And the F1 Fanatic Pass of 2008 is…

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa leaves Heikki Kovalainen behind in the Canadian Grand Prix
Felipe Massa leaves Heikki Kovalainen behind in the Canadian Grand Prix

…Felipe Massa’s double pass on Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello.

Massa’s move came out on top, narrowly beating efforts from Nick Heidfeld and Lewis Hamilton. Here’s the video of the pass from the Canadian Grand Prix.

What was so great about Massa’s pass?

With key title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen out of the running Massa was looking at an open goal in terms of scoring points. The problem was he was stuck in the midfield after a problem at his first pit stop.

He needed to make up places quickly and pass not just the slower cars like Rubens Barrichello’s Honda, but also the likes of Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren.

Massa got a rare chance to do both and once, and he seized it. Kovalainen passed Barrichello but ran wide and both were held up. Massa had the briefest of opportunities but he slotted his F2008 past neatly to take them both.

It wasn’t enormously different to Heidfeld’s pass on Kovalainen and Kimi Raikkonen, which took second place in the voting, but Heidfeld had the advantage of being on better tyres for the conditions.

Lewis Hamilton’s pass on Raikkonen at Belgium ranked third, a reminder that not only did many people consider it a legitimate pass, but a very good one at that.

Here’s the results in full:

F1 Fanatic Best Pass of 2008 Voting (click to enlarge)
F1 Fanatic Best Pass of 2008 Voting (click to enlarge)

See video of the other passes which were nominated