Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2021

Rate the race: 2021 British Grand Prix

2021 British Grand Prix

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Rate the 2021 British Grand Prix out of 10

  • 10 (11%)
  • 9 (15%)
  • 8 (24%)
  • 7 (15%)
  • 6 (6%)
  • 5 (4%)
  • 4 (4%)
  • 3 (2%)
  • 2 (1%)
  • 1 (19%)

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178 comments on “Rate the race: 2021 British Grand Prix”

  1. Well…

    1. @jib
      Tom Cruise was well pleased.

  2. Dutchguy (@justarandomdutchguy)
    18th July 2021, 17:04

    Farcical outcome and not even that intresting too watch

    1. Hahaha Dutch guy finds it boring. How predictable. Your man squeezed Hamilton and paid the price and no amount of whinging by Horner will change that fact. Clearly a racing incident or I’m watching a different sport.

      1. I think most people who like racing found this race pretty awful, dutch or not. It’s good that Verstapen seems to be ok

        1. Wos, really @vecho? I AM a Dutch fan, and yeah off course it is good that Verstappen is fine after that crash.

          But I really had a thoroughly enjoyable time with this race. We had a superb battle during the first lap that ended with neither Verstappen nor Hamilton wanting to give up when arguably both could have and Hamilton should have. We had plenty of good battles throughout the field, we had Leclerc really doing a great job of running away with the race lead for most of it and then that quite remarkable drive to get back towards him and to pass him in the end from Hamilton.

          Not sure why it would be awful really.

          1. Me and the people i know who watch f1 don’t enjoy seeing a race during which a driver gets injured, that’s what i meant

      2. Dutchguy (@justarandomdutchguy)
        18th July 2021, 18:58

        Dude. Everything shows he did not squeeze Hamilton. Hamilton simply erred. and the result felt wrong considering how
        Hamilton (inadvertently) wiped out his only proper competion and how close Leclerc was to winning the race. It’d be farcical if it had been Mazepin in that championship position/car.

        And before you think I got out the orange glasses. I like a lot of drivers, but mostly Norris & Hulkenberg.

        But considering the quality of your arguments, I might be wasting my time here

        1. I disagree. I think Lewis was “more” at fault, but Max also came in at an aggressive angle as well. Lewis should have backed out, but it was his ONLY chance of even getting ahead and he most likely wouldn’t be able to keep it anyway…he wasn’t going to back out.

          If I’m Christian, I’m telling Max to drive a more conservative race right now. Why risk contact when you have a faster car and you’ll have plenty of chances to overtake Lewis later. And even if you lose this one race, RB is clearly faster this year so why take the chance?

          We’ve watched Lewis back out of plenty of situations the last two years because he learned to not take chances when he has the championship in the bag. The young Lewis was just as prone to do stupid/aggressive moves as Max is now. So I’m not blaming Max. He just needs to have more strategic awareness. He most likely would have won the race even if he backed out of that corner.

          And he certainly is on his way to winning his first driver’s title if he can keep a cool head.

  3. Ok race. Shame Hamilton won it due to lap 1 crash

    1. Yes. I also have this feeling they could have won it much more easily, all of the sudden they went 2s faster.

  4. A good race, even if at parts slightly static.

    1. RandomMallard (@)
      18th July 2021, 17:09

      @jerejj Was that bit the red flag? ;-)

      1. @randommallard No, when Gasly and Perez were stuck behind Kimi.

        1. Or the train behind Alonso.

  5. Results of this poll will be interesting…

  6. Well it wasn’t boring was it!

  7. 0/10.

    The most disgusting race since Adelaide 1994.

    1. Hockenheim 2010?

      Singapore 2008?

      Azerbaijan 2017?

  8. There will be enough salt today to supply the entire world.

    1. I am just hoping that it doesn’t get as toxic as other sites are getting – sadly, even some of the forums which used to be more reputable are now seeing floods of pretty horrific racist abuse being posted about Hamilton now.

      The level of tribalism in some sectors is getting rather dangerous, and sadly it is drawing out the worst from some.

      1. In my opinion, unless you can make yourself like the saltyness, it is already to the point that I’ve stopped regularly reading and commenting anon, there’s so little attempt at being objective and ease to feel biases confirmed.

        1. @bosyber it makes me wonder if perhaps it is worth doing the same as yourself – it does feel as if, this year in particular, the level of hostility and abuse that is going around is really getting out of control.

          1. Please keep the sane and level headed comments coming you guys, and don’t let the nasty kids get you down. Someone has to show by example what a decent online community can be like. Don’t give up!

  9. Adam (@rocketpanda)
    18th July 2021, 17:05

    I really don’t get how you can punt your leading championship rival out of the race, get a penalty, and then still win the race? Nah.

    1. It’s called “being a bloody good driver”.

      1. Adam (@rocketpanda)
        18th July 2021, 17:08

        I mean punting a driver out of the race kinda suggests otherwise but sure.

        1. The key is to punt other cars without damaging your car. HAM is still the best driver out there. VER is a close 2nd.

          1. @jimfromus ‘How to tell a whole forum you’re American without saying you’re American’. Punting off without damaging. How Nascar.

          2. Yeah, he has the best car too. Other than that, it’s a mystery now. I’d say LEC did a more solid job in obviously an inferior machinery.

          3. How nascar? It’s how we drive in the greater Boston area.

          4. He did damage his car, but was able to fix it under the red flag

          5. Or damaging it knowing thayt they will always fly a red flag for you when you need it

          6. You really should see the championship score sometime. You stuck at year 2020. HAM is “a close 2nd” nowadays.

    2. @rocketpanda F1 is skewed. 10 second penalties for front runners mean nothing when the rest of the field half a minute down.

      1. About as effective as a strongly worded UN condemnation.

      2. @hahostolze It’s a slap on the wrist

    3. It’s motorsport. Crashes happen

  10. Miltiadis (@miltosgreekfan)
    18th July 2021, 17:05

    Bar the chase at the end, this race wasn’t good with overtaking being difficult.

    Also,this race gave me a massive feel of injustice for what happened, but anyways….

    5/10 for what we saw today

    1. Dutchguy (@justarandomdutchguy)
      18th July 2021, 17:08

      That chase wasnt that exciting to me either. you just knew one of these cars was much faster and was just gonna sail by on a straight

      1. Miltiadis (@miltosgreekfan)
        18th July 2021, 17:10

        There were some backmarkers in the mix as well,so it gave a slight excitement.

        But yes, Mercedes (Hamilton’s mostly) pace with the hards was too good for Ferrari.

        1. Dutchguy (@justarandomdutchguy)
          18th July 2021, 17:41

          Not only that, but the combination of DRS and a low drag car meant that the overtake itself was never gonna be particulary hard either

          1. Miltiadis (@miltosgreekfan)
            18th July 2021, 21:37

            Yep,since he got into Leclerc’s DRS zone, it was inevitable that the move would happen

  11. Charles and Ferrari deserved this. Devastated :(

    1. Absolutely, at least leclerc should’ve won, would’ve meant the penalty mattered a little for hamilton.

  12. These people voting 1 are absolutely pathetic. Grow up, for God’s sake.

    1. @talcumpowder or it’s a fair reflection of what they saw? How would you rate a football match with goals not given and unfair red cards?

      1. Reminded me the last semifinal and that penalty actually.

      2. Poorly. Whereas ones with fair decisions, such as this one, I wouldn’t rate a 1 unless it were abjectly dire in terms of racing (which it was undeniably not).

    2. We can use the numbers who voted one to calculate the exact number of Max fans on this site :-)

      1. Or it could calculate the exact number of people who just want fair racing and fair penalty decisions?

      2. You can’t. Because I’m British, a Verstappen fan, and I rated it a 4.

        1. Indeed, and I’m italian and I’m a fan of good racing, and who brings good racing? Verstappen and leclerc, and norris.

    3. AJ (@asleepatthewheel)
      18th July 2021, 17:36

      These are the same people who voted Max as DOTD.

      1. Just so you know I won’t vote verstappen DOTD, but leclerc.

    4. I’m a huge fan of Max’s and was desperately disappointed to see him crash out. I still thought it was a great race though!

      I’m still not convinced with the penalty. If Max had backed off, everybody would’ve lauded Lewis’s move as a brilliant overtake. If Lewis had backed off everybody would’ve commended Max on how hard he fought to hold position. Neither of them backed off and there was contact. That’s racing.

      1. Very well said, my thoughts exactly. Neither driver backed off and it was going to happen.
        I understand why Hamilton went for it, but knowing Max, he knew he was going to close on him. He took a risk and luckily it went his way… This could have ended the race for both of them easily. People that says that this was intentional or that Lewis is a dirty driver, haven’t watch any F1 or are too angry about the outcome.
        Lewis went for it too aggressively, Max did not backed off, they touched and Max got the worst part. Fair penalty.

        1. Coventry Climax
          18th July 2021, 20:21

          That’s not ‘closing in’ on someone, that’s taking the line that’s yours, because you’re ahead. Proven in two ways: Hamiltons front wheel hit Verstappen’s rear, and Hamilton got the ‘penalty’.

    5. Well said. Sour grapes and sulking little boys.
      The incident was pure racing and Sir Lewis was on him for the entire lap up until then, VAR saw he was in his mirror and thought he could intimidate him like his usual style and squeezed him. Tough sport. Get over it boys and move on to Hungary.
      Horner sounded pathetic.

      1. *VER apols

    6. Well, the people who voted 1 are the majority, so too bad for you. Check canada 2019, check russia 2018, people don’t like shameful stuff.

      1. Just so you know, people who voted 1 are 38% off being the majority.
        The penalty was fair, and the tears are frankly delicious :)

      2. I think you need to check your math on that claim.

  13. Worst of 2021. Nice try from Charles. He was close but team orders robbed him of the win.

    1. RandomMallard (@)
      18th July 2021, 17:10

      @ryanceros Like I’m a Max fan and all but I would much rather watch that race than Monaco again

      1. Yes, this is worth 8 and monaco I think was 6 or 5 imo, can’t remember, but I’m never gonna support stuff like this, shameful team orders and penalties, winning by taking out your opponent, so no matter the score it becomes 1 for me and I see I’m not the only one.

    2. Team orders? Maybe but suddenly going 2s quicker shows merc were taking their time.

  14. Most interesting race and by far the most enjoyable seeing/hearing ham haters to all die inside :)

    Max finally got his dues… he kept cutting and pushing off now he learned a 2nd ham justice :)

    What a great race… For Max fans i imagine :)

  15. I dare say Max’s blood will be boiling right about now. I really feel for Charlie. But great to see a ferrari in a genuinely competitive position.

  16. So. Punting your main rival off the track, passing it off as a ‘first lap racing incident’, get away with a soft penalty, and because you’re in a Mercedes, you win the race, gaining points on said rival.

    I don’t blame Hamilton. He didn’t do it maliciously. Mistakes happen, crashes happen, this is racing. But THAT is not fair. That is a farce. I blame F1 management and their stewards for their inconsistencies and their TERRIBLE judgements.

    F1 is unbearable under current management.

    1. Slavisa (@sylversurferr)
      18th July 2021, 17:22

      +1 x2

    2. What did you expect..a black flag?

      1. No. That’s ridiculous. A drive-through at a minimum, otherwise a 10 second stop/go penalty. That way, Hamilton would’ve had to serve this penalty within 3 laps, would’ve likely come out either last, or at least, well down the field, and would likely have finished near Tsunoda or Alonso.
        That would be a lot fairer.

        1. Coventry Climax
          18th July 2021, 20:24


        2. True, would’ve made more sense fairness-wise, ofc would’ve lost a battle for the lead.

    3. +1

    4. @smartez

      I don’t blame Hamilton. He didn’t do it maliciously. Mistakes happen, crashes happen, this is racing.

      So why complain? It was a racing incident both drivers were pushing hard they are racing for the WDC.
      There is no requirement to just give the place away, it’s a race a competition OK!

      1. @johnrkh

        When I say that I don’t blame Hamilton, I meant that I don’t blame him for the situation; the fact he won the race and was given a soft penalty. That one is on the stewards.

        I do, however, completely blame him for the Verstappen collision, that is obvious. Max gave him plenty of space, Hamilton still hit him. It’s not a racing incident, it’s Hamilton’s fault. Because I like fair racing, I don’t believe you should be able to punt your rival out of the race and still win the race. You should be given a penalty that prevents this, like a drive-through or a 10 sec stop/go. That is why I’m complaining.

      2. Coventry Climax
        18th July 2021, 20:29

        There ‘is no requirement to just give the place away’ is also the exact reason why there is a (should be a genuine) penalty for taking a place that isn’t yours. That’s why the race line into a corner is for the car that’s ahead. Maybe Hamilton did not do this intentionally, but that does not make the penalty he got less ridiculous.
        And no, I’m not from Holland.

    5. “Because he was in Mercedes” Lemme’ show you this fact: Norris forced out from track Perez, and Perez did same with Leclerc twice. It’s not “Mercedes is cheating”, it’s “the penalty system is soft”!

    6. I agree, and Ham’s demeanour is wrong, he understeered into Max, it is his fault, so much so I can’t be sure the move was not on purpose, the bad move not the crash.
      F1, the fia, racing incident or not they must balance things out better. 25 points and a completely broken car, he might have penalties incoming for the broken PU parts.

  17. Hamilton winning due to team orders again. I can’t count the times he did so anymore.

    1. Well, Max wouldn’t have won France were it not for Perez’s orders.

      1. Coventry Climax
        18th July 2021, 20:31

        @talcumpowder: Well said. And the count on that is? Exactly, 1.

  18. Yes (@come-on-kubica)
    18th July 2021, 17:09

    Woeful stewarding. Unlucky charles, that was an unreal performance by possibly the fastest driver on the grid. Dont think there was anyone else on that grid who could have done that performance in the 4th best car.

  19. I thought the poll was going to be a normal one…

    1. As a long time formula one fan this race left a very bad taste in the mouth. For a driver to push their biggest rival and likely winner off the track which would be considered a professional foul. Then to receive a penalty that was pointless as the only likely person to be able to beat him was already out of the race. Hamilton doesn’t deserve this win it feels very much like the Schumacher Hill crash

      1. As Senna said, if you see a gap and dont go for it you are no longer a race driver, racing incident hence the 10 sec time penalty.

        1. Senna said it to justify taking out prost purposefully!

          1. You mean the race the FIA fixed for Prost to win by moving the pole grid slot to the dirty side of the track, the year after Prost drove into at the same track.

            Nice try…

  20. Nice race, but can’t get over the fact that the only competition was taken out on lap 1…. Gave it a 4

  21. Potentially great race ruined by a clumsy move and a joke of a “penalty”. Somewhat entertaining, but knowing what could’ve been–and seeing how it completely changed the WDC complexion in favor of the driver who caused a massive accident–makes it a 4/10 from me.

  22. A solid 4 from me. A walled championship leader from the 2nd and only 10s penalty is a farce race from me but what happened, happened now and i blame FIA for this and their artificial equalizing scenarios and actions.

  23. Booo, such a disgraceful win! FIA should have intervened long time ago to stop making BOT such a joke in F1’s history. It’s really outrageous that for years Ferrari/Schumacher/Barrichello were shown as the black sheeps, but this is far worse… and is labeled as normal… because it’s a different strategy!

    Incredible job by LEC and unexpected positive pace by Ferrari. But they have so much work to do, they lack consistency: in some races they fall even behind AlphaTauri (not only McLaren), in some other races they’re the best of the rest. Whatever is happening, it’s going to take a lot of work to fix.

  24. Best comment section of the year. The salt is delicious

    1. @moshambles watch out for your kidneys, especially with this heat

    2. Best race of the year followed by the wailings of Max fans…Gets Popcorn for all the salt.

  25. Farcical race, the guy is shamelessly celebrating his victory after putting hospitalizing Max.

  26. Mercedes has discovered the formula for winning the championship. Begins research on stronger front wing for pushing Max off the track.

    1. That was the upgrade of the car they were talking about? Next one is spikes from the rear I guess.

  27. Comical penalty for trying to kill someone and after that, yeah zero competition Max ain’t there. Pretty fail.

    1. Trying to kill someone? Honestly, the comments here become worse by the race. Get some perspective.

  28. From a racing perspective I really enjoyed it, but it was a soft penalty. Great recovery drive from Lewis though.

    Great drive from Charles,absolutely gutted for him.

  29. @ryanoceros and that can work, this causes quite a hit to the budget to repair, keep doing it and red bull runs out money in the cost capped season.

  30. Great race.

  31. A 10 second time penalty was far too lenient for that sort of incident.

  32. A farse. Mazepin should have won DOTD to round it.

  33. If the sprint race is more interesting than the actual GP it is detracting from the GP just as most feared it would.

    Qualifying on Friday means I can’t watch live which is disappointing as I love the current qualifying format. And then watching it delayed lacked a lot of the excitement & anticipation out of it so that is another negative. Then it not deciding the grid for the GP & Lewis not been awarded the pole is yet another negative.

    Having a race build-up/start yesterday took a lot of the anticipation out of todays start so I went in not as excited as I usually would be so there is another example of the sprint detracting from the GP.

    And outside of Alonso making a good start & Sainz falling back not much else happened in the sprint so it’s a bit of a pointless negative.

    And then Red Bull pitting Perez to get the fastest lap point off Lewis just shows how artificial & gimmicky the games we are going to see around that will be. Imagine that been a title deciding thing, Awful gimmick.

    Overall I went into the first sprint weekend open minded about this new sprint format & have come away hoping it’s something they don’t repeat as for the reasons i listed and several others it’s a format that simply doesn’t work imo.

    1. Comment of the day material here.

  34. There is something very wrong with motorsport when one driver ends up in hospital from an incident and the other driver involved (who is determined to be at fault) goes on to win the same race.

    This is far from sour grapes and I would say exactly the same if the outcome was reversed.

    I’m not a LeClerc defang, but, he did a superb job today and felt for him with his problems, which, I am certain cost him his victory today.