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For 2022, F1 and Crypto.com are letting you, the fans, be the judges of the best on-track action, with the Crypto.com Overtake King Award. At each Grand Prix, F1 fans can vote via social media for the boldest and bravest manoeuvre of the day – with that driver earning the Overtake King Award.
With one winner per round, at the end of the 2022 season, each and every winning moment will then be pitted against one another, with the fans again voting for their absolute favourite on-track move of the season – and with that driver being crowned the 2022 Crypto.com Overtake King.
The McLaren man has not been putting in as many passes as he’d like of late, but this one – actually, let’s make that two – in Budapest was a blinder. Yes, the squabbling Alpine team mates aided Ricciardo’s cause, but this was opportunistic overtaking at its very best.
We didn’t have to wait long for the move you chose as your winner from Paul Ricard. Starting seventh for his Alpine team’s home race, Fernando Alonso got one of his trademark lightning getaways, helping him pick off not one but two cars through the opening turns.
Given that Charles Leclerc had to overtake Max Verstappen on track not once, not twice, but three times en route to his Austrian Grand Prix win for Ferrari, it’s perhaps no great shock that one of those passes got your vote. Here it is, in all its aggressive glory.
Silverstone threw up some amazing battles, but unsurprisingly you voted for this stunning three-way scrap between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Calling on all his experience, it was the seven-time champ who emerged in front.
He may have managed only P5 at the flag, but Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was his usual precision self when it came to carving his way through the pack in Montreal. You voted for this combination of bravery and accuracy as he despatches Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas through the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve’s final turns.
The punishing Baku City Circuit does not provide much room for error, which makes this precision move from four-time champion Sebastian Vettel all the more impressive. The Aston Martin man bravely muscles his way around the outside of Yuki Tsunoda through Turn 3, giving himself the inside line into Turn 4 to complete an amazing pass on his AlphaTauri rival.
The hardest F1 track to overtake on? Got to be Monaco, right? Apparently no one had told Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman pulling off more than one audacious pass in tricky conditions around the rain-sodden streets of Monte Carlo. This superb move on Daniel Ricciardo coming into the Swimming Pool section got your vote.
Having dropped to P19 on the opening lap, this was the pass – a stunner around the outside into Turn 1 – that took Lewis Hamilton into fourth place in the closing stages of a thrilling Spanish Grand Prix. Okay, car problems meant that he had to surrender the place back to Carlos Sainz soon after, but it was a move that encapsulated the Mercedes man’s battling recovery drive.
Fernando Alonso may have come away from the inaugural Miami Grand Prix with nul points – but the Spaniard put on a hell of a show on track. And it’s Alonso who takes the plaudits, having pulled off a beautiful move on Lewis Hamilton on Lap 1 – and telling the media afterwards that a slow drivers’ parade had allowed him to get a read on the asphalt at Turn 1 and plot his overtake.
There was no shortage of gutsy overtaking manoeuvres at Imola – given the trying conditions, gutsy was usually the only way to go. Your vote went to this masterclass of a pass from Max Verstappen, skilfully seizing the lead late on from Charles Leclerc to triumph in the F1 Sprint.
Sergio Perez looked like a driver on a mission at the Australian Grand Prix, pulling off some beautiful moves. Top of the pile, though, was this opportune pass on Lewis Hamilton going into the fearsomely fast Turn 9, allowing Perez to ultimately claim his first podium of the season.
The second Formula 1 race at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit had no shortage of spectacular overtakes – including an intra-team dice between the Alpine drivers and a thrilling duel for the win – but this multi-corner stunner from Haas man Kevin Magnussen rightly took your plaudits.
On-track opponents don’t come much tougher than Max Verstappen, but Charles Leclerc had the measure of the world champion, repassing the Red Bull not once but twice on successive laps, with the second overtake below all but sealing the Monagasque driver’s third F1 victory for Ferrari.
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