Seeing as it’s the off season and there’s not much happening, we at Badger thought we’d have a look back at what makes F1 so exciting – the overtaking.
Let’s face it – it’s the reason we all watch and the one thing that’s guaranteed to be talked about for years to come.
So, what we’ve done is asked a number of the BadgerGP writers to give us their favourite overtaking moves. Let us know yours at the bottom (including video clips if you can find them…)
First up, the main man himself, Adam Milleneuve who’s chosen the ‘electric’ (his words) Senna vs Mansell move in Barcelona 1991.
The first thing that strikes us is the way the cars are so close at such high speed, especially in the days when safety wasn’t what it is now. These guys were, not to put too fine a point on it, lunatics. Old school.
The second thing that strikes us is a question: could we see this action now? The closeness of the wheel to wheel racing at the front of the grid; was it better in the old days? Look how close they get and decide.
Secondly, Jimmy von Weeks, Badger favourite former Welsh karting champion, has gone for Montoya passing Schumacher at Brazil 2001, saying he made an instant decision as otherwise he’d “have spent the rest of the day on YouTube watching F1 cars pass each other.”
This was Montoya’s third Grand Prix, but it doesn’t look like it from the way he muscled Schumacher out of the way. World Champion?! Pah. Top stuff.
[youtube width=”580″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Ve9BOIIac
As much as it pains us to say it, credit is due to Schumacher for realising what is going on and making sure there wasn’t an accident. Montoya came from a long way back and could easily have caused an accident (as could so many of the great overtaking moves), but Schumacher was aware of it and fought all he could without ruining his race.
Thirdly, a recent addition to the Badger team, Graham Moggipaldi has chosen another classic.
To start with, he wanted to go for Schumacher on Barrichello at Austria in 2001 (or 2002), but thought that wouldn’t be a popular choice…
[youtube width=”580″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u7EEdscVJI
Therefore, he went for Nelson Piquet (senior, obviously…) on Ayrton Senna in Hungary 1986.
[youtube width=”580″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2o1klPy5dU
Amazing. Not a traction control device in sight…
Badger’s resident F1 oracle and knower-of-all-things, Riccardo Monza, has plumped for Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) overtaking Alan Jones (Williams) around the outside of the awesome Tarzan corner at Zandvoort, during the Dutch GP in 1979.
According to Mr Monza, it was “a mega battle for the lead which later ended with Gilles’ famous puncture, two spins, and crawl back to the pits on 3 wheels episode. Alan and Gilles had plenty of good battles that year and thereafter.” Great stuff!
Last, but by no means least, Benson Jamichello (and the collator of this article) has gone for Hakkinen on Schumacher at Spa in 2000.
Watching this in the context of Hakkinen and Schumacher’s rivalry and the epic grandeur of the Spa circuit, as well as the hapless Zonta stuck in the middle of the two, makes this your correspondent’s favourite overtaking move.
Even though Hakkinen eventually lost the Championship war to Schumacher, he created sheer F1 poetry.
[youtube width=”580″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM4dQdpgHf8