Rate the race: Chinese Grand Prix

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What did you think of the Chinese Grand Prix? Rate and discuss the race below:

Rate the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix out of 10

  • 10 - Perfect (5%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (1%)
  • 8 - Great (3%)
  • 7 - Good (7%)
  • 6 - Not bad (8%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (20%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (8%)
  • 3 - Boring (35%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (6%)
  • 1 - Terrible (6%)

Total Voters: 1,331

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31 comments on “Rate the race: Chinese Grand Prix”

  1. Pretty much a waste of 2 hours :( They’re going to struggle to get decent highlights for the show later on.

  2. Can’t comment yet, don’t know the result.

    When will the FIA lawyers announce the final result? Monday morning?

  3. boring as hell.

    pity if hamilton has the advantage everything goes well (unlike if ferrari has – hungary and singapore).

  4. Funny press conference: issue of team orders like the elephant in the room that no-one wants to talk about!

  5. Its OK to have a boring race, I seriously felt there was an overdose of brilliant races..Spa, Monza, Singapore, Japan..

  6. Great race; only problem is that the result was tainted by the team orders.

  7. There was a distinct lack of racing action but I enjoyed the race. It was refreshing to see one of the title contenders actually behaving like one with a dominating performance for the whole weekend.

    In an ideal world Massa would have been up there challenging but he just didn’t have the pace.

    Here’s to an exciting finish in 2 weeks time…

  8. as a slot car race, brilliant, as an F1 grand prix, terrible.

    i’m gutted that I come out of hospital to this insipid train race.

  9. Only the championship context made that an interesting race. I think the first five Chinese Grands Prix have proven you only get a good race at Shanghai if it rains.

  10. that was a shame, guess happens when you get two drivers ( both WDC), a team and a bunch of stewards working on fitting the crown on the wrong guy.
    brilliant kimi on press conf ;))

    @keith all tilke’s demand rain…

  11. 3/10, another boring Tilkedrome procession-fest.

    Points for Bourdais to trying to liven it up by hitting people, and points for Fisichella for trying to liven it up by getting the front runner’s backs up, and asking for a post-race fat lip.

    Nice to see a penalty-less race (as of yet). Not nice to see more Ferrari match fixing, team orders or no.

    At least we don’t have to get up especially for the final round.

  12. 6/10 as Sumedh says, we’ve had a overdose of crazy unpredictable races this year, especially in the run in, nice to be able to breathe for once.

  13. Probably one of the most boring races this season – but I suppose we need the occasional dull one to fully appreciate the good ones!

  14. after the 2nd lap, the only thing that kept everyone guessing was when massa would get by kimi… it took him almost 8-10 laps to cover the 4. something sec’s. whoo!

  15. As Keith said @ #9 interesting in the championship context. Off the line was fantastically tense after last weeks events.
    As I am rooting for Lewis I was on the edge of my seat throughout expecting car, tyre, pit trouble to intervene.
    Also I just love F1 – even a processional race such as this. For me this was about a well timed, dominant potential champion’s drive, getting the hat-trick in the process. Fabulous to watch when any driver is on top of everything. Set up nicely for Brazil, no less than 5th should be attainable. Although…
    It’s funny how Lewis always comes back with a stellar performance immediately after setting off the critics in a previous race. That’s why I fear a little for Brazil.

  16. Its a trend that these modern Tilke tracks always gives us boring races. Apart from the Turkish track, most of the other modern ones are totally lacking in character.

  17. Can’t believe I got up at 3:am to watch that…I would say this is on par with Spain, not quite as bad as Valencia since their was some some passing at the back. I think this race has only been good in the rain, 2005 was terrible as well.

    #5 also, overdose of good races? ***?!?

  18. Thankful watcher
    19th October 2008, 17:08

    I wish to express on record my thanks for Herman Tilke for designing new circuits which have been responsible for some of the most exciting F1 races ever seen.

    Circuits like Bahrain, China, the revised Hockenheim track and the Valencia circuit brought about a gush of blood to an avid fan like me and make me want to watch reruns over and over again.

  19. 3/10 – Boring

    I am glad I didn’t get up early to watch this one, the first two laps contained all the action, nothing of note happened the rest of the race.

    Even the midfield & back markers didn’t have much going on.

  20. #18 couldn`t of said it better.

  21. I fell asleep!! Something I haven’t done in ten years of watching F1, Missed the end!

    Work night out last night, got in at 5 up at 7 asleep by 9! Rubbish race, although as has been said the last 4 or 5 have been great so we can’t be too upset. Interlagos will put on an end of season stunner Im sure.

  22. To quote others, boring as hell. No rain, so no challenge. Hamilton kept his head, so no drama. Other drivers mostly kept their distance from each other, so no racing — just a lot of follow the leader interspersed with pit stops. Yawn.

  23. Boring race. I literally fell asleep with about 15 laps to go, and woke up during the post-race interviews. But I should be forgiven for that, since that was at 1:30 in the morning where I am.

    The only thing that made it exciting for me was the possibility that we could have seen the championship decided. I’ve never really been a fan of this GP. The Shanghai circuit is deadly dull as an F1 track.

    Seemed to me that attendance was low too. The entire grandstand behind turn 12 and 13 was transformed into a billboard for Expo 2010. And the other grandstands didn’t seem packed either.

    All-in-all the whole thing was pretty dull.

  24. Procession.

  25. Not even a manhole cover to spice things up….

    Heres hoping Brazil is a bit more interesting.

  26. A bit dull – but maybe that was necessary for a genuine racing result (relatively speaking – taking into account the cringeworthy bon homie ferrari “team order” situation). It seems the exciting races are the ones followed by post race frustration and disappointment.

  27. 4/10. Dull, but at least the result I wanted.

    No safety car to mess things around (something I was worried about seeing how readily they deployed it in the GP2 feature race)

  28. For me, it was perfect…

  29. Fabio Pellim - Brasil
    20th October 2008, 14:01

    Pretty boring, here in Brazil the race was at 4am, I was there but never was that hard to keep myself awake, to guys racing for the title and still the race was really boring. Well seems that it will be decided in the last race of the calendar, for me it is already decided, Felipe’s title agonize until be declared dead in November, Ferrari is paying for so many mistakes during the whole year and felipe for a bad starting in this season. Lessons to be learnt, next year I hope to have races that iss worthy to watch, today this blog is more exciting than watch these races

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