The difficulty of overtaking was the big talking point after Melbourne. But the Chinese Grand Prix seemed to show that passing is still possible in 2017.
F1 Fanatic readers gave the race an average rating of 7.53 out of ten. However this is well below the scores for the 2011 and 2012 races at Shanghai, both of which feature inside the top 15 races of the last ten seasons.
Here’s what you had to say about Sunday’s race:
The Chinese GP was a definite improvement on the opening race of the season in Australia, historically this circuit has shown to be more overtaking friendly and the wet conditions at the start also helped.
Sadly there wasn’t a fight for the race win, after Hamilton retained the lead at the start and after the field changed to slick tyres he was never troubled and it appeared that he was just managing his pace later on and was only going as fast as he needed to.
With the way the pack was shuffled early on after the stops to change to dry tyres and the safety cars periods Vettel was never in a position to challenge Hamilton during the race as by the time he regained second the gap to Hamilton was too big, so we didn’t get to see the two of them racing together during the Grand Prix.
Although the winner never seemed in doubt there was action behind and whether it was due to the track or the conditions, we did get to see some overtakes under the new regulations this weekend, and while the quantity may still have been down on recent years I thought the quality of the moves was up on recent seasons.
This was I think a 100% of what these regulations can produce. Even my girlfriend watched it, despite not watching F1 for over ten years.
Vettel bolting one on Riciardo, stomping pressure on Verstappen.
At no point did I get a feeling this could be a better race. Best part? DRS seemed to be not working.
Also Red Bull and Ferrari seem to be good at following a car in front.
But one person’s thriller is another’s tedious procession:
Incredibly boring most of the time. The race felt slow, dull and there we were robbed of a fight for the win. Thoroughly disappointed.
And some of you wondered whether the race would have been as good if it hadn’t rained before the start:
The race was definitely helped by the damp/overcast conditions. There was some close racing which was quite suspenseful and some non-DRS overtakes. Overall I was pretty pleased but there’s room for improvement.
I also have this sneaking suspicion that things may be not quite as close as they currently appear, given a few more races. I still think it’s advantage Mercedes with Ferrari not quite there.
Phil Norman (@Phil-f1-21)
But a recurring view among your comments was that compared to the huge amount of overtaking in this race last year, it’s no bad thing that overtaking has now become more difficult.
Loving the ‘new’ F1. Racing is racing again. Overtaking is an art rather than a right. The cars can seem to follow each other due to the harder tyres. DRS is working as a slipstream (as it was originally intended).
Anyone with a short attention span complaining about a ‘boring’ race worries me. I sincerely hope the FIA doesn’t make a snap decision and extend the DRS zones for the remainder of the season. It’s absolutely unnecessary. The drivers are actually trying moves in the non-DRS zones!
Wasn’t a classic, but the overall feel of F1 2017 is such a huge improvement on the past few years. It feels positive, it feels racey!
And others felt the quality of the race wasn’t reflected in how it was broadcast.
One of the worst camera / director jobs ever.
Zoomed in too close all the time, you get no feeling for the speed or the circuit whatsoever. Hardly any coverage on the midfield battles or the pit stops. The odd overtake we were shown was as replays, no tension building up as when you would see a car edging closer lap after lap.
That’s what I enjoy most watching a race, and i’m glad these kind of battles are back for 2017. Now just show all of them!
It would also have been a better race without DRS. It either didn’t work at all (Red Bull vs Ferrari) or too much (McLaren vs Mercedes).
I really enjoyed that race. Not knowing who would have the pace to finish where, the tyre quandary at the beginning, the classic strategy choice of whether or not to pit for fresh tyres and go faster or to stay out, and then at the end not knowing who was going to manage to catch up and overtake who.
Oh, and proper overtaking being done! And the happy drivers at the end, saying how much they enjoyed it and being friendly with each other (we’ll see how long that lasts).
Chinese Grand Prix reaction from Twitter
*Potential* for a classic Grand Prix this morning #SkyF1 #ChineseGP
— Dan Burdett ™ (@lonestarstraits) April 9, 2017
Sorry but the new rules seemed to have made it more boring #ChineseGP
— Nick Smith (@afcbbeachboy) April 9, 2017
2017 #ChineseGP turning out to be a potential classic.
— neil mccauley (@the_blueprint) April 9, 2017
F1 is kinda interesting again now. Might start watching it again.
After years of monotonous and unimaginative nonsense
— The Eclectic (@GreatWhyte23) April 9, 2017
It was a nice #ChineseGP, thanks to the damp track. A good #Hamilton, an amazing #Verstappen, #Ferrari confirms to be competitive.
— Roberto Mennitto (@RobMennitto) April 9, 2017
Another dullish F1 race but its bubbling up nicely for a battle when it gets too the more interesting tracks#F1
— Adrian (@Sandhurstwolf) April 9, 2017
Whoever said there would be no overtaking with the latest F1 changes obviously forgot to tell Max Verstappen #SkyF1 #F1 #ChineseGP #Formula1
— Kevin Coady (@KevCoady) April 9, 2017
Its boring race. To be honest. Except @redbullracing @Max33Verstappen #ChineseGP . Anyway congrats 👏👏👏👏 great drive.@LewisHamilton
— ARUN SINGH (Sunny) (@Sunnypunter) April 9, 2017
Wonder if todays race has changed the minds of those so critical after Australia (although less turbulence is still a must) #F1
— Alex Coates (@AlexCoatesy) April 9, 2017
Basically Formula One is brilliant this year unless like me you support McLaren Honda. #F1
— Richard Lartey (@giloi) April 9, 2017
We wanted to get rid of silly rules, but the reprimands for Ricciardo and Perez take the biscuit, are we at school or something? #ChineseGP
— Shane Clarke (@ShaneClarke534) April 9, 2017
The #ChineseGP was a very awesome grandprix
Awesome cars, awesome drivers.. Three different teams on the podium, highly competitive!
— Nigga named Fiso (@fisobzy01) April 9, 2017
Great race #ChineseGP good to see 3 different cars and 3 top drivers on the podium. And all the better without whineberg
— Bing McCoy (@Jammynem) April 9, 2017
Blue flags should not have been given to @RGrosjean. RB was not close enough. Something wrong with #f1 if cars effected from that distance.
— tim leavy (@timleavy) April 9, 2017
Always great to catch a F1 race! #ChineseGP
— Chori Mac (@ChoriMAC) April 9, 2017
The 2017 #F1 cars look great. Shame the racing is still as dull as it has been for the last few years.
— Mike Welsby (@OldMiley) April 9, 2017
I dont know why everyone is hyped about #ChineseGP It was boring! New ruleset is an absolute killer for overtaking and stratgies #Formula1
— Reinhard Pollice (@ElMegalomator) April 9, 2017
When will @F1 start using the term "Rubbing is racing"?
— Ben (@dieselBen343) April 9, 2017
There are a few things worth getting up early for on a #SundayMorning and #ChineseGP is definitely one of them 🙂🏎
— Larchigirl (@Larchigirl) April 9, 2017
A good metaphor for #F1 in 2017 at the #ChineseGP – Hamilton & Vettel way out in front, with the next 4 bunched up close together behind
— Richard Savill (@RichSavill) April 9, 2017
What a dull race 😑 #f1 #ChineseGP
— Tom Birtwhistle (@Birtylad) April 9, 2017
#ChineseGP was ok.but my fear for the year merc, ferrari and bulls doin simular lap times like today then races will be decided on pitstops
— JonnyB (@jb5alive) April 9, 2017
Well this is boring……. #F1
— Alex Webb (@mustaine8661) April 9, 2017
Looks like this year of #F1 is going to be a good one!
— Alexander.Hanes (@alexander_hanes) April 9, 2017
This F1 season looks like it's going to be close. Hamilton vs Vettel, the early impression is. McLaren… Please get the Mercedes engine.
— Nick Jenkin (@jenkin7NICK) April 9, 2017
Old school #ChineseGP today. All about quality, not quantity – as #F1 should be. Quality driving, quality overtakes. More please #bbcf1
— God of Love (@Praveen_Bhagwat) April 9, 2017
Well I can firmly say – what a waste of my Sunday morning! #F1 #F1inChina #f1sky
— Richard White (@RichW426) April 9, 2017
Could be a pattern for the season that Merc have the one lap pace and Ferrari can match their race day speed. Great season ahead #F1
— Michael Heal (@MHeal10) April 9, 2017
I know Mercedes won again today, but it's great to see #F1 being much more competitive at the front this year! #ChineseGP #Formula1
— Matthew De La Pole (@matthewdlp) April 9, 2017
Just caught up with the race. Don't know what anyone else thought but I really enjoyed that.
— Sam (@Sam_F1_LFC) April 9, 2017
The podium and post-race room today at Shanghai was the friendliest and nicest I’ve seen in a very long time!
True sportsmanship #ChineseGP
— Scott Bonner (@ScottBonner95) April 9, 2017
I don't care what people say about F1 being boring that was a good race. China is a great track for overtaking though
— Alex Saikia (@PsychiaAlex) April 9, 2017
For those saying you can't pass in #F1 look at #Seb5 during the race… You just gotta wanna make the pass and not be chicken
— Guy Mills Jr. (@ernie282849) April 9, 2017
Some great overtaking in this race! #F1
— Dalek Kaffff (@Kaffff) April 9, 2017
Same Old , Same Old #ChineseGP
— colin bastafield (@dobiemanengland) April 9, 2017
A lot of intense overtakess in a long time at the #ChineseGP. The win was predictable, but everything else not so much #ForzaFerrari #F1
— Daniel Wade (@TheReverendWade) April 9, 2017
Never been a a big fan of the #ChineseGP but today was OK. Got rid of Sky and #C4F1 is decent.
— Mark James McDonald (@markjmcdonald) April 9, 2017
I turned off the #ChineseGP way before it ended, as watching almost anything else is more exciting…
— ⓢⓣⓞⓓⓘⓤⓢ (@istodius) April 9, 2017
Great to see three constructors on the podium. Rare thing these days. #F1
— Ben (@ThatMetalNessie) April 9, 2017
Just caught up on the #ChineseGP! Decent race, looking forward to another close and entertaining GP next time out in Bahrain. #F1
— Jordan Peacock 🇸🇾 (@JSPF1_10) April 9, 2017
Well that was a better race than Australia. Rain will do that. Even so, it seemed easier to pass today, even in the dry. Good sign. #f1
— Dani_ (@DanielKelly84) April 9, 2017
Great race today, already can't wait for next weekend! Not sure about Vettel getting away with start position #ChineseGP #F1 #verstapen
— Nadine Beckwith (@NadineBeckwith) April 9, 2017
F1 race today was actually pretty decent. A lot more overtaking than in Melbourne.
— Ape (@GenericAperson) April 9, 2017
#F1 is back!!! This is what we've been waiting for! 2017 is going to be fun! #goodriddancebernie
— Doug Hester (@SpursFanTX) April 9, 2017
New cars, new tires, upgraded power units. Same boring ass racing. Time for a nap. No wonder viewership is down #ChineseGP #F1
— Warren Caspersz (@warrenisace) April 9, 2017
I'm really glad this season is so much more exciting than last year #F1 #ChineseGP @LewisHamilton @MercedesAMGF1 @ScuderiaFerrari
— Anthony Oleksza (@AnthonyOleksza) April 9, 2017
Sadly the Chinese Grand Prix was a bit boring….but was a good result all the same. #F1
— Neil T (@Snowx2k5) April 9, 2017
Congratulations to the #ChineseGP organizers & crew for a great #F1 race today! 3 separate podium teams with lots of overtaking 🏎🏁😎 #fb
— Val Bercovici 🇻 (@valb00) April 9, 2017
2 races down, still not had an interesting one yet. Hopefully Bahrain will be. Don't like new wide cars and improved tyres . #ChineseGP
— paul littlejohn (@SuperSolaris) April 9, 2017
Dull, dull, dull #F1 in China, much the same as Oz. Had second half on 30x speed.
— MB (@CodeIsBroken) April 9, 2017
Really enjoyed today's #ChineseGP. Plenty of great battles and proper overtakes! Looks like it's going to be a great season. #F1
— Luke Carlile-Stanton (@CarlileStanton) April 9, 2017
Well that GP did nothing for me today..#ChineseGP
— Ian Maclean (@IanMacleanMusic) April 9, 2017
The #F1 GP was only interesting due to a wet circuit and a rookie crashing into the start/finish straight. Can't wait for the @FIAWEC :)
— Chris (@underwurldchris) April 9, 2017
All square at the top of the standings then, I know it's only 2 races in but I think we have a championship on our hands people #F1 😀😀
— Chris Peck (@MrCPeck) April 9, 2017
Cracking #ChineseGP Unpredictable, exciting, dramatic. There's nothing like this because there's nothing like #F1
— Andrew Sorrill (@AndrewsView) April 9, 2017
Comparing the racing between #MotoGP and #F1 🤔 there's nothing to compare – there's no racing in the latter anymore
— Gary (@G_Stuart17) April 9, 2017
God I'm glad they've made such significant changes to the cars and F1 protocols. Chinese GP was indistinguishable from 2016
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@boardmad) April 9, 2017
Jesus F1 is boring compared to MotoGP I don't see what the commentators get all excited about 🐌😴 #MotoGP #Formula1
— HarrehB (@Master_Bontoft1) April 9, 2017
Two races, zero overtakes on track affecting the podium.
Losing interest very rapidly.#ChineseGP
— Andy Baxter (@Baxtinho) April 9, 2017
What a race this was! #ChineseGP
— Sarah Jones #21 (@jonesy_laaa) April 9, 2017
So the F1 is still as predictable as the last few years.
— HazzIdris (@HazzIdris) April 9, 2017
Any of you people watch #F1? Because it was a good race today.
— Christopher Geearmo (@Ciarmo) April 9, 2017
Caught up #ChineseGP & damn that was exciting! That wheel2wheel b/w Ric & Vet – Mindblown! Enuf's been said abt Verstappen but #respect #F1
— Vishal Agarwal 😐 (@vishal1982) April 10, 2017
Finally we might get to see a close season in F1.
— Prabhu (@prabhuferrari) April 10, 2017
The F1 yesterday was really good. The new cars have made it a much better product. It is a lot more visceral now.
— Nathan Moore (@PurpleDragonNat) April 10, 2017
Vettel overtaking Ricciardo and other moves. That's what we wanna see! #ChineseGP #F1 #scuderiaferrari #ForzaFerrari
— Evžen Gargulák (@ENENEK) April 10, 2017
F1 has become so boring and the cars are ugly ☹️
— lizzie (@LizzieMeek) April 10, 2017
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14 comments on “Chinese Grand Prix raises hopes of an exciting 2017”
G. (#F1insperations) (@greggriffiths)
13th April 2017, 11:44
yes keith. dont need to read the artical, because China answered all critics of Aus with a big punch.
we had the cars
we had the speed
we had DRS working only as a slight aid rather than an overtaking tool
and….as Martin Brudel Put it…
we had organic overtaking
whats that if its not heading back to the F1 everyone wants to see
MANY MANY THANK BURNIE – YOU DID HAVE YOUR HEAD SCREWED ON THE RIGHT WAY AFTER ALL – AND DEEP DOWN YOU DID HAVE A HEART OF GOLD YOU JUST DIDNT WONNA SHOW IT – xx
13th April 2017, 15:13
I can’t even
13th April 2017, 18:06
@greggriffiths I’m disappointed that the views of people that weren’t impressed with the Chinese GP weren’t included in the article. Past years Chinese Gp’s were better, this year some of the overtaking moves were outstanding but apart from that and the aforementioned poor FOM work the race had more and better overtaking than Melbourne but it was lead from start to finish by the same driver and one of the drivers coming up the field was considerably faster than the cars he overtook, 1.5 secs quicker. I think you are all wishful thinkers. It was good, not great.
F1 in Figures (@f1infigures)
14th April 2017, 19:13
I think last year’s rules were pretty good. Yes, we have faster cars now, but the races feel slower, because the races are not as action-packed as before. China is possibly the easiest track for overtaking, yet the cars were struggling to pass even with DRS. I don’t like DRS, but sadly it’s needed more than ever.
13th April 2017, 11:55
I still think it’s too early to tell, just as it was after aus. Rain always brings more excitement. The damp conditions made the RB more competative and had a bigger influence on tyre deg and/or temp. I think any dry race, merc will still easily take it from Ferrari.
13th April 2017, 13:04
Except in the only dry race Ferrari took it from Merc.
Miguel Sampaio (@gordess)
13th April 2017, 13:23
Personally, I think it was a dull race. But there were “natural” overtakes and that for me is very exciting! Now we just have to hope that the “Big Kahunas” don’t start messing with the DRS and making it more powerfull because I think if the DRS stays almost ineffective, the drivers will have to change their mindset and realize that they have to work hard for an overtake and then we will have a proper race with plenty of non-DRS overtakes!
13th April 2017, 18:12
@gordess Agreed. There’s a lot hype surrounding this race, and I don’t know why? Great moves, even though the race started on inters which are generally good for racing but this one apart from Max was not as exciting as we are used to, and one of the stars, Vettel than the RB’s, big differential makes overtaking a little less amazing. I guess the race achieved everything that Melbourne didn’t, except an actual fight for the victory and close pack racing.
13th April 2017, 15:11
F1 has uploaded so many things on YouTube that we never saw in the race. Some of them were alternative camera angles, some things were completely new. The directing was dire – it would have been so much more exciting had we actually got to see more. To add to that, the engines sound fine in fan videos but not on television.
These factors made waking up at 6:30am less enjoyable for me
13th April 2017, 17:42
I really don’t understand this, it’s like they haven’t changed the microphone settings from the V8 era. In fan videos you can hear all the grumbles and whistles, and actually tell the engines apart. On TV they sound completely flat.
14th April 2017, 3:20
@george completely flat is probably the best description I’ve heard yet. There’s nothing to them on TV
13th April 2017, 23:43
All those Twits #TL;DR
14th April 2017, 8:58
Honestly not good enough compared to last year.
14th April 2017, 18:19
Think it’s a case of people not knowing what they want, and therefore will never be pleased. People asked for this, and still they’re unhappy. You’ll always have them.
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