Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Rate the race: 2014 Chinese Grand Prix

2014 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (4%)
  • 2 (2%)
  • 3 (5%)
  • 4 (11%)
  • 5 (23%)
  • 6 (30%)
  • 7 (19%)
  • 8 (4%)
  • 9 (0%)
  • 10 (1%)

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  1. 6/10 I’m afraid. Worst race since the 2008 one. Master class from Alonso though!

    1. I’m suspecting a really low rating as people will be comparing to Bahrain.

      1. Well it was really boring anyway.

        1. I can’t understand how the teams have already solved reliability issues, fuel issues and now we are seeing again the tire formula…… so sad….. I want back my durable tires please. I want to see drivers to push at 100%. Please pirelli produce some black things that these drivers can use all the time….

          1. Clucky (@cluckyblokebird)
            20th April 2014, 12:11

            Why are you asking Pirelli for tougher tyres? They make them to fia specs.

    2. Agreed, the radio conversations are what kept it from falling lower than 6/10 for me.

      1. I voted 4. And that was with the team radio and the result giving it +1 each. Otherwise I think I would have gone with 2/10. Total snooze fest. I’m glad it was an 8am and not a 6am race otherwise I would have simply fallen back asleep.

        Great to see Lewis take a hat trick though. Not to jynx it too early, but anyone think he could threaten Vettel/Ascari’s 9 in a row??

        1. Unlike Webber at RB, Rosberg may have more of a say on the 9-in-a-row theory. But Hamilton does have a great chance of equaling or beating Schumacher/Vettel’s season total of 13.

          1. I might be bit bias as I’m a Webber fan but at the moment, I don’t rate Rosberg (2012-2014) higher than Webber (2009-2013). It is this ever lasting idea that HAM/ROS will be SEN/PRO whilst it really is a walk in the park by Hamilton.

            In Melbourne Ham had to retire. In Malaysia he was so far behind it was just ridiculous, in Bahrein they had fun but it was a serious slap on the wrist for Rosberg. Today, another flawless race by Ham and Ros pretty average really. Took way to long to pass everyone to even think about fighting with Hamilton.

            Webber at least took the fight to Vettel on some occasions. Not many, but some, expecially in 2010, first half of 2012. I don’t see Rosberg threatening Hamilton any time soon. I hope to be wrong though, but I fear I’m not.


            @nick-uk Without a mechanical failure, I think Hamilton will win every race of the season. 9 in a row is possible for sure, 14 this season. Surely!

          2. Unlike Schumacher and Vettel, Hamilton will have to fight for that number of race wins in a season.

          3. Agree with Oliver…Lewis will have to fight for his wins at most races, unlike Schumi and Vettel in the past.

      2. Agreed, 6/10. Highlight of the race was Vettel’s “Tough Luck” radio message.

        1. And the farcical race shortening by the chequered flag mistake.. FIA rule set in disarray, just like with the Safety Car in 2010.. so technically they could flag the race after any time and call it a day there and then….. almost looks like an attempt to see what shorter races could be like!

    3. For a Shanghai GP it was pretty okay. As I’ve been saying for some time the Bahrain GP had an unfair reputation and so had the Shanghai GP, the first was under appreciated and the last over appreciated.

      1. @peartree

        For a Shanghai GP it was pretty okay.

        You clearly never saw the 2010, 2011, or 2012 race did you? Or the legendary 2006 race for that matter?

        1. @kingshark No, I saw 10 years of Shanghai.

          1. 2004 = Decent by 2004 standards
            2005 = Decent by 2004 standards
            2006 = Epic
            2007 = Very good
            2008 = Boring
            2009 = Good wet race
            2010 = Brilliant
            2011 = Awesome
            2012 = Even more epic
            2013 = Very solid
            2014 = Boring

            Notice how high Shanghai is on this list by circuit;

      2. @peartree

        For a Shanghai GP it was pretty okay.

        You clearly never saw the 2010, 2011, or 2012 race did you? Or the legendary 2006 race for that matter?

      3. I don’t think Shanghai is overrated at all. It’s an exciting track. If you’ve seen some of the past races, 06,07,09,10,11,12. Even last year’s race was definitely an 7.5/10 in my book.

    4. @sankalp88 I echo your comment, except the Alonso part

  2. AMR (@aiera-music)
    20th April 2014, 9:44

    7. Not thrilling, but not bad either :D

    1. 7 for me as well. Maybe because I already had anticipated Lewis to dominate the event.

      1. Only thing missing is the wheel to wheel battle between the team mates and there a few second between all top 10 position except hulk and botthas, the race finished up in a procession…..maybe a little rain will spice up things but that did not happen

        1. Rosberg’s poor start and failure to clear the cars ahead fast enough was what reduced the pressure on Hamilton.

      2. 7 For me as well. The strategy was interesting. Too bad Massa had to retire he would definitely have made the race more enjoyable by having a go at the redbulls. Also RIC was not very far from ALO, a bit faster and it would have been a great end of race

        1. RIC didn’t need to be a bit faster. He just needed VET to get out of the way when when asked too.

  3. Really happy for Alonso’s podium so that made it a little better. overall a bit of a meh race. 6/10.

    1. Great job by Fernando. People wil say it’s to soon but it’s perfectly in line with my predictions: ALONSO IS DEMOLISHING RAIKKKONEN.

      1. Little disappointed with Kimi. He is performing about the same as Massa last year.

        1. They were already performing roughly the same in 07/08 and the early 09. Kimi is still doing better team-radio and interviews, though.

          1. It is increasingly clear that Kimi really needs the perfect setup to shine. Interestingly this also seems to be the case with Vettel.

            It’s worth noting that Kimi tends to up his game once we hit Europe.

            Also that Alonso seems to have a teleportation device for starts, and a force field that protects his car from flailing attacks by Massa! ;)

      2. He is only demolishing Raikkonen because of Raikkonen’s car problems, it’s a shame that people only see the end result.

        1. GB (@bgp001ruled)
          21st April 2014, 3:48

          totally disagree! i don´t like alonso at all. in fact, i wish him always the worst! but the guy is really one of the best drivers ever! no matter how which shape his car is in or the team, he always delivers more than what everybody expects. or achieves the maximum that was there to grasp. something you can say about massa or now, sadly, about kimi. and i know, ´cuz i´ve always been wishing him the worst! the guy is really good, and kimi is just another massa. too bad…

      3. @jcost That’s what I thought from the start. But the season is still long :)

  4. I predicted 9/10 top 10 finishers. My 10th was Massa who had his pitstop error. Of those 10 I have 4 on their correct places and those 5 others only one spot wrong due to Massa. Predictable much.

    Saw some overtakes, okay. Hamilton his first hattrick. That is cool. Driver of the race would be Alonso. Of the weekend, Hamilton once more.

    1. @ardenflo I’d give my DOW award to three fellas (A la Nobel Prize :) ) : Hamilton, Alonso and Ricciardo

  5. Well, I want 5.5, but voted 5. It was pretty much the most average race. Not bad, not great, just average. It was better than Malaysia, due to there being a few battles out there, and, whilst the battle for the lead was non-existent, there was still a small amount of tension when following Alonso. I think that this track, along with Malaysia, don’t really suit these cars. I have a feeling that the European season may spice things up a bit though, the tracks should be more suiting. Monaco could be immense.

    1. You said everything I wanted to say. Voted 6 though, but very much the same reasoning.

    2. My words exactly and five for me as well.

    3. Vote 5 too.
      Should be worst but helped by radio transmission

    4. I agree. An average race at best. Unfortunately, that is typical.

      1. This makes me giggle…an average race is typical. Yes, yes it is! :D

        Reminds me of an old quote from a Football manager: “If we played like that every week we wouldn’t be so inconsistent”

    5. PJ (@pjtierney)
      21st April 2014, 14:46

      I voted 5 as well.

      My experience of this race was a little different to before as I listened to it on Radio 5 Live. I was at the WEC in Silverstone and they didn’t have a screen/TV showing the race live. Needed to avoid spoilers so had to radio it in.

  6. I enjoyed it, Some good racing & a decent amount of overtaking. Kept me entertained.

    I gave it 7/10.

  7. Great efforts by ALO, HAM and RIC. Overall a 5/10, the first stint was interesting but the rest rather predictable.

    1. It can be hard to compare, but in my book, so far, Daniel Ricciardo is not only doing a better job than Sebastian Vettel but he is also doing a better job than Mark Webber.

      1. @jcost hard to judge 4 races in – RIC seems to have a bit of a head-start in terms of preparation but that won’t last long. But RBR was right to pick RIC – that’s for sure.

  8. Hatrick for Lewis !!!
    Excellent drive :)

  9. Mashiat (@)
    20th April 2014, 9:47

    Great Race by Alonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo. All of them annihilated their teammates!

  10. Do not enjoy watching a race with Team Orders, specially when they outright lie to one driver.

    Massa and Williams again dropping the ball.

    Amazing Job by Hamilton and Rosberg, no team orders = everyone is doing their best.

  11. When Vettel is asking if he should back off, something is array . 4/10.

    1. Team Orders at Red Bull, they are australian after all, just like Ric. I did not enjoy them making it seem like Ric was on a different strategy. I can’t stand team orders. They also botched Vettels timing on all stops and lost track position.

      1. they are australian after all

        Austrian is not Australian

        1. Traverse (@)
          20th April 2014, 15:14

          Austrian, Australian…same thing. A bit like Frosties and Corn Flakes…

      2. Red Bull IS AUSTRIAN. I hope you’re not one of the people who go to Austria to ask where the kangaroos are?

        1. I was actually referring to when Vettel was behind Alonso, he decided not to race him and back-off, yet he found some passion to hold up Ric, his own teammate.

          1. He didn’t DECIDE not to race Alonso.He simply tried but with low top speed of Red Bull he really had no chance to pass him on the start. Btw i am not Vettel fan by any means…

    2. (@runforitscooby)

      Vettel is showing how utterly mediocre many of us knew him to be all along.

      The last four years are being proven to be Newey, and not him. Beautiful.

      1. and this year it’s all whoever designs the Mercs and not Hamilton?

        1. No because we’re talking about Hamilton. Don’t you see that logic only applies when we’re talking about Vettel. Jeez. Just as in F1, F1 fans never use any form of consistency.

        2. It has allways been mainly about who builds the cars. However, in earlier years, when the drivers market was more vivid and drivers were changing teams more quickly, the strongest team often had the strongest drivers, too. Or at least I don´t recall anybody questioning Prost/Senna being the two strongest drivers in 88/89. Today, one can only guess which of up to 8 different drivers would be the top driver-pair, and it´s highly questionable it would be the current Merc-drivers.
          That said, 17 of the last 21 world-championships were won by either Ross Brawn or Adrian Newey, and the seasons not won by either of these two mostly had them pausing or having switched to a new team. No pair of drivers has a statistic even close to that.

          1. jack brabham, the only driver to become champion in a car of his own make. Now he was a true legend of the sport.

      2. You must be joking: did you not see the Vettel vs. Ricciardo fight Mr md? Wow, I guess no matter what Vettel will do, you guys will always hate him cause he had the guts to race Webber and gave him a run for his money too!

      3. Yup… just like how Ham is mediocre and it’s all the car this year. Sheesh… some people.

        1. Its totally all about the car !
          Vettel is a crap driver and its newey alone who wins titles . Hamilton is also crap and its only because Brawn left because he wanted to drive but couldnt get his fat ass in the car that he quit ! Other wise brawn would be WDC 2014

  12. I told you not to get too exited last race, it was a drama fixed by Mercedes so they cannot lose their advantage by the rule change 6/10 just for Alonso’s podium the rest was extremely boring

    1. it was a drama fixed by Mercedes

      That’s one of the sillier conspiracy theories I’ve seen recently. And that really is saying something.

    2. So was PM hitting EG also the grand part of the Mercedes drama as it brought safety car out and really spiced up last 10 laps of the race? @tifoso1989

      1. The drama consists of letting the drivers race each other during the whole race

        1. @tifoso1989
          So is it wrong to let your drivers race till the end?

        2. Typical ferrari fan. Everyone hates team orders and the way ferrari handles 2 good drivers, except for tifosi i guess.

    3. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      21st April 2014, 1:39

      it was a drama fixed by Mercedes so they cannot lose their advantage by the rule change

      Please tell me you’re joking, because that’s one of the most tin-foiled nut-job theories I’ve ever heard.

  13. Where is the 0 ? I picked up 3/10. Didn’t see any proper wheel to wheel battles, poor strategies, even when my fav team and driver wins. This season is dull if you remove Bahrain

    1. I switched off on lap 20. I looked the results and the race didn’t looked “terribly exciting”. I’m really worrying on the current state on F1.

    2. You couldn’t pick 0 so you picked 3? What kind of silliness is that. You have simply picked 1 instead.

  14. 6/10. A normal race.

  15. What in the world happened for Vettel to finish 20+ seconds behind Ricciardo? All I know was that Alonso undercut him for 2nd place, Vettel backed off and then what happened?

    1. @woshidavid95 my guess they switched him late to a 2 stopper and then he either had car troubles or turned down the engine. he lost 1s per lap in the last stint.

    2. @woshidavid95 just saw an interview with Vettel – he said it was just down to him and his struggles with the primes he just couldn’t make them last .

  16. I selected 4/10, nothing really unexpected. ALO and Ferrari were probably the only surprise, however, it was for 3rd place….

    1. I’m the same. Though I may be slightly biased because Vettel’s performance was a tad depressing.

      1. @vettel1 Indeed, I felt sorry for the fans.

        1. I try to be as impartial as possible of course, but even then it still wasn’t a particularly good race. It wasn’t like Valencia 2012 where there were other perks @spoutnik!

  17. Decent but not as interesting. But ran away with the race but pretty much everyone behind him had a good race. Nico is really dissatisfied with his result. Hope this rivalry lasts throughout the season.

    1. *Hamilton ran away with the race.

  18. Was quite an interesting race. Driver quote of the year goes to Vettel “What tyres is he on?” Then “Bad Luck”

  19. 5/10 for a really forgettable race. Absolutely no excitement :(
    Big congrats to HAM,ALO,RIC and Force India as well. Still the best Merc powered customer team!

  20. not a very good race. just simply predictable and boring. 4/10

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