I found the information to be quite interesting that I posted it at my forum.
I wanted to see what the technical take on the matter is.
I found this posted by VCS316 @ thescuderia forums but the originals can be found at the links provided below.I must say that this is probably the single BEST analysis by ANYBODY on the topic of overtaking and brings up questions of what the "overtaking" group was doing and the FACT that the FIA have done NOTHING but slowly cripple the sport from what it was in the 70s 80s to what it is today.
With next years "cost cuts", "engine equalization", "duffusasori" NO REFULING! etc etc. One has to look at the data and figure that next year will see as much passing as fuel tankers do on the highway which is exactly what the F1 cars will be.
Fuel tankers with giant diffusers. Passing will be interesting and it will also be the death of one and three stop strategies with wear on the tryres and the heavy fuel load making both irrational much less optimal.
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1984 - 1988 (Average passes down from 42 to 31) From a peak of 42 the average number of overtakes per race fell to 31 by the end of 1988. The reason for this could be two fold. Firstly, the controlling of the speeds of turbo charged cars by restricting fuel and turbo boost pressure. This led to more conservative racing where cars would have to back off towards the end of races to avoid running out of fuel. Secondly, in 1987 and19 88 there was a rise in the number of cars using normally aspirated engines and these were way off the pace of the turbo charged cars.
1989 - 1993 (Average passes down from 34 to 25) This period saw the advancement of driver aids. We see a brief spike up to an average of 34 for the 1989 season which is almost certainly due to the leveller of all teams switching to normally aspirated 3.5 litre engines. This was the time when former race-winning teams such as Williams and Lotus were stuck with using Judd engines. By 1993 almost every car on the grid had traction control, ABS, power steering, paddle shift semi-automatic gearboxes and active suspension. Though there were virtually no changes in the rules it was during this period that the technical experts of the haves proved their worth over the have-nots. During this period and the year after, more teams dropped out of F1 than at any other time in the sports’ history.
1994 This year can be taken in isolation since most of the rule changes introduced were as a result of the tragic weekend at Imola. By the end of this year the average overtake per race was down to 18, a reduction of 7 on the previous year and the biggest single drop in the year-on-year average to date.
1995 - 1997 (Average passes down from 17 to 16, with a dip down to 12 in 1996) This is an interesting period because after a further round of safety related rules and a reduction in engine capacity down to 3 litres in 1995, there were no other rule changes until the start of the 1998 season. For some reason though there was a large dip down to 12 for average overtakes in 1996 and the following year the average number of overtakes per race was back up to 17 again.
1998 - 2003 (Average passes up from 13 to 19) The fact that there is a rise in overtaking by the end of this period should not be taken as an improvement. From the average of 17 in 1997, the average number of overtakes fell to 13 by the end of 1998. This was the beginning of the "narrow track" era of F1 which saw narrower cars and the introduction of grooved tyres. Surprisingly, during this period there were very few technical rule changes and by 2002 the average number of overtakes had fallen from 16 in 1999 down to 14. There was another spike in 2003 up to 19 that may have been due to cars qualifying out of position, thanks to the new one lap qualification format.
2004 - 2009 (Average passes down from 16 to 12) This period can best be described as the "cost cutting" era. First and foremost each rule change was made on the primary basis of reducing the cost of running an F1 team. From 2003's average of 19, which was the highest number since 1993, at the end of 2004 it had fallen back to 15. The main rule change was the use of a single engine in a race weekend. In 2005 we see the lowest number of overtakes in the whole period of our data. The failed experiment of no tyre changes at pit stops and yet another round of aerodynamic rules which ironically were supposed to improve overtaking, were coupled with a 1 engine per 2 race rule. For the next 2 years it didn't matter how many rules were brought in, including changes to engine size and capacity and aero packages the number of overtakes were stuck at an average of 16 per race. This fell to 15 for 2008 which may have been cause by the introduction of yet more rules on preserving engine and gearboxes for more races and development freezes. Finally so far this season the average number of overtakes is at 15. Whether this remains at this level given that we are just over halfway through the season remains to be seen. However it is most likely to stay at around the 16 mark, thus proving that the 5 years of persistent rule changes to reduce costs and increase overtaking have actually achieved the sum total of zero.
So what can we see from this?
The greatest increase in the average number of overtakes from one season to the next was 5, between 2002 and 2003.
The greatest decrease in the average number of overtakes from one season to the next was 7, between 1993 and 1994.
During a period of pretty much unchecked technical development from 1989 to 1993 there was a decrease of 9 in the average number of overtakes over the whole period.
During a period of constant FIA rule changes from 2004 to 2008 there was an overall reduction of 1 overtake per race.
Significant increases in average overtakes per season on season have occured after:
1984: Fuel tank capacity reduced
1989 & 2006: Engine capacity changed
1997: No changes
1999: Flexible wings banned
2003: Single lap qualification
Complete analysis available on the following links:http://www.cliptheapex.com/forum/viewto ... =51&t=814#http://www.cliptheapex.com/forum/viewto ... f=51&t=822