DRS overtaking falls in first races of 2012

2012 F1 season

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2012F1 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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79 comments on DRS overtaking falls in first races of 2012

  1. Matt_D said on 9th May 2012, 15:51

    Overtaking without competition is meaningless, it’s bread and circuses meant to appease the clamouring masses

    DRS is like a basketball court with the hoops rigged so the trailing team’s goal always is a foot larger in diameter. The fast-disintegrating Pirellis are like covering the floor of the court in motor oil.

    Overtaking enabled by such gimmickry doesn’t raise the level of competition, it lowers it. It’s just not cricket.

  2. Jack_Burton (@jack_burton) said on 9th May 2012, 16:30

    It’s because of the massive amount of tire clag, it has effectively created a driving lane, so even if a driver can pass via DRS, they will be off into the marbles to do it. DRS combined with the horrible tire clag has now taken precedent over constructor and driver. I’m struggling to enjoy this season.

  3. TED BELL said on 9th May 2012, 16:44

    Wrong is WRONG.

    DRS is WRONG

    It could be right if allowed to be used as needed like it is during practice and qualifying. Another failed gimmick to enhance the racing and fans just point and laugh at it. How it is used on Sunday is another embarrassment to Formula One everybody knows it.

  4. nerf u (@nerf) said on 9th May 2012, 17:28

    No longer is the qualifying order the race end order.How we got there i don,t care to me its a good show now.I have seen 14 montreal GPs live and the odd time left before the end, wont do that now.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th May 2012, 19:36

    Interesting stats from Mercedes! I don’t have an issue with DRS really. As with any formula, it requires many elements to work effectively together and I think this year they are working well.

  6. cjpdk (@cjpdk) said on 9th May 2012, 20:59

    I can’t help but feel that what I’m about to propose would be a perfect solution to the aerodynamics problem (although I’m not too knowledgeable about this- if it wouldn’t work, please explain).

    Add a rear-facing fan to the back of every car.

    This would create a “normal” airflow behind every car, regardless of the aerodynamics of the car itself. Trailing cars would retain their aerodynamic properties, their downforce, and their speed whecatching up.

    Would this work? Or this this an idiotic idea?

  7. caci99 (@caci99) said on 9th May 2012, 21:48

    What does DRS stands for? Defensive Reduction System, Driver Reorder System or Do Random Surpass?

  8. StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 9th May 2012, 22:18

    Still can’t stand DRS myself, Or at least the way its been used with the 1 second gap & DRS zones.

    DRS passes may be down, However I’ve still seen far, far too many instances this year of the car behind simply cruising straght past with the car been passed having no way to defend the place. That sort of uncontested passing I find really unexciting to watch & its harmed my enjoyment of a lot of races since the start of 2011.

    I still stick by what I’ve been saying since DRS was announced, Run it like the Push-2-Pass syetem used in many other series. Every driver goes into a race with 20 uses & they can use it to attack or defend anywhere round the track.
    At least with this sort of system the lead car has something to defend his place with & with everyone having x uses it brings in some strategy in terms of how/when drivers use it.

    There was the poll on here not long ago which suggested that most fans dislike the way DRS is been used & favored the P2P system, Similar discussions elsewhere show similar opinions amongst fans.

    I really think its time for FOTA/FIA to really look at fan opinions on DRS, Not just a ‘Do you like DRS’ question but one that goes more in-depth much like the one Keith had on here.

  9. John H (@john-h) said on 9th May 2012, 23:12


  10. OOliver said on 10th May 2012, 3:22

    The tyres are playing a key role in this.
    A driver trying to gain those extra tenths of a second to fall within the one second gap, while in the wake of the car ahead, is probaby abusing the tyres, and these range of tyres can’t take much punishment. And as you lose grip you also lose drive.

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