According to the WTCC General Manager Marcello Lotti, the championship is considering introducing a ‘push-to-pass’ system in 2014 as part of new rules.
Further implementations will be studied for a later application, such as the ‘push to pass’ and a common hybrid system.
For sure, more details would be necessary to understand how exactly this system is going to work but basically I don’t think this is something that WTCC needs.
Firstly, one could say that there are already enough rules that make racing more artificial, such as the success ballast system and reverse grids. Secondly, we have seen a few great underdog triumphs over the last years of Chevrolet’s dominance, which probably wouldn’t have happened if the leading non-Chevy drivers couldn’t have defended their positions appropriately. Thirdly, I’ve never been a fan of these ‘overtaking devices’ that ‘spice up the show’ and it’s not like WTCC sees no overtaking.
What do you think of this? How does ‘push-to-pass’ systems work in other racing series, such as IndyCar?