The Brazilian Grand Prix was so short on action it left the top three drivers calling for changes to improve the racing.
With an average score of just 4.5 out of ten from F1 Fanatic readers, this was the 13th race this year to scored lower than last year’s average of 7.1.
Not everyone was displeased with what they say, though as usual the conversation about the quality of the racing action revealed a split between those who enjoyed how the Drag Reduction System influenced the racing, and those who didn’t.
Mercedes’ strategy also came in for some criticism as Lewis Hamilton spent the race stuck behind eventual winner Nico Rosberg and urged his team to vary his tactics. They decided against it as they were concerned about the threat from Sebastian Vettel, who ended the race seven seconds behind Hamilton after leading the trio in switching to a three-stop strategy.
Here’s what you had to say about the Brazilian Grand Prix.
It was interesting to see Rosberg versus Hamilton, but to be honest I would have loved different strategies between the two, since they couldn’t fight on track.
As for the rest… well, only four drivers completed every single racing lap, the first eight places were more or less set in stone after the start, the battle for the last places of the points was interesting as usual. Yeah, pretty normal race, especially considering that it’s the end of the championship, there’s not much at stake.
Lots of close racing, Lots of great battles, Fair bit of overtaking and some good tension with the battle at the front at times…. Good race, Enjoyed watching that.
The battle up front was non-existent for much of the race as Hamilton struggled to follow Rosberg, but the midfield did more than its fair share to make up for it as they had some good overtaking moves going on, particularly with Verstappen as always and Nasr’s move on Button. It’s a dull race, sure, but not terrible by any means.
Paulo Ruiz (@Omegadetra)
I’m amazed how dull that race ended up being. Verstappen gave us some entertainment but that was about it as even Hamilton’s assault on Rosberg was stunted not by the fact the latter was faster, but by how bad these cars are at following each other and this on a track famous for wheel to wheel racing.
Craig Wilde (@Wildfire15)
This race, it was so stupid. You knew Hamilton wasn’t going to dive down the inside, he was just going to moan for a different strategy, which he ultimately never received from the team.
I’m at the point where I probably won’t watch the next race and that will be the first missed race in over 30 years. I can accept the aero issues inhibiting close racing, but with the bullet proof reliability, the limited options for race strategies and the extent to which the engineers manage a race, we pretty much know the finishing positions after the first corner.
It bored me to the point of being glad I was watching it on catch-up, I found myself skipping through it and occasionally checking if anything had changed.
I really don’t like DRS overtakes as once a car is in range it just drifts past on the straight with no real fight going on. There are many other race series out there who manage to get the balance right of aero versus mechanical grip while still allowing drivers the ability to race each other.
Other than the DRS zones there were very few overtaking opportunities so it was a boring procession around the infield section playing follow-my-leader. If cars are in dirty air and their front wings are so sensitive that they can’t follow properly then something really needs to be done other than artificial overtakes. I’ve found myself falling asleep in front of more F1 races this year than any other year – is this really what they are aiming for with their attempts to improve the show? I don’t want a show, if I want a show I’ll go to the theatre, I want racing at its best!
An uneventful start, far too many highway passes, no battles for the leading positions, only a few real battles elsewhere, mainly thanks to Verstappen. Also, there are no interesting championship battles left. Probably the worst race of the year.