Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012What did you think of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

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321 comments on “Rate the race: 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix”

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    5th November 2012, 3:23

    As David Croft said,
    “If that race didn’t make you happy, then nothing will.”

    If only Vettel hadn’t had so much luck.
    Alonso could have been 1st in the WDC going into Austin, and Lewis should have (shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’) won that race, just reliability issues for the Mclaren, so unfortunate.

    1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      5th November 2012, 3:24

      But so glad that Kimi finally got a Win!

      Loved his radio messages ahah!

  2. someone has rated a 1 for the race!

  3. Very intense race. The 2 safety cars messed-up (or *****-up as VET said) the real race, but that is racing.
    Kimmi was impressive, ALO was excellent as well but I would like to see BUT at 3rd instead of VET. so the point differential could be less….
    Cross my fingers to have a close last two races in Austin and Interlagos !

  4. It was pretty much everything you wanted a Grand Prix to be – plenty of action, high drama, some great performances and that constant feeling that race was far from over, even as the cars entered the final corner. It probably won’t change opinions about the circuit in Abu Dhabi, but I think that even the strongest detractors of the event would be hard-pressed to criticise this particular race too much.

    However, there were two a few niggles that meant I couldn’t give it a perect score: firstly, Hamilton’s retirement. The Raikkonen-Alonso-Button-Vettel fight at the end was great, but with Hamilton in the mix it would have been even better, and probably would make the final race for the championship better still. Two, Red Bull deliberately calling Webber in early to get Vettel out of his way. As great as his race was, I think it’s really overshadowed by the way there are three other cars out there that will always move aside from him, sometimes against their will. And finally, Raikkonen’s attitude on the radio irritated me. I know he can be short and blunt at times, but he just came across as being rude when he cut Mark Slade off. As Martin Brundle rightly pointed out, the team was telling him to watch the tyres because the tyres weren’t all in perfect condition for racing to resume.

  5. My two cents on the issue?

    I’m not a Vettel fanboy by any means but I think this was a very good drive. Why? Because of his pace relative to Webber. He managed to keep up a VERY strong pace while coming through the field. He caught the back of Webber at a point where they both had one more stop to complete (and then pulled away when let through). His performace was good insofar as he was pushing for the whole race and as a result beat Webber in the sister RBR.

    All of this with the pressure of the WDC on his back. He was obviously flustered behind that first SC when he yelled to the Pit Wall, but it never really showed in his driving. He made one or two admittedly risky passes, but took his time with Button and executed it flawlessly. Great race.

  6. 6/10. The second half got better, but the first half was dire and really bought the score down for me.

  7. Solid 10 for me!
    I enjoyed this race so much
    Hamilton driving a ’05 McLaren, Vettel full attack on a ’04 Ferrari with all the luck from Micheal’s 1st part career and Raikonnen doing his “James Hunt” on Radio and podium!

  8. 10. superb race, made all the better by kimi’s win and classic radio messages – “just leave me alone. i know what i’m doing” & the “yes yes yes yes. i’m doing it all the time. you don’t have to remind me every second”. no doubt there were a few others that weren’t broadcast-able ;)
    add in his podium “not much really” & “you guys gave me ???? for not smiling” absolute star!!!

  9. 8/10. Plenty of excitement and great stuff from Kimi. A great Grand Prix.

  10. I gave this race a 9. The only reason I didn’t give it a 10 was because the lead was inherited through car failure.

    This race had everything and was so exciting to see what Vettel could do. Yes there was some luck in that but I think he well and truly made his critics quiet with the “he can’t overtake” line.

    Shame that Alonso couldn’t make more of Vettel’s qualifying problems though.

  11. 8/10 very entertaining. So im loving the fact seb its starting in the pit lane then he gets the contact from senna for being way to ambitious and im thinking yes that will slow him down. Then during SC period he seams to think other drivers should realise hes warming his tyres up and get out the way so nearly plows into the back of ricciardo and a clumsy manouver sees him destroy the rest of his wing on a marker board now im thinking surely he has to pit and ruin his race. After all this the dude still finishes 3rd? come on Karma why you take hamilton out the race and give vettel an easy time? No this doesn’t silence the critics and button made it way to easy for him. good race though shame the circuit is still pap. Bring on USA!

  12. I rated the race 8/10.

    The race war really interesting, with plenty of surprises, but I cannot rated it higher than that. It’s a pity that Raikkonen got his win because of Hamilton’s retirement and Vettel’s penalty. It’s also a shame we have seen so many incidents and too much cars which made contact. I think it’s because the track doesn’t leave a lot of space because it has only one racing line (despite being really wide). And having youngsters trained in GP2 doesn’t improve things : we have seen contacts from Maldonado, Perez, Grosjean and Senna : drivers graduated from GP2.
    But anyway, we have also seen many nice things, like the supreme drive from Vettel, and also some nice overtakings (when done without contact)

  13. 10/10 for me. This race had pretty much everything; close wheel to wheel racing, spectacular crashes, a brilliant recovery drive from the back of the grid (which I think will be looked back upon as the moment that Vettel effectively won himself the championship in 2012), heartbreak in the form of Hamilton walking dejectedly away from yet another broken car, nailbiting tension as the leader was being reeled in by Alonso, plenty of Kimi-isms both on the track and the podium, and best of all, DC looking like he was about to lay a Crazy Dave smackdown on Vettel for pouring fizzy rosewater over his head.

    Literally brilliant.

    Only thing which I did think could have been better was the direction of the coverage. During the opening few laps, Vettel managed to make his way up to 14th, and we saw pretty much none of it. All because of this unnecessary trend of showing us 50,000 replays of the start. I really don’t understand why they do this while there’s racing going on on-track, especially when we know we’ll get to see a bazillion replays of the start in the post-race analysis. At most, I think it’s something they could play as filler when the safety car is out, but to deny us the spectacle of Vettel cutting through the field in favour of showing us people driving away from the grid for half an hour is just unforgivable.

    But that doesn’t take away from the fact this was one of the most exciting races I’ve ever seen.

    1. @mazdachris

      Only thing which I did think could have been better was the direction of the coverage. During the opening few laps, Vettel managed to make his way up to 14th, and we saw pretty much none of it.

      As far as I could tell none of the onboard feeds were showing the race from Vettel’s view at the start. In the opening laps there seemed to be one just showing Hamilton’s perspective, which was fine though not half as interesting as being able to keep an eye on Vettel’s progress.

      1. Admittedly, I didn’t get to see the onboard feeds or the driver tracker because I watched the race on Sky+ in the evening (I was out looking at kittens..) but I do struggle to understand why we didn’t see any of it. We didn’t see him leaving the pits, we didn’t see him making his way through the pack, we didn’t really see anything. Considering his drive through the pack was THE story of the race during the buildup, you’d have thought that his car would have a camera jammed into every orifice and we’d be able to enjoy his overtaking from every angle in high definition digital crikey-vision.

        Instead all we got to see was Webber failing to operate his clutch properly for the 95th time this season.

  14. I gave the race an 8, but I was surprised that the most popular ratings at the moment are a 10 (36%) and 9 (34%).

    I was disappointed that Hamilton lost out on what seemed a certain victory due to another reliability problem, but I was glad that Raikkonen got the win.

    Early on I thought it would be another dull race the only difference to recent races being that it would be Hamilton dominating and taking a commanding win rather than Vettel.

    However as the race went on and we had various coming togethers, safety cars, Vettel charging through the field to get a podium and then Raikkonen holding on to win when it looked like Alonso may chase him down, so my personal rating steadily went up as the race went on.

    What stopped me from giving it a higher rating was a real battle for the lead, and for most of the overtakes didn’t really excite me as they were too one sided.

    As for the championship I think only a no score for Vettel or Ferrari somehow having the fastest car for the final races will stop Vettel making it three in a row.

  15. Definitely 10.

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