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%)

Total Voters: 593

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238 comments on “Top ten overtakes of 2011: Vote for Pass of the Year”

  1. I didn’t rate Lewis’s on Seb that much as I was surprised Seb hung on for so long given his tyres and I didn’t rate Ham’s pass on Alo at Germany either because it was more down to Alonso napping than anything else.

    Vette;s’ on Alonso was possibly my favourite to watch but I thought the best was Alonso on JB at Brazil (MSc on Mas and Kob was terrific too).

    As a fan, I liked Massa for his overtake on JB (I think) early on in Silverstone and his moves in Korea on JB and Webber but my favourite of his was nailing Rosberg in turn 9 at Turkey which up until the point in the season was my favourite move of the year.

  2. As much as I am loathe to credit Schumacher, his pass on both Massa and Kobayashi gets my vote. Which might sound even stranger knowing how much of a Kobayashi fan I am. But credit where credit is due. A lesser man would have hung back and waited for the two of them to sort it out before picking the slower one off after a tussle. Or alternately simply waiting for them to take each other out in an accident. But to take them both and go 3 wide on a wet track when the lot of them could have easily gotten mixed up makes me tip my hat in recognition. Well played opportunistic driving and a lot of guts involved in that one.

    As for best overtaker, I initially wanted to say Hamilton because he did have some amazing moves this year (as he usually does every year). Yet, for every great one, he had botched ones (a certain driver’s name comes to mind…). And that to me says he doesn’t deserve best overtaker this year. You can’t just shoot them in there and say they’re the best because they try. The best is the one who makes the attempts and gets them to work. And don’t get me wrong, I love watching Hamilton drive, but there were just one too many that fell apart on him. Which brings me to my second choice: Jenson. Jenson really was night and day with Hamilton this year and though his passes weren’t as numerous as Hamilton, they were decisive and clean. It was like he had ESP to tell him just when to give it a go and how to make it stick without contact. Jenson proved a great many people wrong who 2 years ago thought Lewis would mop the floor with him. This year has hopefully convinced a few that he was a deserving champion through and through.

  3. Webber’s pass on Alonso through Eau Rouge and Button best overtaker overall.

    Webber’s pass was something we’ll be seeing in Spa, and more importantly, season previews for years to come.
    At least, until someone overtakes two cars through Eau Rouge. ^^

    Sebastian Vettel around the outside of Alonso at Monza and around the outside of Rosberg at Spa were my number two and three.

    Button was clearly the best overtaker overall.
    Never made a mistake, never attempted a pass when the outcome would have clearly been disastrous and made passes when he needed to.
    Vettel is my second choice but he’s made far less overtakes. Off course, he didn’t need to as he didn’t fall back as many times as Button did but when he did he showed the same levelheadedness Button has shown all season.

    Hamilton has made to many mistakes in his attempts this year to be even considered best overtaker of the season.

  4. It was not his best season but still good old Schumacher is incredible overtaker…look at Canada, Monaco but also his move on wet Copse was awesome.

  5. Hamilton’s pass on Schumacher at Sainte Devote in Monaco = pass of the year.

  6. I don’t see how Hamilton has as many votes as he does. Too many failed overtaking attempts turned into collisions to really be considered best overtaker of 2011. He did have his moments during the year, but dropped the ball too often. I didn’t really have a best overall choice, so I went with Schumacher for his 1st lap passes. As for best pass, I went with Vettel on Alonso. Watching his car try to twitch into the Ferrari reminded me of Button and Vettel at Spa in 2010. Glad to see it worked out this time.

  7. Vettel on Alonso in Italy and Jenson Button.

  8. Drivers who have suddenly woken up this season thanks to DRS should not be allowed in this vote – theyve only proved that WITH artificial aides they can pass others have to sit there and just let it happen.

    Button has proved to be a rubbish overtaker unless hes had a car far more dominant than others.

    Nearly all of button’s overtakes have been done thanks to the comical and farcicile DRS and numerous safetycars to bunch up the slower cars.

    Overtaking only meant something when it was very difficult to make as it showed who has the raw skill and balls – the Hamiltons, kobayashis, alonsos & the schumachers.

    …NOW the DRS is a massive gift to those who didnt have the balls before – Its a farce!

    1. I don’t think there’s a single DRS pass on that list. So quite the opposite of a farce.

    2. None of the passes in the list required DRS.

    3. Have a look at Interlagos 09 for Button’s overtaking ability…

      1. you mean lack thereof! stuck behind someone doing his first F1 race for more than 10 laps

        1. @issactham Button did make quite a lot of overtakes on that day to get from 14th to 5th.

  9. Vettel on Alonso at Monza, even if it did annoy me! The two best drivers in the world showing lots of respectful, clean racing.

  10. sid_prasher (@)
    4th December 2011, 17:13

    Webber and Vettel on Alonso were great passes…

  11. I would like to add:
    British GP – Jenson Button Overtakes Felipe Massa

    Rubens Overtakes Schumi Monaco 2011

    1. @lubhz The Barrichello one almost had enough nominations to make the final ten, if I remember correctly.

      I think the Button/Massa one only had one vote.

  12. Webber on Alonso in Belguim hands down. It feels like whever Webber and Alonso were on the same bit of track we were in for a great duel (like the shower of carbon fibre I came to expect when Hamilton and Massa were in close proximity)

    The best overtaker of the year is a toughie. Button and Webber both had a habit of falling back at the start of the race, only to come back in and overtake cars on their way through. I’ll have to plump for Webber, because of the large number of times he was stopping more often than his rivals (often using the option for an extra stint) and was forced to do an aggressive overtaking strategy to make it work – which he often did!

  13. So, where are all the DRS moves? :P

    Webber on Alonso at Spa gets my vote. The cars are just so close there.

    1. @KaIIe

      So, where are all the DRS moves?


  14. come on! For me, it is an easy choise – Lewis, dont forget that he did better overtakes, than these three shown in top 10. Double-overtake in Malaysia, retaking position from Webber in Germany, or move no Massa before Pouhon and far more… If he was the best in somthing this season, so it was overtaking.

  15. Pleased to see the Vettel pass on Alonso at Monza has quite

  16. Do you think Pedro de la Rosa voted for Pedro de la Rosa?

  17. There should be a “worst overtaker of the year” category. 2009: Don’t know. 2010: Vettel (Turkey & Belgium). 2011: Hamilton (with Massa, too often).

    What about “most pointless overtake of the year”? 2011: Liuzzi (Monza), takes out 2-3 other cars (in his home GP) but temporarily passed half the field.

    1. @alexf1man I don’t believe we’d get a good standard of debate using questions like that.

  18. I’m not a Webber fan at all, and I think his performance this year was pathetic, but I think anyone who doesn’t think his pass on Alonso in Spa wasn’t the best overtake of the year is crazy.

    4th December 2011, 19:07

    Lewis on Vettel in China is nothing special.

    MSC is the king of overtakes this season.

  20. Errrrmmmmm Button made some of the best passes all year and yet he’s not in the ten apart from being overtook? Come on Keith, where you even watching this year??

    1. I’ve had to point this out to a few people who haven’t bothered to read the article properly:

      The ten passes you can vote on were drawn from readers’ nominations.

      Anyone could nominate any pass, so if your favourite isn’t there it’s not my fault.

    2. Keith made a threat in the Forum, where we could nominate overtakes for this top 10.
      That way, no one is treated unfairly, and if you think so, you should have done something about it instead of whining afterwards.

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