F1 2017: The top five overtakes of the season
Watch and vote for your favourite pass of the 2017 season
By Jonathan Green
Last Updated: 03/01/18 11:34am
F1 2017 has delivered some thrilling racing and served up some cracking overtakes along the way.
Here at Sky Sports F1 we have compiled our top five moves of the season and we want you to vote for your favourite.
Think we've missed one out? Add your suggestion in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Vettel and Ricciardo go wheel to wheel in China
In the race which confirmed overtaking was indeed possible in 2017-style F1 cars, Sebastian Vettel's pass on former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was sublime as two of the best went wheel to wheel.
The duel had begun down the pit straight as Vettel, fighting his way back after being caught out by an early Safety Car, closed on the Red Bull with DRS.
Unable to find a way past through the opening corners, Vettel then slotted in behind Ricciardo to slipstream on the run down to Turn Six.
Having earlier passed team-mate Kimi Raikkonen down the inside, Vettel this time attempted to go around the outside of Ricciardo but the Australian held firm and they continued side by side on the exit.
Neither driver was willing to give each other a quarter and there was a brief wheel bang before Vettel finally forced his Ferrari through at Turn Seven.
"That was superb race craft, as good as any you'll see," said Sky F1's Martin Brundle on commentary.
Vettel certainly enjoyed the moment, telling Sky F1: "It was good fun. I was afraid there might be some damage, but I think both of our cars were fine, it's just wheel-to-wheel racing which is what it should be."
Vettel dummies, dips and dives past Bottas in Spain
With Ferrari having pitted Sebastian Vettel early from the lead, the German re-emerged behind the slower Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who had suffered damage in first-lap contact.
The Silver Arrows decided to play the long game with the Finn in the hope he would hold up Vettel to put Lewis Hamilton back in a race-winning position, leaving Vettel to have to risk it all on track to get by.
Having been thwarted in his attempts to go around the outside of Turn One a lap earlier, Vettel produced a brilliant double dummy to retake the lead on lap 25.
First he feinted right, then left, and then decisively to the right, going so far as to put two wheels on the grass in order to get the move completed.
Unfortunately for Vettel, however, Bottas had done his job perfectly and the four seconds he lost in his advantage over Hamilton proved decisive as the Briton stormed by later in the race to take victory.
Ricciardo takes three in one in Baku
Daniel Ricciardo may have lucked into victory at the Azerbaijan GP given the shenanigans between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton and the latter's faulty headrest.
But it was his stunning three-car overtake on lap 24 which put him in the position to pick up the scraps left by the two title rivals.
On the Safety Car restart following the red flag period, Ricciardo trailed the two Williams of Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa, as well as Nico Hulkenberg's Renault, but he got a great tow down the long pit straight.
And the Australian was the bravest of the lot on the brakes, surging past the trio with a dive down the inside at Turn One to take third place.
It would not be the last time Ricciardo's late braking would pay off in F1 2017…
Ricciardo's "lunge with a capital L" on Raikkonen in Monza
"That wasn't even an overtaking opportunity."
So exclaimed Martin Brundle as Daniel Ricciardo put in his second contender for pass of the season with his move on Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian GP.
Ricciardo was eight tenths behind the Ferrari driver as they entered the home straight, but he left his braking to the very final moment to dive down the inside of Raikkonen into Turn One
"That was from so far back. A lunge with a capital L. Spectacular. One for the CV," Brundle continued.
Ricciardo himself said he had "put the blinkers" on as he made the move.
Magnussen's eye of the needle move on Massa in Singapore
A damp track. Millimetres away from the wall. Kevin Magnussen's pass on Felipe Massa in Singapore was one where you held your breath, closed your eyes and just hoped they came out the other side unscathed.
The pair had been involved in a ding-dong battle before Magnussen lined up his move on the flat-out Turn Six.
There are few more combative drivers on the grid than the Dane and, while Massa tried to give him the squeeze towards the wall, Magnussen kept his foot planted on the accelerator to complete the pass.
"That would have been an aeroplane crash if they had gone into the wall," Brundle said on commentary.
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