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Rate the race - Australia 2014 // Cast your vote on the first-round action from Melbourne

Published by Christine

The first race of the 2014 season was eagerly anticipated. All the changes were finally coming together and we'd see just what impact they'd have - for teams, and for us as viewers. The Australian event is usually chaotic anyway, and this year was no different, but the real question is, was the race any good? Here's your chance to vote on the race and a handful of other topics from the weekend in Melbourne.

Rate the Australian GP

Rate the Australian GP

168 votes

The anticipated high attrition rate came to pass, with many drivers struggling to get the most out of their new power units. Those that were left running put on a good show, and there were a handful of good battles up and down the field. The winner was dominant but it's up to you to vote on whether the race lived up to its potential. Five stars for a top event, one star for a poor start to the season.

There were two controversial topics up for discussion this weekend, one of which occurred during the racing, the other took place afterwards. Not only has F1 uncovered a new look for 2014, they've also got a new sound, but it's had mixed reviews. Also, the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo was harsh on the Aussie driver, but was it fair? You decide.

How do you rate F1's new sound?

175 votes

On one hand, it doesn't sound like the F1 we have grown used to. The engines are quieter, the turbos make a high-pitched squeal. On the other hand, we could hear things we've previously missed - the commantary, cheers from the crowd, incredible tyre screeches, and pit lane interviews. Cast your vote on the new sound of F1, five stars if it's music to your ears, one star if you want to wind the clock back.

How did the stewards do this weekend?

162 votes

The stewards had two main jobs to do, the first investigating Kamui Kobayashi's brake failure, and the second - slightly higher profile - judging the car to be outside the regulations for second place finisher Daniel Ricciardo. The subsequent disqualification is tough for a driver at his home race, but have they done the right thing? Five stars for good stewarding, and one star for going over the top.

Of course, we like to finish up with a look at the driver of the day poll. Your three podium finishers are up for the vote, as well as Bottas (who made a mistake but recovered well), Kvyat (who had a good first race in a Toro Rosso), and Chilton (who recovered from a pit lane start to finish his 20th race in a row).

Who was your driver of the day in Australia?

  • Nico Rosberg

    3%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    43%
  • Valtteri Bottas

    31%
  • Daniil Kvyat

    1%
  • Max Chilton

    15%
  • Daniel Ricciardo

    8%

170 votes

Please feel free to let us know which way you have voted and why, and share your choices with the handy tweet button above. Equally, you can keep your votes top secret, but where's the fun in that?

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