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The Best F1 Races of the 2010s


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Poll: Best Races of 2010s (pick 10 max) (114 member(s) have cast votes)

2010-2014

  1. Australia 2010 - Button strategy gamble pays off. Vettel retires from the lead. Hamilton and Alonso battle through the field. (16 votes [4.20%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.20%

  2. China 2010 - Button masters the damp conditions after an early fight with Rosberg. Hamilton battles through to second after pitlane squabble with Vettel and plenty of overtakes. Alonso anonymous after jump-start. (11 votes [2.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.89%

  3. Canada 2010 - Hamilton battles Alonso and Webber as Bridgestone tyre drama sets new trend. Button snatches P2 late on. (17 votes [4.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.46%

  4. Korea 2010 - Alonso triumphs in the rain after race-long battle with Vettel, who retires with engine trouble, and Hamilton. Webber spins and collects Rosberg. (17 votes [4.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.46%

  5. China 2011 - Three-stopping Hamilton overtakes Button, Massa and Vettel to win. Button uses wrong pit garage. Webber goes from 18th to 3rd. (20 votes [5.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.25%

  6. Canada 2011 - Button wins it at the death after 4 hour epic. No words needed. (71 votes [18.64%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.64%

  7. Germany 2011 - Hamilton prevails after a ding-dong battle with Alonso and Webber. Vettel spins and beats Massa after last-lap pit-stop race. (17 votes [4.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.46%

  8. Hungary 2011 - Both McLarens battle Vettel early on before supreme Button masters the changing conditions to take victory from the spinning Hamilton. (11 votes [2.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.89%

  9. Valencia 2012 - Alonso defies belief on home soil and wins from 11th. Vettel retires from the lead. Hamilton comes together with Maldonado on the penultimate lap. Schumacher's sole comeback podium. (44 votes [11.55%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.55%

  10. Abu Dhabi 2012 - Kimi wins after Hamilton retires. Vettel completes pit-lane to podium. Rosberg launches over Karthikeyan. Chaos in the midfield. (17 votes [4.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.46%

  11. Brazil 2012 - Vettel secures title in chaotic fashion after early spin. Alonso fights for 2nd to no avail. Hulkenberg spoils Hamilton's final race for McLaren. Catherham overhaul Marussia in the WCC with 6 laps to go. Button and McLaren's last... (48 votes [12.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.60%

  12. Bahrain 2014 - Hamilton and Rosberg fight tooth and nail. Ricciardo climbs from 13th to 4th. Perez takes final podium spot after race-long battle with Williams and team-mate Hulkenberg. (36 votes [9.45%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.45%

  13. Canada 2014 - Ricciardo steals victory from ailing Mercedes to take maiden win. Perez and Massa collide. (19 votes [4.99%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.99%

  14. Hungary 2014 - Ricciardo underlines overtaking prowess to beat heroic Alonso and pit-lane starting Hamilton in a wet/dry race defined by tyre strategy. Hamilton resists Rosberg despite team orders. (37 votes [9.71%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.71%

2015-2019

  1. Hungary 2015 - Vettel dominates as both Mercedes tangle with victory-threatening Ricciardo. Kvyat takes maiden podium. Verstappen 4th. RIP Jules. (12 votes [3.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.48%

  2. USA 2015 - Hamilton seals title after Rosberg error. Red Bull star in damp early stages. Verstappen underlines talent in mixed conditions with strong 4th. (11 votes [3.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.19%

  3. Spain 2016 - Two-stopping Verstappen takes first win on Red Bull debut after race-long battle with team-mate and both Ferraris. Hamilton and Rosberg collide on lap 1. (21 votes [6.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.09%

  4. Brazil 2016 - Verstappen shines at sodden Interlagos. Hamilton supreme at the front. Perez prevails in midfield battle after Vettel spins. Sauber steal 10th WCC from Marussia. (38 votes [11.01%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.01%

  5. Baku 2017 - Charging Ricciardo triumphs despite falling to 17th. Hamilton and Vettel come to blows. Hulkenberg throws away golden opportunity, as do feuding Force Indias. Stroll navigates the chaos to secure podium despite being pipped by Bottas. (39 votes [11.30%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.30%

  6. China 2018 - Ricciardo licks the stamp after mid-race SC. Verstappen gets in all sorts of trouble with Hamilton and Vettel. (27 votes [7.83%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.83%

  7. Baku 2018 - Hamilton inherits victory after Vettel divebomb and Bottas puncture. Red Bulls collide after race-long battle. Perez completes podium. Three-wheeled Alonso fights back to score points. Leclerc P6. (20 votes [5.80%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.80%

  8. Britain 2018 - Vettel spoils Hamilton homecoming with last-gasp Bottas pass. Hamilton fights back to P2 after early spin. (9 votes [2.61%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.61%

  9. Germany 2018 - Love conquers all for miracle-man Hamilton after Vettel veers off in damp conditions. (23 votes [6.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  10. Austria 2019 - Verstappen overtakes Vettel, Bottas and Leclerc to take last-gasp victory in front of the Oranje Army. (33 votes [9.57%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.57%

  11. Britain 2019 - Leclerc and Verstappen battle intensely for 20 laps. One-stopping Hamilton beats Bottas. Vettel rear-ends Verstappen. (16 votes [4.64%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.64%

  12. Germany 2019 - Verstappen beats bumbling Mercedes with stunning wet/dry victory. Drag-strip catches out Leclerc, Hamilton and Hulkenberg. Stroll leads race after strategy gamble before also-gambling-Kvyat and from-the-back-Vettel snatch podium places. (49 votes [14.20%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.20%

  13. Brazil 2019 - Verstappen overtakes Hamilton twice to win. Crazy racing throughout the field. Ferraris collide. Hamilton hits Albon. Gasly and Sainz complete the podium. (47 votes [13.62%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.62%

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#51 TomNokoe

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 22:43

If that race had been in the poll I would've picked it!


I should've used the long shortlist lol

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#52 PayasYouRace

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 22:49

Always interesting to see what people rate, but for me it's a pretty depressing list, if this is the best of an entire decade. And, the first half seems very Button-biased. Reading this without any prior knowledge, you'd think Button was the greatest racer of those years, when arguably his wins only appear because they were always unexpected. I'd nominate Vettel's drive in Bahrain in '18, and Leclerc's win in Monza this year, but I'm only interested in Ferrari.

 

I think you've almost answered your own question there. When people rate a race as good it's usually because it was unpredictable, exciting and with an unexpected result. A lot of Jenson's McLaren victories were in those kind of races. It doesn't suggest that he was the best driver of the era, when the era was usually dominated by yet another Vettel leading all the way victory.

 

But then, you're only interested in Ferrari...



#53 John B

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 00:44

2 teams and 3 drivers won titles. Probably the lowest ever?


That stuck out to me too. There was a 10 year period, 1984-93, when McLaren and Williams won all the WCCs and WDCs, though obviously with multiple drivers.

#54 Ragingjamaican

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 00:31

F1 has changed a lot over the years. Maybe it's just because I've been watching for so long, but while I can still tell you everything that happened in nearly every race from 2003 to 2013, I can barely remember a damn race from 2014 onwards. Something about the V6T change just made it less... memorable for me. Weirdly enough the ugly-ass cars they had from 2009-2013 produced some of the most memorable races since I've been watching. Never ever would've thought then that I'd say this, but even though the mid-90's to late-00's are my favorite era of F1 it would be nice to have more races from that 2009-2013 formula.

It's been an interesting mix. Let's hope that the next ten years are more consistently good, at least. Hopefully I'll be around to see them all.

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So true. :up:



#55 SenorSjon

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 14:54

I remember like 5 of all of those races at most.

 

I ticked the races I remembered. ;)

 

There are just too many races, it becomes a blur in the end.



#56 JHSingo

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 15:33

It's probably personal bias that's reflected in me selecting more from the first group than the second. I make no apologies for preferring the V8 era to the V6T one, particularly when we had seasons like 2010 and 2012. 2012 was the last damn-near-perfect season for me, just in terms of a combination of exciting and unpredictable racing, plus a championship battle that swung back and forth right till the death. Races like Valencia, Abu Dhabi and Brazil from that year stand out in particular.

 

That said, I think 2014 was the best year I've seen just in terms of the quality of the racing. Yes, the cars were hideously ugly and slightly underwhelming to begin with. Yes, one team had such an advantage it was almost beyond a joke. But it was the best year for cars being able to follow closely/race that I can remember. Bahrain, Canada and Hungary were all AYFKM/10.

 

Oops, just remembered Hungary 2015 too. It's funny when you look back and see how many great races have taken place at supposedly "bad" tracks. It's almost as if the tracks aren't the problem...

 

Spicy hot take: I always thought Canada '11 was overhyped. Yes, it had *that* finish - but it was too damn long. My most abiding memory of that race is sitting through that however-long-it-was rain delay (which, whilst you can fast-forward through/edit out in replays, at the time it's no fun) and the near constant safety car interruptions which prevented the race having any flow to it. Plus, Schumacher was robbed of a podium finish by accursed DRS, so there was that too.  ;)



#57 Marklar

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 18:25

I remember Canada 2011 mostly for the amount of terrible driving. The race winner himself crashed with 3 cars during the race, and the pass for the win was a spin too  :p 

Brazil 2012, Korea 2010 & Australia 2010 (although that one was more mixed) were better rain races IMO.


Edited by Marklar, 25 November 2019 - 18:27.


#58 Mauseri

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 23:31

I wonder why races where favourite wins cannot be great. At the time of dominance some variation feels indeed nice, but after 10 years maybe some favourite won performances might be great races as well.

#59 PlatenGlass

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 15:54

I wonder why races where favourite wins cannot be great. At the time of dominance some variation feels indeed nice, but after 10 years maybe some favourite won performances might be great races as well.

They can be great and some of the races in the poll were won by the favourite. But races where "stuff happens" tend to be more chaotic so reduce the chances of the favourite winning.

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#60 Mauseri

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 16:09

They can be great and some of the races in the poll were won by the favourite. But races where "stuff happens" tend to be more chaotic so reduce the chances of the favourite winning.

I was thinking that not a single of Vettel won races in 2010-2013 was great. I don't really remember the races anymore but probably he set some stellar performances at that time.

#61 Anja

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 16:39

Spicy hot take: I always thought Canada '11 was overhyped. Yes, it had *that* finish - but it was too damn long. My most abiding memory of that race is sitting through that however-long-it-was rain delay (which, whilst you can fast-forward through/edit out in replays, at the time it's no fun) and the near constant safety car interruptions which prevented the race having any flow to it. Plus, Schumacher was robbed of a podium finish by accursed DRS, so there was that too.  ;)

 

I mostly agree. It certainly is memorable - I think most of those who watched it will remember that race for many years to come. But as was mentioned in the thread before, "memorable" doesn't necessarily have to equal "best". 


Edited by Anja, 26 November 2019 - 16:40.


#62 Requiem84

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 16:43

I did not really like Canada 2011 actually. 

 

I think it was the race where (in my humble view) Button ran Hamilton completely into the wall on the s/f straight and still Button could just keep on going where Hamilton was out. When he then entered behind Vettel, Vettel made a massive and unnecessary f'-up, which gave Button another easy pass. 

 

It all felt a bit too easy for him to me... Maybe because I was fanatically supporting Hamilton back then :D



#63 Yamamoto

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 18:12

I remember Canada 2011 mostly for the amount of terrible driving. The race winner himself crashed with 3 cars during the race, and the pass for the win was a spin too  :p 

Brazil 2012, Korea 2010 & Australia 2010 (although that one was more mixed) were better rain races IMO.

 

I felt that Korea 2010 was one of those that constantly threatened to turn into something really exciting but never quite made it. Obviously well up there for sheer drama though.