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FIA is happy with the overtaking situation: no changes in DRS-zones

  • Published on 02 May 2017 10:10
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  • By: Rik Klein Entink

F1's governing body is for now taking no action to spice up overtaking.

Earlier, the FIA said it would analyse the opening few races of the new car and tyre regulations to assess if changes would need to be made, for example to the length of the DRS zones.

After a processional start in Australia, China and Bahrain were better races. However, in Russia last weekend, there was just a single passing move all race.

Germany's Auto Bild points out that even the notorious six-car race at Indianapolis in 2005 boasted more overtaking than that.

A year ago at Sochi, there were 29 overtakes.

"Well, it's difficult to pass, let's put it that way," championship leader Sebastian Vettel said.

"Behind another car you lose the balance, the car slides and you fall behind again," the Ferrari driver added.

Sochi winner Valtteri Bottas added: "Trying to get past with these new cars, we definitely lose more downforce."

However, a source told us that the issue of overtaking in 2017 was discussed at the last meeting of the technical working group, but the FIA informed those present that the current situation is satisfactory.

And in Russia, all teams were told of the decision to leave the DRS zones unchanged for the remainder of the season, the source added.

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  • RacetoWin

    Posts: 95

    the FIA could produce a spec blown diffuser to help with rear traction issues, this could be a 1 piece unit that includes the FIA plank, to help with understeer the blown diffuser could be designed to clean up the air behind the car to help aero loss from a car following to close, they could also allow bi wings on the front like they did in 2008 to give more front downforce.

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    • May 2 2017 - 22:12
  • f1ski

    Posts: 549

    in addition to the DRS F1 should consider Indy"s over boost push to pass. Get rid of the 100L/min flow rate restriction and let the teams use the fuel how they want during the race and give them a fuel allowance for qualifying.

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    • May 2 2017 - 23:19
    • Wolfgang

      Posts: 313

      They currently do have an overtake button as far as i am informed.

      And i also think free fuel consumption could spice things a little up..

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      • May 3 2017 - 13:17
    • Yup, there is already an overtake mode, but as far as Im aware it mainly adjusts the electric engines rather than the ICE and fuel flow.

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      • May 3 2017 - 15:10

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