Vettel wins F1 Fanatic Driver of the Year and Pass of the Year polls

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013Sebastian Vettel has won F1 Fanatic’s polls for 2013 Driver of the Year and Pass of the Year.

Vettel was voted Driver of the Year by over 63% of readers, with last year’s winner Fernando Alonso a distant second, followed by Nico Hulkenberg.

It is the second time Vettel has won this poll.

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Pass of the Year: Sebastian Vettel on Mark Webber

Vettel also won the vote for Pass of the Year – the first time both polls have been won by the same driver.

He was the only driver to have two nominations for Pass of the Year inside the top ten. The one which attracted the most votes was his controversial overtaking move on team mate Mark Webber during the Malaysian Grand Prix, after he had been ordered not to pass him.

The runner-up for Pass of the Year was also a contested choice. Romain Grosjean’s pass on Felipe Massa during the Hungarian Grand Prix led to him being penalised for going off the track while completing the move.

Third place in the poll went to Alonso, for his pass on Webber during the Italian Grand Prix.

It was a close poll with the most popular choice only getting 29% of the vote.

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46 comments on Vettel wins F1 Fanatic Driver of the Year and Pass of the Year polls

  1. Jake (@jleigh) said on 27th December 2013, 16:59

    Vettel was obviously the best driver, but his Malaysia move as pass of the year? A DRS assisted move, on a runway wide track, with a teammate who backed out at the end. People who are claiming it was a battle that went on for several laps!? No it didn’t, it lasted 3 corners, Vettel passing Webber into T1, Webber then passing him back into T2 (actually IMO the most impressive part of the battle) and then Vettel on Webber into T3 through which Weeber appeared to back out a bit. Completely ignoring the whole ‘multi 21′ palava, which we should when looking purely at pass of the year, there’s no way it compares to a move like Alonso on Webber Monza.

    • I didn’t rave about Alonso’s because there was contact. For me his best pass was the start at the Spanish GP, with judicious use of KERS to pass round the outside of T3 – a very canny move.

      Similarly, Vettel on Alonso at Bahrain was pretty well executed.

  2. F.ams said on 29th December 2013, 7:03

    Pass of the year because of the controversy surrounding it or because of the skill involved? If the former, yes I agree. If purely based on skill, then Alo on Web at Monza.

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