Pass of the year: 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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29th November 2015, 18:22 at 6:22 pm #309804Keith CollantineKeymaster
Nominate the best pass or passes from the Brazilian Grand Prix for our 2015 Pass of the Year poll.
Regular readers will know how the formula works: after every race we have a dedicated thread for you to nominate the best pass or passes. And at the end of the year the nominations are compiled and a list of the top ten created for everyone to vote on.
Nominate the best overtaking moves from the Brazilian Grand Prix below. Please include as much details as possible – make sure to at least point out which driver passed which other driver or drivers – so your nomination can be counted.
Make nominations from this year’s earlier races:
Take a look at some of the past top tens here:
Top ten passes of 2014
Top ten passes of 2013
Top ten passes of 2012
Top ten passes of 2011
Top ten passes of 2010
Top ten passes of 200929th November 2015, 18:28 at 6:28 pm #309805jaapgrollemanParticipant
Kvyat made a non-DRS overtake early on in the race, I’m not sure on who, but it was really nice. Also, Verstappen’s overtakes on the Saubers were cool, also non-DRS!29th November 2015, 18:57 at 6:57 pm #309811hunocsiParticipant
Nothing comes close to Sainz’s move on lap 1, he went around the outside of the two Williams in turn 3 and with that momentum dived past Kvyat in the chicane as well, a brilliant manoeuvre.30th November 2015, 9:44 at 9:44 am #309856McL88AsApParticipant
Jenson Button on a Sauber (I forget its Ericsson/Nasr) but that pass was great30th November 2015, 14:37 at 2:37 pm #309864AtticusParticipant
I agree with that Sainz move around the outside of the two Williams after the start – he braked earlier into T2 and enabled himself a wider arc into T3 with which he carried way more speed adding up to the far superior cornering speed the STR10 already possessed this year vs. the FW37 (especially in high-speed and especially here where Williams opted for a lower downforce setup without monkey seats – they had them last year here – to help them achieve those ballsy top speeds, see pre-race analysis & also older ones to check that Williams was rarely this good on top speed this year).
All in all, a great move, Massa and Bottas were made to look like as if they would be racing in a lower category.
Also, Sainz completed a monster lap 1 with forcing his way past Kvyat on the outside of T5 just a few hundred meters later.
That whole sequence wins this for me – of course, the STR mechanics ruined his work with his slow first stop, but whatever, the guy was good.30th November 2015, 15:43 at 3:43 pm #309888MatthijsParticipant
Sainz certainly had a stunning first lap, but personally I don’t count overtakes at the start for this topic. Don’t know who else I should vote yet.1st December 2015, 18:03 at 6:03 pm #309949ForzaAlanRabbitParticipant
Saint lap 1 was stunning.1st December 2015, 20:47 at 8:47 pm #310027WheelToWheelParticipant
Button on Marcus Ericsson near the end2nd December 2015, 10:06 at 10:06 am #310055Remold KrolParticipant
Verstappen on Button. He should not have been punished for it, as HAM did the same in America to ROS.2nd December 2015, 13:16 at 1:16 pm #310127JeroenParticipant
Sainz multiple overtaking passes in round 1. Wonderful, like a slick quick eel in a bucket filled with oil.
I do agree that the punishment Verstappen got for his move on Button was incorrect. He was clearly much faster and But. did not leave him any space. Forcing Ves. out of the lane.
Also the after race punishment given to Verstappen for so called ‘ignoring the blue flag’ was probably caused by a Hamilton complaint. It was clearly visual that Ham. showed his right hand in anger.2nd December 2015, 15:53 at 3:53 pm #310129AtticusParticipant
(For the record, the TV cam clearly shows that a gap was beginning to build between Verstappen and Button way before the space between the left side of Button’s McLaren and the edge of the track would decrease to a car’s width on the exit of T9. In other words, Verstappen committed to take to the run-off area before Button would have had to face with the decision to leave him space or squeeze him. He indeed tracked out until the very edge, but that was only after Verstappen said he won’t even contest that piece of tarmac.
In even more simpler terms, Verstappen was not force off the track, he voluntarily took a wider line and used his speed to get ahead – his penalty was warranted. On a personal note, it was not very clever of him – he had much fresher tyres, he would’ve got past soon anyway.)
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