The 20 Best F1 Races Of The 2010s

Whilst It May Not Have Been A Golden Age, There Were Some Truly Breath-Taking Races

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The 2010s in Formula One are over, and whilst all you F1 fans will be gagging for F1 pre-season testing to commence once again in late February, I'll be going through some rankings of the decade, and to start off here are the top twenty races of the 2010s.

Now bear with me if you don't agree with some of my rankings. It's hard to go through over two-hundred races and definitely rank them. Please let me know what you think in the comments.

For those of you who love those stats, well here are some. 55% of the races included in here are from the V6 era (2010-2013), 40% of the races were wet weather races. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button shared the most amount of wins on this list with four a piece, whilst Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen have three, and Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have two. In terms of teams, Red Bull and McLaren lead the way with six a piece, whilst Ferrari are just behind with five. Mercedes, despite all their domination, only have two wins on this list whilst Lotus have one.

But without further adieu, here are the top twenty races of the past ten years in Formula One.

20: 2010 Australian Grand Prix

The 2010 Australian Grand Prix was one of the early signs of how good the 2010 season would be. Was Button's first McLaren win lucky or simply brilliant? Lucky that only the Ferrari spun in his first-turn clash with Alsonso, and opportunistic that, overtaken by his team-mate for P6, he immediately pitted to change his inters for slicks, and brilliant that by taking this bold gamble two laps before anyone else, he went from P19 to P2. But victory still needed another roll of the dice, with Sebastian Vettel comfortably leading after taking pole position. It came on Lap 26 when the left-front wheel broke on the RB6.

1. Jenson Button

2. Robert Kubica

3. Felipe Massa

19: 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

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The infamous multi 21 incident. Whilst Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel had only collided once in Turkey back in 2010, arguably costing Mark Webber the title retrospectively, their relationship hadn't exactly been clear. The 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix was seen as the last straw in their relationship, with it being cited as the reason behind Mark Webber retiring instead of continuing with Red Bull into the turbo era.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Mark Webber

3. Lewis Hamilton

18: 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

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1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Max Verstappen

17: 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

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2014 was the year of Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian took three classy wins in his first season with Red Bull, but Hungary was by far the most 'Ricciardo'.

1. Daniel Ricciardo

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Lewis Hamilton

16: 2010 Korean Grand Prix

The pivotal race in the 2010 championship with these five (above) still in the hunt at the time. Would new circuit uncertainties alter the status quo? Not on the grid, with Vettel taking pole position. But the race was something else. Teeming rain, a ten-minute delay, three exploratory SC laps, red flags, another 49 minute delay, 13 SC laps, then the race started on lap 19, webber from P2 dropping it on a greasy kerb, evading Alonso but eliminating Rosberg, with the race resuming after five SC laps, with Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton in an intense fight for the win. With the race reaching lap 42, full points were on offer despite it getting dark in Korea. Lap 46, Vettel's engine below, meaning Alonso won from Hamilton.

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Felpie Massa

15: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix

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After one of the worst grand prix's of all time - the 2019 French Grand Prix - Formula One had one of their best grand prix's of recent times. After Max Verstappen dropped out of the top ten after starting on the front row, no one would have thought the Dutchman would come through the field and trounce Leclerc in a one-v-one fight in the final laps for his first win of the season.

1. Max Verstappen

2. Charles Leclerc

3. Valtteri Bottas

14: 2010 Chinese Grand Prix

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Arguably the first incidence of the Vettel/Hamilton rivalry. With rain threatening, most used the first SC lap to switch to inters - Rosberg, Kubica and Button did not, leading from the start and extending it when everyone switched back to slicks again. On lap 19, Button took the lead and as rain fell he immediately pitted, but a second SC slashed his massive advantage, Hamilton used this to charge pass the Renaults to have Button in his sight. So, the two British aces in identical cars and tyres, with 17 laps to go. Hamilton's tyres were the first to show the strain, with Button pulling out a ten second lead.

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Nico Rosberg

13: 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Was this Sergio Perez's best chance of taking a F1 win? The 29 year old Mexican has been stuck in the midfield for the whole of his career, however in 2012 with changing conditions he oh-so-nearly beat Fernando Alonso to take his first win of his career, but alas, the Sauber driver had to settle with second place.

12: 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Wow. Vettel and Hamilton clashing, the duo in an intense championship battle. Ricciardo coming from the back to win, Bottas piping Stroll for P2 in a drag race to the line. Great racing.

11: 2012 European Grand Prix

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One of the best comeback drives of the decade. From P12 to P1, it was arguably Fernando Alonso's greatest win, not to mention Michael Schumacher's final podium in his career.

1. Fernando Alonso

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Michael Schumacher

10: 2010 Canadian Grand Prix

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A true battle of tyre management and strategy. This race summed up what Formula One is about.

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

9: 2018 British Grand Prix

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Looking back, the 2018 Formula One season turned out to be a gem (the third best behind 2010 and 2012), and this was part of it. The overtaking, the thrills: top class.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Kimi Raikkonen

8: 2010 Turkish Grand Prix

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Mark Webber was the only man who could take the infamous Turn 9 in Turkey flat. Vettel wasn't having any of that here.

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Jenson Button

3. Mark Webber

7: 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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What a way to end your comeback year. A stunning drive from Kimi Raikkonen to hold off the much faster Fernando Alonso, with Sebastian Vettel coming back from the pitlane to P3.

1. Kimi Raikkonen

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Sebastian Vettel

6: 2018 United States Grand Prix

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And this cemented Kimi Raikkonen as one of the true great racers. In one of his final races with Ferrari, the former World Champion continued his best season of the decade by expertly holding off Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to take the win in Austin.

1. Kimi Raikkonen

2. Max Verstappen

3. Lewis Hamilton

5: 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Utter madness. This race will be remembered for so many things, one of those being the youngest podium ever, comprising of Verstappen, Gasly and Sainz, with the later two taking their first podiums ever.

1. Max Verstappen

2. Pierre Gasly

3. Carlos Sainz Jr.

4: 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

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In a season marred by the dominance of Mercedes, this was like the good old days, like it was karting once again between the fierce rivals that are Rosberg and Hamilton.

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Nico Rosberg

3. Sergio Perez

3: 2019 German Grand Prix

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The best race for seven years, with over 97 pit stops, half a dozen changes of the lead, and multiple big crashes, not to mention homeboy Vettel coming from last to second place.

1. Max Verstappen

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Daniil Kvyat

2: 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

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This will probably be remembered as the craziest race in recent Formula One history. One moment, Alonso was going to be world champion, the next, it was Vettel, with in the midst of it a stunning battle between rookie Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button, and Lewis Hamilton for the win.

1. Jenson Button

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Felipe Massa

1: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

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Dead last to taking the win, with a detour of five pit stops, a drive through penalty, and a collision with his team-mate. Fangio - Germany '57. Senna - Donnington '93. Raikkonen - Suzuka '05. These were the names Button joined when winning the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, which will eternally be remembered by F1 fans.

Vettel beat the Ferrari's to pole, leading until the final lap when he half-spun under pressure from Button. Anticipating rain, the McLaren's qualified P5 and P7, and wet it was with over a two hour delay mid-ace and numerous SC outings, the start included. Once released, Hamilton clashed first with Webber and then his team-mate Button, race over for the rash Lewis. Button's damage check was the first of six pit visits, his second an SC speeding drive-through on lap 13, the fifth a lap 36 puncture after tangling with Alonso, who spun out. Now, in a 16 lap green-flag period, Button charged from P22 (last) to P4,a final SC then closing up the pack. Jenson, on option slicks as the racing line dried, passed Webber, Schumacher and Vettel when the four-time World Champion slid wide in the final minute of the race. Utter lunacy and god-like driving.

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Mark Webber

So what do you think? What was the best race of the 2010s? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Comments (63)

  • 2010 Turkey. God I miss turn nine so much.

      9 months ago
    • I thought they were trying to bring it back to the f1 calendar. what happened?

        9 months ago
    • They had a principle agreement agreed in early 2018, but I don't know what's happened. Maybe 2021 return?

        9 months ago
  • I want to watch every single one of them.

      9 months ago
  • 2018 Austin. Kimi vs Lewis was a rivalry that we never really got except in 2007 and 2008, so it was so nice ten years later to see two of the best racing against each other properly.

      9 months ago
  • 2019 Germany that was an insult to the Tri-pointed Star they wanted to win that race so badly they fluffed it and they went away with 2 points not 44 points, Hamilton's 1950s pitstop of a average 55 seconds was fun, but in today that 55 second pit stop was glacial slow...

    Yeah the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix that was a real madhouse race....totally enjoyed that one as well....

      9 months ago
  • Brilliant work mate

      9 months ago

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