What was the best F1 pass of 2008?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

  2. 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…

  3. Rosberg passing Trulli @ Singapore

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

  4. #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.

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

    Heidfeld past Raikkonen, Kovalainen @ Silverstone

    Worse/ Most Cruel
    Raikkonen into Sutil @ Monaco

  6. Hamilton’s pass on Piquet and then the repeat on Massa at whatever track that was. Absolutely awesome for me to watch because it was one of those ‘***?’ moments where the team made an apparent mistake and it was up to Hamilton to get the job done and win the race. Shows what stuff he is made of.

    Then of course the Hamilton/Raikkonnen battle at Spa.

  7. My picks are Heidfeld’s three doubles in the season, and the Raikkonen/Hamilton sparring in the final laps of Belgium before Kimi crashed. Both drivers pushing so hard in atrocious conditions and both actually going all out for the win by pushing so hard. Great stuff.

  8. I’d say Heidfeld’s double pass @ silverstone, hamilton on massa @ germany, kovalainen on alonso @ australia or
    hamilton on massa @ turkey were all good moves.

  9. Has to be Quick Nick, I was lucky enough to be see him pull off that double overtake on Kimi and Heikki right where I was sitting at the Grand Prix, he made it look so easy.

    I was indifferent to Heidfield before, but he’s one crafty geezer and I’m quite glad BMW have kept him.

  10. Kimi on Hamilton at Spa on the first few laps.

  11. Has to be Heidfeld’s double overtakes at Silverstone


  12. Hamilton on Raikkonen at spa

  13. 1. Hamilton on Massa at Hockenheim
    2. Hamilton on Raikkonen at Monza
    3. Hamilton on Massa at Instanbul Park
    4. Hamilton on Alonso at Magny-Cours (estoril corner)
    5. Raikkonen on Kubica at Bahrein

  14. heidfield double @ silverstone.
    it will be intresting to see this post in 12 months time if bernie has his medals way………..

  15. My favourite move was Vettel on Hamilton is Brazil,
    I would also like to point out to everyone, with all due respect, Hamilton on Glock in Brazil was hardly an overtake…
    I have nothing against Hamilton, but I’ll be fair, if the overtake Hamilton made on GLock was so amazing, Vettel did the exact same overtake.
    It may of got Hamilton the championship, but it was hardly an overtake for the record books.

  16. If we count starts, we have to say Massa at Hungary to the lead. You have to focus on situations where the performance at the time was more equal and the lead driver made no glaring error. And so I also list, reserving my ranking,
    -RAI on MAS at Spa
    -HAM on MAS at Turkey
    -HAM on MAS at Hockenheim
    -HEI on RAI and KOV at Silverstone
    -ROS on TRU at Singapore (4 smoking tires, street course, like CART in the olden days)

  17. OK here are the nominations I’ve got so far in the order they were received

    Hamilton on Raikkonen at Spa
    Hamilton on Kovalainen at Silverstone
    Massa on Hamilton at the Hungaroring
    Vettel on Hamilton at Interlagos
    Hamilton on Glock at Interlagos
    Hamilton on Massa at Istanbul
    Massa on Webber at Fuji
    Piquet on Trulli at Montreal
    Heidfeld on Glock and Alonso at Silverstone
    Heidfeld on Raikkonen and Kovalainen at Silverstone
    Massa on Kovalainen and Barrichello at Montreal
    Hamilton on Massa at Hockenheim
    Raikkonen on Hamilton at Spa (the Rosberg one)
    Raikkonen on Massa at Spa
    Piquet on Alonso at Magny-Cours
    Hamilton on Massa at Fuji
    Hamilton on Fisichella at Interlagos
    Rosberg on Trulli at Singapore
    Kovalainen on Alonso at Melbourne
    Hamilton on Raikkonen at Monza
    Hamilton on Alonso at Magny-Cours
    Alonso on Kubica and Vettel at Spa

    I’d like to whittle this down to between five and ten nominations to put to a vote, so:

    Which ones definitely should be in?
    Should starts counts (e.g. Massa at Hungary)?
    Should drivers passing cars on the wrong tyres for the conditions count (e.g. Hamilton on Glock and Alonso on Kubica and Vettel)?

    And do post any videos showing any of the other passes…

  18. Starts shouldn’t count but wrong tyres are fair game….. after all, car no.12 had bald tyres (i.e should have been in to change them / wrong tyres) at the French Grand Prix 29 years ago and you can’t accuse that of not being “real” overtaking ;)

  19. I’d agree with Ted, but with another point of if the performance difference is massive (e.g. Hamilton on Glock at brazil), it’s not really an overtake worth its name, in the same way that if a car breaks down, the person immediately taking the place isn’t really responsible for that either.

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