Rate the race: 2012 Indian Grand Prix

2012 Indian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012What did you think of the Indian Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

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Rate the 2012 Indian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (5%)
  • 2 (5%)
  • 3 (10%)
  • 4 (12%)
  • 5 (18%)
  • 6 (24%)
  • 7 (16%)
  • 8 (7%)
  • 9 (1%)
  • 10 (1%)

Total Voters: 542

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202 comments on Rate the race: 2012 Indian Grand Prix

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th October 2012, 11:17

    Well, that was a waste of my Sunday evening.

  2. Ratboy (@ratboy) said on 28th October 2012, 11:18

    3 – I wanted a Phaal but got a Korma

  3. taurus (@taurus) said on 28th October 2012, 11:18

    Absolute rubbish. If this is the way F1 is heading you can keep it.


  4. Well, I’m gonna be indulgent and give it a 5. And that’s because it managed to create at least some tension here and there in the midfield, in places, between Button and Rosberg, even thought nothing came of it; because at least we had a small glimpse of a fight for the podium between Alonso, Webber and Hamilton, even though nothing much came out of that either and, well… because I never had high expectations for this GP in the first place. And nothing much to do on a Sunday morning, other than watch it.

    One sole comment: I’m firmly convinced Pirelli should have brought the softer / more-degradable compounds here. Two stop strategies for the top teams and the alternative of a three-stopper would have made for a much more entertaining GP and would have mixed things up in the field in a more desirable fashion.

  5. AmirAnuar (@amiranuar) said on 28th October 2012, 11:19

    starting to hating this late starting race. why is the race is held late in the afternoon. the lighting is the worse it should be held around 2o’clock.

  6. Leftie (@leftie) said on 28th October 2012, 11:20

    The race proved just one thing for me – it isn’t exactly Newey who’s making a difference, as some like to point out. KERS or not Webber in a Newey designed car got beaten by Alonso. The one who’s making a different is Sebastian Vettel. Though, make that Ferrari 0.3s faster relatively to Red Bull and no one would get a serious chance against Alonso, who is driving absolutely on another level comparative to the rest of the field this year.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th October 2012, 11:35

      I think the point is that these cars run far better when in clean air. Webber had been defending for a large part of the race, before the first stop he had been far less behind Vettel

    • KERS or not Webber in a Newey designed car got beaten by Alonso.

      That’s more “KERS” than “not”. I can’t imagine how Alonso would have passed Webber if he didn’t have those X laps without KERS (I reckon it came back before the end of the race). He was already 2 seconds in front of Alonso from 0.4 seconds after both pitted.

      • Leftie (@leftie) said on 28th October 2012, 14:13

        I see your point, but the fact is that only Alonso was there instantly to benefit from any Red Bull misfortune. And fragile KERS is a design issue – it is compromised for the sake of packaging and it was a conscious decision by Red Bull.

    • JB (@) said on 28th October 2012, 17:02

      Sir, did you, by any chance, notice the update RBR made to the rb8?? Basically the kid has his old toy back…. Gases get built up in the canister while on throttle and they are expelled when the car goes off throttle on the curves…. he gets the “blown” effect which this kid needs in order to excell…. There is you difference…..

      • Leftie (@leftie) said on 28th October 2012, 18:32

        Sure mate, i also noticed that FOM cameras are now constantly spraying superglue all over his tyres for more grip and also a small rocket engine hidden in the back for a humble speed boost. Traction control software disguised as Super Mario game designed for relaxation while sitting in the pits and small austrian gnomes hidden inside the dampers changing his ride height while on track mimicking active suspension system are also worth mentioning.

  7. Daniel Thomas (@iamdanthomas) said on 28th October 2012, 11:24

    Fernando Alonso is a remarkable driver. At no point has a sportsman of any sport managed to overturn the instinctive and irrational dislike such as that I had for him a few years ago. He’s smart, quick and amiable – just like his main rival.

    Hopefully Red Bull and Ferrari, and dare I say Mercedes, can keep a battle as fierce as this going throughout next year.

  8. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 28th October 2012, 11:26

    7/10. Classic F1 race: not too much overtaking, but classic battles with hard but brilliant overtaking moves. Pity for Raikkonen, which didn’t have straight line speed. He certainly would’ve been on the podium, if he qualified on the second row. Webber and Hamilton battle made me sit on the edge of my couch for the 5 last laps of the race.

  9. AldoG said on 28th October 2012, 11:28

    The most exciting moment of the race was to see Vettel’s car releasing some sparks. That says a lot about the emotions involved in this “race”…
    Alonso put a great drive, again, and the rest was a snoozefest.

  10. smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 28th October 2012, 11:30

    vettels four victories in a row ,nothing stopping red bulls if vettel keeps going at this rate he definitely had the championship before brazil.After first half of the season I would have never excepted second half to be so boring.

  11. infy (@infy) said on 28th October 2012, 11:31

    I gave it a 7. I enjoyed watching the time-sheets and was impressed by Alonso’s consistency.

  12. Bob (@bobthevulcan) said on 28th October 2012, 11:31

    The race really provided the best analogy for itself – a burst tyre. You had all the tension building up, especially at the start and near the end, but it never really amounted to anything before something finally gave way. A battle for the podium never really materialized after Alonso blasted past the McLarens on the opening lap, then picked off a flagging Webber, all while Vettel blasted off into the distance.

    You could argue that there was some good action behind the Red Bulls, and that was true. We saw some daring passes by Alonso and Senna among others, and hard fought standoffs in the midfield. However, too many, if not an overwhelming majority of these, where boring DRS-assisted “highway” passes down the back straight, often completed halfway down the straight.

    At least the result keeps the championship battle alive somewhat. A solid 5.

  13. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 28th October 2012, 11:32

    I was entertained at the start, then all the battles seemed to go off the boil and the order became static. Webber’s KERS failure spiced things up again and made the last few laps quite tense, with successive battles against Alonso and Hamilton. On top of that I enjoyed the battles further down the field.
    Unfortunately for the third race in a row there was no battle for the lead after the second corner. 7.

  14. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th October 2012, 11:33

    For me it was a better race than expected. Even Vettel did not run away with it just like that, Alonso made it a great first lap, Massa was good there as well.
    At the end we saw Alonso pushing as hard as he could, and it was nice and close between Hamilton and Webber too. In between we had beautifull battles with Grosjean, with Rosberg defending from a lot of drives all race. Senna had a couple of really nice moves and deservedly got that last point. If only he had not messed up his Q2 lap, he might have been more to the front.
    Massa did a good job to defend from Kimi the whole race too.

    It was certainly not a classic, but if one does not like DRS overtaking galore, then it was quite a good one at it. I voted a 7, because I enjoyed myself almost all race.

  15. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 28th October 2012, 11:34

    2 – Very little action for almost the entire race, and Vettel romping away again also made it quite a bad one…

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