What was the best overtaking move of 2008?
Your nominations for the best F1 pass are in – watch video of each of them below and vote for your favourite.
Nick Heidfeld on Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen in the British Grand Prix
Nick Heidfeld made a habit of pulling off ‘two-for-one’ moves during 2008. This opportunistic pass on a pair of drivers from F1’s two top teams in slippery conditions at the British Grand Prix was surely the best (see his other similar moves here). It was the kind of savvy move that made you wonder how can it be Heidfeld hasn’t won a Grand Prix yet?
Felipe Massa on Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello in the Canadian Grand Prix
Heidfeld didn’t have a monopoly on ‘two-for-one’ moves though: here’s Massa showing how it’s done at Montreal. The disintegrating tarmac at the hairpin made for a surface almost as treacherous as that at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton on Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian Grand Prix
Just a little bit controversial, this one. For every person who thought this was a legitimate if cheeky re-pass by Hamilton there was another one who thought he hadn’t done enough to give Raikkonen back his advantage having cut the chicane…
Sebastian Vettel on Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix
The moment that started the most intense championship-deciding moment ever seen in Formula 1. While Robert Kubica un-lapped himself from Lewis Hamilton (entirely legitimately, it must be said), Sebastian Vettel pounced, temporarily demoting Hamilton to sixth. And we all know what jhappened after that…
Kimi Raikkonen on Felipe Massa in the Belgian Grand Prix
While Hamilton scampered off into the lead at Spa, Raikkonen pounced on team mate Massa. Despite the damp track he carried much greater speed through Eau Rouge and lined up Massa along the Kemmel straight. He may have been battlign with his team mate, but Raikkonen wasn’t taking any prisoners, coolly pushing Massa to the extreme edge of the track, forcing him to back down. A white-knuckle moment for the Ferrari pitwall.
Nico Rosberg on Jarno Trulli in the Singapore Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg got bottled up behind Jarno Trulli at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix, which threatened to ruin his race. But he got back on track with a feisty, all-wheels-locked pass on the Toyota to break free. Thanks to that pass and a lot of luck with the safety car, Rosberg grabbed second place.
I couldn’t find an embeddable video of Rosberg’s pass on Trulli but you can see it halfway through the official video on F1.com.
Nelson Piquet Jnr on Jarno Trulli in the Canadian Grand Prix
Bold or just a bit crazy? Nelson Piquet Jnr’s maiden season wasn’t packed with highlights but this ballsy pass on Trulli at Montreal was definitely one of them.
Cast your vote
Which was the best F1 pass of 2008?
- Nick Heidfeld on Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen in the British Grand Prix (26%)
- Felipe Massa on Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello in the Canadian Grand Prix (31%)
- Lewis Hamilton on Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian Grand Prix (24%)
- Sebastian Vettel on Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian Grand Prix (7%)
- Kimi Raikkonen on Felipe Massa in the Belgian Grand Prix (7%)
- Nico Rosberg on Jarno Trulli in the Singapore Grand Prix (3%)
- Nelson Piquet Jnr on Jarno Trulli in the Canadian Grand Prix (2%)
Total Voters: 445
How the nominees were chosen
Dozens of suggestions were posted by F1 Fanatic readers in this thread. I then whittled down the list based on how popular the different suggestions were and what I thought were the best examples of overtaking. After some discussion I decided to eliminate passes that were down to better starts or wet/dry weather tyre gambles – more on that here.
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