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Rate the race - China 2014 // Pick your driver of the day, and hand out stars for the racing action

Published by Christine

It's that time once again, your chance to deliver the verdict on the race just gone. This time, the Chinese Grand Prix stands up for scrutiny, after what was an interesting, if not classic weekend. Coming straight after what was a surprisingly good Bahrain race, China had its work cut out for it. The race was the final one before a brief rest and then return to Europe for the next leg of the season, but did it tide us over nicely? Cast your vote now.

Rate the Chinese GP

Rate the Chinese GP

83 votes

The race in Shanghai had a lot to live up to, following what was an impressive showing in Bahrain. However, we must view each race individually, and judge China for what it was. Lewis Hamilton didn't have the best start to the weekend but more than made up for it in qualifying and the race. The lead was insurmountable, and although there were some battles behind, they didn't quite pack the punch we might have hoped. Cast your votes on the Chinese Grand Prix, however, with five stars for a great

Along with the race as a whole, we've picked out a couple of things that need your judgement. Felipe Massa almost caused an incident at the first corner on Sunday, but it was only due to his incredible start in the Williams. Also, when flags were being waved, it was hard to know if they were the right ones or not.

How did you rate Felipe Massa's start?

78 votes

Williams have admitted they prefer the dry conditions and that was clear when Felipe Massa surged forward off the start line for the Chinese Grand Prix. It was a supreme start, thrusting the car forward several positions. However, the additional pace meant he had nowhere to go into the corner, jinking to the left and bouncing off the wheel of Fernando Alonso. Rate Massa's start performance, with five stars being a top job, and one star being a bit reckless from an experienced racer.

Assess the flag procedures in China

80 votes

Lewis Hamilton was quick on the radio on the penultimate lap of the race, saying he thought he'd seen a chequered flag. It turns out he was right, and the FIA had to put the finish of the race two laps earlier than the full 56 due to the erroneous flag waving. There was also some consternation about blue flags being shown to the wrong drivers. Rate the flag procedures in Shanghai over the weekend, with five stars being the marshals doing the best of what is a difficult job, or one star for more

Your final task involves selecting the driver of the day. It was a little bit trickier to pick out the selection this weekend, but let us know if you think anyone else should have made it onto the list, and your reasons why.

Who was your driver of the day in China?

  • Lewis Hamilton

  • Fernando Alonso

  • Daniel Ricciardo

  • Daniil Kvyat

  • Kamui Kobayashi


88 votes

As always, share your votes in the comments or via Twitter, and let the world know what you picked and why. Or you can keep your choices top secret, but I know which option I think is more fun!

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