The final race of the 2017 F1 season received the second-lowest score seen since Rate the Race began in 2008.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earned an average score of just 3.743 out of 10 – lower than any race bar the 2010 German Grand Prix.
However Baku, the venue which produced the lowest-rated race of last year, soared to the top of this year’s chart after a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix won by Daniel Ricciardo. It was the only one of this year’s races to feature among the top 10 grands prix of the last ten years.
Following concerns that changes to the cars would impair the racing this year, 2017 had the third-lowest average Rate the Race score of the past ten seasons. However it was rated better than the 2015 championship.
Best and worst races of 2017
Top ten Rate the Race scores, 2008-2017
Average Rate the Race scores, 2008-2017
|Year||Average rating||Highest rating||Lowest rating|
|2008||6.651||8.756 (Brazil)||3.977 (Europe)|
|2009||6.316||8.309 (Brazil)||5.276 (Turkey)|
|2010||6.759||8.668 (Canada)||3.740 (Germany)|
|2011||7.23||9.241 (Chinese)||3.871 (Europe)|
|2012||7.367||9.449 (Brazil)||5.158 (Korea)|
|2013||6.691||7.826 (Bahrain)||5.017 (Abu Dhabi)|
|2014||7.127||9.190 (Canada)||4.064 (Russia)|
|2015||6.332||9.115 (Hungary)||4.566 (Brazil)|
|2016||6.829||8.706 (Spain)||4.728 (Europe)|
|2017||6.603||8.790 (Azerbaijan)||3.743 (Abu Dhabi)|
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