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. Atticus said on 10th December 2008, 14:38

    massa on hamilton is the ultimate best start of the year. it was a classic wheel-on-wheel move.

    the best overtaking?

    i dont know. actually i cant remember a classic pass where neither the winner nor the passed made a mistake. i mean heidfeld was great with his double passes but – at least the one on heikki and kimi – the mistakes of the others were needed too.

  2. Without a doubt it was Lewis on Kimi at Spa… absolutely brilliant!

    Other notable drives also include Lewis in the wet at Silverstone , Monaco and Monza (too many to mention).

    In fact many drivers had great moves in the wet races including Vettel on Lewis at Interlagos (gritted teeth lol).

  3. surely said on 10th December 2008, 14:43

    nick H, one of his doubles

  4. Nick Heidfeld’ Two Double Overtaking Move In British GP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HckQAuOkLCw
    Nick Heidfeld’s Double Overtaking Move In Malaysian GP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYu0M_XfvxM

  5. cyanide said on 10th December 2008, 14:54

    Kimi’s first few corners at Spa :D

  6. Adrian said on 10th December 2008, 15:01

    I can’t remember who he overtook now, but Hamilton on (insert name of driver) going into turn 1 part-way through the Brazil GP where he was off line on the damp track on dry tyres but made it stick…

  7. Nick at Silverstone

  8. I can’t remember who he overtook now, but Hamilton on (insert name of driver) going into turn 1 part-way through the Brazil GP where he was off line on the damp track on dry tyres but made it stick…

    It was Fisichella in a Force India

  9. Filipe said on 10th December 2008, 15:16

    Heidfeld on Silverstone. Easily.

  10. Massa passing Rubens and Heikki at L’Epingle in Montreal. I was sitting about 20 rows up and the (Ferrari) crowd was in awe.

  11. Too Good said on 10th December 2008, 15:22

    No second thought – Heidfeld’s two double overtakes at Silverstone
    Third was similar overtaking by Massa at Canada.

  12. One of my comments is stopped at the moderation, but don’t forget, guys, that Quick Nick had already made a double move at Malaysia on Fernando and Coulthard (click HERE).

    I think that Piquet on Fernando at France was a good one too…

  13. Rosberg passing Trulli @ Singapore

    That is – with all the push from the box a few laps before and with all the smoke, etc :-)

  14. #13’s got it for Silverstone:

    Nick Heidfeld’s double pass on… Raikkonen and Kovalainen.

    The one on Kimi and Kovy was simply class. Very much representative of the surgence BMW made in 2008 – or for the first half, at least – to be the best of the rest. This one fired the shot that if Ferrari and McLaren falter, BMW will be there to pounce.

    I got so excited at the pass that I, momentarily, forgot one of the cars being passed is one of those I support!

    That, or Massa’s start at Hungary. Though I can probably say it’s almost disappointing he doesn’t drive like this consistently when you know he can pull off stuff like this.

  15. Its Hammer time said on 10th December 2008, 15:45

    Best
    Heidfeld past Raikkonen, Kovalainen @ Silverstone

    Worse/ Most Cruel
    Raikkonen into Sutil @ Monaco

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