Rate the race: 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

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171 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

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  1. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 29th July 2012, 14:48

    3, definition of boredom.

    • Agreed.

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

      • sorin (@) said on 29th July 2012, 15:07

        10, because Raikkonen is the best…

        • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 29th July 2012, 15:10

          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!”!!!

          • sorin (@) said on 29th July 2012, 15:47

            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.

          • Fishingelbow (@fishingelbow) said on 29th July 2012, 17:35

            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.”

          • Jason (@jmwalley) said on 30th July 2012, 14:23

            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.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 29th July 2012, 15:24

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

      • sorin (@) said on 29th July 2012, 15:50

        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.

      • de Hooch said on 29th July 2012, 19:12

        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]

      • leotef (@leotef) said on 30th July 2012, 6:59

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

    • Mark (@marlarkey) said on 29th July 2012, 15:36

      Agreed….. 5

    • Toro Stevo (@toro-stevo) said on 29th July 2012, 16:12

      Definitely another Hungorboring

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 29th July 2012, 14:49

    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!

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 29th July 2012, 15:03

      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.

      • ZanteX (@zantex) said on 29th July 2012, 15:08

        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.

        • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 29th July 2012, 15:16

          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!

          • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 29th July 2012, 15:35

            @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.

          • Jason (@jmwalley) said on 30th July 2012, 14:27

            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.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th July 2012, 16:54

          @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.

          • melkurion (@melkurion) said on 29th July 2012, 19:33

            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…

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th July 2012, 20:08

            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.

          • melkurion (@melkurion) said on 29th July 2012, 21:14

            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.

          • ZanteX (@zantex) said on 29th July 2012, 22:06

            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.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th July 2012, 23:12


            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.

          • Hairs (@hairs) said on 29th July 2012, 23:28


            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.

      • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 29th July 2012, 15:11

        @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.

      • Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 29th July 2012, 15:11

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

      • de Hooch said on 29th July 2012, 16:34

        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!

        • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 29th July 2012, 17:30

          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.

          • Kimi4WDC said on 31st July 2012, 0:13

            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.

      • Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 29th July 2012, 16:51

        Or Batman!

    • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 29th July 2012, 15:07

      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.

    • Francis said on 30th July 2012, 1:35

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

  3. Eggry (@eggry) said on 29th July 2012, 14:49

    7. because of just championship.

  4. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 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.

    • David BR2 said on 29th July 2012, 15:39

      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.

  5. Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 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 (@) said on 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. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 29th July 2012, 14:52

    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. robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 29th July 2012, 14:52

    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.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 29th July 2012, 15:10

      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. adamtys (@adamtys) said on 29th July 2012, 14:53

    worst race of the season so far

    • Eric (@fletch) said on 29th July 2012, 15:18

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

      • Tete said on 30th July 2012, 5:20

        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. dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 29th July 2012, 14:53

    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.

    • smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 29th July 2012, 15:09

      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

      • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 29th July 2012, 15:24

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

        • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 29th July 2012, 17:33

          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.

  11. BradFerrari (@brad-ferrari) said on 29th July 2012, 14:53

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

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th July 2012, 17:09

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

    • Klaas (@klaas) said on 29th July 2012, 18:30

      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?

    • Tete said on 30th July 2012, 5:24

      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.

    • Hallard (@hallard) said on 30th July 2012, 19:28

      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. MuzzleFlash (@muzzleflash) said on 29th July 2012, 14:55

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

  13. Enigma (@enigma) said on 29th July 2012, 14:56

    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. Ben321 (@ben321) said on 29th July 2012, 14:57

    Poor, and cannot believe what happened to Button.

    I give it 4, and only because Ham won

    • JB (@) said on 29th July 2012, 16:10

      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.

      • F1fanNL (@) said on 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. tkcom (@tkcom) said on 29th July 2012, 14:57

    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.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 29th July 2012, 15:05

      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.

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