Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Rate the race: 2013 United States Grand Prix

2013 United States Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2013What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the United States Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 United States Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (5%)
  • 2 (5%)
  • 3 (7%)
  • 4 (11%)
  • 5 (21%)
  • 6 (23%)
  • 7 (17%)
  • 8 (7%)
  • 9 (1%)
  • 10 (3%)

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224 comments on “Rate the race: 2013 United States Grand Prix”

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  1. 4/10. I fell asleep. I hate 1 stop races; the tire choices were wrong. I think, perhaps, they could have used a softer compound tyre to encourage more pit stops/strategy.

  2. I would be surprised if this race gets anything more than 4!! Every race weekend I read comments from fans who say that the tyres and DRS are killing the races, there’s no real overtaking, being tired of Vettel’s dominance, etc.. Now I understand why. No, i have no issue with Red Bull and Vettel being dominant. They are doing something that others are not. And they deserve it. But what killed yesterday’s race for me was that there was hardly any race at all! I mean apart from Bottas overtaking Esteban and Alonso defending Hulkenburg, it was a total drab. I would give a 9 to the track, its great, but for the race, a generous 3!

  3. 4/10
    I’d usually give it a 5 because I enjoy every race anyhow, but what are the other numbers there for? Apart from the boredom, the lack of any seriously thrilling battle, though Alonso did what he could to make overtaking interesting, the incompetence of the race directors who failed to give us any decent camera angle on the Maldonado/Sutil or the Vergne/Gutierrez incidents, but brilliantly switched to the rotating camera on Bottas’ car (who we never saw from the t-cam) made what was already a boring race unwatchable.

  4. I felt Brundle and crew were trying to fill the naturally occurring dead air since they wasn’t alot to really get excited about. Did enjoy Alonso’s defiance and Bottas’ point post. Gave it a generous 6/10

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  5. Boring. The first eight were more or less predetermined by the starting grid:
    Grid Finish Driver Gain/Loss
    1 1 Vettel 0
    3 2 Grosjean +1
    2 3 Webber -1
    5 4 Hamilton +1
    6 5 Alonso +1
    4 6 Hulkenberg -2
    7 7 Perez 0
    9 8 Bottas +1
    I watched my first F1 race more than 60 (yes, sixty) years ago, and have followed it very closely ever since then. From 1962 to 1975 I served as a marshal and several times as an interpreter at more than seventy F1 races. F1 is no longer motor racing, it’s a financial circus like WWE (professional wrestling.)

    And it was not helped in North America by the scandalous TV coverage by NBC — more than 50% advertizing, useless commentary, no awards ceremony, no post-race podium interviews.

    1. Wow, @paul-a 60 years including your participation…intriguing. I started in ’78 when Gilles’ signing with Ferrari caused the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), the BBC’s equivalent, to televise F1 for the first time.

      I hear you about the NBC coverage, however here in Ontario at least, we got an hour of pre-race as well as the trophy and interview session.

      For years I had access to U.S. channel SpeedTV, later changed to Speed, who are now defunct, and I was never impressed with the coverage, always watched on CBC and then TSN, who both used the British feed of coverage ie. Murray. Speed were clearly not at the races and were simply commentating on the same pictures we were watching, and half the time I’d see an accident, an incident, or something in the background, or something in the time differentials that would indicate some action on the track, before they would notice. Especially when I used to watch with the live timing on my laptop beside me. Not the ideal way to promote F1 in the US. Far far away from infectious Murray Walker. That’s a high standard I admit. He covered a race like there was nothing more important going on in the world.

      1. Thanks. You say: ” however here in Ontario at least, we got an hour of pre-race as well as the trophy and interview session”. I’m in Ontario (with Bell satellite after my cable co. – Eastlink – said they couldn’t give me TSN2 during Wimbledon) and I can assure you that NBC started in the “dressing room” (3 drivers just chatting) with a terrible dose of “mains hum” and went to advertizing — that was the end of it. They tried once to go back to the FIA feed, mains hum, advertizing…

        And yes, Murray Walker — one of the greats of all time, enthusiastic, knowledgeable. NBC had Will Buxton who tried to be over simple and pander to “general American public” and it sounded like Dave Hobbs in the background having a terrible day.

        If Bernie E. thinks that this USGP and the NBC will promote F1 in the USA, he’s sadly wrong. The US motor sport viewers will go on watching NASCAR and see F1 as a petty pantomime.

  6. Still there is 3% of people who gave a 10… I wonder how this race could even have any rating? They have a strange conception of an ideal F1 race!

  7. Total waste of gasoline………….

  8. Was quite boring, but had a few saving graces. Some nice late-braking action which doesn’t seem to happen in F1 these days, Bottas on Gutierrez and…

    That’s about it. Lots of tyres, lots of procession and no fight for the lead. I think I gave it a 5.

  9. The general apathy and negativity expressed in these comments shouldn’t just be swept under the carpet. The people who are passionate enough about F1 to have an account on a website called F1 Fanatic are the sport’s most loyal fanbase. So if this is what we think about the sport then goodness knows how F1 hopes to attract new people.

    1. I totally agree. As a money intensive sport, F1 has got to appeal to a wide audience otherwise it will atrophy back into the ‘specialist sport’ of the fifties, totally devoid of public attention or money.
      But how do you entice a new audience into supporting a sport that is almost bereft of excitement and that has increasing arcane and intricately restrictive rules that seem to stifle innovation and differentiation? I really do not know what the answer is, but an answer is desperately needed.
      Several weeks ago, I wrote that I thought F1 was constipated. Sadly since then a ‘senior’ driver has found a place at a ‘senior’ team instead of making way for someone new and we have endured two alleged races that promised lots but delivered little. And if that’s not the definition of constipated, I don’t know what is.

  10. I was pleased to see so much action in the stadium section, that is so often considered not a challenge. Lots of people dicing it out after the long back stretch made it really enjoyable for me. Wish those battles had been for the top finishing positions, but were still entertaining.

    Also wish the stands were more full. Hopefully attendance picks up in years to come.

    1. American consumers have short attention spans and demand action in spoon-sized pieces. American Business wants lots of advert breaks to promote whatever the latest product is they are pushing. Look at an NFL match. It’s nominally 90 minutes of action on the field but the programs usually last about 3 hours. Lots of intense action, broken up my formation changes, timeouts, advert breaks and expert analysts who are very articulate and knowlegeable. F1 currently is 90 odd minutes of mundane boredom with commentators who think that talking excitedly means will convince the audience that something exciting is happening. It will never catch on in the USA because not enough action happens on the track to get and keep the channel-surfer hooked. I was watching several NFL streams on my computer Sunday so that I could follow several matches in real-time. I sacrificed one of my streams to watch the race but turned off after hald an hour and went back to watching an extra NFL match. More excitement in the next few minutes than there had been in 30 minutes of F1. Unfortunately F1 is in competition for TV-eyes in the USA with NFL, NBA, NHL, Nascar and IndyCar and it won’t convince anybody wo is a fan of one of those that F1 has anything to offer. Without the audience numbers the channels won’t bother with promoting or showing any sport.

  11. Luth (@soulofaetherym)
    18th November 2013, 19:50

    The definition of snorefest. I was fighting my eyelids in Abu Dhabi, but this, this was just terrible, with the only mildly exciting moment being Alonso passing Hulkenberg for the 500th time this season…
    It’s sad that the only fights we got were for positions outside the points… If only Webber had actually attacked Grosjean more than once, perhaps this would’ve actually been worth it, but it was the most horrible race of the season for me. By a mile.

    1. Yes but I understand he said the tyres would not allow more than one half hearted go before they turned to jelly. Next year they will be saying I could of raced him but I only had enough fuel for one DRS full Kers.attempt before the fuel warning light came on and that was on lap three. Looks to me like 22×1 for 2014.

  12. The race was a 5, tired of watching 2 very fast cars out run all others. Props to Grosjean for a great race. Love Vettel, but anyone with a very fast car can win from the front.

    Hope that 2014 is more challenging.

  13. I’d change the rules significantly. Relax the rules. Encourage fan cars. Entice the 6-wheelers. Hope for the toxic fuel 1100BHP-runs-for-3-laps quali engines. Refueing? Why not if you want to- it livens up the strategy. Single tire supplier- pah! Tire wars were FUN. Tires with postage stamp sized footprints? Forgeddaboutit- gimme some serious slick rubber. Single-supplier electronics? Huh? I dare ya for better s/w & engine maps. No traction control? Are you kidding?

    Just limit the amount of fuel per event- not in litres, but in the amount of energy in the allocated fuel. And make sure a human drives the thing.

  14. I gave the race a 5.

    Another dull race, I thought it was better than Abu Dhabi but that wouldn’t be hard.

  15. So, I played a game on my computer during the race(we paused for the start), with the race in the background, and I same some bits of racing, I don’t think I missed anything; haven’t watched any of the recording. I suppose we had worse races, but this was certainly one I could do without.

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