The 2017 Method 1 year noticed just over 50 % the amount of overtaking as the 2016 year, according to details launched by tyre supplier Pirelli.
There have been 435 overtaking moves over the class of this year’s 20 races in contrast to 866 throughout 21 races in 2016. That equates to an regular of 41.2 overtakes for each race in 2016 and just 21.8 in 2017.
Pirelli lessons an overtaking manoeuvre as “one particular that takes area throughout entire traveling laps (so not on the opening lap) and is then preserved all the way to the lap’s finish line. Placement changes because of to significant mechanical issues or lapping/unlapping are not counted.”
The details confirms fears that this year’s regulation changes would result in less overtakes, with the 2017 determine ranking as the lowest since the Drag Reduction Method overtaking support was launched in 2011.
The intention of the 2017 regulations was to raise cornering speeds and reduce lap moments by producing the autos and tyres broader although putting enhanced emphasis on aerodynamics. In several respects they have been a results, with the regular pole situation time falling by 2.450s in contrast to 2016 and the regular race speediest lap falling by 2.968s. However, the enhanced emphasis on aerodynamics has the side effect of producing it much more tough for autos to abide by one particular one more on keep track of as the turbulent air coming off the car in entrance decreases the efficiency of the aero deal of the car behind.
A selection of motorists famous the trouble of adhering to other autos throughout the year, with Lewis Hamilton drawing consideration to the problem adhering to the Brazilian Grand Prix. F1’s managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn has a group of specialists working on techniques to boost overtaking without having the use of DRS, which is viewed by several as an artificial support, but has ruled out a quick fix for future 12 months.
Of the season’s 20 races, Azerbaijan Grand Prix experienced the most overtaking of any race, with a whole of 42 passes for situation, although the Russian Grand Prix experienced the least, with just one particular recorded overtake.
Purple Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo made 43 overtakes over the class of the year — the most of any driver — with 13 of those passes coming throughout his fightback from a grid penalty at the British Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been overtaken the least — just two moments every single — although Lance Stroll held the history for the most positions gained on opening laps, with a whole of 36 areas over the class of the 1st laps of all races this 12 months.