F1 overtakes drop by almost 50 per cent
5 December 2017 – Overtaking manoeuvres during Formula 1 races dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2017, following the introduction of new aerodynamic regulations, according to data compiled by Pirelli.
435 overtaking manoeuvres were recorded, working out an an average of 21.8 per race, in the analysis published by Formula 1's sole tyre supplier.
It compares to the 866 overtakes recorded during the 2016 season (just four shy of 2012's record), and the 509 passes logged through 2015.
Overhauled aerodynamics and wider Pirelli tyres contributed to much faster lap times in 2017, as cornering speeds increased and braking distances decreased.
Daniel Ricciardo topped the individual overtaking charts with 43 passes, and also completed the most moves in one race with 13 at the British Grand Prix, after starting at the back of the grid.
Ricciardo's team-mate, Max Verstappen, and World Champion Lewis Hamilton were overtaken the least, only losing out to rivals twice.
As a team, Red Bull carried out the most overtakes, completing 65 moves, 43 by Ricciardo, 22 by Verstappen, and was also overtaken the least (11), along with Ferrari.
Azerbaijan, a race Ricciardo won, boasted the highest number of overtaking manoeuvres in a dry encounter (42), with Russia producing the fewest (just one).
On the first lap of races, Lance Stroll, who had a sketchy qualifying record in his rookie Formula 1 season, made up the most places, gaining 36 positions overall.
NB: Pirelli counted overtaking manoeuvres that took place during complete flying laps (not on the opening laps of races) and were then maintained all the way to that lap's finish line. Position changes due to major mechanical issues or lapping/unlapping were not counted.