Monza may not have witnessed a spectacular race but the historic high-speed venue clearly remains a fan favourite.
Highlights and lowlights
Highlights were Raikkonen’s recovery, the Williams battle for third – which we didn’t see – Perez here and there, Verstappen going round the outside of people a couple of times and Rosberg providing an element of surprise.
Otherwise, only two other teams with a realistic shot at the podium and the whole penalties mess, added to the Honda and Renault situation, to Lotus being on the brink of collapse, to Monza losing its slot in the calendar because it can’t support Ecclestone ridiculous hosting fee, to the drivers being silenced down on commercial grounds… it really makes the whole show unpleasant to watch.
Antonio Nartea (@Tony031r)
Much better than usual. Rosberg’s weak engine certainly helped, with him pushing Bottas first, beating both Williams on strategy and finally closing in on Vettel. Raikkonen dropped to last, recovered to fifth. Ricciardo, Kvyat, Sainz, Verstappen all made solid drives with several overtakes. Hamilton had it easy but the last laps were thrilling with anything ready to happen, Bottas finally caught Massa and we missed what was (emotionally) the most thrilling part for me. I’m pretty satisfied, if this is were the average race I’d be happy with F1.
Monza isn’t the same when cars aren’t screaming round there, they merely hum around the fastest track on the calendar nowadays.
Monza looks fantastic to be at, great fans, lovely weather and what a track it is to see the cars flat-out on low downforce. But the races can be so dull. Even with Raikkonen out of position and fighting through the field it was still quite boring.
The strange “do not ask questions, just execute” Mercedes comments peaked my interest a bit towards the end but even so, nothing really came of it.
As at Spa, many of you felt the Drag Reduction System was too powerful at Monza and spoiled what racing there was:
Whenever there was a nice battle shaping up, the car behind would conk out. DRS was stupidly powerful, the result could well be decided in the steward’s office, and except for the Toro Rossos being exciting, absolutely nothing was worth shouting about. Even Raikkonen’s climb through the field was very bland.
Craig Woollard (@Craig-o)
Some moments of interest but DRS had too much impact. None of the passes were entertaining. “oh he’s close enough for DRS, oh he’s got down to the chicane first and yep he’s held it.” Yawn.
This track shouldn’t have DRS.
Matheus Ramos (@jedimaster9)
Not nearly as exciting as some earlier races, but still a good race.. hampered by the TV coverage, I’m afraid.
Highlights for me were watching Raikkonen climb from last place to finish well within the points, Bottas and Massa battling for the last podium spot (not covered well by the broadcast sadly) and some more brilliant passes from Verstappen.
Michael Baumert (@Nothingreal)
The standard of television coverage left many asking for more racing and less ‘glamour’:
The TV coverage was dire, as usual. They need to stop focussing on female team members and spectators and show the race. The TV director comes across as a creepy old pervert.
The best moments in the race were not even shown live on camera such as the Massa versus Bottas battle. Add to that the errors in the on screen graphics if anybody noticed.
Who were all those kids/women we constantly switched to during the race?
The media love calling it the ‘cathedral of speed’ and such but apart from one camera in the kerbs at Ascari, [FOM] didn’t do a whole lot to emphasise the sense of speed, most of the onboards I saw didn’t have the telemetry on either.
Monza’s crowd is phenomenal. It has to stay on the calendar, it’s F1 history, home race of an F1 historical team, the crowd is awesome. And there’s no better track where engine performance of teams can be precisely observed as this track.
After all, we have Monaco and Singapore, Spa and Monza should be there to equal it out.
Duc Pham (@Ducpham2708)
I really enjoyed that race. The sea of people swelling to see the podium ceremony suggests that they enjoyed the race too.
2015 Rate the Race results
|2015 Australian Grand Prix||4.754|
|2015 Malaysian Grand Prix||8.369|
|2015 Chinese Grand Prix||5.721|
|2015 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.366|
|2015 Spanish Grand Prix||5.154|
|2015 Monaco Grand Prix||5.627|
|2015 Canadian Grand Prix||5.545|
|2015 Austrian Grand Prix||5.602|
|2015 British Grand Prix||7.949|
|2015 Hungarian Grand Prix||9.115|
|2015 Belgian Grand Prix||6.391|
|2015 Italian Grand Prix||5.636|