Rate the race: 2014 Australian Grand Prix

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2014

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Rate the 2014 Australian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (2%)
  • 2 (1%)
  • 3 (2%)
  • 4 (4%)
  • 5 (7%)
  • 6 (14%)
  • 7 (33%)
  • 8 (26%)
  • 9 (8%)
  • 10 (3%)

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236 comments on Rate the race: 2014 Australian Grand Prix

  1. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 16th March 2014, 7:53

    A pretty comfortable 7 for me. The first half was pretty incredible but it mellowed out after that. Some great battles but not much thrilling racing, though that podium is a popular one. It was an interesting race, if not a thrilling one, that probably raised as many questions as it answered.

  2. LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 16th March 2014, 7:53

    I can’t be the only one thinking that it was an absolute bore-fest….

    The only excitement: Bottas, but even that was kinda ehhh because he was (out of his OWN fault) racing people whose car was much slower…

    Nice drive by Button and Rosberg though.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 16th March 2014, 7:59

      Nice drive by Button and Rosberg though.

      Roseberg yes but Button !!!!He was nowhere until the safety car deployed when he pitted in the perfect timing and then he shortcut Alonso in the pit, i was more impressed by Magnussen

      • @tifoso1989 If you see a chance to talk down Button, you go for it it seems. Most races are lost or won in the pit and this time out Button + Mclaren were the lucky ones (safety car) and the smarter ones (pitting Button earlier than the rest of the field).

      • LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 16th March 2014, 8:17

        Magnussen started 4th, HAM had mechanical problem thus MAG came in 3rd…. Come on, are we impressed with the fact that he didn’t smash into a wall? Is that all what it takes nowadays?…. Nice result really, but I don’t really see nothing special. No real threat to Ric at any point despite having gained a lot of footing in the box…

        Button started P10. Was nipped at the start. McLaren had 2 very average pit stop with him(much slower than Alonso’s or Kevin’s), where they actually BROKE OFF the front of HIS NOSE. He drove GREAT laps once he was not impended by somebody to come in 4th, 2-3 seconds behind his team mate who started 6 places in front of him and natural inherited an extra place in the first corner.

  3. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 16th March 2014, 7:55


    I really liked that! Bit disappointing for Lewis, Seb and Massa, but that was a really fun race.

    Mercedes are WAY ahead of everyone else. Good! I love it!
    So happy to see Ricciardo and Magnessun get on the podium as well.

    I love this new Formula One!

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 16th March 2014, 7:59

      Also, people giving this a negative rating, should consider that this is just the first race of these new regulations.

      Ron Dennis said before the race to Brundle that we should give it some time before judging the racing, simply because the teams are still figuring out exactly how to do so.

      • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 16th March 2014, 8:04

        How can anyone being way ahead of everyone else be a good thing? It wasn’t a good thing when Vettel did it and it isn’t a good thing now. I want a battle for the lead for once!

        • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 16th March 2014, 8:30

          The difference is that before it has always Vettel. Now though, it’ll be Lewis and Nico… I not opposed to that because I’m a Lewis fan. Lol

          • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 16th March 2014, 8:45

            As long as the pattern of this race (and testing, to some extent …) doesn’t continue, with him having the reliability issues while Rosberg drives away, I presume ;)

          • dkpioe said on 16th March 2014, 16:21

            how are you so sure? at first it was not always vettel, webber nearly won the 09 championship. id prefer to see vettel win then lewis, vettel is more consistent, lewis has made far more mistakes in his career and seemingly hasn’t improved since his rookie year. Id prefer to see a champion at the top of his game like vettel was, then someone winning because their car is the best. vettels redbull was often best, but the margin was extended by vettels talent, who kept winning whenever McLaren looked better then redbull, ie in 2010 and 2012.

      • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 16th March 2014, 11:13

        @tophercheese I did consider that it was the first race of the new regulations, and I still voted it an average 5/10 as it simply wasn’t that exciting as a race. I don’t think there’s any point in factoring in all sorts of imponderables when rating the race.

  4. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 16th March 2014, 7:55

    A solid 8 for me, good race especially in the first part when many drivers where struggling with power, happy for Ricciardo and Magnussen, not very happy for Ferrari…. it seems that DRS was not very influential maybe it was easy to neutralize it with the ERS

  5. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 16th March 2014, 7:56

    Pretty lackluster I thought. With all the promise of impending chaos it was nearly business as usual. Some uncertainty in the opening laps with retirements, but after that there were few real position changes of note and nowhere close to a battle for the lead. The only real excitement was from Bottas, and an honorary mention for Magnuson getting a podium on his debut. 5/10 for me. I hope the other teams can reign in Mercedes soon or it’s going to be a pretty boring year.

  6. Eric (@) said on 16th March 2014, 7:57

    It’s a good thing they changed the regs. Now we don’t get the boring racing where everybody just follows everybody with fear of using too much of their tyres. And there’s no longer a car out in front with a 0.3 seconds advantage over the rest.

    Now we’ve got racing where everybody just follows everybody with fear of using too much fuel. And we’ve got a car out in front that’s at least a second quicker than anyone else. This is much better.


    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 16th March 2014, 9:12

      You’ve got my vote for the COTD…..

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 16th March 2014, 9:39

      Sorry, I disagree. The fuel saving was not that bad, the tyres were very good (the ideal balance between durability and over-durability IMO), overtaking is happening out with DRS zones and – besides the Mercedes – the cars seem pretty close.

      I’m very encouraged.

      • evered7 (@evered7) said on 16th March 2014, 18:09

        +1. Unless the car has a definitive disadvantage, overtaking was very much possible. Kvyat, Kimi, Vergne proved that along with Bottas.

        First race and many teams would want a baseline. I am sure they were extra careful and will take more risks as the season goes on. I am willing to give it time before coming to a conclusion. A fairly good opener.

    • dkpioe said on 16th March 2014, 16:27

      “And there’s no longer a car out in front with a 0.3 seconds advantage over the rest”
      what? Mercedes actually look to have that – they did today! whether their drivers will deliver in the way vettel consistently did is unlikely to me. that 0.3 second advantage is made by the driver, ie Vettel, and not Webber – and probably not rosberg or Hamilton going by their career performances so far.

  7. Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 16th March 2014, 7:58

    5 from me. Bottas spiced it up with a bit of overtaking but without any challenge for the lead and a lot of follow-the-leader around 4th-7th I found it a bit boring.

  8. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 16th March 2014, 8:02

    I gave it a 7. I criticised races last year when Vettel drove off into the distance so it would be unfair to give this a higher rating considering it was the same story again. Hamilton vs Rosberg would have been good but we didn’t get that or any sort of battle for the lead.

    Bottas did well but then hit the wall and lost his position. Everyone else just stayed in position and got on with it.

    Interesting enough race though. The new regs seem to work fairly well so with a bit of luck, we hopefully have a very exciting season ahead of us.

  9. Rigi (@rigi) said on 16th March 2014, 8:02

    amazing first half of the race, then it dropped off a bit only to get more exciting at the end. still better than every single race in 2013. what a great, refreshing podium!


  10. msoerensen (@msoerensen) said on 16th March 2014, 8:03

    Sad to see them save fuel. :( Formula 1 should not be about saving fuel the way they did today. The race was good though.

  11. Will Wood (@willwood) said on 16th March 2014, 8:03


    Fantastic result all round, but not the most exciting race at Melbourne.

    However, more importantly, today proved to be a triumph for the new look Formula 1. That felt like a real grand prix and I’m really pleased to see how much racing there was out there today. Formula 1 v2.014 is as good as I hoped and I cannot wait for the rest of the season. Bring it on.

  12. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 16th March 2014, 8:03

    A damp squib to the beginning of the season. Most of the excitement was before the race even started! Only Bottas’s drive served up any modicum of buzz.
    Congratulations to Riccardo and Magnussen for their podiums

  13. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 16th March 2014, 8:08

    7/10. Had its moments in the beginning and end but the fuel saving middle was a bit dull.

    More importantly, I found that the 2014 cars were more interesting to watch. I think it was the combination of slightly slower speeds and the reduced downforce forcing the drivers to attack some of the corners a bit differently. The overall result was a lot more action in each shot of the TV feed – and a better viewing experience.

  14. Rastura (@rastura) said on 16th March 2014, 8:10

    Nothing special, hybrid F1 without sound and with fuel saving isnt good racing

  15. Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 16th March 2014, 8:16

    I think Mercedes have just secured themselves a championship. But the rest of the grid looks to be in for a dog fight.

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