The number of overtaking moves dropped by 20% in 2015 compared to the previous year, Pirelli’s annual data has revealed.
In 2014, a total of 636 overtaking manoeuvres were made over the course of the 19 race season, resulting in an average of 33 per race. The two figures dropped to 509 and 28 in 2015 respectively, with the number of races remaining the same.
As expected, Max Verstappen made the most on-track passes, followed closely by Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz.
The annual drop highlights how difficult it is for a driver to follow another car in a formula that gives importance to aero over mechanical grip.
Several drivers have raised their concern about the lack of overtaking opportunities in Formula 1, with Mercedes’ Aldo Costa suggesting that the 2017 regulations won’t solve this problem either.
More durable tyres and conservative choice of compounds resulted in a fall in number of pitstops.
Pirelli, in total, supplied 35,964 tyres - split between 25,000 slicks and 10,960 wet compounds - to the 10 outfits, out of which only half were used. All of them were recycled by the Italian manufacturer.
by Rachit Thukral