Big on controversy, short on racing: last weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix was an unsatisfying race for most F1 Fanatic readers.
Between the controversial start of the race, where the Mercedes drivers decided turn two was optional, and the furious final laps, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez saw a mostly forgettable procession.
That didn’t stop a huge number of fans turning out again. But will they keep coming for races this indifferent? Here’s what you thought of the Mexican Grand Prix:
The epitome of a dull race. This was exactly the kind of race plenty of people criticised in the refuelling era, but instead of Magny-Cours or Imola we now have this Tilke-fied version of Hermanos Rodriguez.
What does it say about a race when the most exciting thing is Verstappen getting booted out of the pre-podium room?
There’s something wrong with the Mexican circuit but i don’t know what it is. The final sector is like the final sector of Catalunya, which makes overtaking very difficult down the main straight. I don’t know how I’d change things, either.
Once again the Mexican fans were great so it was a shame they didn’t get to enjoy a race their support deserved.
I seem to recall that last year’s grand prix wasn’t that good either, hopefully next year things will be better.
I am not sure what the main cause for the dull races is, whether it was the lower than usual tyre degradation, the thinner air at the high altitude meaning DRS was less effective, the circuit itself or just a combination of several factors.
However for some the middle part of the race was not without highlights:
The tension due to the Rosberg versus Verstappen battle for second was entertaining through most of the race, and ended only when Verstappen’s failed attempt resulted in Rosberg drawing away.
The ending had excitement, but it turned out to be the unwanted kind due to the penalties, particularly with Vettel’s penalty being handed out so late.
Perez chasing the Williams was also very entertaining – a better car stymied by the straight line speed of the slippery Williams.
Max Verstappen – the gift that keeps on giving.
It’s been since the late nineties that I had so much fun during a season.
Not everyone was thrilled by Verstappen’s driving. Toto Wolff was unhappyhe raced as hard as he did with one of Mercedes’ championship-contending drivers. And others also felt the Red Bull driver had gone too far:
I’m not talking about the merits of whether the move was a good one or not, obviously others are talking about that. However, in all the history of F1 I’ve seen – and I’ve been around a while now – when the championship comes down to the wire and with this being the third-last race, the main championship contenders are generally left alone and given a wide berth, because no one wants to be involved with ruining one drivers’ championship hopes.
It seems Verstappen is either oblivious, or doesn’t believe in that unspoken rule by touching wheels with Rosberg on the first corner. I’m a little bit shocked that he would risk tangling with a main championship contender just to get a position on the track that he struggle to maintain in comparison to the Mercedes significant pace advantage.
It wasn’t just the ‘unspoken rules’ which provoked debate – the rule book itself proved to be a grey area again:
Completely ruined by inconsistency in the stewarding.
It’s hard to blame any of the drivers for their incidents really because none of them know exactly what the rules are or how they will be applied. I really hope they stop blaming each other (which is what I think the stewarding is trying to provoke, as it is entertaining, but for the wrong reasons) and realise that it’s a circumstance of the lack of consistency.
The drivers should direct their ire towards the stewards rather than each other as it really is ruining the legitimacy of the competition.
More durable tyres are planned for next year, but Sunday’s race suggested to some they may not benefit the competition:
If anything this race was a statement against long-life tyres. Everyone stopped between lap 15 and 20 and then there was 50 laps of status quo. Only thanks to Vettel do we have something to talk about.
The second Mexican Grand Prix at the revised Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez received a higher rating than the first one. But as last year’s scored just 5.4 out of ten, that isn’t saying much.
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2016 Mexican Grand Prix
- Horner baffled by Ferrari’s decision to continue Vettel appeal
- FIA rejects Ferrari petition over Vettel penalty
- Make run-off rules simpler, Horner urges
- Ferrari ask for review of Vettel’s Mexican GP penalty
- Verstappen proposes ban on broadcasting team radio