Last year I picked my favourite 50 F1 passes on video from the last three decades.
I realised I’m long overdue updating it with some of the best picks from last year’s racing – featuring Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and more.
Quick, watch them now before someone at FOM decides that having videos on the internet showing how great F1 can be is bad for the sport…
David Coulthard vs Giancarlo Fisichella and Nick Heidfeld vs Fernando Alonso, Bahrain Grand Prix
Two great passes within moments of each other at the Bahrain Grand Prix. David Coulthard lunged past Giancarlo Fisichella from a surprising distance. Then Nick Heidfeld edged Fernando Alonso off-line and put a fine move on him around the outside.
Takuma Sato vs Fernando Alonso, Canadian Grand Prix
Alonso struggled at Montreal and fell prey to an inspired Takuma Sato in the Super Aguri late in the race, Sato aided by the fact that Alonso was stuck on a less favourable tyre option.
Fernando Alonso vs Felipe Massa, European Grand Prix
Alonso’s pass on Felipe Massa sealed a well-deserved victory for him at the Nurburgring – Massa’s crude attempt at barging him off the track was the act of a desperate man and provoked an argument between the two.
Nico Rosberg vs Jenson Button, Italian Grand Prix
A disciplined battle between two drivers that was so precise it looked like it had been choreographed. Jenson Button spent many laps keeping Nico Rosberg at bay but the Williams driver finally prevailed.
Lewis Hamilton vs Kimi Raikkonen, Italian Grand Prix
By contrast Lewis Hamilton’s dive past Kimi Raikkonen was improvised and opportunistic. Almost a second behind Raikkonen at the start/finish line, he came from a huge distance back and skidded the car sideways as he scrambled past the Ferrari. Raikkonen, taken by surprise and nursing a neck injury, had no response.
Felipe Massa vs Robert Kubica, Japanese Grand Prix
Massa’s scrap with Robert Kubica at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix saw the pair run each other off the track more than once.
Lewis Hamilton vs Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian Grand Prix
A McLaren passing a Honda may not sound too impressive on paper, but even watching this video on replay and knowing the outcome it’s beggars belief just how far back Hamilton came at Rubens Barrichello from.
Let’s hope we see plenty more of this kind of action next year.
Update: Thanks to Toncho for finding this one:
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