I think first lap passes are very definitely overtaking moves, and count as passes. However, they are a different class of pass, especially off the line, and should be tagged or classified as such.
Passes via pit stops, are not passes by any standard other than strategic.
So for me, I would propose 4 levels/tags of passing :
A) off the line ( before the first corner)
B) first lap ( exit of first corner to start/finish )
C) on track
D) pit stop
then you can break up the data accordingly, map it, graph it, and generally do what you like with it :) It satisfies the pragmatist in me.
- 3xA ( off the line),
- 1xB (first lap),
- 5xC (on track),
- 2xD (pitstop)
= Total : 11 passes
This way, with an interactive chart, (the type Keith is quite conversant with), one can choose ones own definition of a pass, and be happy with that. It allows us to break down the type of passing, and identify where these drivers are getting their merits.
This year, it may help us see who has the better KERS system off the line. Perhaps assist who has the better combination of KERS and ARW on the straights, as hopefully some of that data will bubble up.
Well that’s my 2cents worth :)