Best F1 pass of 2010: make your nominations

2010 F1 season review

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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229 comments on Best F1 pass of 2010: make your nominations

  1. Barrichello on Schumi, for sure.

    That move took the kind of balls even young Kobayashi doesn’t possess. Incredible.

  2. Nic B 205 said on 25th November 2010, 1:37

    Pretty damning of the sport that we can a season of 19 races down to a dozen or so actual memorable passes.
    Yet, I still watch every race ;)

  3. Nic B 205 said on 25th November 2010, 1:37

    Pretty damning of the sport that we can distil a season of 19 races down to a dozen or so actual memorable passes.
    Yet, I still watch every race ;)

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

  5. Tombong said on 25th November 2010, 1:44

    For me the Barichello’s pass on Schumacher (Hungaroring) doesn;t require extra trick other than get the better traction out of the last corner on the fresher tyres, it looks good because he got pushed so close to the wall and he just kept his foot down and so make it stick. Again, nothing special about the trick and calculation combo. I prefer Kubica moves on Kobayashi in Abu Dhabi and Alonso takes on Hulkenberg in Brazil. Those moves required judgement, calculation, and obviously skill to make the moves a success. My humble opinion

    • Tombong said on 25th November 2010, 1:52

      To add more, i remember in 1997, Hungarian GP, Jacques Villeneuve overtook somebody (if i’m not mistaken it’s Damon Hill on Arrows) on the last lap and he did that move literally from the outside of the track! yes, he passed Damon by driving outside the race track. it looks great, but i’m sorry theres no extra skill for me on that move. it happened only because the huge difference in terms of pace.

      • Damon said on 25th November 2010, 9:31

        Villeneuve overtook Hill because Hill had a technical failure and was driving veeeeery slow!!!
        Villeneuve just drove by, it wasn’t an overtaking maneover really.

  6. 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.

  7. Safir said on 25th November 2010, 1:52

    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

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th November 2010, 1:57

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

  9. 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.

  10. Logan said on 25th November 2010, 2:08

    Alonso passes Hamilton and Hulkenberg, Brazil 2010.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC90kFrrIfQ

  11. 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.

  12. rubin said on 25th November 2010, 2:13

    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.

  13. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 25th November 2010, 2:39

    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.

  14. Harkirat said on 25th November 2010, 3:58

    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…

  15. 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.

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