Adrian Sutil, Force India, Interlagos, 2011

Top ten overtakes of 2011: Vote for Pass of the Year

2011 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Interlagos, 2011
Adrian Sutil, Jaime Alguersuari, Interlagos, 2011

It’s been a bumper season for overtaking in F1 and almost 50 different moves were nominated by F1 Fanatic readers as Pass of the Year.

They’ve been whittled down to a shortlist of the best ten passes.

But which was the best of all? And who was the star overtaker of 2011? Compare them all and cast your vote below.

Lewis Hamilton on Jenson Button, Chinese Grand Prix

The only pass between team mates on the list – Lewis Hamilton putting one over Jenson Button in turn one at Shanghai.

Lewis Hamilton on Sebastian Vettel, Chinese Grand Prix

Another pass from the same driver in the same race. This one sealed Hamilton’s first win of the year in the dying stages of the Chinese Grand Prix. A long final stint and a malfunctioning KERS had left Sebastian Vettel vulnerable.

Michael Schumacher on Lewis Hamilton, Monaco Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher made an opportunistic move on Hamilton at Loews hairpin on the first lap at Monaco. Hamilton was rather more accommodating than Felipe Massa was when Hamilton tried a similar move later in the race.

Michael Schumacher on Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi, Canadian Grand Prix

Massa was delayed by Kamui Kobayashi on lap 51 at Montreal and Schumacher took advantage, passing the pair of them for second place.

Lewis Hamilton on Fernando Alonso, German Grand Prix

Another pass by Hamilton that set him on course victory. This one came moments after he had just rebuffed a similar attempt at a pass by Mark Webber.

Mark Webber on Fernando Alonso, Belgian Grand Prix

A committed pass by Webber at one of the fastest and most dangerous corners in F1. Here’s another angle on the pass shot by a fan:

Sebastian Vettel on Nico Rosberg, Belgian Grand Prix

It’s not often you see a pass around the outside at Blanchimont but Vettel pulled it off when he came out of the pits behind Nico Rosberg during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel on Fernando Alonso, Italian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso made one of his trademark superb starts to claim the lead at Monza. But Vettel wouldn’t be denied victory and when he tried to pass Alonso he bravely kept his foot in despite being edged onto the grass by the Ferrari driver on the outside of the flat-out Curva Grande.

Mark Webber on Fernando Alonso, Singapore Grand Prix

When Alonso’s tyres went off in Singapore Webber did not hesitate and pounced to take the position.

Fernando Alonso on Jenson Button, Brazilian Grand Prix

Alonso put Button under pressure throughout the first stint in Brazil and tried a move on the outside of Ferradura. He pulled it off as Button backed out to avoid running over debris.

Honourable mentions

The following passes all received more than one nomination but did not make the final ten:

  • Jenson Button on Rosberg in Turkey, Vettel and Webber (separately) in Canada, and Hamilton and Schumacher (separately) in Italy.
  • Lewis Hamilton on Alonso in Britain, Schumacher in Monaco and Webber in Germany and Korea.
  • Felipe Massa on Webber and Button in Korea, and Kobayashi in Canada.
  • Sebastian Vettel on Hamilton in Korea and Button in Australia.
  • Adrian Sutil on Kobayashi in Japan.
  • Rubens Barrichello on Schumacher in Monaco.
  • Fernando Alonso on Vettel in Germany and Spain (at the start) and Kobayashi in Australia.
  • Kamui Kobayashi on Ricciardo and Liuzzi in Abu Dhabi.
  • Nick Heidfeld on Perez in Valencia.

Vote for the best pass of 2011

What was the best pass of the year? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Which was the best overtaking move of 2011?

  • Lewis Hamilton on Jenson Button, Chinese Grand Prix (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton on Sebastian Vettel, Chinese Grand Prix (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher on Lewis Hamilton, Monaco Grand Prix (3%)
  • Michael Schumacher on Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi, Canadian Grand Prix (7%)
  • Lewis Hamilton on Fernando Alonso, German Grand Prix (9%)
  • Mark Webber on Fernando Alonso, Belgian Grand Prix (46%)
  • Sebastian Vettel on Nico Rosberg, Belgian Grand Prix (3%)
  • Sebastian Vettel on Fernando Alonso, Italian Grand Prix (20%)
  • Mark Webber on Fernando Alonso, Singapore Grand Prix (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso on Jenson Button, Brazilian Grand Prix (8%)

Total Voters: 656

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Vote for the best overtaker of 2011

Which driver made the best overtaking moves throughout 2011? Cast your vote and leave a comment below.

Which driver was the best overtaker of 2011?

  • Sebastian Vettel (5%)
  • Mark Webber (17%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (20%)
  • Jenson Button (29%)
  • Fernando Alonso (9%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (16%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (1%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Karun Chandhok (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)

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  1. Mark on Fernando and Jenson Button for me

    1. SennaNmbr1 (@)
      4th December 2011, 15:49


    2. Ditto the ditto

      1. the same…:)

        1. Fernando has impressed me this season… His overtakes have been a pleasure to watch, but it’s Webber on Alonso & Button for me too :-)

    3. Alonso got my vote for best overtaker of the year due to his first lap overtakes. He may not have the best single overtake, but the ones on the first lap were magical – and so many of them.

    4. also the first combination that came to my head;)
      I was also considering ALO for his first lap moves.

      1. Alonso definitely wins due to his amazing moves past Massa throughout the year! So consistent!

  2. Tough to decide between Webber on Alonso at Spa or Vettel on Alonso at Spa. Both were fairly nuts and could’ve caused catastrophic accidents! I went for Vettel, just.

    1. Same here. Hard to choose between the two passes, but I felt more excited seeing that pass by Vettel, seemingly endlessly accelerating on the outside up onto the grass. Was very close though.

      Jenson Button is my overtaker of the season. Can’t figure out how Hamilton got so high up on the board. The start was nice, but he mucked it up way too often later on in the season.

      1. You can’t figure out why Hamilton got so high on the board, what have you been doing all these years then i wonder, Hamilton has the most sickest overtake then anybody on the field and you can’t understand why he is so high on the board

        Have a look why he is so high on the board, try to find this many overtakes on youtube of any other driver

        1. Two of those are from 2009! And the other one’s from February. This thread is supposed to be about performance in the current season.

          This season, everyone would acknowledge, has been Hamilton’s worst in F1. The reason for that is that he’s misjudged his overtaking moves and put himself out of races.

          When you’re so bad at executing an overtake that it ruins your season, you are probably not the best in the world.

          1. By my count which i consider to be the only accurate one hamilton has misjudged about 3 moves all year. The stuff that happened at monaco especially was (use your imagination). Check out michaels overtake at monaco there was room.

            “This season, everyone would acknowledge, has been Hamilton’s worst in F1.”

            What i would say about hamilton this year is that he has been abused by many of the drivers the stewards and the media for doing his job. Ayrton would be turning in his grave if he could see the sorry stewarding going on these days. If you think every penalty this year was correct then it’s clear that watching racing is not why you watch f1.

          2. He’s been trying to do his job, I won’t disagree with that. But the execution of his job this season, would not have made Aryton proud.

          3. @TheBrav3

            By my count which i consider to be the only accurate one

            Really, it’s this kind of arrogance that gets me annoyed at the United Church of Hamilton.

            Hamilton has made mistakes, Senna has made mistakes, Prost has made mistakes, Schumacher has made mistakes, Alonso has made mistakes and I’m sure that in years to come, Vettel and Button will make mistakes..

            Hamilton has had a bad year this year, reflecting in his driving, the number of incidents he’s been on the wrong side of, and the fact that this year is the first year his team-mate has beaten him outright. I hope as much as anyone that Hamilton will find his form like we saw at China, Hungary and Germany this year, and he’ll come back having a better year.

            No-one can deny how fast Lewis is, but he’s got too much wrong this year..

        2. If you attempt enough overtakes, you’re bound to get some right.
          To a few of the blinder fans of the heir of Senna on here (guccio), Hamilton has had a terrible season, overtaking wise. You can’t just reward a driver if he makes plenty of moves and some work and some don’t. Knowing when to make your move is why Button is getting such high regard this year, and Webber and Alonso have been known for their superb racecraft. This year, aggression simply hasn’t worked for Lewis.
          Oh and as far as the voting goes – Webber on Alonso at Spa as move of the season, just edging Vettel on Alonso.
          Tie between Mark and Jenson as overtaker of the year.

          1. You also have to take into account massa turning into hamilton at any attempted overtake.

            Monaco being a perfect example.

          2. Hamilton second on the list what a joke.

            I think it it right choice the Button is first, Webber should be second and Schumacher would be third for me. Hamilton should be last (ok maybe not last but you get my point).

  3. Fernando on Jenson and Button as overtaker of the year

    1. Alonso put Button under pressure throughout the first stint in Brazil and tried a move on the outside of Ferradura. He pulled it off as Button backed out to avoid running over debris.

      For me, the description says exactly why this shouldn’t be the best overtake. It was very good, but as it required Button massively backing out due to circumstance I do not think it should be the best.

      1. It ‘looked’ like a stunning overtake until we understood the circumstance under which it happened… It’s all good viewing though…

      2. Choup-a-Charc
        7th December 2011, 17:48

        debris my a**, excuses of a bad loser

    2. you got my vote mate

  4. this was tough. It was very close between webber on alonso at spa and vettel on alonso at monza. In the end I went for vettel just because it came at a time when every one was question his ability to overtake, including me, but he showed real bravery to stick that move. Even after getting his wheels on the grass he kept his foot in. And I went for hamilton for best overtaker.

  5. Can’t choose, hands down. :D Gonna analyse them from quite a lot of aspects to decide. (Relative strength of the package, environment, lack of space and/or bravery, mistakes by any or both of them.)

  6. The first 2 Hamilton passes do not deserve to be on the list.
    On the first one Button let him pass and on the second one Vettel’s tyres were gone. Both passed drivers did/could not put up any oposition.

    1. I didn’t really think Hamilton’s overtake on Fernando was that impressive either. Fernando had to enter the 1st corner off the racing line due to the pit lane exit, which setup him up poorly for the next corner on cold tyres.

      The most impressive overtakes for me were –
      1) Vettel on Rosberg (Spa)
      2) Vettel on Alonso (Monza)
      3) Alonso on Button (Brazil)

      Best overtaker of the year – Alonso

      1. @ todfod, you are really retard if you put these wack overtakes 1) Vettel on Rosberg (Spa)
        2) Vettel on Alonso (Monza)
        3) Alonso on Button (Brazil)

        above hamilton overtake on Alonso! really

        1. @Guccio, you really dont understand F1 if you think a Ferrari on ice hold tyres, on the wrong line, is going to be extremely skilful to pass. Its like trying to pass an HTR.

        2. Wow that’s very mature.

      2. I’ve got to admit, if this was 2010, I wouldn’t have dreamed that Vettel could race as well as he has this year; his pass on Button at Australia was awesome, as was his passes on Alonso at Monza, and his pass on Rosberg at Spa.
        I am a Vettel fan, but still, I wasn’t expecting this ability to pass other cars, due to his inability to pass last year.

    2. That’s not where the topic is about

    3. @pejte
      So, Button “Let” Hamilton pass? As opposed to what, crashing into him? Flawless logic, my friend. By that definition, Mark Webber passing Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge shouldn’t be on this list because Fernando didn’t crash into Webber. Everyone at the time, including announcers on both Speed and the BBC, were pretty impressed and astounded by both Hamilton’s audacity and Button’s intelligence. That, in effect, is what passing is all about- one driver being brave enough to go for it, and the other being smart enough to recognize this and combat it with a smart, but fair, defense. And, while Hamilton’s pass on Vettel wasn’t spectacular in itself, it was a pretty momentous and exciting pass, considering the circumstances. The first time in the season someone had passed Vettel, and for the win, nonetheless.

      1. You are right, my logic is flawed.

        /me knows better than to argue with a Hamilton fan :>

        1. To be fair, that move has impressed me looking back on it. Hamilton clearly caught Button by surprise and it relied on Button not pulling a Massa. He fired down the inside. It was better than I remember it. I agree that the pass on Vettel, although nice, wasn’t incredible due to Vettel’s shot tyres.

          1. I’m going to be a bit careful here but I would say that if Senna was driving now he would probably have as many accidents as Hamilton. The problem is that he sticks his car into gaps that people aren’t expecting… Which works with some people especially old karting foes and top class drivers but doesn’t with Massa…

            Anyway the Button pass was superb but the best was probably Webber on Alonso.

            On the other hand the best RACING of the year was Hamilton and Webber in Korea.

    4. Almost every overtake in this season was because of the tyres. Vettel can defend his place by only his supercar. The other drivers should use their talent and the opposite tyres. Hamilton ovetake Vettel because he is, far away, best overtaker and he beats a car far away better than his. So, the Vettels “tyre problem” is not even a clue.

      1. @silverarrowstefbill – You’ve absolutely missed the point. He was saying that the passes weren’t impressive because the drivers chose not to/couldn’t put up a fight. Although I kind of disagree with him about the passes not being good, it’s very obvious that Vettel’s car wasn’t “far and away” better than Hamilton’s car at that point in the race.

      2. @SilverArrowStefBill I
        Disagree: at Spain, he held hamilton at bay despite hamilton being clearly faster than the Red Bull

  7. Lewis on Vettel at China shouldn’t be on the list. It was such a boring move, plus the difference between the two cars was enormous at that point of the race!

    1. By that same definiton, the Vettel on Rosberg one shouldn’t be on it either right?

      1. no, because it was on the outside, in a very fast corner.

        This one was a lot different, Vettel didn’t even defend… Hamilton beat him on traction alone.

        1. but the difference between the cars was far far far bigger

        2. This one was a lot different, Vettel didn’t even defend… Hamilton beat him on traction alone.

          not strictly true, it was a clever use of KERS to pass a car in an unheard of place.

          1. no it wasn’t. Vettel was stuggling everywhere, Hamilton was miles faster and Vettel didn’t even defend.

          2. In both cases, the car passed because they could. There was no (sane) defense that could stop it.

            I don’t think they resemble the most impressive passes.

          3. Hamilton took a different line allowing him to use his greater traction rather than being in the slipstream. Hence skill.

            Webber vs Alonso in Spa
            Honourable mention: Webber vs Alonso in Singapore
            Honourable mention: Alonso vs Button in Brazil

            Best overtaker this year was Webber.
            Malaysia – 10th to 4th
            China – 18th to 3rd
            Singapore – as above
            Spa – as above

        22nd December 2011, 20:07

        That was the race where vettel’s tyres were awful with blistering.

    2. Yeah it was a boring move in the sense that he was the first person to overtake and beat vettel in 2011. Seb completely dominated australia and malaysia and mclaren had such a poor winter test. Infact i distinctly remember after the race everyone commenting about what a boring overtake it was.

      1. I remember saying at the time that it was a boring move, and a total anti-climax. He just stormed by barely noticing Vettel was there…

        1. Fer just lol! it was an anti climax? someone other than vettel winning you mean? let me guess you were dissapointed he didn’t win 19/19? I’m sure you were watching the day alonso took the title from schumacher as well and I’m sure you said to your self that day to “It’s ashame someone else had to win”. It only became apparant that hamilton might have a chance 10 laps before the end of the race, you’re talking about it like at the start everyone in the world bet on hamilton to win you are such a pair of liars.

          1. To be fair to @fer-no.65 , the pass probably didn’t look as spectacular as Hamilton’s on Button earlier in the race. And from his profile, he’s a Mark Webber fan, so why would he want Vettel to win 19/19?

        2. A reason why many consider Hamilton’s pass on Vettel to be so good, was the location of where he passed Sebastian, which caught Vettel by complete suprise.

    3. I agree completely, Vettel was on old tyres, and the way Hamilton closed the gap to the RBR is enough proof that it was inevitable and quite a simple pass. It was an important pass, yes, but it wont make even the top 50 on the basis of skill in my list.

  8. I voted for Webber on Alonso into Eau Rouge not because I’m a Webber fan, but because of the options above, it struck me as the most impressive of the year, even if I thought it was totally unnecessary when I saw it live as he’d have been able to use DRS to pass him after Raidillon. But then again, Jenson Button did say that it’s more fun to pass without the DRS…

    I also voted for Mark as the overtaker of the season. He pulled off some brilliant moves, but the fact he had to make them in the first place highlights just how poor his season was. I particularly enjoyed his battles with Fernando Alonso in Spa and Singapore.

    I also forgot to suggest this overtake Rubens Barrichello pulled off in Monaco. It was in many ways, perfect. He got up the inside, but didn’t stop there; he made sure he carried enough momentum to be completely alongside Michael by the apex which prevented him from turning in on him. Michael’s tyres were old, yes, but a Mercedes with old tyres is probably equivalent to a Williams with brand new tyres!

    Also, I didn’t like Hamilton’s pass on Button in China. In my opinion, Lewis was very lucky Jenson didn’t turn in on him as he had every right to do so. Jenson basically let him pass and prevented what should have been a collision. Say what you like about Lewis, but I still think he rushes into half-hearted moves all too often and hopes the other driver backs out.

    1. @damonsmedley This comment is strikingly similiar to mine, I promise I didn’t read yours first either :D

      Which obviously means you are absolutely correct. Webber overtakes have been impressive this year and are the one thing that you can’t fault in his disappointing season.

      I don’t remember that pass of Rubens on Schumacher but it is definately impressive and should be in the top ten along with Sutil on Koba instead of Webber in Singapore and Lewis on Button in China

      1. @silverkeg I actually read your comment straight after I posted mine, so there’s no way you could have copied me in the time it took for the page to refresh! And yes, it obviously means we are right and everyone else is wrong. ;)

    2. Totally forgot about that Barrichello pass. Very slick.

    3. I agree to the Webber-Alonso pass as well for the sheer audacity of the pass. That he made it stick was besides the fact that at the moment of the pass everyone thought Webber would crash into the wall at devastating speed. I remember taking my eyes away for a split second before realizing that the pass was done.

    4. I think this overtake by Rubens is very much in the top 3 overtakes this year.

    5. @ damonsmedley, so tell what is the defirence between Hamilton vs Button overtake and Webber vs Alonso overtake ? both the same right ?

      1. @concalvez00 Webber’s was stupid in a way, I did say that. But Hamilton was no-where as far alongside Button as Webber was with Alonso. It was very similar to his outrageous move on Massa in India where Massa turned in on him (and rightly so).

    6. I also forgot to suggest Jenson Button’s move on two cars (can’t remember which two as no video exists on YouTube) around the outside of La Source. Does anyone remember that one?

  9. Toos up between Vettel on Alonso at monza, schumacher on massa and kobuyashi, and offcourse webber in spa, went with seb in the end, to be pushed on the grass, and still make it stick takes balls.

    schumacher for overtaker of the year

    1. Gotta say I was thinking exactly the same as you, though I went for schumacher on massa and kobayashi in the end

  10. I went for Webber on Alonso at Belgium. It just looks so dramatic and dangerous. Also showed a great respect between the two drivers.

    For best overtaker I voted Webber. Although having a disappointing season pace wise, I feel he showed tremendous racecraft and performed some great overtaking manoeuvres . They were overtakes he probably shouldnt have needed to do if his pace and starts were better, but he did them with conviction.

  11. It has to be Webber on Alonso at Spa – that move will end up being remembered long after this year. He ended up edging it for me as overtaker of the year too because of the two Singapore moves and a good one at Japan too (was it on Sutil?). It was a very close call between him and Button though.

    I have to feel a bit for Vettel – after all the criticism of his overtaking, that move on Alonso at Monza would have been the runaway winner any other year. I hope it ends up a worthy second.

  12. What makes the Vettel on Alonso pass (at Monza) great for me is how important it was. Vettel knew that if he was stuck behind Alonso lap after lap, his whole race was vulnerable – potentially a driver behind him could have taken advantage (as when Button later overtook Hamilton).

    On a track where overtaking turned out to be difficult, Vettel took a risk, drove right round the outside and so far onto the grass that you could see him wrestling for control of his car. And he pulled it off.

    That move won him the race, and for me it conclusively proved that when Vettel needs to overtake in a hurry – he’s as good as anyone in F1.

    1. Forgot the overtaker of the year – it’s got to be Button for me. That wet race in Canada where he pulled off move after move was amazing, he made so many passes and it was because he was simply driving better than the competition.

      He also showed his tactical side at Monza where he lurked behind the Hamilton/Schumacher fight and opportunistically picked off Hamilton when they’d slowed each other down. Then he showed his teammate how it was done by planning several corners ahead, building up a speed advantage, and passing Schumacher almost straight away.

  13. Webber on Alonso. Just the sheer bravery that’s needed at the speeds they were going, into a tight looping S bend? Nails it as the overtake of the year. The fan cam shot of it is spectacular, and you really get to grips with Formula 1 speeds in that shot.
    Overtaker of the year has to be Hamilton though, for all the overtakes he did. All of the fantastic moves in China, his opportunistic moves in Monaco (on Massa) and Germany (on Alonso), as well as his out-right brave moves in Germany, to the moves in Canada, to him passing Massa out of turn 9 before turn 10 at Spa whilst being squeezed. And, there are so many more.

    1. Also, Hamilton closely followed by Webber and Schumacher, mainly because Webber’s were ballsy, and Schumacher, well, he just had a massive amount of overtakes, some of them quite spectacular indeed.

      1. Surely you should consider not just how brave their moves are, but how successful as well? On that measure Mark Webber is easily the best of the three. The only move I can think of where he made a mistake was overtaking Massa at Monza.

      2. Im sorry mate, as much as hamilton as been spectacular in every other year. this year he didnt so much overtake, rather decided that he was bored and didnt want the other guy to make it past the next corner

        1. Hamilton has been spectacular but it’s gone wrong as often as it’s worked and he’s probably responsible for about half of his collisions this year.

    2. I agree. Any overtake attempt close to Eau Rouge is hugely dangerous. Stefan Bellof paid the highest price when trying…

  14. Alonso on Button in Brazil was brilliant, but Webber and Alonso at Spa will be one of the very memorable ones to come. What you notice here is it’s not just about being a good overtaker, it’s about having a sensible driver defending in front too, it takes two to tango, unfortunately defensive driving in F1 is far below the standards of offensive driving and nobody does a thing.

    1. I should have just left a blank vote for the second poll actually, 2011 didn’t have a stand out best overtaker. Hamilton I guess gets the vote, for trying.

      1. I’d like to see statistics though, I heard Sutil got the most overtakes in 2010. Who got it for 2011? This post focuses heavily on the top 3/4 teams.

      2. I don’t really see the logic. Hamilton’s season was notable for how many overtakes he messed up – runining not only his own races, but other drivers’ as well.

        For me his only competition as worst overtaker of the year is Michael Schumacher. Both made some excellent moves (e.g. Schumacher at Monaco) but showed a lack of judgement by messing up almost as often as they got it right.

        1. Your showing true class alex naming the worst overtaker of the year as the man who got the 2nd most in the season almost all of which were outside of the drs zone. He also had by far the most overtakes at the start of races. Do you have any tips on lottery numbers? i’ll simply put it in my reverse-alator and be a millionair next week

          1. I wouldn’t go as far as the worst overtaker, but for the collisions he’s had this year, not the best either.

    2. I agree with defensive driving. Too many drivers these seem to think that because they’re half a car length in front they’re entitled to drive where ever they like.

      1. Good overtaking drivers know when they can pull an overtake off, and bad/normal overtakers dont.

        Lewis to me is a bad overtaker because for every 1 point he gets for an overtake, he loses 10 for every attempted overtake that ends in disaster for him and the poor victim.

        I also feel that drivers almost jump out of the way for him because they know just how bad he is. There’s such a good chance he could crash into them, that he is just not worth the risk defending against.

        Drivers also know that if they do fall victim to his poor judgement, they will be hated for weeks by most of the UK and the influential BBC +

        1. Meh, big over-reaction. The last sentence in particular shows you can’t take anything approaching an objective view.

          This was not Hamilton’s finest year by any stretch of the imagination (and shouldn’t get near best overtaker of the year), but those he has tried to overtake have certainly not all been “poor victims”.

          We’ve got one great example in this shortlist – Schumacher on Hamilton – of two F1 drivers showing respect and awareness for each other during an overtake. I don’t think it’s any co-incidence that Monaco 2011 saw Hamilton involved in two clean (and spectacular) passes with Schumacher, whereas two (almost identical) incidents with Massa/Maldonado ended badly.

  15. We’re missing all of those first lap overtakes by Alonso :/

    1. +1
      just for that i put him as the overtaker of the year

      1. Me too. Spain was undoubtedly the most amazing start we’ve seen for quite a while.

  16. I forgot to mention Lewis in my post – he made some decent moves but unfortunately I couldn’t ignore all the incidents when weighing up overtaker of the year. It went wrong for him too many times.

  17. For me Mark Webber at Spa, I remember it scared me.
    Man of the year, Hamilton. I have never been his biggest fan. But the guy has a will to win that has been subdued from the modern sterile F1 formula. Hats off to him.

    1. The degree of restrictions placed on defending a position and the frequency of penalties handed out for “causing an avoidable incident” in my mind are to contrary to the spirit of racing. It’s Hamilton’s racing spirit that I admire. I agree it should be policed. But to me the spirit and unpredictability of racing is being lost.

      1. After a full season of criticising him the rest of the drivers have finally realised what hamilton had as early as monaco. Expect to see more lenient stewarding next year.

        Interestingly though for the likes of massa and bruno they only complained after they had finally come off worse from a penalty. I think mark webber is one of few drivers to have had no collision penaltys this year and certainly the only driver with a clean slate who has said stewarding has to change so good on you mark.

        1. @TheBrav3 good point!

  18. If Webber on Alonso in Belgium doesnt win, I demand a stewards inquiry. An absolutely breathtaking manouvere.

    If I could have a second choice, Schumacher’s double pass in Canada would have it.

    Overtaker of the year, Schumacher.

  19. Alright, I did choose.

    Hamilton on Button, China: Serious contender, same tyres as I remember, impeccable foreplay from both of them, slight mistake by Button, not covering the inside line enough.

    Hamilton on Vettel, China: Does not come into play, Vettel had inferior tyres plus a KERS problem as Keith mentioned.

    Schumacher on Hamilton, Monaco: Another serious contender, same package, no disturbing factor like new tyres, debris, etc. Hamilton’s slight mistake in Mirabeau being a tap too conservative, despite not held up – maybe his car was not as generous in that turn and he made the most of it anyway, so it’s a considerably smaller mistake than Jenson’s positioning in China, so so far so good for this one. Also Hamilton didn’t cover the inside line going into Loews, but whereas Shanghai’s Turn 1 is a general overtaking spot, Loews is anything but. Nobody expects a move there, so I don’t consider this as a fault.

    Schumacher on Massa & Kobayashi, Canada: Loses out because of Kobayashi’s mistake in the chicane.

    Hamilton on Alonso, Germany: Loses out on Alonso’s new cold tyres.

    Webber on Alonso, Belgium: Same. Although not because those tyres causes less grip, but because of the pit stops comparative speed disadvantage for Alonso. He was ahead though, so these two factors may even themselves out. Well, dunno. Okay, contender.

    Vettel on Rosberg, Belgium: Overtake of the Year for me. Impeccable drive from these two, really no disturbing factor, Vettel made it his way in Blanchimont. Priceless, brave, no handicap, etc. Rosberg was even faster by a mile or two, Vettel could have countered this by slipstream and taking the ideal line.

    Vettel on Alonso, Italy: Alonso’s positioning error into and oversteering error out of Rettifilo set up Vettel’s better-hooked-up-car-anyway nicely.

    Webber on Alonso, Singapore: Tyres.

    Alonso on Button, Brazil: Debris.

    So it’s VETTEL ON ROSBERG, BELGIUM for me.

    1. On the podium for 2nd place is SCHUMACHER ON HAMILTON, MONACO from 3rd-placed HAMILTON ON BUTTON, CHINA, while I really don’t know whether WEBBER ON ALONSO, BELGIUM was ‘clear’ or not. If it was, it’s 2nd, if it wasn’t 4th. ‘Honourable mention’ from me. :)

  20. I don’t know why there’s a shortlist, eau rouge is going to win this. Personally I don’t like it because it’s more down to the car and the other driver than it is to the guy making the move. But like kobayashi in 2009 it has two things going for it: commentators have told us all we’re supposed to be impressed, (an analysis based on how difficult the pass would have been in a car from 10 years ago) and people like the guy doing the pass.

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