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Overtaking in 2012: statistics and analysis

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    What a year it’s been again, in many aspects, and overtaking was no different. Whether it was Massa’s crazy move on Senna in Singapore, Vettel’s amazing comeback in Abu Dhabi, or the crazy circumstances that saw all drivers bar the HRTs overtake in Brazil, there was plenty of on-track action to be had in 2012.

    Although the introduction of DRS in 2011 had a big impact -it saw more than tripple the amount of overtakes- something has to be said for the competitiveness of the field as well. With the cars being so equal, 2010 (remember, pre-DRS) already saw the most amount of overtakes (average per GP) since 1991. With 1135 on-track overtakes in 2012, this season was just 17 overtakes off the 2011-record.

    And just when you thought it would be almost impossible to see as much action as we’ve seen in Turkey (125 overtakes) and Canada (126) last year, this season came to a bang with an unprecedented 144 overtakes in just 63 racing laps (8 behind the safety car).

    Top overtakers in 2012
    I’ve taken the 10 drivers from the top 5 teams, and categorized the types of overtakes, from ‘all overtakes’ to ‘overtakes on top cars only with equal tires’. At the end of this article, you can see the numbers per race.

    The overtaking figures -courtesy of Clip The Apex- for each race (across all data sets) do not include:
    - Position changes on the first lap of the race
    - Position changes due to drivers lapping backmarkers
    - Positions gained in the pits
    - Positions gained due to drivers yielding
    - Positions gained when a car has a serious technical problem; e.g. puncture, accident damage, etc.

    All overtakes
    1. Sebastian Vettel – 74 on-track overtakes
    1. Mark Webber – 74
    3. Felipe Massa – 65
    4. Lewis Hamilton – 55
    4. Romain Grosjean – 55

    All overtakes, without backmarkers
    Disgarding the overtakes on the teams of HRT, Marussia and Caterham
    1. Sebastian Vettel – 51 on-track overtakes
    2. Lewis Hamilton – 46
    2. Mark Webber – 46
    4. Felipe Massa – 45
    5. Jenson Button – 41

    All overtakes, without backmarkers, with equal tires
    Disgarding the overtakes on the teams of HRT, Marussia and Caterham
    Disgarding overtakes on cars with more than 5 lap older tires
    1. Sebastian Vettel – 29 on-track overtakes
    2. Jenson Button – 26
    3. Mark Webber – 24
    4. Kimi Räikkönen – 23
    4. Felipe Massa – 23

    All overtakes, only on 5 top teams
    Counting only overtakes on the teams of Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and Mercedes
    1. Sebastian Vettel – 28 on-track overtakes
    2. Lewis Hamilton – 25
    3. Jenson Button – 22
    4. Kimi Räikkönen – 21
    5. Felipe Massa – 16

    All overtakes, only on 5 top teams, with equal tires
    Counting only overtakes on the teams of Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and Mercedes
    Disgarding overtakes on cars with more than 5 lap older tires
    1. Sebastian Vettel – 17 on-track overtakes
    2. Kimi Räikkönen – 16
    3. Jenson Button – 14
    4. Lewis Hamilton – 13
    5. Felipe Massa – 12

    Overview

    - 2012 overtakes races 1 to 5
    - 2012 overtakes races 6 to 10
    - 2012 overtakes races 11 to 15
    - 2012 overtakes races 16 to 20

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    Go, Felipe, Go!

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