What was the best F1 pass of 2008?

Felipe Massa takes Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa takes Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Overtaking can be rare in Formula 1. But when the planets align and someone actually gets close enough to make a move, a genuinely exciting pass is a thing to savour.

Although next year sees new regulations designed to enhance passing opportunities there were some fine overtaking moves this year.

We?ve seen double passes, wet weather passes and last-lap-for-the-title passes in 2008. But which was the best?

To pick the best passing move of 2008 we?re going to start with your nominations: pick your favourite pass or passes and name them below, explain why you think they?re the best. Post links to videos in the comments and I’ll embed them here.

Once we?ve got a short list of the top passes we?ll have a poll on Friday to select the best of all.

Let the nominations begin??

Suggestions so far

Massa on Hamilton at the Hungaroring

Heidfeld on Alonso and Coulthard at Sepang

Heidfeld on Alonso and Glock at Silverstone and Heidfeld on Raikkonen and Kovalainen at Silverstone

Alonso on Kubica and Vettel at Spa

Massa on Kovalainen and Barrichello

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91 comments on What was the best F1 pass of 2008?

  1. Hamilton on Massa, Hockenheim.

  2. I can’t remember most of the overtaking moves from last season off the top of my head, so when the poll goes up on Friday it would be good if you could put links to footage of the passes to refresh peoples memories. Some that stick in my memory are Hamilton on Massa at Turkey and Germany, and Heidfield’s double overtakes at Silverstone.

    Personally I think starts and overtakes are two separate categories so I wouldn’t vote for Massa at the Hungaroring in this poll, but if there was a best start poll I would vote for Massa there.

  3. Seedy001 said on 10th December 2008, 13:09

    Raikkonen on/between Hamilton & Rosberg, Spa.

  4. massa in hungary, more a good start than race-overtake, but nice moves;

  5. Ted Tofield said on 10th December 2008, 13:15

    Massa in Hungary was meh – a better start not an overtake.

    Hamilton’s move on Glock wasn’t a great pass it was an important pass – there is a difference.

    I vote for Heidfeld’s double double pass at Silverstone….

  6. massa from p3 otudoing kovi and taking p1 on the outside of hamilton into turn 1 in hungary.

    that was a stand out – race winning move. too bad both cars failed.

    stand out overtake would be this move, schumi on alonso.


    the difference is that Michael didn’t just out power him or whatever, he actively took a different line into the first corner to stick a move on the next corner, smart driving.

  7. Steven said on 10th December 2008, 13:30

    Kimis 1st few laps at spa
    Wheel to wheel with massa

    10.Massa on Heikky and Barrichello at Canada
    9. Vettel on Lewis at Brazil
    8. Massa on Lewis at Hungary
    7. Lewis on Glock at Brazil
    6. Lewis on Massa at Turkey
    5. Lewis on Massa at Germany
    4. Piquet on Fernando at France
    3. Lewis on Kimi at Spa
    2. Nick Heidfeld on Fernando and Coulthard at Malaysia
    1. Nick Heidfeld on Fernando Alonso (AGAIN!) and Timo Glock at Silverstone

  9. A missed a point: Nick Heidfeld made TWO DOUBLE overtakings at Silvertone:
    On Fernando Alonso and Timo Glock at Silverstone and On Heikky and Kimi.

    He is the BEST overtaker of 2008, no doubt!

  10. Massa passing Hamilton on the outside at the first corner at the start of the Hungarian GP after having already passed Kovalainen.

  11. Scott Joslin said on 10th December 2008, 13:54

    I am going for Heifield’s double overtaking at the British Grand Prix

  12. Andrew said on 10th December 2008, 14:01

    Hamilton on Massa in Japan. OK, Massa cut the chicane and harpooned his rival but Hamilton’s part was a clean pass on horribly flat spotted tyres.

  13. mattclinch said on 10th December 2008, 14:15

    Massa’s double overtake at Canada. I jumped out of my seat. Brilliant.

  14. Christian said on 10th December 2008, 14:19

    Best overtaker of the season has to be Heidfeld. He made no less than THREE double overtaking moves – twice at Silverstone and one at Malaysia, making Alonso and Raikkönen look like rookies. I’d go for one of these or Massa’s move at Canada against Barrichello and Kovalainen.

    Best start og the season has to go to Trulli at Spa – that was propably the best start in years.

  15. For me its clear: Nick, Silverstone

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