As promised, here’s the first batch of data on overtaking in the Australian Grand Prix.
I’ve posted this here so we can refine the data, create an accurate picture of how much real, on-track overtaking goes on in a race, and use it to draw conclusions about things like which drivers did the most overtaking and whether the DRS is making a difference.
The data in the file below is generated automatically based on the same race data used on the site. However the system is not perfect at the moment and I need informed observers to make some amendments.
For example, there may be some occasions where a driver has been shown to have made an overtaking move when in fact they’ve just gained a place because a driver in front of them pitted.
Here is some guidance on what should and should not be counted as an overtaking move:
No first-lap passes
No passes that ‘didn’t stick’ – e.g., where a driver gains a position braking too deeply into a corner and is immediately re-passed
No places gained ‘in the pits’ – e.g., a driver gaining a place through faster in- and out-laps
No places gained because the overtaken driver went off the track
No places gained through moves that were penalised by the stewards
(Should you wish to analyse the data based on different criteria, please do so in another thread.)
Please post details of any amendments you would make to the data below, indicating which lap/s, which driver/s and why you would make the change.
Please do not edit the file and post a different version with no explanation, as that would be entirely unhelpful.
Click here to download the data. It’s a .csv file which should work with most spreadsheet software such as Excel and Google Documents.