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Vote for the best F1 pass of 2010

2010 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Cast your vote for pass of the year
Cast your vote for pass of the year

F1 Fanatic readers made hundreds of nominations for the best overtaking move of 2010.

Now it’s time to vote for the winner from ten passes by Rubens Barrichello, Lewis Hamilton, Kamui Kobayashi, Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica.

Plus cast your vote for the driver who did the best overtaking in 2010.

Lewis Hamilton on Nico Rosberg

Australian Grand Prix

A terrific pass by Lewis Hamilton with several exciting ingredients: a slippery track and a brave move on the outside of a very quick corner.

Unfortunately yellow flags before the following corner meant we didn’t get to see how Nico Rosberg’s counter-attack would have played out.

Kamui Kobayashi on Jaime Alguersuari

Japanese Grand Prix

Typically robust and gutsy stuff from Kamui Kobayashi. He launched this attack on Jaime Alguersuari from a fair distance back and didn’t back down even as Alguersuari banged wheels with him on the way out of the corner.

Robert Kubica on Adrian Sutil

Singapore Grand Prix

Making his way back through the field after an unscheduled extra pit stop, Robert Kubica picks off Adrian Sutil around the outside of Memorial corner at Singapore.

Fernando Alonso on Felipe Massa

Chinese Grand Prix

There were a few occasions in 2010 when Fernando Alonso needed to stick a move on his team mate. This unorthodox attempt at Shanghai certainly worked.

Rubens Barrichello on Michael Schumacher

Hungarian Grand Prix

The history between Michael Schumacher and former team mate Rubens Barrichello added an extra dimension to this hair-raising moment.

On new tyres, Barrichello had reeled in Schumacher very quickly. After several attempts to get past Schumacher seemed to have left the inside un-defended and Barrichello made his move. Astonishingly, Schumacher almost drove Barrichello into the pit wall in a desperate attempt to keep his rival behind.

Barrichello took the place and the stewards slapped Schumacher with a grid penalty for the following race as a punishment.

Timo Glock on Michael Schumacher

Australian Grand Prix

The ultimate cheeky re-pass?

Schumacher nipped past Timo Glock at Melbourne but went too deep into the corner, allowing Glock to reverse the move in this David and Goliath battle between Mercedes and Virgin.

Lewis Hamilton on Jenson Button

Turkish Grand Prix

The strange case of the McLaren drivers at Istanbul. Not long after being told Jenson Button wouldn’t overtake him, Hamilton lost the lead to his team mate.

But he didn’t waste any time taking the place back.

Kamui Kobayashi on Sebastien Buemi

European Grand Prix

Kobayashi’s charge in the final laps of the European Grand Prix, after leaving his mandatory tyre stop late in the race, saw him pick of Sebastien Buemi at the last corner of the final lap.

Fernando Alonso on Nico H???lkenberg

Brazilian Grand Prix

This one was all about the pressure of the championship. Alonso couldn’t afford to stay stuck behind Nico H???lkenberg – but nor could he afford to tangle with the Williams driver by making a risky move.

He patiently chipped away at H???lkenberg, eventually edging him off-line and completing an important pass.

Robert Kubica on Jenson Button

European Grand Prix

Kubica dived up the inside of Mark Webber on the first lap at Valencia – and kept Button behind too.

Vote for the best overtaking move of 2010

Which of these ten passes was the best of the year? Cast your vote and have your say below.

NB: This poll is being re-run following the changes to the voting system. See here for more information.

Vote for the best F1 pass of 2010

  • Lewis Hamilton on Nico Rosberg, Australia (16%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi on Jaime Alguersuari, Japan (11%)
  • Robert Kubica on Adrian Sutil, Singapore (3%)
  • Fernando Alonso on Felipe Massa, China (2%)
  • Rubens Barrichello on Michael Schumacher, Hungary (17%)
  • Timo Glock on Michael Schumacher, Australia (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton on Jenson Button, Turkey (9%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi on Sebastien Buemi, Europe (7%)
  • Fernando Alonso on Nico H???lkenberg, Brazil (3%)
  • Robert Kubica on Jenson Button, Europe (29%)

Total Voters: 353

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Other nominations

Here are the other passes which received multiple nominations but didn’t get enough to make it onto the short-list:

Lewis Hamilton: on Alonso in Canada, on Vettel in Turkey, on Vettel and Sutil in China, on Petrov in Malaysia and on Kobayashi in Japan
Jenson Button: on Alonso in Malaysia, on Alonso in Canada, on Massa and Vettel in Belgium and on Hamilton in Turkey
Mark Webber: on Kobayashi in Singapore, on H???lkenberg in Brazil and on Massa in Belgium
Michael Schumacher: on Button in Korea and on Barrichello in Japan
Vitaly Petrov: on Hamilton in Malaysia and on Rosberg in Belgium
Jaime Alguersuari: on H???lkenberg in Malayasia
Kamui Kobayashi: on Alonso in Valencia
Nico Rosberg on Alguersuari in Britain
Vitantonio Liuzzi: on Schumacher in Canada
Robert Kubica: on Kobayashi in Abu Dhabi
Felipe Massa: on Sutil in Canada

Vote for the best overtaker of 2010

Which driver did the best passes of 2010? Again, vote and explain your choice below.

NB: This poll is being re-run following the changes to the voting system. See here for more information.

Which driver did the best overtaking in 2010?

  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (35%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (3%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (1%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (16%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Christian Klien (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (41%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)
  • Karun Chandhok (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Sakon Yamamoto (0%)

Total Voters: 278

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296 comments on “Vote for the best F1 pass of 2010”

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  1. Worst pass of the year definitely goes to Williams for passing up on Hulkenberg.

    1. Comment of the day.

    2. How about a VIP guest pass to the USF1 garage at the Bahrain Grand Prix :o

    3. I’d say the worst actual pass of the year was Hulkenberg on Sutil in Canada. It started with Hulkenberg attempting a pass that everyone could see was never going to stick, and it ended with a bent front wing for him. And then a drive-through for speeding in pit lane when he went in to replace it.

      It’s pretty obvious that Williams are in financial trouble. If they had kept Hulkenberg, there’s a real chance the team would have died. You might think they’re fools for giving up on him, but I think they would have been fools for keeping him. he wasn’t that great, anyway.

      1. Worst pass of the year?

        Anything by Vettel… even in Silverstone he was barging his way through, dirty by anyone’s standards.

        1. But when Kobayashi does it, it’s totally fine.

          1. But he’s Japanese, with his small eyes he can’t see the other cars! :D

            (His words not mine :D)

          2. Well, perhaps the fact that Kobayashi doesn’t take people out while he’s passing them is a clue that it’s not quite the same thing?

          3. Alguersuari was the one who rammed into Kobayashi at a pathetic attempt to overtake. Plus Kobayshis car wasnt 2 seconds a lap quicker…

          4. Agree, Kobayashi can’t get pass of the year, too much contact

          5. But Vettel isn’t known for his overtakes (as the matter of fact, I don’t recall he made any good passes, the best one was on Button when he did us a favor and removed himself form the points, along with Jenson) he is more known for his (???) tactics… He’s not bad, thought, but he’s nothing special…

          6. Magnificent Geoffrey
            9th December 2010, 22:08

            Vettel can’t overtake, Kobayashi can’t qualify.

          7. Kobayashi has never hit anyone when getting past. The incident with Alguersuari was totally Jaime’s fault.

            Vettel is a very talented driver but come on, there is no denying that overtaking is his weakest area. The fact that none of his passes got multiple nominations, even though he does have many admirers, says it all.

          8. If he doesn’t lose his speed, he won’t have to overtake, as there’ll be nobody to pass. Furthermore, he overtook Alonso at China, 2007 very cleanly, he overtook Petrov at Silverstone cleanly, he overtook Massa at Britain cleanly, he overtook Hülkenberg cleanly at Brazil. He’s done many clean overtakes.

          9. This Kamui conversation is getting really silly, For sure he hasn’t hit anyone and for the passes he’s done we praise him as a god amongst men.

            But would you praise him if he had collided?
            His moves are ambitious, with it comes considerable risk.

        2. he usually hasnt have to pass anyone thats why redbull gives him wings

      2. PM you are right.I have recently read Mrs Williams book on Frank before and past his accident.It is an eye opener when you realise what wonderful people these are,they never give up.One thing was obvious they are not rolling in money possibly due in part to Frank needing so much medical help and facilities just to keep alive.They constntly mention the difficulties in finding suitable sponsors.A heart rending and yet uplifting story.If any team deserves to succeed next year it should be Williams.

    4. Really gets it spot on Hamish! COTD?

  2. Was going for Hamilton on Rosberg until I saw the last one of Kubica. How they all got through I don’t know.

    1. Y’know I almost feel like Button deserves more credit on that one for the balls he had trying to thread that needle.

      1. was great inboard footage from JB, good driving – the fact that kubica appears planted at that apex proves how phenomenal that overtake was! for me that’s made me chose that

    2. ConfusedLotusFan
      9th December 2010, 22:45

      kubica’s like a ninja. he’s not there and then BAM he’s in front of you

    3. Had to vote for Glock on Schumi after nominating it in the original article – cheers for including it in the shortlist! (Although I thought it was Di Grassi at the time)

    4. He overtook Webber and Button ion one move, and those three must have been squashed in to fit on the track but neither Kubica nor Button touched themselves or a wall.

    5. how are people voting for Kubica;s pass?!! it was just shuffling around amid lap 1 mayhem. nothing amazing, just opportunistic.

    6. It’s more like Webber botched things up royally and both Button and Kubica went past. Button happened to be on the wrong side and he’s usually more cautious.

    7. please acknowledge that 2010 wasnt the year of mclaren they only made so many overtakes cause the car was really fast on straight line

  3. Good selection but where’s Hamilton’s double pass on Sutil and, I think, Alguersuari? Love the spanish commentary as well!

    1. As explained in the article, the selection were compiled from people’s nominations here:

      Best F1 pass of 2010: make your nominations

  4. Also why does Karun Chandhok have -1% of the votes for best overtaking?

    1. And why does Webber only have 1%. He was one of the most prolific passes of the year.

      1. Going over the top of a Lotus doesn’t count.

        1. Why not PJ ???

          Joke !

        2. Going over the top of a Lotus doesn’t count

          But running into the back of a Ferrari in Monza and the front of a Red Bull in Singapore does for Hamilton. :)

        3. But you must admit it was one of the more memorable ones PJ!

        4. LOL. You had me rolling on that one

  5. Which driver did the best passes of 2010? Again, vote and explain your choice below.

    I didn’t have to think long and hard about this one! Kamui Kobayashi gets my vote.

    1. Best pass for me was Kubica on Webber and Button. Can’t believe he kept that move clean and without any contact, great move.

      Overtaker of the year I said Hamilton, although Kubica was brilliant too.

      1. @TommyB89 I am having a really blank moment! Where was that pass you speak of? (I’ll instantly know it when you say it) :P

        1. The one he’s referring to is the last video shown above, and currently winning in votes.

    2. I agree. The single best overtake was Barrichello on Schumacher for me: but for sheer kamikaze dedication and an utterly bonkers “I am going past you whether you like it or not” approach, Kobayashi is overtaker of the year.

      1. Yeah, I voted the same, Barichello for the pass of the year, and Kobayashi for overall overtaker of the year. The Kubica move on Button and Webber was a close second for me though.

        1. My favourite driver is Robert Kubica. He’s the best in the world. He’s fantastic overtaker and super driver.

    3. Kobayashi on Buemi. He was kilometres away, then Buemi brakes. Kamui doesn’t. He brakes minutes later but doesn’t go wide. Had he been behind Petrov in Abu Dhabi he’d have passed.

      1. Barichello’s pass was nothing speacial, it was just a slip stream move. You would have seen 40 or 50 of these for the year.

        1. I agree. Nothing special in this one..

        2. I picked it because he had the sheer bravery not to back down when he was inches from a huge accident, not because it was a spectacular overtake.

  6. @Jonathan

    better question would be why not ;-)

  7. in light of monza and singapore, i’d definately say that HAM was not the best overtaker of 2010.

    1. But then after Melbourne, Kobayashi cant be considered that great either. That said, my heart rate does increase everytime the camera focuses on Kobayashi as there is a good chance he is about to pull out a beaut of a movie!

      1. Melbourne wasn’t really his fault. If you remember, his front wing fell off, causing the crash. He’d already lost a front wing earlier in practice as well.

        1. According to the team, Kobayashi had several contacts before he lost his front wing.

  8. Hamilton’s passes in the first half of 2010 shouldn’t be considered as the best, because he had F-Duct advantage so it was easier for him to overtake

    1. The F Duct may have given him a speed advantage but it’s not like it gave him the balls to go around the outside of Rosberg. And surely you don’t mean the pass on Button too saying as he had the exact same car?!

      1. To be fair, he was already a whole car length in front of rosberg by the time the corner came up. All he really had to do was turn in. It was close and looked great, but in reality it wasn’t very special at all.

    2. And in fairness, most overtakes in the early season were at Melbourne and China where changeable conditions brings car performance closer together.

      1. The reason Hamilton’s overtake was so good and not simply because of the F-Duct is the fact no-one had done it before. Many people forget how good Hamilton is at Melbourne come race day. Just remember his charge from 15th to 3rd last year (Let’s avoid ‘Lie-gate’ for that)

        1. However he ran wide slightly and Nico was going for the counter, but was stopped by yellows.

          A great overtake should stick through the overtake, not because of a flag immediately afterwards.

          Had Nico retaken the place no one would have considered this a great overtake, and more likely people would have used this as an example of Lewis needed to be more calculated with his overtakes.

    3. But he did give us new hope, that overtaking was actually possible in F1 2010! And many of those passes were really good stuff.

  9. Had to go Kubica on button. Simply for the fact that he drives a transforming car, from red bull to renault in less then 3 seconds :D

    1. couldn’t agree more!

    2. That was an unbelievable shot. I’d love to see a point of view from Kubica’s car, how he managed to get there….

      1. same here, awesome maneuver

        1. Great move, but it was Buttons greater move around the outside that made it, brilliant start never realised until watching it again, Kubica picked up on the opportunity through the distraction of Button around the outside and the Ferrari holding Button back, it was good but not the best IMO.

          1. Webber was staggeringly poor in the start of that race. None of that was shown live, and I remember them coming across the bridge and thinking “how the h*** did Webber fall so far back so quickly?!” If he hadn’t had such a terrible start they probably wouldn’t have pitted him so early to try a risky strategy that put him behind Kovaleinen and caused his epic crash…

          2. Agreed. The thing is now we only see Button’s on-board footage.

    3. If there was SCH instead of KUB, he wouldn`t leave BUT space to manage between the wall and the car for 100%..

  10. Robert Kubica on Jenson Button, Europe! That was tight! Literally.

    I don’t get why people like “Lewis Hamilton on Nico Rosberg, Australia” so much. Lewis had a huge speed overshot and the whole maneover was pretty much about going straight by Nico.

  11. well that confirms who the best driver out there is…once you take away the cars differing performances.

    I cant wait for next season, these new rules are gonna work 4 sure, racings gonna be racing again, decided on the curcit not during quali.

    I think it will blow last year away, the idea of an equivalent 160bhp extra for the car behind using KERS & adjustable wings was one of pure genius

    1. I have great concerns for the potential of disaster under the KERS/adjustable wing situation. Somebody is going to become victum of anothers over doing it. I hope that it is as you say but mistakes could be a PR nightmare for F1.

  12. Hamilton on Button man on man same car who blinks first.
    Great stuff.

    1. I agree.

      Sure, both Kubica and Kobayashi did some fantastic passing this year.
      Kobayashi wins the best overtaker vote for me, Kubica is hyped out of the poll by the polish fanboys now and Hamilton stopped overtaking after the F-duct stopped being the ultimate tool for him.

      Hamilton on Rosberg was amazing. It offered the first show of what the F-duct could do and as it was the first real pass we saw this year, it was an amazing one.
      The passes from Alonso were very significant for the season and the WDC battle. Rubens deserves a big applause for making the move on Schumi, while Glock proved Schumacher was not going to win much this year with his pass.

      But the best was seeing the McLarens dicing for the lead only a few minutes after having the RB duo disintegrate from contetion. And it was also about inner team rivalry. Had Button won that, I suppose Hamilton would have done a lot worse the rest of the year (that would have been 3:0 for Button).
      Great job for fighting that out while still bringing the cars home.

  13. Can’t believe Hamilton’s double overtake on Vettel and Sutil on the final hairpin in China didn’t make it through to the final 10.

    1. As Keith said the article, the selection were compiled from people’s nominations here:

      Best F1 pass of 2010: make your nominations

      1. I know… and I still can’t believe that didn’t make the final top 10.

  14. As for the worst pass of the year… Vettel somehow crashing into Button at Belgium.

    1. Or Webber in Istanbul.

      Is there something about German F1 World Champions and an inability to overtake?

    2. Or Webber taking Red Bull’s wings promotion slightly too literally.

  15. I don’t think we should be allowed to vote on this. Surely it would make more sense to put the question to a panel of 22 people from the FIA and see what they decide.

    Tactical voting and bribery of the panel is officially banned but in reality allowed if its done under the table. I suspect they will choose Robert Kubica because a Polish driver has never won the vote before…

    1. I’m sure you’re referencing something but I’ve no idea what!

    2. I think your confusing the FIA with FIFA…

      1. Or any other major sporting organization which makes its choices based on money and politics…wait, it’s still FIA…

  16. I just cant believe that we dont have Alonso on Massa at Hockenheim in this great list…

    So I was forced to vote in “Button on Lewis and Lewis on Button in Turkey.”

    1. I just cant believe that we dont have Alonso on Massa at Hockenheim in this great list…


  17. I voted for Hamilton in Australia as the single best pass of the year – absolutely determined, utterly courageous, using a non-over taking zone. Total heart in the mouth stuff.

    1. Agree, I nearly had a heart attack, i thought someone was going to die….. (maybe me)

  18. I chose Lewis on Button in Turkey

    He is not my favourite driver (although he does drive for my favourite team) but nobody can the ultimate balls that he displays when taking these manouvres.

    After seeing the two red bulls crash out a few minutes earlier, the two plucky brits go wheel to wheel round the triple hairpin at the end of the lap, and then a gutsy but well-executed move to take it back at turn 1. You don’t need to be a real racing fan to appreciate how skillful – from BOTH drivers – those two moves were, and given what was at stake, the fact they both actually went for it not only demonstrates their worth in F1, but the ultimate sportsman ship that our two british ambassadors have.

    At no point in the season have either Lewis or Jenson said a bad word for one another. There is ultimate respect, and although we all know realistically that Lewis is probably a tad faster than Jenson, they are sufficiently different in style to warrant being considered equal.. this move proves how good both these drivers are, that neither of them felt the need to “block” the other, also shows how confident they were in their moves.

    Sebastien Vettel, just a few laps before, overtook his team-mate, and then basically drove his car across webber’s path to block him. That’s not a decent racing move, that’s saying “ok i’m slightly ahead, let’s make sure that he can’t take it back” ..ultimately costing them BOTH a 1-2 points finish.

    Lewuis and Jenson would never do that.. in fact, only the Red Bulls and Ferrari would do that, all other teams have respect for their team-mates, or let me put it clearly, Vettel and Alonso have NO respect for their team-mates.

    1. I think Hamilton did bit of a dive in turn 1 which Button had to get out of the throttle a lot to avoid a crash which if Hamilton had done it on somebody from another team might of ended up in tears, however it probably worked out for the best because there would of been quite a bit of fallout if Hamilton had not gained the place back.

  19. Has to be Barrichello/Schumacher. To the untrained eye it’s like 2 rookie teenagers going at it, but when you realise that both of these drivers have been on the grid since the era of Senna and Mansell you really appreciate their experience and bravery in the situation.

  20. For me best overtaker of 2010 is between Hamilton and Kobayashi for the sheer entertainment they provided during the year, I think overall I would probably pick Hamilton.

    Does anyone have a link to that site which has how many competitive overtakes each driver completed during the season?

    As for the best individual overtake of 2010, I always find this more difficult, just like it is more difficult to pick your favourite song rather than your favourite album. It is harder to produce a classic album than it is one individual song, and there are plenty of one hit wonders to prove this.

    Also you have to factor in car advantage, the condition of the tyres etc.

    Two from the list that stand out in my memory are Alonso’s move on Massa on the way into the pits in China just for the cheeky opportunism, and Barrichello’s pass on Schumacher in Hungary because Schumacher almost pushed him in the wall. But I don’t think I would rank either as best of the year though.

    At the moment I couldn’t really choose an overtake of the year so I will have to think about it a bit more.

    1. Castrol Ranking calculated the number of competitive overtakes done by each driver during this season.

      Believe it or not, it was Adrian Sutil who won, with 40 competitive overtakes.

      But that’s quantity, if its quality, then Hamilton, Kubica and Kobayashi win it ;)

      1. cliptheapex has Sutil at 47 overtakes even (if I remember correctly). Oddly enough Kobayashi has just about the least overtakes (of the “old” team drivers) with 20.

        Guess aggressively overtaking with lots of contact and attempting lots of failed overtakes counts for more than the actual number of overtakes. It’s the show that matters. Not a good and clean overtake.

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