The lack of competition at the front of the field was impossible to ignore at the Italian Grand Prix. It was the second race this year to receive an average score of less than five out of ten.
Nico Rosberg romped to victory in one Mercedes while Lewis Hamilton easily regained second place despite a poor start which dropped him to second place.
While there were a few high points – notably Daniel Ricciardo’s memorable pass on Valtteri Bottas – few of you were especially excited by the Italian Grand Prix:
Well, they drove 305 kilometres in 53 laps, that’s about it.
Superb pass by Ricciardo, though.
Jayfreese Knight (@Jeff1s)
Dull, dull on track. Racing was the complete opposite of the fans in the grandstands and track-side banking!
Will probably be remembered more for the announcements of Massa and Button than anything that happened in the race.
A thriller it may not have been, but some people did find points to appreciate:
I don’t think it was quite as bad as people make out. Was a bit boring for sure but not a terrible race by any means.
The directing of the footage however was terrible. Why did we needed to see Hamilton fail his start from three different on-board perspectives when there was so much happening throughout the field? Even throughout the race almost all of the camera action was focused on the front of the field where nothing was happening. Considering that I’d be pretty livid at the lack of camera time for such a race if I was a backmarking team owner, these type of “boring” races should be made for them to get some advertising time at least.
Refreshingly we didn’t hear the words “track limits” or “blue flags” 200 times throughout the weekend and there was little in the way of luck or controversy influencing the results.
The Drag Reduction System was a bone for many people at the previous race in Belgium and the same was true last weekend:
One of my biggest gripes with the current template of F1 races is the rate at which the field sorts itself out.
In the years before DRS, a lot of race-long rivalries would form, and even if one driver were stuck behind another until the flag, there’d at least be the anticipation that a move could occur. They’d wait in the tow, they might try a different line through a corner, or they might feint a move into the braking zones. Now what you get is a faster car waiting until lap three to get DRS, and then they’re sorted.
There’s no slogging it out any more if the field can re-aligns itself by the mid-distance mark. This needs eradicated if we’re see a return to proper racing.
Black n Blue
Any potential fun was killed dead by DRS. Really starting to crush my love for this sport, now.
I think what bothers me most is the sheer laziness from the FIA to not adjust/move the zones and try some different things. After its first year in 2011, they made various changes and tweaks to many of the zones for 2012/13. Since then, we’ve seen barely any changes made, which suggests they’re perfectly happy with highway passes.
It’s killing my love for this sport. I can’t force myself to be excited for inevitable passes, I just can’t. I don’t even have that same adrenaline that I used to get for the 5 lights going out now. The dull hum of the V6 doesn’t exactly help.
This was sad.
Monza’s place on the F1 calendar has been in doubt and some felt the race showed it doesn’t deserve to stay:
A track living off its memories and hardly relevant to today’s cars. The new three-year contract reflects the lack in confidence. Pretty poor reaction from the crowd at the end too – that’s not passion, more like the football ultras realising there’s no league football to go and watch this weekend.
Year after year Monza and Monaco produces the worst races of the season. History this, heritage that… Time to move on.
The problem is not Monza. The problem is the current set of F1 aero & tyre regs. Most other formulae produce exciting slipstream racing at Monza. Having said that I enjoyed today’s race – not exactly edge of the seat stuff but tense, tight & tactical nonetheless even if the result was never really in doubt.
Monza is the ultimate track of speed. I think it ranks the dominant engines and cars in the field. It’s brilliant.
Hamilton’s inability to take the fight to Rosberg after his poor start also raised concerns:
I thought the race was OK. I don’t mind particularly if there isn’t much overtaking up the front end, or even if there is no direct wheel to wheel into a braking zone. I think what irks me most about current f1 races is the lack of tension, some of which is generated by the tyres. (I do acknowledge that we have had some very good races this year however)
On tyres that could go flat out, watching Hamilton be able to run flat out every lap to try and make up for the start (there would be some argument that he should be able to chip away consistently if this was the case based on yesterday), whether he makes it or not, would at least add suspense, whereas knowing that on the same strategy its unlikely takes that away.
I know this isn’t the only contributor, and certainly isn’t a new opinion but for me this is one of the most annoying aspects of the current regulations.
2016 Rate the Race Results
|2016 Spanish Grand Prix||8.706|
|2016 Austrian Grand Prix||8.097|
|2016 Chinese Grand Prix||7.853|
|2016 Australian Grand Prix||7.757|
|2016 Monaco Grand Prix||7.747|
|2016 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.382|
|2016 Belgian Grand Prix||7.249|
|2016 Canadian Grand Prix||6.583|
|2016 British Grand Prix||6.478|
|2016 German Grand Prix||5.814|
|2016 Russian Grand Prix||5.396|
|2016 Hungarian Grand Prix||5.052|
|2016 Italian Grand Prix||4.944|
|2016 European Grand Prix||4.728|
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2016 Italian Grand Prix
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