Vote for the best F1 pass of 2010

2010 F1 season review

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

  1. 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.”

  2. 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.

  3. graigchq said on 9th December 2010, 13:12

    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.

    • Richard M said on 9th December 2010, 13:37

      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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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 ;)

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 26th December 2010, 9:59

        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.

  6. 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..

  7. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 9th December 2010, 13:27

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

  8. Richard M said on 9th December 2010, 13:34

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

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th December 2010, 13:35

    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!

    • 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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. :)

  14. DaveW said on 9th December 2010, 14:49

    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.

  15. MahavirS said on 9th December 2010, 14:55

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

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