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. jackbrabhamfan said on 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…..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb2whssagMc
    Hamilton on Schumacher in Monaco
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQiCe5qhpGE

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th December 2011, 8:22

      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”.

  2. dam00r (@dam00r) said on 5th December 2011, 1:49

    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.

  3. David-A (@david-a) said on 5th December 2011, 2:23

    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.

    • dam00r (@dam00r) said on 5th December 2011, 17:56

      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.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 6th December 2011, 9:16

        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.

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 5th December 2011, 2:24

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

  5. UKFan (@) said on 5th December 2011, 3:06

    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.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th December 2011, 15:23

      @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”.

      • UKFan (@) said on 7th December 2011, 0:51

        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.

  6. soundscape (@soundscape) said on 5th December 2011, 4:43

    If I’m honest, I voted before watching those videos, and picked Mark Webber. However having watched them, I wish I’d chosen Seb! Some breathtaking moves there. I didn’t really think he had to do much overtaking this season.

  7. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 5th December 2011, 5:23

    I voted for Schumacher taking Massa and Kobayashi in Canada. Although the Webber-Alonso pass through Eau Rouge was impressive, it was also very gentlemanly. Alonso didn’t put up much of a fight because he knew Webber was faster, so that kind of took the shine off it for me.

  8. webber/Alonso and vettel/Rosberg at Spa and Vettel/Alonso at monza are the three most impressive overtakes for me because of the speed.
    really brave stuff by the two redbull drivers.

    and no mention of alonso’s start in spain, from 4th to 1st

  9. TimG (@timg) said on 5th December 2011, 9:50

    Webber on Alonso at Eau Rouge, for me. Incredible bravery and commitment, once Webber had decided to go for it there was no backing out.

    Had it gone wrong the result would have been a plane crash – a similar passing attempt on Jacky Ickx in a 1985 Group C race led to an accident which killed rising star Stefan Bellof (everyone remembers Senna closing down Prost at Monaco in 1984, few remember Bellof closing in on Senna at the same time).

    But honourable mentions must surely go to Sebastian Vettel – much-derided as a driver who couldn’t pass his rivals on the track, nominated twice above. For my money, Monza was his best – passing Fernando Alonso, flat-out, on the grass was fairly special.

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 5th December 2011, 9:50

    Vettel on Alonso, Monza.

    I just love the audacity of it. Vettel was like ‘errr…that’s MY spot thank you very much!’. A pretty ballsy move that could have gone very badly but he made it stick in the most unusual of places.

    From a more personal point of view, a minute previous had I seen Alonso heading the pack as me and two friends were seated at the exit of Parabolica. Witnessing a jubilant Tifosi in the flesh was pretty much the top item on my shopping list that weekend, to then be followed by what I consider overtake of the season, having to squint at the large screen to see it, just magnificent.

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 5th December 2011, 10:12

    Oh and Button gets my vote for best overtaker of the season.

    I just love his style. He’s extremely calm and cool and strikes when it matters most, often unannounced. Don’t get me wrong, I love the occasional flash of aggression we get from Hamilton for example, but personally, seeing Button just breeze by has been so much more satisfying.

  12. juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 5th December 2011, 10:31

    10 best overtakes of the year:
    1. Hamilton on Button Canada,
    2. Hamilton on Kobayashi Spa,
    3. Hamilton on Maldonado Monaco,
    4. Hamilton on Maldonado Spa,
    5. Hamilton on Webber Canada,
    6. thru 10. Hamilton on Massa Monaco, India, Singapore, Silverstone, Japan.

    Overtaker of the year: Hamilton. He just makes overtaking look so incredibly easy.

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th December 2011, 11:54

    Despite having made the most passes prior to the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sebastien Buemi is languishing in the results at the moment:

    Buemi and Schumacher are top overtakers – Mercedes

  14. Thomas (@infi24r) said on 5th December 2011, 11:57

    Webber wins the best racer of the year award easily. China, coming from so far behind at Monaco after the bad pitstop, the pass at Spa. Practically every race had some amazing overtaking and racing by Mark.

  15. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 5th December 2011, 13:24

    So glad the Button-Vettel Canada overtake isn’t in this..

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great moment, and it’s an overtake that’ll get replayed over and over again, but it’s not in the same league as these 10..

    I voted for Vettel-Alonso Monza, but I can’t say that Webber-Alonso Spa was a bad overtake, a worthy winner…

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