Formula 1 overtakes less again
In 2020, Formula 1 experienced as few overtaking maneuvers as it did in 2017. Will the negative trend end with new cars?
R.Ad-to-bike duels at 300 km / h with open cockpits and unclad wheels – that’s why many fans like Formula 1. But the number of overtaking maneuvers in 2020 was as low as it was in 2017. 534 times were overtaken in the 17 races – so pro Grand Prix 31.4 times. In 2019 there were still 38.9 maneuvers per race.
When was it overhauled and how often?
In 2020, Formula 1 experienced as few overtaking maneuvers as it did in 2017.
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Alone: In the 1980s, cars overtook each other without any artificial elements. This is different today: First, the less spectacular, for many even unfair overtaking aid DRS was introduced (the man behind is allowed to open the rear wing – if he is less than a second apart, which reduces air resistance). Second, there is a compulsory pit stop today that enables various strategies. Without these two elements, Formula 1 would still have an overtaking problem.
Will the overtaking problem be solved in 2022?
Everything should get better in 2022. The downforce is to be reduced by 20 percent with the new aerodynamic regulations. Currently, a vehicle loses a lot of contact pressure when driving behind due to the swirling air of the vehicle in front and can therefore only stay on the opponent with difficulty in curves. With a distance of one car length the downforce loss is more than 50 percent, with three car lengths it is still 32 percent. With the rule changes, these values are to be reduced to 14 percent loss of downforce for one and only six percent for three car lengths in 2022.
Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn: “We have designed cars that are easier to drive against each other.” That means: simpler aerodynamics, the contact pressure is generated more via the underbody and no longer via the wings.