Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Buddh International CIrcuit

Buemi and Schumacher are top overtakers – Mercedes

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit

Sebastien Buemi and Michael Schumacher top the list of most prolific overtakers in 2011.

According to data produced by Mercedes, Buemi has made 112 overtaking moves and Schumacher 111 over the 18 races of the year to date.

Kamui Kobayashi has made 95, Jaime Alguersuari 90 and Sergio Perez 89.

Ignoring overtaking moves made on the first lap, Perez and Buemi have the most with 82. The next highest are Jenson Button (77), Mark Webber (76), Alguersuari (74) and Schumacher (71).

The Turkish Grand Prix saw the most overtaking moves with 85, followed by Canada (79) and China (67). The least passing was seen at Monaco (16), Australia (17) and India (18).

Mercedes also analysed the effect the Drag Reduction System has had on overtaking this year. Out of 804 “clean overtakes”, DRS accounted for 363 (45.1%). This excludes passes on the first lap, passes due to damage, and overtakes on the Virgin, HRT and Lotus cars.

The highest proportion of DRS-assisted passes was seen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where 89% of passes were achieved with DRS. The next highest were the European (81%), Indian (78%), Turkish (59%) and Spanish (57%) Grands Prix. DRS passes outnumbered ordinary passes in eight of the 18 races so far.

The least DRS passes was seen (sometimes due to wet conditions) in the Monaco (13%), Hungarian (20%), Canadian (22%), Japanese (26%) and British (27%) Grands Prix.

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  1. I think the Turkish Grand Prix, despite having the most overtakes, was my least favourite Grand Prix of the year. Something about it didn’t feel right. The battle between Hamilton and Button was pretty exciting, but other than that, it didn’t seem like I was watching an F1 race.

    I really hope we don’t see another race like it, because for all of the action, it still wasn’t even slightly memorable at all for me.

    1. I can’t remember a single thing about that race other than waaaaaay too much DRS assisted overtakes. I remember Vettel’s huge crash in practice, but the race itself is kind of just a messy blur of DRS in my memory.

      1. @US_Peter

        Well put. My feelings exactly. It was entertaining in a way, but so unlike the F1 I fell in love with.

      2. Pretty much the same for me @US_Peter, @damonsmedley, I found Abu Dhabi and Valencia more interesting to watch.

  2. Jenson Button can probably take credit for about 80% of the moves at the Canadian Grand Prix

    1. @pianoshizzle At least 23 of them, he worked his way right from the back at one point!

      Well, I say 23. Depends how many had DNF’d by then.

  3. Buemi, He isnt a fan favourite and I still cant undertsand why? The ladies might argue, for example my girlfriends favourite driver are Alguersuari and Button, but the rest of F1 fans simply cant be watching the same races ive watched cause clearly Buemi deserves to be reckon. I dont want to move out of subject but isnt Buemi F1 worth it? in my opinion yes, dont want to see another Hulkenberg.

    1. BUEMI F1 WDC 2013

    2. I agree with you 100% Buemi has done a brilliant job, especially with all the pressure he has been put under by his team, There is no question in my mind he should be in F1 next season.

      I wasn’t too surprised to see him as the top overtaker either, I remember at Hungary he passed 11 cars including ALG in the first 2 laps, just a shame no one noticed it.

  4. Oh well, it sure wouldn’t be Vettel, would it?

    1. Indeed, because he’s too busy actually winning the races.

  5. No disrespect to Sebastien Buemi and Michael Schumacher but to me the “The Overtaker of the Season” has to be “AussieGrit”. If you look all his overtaking moves this season has been clean but harsh,he showed enough respect to the others while he is racing.

  6. i was listning to an interview with sam michael recently & he said something i thought was intresting.

    he said that in the initial discussions drs was to be allowed on every straght & the system was to be activated/deactivated by the fia timing loops which are every 100m round the track.
    he said the plan was that drs was to be avaliable to the car behind but that as soon as he got 50% alongside of the car he was passing at the next timing loop drs would be deactivated so that the actual pass would have to be completed by the driver rather than drs driving him alongside & then all the way past.

    reason this idea was not adopted was firstly because they coudn’t get the system working right.

    he ended by saying that even those within fota who often put forward there support for drs dislike the way its currently been used with the 1 second gap, detection points & activation zones.

    1. Sounds interesting, where was this interview?

      1. Not sure if this is the same interview Dave was on about but Sam Michael mentioned DRS been activated everywhere with the 100m loops in this interview with Peter Windsor at about 22 mins:

        Doesn’t mention anyone disliking the current system or DRS deactivating when 50% alongside, He said in that interview it would deactivated once the car was physically past.

    2. Wasn’t that in the interview Peter Windsor did with Michael for his “The Flying Lap” show?

  7. Good read. Surprised about the number of DRS passes being such a low percentage, I was expecting higher.

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