Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Rate the race: 2014 Spanish Grand Prix

2014 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (3%)
  • 2 (2%)
  • 3 (3%)
  • 4 (5%)
  • 5 (10%)
  • 6 (18%)
  • 7 (30%)
  • 8 (22%)
  • 9 (6%)
  • 10 (2%)

Total Voters: 800

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249 comments on “Rate the race: 2014 Spanish Grand Prix”

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  1. Aqib (@aqibqadeer)
    11th May 2014, 16:20

    Not as great as bahrain but still a good race so 7/10 from me

  2. 8 / 10

    It was quite decent as far as Spanish GPs go. I missed about a third of it as I was busy watching the Giro d’Italia pass by outside my apartment balcony but I don’t think I missed anything important.

  3. As somebody who rates a “regular vanilla ‘borefest'” 6 I gave it a 7.

  4. Ron (@rcorporon)
    11th May 2014, 17:37

    6/10 for me.

    Seb’s charge was great to watch, and some other passes which made for a good final 10 laps but overall a bit boring. Result was never really in doubt.

  5. How many fans actually do some driving in their free time? I’ve karted quite a lot, enough to know that not every race is exceptional, and not every race has to be. There were some great races, and others where it was pretty boring, long distance behind and in front of some one. That’s motorsport, and that’s okay. You must love the sport in all its details, not just in a “why isn’t there more overtaking”… that’s just a part, a nice part, but a part nonetheless.
    Let’s not try to make this a show people wanna watch. Either you love the sport and discuss it on that level, or just go watch something else.
    Sorry, but it irritates me when people complain about things that are actually part of the sport, and always have been, like strategy. It is not about racing as fast as you can the whole time for 300+ km, it is about using your brain, and maximising your options.
    This was so fascinating about Hamilton, Rosberg, Bottas and Vettel today – they were able to maximize their potential in the different racing situations, and that’s what I like to see. I don’t expect it to be thrilling from start to finish until the end, because I know from own experience that that is not realistic in racing; but it is still fun every time!

    1. @mogon4 Quite possibly the most sensible comment I’ve seen on here in years… I couldn’t agree more…

    2. Of course, not every race needs to be fantastic. But it is ok to give a race a low rating if it was a bit boring. What point would the ratings have otherwise?

      1. agreed. just wanna make sure we are rating the race, not the sport.

      2. There is NO point to ratings. Each and everyone of us rates differently according to whatever arbitrary factor that we fancy. Sure, when you average those ratings up, it can represent if a race is liked or not by the viewers but in the end, who cares? I love that race, fine. You hate this race, also fine.
        Rate to your heart’s content. It changes nothing.

    3. Sorry man, but we are spectators first ! Most of us are just “plain” fans of cars/motorsport, without any engineering/logical diploma. We’re here for the show mostly, not to understand the strategies etc etc. Besides the show, we don’t get anything. That’s not the case with those we watch – the make millions of euros, win trophies, fame, a place in history etc ! Also, too many things are hidden to us in order to even make proper judgements, to be closer to an objective point of view. So, yeah, I agree we should expect to see some boring stuff, always happened, but these days this kinda become the norm. F1 is more Le Mans than Le Mans itself. Le Mans is closer to a sprint race than F1 nowadays. The drivers need to back off in order to keep their tyres “alive” as much as possible, this season because of the fuel limit, the aero doesn’t help too much either when it comes to overtaking etc. F1 simply doesn’t seem to be a sport about the “fastest” anymore. I don’t think Senna would have enjoyed it as it is now.

      1. Fuel limit is not an issue. And as you seem a Senna fan, most of the 1988, 1990 and 1991 races were “boring” like we watched today. And if you don’t understand the strategies i don’t think you really like F1.

  6. great racing throughout the field with Alonso, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Bottas and vettel and i was always on the edge of my seat from the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg but thankfully Hamilton held on. nice to see an improvement in Marussias performance with them comfortably faster than Caterham and challenging the midfield at the start. I gave it an 8

  7. Photos of the Ferrari aerodynamical improvements for CANADA revealed.

    1. here is the link

      1. Want to try the link but it looks dodgy…

        Plus, I suspect it’ll be one of those ‘hilarious’ images of a block of lego or something.

        1. @ecwdanselby Not even that good. Just a pic of a ‘joke’ cut’n’shut of a car with a truck cab in the middle.

          For future reference, the link was fine, it’s just using Google’s URL shortener to make a long incomprehensible link (such as you’d get sharing a pic from cloud storage for example) into something more manageable…

  8. Incredible overrating here as always. Every single race gets voted on average 7 or above. Did you know that. Half the time when you say it was an average or boring race you give it a 7. Where’s the logic in that?
    I actually think that this was average and I’m gonna give it a 5.

  9. I really do not understand those ratings. This race is rated more less 7,5.

    Does anybody think there is only 2,5 points between this race and, for example, Donnington 1993 (one of the greatest victories of Senna), or 1996 Spanish GP (First victory of Schumi with Ferrari)?

    I do not give this race more than 4-5 points and I’m pretty sure everybody will not remember anything interesting of this race after some few months (Only Keith will keep some stats & facts for the history of F1)

    1. Today’s race was more entertaining than both those races put together. Both races were completely dominated by the victors In devastating fashion. A snooze fest. Great victories but hardly entertaining. I’m here to rate how much I enjoyed this race and due to some very tense inter-team battles, and a storming drive from Vettel, I give this race a 7/10. A slow burner that turned into one of the better Spanish grand prixs.

  10. Pretty average race, which means an average grade. A 6.

    To the guys above me; people on the internet generally vote within a range of 5-10. I believe this is because the things they rate lower, they either don’t bother reviewing online, or give a 1 out of anger. For me personally, a race like Hungary 2004, with absolutely nothing going for it would be a 3. A 2 or a 1 would have to be a race like Indy 2005. Even a 4 would have to be a race with virtually no on-track overtaking or a scandal of some sort.

    I think if the people who vote here now were subjected to some races from the late 90s and early 00s, they probably would vote lower than 5.

    1. @npf1 I’ve been following F1 since I was old enough to say “cars”. Andretti’s JPS Lotus 79 and Hunt’s McLaren M23 are my earliest memories of watching F1 on TV as a toddler. I’m in my mid 40s and I’ve probably missed no more than 10 races in 30 years.

      I rated this one an 8 – and I vote for the whole weekend (I’m particularity enjoying the Mercedes’ utter dominance. It will not last forever, ask Red Bull.)

      Nostalgia famously looks better through proverbial rose tinted specs.

      “The Overtake” is NOT the be all and end all of F1. F1 is a much richer, deeper and more technical sport than possibly any other. It is why I love it. When there’s a (none DRS) highly accomplished pass, it’s thrilling, exciting and indeed awe inspiring. There may be less of them in F1 than other motorsport simply because the margins are so fantastically small and the drivers of such a high standard that genuine passing (as in none assisted) is rare. It is this rarity that makes it special. If you have several passes per lap it’s no longer a highlight. They wouldn’t be hard fought over many laps. Passing would no longer be special.

      It’s a race. A race to a single winner. If you don’t like it then F1 is possibly not for you?

      1. @psynrg If you hadn’t put in that final remark, I would have gladly given an in depth reply..

      2. @npf1 It’s just a rhetorical question born of your assumptions about how you would rate a race vs how you think others should rate a race.

        1. @psynrg

          people on the internet generally vote within a range of 5-10

          For me personally, etc

          I do not remember indulging in sharing how I think others should vote.

          1. @npf1

            I believe this is because the things they rate lower, they either don’t bother reviewing online, or give a 1 out of anger.

            OK, my mistake, they were your assumptions on how others are voting. I misinterpreted this to mean you know how and why others are voting the way they do; with some strange reference to a bygone era and how it could/should/would influence the way people vote now.
            My suggestion. Just vote and don’t worry about what or why others are voting.

  11. @keithcollantine maybe it might be interesting to add the standard deviation to the data… see how controversial a rating of a given race was. Should be some interesting reading…

  12. Have not rated the race yet, need to think about it more, probably 6 or 7.
    I have never watched a Formula 1 race I did not like. There is always something interesting going on, maybe not at the front. Some of you are so harsh, it is totally unfair. It is still great entertainment. It has been my sport since 1962, helping unload F1 cars at Zandvoort. I love F1 and for me there are no boring races! Grow up.

  13. This race had some good parts, but i don’t like it.

  14. As usual for a SPanish GP, it was quite a technical and somewhat boring race. Mixed strategies and some desicions gave us some exciting last laps. It wasn’t easy to watch and there wasn’t any particular drama to remember from this race. Quite average and will be forgotten soon.
    I got to say, though that this year F1 is more balanced than previous years. Not as per team performance, where Mercedes is well ahead, but the tyres are not drawing attention away from the race, the DRS is not overpowering and there are not so many mechanical failures as we feared before the season.
    In conclusion, a grade of 6/10 is fair, imo, mainly because of Vettel’s drive and the battles in the closing laps.

  15. 5/10

    Last 10 laps were ok, the rest was like watching a chess match. Let’s see how the season progresses, but at the moment Bahrain is looking like a one off.

  16. I gave it a One. Why? Because it didn’t deserve anything more that that. Boring from start to finish and very predictable.
    How can this even be called racing? Calling it a race is an insult to racing!
    I was watching Ricciardo coming up on Bottas then his team tells him to drop back to a two second gap to save the tires! That is not a race. The whole point of a race is to push yourself to finish first. Isn’t far more effective to get up right behind the next driver and harass him until he makes a mistake? They should be giving these guys tires that allow them to actually do that.
    To me, the only reason a driver should have to stop and change tires is because he was pushing the car to the brink of exploding. The points are only given to the top ten drivers, so then they should push as hard as they can to get into the top ten. I would rather my driver push his car to until it dies on him then finish outside of the points.

    1. @irejag

      The whole point of a race is to push yourself to finish first.

      Actually the whole point of a race is to win as slowly as possible. Thus conserving resources and decreasing the possibility of a failure and increasing the likelihood of the win.

  17. I enjoy all of the f1 races, obviously some are much better than others and a lot of the racing quality is due more to the track that offers more passing availability than other tracks. Monaco being an exception because there are very, very limited passing areas so desperation is more common as drivers become frustrated and try near impossible passes. I just wonder how many of the F1 respondents watch football/soccer? Hours go by with a single point being scored, now this is boring to me. I am sure this soccer comment will get more responses than it deserves……………… Thanks, RnR

  18. Woops, forgot to mention SVettle …. is this a race where Red Bull lets us know that they are back in the game. SB seemed to have some magic charm last year and this year to date seems only bad luck is on his side. Really wanted Nico to win ……. RnR

  19. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but I gave it a four because there was no surprises for me. Once I saw the strategy, I knew how they were going to finish. What iced it was knowing when Nico went through his graining cycle on the last stint, that’d provide Lewis the margin needed to keep Nico back.

    Maybe I pay too much attention, and no, Bernie, I’m not asking for a Mario Kart element of surprise, but I was underwhelmed.

    Give us ground effects and neuter the wings already. More non-DRS overtaking would make this far more entertaining.

  20. GB (@bgp001ruled)
    12th May 2014, 5:31

    what? the end was exciting? really? for me the race was 3/10 and i still wonder why i rate it so high! and the end? well, i didnt get to see it: i was so bored out of my skull that i went back to bed! in my country it was a 6am race! two thirds i watched: horribly boring!!!!

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