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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. voted for kubica on webber and button..
    partly because it was an awesome pass, partly because its cool seeing the redbull transform into a renault half way through the corner..

  2. Who voted for Yamamoto? Come on, there are four of you, own up! ;)

    1. May be people who hate Kobayashi?

      1. How could anyone hate the guy? Sure, some might think he’s overrated (the fools!) but hate? Nah.

  3. I think both the Hamilton/Button duel in Turkey and the Button/Webber/Kubica duel in Valencia were the best.

  4. Gotta be Kubica for me. Overtaking Sutil @ Singapore was good..but to repeat the same thing on another 3/4 drivers in such a short period of time? Not bad!

    Honourable mention for Kobayashi. Unfortunately I missed Suzuka but I hear good things!

    1. You’re missing out on the magic of Kamui Kobayashi ;)

      4 surprise overtakes at the hairpin, a corner that doesn’t normally see overtaking.

      1. Drifting past Alguersuari in the inside, pure Japanese lunacy. ;)
      2. Perfected it against Sutil
      3. Round the outside of Alguersuari
      4. From the furthest distance back against Barrichello.

  5. Rubens Barrichello on Michael Schumacher. But the battel between Hamilton & Button did made many people bite there nails.On the other hand Kubica on Button may be the one that should win as that was too a close call on the bridge.

    1. Best overtaker I votes for Kobayashi but Hamilton also deserve the same reward.

  6. i would pick the lewis over Jenson cos team orders was for Lewis to conserve fuel suddenly Jenson was trying to get the lead this actually showed a bit of favoritism to Jenson but trust the best driver and overtaker in the game he wont allow that!

  7. I’d vote for hamilton as the best overtaker. His pass on Button in Turkey, his double pass.. all are great to watch. The one I cherish the most is his german GP in 2008 (i think so), where Mclaren blew it up when they boxed him in the wrong time – he came out 5th on track and with just over 13 (or was it 17?) laps to go – he took back victory overtaking 5 cars in front

  8. Hamilton’s pass on Rosberg was the most inspiring of the season, truly epic stuff you could only replicate in an F1 car.

    Kobayashi was definitely the overtaking champion of the season for me. When the team called on his skills to overtake he always seemed to be able to.

    Really looking forward to a quick Sauber next season. Better Livery wouldn’t help either. :)

  9. I almost regret picking the Hamilton-Turkey bit after some reflection. It was the only reall pass on the on the track, between equal and competitive cars, and it took total commitment and precision, and the tension of that moment after the whole RBR thing was almost unbearable. But Kubica’s move at Valencia was surgical and precise and opportunistic, all that you want. Kobayashi provided the most entertainent this year, but his passes were usually made with a significant performance advantage.

  10. The best pass of the year was Alonso overtaking Petrov at Abu-Dhabi… atleast thats what the plan was :D

    1. LOL He did eventually – after they crossed the line, with his hands nowhere near the wheel :)

  11. Schumacher on Alonso at Monaco

    1. Yes , im with you on that one.

    2. Yeah I also nominated that one, guess we didn’t have the required mass…

      (as I posted when I nominated: I predicted this move to my girlfriend, now my wife. And Schumi delivered)

      But overall: Kobayashi

    3. As I mentioned in the comments to the nominations article, that can’t be considered a real pass for obvious reasons:

      Isn’t it a bit of an insult to Alonso to call that a real pass?

      1. isn’t Alonso an insult to as all full stop?

        1. I’m with you on that!

  12. dyslexicbunny
    9th December 2010, 15:45

    I thought Kobayashi was the best. Hamilton’s back to back crashes late in the season hurt him in my opinion.

    I thought Alonso on Hulk was the best pass of those listed. Look how long it took both Alonso and Hamilton to get past him. You could just see Alonso hound Hulk and slowly setting him up for it. It was like a chess match watching him set it up.

    Kobayashi had better overtakes than the those on the Toro Rossos. He torched them all season. If you included his pass on Alonso, then I would have voted for it hands down.

    Rubens on Schumi was only exciting because he almost got put into the walk. I liked Lewis on Nico, just not enough. Bobby on Button just didn’t have a solid view of it. I really don’t like driver cam.

  13. Why Alonso on Massa in Germany?


  14. I thought the angle we got at monza where Webber overtook Kubica was great! T-cam on Kubica’s car and then in the corner of the screen you see an RBR front wing hobble on in ;)

    Also Hamilton’s move on Rosberg at Australia came back around with Nico’s sweet overtake at turn 3 in Korea.. especially considering Lewis was continually saying he just wanted to race and he loses a position straight away lol.

    A few more good ones was when Webber got vettel off the line at silverstone. Hammy on one of the reno’s (Petrov?) at hungary a little before his retirement and basically the whole of Kubica at singapore :)

    1. I don’t really think beating someone off the line counts as an overtake in the strictest sense if they’re starting from the same row.

  15. Kubica on Sutil still gives me goosepimples whenever I watch it!

  16. None of them…

  17. Best overtake of the year without a doubt is Alonso on Petrov at Abu Dhabi. Oh no, wait…

  18. Are people really blind? Kobayashi as “the best overtaker” of the season with only 13 passes on drivers from top 18? He did less overtaking then Sutil, less overtaking then Liuzzi, less overtaking then Alguersuari and almost everytime on fresh supersoft tyres… Just speechless…

    1. ‘The best overtake’ is about quality, not quantity, otherwise this discussion wouldn’t really be happening.

      This article would’ve just said, “Sutil did 40 overtakes, more than anyone else this season. Let the statistics do the talking.”

      Its more fun to talk about the quality of overtaking ;)

      1. And that is what I am writing about! :) I prefer an overtaking with NO advantages (that means NO 2 lap soft tyres against
        35-40 laps hard tyres)… And that was most of the time the case of Kobayashi… He just had an unfair advantage against other competetitors! for example other midfield drivers Sutil, Liuzzi and Alguersuari
        didn t you that strategy and still were able to overtake MORE good cars then Kobayashi with those fresh soft tytes… So, I am laughing at this craziness and overating of “master overtaker Kobayashi”…:) Cause there were drivers, who did the same, being smoother on passes and even without tyre advantages…

        1. I appreciate where you’re coming from with fresher tyres giving an unfair advantage. Its bound to make overtaking easier.

          But its the way Kobayashi overtakes the other drivers, tyre advantage or not, that gets my attention. His overtakes come from really far back and they look really spectacular to watch. Thats why we all love Kobayashi :)

          1. … and he pulls off said overtakes in the most unexpected places, proving that overtaking CAN be executed in places where it’s said to be impossible.

        2. Did you include the times when Kobayashi was doing the overtakes early on? Ie he was on hard tyres overtaking those on soft tyres? :)

  19. Best pass: Barrichello on Schumacher. A lesser man would have backed down or flubbed it.

    Best passer: Kobayashi, hands down. Once he got into the swing of the season, he was knocking ’em down left and right.

  20. As for best overtaking for me it was RK on MW and JB.

    Best overtakers are RK, LH and KK, poll shows it quite nice (despite Kamui got too much votes but whatever)

    Worst ovartaker was without a doubt the “finger” champion.

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