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. A six from me. Marginally better than Monaco, but otherwise, the most disappointing race of the season. Kimi’s charge was the only highlight. I probably would have given it a seven had he managed to win the race, but overtaking was nigh-on impossible today.

  2. Certainly the most boring race in the season. At least you know Monaco has serious limitations in terms of track and has some spectacle around it to make the race interesting. The organizers need to take a serious look at trying to make track improvements to aid overtaking.

    I think here was a perfect example of what happens on a track when neither tyres degrade nor DRS can help. Hamilton had a good race and weekend but then suppose overtaking was easier, would he have kept the lead? In that aspect Kimi drove brilliantly making the strategy work and put in the hard laps right on cue.

    I heard on the Star Sports (Asia) commentary that after Kimi passed Romain and that wheel to wheel happened, Romain signaled to Kimi that he was going to back off. I think that’s excellent team camaraderie and really good on him !

    In short to describe the race, everyone pretty much finished about where they started.

    1. I think here was a perfect example of what happens on a track when neither tyres degrade nor DRS can help.

      I think this is what it amounts to take away DRS and Degrading tires and you get boring racing.

  3. This is how racing should be. Tension for the lead and podium all through the race, different strategies, drama and comical errors (Schumacher). DRS seemed to work perfectly. No cases of just driving past each other. On a track where overtaking was previously considered pretty much impossible there was some nice overtaking moves.

    1. there was some nice overtaking moves

      Yeah, too bad they happened in the pits.

      1. Coming out of the pits maybe. Raikkonen fighting Grosjean was nice. Besides that there were plenty battles in the turn 2, 3 and 4 section of the track.

        Still, I’ll admit I rather watch a strategic battle like this than a musical chairs type lottery. If that means passing in the pits then so be it. All these fake overtakes of previous races (mostly in 2011) were just as useless.

    2. No cases of just driving past each other

      I think you mean “No cases of driving past each other”.

    3. F1fanNL (@)
      30th July 2012, 1:20

      “Tension for the lead”

      What? I must have missed Raikkonen or Grosjean’s attempts to pass Hamilton then.

      This was just Hamilton cruising to victory with Lotus easily taking the podium while Vettel desperately tried to keep up with the faster cars. Luckily for him Button had a lot of trouble keeping his car on the track and handed Vettel 4th. The Red Bull’s and Alonso just couldn’t do the laptimes that the McLaren’s and the Lotuses did.

  4. Average race for me! As much as I wanted Hamilton to win, the track didn’t give Raikkonen any opportunity to have a go. Maybe this circuit could be next on the modify list it’s just too twisty! Pretty dull race. 6

  5. Nice driving by the winner, Raikkonen and Senna – but still a bit of a throwback to the boring old days of fuel stops. James Allen and his fans may wet themselves about strategy, but for me a race needs a bit more than just passing in the pits.

  6. I was going to give it 5 – but having had a good long think about how no one could overtake……… it gets a 4.

    This is the only track that needs Bernies sprinkler system.

    1. +1… It does need a soaking to make it exciting.

  7. Not great, not boring, good result for the chamionship, not much overtaking, but the leaders were always close to eachother, so Hamilton ( who did a superb job) had to work hard for it.
    I guess I’ll give it a 7 then

  8. McLaren should definitely look for another driver than Button for next year..

    1. Ummm – McLaren are to blame for Button finishing 6th. I would rather they sort out strategies than get rid of Button! I assume you think Webber should go from RedBull due to a few rubbish races??

      1. Button was dropping in pace. They felt they had a small window to pit Button before Senna. Button had a bad lap and Senna had a great lap so in the end Button ended up just behind Senna. It’s pretty much Button’s own fault for dropping his pace though. Or not making his tyres work.

    2. Moron (@fokkinmoron)
      29th July 2012, 22:10

      No, McLaren should look to their pit crews. Those guys can be blazing fast one stop and terribly slow the next. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: McLaren’s pitstops are like a box of chocolates; You never know what you’re going to get next.

  9. A 7 for me, not the most exciting but not the worst a better DRS would help several faster cars were held up by slower cars and with no place to pass.
    Great drive by LH a poor showing by JB the next month will be the longest of the year.

  10. It was boring until Raikkonen was at the front putting in those fast laps then it got significantly more exciting for the rest of the race. But other than that the lack of overtaking made it boring. 6

  11. 6 == boring, but I did not fall asleep + a couple of tussles & nudges + hamilton won + kimi showed quite some speed + grosjean showed speed & consistency + there was tension for 1/2 and 5/6/7 until the end

  12. 4/10
    No action at all. The exciting parts were Raikkonen’s and Vettel’s recoveries, which should have got them better results, if it wasn’t for the track.

  13. 6 from me. Nothing really happened, did it? None of the battles that were on delivered, though I am grateful that we’re in a position where there can at least be a battle.

  14. Moron (@fokkinmoron)
    29th July 2012, 22:05

    I rated it at 2 as it was somewhat boring. There were a few spots it got interesting but I just can’t remember them.
    The most boring race so far by far IMHO.

  15. Gave it a 4/10, definitely the worst race of the season. Shows you just how bad Hungaroring is. This was a repeat of 2007 and 2009; cars just going round and round and not being able to overtake each other. Yeah, strategy played an important role, so I didn’t give it 1/10.

    The race had potential had Pirelli’s degraded more (just imagine the epic Lewis-Kimi battle we might have had if the rear tires had gone off), but with most battles, it quickly became clear that you just can’t follow close enough through the last few corners to overtake down the main straight.

  16. I gave it a five. Compared to races in the past, it might have been exciting but very very dull by 2012 standards.

  17. 3. When you’re watching delayed highlights, and there’s still nothing to talk about for 90% of the time, then you know you’re watching boredom personified. If Valencia, often derided as the worst race track on the calender, could produce a reasonably good race, then the processions of Silverstone and Hungaroring need to be looked at.

    Fast cars stuck behind slower cars meant potentially interesting battles were ruined.

  18. 3+1(for hamster win) = 4.

  19. It was a bit dull, which is such a shame as it is one of my favourite circuits (mostly because is there for many years and is not some tilke thing). 6 from me.

  20. F1fanNL (@)
    30th July 2012, 1:11


    1 point for Hamilton winning, 1 point for Raikkonen on the podium, 1 point for Alonso NOT making it on the podium and 1 point for Button handing Vettel 4th place. I thought that was quite nice of him. :)

    Seriously though, what a dull race.

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