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. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 4th December 2011, 19:25

    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. Guccio (@concalvez00) said on 4th December 2011, 20:48

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

  3. stren (@stren) said on 4th December 2011, 21:15

    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

  4. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 4th December 2011, 21:20

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

  5. bpacman (@bpacman) said on 4th December 2011, 21:27

    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:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlKaNg2YVLk

    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.

  6. lewymp4 (@lewymp4) said on 4th December 2011, 21:29

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

    Jenson #1…...WHY??

  7. sato113 (@sato113) said on 4th December 2011, 22:04

    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) said on 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. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 4th December 2011, 23:03

    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. dpod (@dpod) said on 4th December 2011, 23:13

    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. Anti-RBR (@matt2208) said on 4th December 2011, 23:44

    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. Alfa Ferrarista 96 (@alfa-ferrarista-96) said on 4th December 2011, 23:46

    Alonso pass Button Brazil GP 2011

  13. Nick88 said on 4th December 2011, 23:49

    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. F1-777 (@f1-777) said on 5th December 2011, 0:30

    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. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 5th December 2011, 0:54

    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).

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