Seven races into the 2018 Formula One season and fans are all starting to ask the same question: why has there been so few overtakes?
It's an issue that was once again raised following the recent Canadian Grand Prix, which was won by Sebastian Vettel but saw just 22 changes in position.
Overtaking has seemed harder this season and Sergio Perez believes it's because of the new halo system and Pirelli's tyres.
"I don't understand why it was so impossible to overtake," he said after finishing 14th in Montreal. "The cars are heavier this year because of Halo, and that doesn't help.
"But the pace difference you need for an overtake is enormous. I think that as long as Pirelli does nothing dramatic, we'll probably always have boring races."
F1 boss Ross Brawn has since responded to the "boring" accusations and while he insists this season has been just as exciting as previous years, he recognises that there's a problem.
"The championship battle is really exciting this year, but it's true that in Montreal, as in Monaco, qualifying was probably more exciting than the race," he said.
PEREZ: F1 RACES ARE BORING
"That's predictable in the streets of the Principality, but it's not what you expect at the Notre-Dame Island circuit, which has usually provided some very exciting racing."
Something needs to change and now F1 have announced that plenty of alterations will be made for the 2019 season to make sure overtaking is much easier.
Here's a quick breakdown of the changes, per the F1's website, which have excited a certain Nico Rosberg:
- A simplified front wing with standardised endplates, tweaked dimensions and no upper flaps
- The deletion of the upper flaps at the outer ends of the wing
- Tweaks to the front wing's dimensions and the limiting of under-wing strakes to two each side
- Winglets mounted on the brake ducts to be banned from 2019
- Barge boards are lowered by 150mm and moved forwards by 100mm
- The rear wing endplates will no longer be permitted to have horizontal gills
- The DRS opening will be increased from 65mm to 85mm
- The increased height of the wing
If the changes make overtaking in F1 easier and the races more exciting, we're all for it. As mentioned, Rosberg is on board with the new regulations.
He tweeted: "Good move. This should make the racing more exciting."
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