F1 is seeing fewer passes with DRS in 2012 according to Mercedes.
Data produced by the team revealed over two thirds of passes this year were ‘normal’ overtakes where DRS was not being used.
However the total number of passes over the first four races was almost identical: 326 in 2011, 327 this year. Bahrain replaced Turkey in the first four races of this year.
Throughout 2011, 55% of passes were ‘normal’ overtakes, compared to 68% in the first four races of this year.
At Melbourne, where a second DRS zone was added for this year’s race, DRS passes increased from 30% to 35%. The total number of overtakes doubled from 17 to 34.
In China this year 41 out of 69 passes were DRS-free, compared to 30 out of 67 last year.
Last year’s Spanish Grand Prix saw 51 overtaking moves, 57% of which were accomplished by a driver using DRS.
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