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128 comments on “Rate the race: 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix”

  1. 2/10

    Utterly forgettable.

    1. 5/10 — too generous!

      1. Can I change my vote to 1.5/10? zzzzzz

    2. Agreed.

    3. 1/10 and if I could rate it a Zero I would have. I’m happy that IndyCar starts this coming weekend and will devote my watching to that. Frankly, I do not see F1 improving anytime soon.

  2. A surprisingly & unusually straightforward race for Bahrain’s standards.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 16:55

      By f1s standards though surprisingly normal. Pretty much an 18 lap sprint. F1s formula is deeply flawed as both a racing and sporting competition

  3. What race?

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 16:47

      The first 18 laps. Essentially over after that. So we got to see about half a print or so. We must as fans if we care about this sport make it be known that we don’t want this. Otherwise nothing will change. The issue i fear is that now the majority of the fan base is younger and generally doesn’t care as much about racing. They do but they’re happy with off season news drama and social media consumption so I’m not sure they would really like together to demand for better changes to the raving itself. It’s almost a lost cause unfortunately

  4. Great..

    After much preseason promise, Max Verstappen praised car balance, grand slam, 1-2,

    Mercedes was nowhere, etc.

    And Andretti was barred from F1.

    Meh.

    1. Gave it a 2 as I reserve a 1 for races in the rain where the cars follow a safety car and it is deemed an official race. Told wife after 20 laps that I was going to run errands. Returned with 5 to go and wasn’t surprised by the running order. Going to be a long dull season. Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes will take 3rd when the track suits their cars and the gremlins are fixed. That will be our excitement, who will be 2nd in constructors and 3rd among drivers.

      1. Yellow Baron
        2nd March 2024, 16:54

        With all due respect to your opinion I feel that would be a zero or not worthy of any attributed rating as it’s not a race.

        Also same, I assumed the race was over after an overtake on lap 18 and made note of this at the time only to be proven right by the end.

        I’ll probably still follow F1 loosely, but if you crave good racing I would highly encourage you to watch indycar. Much better overall but you don’t watch live be careful of coming on this site too soon or you will get spoilers

    2. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 16:51

      I expect the announcement of 9 teams and 1 driver to be barred before the end of the season

      OR

      Significant changes to make an actual sport with actual competition.

      Otherwise it is simply dead will remain so a shadow of it’s former self (a former self that already had it’s own issues) while liberty wring it dry before they eventually sell it before it’s peak drops on.

      I do feel the currently trajectory of F1 is doomed to fall but will at least offer potential once this happens. Doomed because it’s lacking substance, it’s hype and not much more

      1. I expect the announcement of 9 teams and 1 driver to be barred before the end of the season

        Yes, these teams are failing to meet the very simple and very fair standard set by FOM.

        They should all be dropped make place for teams who would “add value” to F1.

  5. I luv chicken
    2nd March 2024, 16:40

    There’s no Zzzzzzz category!

  6. Josh (@canadianjosh)
    2nd March 2024, 16:41

    Best part was the end with RB swapping drivers. Red Bull should sack Checo for the sake of F1. This coming from someone who has defended Checo all of last year. Verstappen is going to destroy the field this year…..again

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 16:58

      This was really daft as usual. Wanted to add that to my list if observations but thought it pointless. I switched off did they even let Yuki back past?

      1. Nope, instead both drivers stayed behind Magnussen. Useless strategists

      2. Josh (@canadianjosh)
        2nd March 2024, 17:45

        No, Danny Ric bent over on the straight for Max and the Haas was gone until the last lap and a half.

        1. To be fair, he passed several blue flags before he had to move over, lest be given a penalty, not much of a choice there. The swap should have happened a lap earlier, but that one’s more on Yuki than RB strategy.

        2. Yellow Baron
          2nd March 2024, 23:36

          Actually he sorta did that on lap 14 as well but it was the other way round. Helped Perez pass Russell

  7. Theo (@theodorium)
    2nd March 2024, 16:43

    A complete write-off of a season, see you next year.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:00

      No, see you next weekend for the indycar season opener. If we want a change we must make it be heard where it matters! If you want to see better racing and competition watch indycar live instead and demand changes from F1. I’m sure if it’s possible to convince the newer younger fan base of this since I believe the racing itself is less significant to them overall but I’m sure they can be persuaded

      1. That’s a good point!

    2. I told you here on this proper forum, see you in 2026.

      1. Yellow Baron
        2nd March 2024, 17:25

        Correct once again you are. Can’t remember where but in complete agreement with you a week or so ago

  8. I think I may have jumped the gun in subscribing to F1 TV for the season. What a dull race..

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 16:44

      Yes sir. There is a minimum term of 3 months so you can make the most of it for that time then cancel. Unless you paid for a full year

    2. At least we get F2 and F3 along with F1.

  9. Lorna (@motorsportlifer)
    2nd March 2024, 16:43

    AWFUL. If not for the Sainz/Leclerc/Russell battle in the first 10-15 laps this would have been an all time bad race contender. How anyone defends this stuff is beyond me, the sport is absolutely at an all time low.

  10. The most surprising part of the race was that Ferrari went plan A.

  11. Yellow Baron
    2nd March 2024, 16:43

    2/10

    OBSERVATIONS

    -Leclerc racing Carlos harder at turn 1 than he did Max. They don’t race Max hard. Advantageous to Max if a title fight comes. Can give that it’s partly the tyres being weak they don’t fight him and partly knowing the rb will come back.

    -Lap 14 the b-team holding up George to help the a-team close in. Redbull need to sell the 2nd team, too much influence on track.

    -Race essentially finished on lap 18, a short sprint today.
    Minor changes, Piastri passed by Lewis in pits and George made a mistake, that’s all after 18 laps
    A few other changes outside the top 10 but not much of significance with bad stops and engine issues and team order being the majority of the changes after lap 18.

    -Redbull as expected fast. Anyone saying otherwise before the race wanting to chime in?

    -Commentry is dumb, it’s as if they actually do have an objective set by fom to make it look better than it is. Implying on lap 48 with less than 10 laps to go that Alonso may be abke to catch Piastri, who was 27 seconds ahead. Can understand them wanting to fool casual viewers but very unprofessional

    -Last but not least this is not a sport and this is not racing, it’s an exhibition of an engineering exercise, that’s all. This cannot be escaped especially after the promised of closer competition with coast cap and closer racing with new regs. Shame.

    1. it’s an exhibition of an engineering exercise

      This is what F1 is, Always was & always should be and why many people prefer it & watch it over the many other uninteresting spec categories.

      You don’t like what F1 is then don’t watch & just leave it to those of us who like the engineering & development stuff.

      Sport over show please!!!

      1. I agree with you but the only excitement is when 2 teammates battle because their cars are the only ones close in performance but most teams don’t let their drivers fight. We have SAI going off because he is out so he can do what he wants.

        1. Yellow Baron
          2nd March 2024, 17:04

          So you are essentially like him saying that you prefer show over sport and exhibition/gallery over racing

      2. On your reasoning, the F1 community is betting that there are more people like you who are into the engineering side of the competition and less people who are into motor RACING.

        I not so sure that the market for F1 consumption is so dominated by the engineering lovers that F1 can wave aside those who are interested in motor RACING.

        I guess the engineering nerds are quite happy to call racing a display of cars being driven fast.

        Whilst the motor racing enthusiast wants the slicing and dicing that actual RACING brings to the marketable product that is F1.

        1. Yellow Baron
          2nd March 2024, 17:03

          Exactly, thank you.

      3. Yellow Baron
        2nd March 2024, 17:02

        Spec racing isn’t a show. Infact I’d argue an engineering exercise is more of a show than a sport. It’s a show like an exhibition or an art gallery. I suppose you don’t actually want to see good racing and competition

      4. Problem is when this sort of thing happened before there may have been rules twisted or omissions exploited but here it’s the outcome of openly breaking the rules. Whether you believe Red Bull “nailed it” or not in 2022, they still broke the budget cap and have been allowed to keep the advantage they gained, which the others can’t simply overcome within the rules. Makes a mockery of the sport.

        1. exactly …

      5. An engineering exercise that inadvertently halts the development of the most crucial car component, the PU, prohibiting testing and utilizing subpar rubber that has yet to meet the standards set by Bridgestone in 2010.

        1. Yellow Baron
          2nd March 2024, 18:13

          Well, it’s not the pinnacle with the worst tyres, so there’s a little issue there too

      6. We can keep the engineering side and still make the show part better by adding rules for team mates.

        Season 2016 is a good example of one team winning the engineering contest but still keeping everyone excited until the last race.

        THE NEW RULE WE NEED IS
        If a team mate lost 150 or more points to his team mate over two season he needs to leave the team. Done.

      7. “This is what F1 is, Always was & always should be” (i.e. an engineering exercise)

        No, it issupposed to be an engineering competition which encourages innovation. But with a budget cap, no testing, homolgation rules, and so on, the competition for this season is over.

    2. They don’t race Max hard.

      Norris and Leclerc are always particularly disappointing.

      And yes, ‘they’re focusing on their own race bla bla’.

      Do they want to race or not? Who knows what might happen if they just try.

      1. The Brazillian GP last year where Norris didn’t even try to do anything against Vestappen left be raging.

        1. F1 could do with a Montoya. Sure, he didn’t do himself any favours at times, but he was always up for a scrap and he wasn’t going to let himself be bullied aside.

          One can only imagine the difference in the thoughts Schumacher had when he was chasing Montoya, which he often did thanks to BMW’s great qualifying performance, as opposed to how Verstappen must think about some of his current alleged competitors. If he even thinks about them at all.

          1. Yellow Baron
            2nd March 2024, 17:35

            Honestly amazing, the way he sent it on Schumacher at times and pulled it off too, even if he fell back after. That’s the kind of things drivers or athletes are are rememberes not because he should have but because he could and he dared! I do think max has a bit of this but it’s the fact no other challenges it other than Lewis in 2021, and that he’s in a suppirior car, that it’s an issue

          2. Nikos (@exeviolthor)
            3rd March 2024, 5:51

            The tires in Montoya’s time did not get destroyed when you were fighting.

            In my opinion the problems with F1 are:

            1) Tires artificially degrade.
            2) The engines rules do not allow the drivers to really push the cars.
            3) DRS. Drivers have no chance to defend when a faster car approaches.

            These three things alone, have killed racing completely.

      2. Yellow Baron
        2nd March 2024, 17:30

        Exactly. Leclerx submitted to max at turn 1 like he didn’t to Carlos. Essentially telling max he can do so again in the future. Too much respect between drivers isn’t a good thing. The total change in recent year in the grid being now like a moderately close friend group isn’t good for the racing. I confess this is debatable but,

        I completely agree, who know what may happen if they just try. Not saying they should try and crash but a more robust leclerc at turn one today could have ywiled a different result for all. Not just today but in the future.

        1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
          3rd March 2024, 3:16

          I hate to say this but Leclerc is too afraid to race with Max and Max knows it. A lot of drivers don’t want to race him because of his wild past crashing into anyone for no reason at all. I expect Leclerc to yield to Max 100% of the time.

  12. Been a while since I’ve commented on here, giving it a 4 which is still genuine as nearly nothing happened. All teams bar Red Bull are in a mess, no one is catching them until next year at the earliest.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:07

      Sorry to act like a know it all but only 2026 maybe..not next year. Convergence is a lie. Only a rule change my bring about a change for next year. 2021 2017 2012 2009 2005. None of those year were due to converging or maybe next year but rules changes. In other words f1s formula is flawed. Those who are here as fans of sport and racing must band together to call for a real change as well as call for it with action. One action being, don’t watch F1 live, watch indycar live.

      1. 2021 was close because of convergence.

        1. Yellow Baron
          2nd March 2024, 18:16

          Yes of course. The “convergence” otherwise known as a rules change which brought redbull into play. Weird way of saying convergence.

        2. Wolff himself admitted Mercedes completely misjudged the impact of the floor changes Pirelli requested for 2021. They thus neither lobbied to stop that, nor spend enough time preparing for this.

  13. Absolutely dire, and not because of Max dominating it from start to finish.
    It was just dull throughout the entire pack.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:10

      A bit of both really. But I hear you, and it’s points to the entire formula for F1 being wrong, IF you come to watch racing and sport. Otherwise enjoy the exhibition in the art gallery. Only way for change is for a significant amount of fans to unite in both call for change and inaction, impacting viewing figure of races

  14. What an utter borefest. RIP season 2024

  15. Well, see you around next year.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:16

      No, see you next weekend for the indycar season opener. If we want a change we must make it be heard where it matters! If you want to see better racing and competition watch indycar live instead and demand changes from F1. Follow F1 if you want online but just don’t watch the race live and watch indycar instead. This don’t a united portion of the fan base can do something

      I’m sure not sure if it’s possible to convince the newer younger fan base of this since I believe the racing itself is less significant to them overall but I’m sure they can be persuaded. Untimely they want to see an actual competition too

      1. YES!! IndyCar will deliver fireworks!!!

      2. I stopped watching Indycar a few years ago because it became a lottery as to who won. Crashfests may be exciting to some, but it’s not racing.

  16. Much the same as last season – Red Bull set the car up to be good in the race knowing their pace advantage and Max’s talent will see him qualify on the first 2 rows anyway. Perez qualifies a bit further back as he’s not as quick but he then has a car capable of dragging himself back up to a podium finish.

    23 long races to go….

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:18

      No not 23, see you next weekend for the indycar season opener. If we want a change we must make it be heard where it matters! If you want to see better racing and competition watch indycar live instead and demand changes from F1. Follow F1 if you want online but just don’t watch the race live and watch indycar instead. This done by a united portion of the fan base can do something

      I’m sure not sure if it’s possible to convince the newer younger fan base of this since I believe the racing itself is less significant to them overall but I’m sure they can be persuaded. Untimely they want to see an actual competition too and get bored also. Even if they get distracted with the social media side the drama the politics etc.

      1. I watch Indycar – it’s light years ahead of F1 in terms of entertainment. That’s what you get with a spec series. I like F1 for the technical side of it but it’ll never give you consistently good racing. There aren’t really any significant changes they can make in my opinion. All the things that could possibly work are extremely unpopular so you’re left with what F1 is now.

        You can’t have it both ways – it’s either about the car or it’s about the driver. If it’s about the car, the battle is won in the factory. If it’s about the driver, the battle is won on track.

        1. Yellow Baron
          2nd March 2024, 23:47

          This is why I wish for a competitor to F1 to arise. Equally fast cars but more a spec series like indy (indy isn’t 100% spec) would epic to watch especially with lighter cars and higher rev NA engines. And no dra as well as better tyres for racing

  17. I’m depressed after this and the propects for the season. The longest ever season, yay.

    The Schumacher era was not this awful. After the dominant 2001 and 2002, 2003 was exciting. The Hamilton era had its moments also. First with Rosberg, then Ferrari. Neither of those two eras had 3 consecutive ridiculously dominant seasons, IIRC.

    1. Historically F1 has always had one pilot going for 30-40% of the race wins alone. Only Schumacher and then Hamilton briefly broke that for more than one season.

      Now we’re up to 80%+ dominant streaks with no end in sight, and that’s in the wake of Hamilton’s most dominant years. Not a good look whatsoever.

      1. Cars should be much less reliable. But in this age I have no idea if that’s even possible. I don’t think so.

    2. Excluding the battle with Rosberg early on, I found the Hamilton era just as boring as what we’ve got now. There’s a different attitude with Red Bull and Max where he says “I’m quicker than everyone – cool, let me absolutely destroy them then” whereas Mercedes and Hamilton constantly pretended they weren’t dominant and went just quick enough to win. You could see the pace they were holding back by the way that Hamilton could suddenly find a second a lap on old tyres when his strategy called for it. Either way – we’re comparing two extremely boring eras of F1.

      I didn’t mind the Schumacher domination so much because reliability was much worse back then so you never really knew what was going to happen.

      1. I’d say it’s the other way around. Verstappen is saving a lot of pace during the race, whereas Hamilton’s largest wins were at best similar to Verstappen’s managed ones in terms of winning margin.

        Unless you’re referring specifically to 2014, but even then Rosberg was being a challenge to Hamilton which Perez almost never is.

        1. In 2014-16 they admittedly turned down the engines not to beat everyone even more and not to have rules changed too early.

    3. The ’22 season, and start of these new regs had the Ferrari equal on pace with the RB into the 2nd half of that year, so Max has only had a true pace advantage with the car for a season and a half when you think about it. Max has a bit to go yet before he has enjoyed the same buffer as Michael or Lewis had with their dominant cars.
      I agree though that RBR needs to provide Max with some competition in the 2nd seat, and that Rosberg was more of a threat than Perez but really it’s up to the other teams to be providing the competition.

    4. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:20

      Don’t be depressed fellow.
      Now is a time for action.

      see you next weekend for the indycar season opener. If we want a change we must make it be heard where it matters! If you want to see better racing and competition watch indycar live instead and demand changes from F1. Follow F1 if you want online but just don’t watch the race live and watch indycar instead. This done by a united portion of the fan base can do something

      I’m sure not sure if it’s possible to convince the newer younger fan base of this since I believe the racing itself is less significant to them overall but I’m sure they can be persuaded. Untimely they want to see an actual competition too and get bored also. Even if they get distracted with the social media side the drama the politics etc.

      1. Watch karting if you want to see pure racing.

  18. It seems that enabling DRS at the end of lap 1 serves no purpose but to rob us of any real overtaking as well as not allowing the pack to spread out which in turn creates a DRS train that ends up meaning nobody can do anything.

    When DRS was enabled at the end of lap 3 it allowed us to see some proper racing & real overtaking for a few laps, Allowed things to spread out a bit which broke up the long DRS train and allowed for some movement once DRS was activated.

    They tried to put the show above the sport & quantity above quality and instead ended up with neither.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:23

      Yes I wonder if it’s a bit to half way. Either it should be allowed on lap 1 or lap. In between doesn’t seem better.

  19. Once again the downside of pit stops came up today.

    In every category that features pit stops you often see that all they tend to do is spread the field out. There was a few close fights before the pit stops which got broken up after them.

    You often see similar in Indycar, especially on ovals, cars in close fights going into the stops are spread out with no chance to fight after them.

  20. 3/10. very disappointing race and bad feeling for the rest of the season, will be probably a 2023 part 2

  21. That was a 1/10. Utterly terrible. Verstappen was 10s ahead after 7 laps, he didn’t even have to go beyond 20% of what that car is capable of. And there wasn’t even any action in the rest of the field to compensate. Sainz had a little bit of fun but beyond that, nothing. Give Verstappen the trophy already, it honestly wouldn’t even be a stretch that he could win the title if he sat out half the races.

  22. These 2022 spec cars with these Pirelli tyres are an unmitigated disaster for F1.

    How can all these supposedly smart people come up with such straight-jacket formula that leads to three years of absolute dullness? Never invite them back, they’re clueless.

    And stop the engine freeze.

    1. You couldn’t say it better. What a dull era for f1.

  23. Utter crud. 3/10 at best

  24. Well…a deserved winner thats clear.
    Mercedes managing engine issues, broken chairs and a Hamilton set for race not performing.
    Sainz showing ferrari made the wrong choice.
    Leclerc showing he still breaks under pressure.
    Strange tactics by mekies

    1. Strange tactics by mekies

      That’s his thing; people spun his departure from Ferrari as some sort of great hire by Red Bull, but it was pretty clear he jumped before he was pushed.

  25. I was simracing and missed this GP thing.
    So, who won? :D :D :D

    1. Certainly wasn’t the viewer.

      1. Yellow Baron
        2nd March 2024, 17:42

        The fans own the sport! Time to demand what we want! In calling for it and in action, don’t watch F1 live. Follow it online if you like etc but if you want to take part in demanding a change don’t watch itive and watch indycar instead. And then add to the calls for change online, especially over on Reddit to gain support from younger fans. We as fans of racing and sport own this sport, together we can demand a proper change!

    2. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:42

      The fans own the sport! Time to demand what we want! In calling for it and in action, don’t watch F1 live. Follow it online if you like etc but if you want to take part in demanding a change don’t watch itive and watch indycar instead. And then add to the calls for change online, especially over on Reddit to gain support from younger fans. We as fans of racing and sport own this sport, together we can demand a proper change!

  26. Wow looks like I’m about the only one who enjoyed this one! F1’s back! Carlos going a little rogue and racing Charlie hard was definitely the highlight. Disappointed to see Fernando going backwards. The Mercedes and McLarens seem pretty evenly matched so I reckon we’ll get a few good scraps between those 4 drivers throughout the season. Max picking up where he left off. I wonder what the comments on this site would have been like in 1957 when Fangio won yet another race and championship.

    1. Josh (@canadianjosh)
      2nd March 2024, 17:52

      Lol I’m going to name my new Jack Russell pup Tommy

    2. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
      2nd March 2024, 21:42

      The mercedes and mclarens being so close together means none of them can advance once they find each other on track or they will delay each other too much before they can catch Ferraris of Red Bulls.

    3. Those seasons were certainly more competitive than these and you had less races.

    4. @tommy-c I like your attitude!

  27. Sergey Martyn
    2nd March 2024, 17:12

    The only joy was seeing Sainz on podium. Carlos, please destroy Charles to confirm that not only strategists in Ferrari are dimwits.

    1. As it is so far, it seems like when force india replaced perez with vettel: a clear downgrade.

      Though, on balance, this decision doesn’t look as unreasonable with what hamilton did in recent times, but also sainz is significantly cheaper, even if you get a very slight upgrade for 5x the cost it’s not a great deal.

  28. Neil (@neilosjames)
    2nd March 2024, 17:18

    Took away whatever excitement and hope I had left for the 2024 season being a bit better than 2023.

    Gave it a 4, which seems about right.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:45

      The fans own the sport! Time to demand what we want! In calling for it and in action, don’t watch F1 live. Follow it online if you like etc but if you want to take part in demanding a change don’t watch itive and watch indycar instead. And then add to the calls for change online, especially over on Reddit to gain support from younger fans. We as fans of racing and sport own this sport, together we can demand a proper change! See my above comments

      1. At a certain point, your repeated comment becomes spam, which will be ignored by everyone.

  29. Switched off after 20-some laps. Life’s too short.

    1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
      2nd March 2024, 21:35

      @maciek that’s funny – I’m also beginning to wonder if I’m wasting my time watching F1.

      That means the sport isn’t worth the time fans invest in it.

  30. As predicted, convergence has happened. The field is closer in speed, they are closer in tyre degradation (Ferrari and Hass seemed to have sorted it now) and they are closer in strategy (same tyre selections). However the outcome isn’t better racing as the tenth or two difference between the cars is generally not enough to overtake and you end up with lengthy DRS trains so the cars largely come home in pairs or near to each other. Once teams level up their relative qualifying and race pace over the season it is most likely to trend to even more static races.

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 17:47

      Sorry but meaningful convergence is a lie. 2021 2017 2012 2009 2005 were all rules changes not convergence.

      Also I see you point, they can’t race as well as initially in 2022.

  31. Yellow Baron
    2nd March 2024, 17:44

    Race ended on lap 18.

  32. Josh (@canadianjosh)
    2nd March 2024, 17:49

    I get a huge laugh especially now at the boring toast eating F1 fans who make fun of NASCAR. They say it’s too artificial and the contact on the track too taboo. What I would give for some artificial spice to get Mercedes or McLaren closer to Max right now.

    1. What I would give for some artificial spice

      That’s what Horner has been looking for isn’t it? ;) …… sorry :)

      1. Josh (@canadianjosh)
        2nd March 2024, 22:57

        His new nickname should be Horny….

    2. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 23:49

      The sprinklers wouldn’t be to bad right now

  33. 3/10 sad.

    Red Bull is a great team and they deserve all this. Max as well.

    But we really need a “team mate rule”. We need regulations that don’t allow teams to keep the loosing team mate for more than two seasons. As I wrote in another thread: if a team mate looses 150 points to his team mate over two seasons, he can’t be the active driver for the team next season.

    1. With such a rule, if verstappen were to win all races and perez to always come 2nd, he would (barely) be replaced by someone else, so if both are consistent, coming right behind the team mate is not enough, you need to beat him sometimes, makes sense as a rule to promote competition.

      1. Yes I know. I think Rosberg 2014-2015 was 140 pts behind Hamilton and won 2016.

        Checo lost 440pts to Max over 2022-2023 season. He wouldn’t be driving this car this year with this rule in place.

    2. Assuming that’s 150 points behind on season 1 and 2 ofc, and not as a total.

  34. Watched about 30 minutes and went back to WEC with F1 on radio and timing screen.
    There was more action in the last 20 minutes of WEC than Ive seen in many F1 races combined….

    1. Yellow Baron
      2nd March 2024, 18:17

      Oh. I totally forgot about that. Thankfully you’ve given no spoilers

  35. At least the cars were very exciting to watch during the Schumacher domination years.
    These cars looks looks like stiff trucks, and the racing is below average.

    5/10

  36. Extremely dull. The F2 race was really exciting though!

  37. Couldn’t have managed to put all the action and my excitement for this pity in words better than the tv coverage’s insert “Gained 0.5 seconds over 4 laps.” came up. All the emotion in this sentence sums my feeling up perfectly.

    Very depressing state as a fan as well as for plenty of drivers and team principals I’d assume.

  38. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    2nd March 2024, 21:32

    Did someone ask for the bucket? Sorry, here it is! I was too busy throwing up after watching this race.

  39. Generic tire saving procession. Not much to get excited for other than the season started.

  40. Poor race at a track that usually has decent races. I’m worried this is a sign that we’re gonna have another uncompetitive season.

  41. Well I seemed to be especially generous and gave it 6/10. Maybe it is just the novelty of it being a new season.

    F1 has an issue though. If 2024 turns out to be a repeat of 2023 I expect there will be quite a big drop off in viewing figures. Especially with no real changes in sight until 2026.

    I know we’ll get the, there has always been periods of domination in F1 argument but this looks like annihilation. There is not even a trace of an intra team battle. Not an enticing prospect on this evidence.

  42. I didn’t rate the race very highly, however in hindsight I feel I should have rated it even lower. I was perhaps a point or two too high simply because I was excited to get back to racing. On reflection – even taking MV out of the equation, as I became accustomed to last season – there was very little of particular note beyond seeing how the teams compare in race trim (at this track).

  43. 10 (1%)
    8 (1%)
    7 (5%)
    6 (16%)
    5 (17%)
    4 (18%)
    3 (17%)
    2 (16%)
    1 (11%)
    Total Voters: 154

    Ahah, I’m between the 1s this time and I see there’s quite a handful who voted that too.

    Over 60% of voters voted 1-4, and almost 80% of voters gave a failing mark\grade.

    1. And 7% considered this race more than sufficient, seems like a lot tbh, unless that’s fandom related.

      1. The real question here is who the hell voted a 10 for that rubbish?

  44. 4/10. I think the lowest score I’ve ever given to a race.

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