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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. Seba (@f1fan123) said on 16th March 2014, 8:17

    3/10. Dullest race since long time. Think red bull have dominant in the past? Wait till you see the dullness of the merc powering to win all races this year.

  12. Win7Golf (@win7golf) said on 16th March 2014, 8:17

    Hurray for Daniel, Kevin and Bottas !!!!! Too bad for Lewis… Great for McLaren!!!

  13. skipgamer (@skipgamer) said on 16th March 2014, 8:18

    A kind 7 I think. Was a bit surprised / disappointed at the lack of a show. The Williams had pace but started in the wrong place.. twice. The fact we lost (arguably) the faster Red Bull, Merc and Williams drivers to silly things lowered the potential. We should be in for a good season if Merc don’t develop themselves into the sunset from here though.

  14. Oli (@dh1996) said on 16th March 2014, 8:22

    A solid 6, I’d say. Even though I love the sound of the engines, the overall volume level made this race hard to stay awake :/ FOM should really up the volume.

  15. Grego Franco (@francogrego) said on 16th March 2014, 8:24

    Exciting race. I’m sure it will be an exciting season. Two new faces in the podium. I hope we’ll see more new faces in the podium in the coming races. Superb drive by Nico. Ricciardo adapted well. I hope he beats Vettel. Big improvement by Mclaren, P3 and P4. Great drive by Magnussen and Bottas. I hope Kimi improves.

    Ron Dennis looked excited and he was smiling.

    Andrea Stella was talking to Alonso in English!

    Team radios were very clear because of the toned down engine noise.

    I miss last year’s engine noise!

  16. Kim Philby (@philby) said on 16th March 2014, 8:27

    A solid 5 for me. Nothing exciting really happened apart from the rookies come into fore. Mercedes dominated like RedBull did last year, Mercedes has a clear advantage in the engines.
    Winners: Ricciardo, Rosberg, Magnussen, Bottas
    Losers: Button, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen
    Too early to call of course but it seemed that the youngsters found it easier to get comfortable with these new cars.

  17. LoudHoward (@loudhoward) said on 16th March 2014, 8:28

    Gave it a 5. Nothing much really happened after the first 10 laps or so. Bottas DRS’d through a couple of people…that’s about it – no challenge for the win. Dan vs Kevin was a little tense but if I wasn’t an Aussie I can’t imagine that would’ve been that exciting.

  18. 8. Would have been much better if there was a car to challenge Rosberg but other than that a great race with some fantastic drives by the stars of the future.

  19. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 16th March 2014, 8:32

    8/10, great race and a superb opener with the new regulations.

    Loved Bottas driving today except that brush with the wall. Excellent debuts for Magnussen and Kvyat. This is going to be a great year.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 16th March 2014, 8:41

      I particularly loved that brush with the wall @force-maikel. In combination with the clearly more durable tyres – a godsend quite frankly – the cars are evidently more difficult to drive. Of course, it is the first race with new regulations and they will probably become more planted quickly, but I love the fact that these cars clearly have to be driven!

  20. jason tomlinson (@jasonryan) said on 16th March 2014, 8:32

    i felt it was enjoyable all the way through because of the ricciardo and magnussen’s debut performances and vettel not winning from lights to flag, 8/10 thank god for the rules changes, the future of formula one looks promising. Ron dennis = results lol

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