Rate the race: 2014 British Grand Prix

2014 British Grand Prix

Jenson Button, McLaren, Silverstone, 2014What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the British Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2014 British Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 6 (6%)
  • 7 (16%)
  • 8 (38%)
  • 9 (25%)
  • 10 (8%)

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254 comments on Rate the race: 2014 British Grand Prix

  1. Yoshisune (@yobo01) said on 6th July 2014, 15:53

    The battle between Vettel and Alonso probably added one point or two to the score. Shame that there was no battle for the lead, and I would have loved the race to be one lap longer, just to see Button and Ricciardo fighting for the podium.

  2. Ricardo Ferreira (@yes-master) said on 6th July 2014, 15:53

    Gave it an 8! I say, what a magnificent battle between two great drivers, Alonso and Vettel! In the end, we saw that a “for-several-commentators-not-a-legendary-driver-like-Alonso” DID beat Alonso, a “legendary” driver, fair and square. Beautiful :) Unfortunately, the effort, time and tires, spent, were too much for Vettel to fight for 4th or 3rd position.
    As for the rest, well done for Bottas. Luck for Ham.

  3. Rigi (@rigi) said on 6th July 2014, 15:55

    solid 8. good fighting throughout the race, yet it was missing something.

    • HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 6th July 2014, 16:10

      @rigi Do you still think Bottas doesn’t deserve DotW? Solid race, 8/10

      • Rigi (@rigi) said on 6th July 2014, 17:15

        @huhhii very hard to decide as he had a horrid qualifying. bottas was definately driver of the race, but weekend? i’ll sleep over it but i think i’m going to give it to button.

        • HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 6th July 2014, 17:26

          @rigi But the weekend was screwed by the team, it wasn’t Bottas’ fault. Massa had the same faith in qualifying.

          • Rigi (@rigi) said on 6th July 2014, 17:34

            @huhhii i can see your point. but i’ve said this before regarding the penalties for unsafe releases, the driver is a part of the team. they screwed up together. i stand by my point, i don’t think bottas deserves the vote. (and i’m no bottas hater btw, i think he’s brilliant and i’m a fan of him)

    • not missing without it , the race was concluded with a certain aspect of the race excluded.

  4. Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 6th July 2014, 15:55

    As the Battle of Lead is gone off Racing gods gave us another battle by making RBR to destroy SV strategy and putting him to fight with FA , What a battle reminded me of good old times no one want to give up and no one is desperate to break , Bernie and FIA are you watching this , this is kind of battle we want to see for majority of season, Hope you understand this and stop messing the F1 more

  5. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 6th July 2014, 15:56

    8 out of 10. Smashing race. Great result for the country and the championship.

  6. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 6th July 2014, 15:56

    We were just denied a battle at the front (sort it out, Mercedes) and the perfect result of Button nabbing 3rd at the end. But to rate the race, not the result: there was always something going on, and some classic moves through several corners that Silverstone does so well. And a memorably scary crash. It flew by once it got going, shame about all the faffing around getting it restarted once the barrier was fixed. 8

  7. Sven (@crammond) said on 6th July 2014, 15:57

    If I could just unhear those radio-messages from Alonso and Vettel… that would be exactly how a battle should look like. Every move from both seemed deliberate, allways placing the cars well, no one outbraking themselfes on desperate unplanned tries, this is how real top-class driving looks like.
    And we had some pretty good other overtaking moves from Bottas and Alonso, too.

    • Slava (@slava) said on 6th July 2014, 19:31

      It’s easy for us to judge that when we sit in an arm-chair. I think their complaints were totally okay, it was in the heat of the moment. Perhaps, for Alonso it was even more difficult as he had a heap of problems with his car.

  8. 9. Would have given it a 10 but for the lack of battle between HAM and ROS and the amount of whining over the team radio during the battle between VET and ALO, however that was an absolute cracker.

  9. JOnnif1 (@jonni) said on 6th July 2014, 15:58

    is this Formula 1 ?
    Mercedes cars every race above 30 seconds gap
    this is ridiculous
    in an other Formula 1 , Bottas should be win the race , as he was competitive
    but not in this Formula 1
    Red Bull era came over now begin
    Mercedes era
    i’ll enjoy competition most later with Indycars

  10. hobo (@hobo) said on 6th July 2014, 15:58

    The problem, in my mind, with the MSC and VET years was that generally they ran away with the races/seasons and even though I was/am an MSC fan, the bulk of the races were boring up front. The plus of this season is that even though MERC is guaranteed to win every race, barring Montreal-like failures, and the championships, there is an actual intrateam battle to determine the WDC.

    BOT cut through the field well, and ALO vs VET was a good scrap (though a bit whiny for 6 WDCs between them), but the race fell flat as soon as ROS dropped because the finish was decided.

    I gave the race a 5, and while others will deviate from my opinion, I honestly don’t see how the bulk of people are rating this up there with the best races of the season. It wasn’t even close. I’m hoping that this was just a rush of HAM/UK fans and that the average will settle down.

  11. marsianwalrus (@einariliyev) said on 6th July 2014, 16:00


    No battle for the lead; the race winner result obvious since one of the two possible competitors retired, useless red flag stoppage that set the race back 1 hour for a trivial reason, was half-asleep during most of it.

    Should have been 1/10, but I’m adding a point for Alonso’s early charge and two points for Alonso/Vettel battle.

    • @einariliyev No, just no. I can only guess you closed your eyes when there was no Mercedes on screen?

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 6th July 2014, 16:35

      useless red flag stoppage that set the race back 1 hour for a trivial reason

      Good to know you care so little about driver, marshal and spectator safety.

      • marsianwalrus (@einariliyev) said on 7th July 2014, 0:38

        @raceprouk I understand the reason for the red flag and a subsequent race stoppage. But it took too long. Even Niki Lauda agrees with me – and the guy almost lost his life in an F1 crash.

        A damaged barrier in one tiny stretch of an F1 track is a trivial reason to stop, and then proceed to hold back an F1 race for an hour. The probability of someone hitting that same spot down the straight (it wasn’t a corner-barrier) is about the same as someone’s torsion spring hitting you in the helmet. It would’ve taken a freak accident which tend to happen anyway and cannot be guaranteed against.

        I also do not understand the reason why the barrier couldn’t have been fortified instead of repaired – maybe by a tyre wall. It would’ve taken 15 minutes to fortify it, but a full hour to repair.

        • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 7th July 2014, 1:00

          It doesn’t matter how slim the chance is. The fact is someone hit that barrier. And last year that same barrier was hit in a Trofeo Lamborghini race. That means it had to be repaired for the track to be deemed safe to race on.

          Did it take too long? Of course. But that doesn’t make it a trivial matter. If the barrier had been left, then someone hit it and was seriously hurt, then Silverstone could have been potentially liable for failure to exercise sufficient safety precautions.

  12. Jonathan Chalk (@jonchalk) said on 6th July 2014, 16:00

    9 for me; would have been 8, but for ALO/VET battle; would have been 10, if I hadn’t had to listen to VET whining like a schoolgirl.

    • @jonchalk Alonso did his fair share of ‘whining like a schoolgirl’. If you want to mention one doing it, have the balls and respect to mention all doing it. Perez, Button also complained plenty.

      • bsnaylor (@bsnaylor) said on 6th July 2014, 16:18

        was great whinging by both of them! but I’d say Vettel’s was more “school-girl” :) Real racing in anger, like the old days.

      • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 6th July 2014, 16:24

        If I’m not wrong, VET started “IT” and by doing that he was asking for a penalty ! By not responding at all to VET, ALO (indirectly) would have admitted he’s at fault… even tho all he did was to do some real racing.

        • Oletros (@oletros) said on 6th July 2014, 16:32

          Do you have direct line to all the onboard messages to say that?

          • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 6th July 2014, 16:48

            No, but it’s not really needed. VET started to complain 1st because ALO did not gave him enough space (to overtake). ALO was shutting the door when VET thought he passed. Go watch the fight again. So, VET started the complaints fight.

          • Oletros (@oletros) said on 6th July 2014, 16:53

            Ah, as I suppose, you don’t know.

            And watching the fight again won’t give me more onboard messages that the first time.

            But don’t lose the opportunity to bash our “beloved” driver

        • @corrado-dub You’re right. Vettel said something about Alonso cutting him off. However about the track extending, the thing what this is all about, Alonso clearly started.

          • uan (@uan) said on 7th July 2014, 5:49

            @xtwl agreed.

            in addition, it’s not like Vettel or Alonso hear what other drivers are saying. Vettel only knew Alonso was complaining about track limits because he was warned about them, and he knew it was coming from Alonso. So he decided to make the same comments back.

            Not to mention, we don’t know when the first time Alonso started in on the track limit thing, it could have been the second or third time before the F1 feed director picked up on it.

            Also, while both were angry in the race, afterwards, both drivers accepted the humor of their comments and how it came across.

            So thanks to Alo and Vet for the epic battle and for their post-race comments – keeping it fair all around. If only we on the forums could do the same :).

  13. bsnaylor (@bsnaylor) said on 6th July 2014, 16:02

    awesome race, for the right reasons. Some excellent wheel to wheel racing. Alonso once again showed his supreme ability to get the best out of any car and situation. Well done Lewis. Superb whinging from the German who can’t seem to handle not having the stand-out car. Much throwing of toys out the pram :) Great result for Bottas too, well deserved after the bad luck for Felipe. 10/10!

  14. Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th July 2014, 16:02

    Drivers storming through the field, different strategies, extensive battles, mixed up order – only missed a battle for the lead!

  15. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 6th July 2014, 16:10

    I gave it an 8.

    It was a great race, and it’s a huge shame we never got to see the Rosberg-Hamilton battle develop. It would have been fascinating. We had some good racing throughout the field, with the highlight being the stunning battle between Alonso and Vettel. The footage from that is going to be on every F1 tv intro package and highlight reel for the next decade. I could have done without both parties whining though, maybe there is some merit to removing radio transmissions from the tv broadcast after all!

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