2012 F1 season review
F1 Fanatic readers nominated 109 different overtaking moves for best pass of the year. Here’s the top ten – now it’s time to vote for the best.
Vettel on Rosberg, Australian Grand Prix
Having dominated qualifying in 2011 it was a surprise to see reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel only sixth on the grid for the first race in Melbourne.
He was beaten off the line by Nico Rosberg, but he soon set that right with this daring around-the-outside pass. This set him up to claim a useful second place on the first race day of the season.
Kobayashi on Button, Spanish Grand Prix
Overtaking at the Circuit de Catalunya is notoriously difficult, which perhaps explains why two passes from the Spanish Grand Prix earned enough of your nominations to reach the final ten.
Kamui Kobayashi took seventh place off Jenson Button with a characteristically thrusting move on lap 33. He went on to pass Rosberg ahead to finish fifth.
Hamilton on Ricciardo and Vergne, Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton lost pole position and had to start from last place when the stewards discovered insufficient fuel in his car after qualifying.
He climbed through the field to salvage eighth, passing both Toro Rosso drivers in superb style on the way.
Grosjean on Hamilton, European Grand Prix
This pass by Romain Grosjean on Hamilton on lap ten of the European Grand Prix moved the Lotus driver into second place. He was still in that position 30 laps later when he retired with alternator failure.
Vettel on Webber, Belgian Grand Prix
The Red Bull drivers had a hard time making progress in Belgium with their typically poor straight line speed. But Vettel found a way by carrying graeter speed through Blanchimont to attack drivers at the chicane.
He used the tactic to great effect on several of his rivals including team mate Mark Webber on lap nine for ninth place. He continued his ascent through the field to finish second.
Raikkonen on Schumacher, Belgian Grand Prix
Along with Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen is the other driver who featured twice on this list. And both his nominations are for passes on the same driver – Michael Schumacher.
The pair had a lengthy battle in Belgium which was finally settled when Raikkonen got alongside him on the run towards Eau Rouge.
Massa on Senna, Singapore Grand Prix
Felipe Massa was recovering from a delay due to a puncture earlier in the race when he caught Bruno Senna on lap 43.
The Williams driver appeared not to see him, and after losing control Massa gathered his car back up in time to get it stopped for the hairpin and complete the move. He complained to the stewards that Senna had blocked him – they ruled the move was legitimate, but it made for dramatic viewing.
Hulkenberg on Hamilton and Grosjean, Korean Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg was in superb form in the closing stages of the year. This savvy double-pass on Hamilton, who was struggling with a car problem, and Grosjean, netted him a sixth-place finish in Korea.
Alonso on Webber, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
With title rival Vettel starting in the pit lane, Fernando Alonso had to make the most of his opportunity in Abu Dhabi. He got off to a good start by passing Webber on lap one, leaving his braking to the last possible moment as he came unnervingly close to Pastor Maldonado’s Williams.
Raikkonen on Schumacher, Brazilian Grand Prix
Raikkonen on Schumacher part two was an impressive display of precise driving by both racers. During his last retirement in 2006 Schumacher had passed Raikkonen at the same corner – this time the roles were reversed.
But what about…
This top ten list was compiled from the best passes nominated by F1 Fanatic readers throughout 2012. If your favourite pass doesn’t appear, it’s because it didn’t get enough nominations.
You can find all the nominations pages here.
Vote for the best pass of 2012
Which of these ten moves was the best pass of 2012? Cast your vote and leave a comment below.
What was the best pass of 2012?
- Vettel on Rosberg, Australian Grand Prix (2%)
- Kobayashi on Button, Spanish Grand Prix (3%)
- Hamilton on Ricciardo and Vergne, Spanish Grand Prix (7%)
- Grosjean on Hamilton, European Grand Prix (1%)
- Vettel on Webber, Belgian Grand Prix (2%)
- Raikkonen on Schumacher, Belgian Grand Prix (20%)
- Massa on Senna, Singapore Grand Prix (16%)
- Hulkenberg on Hamilton and Grosjean, Korean Grand Prix (12%)
- Alonso on Webber, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (4%)
- Raikkonen on Schumacher, Brazilian Grand Prix (32%)
Total Voters: 642
Vote for the best overtaker of 2012
Which driver made the best passes during the 2012 season? Vote here and have your say in the comments.
Who was the best overtaker of 2012?
- Sebastian Vettel (14%)
- Mark Webber (0%)
- Lewis Hamilton (13%)
- Jenson Button (2%)
- Fernando Alonso (18%)
- Felipe Massa (1%)
- Michael Schumacher (0%)
- Nico Rosberg (0%)
- Kimi Raikkonen (40%)
- Romain Grosjean (0%)
- Paul di Resta (0%)
- Nico Hulkenberg (2%)
- Kamui Kobayashi (4%)
- Sergio Perez (1%)
- Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
- Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
- Pastor Maldonado (0%)
- Bruno Senna (0%)
- Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
- Vitaly Petrov (3%)
- Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
- Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
- Timo Glock (0%)
- Charles Pic (0%)
- Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)
Total Voters: 602
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