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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Rate the 2012 United States Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 6 (2%)
  • 7 (8%)
  • 8 (24%)
  • 9 (35%)
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213 comments on Rate the race: 2012 United States Grand Prix

  1. YAWN!!! That was a borefest!!!! I gave it a 3………..
    Just joking..

  2. Rodrrico (@rodrrico) said on 19th November 2012, 8:48

    I found this a bit processional even though there was a fair deal of overtaking. Good win for Hamilton.

  3. Tango (@tango) said on 19th November 2012, 9:03

    Great great race. From the start till the wheel banging william. ANd not forgetting the brilliant pass Grosjean pulled off (a shame to cap it off by a stupid blunder but he did put in a great recovery drive).

  4. Thank goodness that Tilke did not do the complete track design, the quality of racing can therefor not be given as credit to him (even though almost all the press says he designed it).

    So i would say thanks to Tavo hellmund and Kevin Schwantz for designing an awesome track that provided a great race on a green track, with promises of more great racing in the future.

  5. That was a fascinating race. Being a fan of Hamilton I was overjoyed to see him win the race. Lap 42 was the turning point where he pulled the DRS assisted move, not good to hear Vettel whining when passed by a faster car. Starting from the dirty side did not cost Hamilton at all which he was concerned about. Neat pit stop with 2.4 seconds stationary time was another feather in the cap for the Woking team. By far Hamilton’s best drive of the season.

    Apart from Hamilton’s drive, there were many exciting on-track events. The move from Button on Schumi at Turn 1 and Grosjean at Turn 16, Raikkonen on Hulkenberg at Turn 2 (that was breathtaking!!), Massa on Raikkonen at Turn 2 and few other non DRS passes added spice to the race.

    Ferrari’s decision to move Massa behind paid off big time. As usual both the cars showed good race pace although took more laps than others to bring the hard compounds to their operating temperature. Raikkonen continued his consistency and Grosjean recovered well from the Turn 19 incident. Unfortunate for Webber with the alternator failure, would have loved to see him put a good fight with the front runners.

    I can continue giving a long summary of my opinion but don’t want to bore anyone :)

    My rating : 10/10

  6. MW (@) said on 19th November 2012, 10:16

    If you think about each drivers race individually, they were all eventful. I’ve never seen so many great drives in one race.

    Gotta be top marks.

  7. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 19th November 2012, 10:58

    Fantastic! Bring on the lottery that is São Paulo. yeehaa


  8. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 19th November 2012, 12:40

    Watching this USGP close racing I’m starting to think that a second 20 lap race with a reversed starting order would be great thing for F1. Anyone?

  9. alelanza (@alelanza) said on 19th November 2012, 12:57

    Wow wow wow! i don think i’ve ever seen a race with the battles this one had. Don’t know if it was the track, the very hard tires/new asphalt (doubt it, as it hasn’t happened before) or what, but the hairs in the back of my neck were stood up for a long time. And to make it better Vettel’s cruise control didn’t seem to do its job as it usually does, at least as far as LH was concerned

  10. This race was great, brave overtakes, exciting battles and a proper toe to toe rivalry fight for the lead with two of the best drivers in the sport battling lap after lap.

    Fair racing, old school intimidation from Vettel and especially Schumi. Brilliant.

    The track is good but don’t get too excited it was helped by:
    a) the slippery surface this year
    b) Schumi being out of position at the beginning backing the pack up into each other

    Still a lovely 9

  11. Howard (@howard) said on 19th November 2012, 14:21

    10/10 no way!??
    7/10 more like it, at some parts of the race i was falling asleep.
    Abu Dhabi was better than this def.
    And i’m sick of Tilke’s obsession with acute apexes.

  12. Switchbacker (@switchbacker) said on 19th November 2012, 14:31

    Awesome circuit, and an incredible race throughout, with action from P1 to the midfield.

    Surely Hamilton is proving he is the best driver this year, without the bucket loads of bad luck he would be on for his second title.

    The way he stayed with, passed, and then held off Vettel in his much slower McLaren was incredible, driver of the season without a doubt.

  13. MW (@) said on 19th November 2012, 14:42

    And i’m sick of Tilke’s obsession with acute apexes.

    @howard , you mean hairpins? he didn’t invent those you know, come to think of it he didn’t design the Austin track!

    Were you honestly falling asleep during that race? I’d get checked for narcolepsy if I was you :P

    Can you explain why this wasn’t as good as Abu Dhabi? Maybe you like silly crashes…

  14. GeoXman said on 19th November 2012, 16:53

    Definitely a fantastic race. This track is indeed design for racers.Something very important just come from this and that is the have deep into proof now that the race can be exciting without collisions or risk or other things unnecessary.
    No one is mentioned this, but one important fact I noticed: There was not a single bit of car broken off during the whole race that evening and plate on the front wing! I don’t recall ever seen that before. It was only some wheel bumping. Every retirement was from mechanical failure. I think that we were able to see that these Formula One drivers are much better at avoiding accidents when they have a track designed differently. But, the race was so exciting that the announcers actually notice that point.

    From now on, instead of adding a signature chicane to new race tracks the audit add an S series of curves.

    Every sport is defined by its rules and that’s what makes it interesting. Redbull was complaining because of the hold up to the series of S curves. I for one miss the days when a back marker was supposed to block people trying to pass. So, why don’t they make a compromise and have blue flag areas just on the parts of the track where back-markers can get to the side easily and have special areas non/blue-flag where back-markers can defend their positions.

    I definitely felt like this race track is really giving a new formula for how to build a great Formula One race track. It feels like the dawn of a new era in Formula One.

    • GeoXman said on 19th November 2012, 16:54

      I apologize for the bit of errors in the first paragraph. I was using voice recognition and missed the mistakes.I meant to say “we have solid proof now…”

  15. I was trying to find something to complain about, but I can’t. Lemme see: 1) The track is just awesome. The long zigzag section is just shockingly good, you miss the best line of a couple or meters and your lap time is gone out of the window. The turn 1 is epic, three corners before the 19 are fantastic. It would benefit from a quicker corner BEFORE the long straight to let more battles at the end of it, but is OK. Those guys did an amazing job. 2) The tires: I think the tires choices were great. 3) Fights everywhere 4) The leader being overtaken!!!!!!!!. 5) With ONE race to go, Kimi is third in the championship, how cool is that?, 6) cowboy hats!!!!
    7) Super Mario Andretti. I feel I need to give this race a 10.
    For the TV: several cameras where “shooting into the light” (with the Sun in front of them) and so several cars “looked” the same, all dark. For next year, put the cameras in a different angle to let viewers know which cars are they following.
    All in all 10/10

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