Overtaking in F1 is a hotly-debated subject – particularly the view that we haven’t seen much of it this year.
That isn’t necessarily the case. The video above compiles a selection of the best passes of 2009 – and there were more besides that don’t feature on there.
But which driver made the best overtaking move of 2009? Was it one of Jenson Button’s many passes? Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso’s great battle at Sepang? Or an unsung hero from further down the grid?
As we did with the best race of the decade last week, list your nominations for the best pass of 2009 below and we’ll vote on the cream of the crop later.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Hamilton on Raikkonen at Shanghai (1’37) – Around the outside in the wet. Webber did a similar pass but Hamilton did it in a worse car…
Alonso on Trulli at Bahrain (2’15) – Yes, he had KERS – but he needed aggression to make this pass work too.
Barrichello on Hamilton at Istanbul (3’03) – How far back did he come from?
Kovalainen on Fisichella at Suzuka (5’57) – Very unusual and opportunistic.
Kobayashi on Nakajima at Interlagos (6’30) – A well-worked round-the-outside pass.
Button on Grosjean at Interlagos (7.27) – Risky stuff with the title on the line.
Webber on Alonso at Sepang (8’44) – Needed two tries but got there in the end. The last-second re-pass was a gem – and he did the same thing at Catalunya too!
What do you think was the best overtaking move of 2009? Name your favourites below – please try to stick to no more than three each to make it easier to count them up…
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