Drivers who complain about lack of overtaking should relax and be ok with the idea that a few grands prix in Formula 1 might be a bit boring, says Ferrari’s top driver Sebastian Vettel.
After the season ended, Pirelli released their yearly data of the number overtakes which shows that 2017 has been the worst year since introducing DRS.
A total of 435 passes were recorded in the season, a 49% drop compared to 2016 which saw 866 overtakes in 21 races.
Vettel said: “Wishes for next year is that everybody calms down,”
“Some races are boring, so what? I don’t see the problem in that.
“I don’t think we need another record, another record every race, to have more overtaking and more overtaking.
“It’s true that overtaking sometimes, especially if you’re behind and you’re fast, and you can’t get past for those reasons, it annoys you.
“But then again, if you make the move there is a massive reward inside the car, sometimes out the car.
“What I want to say is that overtaking should be an achievement and not handed to you.
“Sometimes just relax and calm down and accept a boring race or a boring two races in a row and then there will be another great race after that and another one.”
After a change in the aerodynamic regulation for 2017, drivers have found it hard to follow cars closely in certain circuits, because of which overtaking has become much harder.
“I think Seb’s right in some ways, that’s just the way it is and that’s the way some tracks are laid out,” said Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
“I think the wider cars and all that look great and they’ve given us more downforce and grip, but when they take up more space on the track, you have less clean air to try to find, so it does make following harder – so that one is good and bad.”
Lewis Hamilton believes overtaking improves the show quality and hopes that F1 makes a few tweaks to increase the chances of overtaking.
“On the racing side, I hope moving forwards, overtaking gets easier,” he said. “Not easier, but being able to follow each other is really what the sport needs.
“The more overtaking, the more fun it is for people to watch.”