Finally got round to compiling a list. These are ones I thought were worth a mention anyway. Also whilst doing this, I realised just how much of a beast Webber has been in overtaking situations and general on-track battles this year. Here goes anyhow, in no particular order;
1. Webber on Alonso, Spa (Side by side through Eau Rouge)
I shouldn’t really have to justify this one. We all know what it went like but here’s a video anyway. It was the fact Webber could have waited for the DRS zone to pass him but did it through Eau Rouge anyway.
2. Lewis Hamilton on Fernando Alonso, Nurburgring (Turns 1-2)
I know Alonso was coming out of the pits and therefore on raw tyres however I don’t think this detracts anything from Lewis’ pass. He reacts quickly to the Ferrari emerging from the pits, manages not to touch him in Turn 1 whilst not compromising his exit, and then going round him on the outside of Turn 2 where the camber and amount of grip is heavily in Alonso’s favour. Look how far away he is from Alonso before entering the corner too.
3. Alonso at the start (Catalunya)
Some may argue this was just a good start. But if you watch closely you’ll see it was the slipstream and his movements following his good getaway that really made this a genius pass on not one but two drivers. He completely outsmarts both of them.
4. Barrichello on Schumacher, Monaco
There were quite a few passes at Monte Carlo this year, rather unusually. I’m glad I found this one. Sure, Schumacher’s tyres were older than Rubens’, but after watching this a few times it’s hard not to mention it.
5. Vettel on Alonso, Monza
Videos above, again this was a pass where there was no need to do it there and then, yet he did, foot flat to the floor. I don’t think this has the edge over Webber’s move on Alonso at Eau Rouge but this was absolutely classic.
And anyone remember these two? They don’t have the dramatic or romantic connotations of the above necessarily but I remember these well. Both similar moves from Webber.