Rate the race: Hungary

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Rate the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 10 (6%)
  • 9 (8%)
  • 8 (22%)
  • 7 (26%)
  • 6 (16%)
  • 5 (9%)
  • 4 (6%)
  • 3 (4%)
  • 2 (2%)
  • 1 (2%)

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104 comments on “Rate the race: Hungary”

  1. I’m gutted about Hamilton’s mechanical failure, he was doing well and would’ve kept his championship lead if his car was fine. He might have even had a chance for a podium. Anyway this turned out to be more exciting than I thought it would be, what with the safety car but it was still fairly processional though.

    The most exciting thing about that race after the pit lane incident was Rubinho vs Schumey. Schumacher’s defensive move was awful, that could’ve been a dreadful crash. I literally winced as I saw that live onboard shot. Glad Rubens got ahead though, that was superb driving from him.

    Also Vettel’s drive through and his hand gesture in the pits was hilarious. As much as I don’t like either of them, I’m glad Alonso held Vettel up and I’m really happy that Mark Webber won. Aussie grit ftw.

    Roll on Spa. I believe McLaren can bring back the points they lost there, being a fast and low downforce track but also because McLaren have weeks to develop now.

    1. Mclaren do not have weeks to develop. Factory will be shut down for 2 weeks as will all teams.

      1. That’s 2 weeks.

      2. Only the factories are closed. There are other facilities to use. There is no ban on development.

        1. Err no everything on the car side shuts down.
          http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/85713 I remember last year some teams saying even just shutting down equipment saved a fair amount of money in using less power wind tunnel etc

          1. OK thanks for that.

    2. yes i also feel bad for mclaren but it was about time cause they have been far too regular mclaren has been very regular struggling without having pace fortunatly for them they had luck maybe it runned out or maybe they need spa and monza

  2. an 8, actually..webber showed a true champion’s maturity and seeing a couple of drivers doing their best races yet (Petrov, De la Rosa)

  3. Great race, Webber gets back where he was before in the points lead, Seb loses win to help Webber too, chaos in the pits, Rosberg’s wheel, tightened up the gap in the WDC. Plus, BARRICHELLO VS SCHUMACHER!! If this race has a poor rating you know a lot of peaople were voting purley on Mclaren’s poor result today.

    1. Bar the events resulting from the SC (Webbe passing Vettel, Kubica and Sutil, Rosberg) the race was pretty much a procession, with the exception of the Schumi and Robinho incident.

      1. Exactly, I’m really not seeing what was great from a racing point of view. Yes the SC livened things up a bit but the only close battle was Alonso/Vettel. A battle which Vettel only got himself into by being a plonker and then never once looked like getting by. Otherwise it was a procession with Schumi losing that place, in spectacular fashion, at the end. The only other incident was the pit lane chaos which isn’t really great racing, so I’m at a bit of a loss razer.

        1. Well, to be honest, I reckon if you didn’t enjoy that race, your probably getting pretty thin on what counts as a good race.

          For me, this has to be, one of the, if on the best Seasons I’ve seen, every race there’s action, If only Legard was mute! mute I say!

    2. Enrique Miguel
      1st August 2010, 16:18

      indeed you are right most poor votes will be made by mclaren fans…

      1. Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.

        1. For me, I vote on the race based on how hard my heart is beating. Usally it is thumping at the start of the race but in this one it was pounding out of my chest for about 20 laps as Webber was trying to pull away from Alonso. It’s for this reason that I have given the race a 9.

      2. I’m by no means a McLaren fan, and I voted 5 simply on how processional it was. When the Red Bull is clearly so much faster than the Ferrari and still can’t overtake, it’s a pretty boring track. The only really gripping moments of the race were Barichello’s pass on Schumi, and Webber pulling the 20 second gap on Alonso.

  4. Great race. Before the safety car was a bit boring. Post safety car was pretty good. Vettel probably feeling pretty dirty about the drive through. Alonso did well to hold him off. Schumacher’s move on Barrichello was very dirty, I think he should be handed a pretty severe penalty for that. Great win by Webber though.

  5. 4 – and that’s very generous.

    If a pitlane accident is the most entertaining thing that happend during the race… then it tells you what the race was like.

    1. Exactly how I feel. I think people are rating it higher because they expected a Red Bull walk-over and didn’t quite get that. Although without the SC it would have been dull dull dull.

      What happened to bring the SC out anyway? A Force India car caught up in something, but what?

    2. Actually I see no point giving this more than 1, exactly like the last race. There was no real challenge to the RBs today. They could have easily lapped everyone if they needed. The only resistance came from Alonso (who truly showed his superiority to Massa today).

      Finally we were made to believe that refueling was dangerous. Today we saw how bad the situation is when the SC is out.

      BAN pit lane from opening when SC is out!

      1. 1? 1? are you serious?
        Do you actually enjoy watching racing cars?
        Or maybe your reception cut out?

        1? Your not watching it upside down are you?

        1. Contrary to what you just said I urge you to go to:

          to see serious driving.

          I getting fed up of seeing whines who look like ballerinas racing. Oh what my front wing; Oh watch the wall. Come on this is racing we should get more fun out of it.

          By no means I am saying that we should see more accidents but waiting for a Grand Prix to be determined by the SC exit is ridiculous.

          There are just too many restriction in F1. Who builds the best wing wins.

  6. not a bad race. lots of action even inside the pits. track needs to be revised. no room for overtaking. of course Rubens will disagree :)

    1. “even inside the pits”?
      You meant – only inside the pits.

  7. Well, better than I dared hope yesterday, sort of the start that I had hoped Alonso could make, I had some hope Hamilton could have done better so that he might be a bit in the fight, but we saw Petrov doing well instead, until he gave HAM an easy pass.

    SC was hectic and rather weird, glad noone got very seriously injured, sorry for Sutil and Kubica, and Rosberg.

    Red Bull did do weird things with Vettel, but Webber rose to the occasion splendidly.

    Jay for Barrichello, boo for Schumacher. Great work Petrov, and the whole of Sauber. Button, dissapointing.

    I gave it a 6.

    1. What Bosyber said. (Too lazy to type now)


    2. I felt generous and gave it a 7. The start was nice, i liked the pass from Hamilton on Petrov and we had some nice tries in the mid field.

      Then the procession set in until the pitstops and the SC (i was watching on Czech TV and nobody did even try to explain what parts were there on track).
      Then it was pretty exiting with Webber pulling the great gap and Vettels drive through letting Alonso jump him.
      Funny question from Massa weather Alonso had cought Webber.
      Hoora for Barricello showing his old pal around, Schumi just couldn’t resist the urge for dirty driving (glad nobody got hurt).
      I am glad Petrov got a good result, really showed us what’s in him (although he might have fought harder with Hamilton), De la Rosa finally getting a decent result in as well.

  8. Damn eni for giving out their crap wire contraptions as a trophies, i much prefered the beautiful clay trophies from last year.

    1. Any trophies are better than the Santander ones, which looks like a poo.

      1. Are there any trophies left that aren’t an advertisement?

        1. I agree they’re not ‘classic’ trophies but since when was advertising in F1 somehow unusual?

          These guys bank rolled the event – this is what they get for what we get…

        2. all monaco trohpies, silverstone winner’s trophy, all Melbourne tophies, Suzuka winner’s, Interlagos all trophies, Bahrain all trophies, all china’s, and many more…

  9. Surprisingly entertaining race for such a terrible, boring track. I voted 6.

    1. Oh, and Renault’s lollipop man should probably be fired.

      1. I second that! Give the blind man an F1 job!

      2. Maybe he was looking at Rosbers wheel jumping around (looking up so he took the lollipop up as well) :-(

        1. They calculate the difference and do they work specting everybody is keeping the distances.
          It happened that the fact of the wheel stop the cars behind rosberg so Force india get his position later than renault thought.
          They do it mechanically and they don’t look if a car’s comming.

  10. I voted 10 because of Hamilton’s DNF.

    1. there was nothing safe about that safety car period, somebody could have been killed in the pitlane. time to ban pit stops during sc periods.

      1. lol, fail.

        comment too short.

      2. The pitlane should be closed when the SC is deployed.

      3. i found it exciting. they have helmets for a reason. if pitlane got closed for SC, we’d have no mixing up of the field during a race.

    2. Well nice to see you understand what constitutes an exciting race redbullet.

    3. For me that was a bit of a spoiler (sure it’s good for the WDC to make it closer). He might have taken the fight to Massa later on, a shame he did not even have a try.

  11. What a ridiculous move by Schuey, good on Rubens for keeping his foot in it and getting past!

    Really enjoyed what I expected to be a dull procession!

  12. A 7, but i took into consideration its Hungary, should be a 5 i guess.

    Also, to mr MSC: You, sir, are a disgrace. I hope you quit ASAP.

  13. How could weber be that much better than second? It is disappointing that Hamilton had to retire and I do think that saftey car call was fair. Schumacher needs to start racing like every other driver he’s not racing for championship so why almost crash baracello? Overall fair amount of excitement but most of the action happened in the back.

  14. That move that Schumi pulled on Ruben’s was totally out of order, no excuse! The result could have been high speed contact with the wall & a major shunt.

    Once again he reminds everybody of his comfort with putting another driver (even a former teammate) into the wall.

    Just retire Michael!

    1. If Senna didn’t get a penalty neither should Schumacher.


      1. Thanks Webber fan – people are often blinded by nostalgia.

        1. Sorry but looking at that It only shows that Senna knew where to stop while Schumi doesn’t. He left a lot more space than Shumi did.

          1. I’ll second that.

      2. Brundles cover up was a bit bizarre. “It’s different because Senna said he’d do it”

        How is it different?

  15. 4, other than the pit incidents and Rubens pass of Schumi, not all that exciting. Good to see Webber finish in front of Seb and Alonso.

    What’s up with Seb’s hand gestures during the drive through? I’d call it a lack of maturity.

  16. there was nothing safe about that safety car period, somebody could have been killed in the pitlane. time to ban pit stops during safety car periods.

  17. Wow… Vettels explanation in the press conference abpout the restart is one of the most pathetic explanations from an F1 driver I ever heard…

    1. Really?! Made perfect sense to me..

    2. I know it’s difficult to spot, but that’s what we call honesty. At least he didn’t spin a whole stack of the usual BS we get after some transgression has occurred.

      He missed it, he fell asleep, he didn’t know what was going on… he _may_ have lost his radio but I guess we’ll never know.

      What might be a bit iffy is how just before the SC went in, Brundle pointed out that Seb holding back the rest of the pack would be a good team strategy for RBR, but I think that might have been Brundle seeing things that weren’t there.

      1. But i did have the same thought at that moment (not influenced by Brundle, i was watching TV Nova)

  18. I’ve never seen a race with so many random events. Safety car out of nowhere, Kubica-Sutil collision in the pits, Rosberg losing his tyre, Schumacher almost killing Rubens, Vettel getting a drive-through, and so on.

    Voted it 8.

    1. I agree. Several quite bizarre unconnected events kept this one alive for me.
      But an excellent piece of lead-building by Webber to ensure he returned to the track in front of Alonso.
      Congrats to WEB.
      “What are you playing at?” to SCHU.
      “Read the rules and grow up” to VET.

  19. Masterpiece by Webber

    Very naive Vettel

    Plain luck nothing got hurt in the pit mess

    Bad move by Schumacher, great and meaningful pass by Rubens

    Boring track to watch

    That sums it all for me

    1. Oh, forgot.

      Great GREAT Kobayashi

      This kid deserves a serious drive

      1. Tweet from Twitter: “Rubens is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?”


  20. My bet is that Webber knew about Vettels communication problems and used it to his full advantage. Why else would he have NOT been trying to hold the pack up as a leader just before the safety car came in?! Dirty tactics..

    1. But VET was able to hear his radio when told he had a drive-through wasn’t he?
      Was this was a ‘diplomatic’ problem, then?

    2. Maybe, but Vettel also knew that he had communication problems, so wouldn’t it have been prudent of him to make sure he sat on Webber’s gearbox?

    3. ‘Dirty tactics’??
      who, what, where??

    4. Yeah I don’t really see how it was dirty tactics. Webber’s job was to try and build as much of a lead over the over the other drivers, which he did by sticking like glue to the back of the safety car. Vettel’s job was to stick like glue to Webber, and he didn’t. There’s no one to blame except for Vettel himself.

      If Vettel had of stuck himself right up behind Webber’s gearbox, he wouldn’t have got the penalty and both Red Bull drivers would have driven off into the sunset leaving Alonso for dead, building a 20 second lead, at which point Webber would have stopped for tyres and come back out in second place, and Vettel would have won the race.

  21. Barricello overtaking old shumi was fantastic. Otherwise mostly a “yawn” but we all knew that before the start!

  22. Frustrating. As always impossible to overtake.

    A few incidents but rather dull. 6/10

  23. Epic Mark Webber… what he did today was just stunning!

    i was thinking while the SC was deployed: “oh my god, he’s really out of this”…

    but no! amaizingly, he builds a 22 secs gap to the 2nd, pits and comes out first 6 secs ahead! :D

    Astonishing… as a Mark Webber fan, im amaized :D!

    1. One of the best drives of the season from Webber. OK, so the RB was a second faster than anything else but just look at his consistency in that pre-pit session, on worn tires indeed on worn ‘soft’ tires!

      A champions drive…

      And to think I didn’t think much of Webber before 2010. He’s still a plagued by errors or bad luck but a bit less than Vettel.

  24. 7/10, good race. Webber was masterful, Vettel is still immature, hard luck for Lewis.

  25. Vettel needs to stop acting like a baby and grow up. All that pouting that he did does nothing but make him incredibly unlikeable.

    Schuey, where is your head? Shame man, shame!

    Overall, race was a 7 for me.

  26. Great to see Rubens get one on Schumacher in those circumstances.

  27. Great race!!! a few more like this one and Macca is out of business. Gutted for Kubica, though. And who would have expected that Webber’s option tyres would last 44 laps? I bet he could have finished on them, had the rules allaowed it.

  28. I LOVE that Williams is showing a lot of pace I think that team is a class act and I miss the JP Montoya days.

    Disappointed with McLaren’s performance as I always wish them well tho Button made up a few spots.

    Always like seeing Seb unhappy as he is RedBull’s number 2 number 1 driver

  29. What caused the safety car to come out?

    1. I would love to know that too :D
      All I know is from 1 milliseconds footage on tv showing some piece of wing maybe lieing on the track – but who, when, why? Dont know.

    2. Half a front wing middle turn 11 i think

  30. finally mclaren’s luck is over

  31. Schumacher should get a race ban for that move.

  32. I really enjoyed that race, not much passing, but there was still a lot of competition, it wasn’t just a follow the leader event.

    Schumacher, As much as I love him, did wrong, that could have been dangerous.
    But did you hear DC? The hypocrisy! Here is the man who defended Alonso and Ferrari, and now talked about the history from the Schumacher Rubens…
    Something tells me Schumacher wasn’t watching the road.

    The safety car caused absolute chaos didn’t it?!? brilliant, Ferrari, did well, it pains me to say it but They impressed me then.

    I feel sorry for Vettel, his penalty was right, he broke a rule, it was tough but fair.
    But so help me Zeus is Ferrari doesn’t have it’s bit cut off for the effort at Germany…

    I really enjoyed that race, looks so much better when it’s green.

  33. William Wilgus
    1st August 2010, 15:23

    Now an EX-Schumi fan.

  34. As an impartial race fan, perhaps 7 – it was processional before the SC. As an avid Webber fan, however…10. Calm, cool-headed driving behind Alonso, and then a blistering stint on worn softs to create the gap. Brilliant!

  35. I agree with newnhamlea1, pitting during the safety car needs to be banned.

    Schumachers defensive move on Barr, well yes pretty hard and unfair, but Barrichello drove himself into danger and he should have expected a defensive move of some kind! It is obvious there is a lot of hate going on between these two.

  36. finally mclaren’s luck is over.
    hopefully for good

  37. Four, interesting but not exciting. Safety car was a deliberate manipulation like they do in Nascar but I won’t complain as without it race would have been a real snoozer.

  38. 9 for me. Seb sleeping, safety car inducing all sorts of mayhem in the pits and of course the talking point at the end with Schumi & Rubens.

    Was fully expecting a procession and it wasn’t like that at all.

  39. Safety car for a bit of wing on the track? …Too bad Vettel didn’t stay out with Webber…it would have been Red Bull 1,2

  40. Christopher Vissing
    1st August 2010, 16:07

    Actually, Schumi didn’t do anything “wrong” looking at the rules.. He shifted line one time and that’s that.. It was a little bit intense, but u guys are overreacting..

    Great race! 9! Great to see a bad result for Button and a DNF for Lewis, as the championship now is even tighter! Bring it on!

    1. Christopher Vissing
      1st August 2010, 16:08

      * It was a little bit tooo intense

      Too fast on the buttons..

  41. Christopher Vissing
    1st August 2010, 16:10

    The thing that caused the safety car was some front wing from Liuzzi..

  42. A so-so race at best. I was watching on my DVR. The first half was the best. The safety car spiced things up a bit. After Webber made his stop and came out in the lead with ease, I simply watched the rest in fast forward b/c I knew Vettel wouldn’t even be able to make even a serious attempt at Alonso.

    Those flexi wings make the red bulls and ferraris look like the only F1 cars out there racing against a bunch of GP2 cars. Hopefully the FIA rules quickly on the legality of them so that either other teams can roll out flexi wings or they are banned and removed from the two teams. Otherwise, there’s no need to run the rest of the races. Just send the trophies to RBR.

  43. The race started a bit exiting but it wasnt a great race.
    i give it 4.

  44. I gave it an 8. Whether because it was genuinely an 8 or I just had really low expectations coming in I don’t know. But there was certainly a fair bit of action, and a stunning drive from Webber.

    Is it just me, or is Vettel becoming more immature the older he gets? That gesture in the pitlane was extremely childish, and not to mention really rude. Someone needs to have a quiet word in the “Number One’s” ear. And as for Schuey, that move was a disgrace. The impact Rubens would have suffered if he’d hit the wall doesn’t even bear thinking about.

  45. 5, for webbo’s bizarre dominance and the pit chaos. take those anomalies away and this race earns a zero.

  46. I voted a seven. The only exciting things that went on were the safety car, the chaos in the pit, Webber and Vettel trying to pull out their prospective gaps and then of course Ruby and Schumi. Other than that, it was pretty processional. Even though I’m not a Vettel fan, I wanted him to at least have a go at Alonso (of course the fact that I predicted Vettel in 2nd came into play of me cheering, too…). I still say this is an awful track that has a propensity for boring races. Had there been more passing or at least pass ATTEMPTS, it could have been an 8, 9 or 10.

  47. I`d give it a 5 or a 6. Not great, but it had its entertaining moments…

  48. I thought of giving 5 but gave 6 because of the move of Barrichello on Schumacher. It has to be one best overtaking maneuver of the season & probably one of the best I have ever seen since Haikkinen on Schumacher in the 2000 Belgium GP.

    The pit-lane incident was funny but dangerous.I have heard that the F1 pit lane is the third most dangerous place to work after the deck of ‘oil rig’ & ‘ship that carry aircraft & flies them in mid sea’

  49. Overall rating so far after 1774 votes: 6.64

  50. I thought it was a good race, without the safety car it probably would have been a bit dull though.

  51. I gave the race a 10 mostly because Webber won and won it fair and square with some good action in spite of a narrow track ……..
    Schmui should be banned from ever racing again due to a total disregard for the life and limb of another racer. Michael’s most dangerous move absolutely can not be tolerated and I am sure that the drivers would concur………. I hated to see Nico out due to an error in the pits …… And too bad about Kubica’s accident / screw up in the pits as well………. R & R

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