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Formula 1 aerodynamics too extreme: fewer overtaking maneuvers than in 2014

Formula 1 aerodynamics too extreme
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D he last two Grand Prix before the summer break are in the mood made for Formula 1. Silverstone and Budapest offered pure racing. Both times the start laid the foundation for exciting races. Both times the Mercedes came out of the blocks badly. And when the best cars in the field are stuck in traffic, suddenly winning is no longer a sure-fire success. Because overtaking has become so difficult.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were able to turn the tables at Silverstone. It was no longer enough at the Hungaroring. In these cases one is almost inclined to say: Fortunately, overtaking is not child's play. Otherwise the Silver Arrows would have made short work of their opponents.

13.2 fewer overtaking maneuvers per race

We have already discussed it a few times here. There are fewer overtaking maneuvers, also compared to last year. At first it was just a feeling. Now it's underlaid with numbers. In 2014, an average of 42.6 times were overtaken in the first 10 races. Except first round. This season the mean value is only 29.4 changes of position on the racetrack. The 2014 GP Bahrain was the front runner with 78 overtaking maneuvers. In 2015 Malaysia topped the list with 65.

Only 3 Grands Prix were higher than in the previous season. In Malaysia, Monaco and Canada. There are good reasons for Malaysia and Canada. The extreme heat in Sepang resulted in large differences in tire wear. That is still the best basis for overtaking maneuvers. Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa started from behind in Montreal. The race to catch up produced 19 of the 37 overtaking maneuvers.

The aerodynamics are mainly to blame for the poorer overtaking numbers. In the second year of the front wing, which has shrunk to 165 centimeters, the engineers have perfected the game with the wind again so that the slightest disturbance in the current can tear off the contact pressure of the following car.

Romain Grosjean speaks for his colleagues, if he says: 'It has become more difficult to keep to the front man.' The tires are the other annoyance. They last longer, but you shouldn't overtax them. After two or three laps at the limit, they collapse. And they don't recover.

Hamilton King of the lead kilometers

There's something at the front of the field more movement than last year. 30 leadership changes from theThe 2014 season is compared to 34 this year. Despite significantly fewer pit stops. Not once did the lead change on the racetrack. Again, the aerodynamics and the tires are to blame. The front runner enjoys the advantages of clean air and thus also the perfect use of tires.

In 2014, 7 drivers shared the leading position, with the lion's share going to the Mercedes drivers. Nico Rosberg was just ahead of Lewis Hamilton with 1,473 kilometers with 1,473 kilometers. This season the picture is very different. Hamilton is lonely in the front with 1,640 kilometers of lead.

With his 653 kilometers, Rosberg is slowly coming under pressure from Vettel, who after his victory drive in Hungary brings it to 557 kilometers. Felipe Massa is well behind with 112 kilometers. Kimi Räikkönen and Valtteri Bottas complete the ranks of drivers who led a Grand Prix at least once in 2015.


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