Rate the race: 2012 United States Grand Prix

2012 United States Grand Prix

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Circuit of the Americas, 2012What did you think of the United States Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

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213 comments on Rate the race: 2012 United States Grand Prix

  1. GT_Racer said on 18th November 2012, 21:20

    Really wish we didn’t have drs ruining this race.

    it was a good race for the most part but there were way too many boringly easy drs drive-by push of a button passes once again & that pass for the lead was a complete joke, has to be one of the least interesting passes for the lead i have ever seen.

    we had a nice scrap for the lead going on & then it gets ended with a boringly easy pass which really took away a lot of the excitement & just made the end very anti-climactic.

    • I think the DRS was unecessary given how long the straight is. Perhaps it may have been of use on the pit straight but there was a fair amount of overtaking into turn 1 anyway. I feel DRS made it much to easy for cars such as the Williams to overtake.

  2. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 18th November 2012, 21:27

    I loved watching that. Cat and mouse for the lead for 52 laps!
    Hamilton got a long overdue, very well deserved win. Vettel showed that he’s a great racer, hanging onto Hamilton’s tail right until the end. Alonso seemed to be nowhere on pace and was lucky for Webber’s retirement but still full credit for a massive first lap and for hanging on yet again!

    Plenty of overtakes, especially seeing Vettel, Button, Hulkenberg and Senna battle throughout the race. Some great skill and incredibly brave moves on show. I gave it a 9.

    São Paulo here we come!

  3. Dimitris 1395 (@dimitris-1395) said on 18th November 2012, 21:27

    It was an astonishing race! A wonderful and ecstatic battle between Vettel and Hamilton who drove brilliantly, without making a single mistake. Also lots of overtaking manoeuvers (i.e. Raikkonen on Hulkenberg and Schumacher) and plenty of battles played their role for the great action we saw on that race. The circuit is amazing and it could be one of F1 greatest circuits. Hats off to Hamilton for a great performance as well

  4. Dimitris 1395 (@dimitris-1395) said on 18th November 2012, 21:28

    It was an astonishing race! A wonderful and ecstatic battle between Vettel and Hamilton who drove brilliantly, without making a single mistake. Also lots of overtaking manoeuvers (i.e. Raikkonen on Hulkenberg and Schumacher) and plenty of battles played their role for the great action we saw on that race. The circuit is amazing and it could be one of F1 greatest circuits. Hats off to Hamilton for a great performance as well. The set for the final race is set. And it could be a nail-biter

  5. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 18th November 2012, 21:30

    Fantastic, about time, packed stands filled with joyous fans, awesome venue, perfect weather and the hunter passes the hunted late in the race, plenty of great battles throughout the field, what more could one want ? Gave it a 10… and the championship goes down to the last race…perfect!

  6. Dion (@infinitygc) said on 18th November 2012, 21:34

    I gave it a 7. I honestly don’t know why people rate this so high… It was okay, but seriously, tens? Someone please explain!

    • LoreMipsumdOtmElor said on 18th November 2012, 22:06

      I don’t see the point of that either. Spa 98, Brazil 08, Canada 11, Suzuka 94 – those were 10/10. In comparison, the 2012 US GP war merely a 5.

    • Bob (@bobthevulcan) said on 18th November 2012, 22:13

      Well, I voted it a 10 because:
      - Good, clean racing, with lots of excellent overtakes from the likes of Button and Raikkonen, not just in the DRS zone, but across the circuit. A stark contrast to the demolition derby we had in Abu Dhabi.
      - A good battle for the lead which we haven’t had in quite a while. Hamilton and Vettel giving it their all throughout the race, hunting for those vital few milliseconds to get within DRS range, and even then, fighting to secure the eventual pass. Rather than one guy streaming off into the distance, we had two of the top drivers dueling head-to-head in close proximity.
      - Superb drives from many different drivers. Vettel and Hamilton battled to the limits of their ability. Alonso did his best damage containment job. Button showed his aggressive side, and Massa showed good pace. Hulkenberg did a good job, as did Raikkonen. Grosjean and Maldonado racing relatively cleanly for once, the former doing very well indeed.
      - Lots of tension during the battles, which was highly enjoyable.
      - The general excitement of seeing a new race at a new circuit, complete with enthusiastic fans, and a better-than-expected race/race result.

  7. It wasn’t a hugely exciting race except from at the front and the battle between the William’s and Hulkenberg in the closing stages and of course the start. I’m left feeling we were robbed of any battle for the lower podium positions after Webber’s retirement and Räikkönen’s slow pit-stop but otherwise a good race, a solid 7.

    Congratulations to Red Bull winning the constructors’ championship!

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 19th November 2012, 0:45

      Given that Alonso also had a slow pit stop, Räikkönen’s merely cancelled that out and gave us pretty much the race we would have had if neither had a problem stop.

      I also wonder if you had your eyes closed for much of the race with great battles in the first half of the race for a very long spell in the midfield (more-or-less everyone behind Alonso). Grosjean was on the move until his spin, Button executed some great moves, as did Räikkönen and Massa also worked his way forwards – very little of the permanent place changes were as a result of pit stops.

  8. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 18th November 2012, 21:44

    My favourite race this season definitely. Tough but fair racing throughout the field, and a brilliantly tense battle for the lead. Couldn’t have asked for more from an inaugral race.

  9. Martin (@aardvark) said on 18th November 2012, 21:53

    9/10. Would have preferred more of a struggle for the lead. Vettel took the safe option of yielding to the inevitable and not contesting Hamilton’s pass.

    But behind them were so many wheel-banging overtaking moves I nearly cramped up my sphincter muscle. Exciting stuff. Kept me glued to the screen the whole race because I didn’t want to miss anything.

    • brny666 said on 18th November 2012, 22:45

      How does one contest with a DRS enabled Macca that has an xtra 6-8kph on you without DRS? Vettel pulled a 0.5 sec on HAM in the last sector every time and was OK until he caught up Karthikeyan.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 19th November 2012, 23:59

        brnydevil, that 6-8 kph on the straight came at the cost of downforce, hence time through the twisties, just a different way to skin a cat. But I don’t like DRS either.

  10. Jason (@jason12) said on 18th November 2012, 21:56

    Good tyres = Good races!
    It seems silly now that potentially great races at the beginning of the season, were wasted toying with the idea of poor tyres.

  11. Howard (@howard) said on 18th November 2012, 21:57

    “Generally” new circuits can have good races for a first race than the years to follow the track wears in proper and teams get on top if it.

    Let’s see next year. I’m not sold on DRS packed overtaking …. just boring, i don’t care how many overtakes there was.

  12. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 18th November 2012, 21:59

    8/10. Only thing missing was something mega-surprising happening and some more strategic play, but otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting race. Thankfully it had a few dull moments as well, so I could make a quick trip to the fridge as well :P

  13. LoreMipsumdOtmElor said on 18th November 2012, 22:01

    I’d give it a 5, but only thanks to the result which delayed the championship decision. Other than that, it was pretty dull.

    • Rodrrico (@rodrrico) said on 19th November 2012, 8:53

      Agreed, I think we have strolled into Hamilton’s base camp here. He did a great job, but hardly a 9 or 10 race.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th November 2012, 9:00

        @rodrrico I think you’ve confused Rate the Race with Driver of the Weekend.

        You’re not the first person in this comment thread to make the knee-jerk claim that people are rating it highly because Hamilton won. Yet having read through the comments on the previous two pages I see no reason for you to jump to this conclusion.

  14. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 18th November 2012, 22:06

    Another 10 from me — this was as good as Abu Dhabi, but for different reasons. While Abu Dhabi had drama, incident and talking points, the US GP had fantastic racing throughout the field, a genuine battle for the lead which was going on until a couple of laps to go and all on a great circuit with a fantastic American crowd.

  15. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 18th November 2012, 22:10

    Best race of the year IMO. This race proved a few things –

    (1) Shows that Vettel is definitely a petulat tantrum prone child when things don’t go his way
    (2) RBR molly cuddle Vettel way to much and pander to his petulance. Christains disparaging remaks regarding Lewis’s overtake is simply disrespectul and arrogant.
    (3) Hamilton is definitely better than Vettel – if given the same car; though there might not be much in it.
    (4) The tyres definitely ruined the racing in the earlier part of the year. This so called “ultra conservative” choice allowed drivers to fight and trade lap times; all the way to the end. Something we havent see in a long time.
    (5) Making sure Herman Tilke didn’t have too much input into this track design was definitely the right decision.
    (6) Martin Whitmarsh most certainly regrets he didn’t make a btter effort to keep Lewis in the team, and even probably supported him a bit more during his tenure.
    (7) Red Bull Racing are ceertainly an ultra formidable and competitive team, and deserve an amazing level of respect.
    (8) That as good as Alonso is, the persitent emasculation of Massa to help him has flattered him many many times.
    (9) Button is very happy Lewis is leaving the team; analysing his post race comments.
    (10) This is the best race of the year, by far; and it’s all thanks to the tyres allowing peple to race properly for the first time this season.

    10 out of 10 for me!

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