Rate the race: 2014 British Grand Prix

2014 British Grand Prix

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254 comments on Rate the race: 2014 British Grand Prix

  1. Fab F1 (@fabf1) said on 6th July 2014, 16:10

    Fantastic race 9 / 10
    * Massive drive from Bottas, A future Champion in the making.
    * Great recovery from Alonso and Bottas
    * One of the greatest fight in modern F1, Alonso and Vettel shows what championship drivers really are.
    * Good victory for Hamilton, Sad for Roseberg, though happy that the championship fight is back.
    * Good Weekend for Tororosso. And an overall great week for Marussia.
    * Little sad for Force India, their Aero Dynamics work is worrying. Hope they will take the fight to big guns next races.
    * McLaren got a good race too. Defending their starting position.

    • StevenG said on 7th July 2014, 9:38

      *WHAT ABOUT RICCIAROS EFFORT? 36 of the last laps on one set of tyres, oh but then again that is nothing of note.

  2. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 6th July 2014, 16:11

    7/10 because a Brit won, fantastic battle between Alonso and Vettel and because the championship is close again.

  3. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 6th July 2014, 16:12

    Solid 8 from me.

    Alonso-Vettel fight was the best bit of this race, but I don’t like at all Vettel’s constant complaint. In my opinion that was like pure racing and haven’t seen something like that in ages. Vettel complaining every lap for not giving space and asking even for a penalty for Alonso is kinda dangerous because if FIA finds that he was “right”… we can say real racing is DEAD.

    • Jonathan Chalk (@jonchalk) said on 6th July 2014, 16:16

      Be careful or PorscheF1′s opinion-police will be all over you for actually having one that he doesn’t agree with ! :

      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.
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      PorscheF1 (@xtwl) said on 6th July 2014, 16:03
      @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.
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      • @jonchalk Opinion? What opinion? A fact is not an opinion! It’s not like I don’t agree Hamilton won today…

        You clearly mentioned one driver moaning while both were doing it. I pointed that out and now I’m the opinion-police?

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

      Both of them were complaining in every lap, why do you blame only VET?

      • bsnaylor (@bsnaylor) said on 6th July 2014, 16:22

        heh @jonchalk, how true :)

      • bsnaylor (@bsnaylor) said on 6th July 2014, 16:24

        and actually if you were really listening/watching you’d have seen/heard Vettel bitching alot more than Alonso. I bet the radio transcripts will attest to this. :)

        • Oletros (@oletros) said on 6th July 2014, 16:29

          Radio transcript won’t tell anything because the FIA don’t put all the messages.

          And if you actually were really listening, the fact is that both of them were whining almost in all the laps not only Vettel as the OP was implying.

        • Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 6th July 2014, 16:37

          Both drivers complained about each other and that’s that. I think it’s quite useless to see who complained more and who complained less.
          Seriously, we have just seen one of the most thrilling battles of the last few years and we are here arguing about who complained more over the radio?

          • bsnaylor (@bsnaylor) said on 6th July 2014, 17:00

            i’m not arguing, just winding up @oletros & @xtwl while discussing with some like-minded racing fans what was, as you say, a most thrilling race :)

          • @bsnaylor (@jonchalk) I’m not saying either did more, I’m saying both did it. If you complain about a driver moaning whilst both did it complain about both of them and not just the on you dislike. I too thought it was a great race nontheless.

          • HoHum (@hohum) said on 7th July 2014, 8:17

            @xtwf, both complained, both left the track, good racing and no point penalising both of them was I imagine the stewards POV.

      • Sven (@crammond) said on 6th July 2014, 16:29

        I actually blame the race-stewarding of recent years. It is now a must for drivers to do this, a part of their job. Which is a shame.

        • ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 6th July 2014, 20:29

          At least you don’t see F1 drivers diving like on a World Cup football pitch. I think that trash talk is more for team motivation than for the stewards attention. The stewards are watching, and they can see more than the drivers can these days. I for one was amused.
          Actually, I think that tennis players should be miked up for the big matches too. All that muttering gone to waste.

    • brny666 said on 6th July 2014, 16:31

      Did you miss the part where Alo was doing the exact same thing? This is how the sport is played, you cannot expect people going inches from eachother at 200mph to keep a completely clear and rational head.

      • Sven (@crammond) said on 6th July 2014, 16:43

        They had a clear and rational head. Constantly complaining about any possible rule-infringement by others is a part of doing everything possible to finish in the best position, so as long as the stewards listen to that and can at times be activated by that, a driver just has to complain.
        And yes, I do very much agree it sounds awful and takes a feeling of epicness away as you watch that battle and have to listen to this. The way to change it would be stewards only listening into team-radio once they have started investigating.

  4. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 6th July 2014, 16:19

    I’ve given it a six. This may require some explaining.

    There were some absolutely fantastic battles up and down the field, notably between two drivers that share six World Championships between them, and there were some very good strategy calls made today.

    However, we were denied any sort of battle for the race lead due to Mercedes’ gearboxes, and we had a very long delay in which I did honestly get quite bored. It’s a fantastic result from a British perspective, yes, but from a purist point of view it was a pretty mediocre race.

  5. McKenzie (@mckenzie) said on 6th July 2014, 16:23

    Loved it. 9/10.

    Impressed with Massa’s skilful, avoidance tactics after Kimi went off. One (well known) person interviewed after the race said Massa “locked up”. Beg to differ. It looked like he deliberately wrenched the car sideways to avoid t-boning Kimi’s car; imho it was skill and quick reactions, not an error. Comments made by knowledgable people, immediately after the incident, support that opinion.

    Bottas and Alonso: just wonderful racing. I’d be hard pushed to say which of the two deserves best driver of the day award.

    Many overtaking moves, some wheel-to-wheel racing, lots of drama. Vettel showed he really can mix it when required. His wheel-to-wheel battle with Alonso was very impressive. Allegations of going off track limits (made via radio) pure, comedy gold. Loved watching this race and I’m delighted to see F1 can still deliver the excitement.

    • Abuelo Paul (@abuello-paul) said on 6th July 2014, 17:24

      hear hear, respect to Felipe for fast reactions. The on board shot shows just how close he was when the Ferrari appeared in his view. I doubt anyone other than an F1 driver could have reacted so quickly. A tenth of a delay and he would have t-boned Raikkonen, and i don’t want to even consider what that may have caused.

    • ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 6th July 2014, 20:34

      I agree, what a quick and fully committed move by Massa. If the tires were hotter he might have even avoided Raikonnen. I imagine that Massa doesn’t have enough Finnish fans, so I hope that they noticed!

  6. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 6th July 2014, 16:28

    Fight between Vettel and Alonso, in my opinion, was highlight of the race. They fought for every milimetre of the track, the duel was just titanic. Pity, drivers couldn’t avoid whining, because they’re such great drivers and should put their energy into racing.

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

      it shows how much they really care, and I don’t think either of them could have put MORE energy into that race! it was titanic. I’d happily have that in return for real wheel to wheel racing like that every round.

  7. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 6th July 2014, 16:32

    8/10

    This was a proper Grand Prix, action, suspense, a Ferrari finally able to challenge the cars around it, my favourite driver having one of the best scraps this year, a British driver winning on British soil, a driver challenging the stupid Santander trophies.

    Just wow!

  8. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 6th July 2014, 16:36

    Who voted one-out-of-ten?! :roll eyes:

  9. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 6th July 2014, 16:47

    8/10. The first half was thoroughly entertaining, but it’s a shame we were denied a HAM/ROS battle, which seemed to be shaping up so well. Still, the second half was enjoyable lower down the order, especially with the epic battle between Vettel and Alonso, despite the fact it was more a dob-fight than a dogfight… and that’s probably my only criticism. The FIA have made real progress by making the stewarding softer on collisions – I was getting sick of hearing drivers complaining to Charlie over the slightest of bumps. But now that the FIA have tightened up rules on track limits, we’re hearing even more drivers grassing on each other. This blame culture really needs to be sorted out before F1 becomes like football.

  10. karter22 (@karter22) said on 6th July 2014, 17:05

    For me it was a brillian race. A bit dull to start off but then seeing Lewis fight back after a bad pitstop and gaining ground was excellent to watch but, the cherry on the cake was the ALO-VET fight. The only turn off was the whining but VET ultimately seemed to be the bigger “lady” of the two complaining about the hard fight put up by ALO who was on older tyres and a slightly inferior car. EPIC stuff nonetheless!

  11. Abuelo Paul (@abuello-paul) said on 6th July 2014, 17:21

    Good win for Lewis. Fantastic job by Bottas in the Williams. Not a podium given on a plate, but fought for and won. Good drive by Ricciardo and Button made the top slots all well deserved. Shame about Rosburg but thats racing and it makes the season more interesing. But the fight just behind between Alonso and Vettel was spectacular. Real wheel to wheel racing. This is what its all about. Not the “I’ve got pole and wlll lead a procession for 2 hours til we can all go home” kind of day at all. Loved it. Well done Silverstone, the teams, the stewards, the marshalls, and most importantly this weekend…… the weather.

  12. Liam (@c4vtr) said on 6th July 2014, 17:21

    8/10 even though I accidentally hit 7

    • Liam (@c4vtr) said on 6th July 2014, 17:23

      Nice watching Bottas and Alonso work their way through the field. mores the pity we also didn’t see Kimi and Massa. probably would have been a 10/10

    • ADD (@addimaf1) said on 6th July 2014, 19:33

      That’s ok. I hit 8 even though I thought it was 7/10. We evened it out.

  13. Abuelo Paul (@abuello-paul) said on 6th July 2014, 17:30

    Just read this in BBC: “It’s all crazy,” Lauda said. “To stop the race for one hour because one of the barriers is damaged is ridiculous.” But if it hadn’t been fixed and one of his drivers had inadvertently been injured at the same place he would be the first to shout about unsafe practices and the fence should have been repiared. I wonder sometimes how these people think. In F1 it’s “Safety First” above all, and Lauda ought to be one of the more outspoken supporters of that, he’s been a victim. Unbelievable…

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 6th July 2014, 18:44

      He may have meant it was crazy it took an hour to fix it

      • ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 6th July 2014, 20:41

        Exactly. I think that there should be a barrier repair crew at every track that is drilled like a proper pit crew. I bet if this happens next year that it will only take half as long to fix. on the other hand, I bet they sold enough beer in that hour to pay for a mile of Armco.

        • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 6th July 2014, 22:55

          The odd thing is that last year, that barrier was damaged in a Trofeo Lamborghini race. That should have been enough of a trigger to improve the barrier and/or repair procedures.

  14. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 6th July 2014, 17:36

    8/10. Really good race but imagine if Rosberg had carried on – could have had an absolutely epic fight for the lead that could have made it a 9 or 10. Great watch though.

  15. Bradley Downton (@bradley13) said on 6th July 2014, 17:54

    Many people voted Canada a 10, but here there were more overtakes, more people racing, and there was something happening on every lap, unlike Canada.

    Fantastic race, 10/10.

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