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. It seems Webber on Alonso will be the runaway winner here (deservedly so), so I decided to give my vote to one who actually needs it a little bit more. I voted for the only double pass on the list, Schumacher on Massa and Kobayashi in Canada. Passing is as much about being lucky (by being at the right place at the right time) as it is good.

  2. To me it was hamilton’s move on Alonso, period

  3. Funny how none of them (if i’m not mistaken) are without DRS, goes to show how much “excitement” this system has created. All of them were great I think

    1. Surely you meant to say that none of them were with DRS ;)

  4. Watching back the Vettel move at Spa is absolutely awesome. It seemed less spectacular when Ted was just talk over it.

  5. Best overtake of the season for me – Hamilton on Alonso at Copse. With Hamilton entering the race under a cloud after being widely criticised for his collision with Button in Canada, and McLaren looking majorly off the pace after their struggles in Valencia and then during qualifying – my fiancee and I feared the worst for the race.

    However, to see Hamilton storm from 10th on the grid up to 4th – and then pass Alonso for 3rd right in front of us at Copse was magic! Suddenly a very unlikely victory seemed possible! Not my video, but this fan video gives a good idea of the atmosphere immediately after the pass:

    Watching the clips above you realise that there’s been a number of great passes this year – Vettel on Rosberg & Vettel on Alonso were both stunning. Objectively though, it has to be Webber on Alonso at Spa for the overall best – the epitome of bravery.

    1. @bpacman That one did get a few nominations, but not enough to make the final ten.

      Which is perhaps for the best because there’s already three by Hamilton in there!

  6. Webber passing Alonso through or at Eau Rouge will be remembered for a long time.

    Jenson #1…...WHY??

    1. Why not?

      1. Jenson’s only made honorable mention, and none of his passes made it on to the list of top passes.

        1. Probably for Canada. So long as he keeps his teammate off the top spot this year, it’s all good.

          1. That’s the difference between the two.

            Button was focused on Hamilton.

            Hamilton was focused on Vettel.

          2. And in the process, Button was the one who most often kept Vettel honest.

  7. Vettel on Alonso in Italy. the best pass has to involve complete agression not only from the overtaker but also from the defender. this is why i voted for vettel on alonso at such incredible speeds in moza.

    overtaker of the year? Hamilton made some bad moves this year but his impressive successful overtakes more than made up for them.

  8. Gagnon (@johnniewalker)
    4th December 2011, 22:39

    Voted for vettel on alonso and alonso for best overtaker of thee year. And I have to say that all poeple who have voted for schumacher or hamilton instead of alonso, button or webber should watch F1 closely and see whats going on. I were in canada and I have to say that to see button on the outside in T1 sliding the back to move on is pretty incredible. Close choice between alonso and button.

  9. Best overtakes for me were:

    1. Alonso on Button – Interlagos
    2. Hamilton on Alonso – Silverstone
    3. Vettel on Alonso – Monza

    Best overtaker for me was Schumacher.

  10. Went with Webber on Alonso. No other overtake came close in my opinion. Sure, Vettel on Alonso was pretty ballsy but I already knew it was going to happen because the Ferrari had nothing on the RedBull in the section of the track. I think the speed difference between the two was just to great to be considered a classic compared to the identical speeds of Webber and Alonso. I wont lie, I still dont think Vettel is a great overtaker even after that move.

  11. Jenson Button for best overtaker of 2011? what a joke. Alonso on Button at brazil on the oustide jenson had nothing. Oh wait.. Maybe jenson couldnt find the right balance.

  12. Alonso pass Button Brazil GP 2011

  13. Definitely Webber on Alonso, purely for the size of that guys ********.
    Yes yes, Alonso had just pitted but you can see how Alonso had planted his car in the middle of the road and Webber was pushed to the outside, right before keeping his foot down and going for it when everyone thought he’d pull out of it and use the DRA into Les Combes. He also said he wouldn’t have tried that move with many other drivers so it goes to show how much respect Webber shows to Alonso for being able to try a move like that. Plus at the time the BBC boys went nuts – a good sign!

  14. I don’t understand how Hamilton is second in the best overtaker awards – I don’t think Webber made one mistake while overtaking (I don’t think Button did either), yet Hamilton made quite a few…
    I just hope that people aren’t hijacking the votes, because Hamilton made too many mistakes in my opinion to be anywhere near the top, even though he did make some exciting overtakes.

  15. Easily Webber on Alonso.

    I just sat there gobsmacked! I’ve never passed anyone there on the games let alone even contemplating trying it in real life!

    Best overtaker this year for me has to be Schumacher, for four reasons:
    1) THAT move on Hamilton (See SCH/HAM)
    2) THAT move on Massa and Kobayashi (See SCH/KOB/MAS)
    3) For overtaking so many cars in the first lap of the race, most noticeably at Spa.
    4) Qualifying poorly (was never one of his strongest points, always focused on strategy), and giving us a bit of fun, by making best use of DRS and KERS and finishing higher than where he starts (in the majority of races).

  16. jackbrabhamfan
    5th December 2011, 1:03

    Overtake of the year……(Keith, you missed out these two, surprisingly two of Lewis’s best!)
    Hamilton on Alonso at the British GP in the wet…..
    Hamilton on Schumacher in Monaco

    1. I didn’t “miss” anything. As explained in several places in the article, the final ten were drawn from readers’ nominations.

      Both those passes had insufficient nominations to make the final ten – as described under “honourable mentions”.

      1. jackbrabhamfan
        5th December 2011, 15:09

        Ooops, my mistake. Please accept my apologies.

  17. I’m no Schumacher fan but his overtake was probably the most difficult to pull off. So I’m voting for Schumachers overtake on Hamilton.
    His overtake on Alonso around the last corner on the last lap is my all time favorite overtake. It was amazing.
    And the best overtaker this year.. Schumacher thanks to his starts.

  18. I went for Vettel on Alonso at Monza (just) over Webber on Alonso at Spa and Schumacher’s double pass in Montreal.

    Button ws my overtaker of the year.

    1. And why did you decide to choose Vettel on Alonso?
      If you look closely, that corner is a forgiving corner because it’s graveled/dirty on the outside and with no grass so you wont spin. You have the grip out there.

      1. If it’s dirty on the outside, then how is there grip when you’ve got two wheels on gravel?

        Watch the onboard and you’ll see the wrestle for control as he completes the pass on Alonso, who defended as well as possible.

  19. Can’t decide between Vettel On Alonso & Mark on Alonso,both deserve it but I voted the later, best overtaker Webber.

  20. Hamilton was rather more accommodating than Felipe Massa was when Hamilton tried a similar move later in the race.

    Im sorry to say this Keith but you are being bias, both overtakes were made in pretty different circunstances, in this case Ham had enough space later in the race, Massa had no space to turn cause Lewis ahd crossed his car “over” the hairpin.

    1. @ukfanatic I think it’s an entirely fair comparison of the two scenarios and I’ve no idea on what grounds you’re making this knee-jerk accusation of “bias”.

      1. Yes, you are right the sentence is perfectly written, the content is 100% truth however there is a tendency to believe that massa is responsible for the contact that resulted in more hard fought overtake than in Schumacher case

        Hamilton was rather more accommodating than Felipe Massa

        if you didnt had the slightest will to give that inclination you would have written that differently like for example “Schumacher was rather less aggressive than Hamilton was when he tried a similar move later in the race”
        or “Loews harpin was rather more accommodating in the Schumacher vs Hamilton overtake than in the Hamilton vs massa”.

        I wasnt making a knee-jerk accusation I was rather discussing, asking for clarification for the reason why you wrote what you did, my rushed thoughts led me to believe that you were being bias over that subject simply because I cant imagine what massa could have made to be more “accommodating”, and for that I apologise but I ment what I wrote. The facts as I saw, he wasnt being aggressive he was just trying to make the corner, in my view if something wasnt “accommodating” it was loews harpin.

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