Top ten passes of 2012: Vote for the best

2012 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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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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  1. Really wanted to vote for Seb on Webber (both of his passes nominated were brilliant) but voted for Massa on Senna, although a bit accidental (it seemed that way)it marked the begining of Massa’s 2012 comeback and was damn impressive example of car control.
    Best overtaker – Vettel. Made most overtakes in 2012 (74) and still made most overtakes (28) if we only count overtakes on top 5 teams (Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and Mercedes). Here’s the source:

    1. Most doesn’t always equal best ;)

      1. Agreed, but amongst the most there were some of the best:)

        1. Well 2 of those 74 made the F1F top ten so yes, Vettel is a contender for best overtaker of the season. :)

  2. It’s between Raikkonen vs Schumacher in Brazil, and Massa vs Senna in Singapore.

    Massa vs Senna was just unbelievable. I thought there was going to be a massive accident but somehow Massa held on, kept control of his car AND made the move stick!!

    Raikkonen vs Schumacher in Brazil was the perfect example of two drivers respecting each other on track. In a year where we’ve seen many collisions, mostly involving Maldonado, Perez and Grosjean – three fast but wild drivers, it was somewhat refreshing to see Schumacher and Raikkonen battling each other to the limit but not causing an accident. So for that reason, I voted Raikkonen and Schumacher.

    1. Kimi vs Schumi Interlagos 2012 echoed Schumi vs Kimi Interlagos 2006. Both were amazing

  3. Hamilton on Vettel at COTA and Vettel on Button in Abu Dhabi are missing, especially considering that Alonso on Webber in Abu Dhabi is on the list..

    1. As it says in the article, if a pass isn’t in the final ten it’s because it didn’t get enough nominations.

      As I mentioned in an earlier comment Vettel’s pass on Button was close to being nominated but just fell short. The other one didn’t get many nominations.

  4. Kimi had so many great overtake in this season

    aus – on kobayashi

    Bahrain – On massa, webber

    Spa – on eau rouge (michael)

    Hockenheim – On diresta and michael

    Hungary – on Grosjean

    austin – on hulkenberg

    Interlagos – on michael

  5. Lots of good ones, must’ve been tough to reduce it to 10..

    I went for Kimi on Schumi in Brazil, I give Schumi as much credit for that as Kimi, beautiful racing!!
    and Alonso for best overtaker all year as I think he overtook the most front end contenders. The fact that the Ferrari was better suited to the race than quali meant that overtaking was just part of Alonso’s game plan at almost all the races but he never put a foot wrong.

  6. Alonso has to win best driver for overtaking. He always qualified out of position relative to his race pace, meaning more or less every race he was moving up the field. This, coupled with the fact he had the title fight to worry about and more to lose than the others gives it to him. Second goes to Raikonnen for similar reasons.

  7. Vettel is ahead of Hamilton in the “who is best overtaker” standings (at time of writing)!?

    What sorcery is this D:

  8. Kimi on Schumi at the Brazilian Grand Prix. It was the perfect example of skills from the more experienced guys, and an example for all those racing drivers who can’t control themselves and think overtaking in a spectacular fashion involves losing parts of their cars.

  9. Where is Alonso on Massa and Webber in Brazil?

    1. @naylamp As it says in the article, if a pass isn’t in the final ten it’s because it didn’t get enough nominations.

      1. OK, my bad. Thanks for the clarification. Then I’ll go with Kimi on Schumi in Brasil.

  10. Massa on Senna in Singapore was the best.

    Alonso was the overtaker of the year IMO.

    1. its easy when your car has sublime straightline speed.

      Kimi edge out imo, his car is crap on straightline, forced him to overtake car on the corners as it was no easy task.

      Kimi said earlier that DRS is useless for Lotus as they dont hv the pace on the straight at all.

      1. his car is crap on straightline

        That was only after they introduced the coanda effect exhaust and after the second upgrade in Abu Dhabi the problem was fixed (not completely but at least they regained some of the lost top speed ) i don’t know from where you come up with this story since we know that the old exhaust solution of Lotus was all about “maximizing the power”

        1. not really, symptoms started since Valencia i think. They start opting for low gear ratio, must be running max wing since then to compensate the downforce loss by not introducing coanda exhaust. And on Spa, Monza…the two race track house longest straights expose their weakness straightaway. They only regained 6 hp out of 25 that lost.

          Anyway, Ferrai and Merc are always gonna be faster on straight than renault…especially when renault kers only offer 60kw boost.

  11. Raikkonnen Schumacher was just class. Two world champions, showing excellent control of their cars, whilst also respect for eachother. That’s how it’s done

  12. This is tough. In the end I voted Raikkonnen on Schumacher in Belgium. Watching the onboard footage from Raikkonnen’s car solidified my decision. Barreling down the straight at almost 200 MPH, with the daunting uphill cork screw merely a few hundred meters away, yet not a moment’s hesitation on Kimi’s part to to make the move, that’s incredible racing.

    It was everything a great pass should be – precise, calculated, clean and really ballsy. The fact that Kimi had planned to put the pass on Schumacher at that point so that Kimi could use his own DRS while ahead of Schumacher was brilliant.

    Honorable mention to Massa’s pass on Senna. Not really a clean pass, and it seemed forced, but great to watch!

  13. Kimi on Michael in Brazil and Kimi as the best overtaker. Shut up, he know’s what he’s doing.

  14. Raikkonen on Schumacher at Spa.

  15. Why Does Nobody Vote For Narain&

  16. No love for Grosjean passing Alonso in T1 of Spa? That’s the one that I’ll probably remember the most.

    1. well, only if he had been able to make it stick…

      1. He sure made it stick, it sticked so well, that 4 other cars stopped in awe of the move. :)

  17. Vettel on Button in Abu Dhabi. Was DRS assisted, but so gutsy!

  18. LoreMipsumdOtmElor
    7th December 2012, 16:21

    Alonso on Grosjean after the SC in Valencia.

  19. @keithcollantine How were these chosen? Was it simply a total of all the votes in every race? Because if, say, Singapore, only had one half-decent overtake, then that overtake would get almost all the votes for that race, giving enough for it to make the cut despite maybe being worse than many others.

  20. Hulkenberg on Hamilton and Grosjean because, beyond the fact that the passes were very well executed, you have a Force India passing a McLaren and a Lotus driven by Hamilton (no introductions needed) and Grosjean (a very fast driver).

    1. I also voted for it. It was a brilliant overtake by Hulk, I hope he can find a top seat soon.

      Also voted for Kimi as the best overtaker of the season. He makes it look so easy and not to mention he’s one of the cleanest overtakers along with Alonso and Webber in my opinion.

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