What was the best pass of 2009? (Video)

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!

Last year Felipe Massa’s double-pass on Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello at Montreal was voted best pass of the year.

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…

Read more: Overtaking: Back to the drawing board

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106 comments on What was the best pass of 2009? (Video)

  1. Very hard to choose, but here my three:

    — Lewis over Alonso at Silverstone where he didn’t have KERS

    — Mark Webber over Sebastian Vettel at Spa

    — Fisichella´s double overtake at Silverstone

  2. What about Kimi on Fisichella at Spa? Even though Kimi had KERS it was a fantastic overtake in Eau Rouge…

    • That move didn’t actually take place in Eau Rouge, it was down the Kemmel straight. Raikkonen hit the KERS button and had the pass completed before Les Combes, such was his speed advantage.

      • it was a great move , and given the fact that fisico was on his back for the rest of the race,… one hell of an overtake .

  3. hmmm…Kobayashi on Button was definitely a case of light car against heavy car, and Button would have been looking at the bigger picture anyway.

    Some good moves by a good few drivers, and while overtaking needs some work, it still wasn’t too bad this season.

  4. Hamilton on Raikkonnen on the outside in the wet at Shanghai was the one that IMMEDIATELY came to mind when I saw the topic of this article. So, that’s the one the gets my vote for sure.

  5. Mouse_Nightshirt said on 21st December 2009, 18:09

    I think this video shows that Button sort of deserved the title more than Vettel. How many Vettel shots were there in there? It’s rather indicative – Vettel can’t overtake.

    • Button had the best car in dirty air and only overtook loads because he had a fast car after his useless qualifying performances. Most of his overtakes were on rookies.

      Vettel can overtake and showed it, he finished ahead of Button in Brazil even though he started behind him – and no it wasnt just because of his pitstop

      • I do agree though Vettel wasn’t as ambitious with his car like Button. I hope Vettel takes more 50/50 chances next year – he didn’t have a problem overtaking in 07/08 and did overtake more than others this year. Just because he started in good qualifying positions means he can’t overtake apparently.

        • ashes1991 said on 21st December 2009, 21:59

          I agree, when people complain that vettle should have won over button it really irritates me, button over took in some circumstances to win races, vettle has only ever won a race from pole because he cant over take to win races, what does that say about him as a driver?

          • Pedel to the Vettel said on 21st December 2009, 22:22

            If i remember right when Vettel had to overtake to gain places it was abit hard because he had mostly had KERS cars infront of him slowing him down, it also didnt help that they stopped at the same time as him.

            If you want to go into detail about drivers, how many times would you think Button would of overtaken at the start of the season if the KERS cars were not all junk and the other cars had double decker diffusers to help them out abit, I reckon Buttons overtaking ratio would of dropped by 2/3rds if he was in Vettel’s shoes at the time.

          • It says he is a better Qualifier than Button

          • I know Vettel didn’t overtake more than Button. But saying he can’t overtake is stupid because he overtook more than someone like Kimi or Kubica and no one says that can’t overtake

          • ashes1991 said on 21st December 2009, 23:53

            Button overtook a KERS car in Bahrain, Vettle couldnt and was trying to overtake a worse car than Button. Button had to overtake Hamilton to win the race in Bahrain because if he had have stuck behind the car like Vettle did he would have gone into the pits a similar time and ended up like vettle, this is why I am saying if Button can do it in crucial circumstances y cant the brilliant Vettle?

            TommyB, get it right mate, never said he couldn’t overtake, i said he cant overtake to win races, he has only ever won from Pole!!!!! Where as Button did, Turkey he over took vettle, on first lap because of a mistake, and then when vettle was on light fuel load he could have over took the slower button to have a chance of winning race, did he? nope he cocked his race up and finished 3rd because he didnt overtake at a vital opportunity!

        • Mr zingzang said on 22nd December 2009, 2:03


          • ashes1991 said on 22nd December 2009, 11:24

            Wel then he obviously isnt as good driver as everybody seems to think!

          • I won’t listen to comments about a driver when they can’t even spell their name correctly. I agree Button did well but Vettel overtook too.

          • ashes1991 said on 23rd December 2009, 0:08

            Sorry mate my bad, i did a you and got it wrong, like u have again, I never said he didnt overtake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            I said he only ever won from Pole, and hasnt won a race through overtaking!

  6. Webber on Alonso gets my vote.

    The Spaniard using KERS to make his way past Webber, only for the Aussie coming back through under braking into Turn 1 was inspired.

  7. Thandi said on 21st December 2009, 18:30

    1.Hamilton on Raikonnen at Shanghai
    2. Webber on Alonso
    3. Kamui on Nakajima

  8. DanThorn said on 21st December 2009, 18:39

    I semi-agree with the video – Glock’s power oversteer out of the corner (and at the Hungaroring in an unusual place) was great to watch. I also liked Webber and Alonso’s duel at Barcelona and Alonso barging past Trulli at Bahrain. The two Toyotas at Monza was amusing too, if a little clumsy.

    For me though, the best move was Button on Hamilton at Bahrain. Against a car with a theoretical advantage due to KERS, it was clean, precise, fair and masterful. It’s moves like that that won him the WC.

  9. John H said on 21st December 2009, 18:47

    I agree with the video actually for number 1, just because it wouldn’t have happened in 2007:

    1. Glock on Webber @ Hungary
    2. Button on Hamilton @ Bahrain
    3. Hamilton on Kimi @ Shanghai (or was it Sepang?)

    Shame about KERS though. A lot of passes had a disclaimer on them “he presses his KERS,” and “I don’t have a magic button” (Vettel moaning usually) etc.

    Let’s all hope the teams can somehow make Williams see sense and not run it in 2010. I don’t have high hopes though.

  10. luigismen said on 21st December 2009, 18:48

    Kobayashi on Nakajima was the best, an i’m not overating Kobayashi, it’s just that it was such a good and risky pass

  11. George said on 21st December 2009, 18:56

    Do failed overtakes count? Webber’s defence in Abu Dhabi was perfect in a much slower car.

    For best overtake I’d have to say Kovy on Fisi in Japan, I cant think of any other occasion where someone’s been out-dragged coming out of the pits.

  12. Tom Morello on Joe McElderry, 20/12/09 ^_^

    other than that, Raikonnens pass on Fisi was my favourite all year. just a beautiful use of KERS.

  13. SaloolaS said on 21st December 2009, 19:29

    So here we are just suggesting for the poll?

    My suggestions then:
    – Malaysia: Webber on Alonso
    – Bahrain: Button on Hamilton and Alonso on Trulli
    – Spain: Webber versus Alonso
    – Monaco: Hamilton on Trulli, Rosberg on Trulli
    – Turkey: Barrichello on Kovalainen
    – Hungary: Hamilton on Webber
    – Italy: Glock on Trulli
    – Singapore: Glock on Alonso
    – Japan: Liuzzi on Nakajima, Kovalainen on Fisichella
    – Brazil: Kobayashi on Nakajima, Button on Grosjean
    – Abu Dhabi: Kobayashi on Button

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st December 2009, 20:44

      Any chance you could whittle that down to three SaloolaS? I’ve got to count these up later!

      • SaloolaS said on 21st December 2009, 22:26

        Top 3:
        Rosberg on Massa @ Monaco
        Webber on Alonso @ Barcelona
        Button on Grosjean @ Interlagos

        Also amazing:
        Kovalainen on Fisichella @ Suzuka
        Kobayashi on Nakajima @ Interlagos

  14. Jose Arellano said on 21st December 2009, 20:10

    vettel doesnt appear in ANY of those!!

  15. And Webber over Leis at Malaysia?

    I think it was the most impressive fight for position this year:

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