. @ben321
      What can´t you believe about Button? Lewis, Kimi, Grosjean, Vettel and Alonso all had better race pace than Button… Even if the McLarens did qualify well…. Button´s racecraft is found to be weak compared to the above mentioned.

      1. F1fanNL (@)
        30th July 2012, 1:02

        Button made several mistakes, his pace was fine.
        He made a gap to Vettel but then slid off track letting Vettel get within DRS range again.
        Without the mistakes Button would have been 4th at least and maybe even 3rd.

  15. 4. Absolutely mediocre. The thunderstorm that never came. Every corner looks the same. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this track off the calendar in near future.

    1. Every corner looks the same

      @tkcom No they don’t…

      The track hardly ever gives the chance of an exciting, hard fought Grand Prix. But it’s not a bad circuit at all. It’s quite an unique circuit that’s in the calendar. And certainly better (as a racetrack) than most of the others.

      1. Agree about the track. Good for hot-lapping, not so good for racing with aero dependant cars.

  16. 3. Nothing happened.

    1. agreed! same score, passing in the pits is exciting as a vegetarian meatloaf

  17. If the previous race got a 7 then this gets a 3.

  18. 4 or 5. I am surprised no one tried a 1-stop strategy. Given how tough it is to overtake, going for a 3 stopper was pretty strange, if you ask me.

  19. sid_prasher (@)
    29th July 2012, 15:02

    promised a lot but nothing happened…still a 6

  20. 6 for me. It was nice to have an old school nailbiter after the Hollywood extravaganza races we have been accustomed to in 2012

    1. Meaning just because the other races were exciting we needed to have a boring one?

      That’s like saying it’s nice to get sick for a change after being healthy for so long.

    2. This race was boring even for pre-2011 standards.

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