After two popular Hungarian Grands Prix in 2014 and 2015, this year’s race was the second in a row which left F1 fans hoping for more.
F1 Fanatic readers gave it an average rating of 5.9 out of ten. That’s significantly higher than last year’s race received, but well short of the nine-out-of-ten peaks of a few years ago.
With the top five drivers starting and finishing in the same order, it wasn’t hard to see why many found this a processional and unexciting encounter. Here’s what you said about Sunday’s race.
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Can a group of cars circling a piece of Tarmac like this be called a race? We saw Verstappen make a mistake on lap one and a Haas mechanic make a mistake in a pit stop. Nothing else happened.
If a Ferrari one and a half seconds off the pace cannot be attacked by its closest challengers, if the important decisions are not taken behind the steering wheel but behind a desk in the pits, what’s the point anyway. Poorest showing so far in a poor season anyway.
If only these cars were capable of actually racing each other in close quarters we could have had a much better race. In the end it all fizzled out because nobody was able to get close enough to pass. Still, with a few drivers at least showing race winning potential made gave the race some suspense, even if this turned out to be in vain.
Hungary produces two types of race. Tension inducing edge of seat racing and terrible boring processions. This time it was a great race, tension from Vettel’s handling issues and Hamilton pushing hard on the back of Raikkonen for the final 20 laps.
Credit for Hamilton for returning the position back to Bottas on the final corner.
I did feel the stewards were harsh on Verstappen for the penalty, especially given that Grosjean got slammed hard on the first corner (hard enough to lift the car) and Alonso and Sainz on the restart, both of which were no worse than that of Verstappen.
With virtually no chance of any competitive overtaking this was a dull race, Vettel’s steering was broken but Raikkonen still could not overtake and while faster than Raikkonen, Hamilton could not get past him either, it was pointless watching the last half.
2017 Rate the Race Results
|2017 Australian Grand Prix||6.408|
|2017 Chinese Grand Prix||7.534|
|2017 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.957|
|2017 Russian Grand Prix||4.900|
|2017 Spanish Grand Prix||7.869|
|2017 Monaco Grand Prix||4.936|
|2017 Canadian Grand Prix||7.545|
|2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix||8.790|
|2017 Austrian Grand Prix||5.821|
|2017 British Grand Prix||6.625|
|2017 Hungarian Grand Prix||5.943|
As was the case in Russia, a close race at the front is all well and good providing there’s a belief an overtake could happen. In Hungary it seemed few believed a change of positions was possible.
Steady gaps throughout the field, no interesting strategies, one good overtake that I can remember (Alonso on Sainz).
Even the ‘close race’ at the front in the final stint wasn’t exciting to me, because there was no real possibility of a change of position happening without one of them making a sizable mistake. That wasn’t at all likely, and without the chance of an overtake, watching three cars driving round between one and two seconds apart doesn’t push me anywhere near the edge of my seat.
For the most part it was a very boring procession, rather than a race. Don’t think it was the worst GP of the season so far, but it’s on the podium.
Gutted that Ricciardo was taken out. I really bargained on Red Bull mixing things up at the front. I enjoyed the tension towards the end. Would anyone attempt a ballsy dive? Will anyone make a mistake? Will Vettel even finish the Race? Will Ferrari swap their cars? Not every race can be filled with lots of overtakes! The suspense is what made it. Sure it was no ’14 or ’15 but hey, at least there was a bit of tension keeping me on the edge of my seat.
Kudos to Vettel for keeping in front with dodgy steering and Raikkonen for not making a single mistake when under pressure. So far this year Ferrari not issuing team orders kept my respect for them higher than for Mercedes but, that said, my respect for what Mercedes and Hamilton did giving the place back to Bottas! It was very unexpected and I tilt my hat to them for sticking to what they said they would do. Big kudos to them!
I thought it was an okay race, while watching I felt some tension – in the sense of – will Raikkonnen indeed hold, will Vettel’s steering get worse or will he be able to keep the win; will Hamilton keep up trying, hm, Verstappen is getting close to Bottas, what’s happening there, and will Hamilton even be able to swap back, if he wants to? I also loved Alonso getting that fastest lap too.
I’d say, while I predicted quite wrongly, had I been able to see final practice, I’d probably should have expected something like the race result we got, though I hadn’t counted on Verstappen’s zeal.
By no means a classic but a good tense little race. Impressed with Hamilton giving third back to Bottas, I never expected him to do that. Also impressed Vettel was able to hold onto the lead given how bad his steering had become. Definitely a bit of an own goal by Red Bull though.
Good, if unspectacular.
Rate the Race: The Twitter verdict
The generally negative reaction was evident on Twitter too, except among those who had actually been at the Hungaroring.
Feel that F1 has went backwards this year. The fact cars can't even follow within 1 second of the other without overheating is ridiculous
— NP35Karting (@NPyne35Karting) July 30, 2017
How ridiculous is it that F1 cars can't follow close to another one without overheating or ruining front tyres, how can they race each other
— Roy Craig (@roycraig99) July 30, 2017
Can't recall an F1 season with so many team-mates at each other's throats. A consequence of close, competitive inter-team battles.
— Oliver Harden (@OllieHarden) July 30, 2017
— Sarah Oldknow (@SarahOldknowAct) July 30, 2017
New F1 cars are definately an improvement, but would love to see the close following and overtaking addressed somehow.
— Hawk (@Hawkdb) July 30, 2017
— aTOMic thoughts (@tomicThoughts) July 30, 2017
— Indiana Green🇫🇮 (@heart_tatooine) July 30, 2017
F1 at Hungaroring, what a disappointment.When does F1 drop circuits where one can't overtake.Both Raiko and Lewis were faster than Vettel.
— Martin Storb (@mstorb) July 30, 2017
— Gavin Norwich Tiler (@TILER_NORWICH) July 30, 2017
#HungarianGP was OK. Verstappen taking out teammate Ricciardo on lap1 the drama! Vettel won from Kimi, Bottas allowed back into 3rd by Lewis
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownSport) July 30, 2017
— David Hussey (@David_A_Hussey) July 30, 2017
— Rick Lopez (@ViscountViktor) July 30, 2017
One of the worst f1 races in a long time.
— ShandAndre (@Andre_Shand) July 30, 2017
F1 is not racing, can't stand it.
— Nathaniel Carter (@NatJackCarter) July 30, 2017
— George Howson (@GeorgeyHowson95) July 30, 2017
Thank goodness I've had the swimming to watch at the same time as this dirge of a #HungarianGP
— Kyle Scott (@KyleFF1) July 30, 2017
Little late to the party but such a brilliant #HungarianGP.
Ferrari 1-2. 🏎🏎
Alonso wishing happy holidays.
Had bit of everything!#F1
— Pankaj Ahuja (@panku_) July 30, 2017
F1. Nope, don't get it. Tried to watch it. Fast cars going round a loop. That's about it, apart from when they get their tyres changed.
— paul nicholls (@paulnicholls) July 30, 2017
— DutchSportsFan 🇳🇱 (@14DSF33) July 30, 2017
Mercedes tactics sum up everything that is wrong with the bore that is #F1
— Andy Ray (@stingray46) July 30, 2017
Why is F1 getting so dull ?
— R.o.t Rocketman (@o_rocketman) July 30, 2017
— Pete White (@PeteWhite5000) July 30, 2017
It's been an epic first half of the 2017 #F1 season.
— Kyle Katin (@Kyle_RNR247) July 30, 2017
#HungarianGP was an incredible experience. What a spectacle.
— Nick Adolf (@nick_adolf) July 30, 2017
— Josh the bratt (@Joshbratt87) July 30, 2017
Well the Hungarian GP was a bit of a interesting non event kimi should have won instead playing bouncer for sebs broken car @F1
— Peter Francis (@franfam5) July 30, 2017
I do find F1 boring but the start on this race was a little exciting!
— Samantha jackson (@Samjacko14) July 30, 2017
— Fred Weimer (@wingdisk) July 30, 2017
Today's F1 Race The Hungarian Grand Prix was awesome
— Angel Salinas (@TheMysticSpadez) July 30, 2017
— Smashley (@Mr_Monkey_Pants) July 30, 2017
— Rynardt Spies (@rynardtspies) July 30, 2017
Great F1 race today!!
— Ross (@JRDK7) July 30, 2017
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