U nter the line it was a good rule. Since Pirelli gave the teams 3 types of tires to choose from per race weekend, there has been more movement in the field. Because the larger offer leaves more strategic options open.
But that doesn't always work because Pirelli is sometimes too cautious. At the Grand Prix in Germany, Hungary, Europe, Spain and Russia, the toughest mixture was hardly used in the race.
Reaching into the regular bag of tricks has definitely changed the races. This is shown by a comparison with 2014 and 2015. For the statistics, we used 10 of the first 12 Grand Prix. There were no past comparisons for Baku, and Hockenheim only takes place every two years. These values are left out in the table.Hungaroring, despite 2 consecutive DRS zones, only changed positions 11 times.
That was the low point this year. The usual taillight Monte Carlo performed better than usual this year thanks to the rain with 27 overtaking maneuvers. In Silverstone, however, the chaos of the weather hardly helped. One driver only overtook the other on the track 15 times.
Is that bad? The fewer overtaking maneuvers, the easier it is to remember them. Example Max Verstappen versus Nico Rosberg. We all remember how Verstappen got the Mercedes out of the outside at Becketts. And how Rosberg struck back later in Stowe.
In Shanghai, however, it was almost too much. 128 Overtaking maneuvers are an inflation that makes the individual event fade. The best values from 2014 (Bahrain, 78) and 2015 (Hungary, 40) seem almost poor. Overall, the number of overtaking maneuvers increased significantly to 48.8 per race this season. In 2014 it was 41.9 and in 2015 only 29.3.