TOP 5 BEST FORMULA 1 OVERTAKES

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Overtaking - or lack of it - seems to dominate the headlines of F1 at any given moment. Every F1 fan hopes for a race full of big and bold overtaking manoeuvres; it's what makes racing. There's nothing better than viewing the best drivers in the world going toe to toe for the same ribbon of tarmac, at speeds that mere mortals wouldn't even consider doing.

During Formula 1's 60 year history there have been thousands of overtakes. Some are good, some are clumsy, some are foolish, and some are great. But then there are the odd occasions when we get to witness blinding brilliance from two drivers. This type of driving creates overtakes that are legendary.

Here are the top five best overtakes ever made in F1:

5: MIKA HAKKINEN VS MICHAEL SCHUMACHER - SPA 2000

Hakkinen followed his rival through Eau Rouge, slipstreaming Schumacher us they sprinted up the Kemmel Straight. As the pair screamed towards Les Combes they came across Ricardo Zonta's BAR. Schumacher went left. Hakkinen went right. The rest is history.

4: ALONSO VS SCHUMACHER - SUZUKA 2005

If anyone was in any doubt about Alonso's talent by the end of 2005 then this move will have silenced any remaining critics. First of all he passed someone around the outside of 130r. Second of all, he passed seven times world champion Michael Schumacher around the outside of 130r. Mega stuff.

3: WEBBER VS ALONSO - SPA 2011

I STILL have to look away as these two plunge into the bottom of Eau Rouge. I'm convinced there is going to be the mother and father of all accidents. Alonso left Webber the width of a Red Bull and the Australian took it. Breathtaking, every time.

2: MANSELL VS PIQUET - SILVERSTONE 1987

This is classic Nigel Mansell. Having had to pit for new tyres (which was unusual at that time) Mansell then broke the lap record 11 times in his pursuit of teammate Nelson Piquet. On the run down Hangar Straight, Mansell sold Nelson a textbook dummy and threw his Williams down the inside at Stowe. The crowd, understandably, went wild.

1: PIQUET VS SENNA - HUNGARORING 1986

Not only is this overtake around the outside of another car. It's around the outside of Ayrton Senna whilst on full opposite lock. Considering how monstrous these cars were back in the turbo era, it's impressive that Piquet held onto this one, let alone execute an overtake.

Do you agree? What's your favourite overtake? Let us know in the comments!

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  • -Lewis vs Kimi, Spa 2008

    -Montoya vs M Schumacher, Brazil 2001

    -Barrichello vs MSC, Hungary 2010

    -Vettel vs Webber, Malaysia 2013 (the infamous 'Multi 21' incident)

    IMO, there's been so many great overtakes in F1, that it's difficult to pin down a top 5.

    4 months ago
  • Massa vs Kubica, Japan 2007. Last lap in heavy rain.

    4 months ago
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  • Piquet over Senna is hands down the greatest overtake ever in F1 for a number of reasons, but to me the most relevant is about pushing the limits. F1 has always been about pushing the limits of the machines, and the fastest pilots are the ones that bring the machines closer to its limits. On that moment Piquet exceeded the limits of the machine and kept it on the track because HIS limit was not exceeded, such an amazing pilot he was. Add to that the he was overtaking Ayrton Senna and history is made. Sadly you don't get that kind of action anymore on F1.

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  • all 5 are great. Webber/Alonso would could have been a massive accident. Same with Hakkinen/Shumacher. There was a Ricciardo/Vettel overtake at (I think) Monza a few years ago that was pretty reasonable as well...or any of Ricciardo's overtakes at China a few weeks ago

    4 months ago
  • The Webber/Alonso Eau Rouge is frightening

    4 months ago
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    • There’s not many drivers you’d trust to make that one stick. Dread to think what would have happened if they had touched

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    • Aeroplane crash

      4 months ago

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