Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014

F1’s return to Austria produced a middling race

2014 Austrian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014Formula One’s return to Austria was greeted by a huge and enthusiastic crowd. But how did the race go down with fans?

An average score of 6.6 out of ten was slightly down on the average for the season so far (7.1) but not far off the same figure since Rate the Race began in 2008 (6.8).

The widely-held view among fans was that after an exciting qualifying session, which produced some surprise on the grid, the race didn’t really live up to expectations. And for some the increasingly common sight of computer-generated advertisements – which at this race included a personal message from Bernie Ecclestone to Red Bull Ring owner Dietrich Mateschitz – has become an irritation.

Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers had to say about the Austrian Grand Prix since 2003.

Nice track, shame about the race

A hesitating grand prix. When you take a look at the live timing and see that a driver is less than one second to another, you expect some racing action.

At this track, you can overtake at turn one, two, three, four, six, seven and eight. Seen in GP3 and GP2.
JayfreeseKnight (@Jeff1s)

Great track, never expected the race to be that boring. Williams did everything strategy-wise not to get in Mercedes’ way. Great drive from Perez though.
Oli (@Dh1996)

Lack of track action

The battle between the Mercedes drivers never happened and a battle between Bottas and Massa didn’t really happen either.

The most exciting part was wondering if Maldonado would be clean when being lapped, he actually pleasantly surprised me today. Good drive from Perez to make up for his stupidity last race. A few nice overtakes and a nice first lap but tapered off towards the second half.
Duncan Brokensha (@Broke84)

Even though Williams had both cars on the front row from even before the race I thought that Rosberg would end up winning and that although Hamilton might catch his team mate he would not get past him. So there wasn’t really much excitement and tension relating to the victory itself for me.

Also I didn’t think there was that much on track action through the rest of the field.
@PJA

More drivers should look into using the harder tyres for their first stint. It’s obviously the better strategy.

Although current regulations make that pretty much impossible other than missing out on Q3 (like Perez keeps doing). Not sure what the idea was to fix tyres on the fastest lap in Q2, but it has definitely made sure there will be no different strategies among the drivers going through to Q3.
@Patrickl

TV direction, artificial ads – and personal messages

It almost looked like there were only five cars racing at some point. It was obvious nothing was going to happen, show some other cars then…
PorscheF1 (@Xtwl)

Showing Dietrich Mateschitz signing autographs mid-race, the cheeky television print on the track saying ‘Congratulations Mr Dietrich’… I understand it’s basically their race, but there are cleverer ways – the end for example, with everyone in the grandstands showing the Austrian flag, and the bull sculpture in the middle of the track. The rest is just cheap stuff that annoys viewers. Show the race instead!
@Fer-no65

The overlaid ads were an absolute joke. FOM needs to stop with those. And the whole ‘Congratulations Mateschitz, thanks Bernie’ thing was real dumb.
Alex Williams (@Scuderia-Alex)

2014 Rate the Race results

Race Rating
2014 Canadian Grand Prix 9.190
2014 Bahrain Grand Prix 9.095
2014 Monaco Grand Prix 7.044
2014 Australian Grand Prix 6.889
2014 Austrian Grand Prix 6.698
2014 Spanish Grand Prix 6.449
2014 Malaysian Grand Prix 5.896
2014 Chinese Grand Prix 5.473

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