Start, Monza, 2012

Rate the Race Results: 2012 Italian Grand Prix

2012 Italian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Jake Michaels

Start, Monza, 2012If there’s such a thing as an average race in 2012 then the Italian Grand Prix may well have been it.

F1 Fanatic readers gave it an average rating of 7.64 out of ten which means it ranks seventh of the 13 races so far.

The race saw Lewis Hamilton score his 20th Grand Prix win, extending McLaren?s string of victories to three.

Among the highlights were another impressive drive from Sauber’s Sergio Perez as he finished second, passing the two Ferraris in the latter stages, much to the dismay of the enthusiastic Tifosi.

With plenty going on in the race, the overall response from readers was positive:

Apart from the lead, the race was packed. Great battles, lots of overtaking manoeuvres and some solid driving from many drivers made this race exciting.

I gave it a nine. Challenging track and an exciting race, shame about the retirements though.

Classic Italian Grand Prix. Clean, comprehensible, great battles on track, mechanical issues provided an element of surprise. It had absolutely everything.

There was much praise for Perez’s efforts:

It was great to see Perez fighting and doing a fantastic job getting second.

The last part of the race came alive with Perez having a phenomenal last stint charging from eighth to second.

However some were left scratching their heads at the stewards’ decisions:

Absolutely ridiculous inconsistent stewarding. I stopped watching the race.

Vettel?s penalty is arguable, especially because Alonso got away with it last year, and Rosberg only received a warning in Bahrain.

And not everyone rated the race as highly:

Interesting to see so many seven to ten scores. I thought this was probably the dullest race of the year. There simply wasn?t anything to get me excited.

Can?t believe so many have voted eight. It was a boring race with not a lot happening. Five at the most.

Fernando Alonso might have out-scored most of his closest rivals but the championship is still far from over:

The championship is spiced up and a great first Monza win for Hamilton.

With Vettel not finishing and Alonso (only) getting third, it has made the championship a lot more interesting.

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