Sebastien Buemi, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2010

Best F1 pass of 2010: make your nominations

2010 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton lines Fernando Alonso up for a pass in Montreal
Lewis Hamilton lines Fernando Alonso up for a pass in Montreal

What was the best overtaking move of 2010?

I’ve picked ten of the best passes for position this year and your nominations are needed to complete the shortlist.

Make your nominations and the most popular suggestions will be voted on to select the best F1 pass of the year.

Lewis Hamilton, Australia – It’s not often you see cars passing around the outside of the high-speed turn 11 but Hamilton made the move stick on Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton, China – Double pass on Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel at the hairpin.

Fernando Alonso, China – Controversial but quick-thinking pass on team mate Felipe Massa on their way into the pits.

Adrian Sutil, Valencia – Squeezed around the outside of Sebastien Buemi on a track usually regarded as an overtaking-free zone.

Nico Rosberg, Silverstone – Passed Jaime Alguersuari around the outside at Brooklands.

Sebastian Vettel, Silverstone – Barged his way past Adrian Sutil in an unsubtle, arms-and-elbows fashion.

Rubens Barrichello, Hungary – Braved some excessively tough defensive driving from Michael Schumacher to thread his Williams through an impossibly narrow gap.

Kamui Kobayashi, Japan – Launched his Sauber at Jaime Alguersuari at the hairpin and scrabbled past.

Fernando Alonso, Brazil – Patiently prised third place out of Nico H???lkenberg’s hands – and with the championship hanging in the balance he had to take care passing the Williams.

Robert Kubica, Abu Dhabi – In a race that was short on passing Kubica proved it could be done with a well-judged move on the outside of Kobayashi.

What do you think were the best passes of the year?

List the passes you think should be in the shortlist below and we’ll vote for the best pass of the year in two weeks’ time.

F1 Fanatic pass of the year: Previous winners

2009: Kamui Kobayashi on Jenson Button at Yas Marina
2008: Felipe Massa on Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello at Montreal

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  1. My favs that best stuck in my memory:
    – Kobayashi on Alguersuari in Suzuka – on the outside of the hairpin! – something virtually impossible. The best of daring overtakings. Thou Barrichello on Schumacher in Hungary was pretty close behind :)

    – Kubica on Kobayashi in Adu Dhabi – elaborated and highly precise manouver started in the hairpin and finished 3 corners later. Kubica has no advantage of tyres and Koba is not easy guy to pass – he made no mistake to help Kubica. Masterpiece of elaborated overtakings.
    I also liked Kubica passes on Sutil in Singapore and on Button in Valencia, but this one is on top.

    – Alonso on Button in Monza – this is also a masterpiece though throu pitstop. Alonso pitted one lap later than Button and when leaving pits was on the inside of the straight – that was decisive tactical advantage that ultimately helped him pass Button because they were approaching a chicane wheel to wheel. Again, this pass wasn’t throu opponent’s mistake, so it’s most appreciable.

  2. Alonso & good overtaking moves? LOL!

    Lewis & Kamui will in be this list for years to come. I expect good moves from the Hulk & Petrov in the future.

    Lewis fan here but I really really enjoyed Kobayashi’s Suzuka passes. Don’t see that many passes in Suzuka nowadays. So hats off to Kamui & the victims who left the inside open! :D

  3. Barrichello on Schumacher was the best & the most nerve racking was Hamilton on Roseberg.

  4. The ones that first came to my mind was Alonso making a couple of passes in the chicane in Monaco as he was desperately trying to work his way up from the back of the field.

  5. Alonso passes Hamilton and Hulkenberg, Brazil 2010.

  6. I liked Kubica on Button in Valencia. It gave me a good laugh when Kubica just kept appearing when I would think he is behind. But from the list my vote goes to Alonso on Hulk, that moment really struck me at how calm, and precise he really is.

  7. I think the best would have to go to Hamilton on Rosberg in Aus. To do that, at that speed, on that part of the track requires some serious cojones and skill, and I think it was at that point that people started to think this season isn’t going to be the procession that bahrain was promising.

    Second would have to Kobayashi on whoever he felt like! He just pointed the car and didn’t care whatso-ever about who it was he was trying to get past.

    I also think you would have to give an honourable mention to Petrov on Rosberg, purely because he didnt put the car in the wall (any wall for that matter) in doing it. For him, thats a massive effort.

    The BAR vs Schumi pass was ballsy as hell, but i don’t think it was impressive, just cotroversial.

  8. Unlike last year, Kobayashi actually deserves to win it – in 2009, he took Jenson Button on Button’s out-lap when the Brawn was heavy with fuel and on green tyres. I could have done that in a Suzuki Swift. This year, Kobayashi actually did pass legitimately.

    But I’m going to give it to Barrichello in Hungary.

    1. Presumably you mean he deserves it for Suzuka.

      1. Prisoner Monkeys
        26th November 2010, 7:52

        He’s only got the one nomination thus far.

  9. BAR on SCH …. all the rest pale in comparison… and if you are not voting for that then you don’t love the sport… you just love your favorite drivers…

    1. Perhaps people vote for passes made when you aren’t 3 seconds per lap faster on fresh tyres?

  10. Barichello on Schumacher was definitely the most memorable of the season, but for all the wrong reasons. I think Alonso on Massa at Shanghai was the best, an overtaking opportunity that presented itself, and Alonso seized it with both hands.

  11. One for webber on button in canada. i thought that was pretty good.

  12. I have to say Alonso vs Massa in the pit entry, I don’t think i’ve seen a move like that before, very gutsy.

    1. Indeed, nice bit of opportunism. He must have got sick of staring at the slower Ferrari (like he did in Australia) :P

  13. Kobayashi on Alonso and Buemi, in Valencia. Buemi on the last corner was simply masterful!

    1. Completely forgot about Koba on Buemi on the last corner of the race. That was pretty spectacular..

    2. My vote, exactly.

  14. Kamui Kobayashi, Japan

  15. Lewis passing Button after Button got him on different engine settings after the RBR cars crashed either other in the same circumstance. (sorry, I can’t recall the race) That was a very tense and very exciting moment.

    At that point, LH said to JB – OH NO YOU DON’T!

    Everything Kobayashi does passing is great! Vettel might be fast but he simply isn’t a racer. LH, FA are both great racers. SV, JB, MW are good drivers.

  16. Barrichello on Schumacher in Hungary. For him to be pushed into the wall and still make it past Schumacher in the dust was pretty spectacular.

    1. But that one is not in 2010! Very notable, but more of a bloopers one to me.

      1. I know but just to remind to people how good is hamilton in overtaking ( he sucks)

  17. Hamilton and Button in Turkey. What was it, side by side for 4 corners or something? Sure there may not have been a net change of position bu seeing those those guys overtake and then overtake back was excellent.

    And I think Webber and someone else had a great multi-corner battle in one race, Schumacher maybe?

  18. Definitely has to be Lewis taking Jenson at Turkey…

  19. As brave as Hamilton’s move on Rosberg was in Melbourne, it was only really cemented by the fact Rosberg couldn’t retake his place on the following straight because of yellow flags, so for that reason it’s not my top move of the season. That honour has to go to Rubens for his move on MSC in Hungary. Just for the fact that he had the guts to keep his right foot planted as MSC squeezed him closer and closer to the pit wall, most others would have backed off.

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