The number of overtaking moves per race rose by more than half in 2016 compared to last season, according to Pirelli.
Data from Formula One’s official tyre supplier shows the total number of overtaking moves during the 21-race season was 866. This is a rise of over 53% compared to last season, when 509 passes were recorded over 19 races.
Red Bull achieved the most overtaking moves of any team. Their drivers managed 136 passes, 61 of which were by Daniel Ricciardo, 60 by Max Verstappen and 15 by Daniil Kvyat.
Verstappen made the most passes during the season, achieving a total of 78. He was the only driver to overtake Sebastian Vettel all year, overtaking the Ferrari driver on the 66th lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Unsurprisingly the Mercedes drivers were overtaken less than any of their rivals: Lewis Hamilton three times and Nico Rosberg on four occasions.
The Chinese Grand Prix saw the highest number of overtaking moves with 128, the most in any race since 1983. Hamilton’s 18 passes in this race were the most of any driver in a single grand prix.
Hungary saw the fewest overtakes of the season: just ten passes were made at the Hungaroring. Of the three rain-affected races Brazil saw the most passes with a total of 64 moves.
Pirelli’s analysis defined an overtaking move as “one that takes place during complete flying laps (so not on the opening lap) and is then maintained all the way to the lap’s finish line” excluding position changes due to major mechanical problems, lapping and unlapping.
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