Should a pass on the first lap count?
I say yes. The argument is of course that this is more the field shuffling into position. Drivers could hold position, but we would lose half the field in less than a lap! That said, track position from the start is relative to driver, and to a lesser extent, car performance. Being slow off the line should not take away from someone who is quick off the line which ultimately ends in an over-take. It’s equal opportunities as far as i’m concerned.
Does a ‘pass in the pits’ count as overtaking? I say no. This is not directly related to driver skill, at least not when it comes to defending track position. You could argue perhaps the pitting driver could look after his tyres more or be wary of chipping his aero, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t be able defend if he was still out on the track.
If a driver is passed then re-passes in a single lap, does that count as two passes (one by each driver) or none? I say this counts as two over-takes, one for each driver. If we are faced with a situation this year where there is some real jostling for position (i’m thinking McLaren at Istanbul 2010 post-RBR disaster) there is no way we could count (or not count as the case may be) that wonderful situation as an over-taking free zone!
So I agree with Keith on 2/3 points.
It’s basically defining the difference between relative track position and over-taking in a defensive/attacking mindset.