Top ten passes of 2013: Vote for the best

2013 F1 season review

Start, Shanghai, 2013

Your nominations for the best overtaking move of 2013 have been counted. Now it’s time to vote for the best out of the top ten passes of the year.

Australia: Mark Webber on Paul di Resta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EAUrd9rgpY

Mark Webber often found himself needing to make up ground following a bad start during 2013. Here he gets around the outside of Paul di Resta at turn nine during his home race.

Malaysia: Sebastian Vettel on Mark Webber

http://youtu.be/dScrRNTG5Jg?t=47s

Extra spice was added to this tooth-and-nail scrap between the two Red Bull drivers by the fact Sebastian Vettel had been ordered not to pass his team mate. Webber put up a stern defence but Vettel squeezed through to claim is first win of the year in controversial fashion.

China: Lewis Hamilton on Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2013

Lewis Hamilton passed former team mate Jenson Button twice during the Chinese Grand Prix. The pick of the two moves was a sweep around the outside into turn one, giving him the advantage into the following left-hander. No suitable video available.

China: Felipe Massa on Lewis Hamilton

Three passes from the Chinese Grand Prix made it into the top ten. Felipe Massa put an opportunistic move on Hamilton after team mate Fernando Alonso passed him for the lead.

China: Sebastian Vettel on Felipe Massa

http://youtu.be/pHY8O_8nKOw?t=1m44s

Vettel wasted no time getting past Massa after his pit stop, diving past at the turn six hairpin.

Monaco: Sergio Perez on Jenson Button


Sergio Perez Passes Jenson Button @ 2013 F1 Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix saw a few surprising passes including this ballsy dive from Sergio Perez on team mate Button.

Monaco: Adrian Sutil on Fernando Alonso

http://youtu.be/lojgq6-mRjg?t=1m16s

Later in the race Adrian Sutil surprised Fernando Alonso with this pass at the Fairmont Hotel hairpin.

Hungary: Romain Grosjean on Felipe Massa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmZ9oKXXHHQ

Unfortunatley for Romain Grosjean he put all four wheels off the track while overtaking Massa during the Hungarian Grand Prix and gave him a drive-through penalty. Grosjean later said he thought he had at least two wheels still on the track during the pass.

Italy: Fernando Alonso on Mark Webber

http://youtu.be/ou7r0VPa_fY

Fernando Alonso took third place off Webber with a late-braking move at the Variante della Roggia during the Italian Grand Prix.

United States: Valtteri Bottas on Esteban Gutierrez

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez went side-by-side through the snaking Ess-bends at the start of the lap at the Circuit of the Americas, the Williams driver coming out on top on his way to his first ever F1 points. No suitable video available.

But what about…?

This top ten was compiled from the Pass of the Year Nominations by F1 Fanatic readers throughout the year. If your favourite pass doesn’t feature in the final ten that’s because it didn’t get enough nominations.

Cast your vote

What do you think was the best pass of the 2013 season? Cast your vote below and having your say in the comments.

Vote for the best pass of the 2013 F1 season

  • Australia: Mark Webber on Paul di Resta (3%)
  • Malaysia: Sebastian Vettel on Mark Webber (28%)
  • China: Lewis Hamilton on Jenson Button (3%)
  • China: Felipe Massa on Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • China: Sebastian Vettel on Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Monaco: Sergio Perez on Jenson Button (8%)
  • Monaco: Adrian Sutil on Fernando Alonso (13%)
  • Hungary: Romain Grosjean on Felipe Massa (21%)
  • Italy: Fernando Alonso on Mark Webber (14%)
  • United States: Valtteri Bottas on Esteban Gutierrez (7%)

Total Voters: 483

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122 comments on Top ten passes of 2013: Vote for the best

  1. George (@george) said on 10th December 2013, 18:14

    Good job finding so many videos Keith, 9 times out of 10 I cant find the clips I’m looking for.

  2. Antonyob said on 10th December 2013, 18:21

    Easy, Vettel on webber…multi 21 Seb. Multi world champ Mark.

  3. katederby said on 10th December 2013, 18:22

    We may never know for certain but there was plenty of discussion at the time that Webber had gone into fuel saving mode at the time which takes the edge of the Vettel overtake in Malaysia for me. Although it shows how much Vettel has improved since his clumsy moves on Webber (Turkey) and Button (Spa) in 2010.
    I voted for Alonso’s inch perfect move on Webber in Monza.

    • Eric (@baron-2) said on 10th December 2013, 19:48

      Horner confirmed Webber and Vettel were running the same engine setting during the scrap.

      Also, if Webber did turn his engine down Vettel would have easily passed Webber on the straight with DRS.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 11th December 2013, 10:39

      I think the differences why Vettel could overtake were that he had the medium tyres (Mark on hard) and that he is a slightly better driver. Definitely didn’t look like a difference in engine settings or fuel savings.

      I think Mark would have had to save fuel soon after so eventually, Vettel would have passed him anyway. But it was a lot more exciting like this.

  4. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 10th December 2013, 18:42

    Im very supriced Alonso’s move at the start at the Spanish GP, and Vettel’s move on Alonso and Rosberg at Bahrain isn’t on the list. Anyway, i voted the Vettel-Webber overtake, which is in my top3 highlights of the year.

  5. Hamilton on Webber at Hungary?? Great move!

  6. Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th December 2013, 18:48

    Surprised at how many good overtakes are not on this list.

    The Alonso’s double overtake on the 1st lap in Barcelona was outstanding and hands down the best overtake on the list

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oDJ7WfUXLA

  7. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 10th December 2013, 18:52

    I voted for Bottas’ move on Gutierrez. Grosjean’s pass was the best illegal pass, and Vettel on Webber was a great battle but I think it’s pretty clear that Webber didn’t give it his all so it’s not as great as it could’ve been (he is being extra careful trying not to hit Seb).

    Bottas’ move showed great skill and even if might look easy on television. Overtaking there requires skill as Paul Di Resta proved by failing at the same exact move later in the race ;)

  8. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 10th December 2013, 19:14

    Went for Vettel VS Webber, the overtake had that thrill factor when Webber almost put Vettel into the wall on the straight.

    I didn’t remembered the Mark Webber on Paul di Resta move, but wow, great move too, should get more votes!

  9. roodda (@roodda) said on 10th December 2013, 19:29

    How come Perez double pass in India is absent?

  10. mina (@nusha200) said on 10th December 2013, 19:33

    i think the best pass all season was alonso on hamilton and raikkonen in spain

  11. Strontium (@strontium) said on 10th December 2013, 20:42

    I had predicted Webber v Vettel would be the least popular to be honest!! (Not my opinion, just thought that because of the controversy behind it)

    In the end I went for Massa on Hamilton. Threw it down the inside like Lewis did to Jenson in 2011, brilliant! I remember jumping in delight at that one :D

  12. Somethingwittyer (@somethingwittyer) said on 10th December 2013, 21:13

    Bottas on Gutierrez. Being able to pass in the esses get my vote.

  13. Diceman (@diceman) said on 10th December 2013, 21:16

    Voted for Sutil on Alonso. Brave move, surprised Alonso completely.

  14. Mackeine Loveine (@cocaine-mackeine) said on 10th December 2013, 21:30

    Where is Webber on Raikkkonen at Silverstone?

  15. Nixon (@nixon) said on 10th December 2013, 22:13

    Vettel on webber was a good battle, but they weren’t pushing the didn’t risk it all. Maybe when vettel went next to the wall but he didn’t overtake at the corner.
    Sutil on Alonso, and Alonso on webber were both pure race driver instinct.

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