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

2011 F1 season review

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yZdn983VTw

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOpwajQciPc

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=587_VMPgIo0#t=0m41s

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9P6oKJOwk

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBPLXes3PM0

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYcHVTPLYmQ

Sebastian Vettel on Nico Rosberg, Belgian Grand Prix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs37bM6AnHc

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPnQC3eEYqg

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfKqv4whJqI#t=1m01s

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnbI4BTbycc

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 (2%)

Total Voters: 593

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

  1. Sevrige (@sevrige) said on 4th December 2011, 16:01

    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.

  2. xtophe (@xtophe) said on 4th December 2011, 16:11

    Vettel on Alonso in Italy and Jenson Button.

  3. SupaSix-1 said on 4th December 2011, 16:21

    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!

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

  5. sid_prasher (@) said on 4th December 2011, 17:13

    Webber and Vettel on Alonso were great passes…

  6. lubhz (@lubhz) said on 4th December 2011, 17:32

    I would like to add:
    British GP – Jenson Button Overtakes Felipe Massa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtgacdioTVY

    Rubens Overtakes Schumi Monaco 2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=3RYxgMNnzdY

  7. mole (@mole) said on 4th December 2011, 17:53

    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!

  8. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 4th December 2011, 18:00

    So, where are all the DRS moves? :P

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

  9. Kotrba (@kotrba) said on 4th December 2011, 18:01

    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.

  10. John H (@john-h) said on 4th December 2011, 18:15

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

  11. Daniel Thomas (@iamdanthomas) said on 4th December 2011, 18:54

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

  12. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 4th December 2011, 18:56

    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.

  13. slicecom (@slicecom) said on 4th December 2011, 18:57

    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.

  14. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER said on 4th December 2011, 19:07

    Lewis on Vettel in China is nothing special.

    MSC is the king of overtakes this season.

  15. maxthecat said on 4th December 2011, 19:18

    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??

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th December 2011, 8:29

      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.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 5th December 2011, 8:37

      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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