Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

2012 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012What did you think of the Brazilian Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

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Rate the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix out of ten

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  1. Brazil 2003 + Brazil 2008 + 1 = Brazil 2012

    The Maths says it all! ¦P

    1. I wanted to give it 10, but:
      -0.5 because Alonso didn’t win the title.
      -0.5 because of the anti-climatic safety car in the last lap.

      So my final vote is: 10 – 1 = 9 for Brazil 2012.

      1. Except: “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”

        1. Well you can’t give half votes, and in the scenario where it isn’t a 10 then you don’t give a 10.

    2. 11 for where I turned the knob, -1 for the knob breaking off.

      So… 11-1=10

    3. AAA+++

    4. 2008 was still the best Brazilian GP though

    5. Maybe the fact that there were SO MANY replays on TV during the transmision says it all. There were SO MANY things happening all the time that it was even difficult to realize what was going on, in particular in the first 25 laps. The folks were replaying a crash but at the same time there was another, and showing the second crash exactly when the championship was changing hands, and put the replay of that situation when there was another crash or a long drift or whatever.
      Maybe the only thing that I didn’t like is the fact that when Vettel was the last, he overtook like 14 cars in 10 laps, but it seemed to me that NOT ONE of them decided to put a fight. Even Schumacher opened to Vettel without putting up a fight.
      But all in all, if a race this season deserves a perfect 10, a big fat 10, it must be this one.

  2. Has to be the best race in recent years.

    1. Perhaps best race ever on par with Austin 2012. But I think the tension of the championship battle really threw it above the rest. What a fitting ending to the 2012 season. Best F1 season EVER.

      1. How on earth was Austin on a par with this??

        A dry procession for the lead where the only change of position was due to a backmarker.

        1. Yeah, Austin was a good race. But his was one for the ages.

        2. Austin was a proper head-to-head. Clearing backmarkers has always been part of racing. It was good old fashioned F1 racing. Brazil was a tense title decider which we get once in a blue moon, they’re a treat that cannot be considered the norm.

  3. Better than Brazil 2008? Yes… 10

    What a race… what a season. FIA, do not let Interlagos GO !

    1. Not quite, it would have been had the title gone down to the last corner etc.

      But then, the rest of the race was as if from another planet.

      So yeah!

      10 from me and a 10 for the season!

      1. @psynrg the only thing that was needed from this GP was Timo Glock on slick tyres messing up Vettel’s race. But sadly, we didn’t see it :P.

        1. Watching the short highlights I realise now there was the possibility of such a moment when Di Resta hit the wall.
          JB came on the scene shortly after the incident. We all know what happened to Alonso in 2003 in a similar scenario. Had JB clipped some debris and hit the wall, Alonso would have been champ :P

          1. No, because Webber would probably have parked his car and Vettel would have been P4…

    2. Let my people… GO.

  4. I was going to rate it a 12. But the SC at the end gets a -1 from me. So only an 11 :)

    1. This race requires a different rating system!

  5. The great thing was that for much of the race it was wet enough to give excitement but not so wet as to ruin the race. The biggest negative points were that Hulkenberg wasn’t able to stay in the race for the win, and Massa slowing down to let Alonso through for second place despite it making no difference to the championship in the end. Only a moron or Alonso fan could fail to score this race highly (and I didn’t say one was the other :-p )

    For me – it’s a (nearly) perfect 10

  6. 10/10. Easy. No question. That race had everything. It was dry, then it was wet, then it was both, then it was wetter.

    There was a battle for the championship, there was a battle for the lead, there was a battle for 10th, there was a battle for last, there were battles for every place in between.

    There was a collision between the leaders, there were collisions involving title contenders, there was a collision to end the race, there were self-made spins, there were even cars using bits of the track that haven’t seen action in 30 years.

    There was action, there was suspense, there was heartbreak and joy, there was joy that turned to heartbreak, there was heartbreak that turned to joy.

    There were drivers going out on highs, there were drivers going out on lows, there were drivers going on to better things, there were drivers speeding into the mists of uncertainty.

    That was everything a Formula One race should be.

    Anyone who has given any other race this season a 10/10, you need to re-evaluate your scoring system. That kind of race happens once a year at best, once a generation more often than not. There hasn’t been a race that good for at least 30 races.

    1. @ajokay, you sir, made me feel emotional with your comment. This race is up there with Brazil 2008 as the best of my life. And, should I have kids in the future, this will be one of the races where I’ll sit down and tell them what happened and hope to see their astonished faces at such story :P

      My first 10 of the season, perfect time to give that score to a race.

    2. I was about to type a long response, but that about sums it up.

      I was thinking that the only way the race won’t be “perfect” for some is because their driver didn’t finish as they’d hoped.

      What more can a F1 fan ask for from a race? I hope Interlagos remains on the calendar as a season finale for many more seasons to come.

      1. @steevkay My guy finished 10th, but, for once, I couldn’t care less. Every driver in the top 12 or so drove their hearts out yesterday. Absolutely brilliant.

    3. @ajokaythere were even cars using bits of the track that haven’t seen action in 30 years.

      My friends and I were laughing our ******* ass off when Kimi Raïkkönen went off-piste! When I saw that I was thinking aswell the escape-road would rejoin the track! Amazed

      Nice comment mate

      1. What Raikkonen said: “I know this as I did the same thing in 2001 and the gate was open that year. Somebody closed it this time. Next year I’ll make sure it’s open again”.

    4. Great summary! The only thing that I would add is that, in the “as they run now” category, the championship points lead must have switched between Alonso and Vettel 3 or 4 times! This race really did have it all. The only disappointment for me, and it was a big one, was Hamilton being taken out.

    5. Raikonnen off looking for the ice cream van was hilarious.

    6. Agree with every word with you, & as many said it was heart pumping in all those 71 laps,only time I smiled or laughed when Kimi provided probably one of the best moment of the season.

  7. How could this race have been any better? I don’t know! What a terrific end to a terrific season! If I could have rated this higher than 10, I would have!

    Congrats to Vettel on the championship. Congrats to Button on the race win. Congrats to Alonso on such an amazing season. My opinions of Alonso have really changed this year.

    Simply phenomenal! Next season can’t come quickly enough!

  8. perfect final

    1. 10/10.

      Perfect would have been if we got the underdog win! But no race will ever be perfect. And even if it was perfect for me, it wouldn’t be for someone else. So as far as I see it, this was F1 at its absolute best. The first time F1 has toyed with my emotions in such a way since the eerily similar 2008 race. To rate it anything less than 10 would be asking too much. It’s not just what happens on track, but how it affects you and what you feel as it unfolds in front of you. I can not expect to see a race more thrilling than that for the rest of my life, though I suspect I may just be treated at least once more before I go!

  9. Cracking stuff.

    Three gripes – no gravel at turn one, Hulkenbergs penalty for daring to attempt to take the lead, and the first safety car. Still a 10/10! Brilliant race.

    1. @taurus – I agree that the Hulkenberg penalty was very harsh, he had already suffered from what was a fairly small mistake (albeit with unfortunate consequences for Hamilton). I think with the track the way it was today the cars were always on a knife-edge of grip on several corners.

    2. Yepp Alonso (twice), Kimi and I’m sure others have got away with the turn one run off. It should never have been changed. I also can’t help but feel that the decision to give the Hulk a drive through was influenced by Ferrari to give Alonso 2nd.

      1. I suspect it was more thoroughly influenced by the fact that he took out the race leader…

  10. It doesn’t get better than that! Plain and simple.

  11. 10. If not the best, this was one of the most complete / challenging GPs I have ever watched alongside Spa 1998, Suzuka 2000 and Brazil 2003. Absolute 10.

    There was not a dull moment at all. The start, the battle for the win between Button, Hamilton and Hulkenberg, the huge amount of pit-stops botched or not, the weather, Alonso’s campaign to 2nd, Vettel’s campaign to 6th from being dead last again, the battle between Pic and Petrov, the battle between McLaren and Ferrari, the battle between Hamilton and Raikkonen for 3rd in the WDC…can’t even remember them all. Everything happened right on track and came to a closure in a breathtaking way.

    This should be the only way to end a season in Formula 1. Every year…

    1. I’m reading your comment going, “Oh yeah, forgot about that!” There were so many story lines, I can’t even keep them all straight!

    2. @tony031r – not forgetting Räikkönen going off track, heading the wrong way and ending up down a blind alley. Cue U-turn to head back towards the track – since he already had 3rd in the championship.

      1. oops, unfinished comment….

        …since he already had 3rd in the championship sewn up I had a little chuckle at that comedy.

  12. Would have given it the perfect 10 as it had all the ingredients a perfect race has:
    Tradgedy: Hamilton, Di Resta
    Comedy: Raikkonens exploration of the track, Alonso’s post race death stare
    Inspirational Stuff: Schumachers final race dragging a bad car into an amazing 7th
    Drama: Crashes galore, weather, Caterham clinching 10th in the final race of the reason, 1 place from a points finish!
    Young talent bursting through: Hulkenberg
    Underdog despite all the odds coming out on top: ALONSO YOU FAILED ME


    1. You made me laugh. Who was the underdog for you?

    2. Did I miss something? Alonso’s death scare o.O

  13. What was going on with Webber? Attacking Seb twice in dangerous situations… that was interesting!

      1. indeed, most of the time Mark seems to make life harder for Vettel… he’s no Massa.

        That’s why i think Seb’s win in the championship is even more fabulous. Great 2012 season, one of the best i’ve seen in 15 years.

        1. Fabulous? It made me sick to my stomach. And you forget Webber clearly gets the inferior car considering he has a smoother driving style and has around 3 or 4 times as many failures. You also forget Vettel only won thanks to Adrian Newey, and proved time and again he is incapable of overtaking without DRS (and even then he’s clumsy, hopeless and attacks corners expecting people to move out the way because he’s Vettel.

          1. @sgt-pepper Vettel has crashed into two drivers all season. Once it was under rain, the other time it was at the start. Otherwise his overtaking was incredibly clean and mature. I could also name a bunch of occaisions where he made passes without DRS. I could also point out that his percentage of DRS overtakes is the same as any driver. I could also point out that Alonso is the one who expects everybody to jump out of the way. I could also point out that Webber didn’t have many more failures at all (Valencia, Monza…). I could also point out that Webber was 6th in the championship, meaning that Newey isn’t the only factor.

            Look, I know your guy didn’t win. Mine didn’t either. Get over it. All champions are worthy, and Vettel did a particularly good job this year.

  14. Here it is, my first 10 rating ever – not even Canada ’11 got one! What @ajokay said… It had everything! Wasn’t going for Vettel and sad for Hamilton, but doesn’t matter – the race was just too good!

  15. 10/10 One of the best races of the last 10 years. Could not have been bether imho.

    Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.

    Those who rated the race 1/10 probably did not read this.

  16. Button beats Hamilton on points over their 3 seasons together.

    1. Also, classic race. 10/10. Great drive from Massa, stunning from Vettel. Broken car, extra and slow pit stops and a ton of pressure, but pulled it off without help from his teammate. I’ve never been a fan but I now rate him on the same level as Alonso and Hamilton.

    2. thank you SO much for pointing that out! Jenson’s the new rain master, brilliant drive.

      1. I give the title of Regenmeister joint (for this race only) to Hulkenberg and Button…
        Or as I like to call them: The Incredible Hulk and Twinkle Toes.

    3. Eurgh, I had a feeling that would be the case. I like Button, but that is definitely not a fair representation of their time as team mates.

    4. I think this does not do any justice to how good Hamilton has been over button, this year in particular. At least 4 wins worth of points lost (he was leading here) and hence finishing only 2 points over button who has been out qualified 17-3 and outraced most of the time.

      1. But it might just be how good HAM could have been with this McLaren (and team mate?), hence him leaving.

        It is what it is, just as the WDC winner deserved it even if someone else might have been deserving too.

  17. I don’t think I have ever being this nervous all my life. 2008 was nerve wracking, but only for 10 laps or so, this one was from start to flag. I’m still shaking and the race finished 40 minutes ago… Oh mama.

  18. Bob (@bobthevulcan)
    25th November 2012, 18:40

    What else can I say? Ask any Formula One fan for his definition of a great race, and he’d probably say – battles for track position, from the lead down to the midfield, an abundance of wheel to wheel racing, drivers dancing in the rain, a healthy dose of unpredictability, and no shortage of heart stopping moments, from lights out to checkered flag.

    I’d say this race delivered all the components of this golden formula, and it did so in excess. There was so much tension coming into the race, the sporadic rain only adding to the sheer madness that we saw in the opening laps. We had plenty of moments to remember – the dueling McLarens, Vettel charging back up from P22 to P6, drivers slithering in the damp, Hulkenberg having his moment in the limelight, and who could forget Raikkonen and his hilarious rally excursion. An indisputable 10/10.

    On another note, I foresee many disgruntled fans voting a 1/10 because of Alonso’s championship defeat. Do remember:

    Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.

    1. ” Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”

      To all people complaining about this request being obeyed: the latter part of the sentence does not exclude the first. You must vote based on your personal opinion about the race. On some people this opinion is definitely affected by the performance(s) of their favorite driver(s).

      Now, if they didn’t vote honestly based on this opinion they would be in fact voting against Keith’s request.

      1. *not being obeyed

      2. Yeah it’s unfortunate. But it shows that there is a hefty weighting system of +Alonso +Hamilton -Vettel and concurrent performances for Rate the Race and Driver of the week.

        To be fair, I’m 99% certain there was equal hate for Alonso when he was winning WDCs back to back and there would’ve been the same for Hamilton had he won a second and third as well. It’s just that there’s more hate for the top dog. :)

  19. Τhis was thrilling. Drama until the end.

  20. 10. I don’t care who won or how the championship turned out, that was a fantastic race. (OK, I do care, an awful lot, but I’m still giving it a 10)

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