Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, Interlagos, 2010

The four best moments of a thrilling 2010

2010 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

What was the high-point of the 2010 F1 season? These are the best moments of the year as chosen by F1 Fanatic readers.

Button defies the doubters

Jenson Button, McLaren, Melbourne, 2010
Jenson Button, McLaren, Melbourne, 2010

Few people rated Jenson Button’s chances against new team mate Lewis Hamilton in 2010.

But he confounded the doubters by winning twice in the first four races to lead the championship:

Australian Grand Prix. To be honest either of Jenson’s victories, as he was 2-0 on Hamilton despite everything that had been said against him.

At the end of last year there were so many threads on forums all over the F1 community describing Button as one of the least deserving champions ever, that he only won because he had a dominant car etc…

Then Australia 2010 happened. Changeable conditions, an inspired tyre change and a bit of luck allowed Button to win his first race for McLaren against his highly rated team mate, Lewis Hamilton. A fantastic race, with a fantastic result.

I may not like that man much, but it was indeed an amazing win.

Whitmarsh celebrating with Button at the Australian Grand Prix. I don’t know who looked happier, or more vindicated.

Button winning for McLaren in Australia was a brilliant spectacle as well. It almost felt like he was still riding the wave of euphoria from 2009.
Dan Thorn

Drama in Istanbul

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2010
Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2010

The Turkish Grand Prix served up two of the most dramatic moments of the year.

First we witnessed the extraordinary scenes as the two Red Bull drivers collided while running first and second, letting Hamilton through to lead.

Then the two McLaren drivers then began disputing the lead, with Button passing and then being re-passed by his team mate:

The best moment had to be the Red Bulls running into each other in Turkey. That was the most ‘Oh-my-God-did-that-just-really-happen’ moment of the year for me, because you sensed that would end up going down as a crucial moment in the history of that team, that season and F1 lore in general.
Magnificent Geoffrey

The infamous Red Bull crash, Vettel signalling that Webber was crazy, Hamilton zooming by to take the win!

Button versus Hamilton in Turkey – a skilful battle made more exciting by the threat of what had happened minutes earlier with the Red Bulls.

A real turning point in the season for Red Bull’s troubles, the great dicing for the lead from McLaren and Lewis first win.

Hamilton and Button jousting in Turkey.

What a race! One of the best dry races in years in my opinion. People remember it for that extraordinary collision between the two Red Bull drivers, but Hamilton and Button wheel-banging just a few laps later was no less thrilling.
Ned Flanders

Kamui Kobayashi’s overtaking moves

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Suzuka, 2010
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Suzuka, 2010

Usually the driver you could rely on to go against the grain on tyre choices and make some daring passes late in the race on fresh rubber.

Kobayashi was in particularly inspired form at home, launching past rivals at the hairpin from huge distances:

Kamui Kobayashi’s Japanese Grand Prix heroics. The organisers should rename that Turn 11 hairpin ‘Kobayashi Corner’, so incredible were his numerous passes up the inside there.
Ned Flanders

Kobayashi being Kobayashi.

Nico H???lkenberg’s pole position

Nico H???lkenberg, Williams, Interlagos, 2010

The great feel-good moment of the year?

A rookie driver taking a shock pole position for a team that haven’t been at the front of a grid in 100 races is pretty special.

But for Nico H???lkenberg to do it in the middle of the championship title fight made it even more special:

H???lkenburg’s pole. Absolutely unbelievable to see that unfold.

Perhaps THE moment of the season. One of those days of F1 I will never forget.
Ned Flanders

I’ll go with the flow here and say Hulk’s pole, not by a tenth or two, but by a FULL SECOND.
Juan Pablo Heidfeld

The most surprising pole of the season: the one and only Hulk! Everybody was happy for him, and excited that none of the drivers’ championship contenders were on pole!

Best moment without a doubt has to be H???lkenberg’s pole at Interlagos over a second faster than Vettel! I don’t think anyone saw that coming, least of all H???lkenberg.

H???lkenberg’s pole lap in Interlagos, just incredible.

H???lkenberg on pole at Interlagos. I love those moments in F1, because regardless of which teams and drivers we support, we all love to see an underdog triumph. One of the few successes that was universally popular!
Red Andy

These are just a few of the most popular moments of 2010 shared on the forum.

Among the other suggestions were Michael Schumacher’s comeback, Lewis Hamilton’s pass on Nico Rosberg at Melbourne, Mark Webber’s Monaco Grand Prix victory and Sebastian Vettel winning the world championship.

What were your favourite moments of 2010? Name them in the comments below.

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