Over 500 overtaking moves were made during the course of the 2015 season and all year long you’ve been picking the best from each race.
The result is this finely-chosen selection of the ten best overtaking moves of the last 19 races. One question remains: which was the best of the lot?
Review the ten choices below and vote for your favourite. And if you’re wondering why a particular pass doesn’t appear on the list, check the nominations to see if it was close to making the final ten.
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Marcus Ericsson on Carlos Sainz Jnr, Australian Grand Prix
Sauber began the season with what turned out to be their best result of the year. With Felipe Nasr already secure in fifth place, Marcus Ericsson produced a neat out-braking move on Carlos Sainz Jnr to secure eighth with four laps to go.
Valtteri Bottas on Felipe Massa, Malaysian Grand Prix
Twelve months earlier there had been furrowed brows on the Williams pit wall as Felipe Massa resisted an instruction to let Valtteri Bottas pass him. This time Bottas needed no such help – he took the place for himself with a daring move on the final lap of the race.
Max Verstappen on Daniel Ricciardo, Malaysian Grand Prix
The first of four entries for Max Verstappen in this year’s top ten. What better way to impress the top names at Red Bull than by picking off their top driver from the year before in your second race start? But he was only just getting started.
Nico Rosberg on Sebastian Vettel, Bahrain Grand Prix
There was far too little action at the front of the field in 2015: the Mercedes drivers only made three passes apiece all year long. But this effort by Nico Rosberg was one to savour, ducking past Sebastian Vettel with sparks flying as the reeled in his race-leading team mate.
Max Verstappen on Valtteri Bottas, Monaco Grand Prix
Opportunistic stuff from Verstappen in Monaco. While tracking Kimi Raikkonen around the principality he bounced on a delay for Bottas to sneak past the Williams. This was the kind of move that is often attempted but seldom executed quite so well.
Felipe Massa on Marcus Ericsson, Canadian Grand Prix
After a turbo failure in qualifying Massa had to make progress quickly in the Canadian Grand Prix to get the most out of his strategy. This well-worked pass on Ericsson allowed him to do just that, and it wasn’t just Massa who demonstrated considerable skill in this moment.
Max Verstappen on Felipe Nasr, Belgian Grand Prix
This hair-raising, around-the-outside pass at the fearsomely quick Blanchimont curve won Verstappen the FIA’s Action of the Year award. He completed the move despite putting all four wheels beyond the white line, something many other drivers did during the course of the weekend at various points on the circuit without sanction.
Daniel Ricciardo on Lewis Hamilton, United States Grand Prix
There haven’t been many examples of a healthy Mercedes being overtaken for the lead by a healthy rival over the last two years, but Ricciardo grabbed the opportunity when it was presented to him in the USA. The Red Bull driver was running lines Lewis Hamilton couldn’t touch as the track dried out and pounced, unusually, at the exit of turn 18.
Max Verstappen on Sergio Perez, Brazilian Grand Prix
Despite the aggravation of not getting full power from his engine at times, Verstappen made it past Sergio Perez by going the long way around at turn one in Brazil, then hugging the inside line for the following corner despite putting two wheels off the asphalt. Another pass which made it hard to believe he was still in karts just two years ago.
Carlos Sainz Jnr on three drivers, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
This effort from Sainz ensures half of the entries in this year’s top ten come from Toro Rosso’s drivers. Accelerating out of turn one on the first lap of the race in Abu Dhabi, Sainz positioned himself perfectly to sweep around both Williams drivers, then muscled his way past Daniil Kvyat at the chicane. A fine piece of first-lap jockeying for position.
Vote for the best pass of 2015
Which of these do you think was the best pass of 2015? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
What was the best pass of 2015?
- Marcus Ericsson on Carlos Sainz Jnr, Australian Grand Prix (1%)
- Valtteri Bottas on Felipe Massa, Malaysian Grand Prix (2%)
- Max Verstappen on Daniel Ricciardo, Malaysian Grand Prix (1%)
- Nico Rosberg on Sebastian Vettel, Bahrain Grand Prix (3%)
- Max Verstappen on Valtteri Bottas, Monaco Grand Prix (5%)
- Felipe Massa on Marcus Ericsson, Canadian Grand Prix (21%)
- Max Verstappen on Felipe Nasr, Belgian Grand Prix (31%)
- Daniel Ricciardo on Lewis Hamilton, United States Grand Prix (9%)
- Max Verstappen on Sergio Perez, Brazilian Grand Prix (18%)
- Carlos Sainz Jnr on three drivers, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (10%)
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