Jeffsvilleusa wrote:The current design of F1 cars are very difficult to overtake on the track because they are highly sensitive to disturbances in the oncoming airflow, particularly when they are following another car on the track, to such an extent that the following car losses grip and is essentially handicapped in the prospect of overtaking.
I no longer think that's necessarily true. As I've said in another thread, we're in year 3 of an aerodynamic formula specifically designed for overtaking; yet, nothing really changed until the introduction of rapidly degrading tires which, themselves, introduced the potential for cars to be at vastly different levels of performance. That is the key to overtaking and why, after years and years of ever tighter regulations making performance (and reliability) relatively identical, overtaking is now so prolific. DRS merely makes the overtaking gratuitous, rather like F1 porn.
Ciro started a thread meant to highlight great drives from great drivers in the past. His first installment talked about Graham Hill in the 1965 Monaco Grand Prix, where, while leading in the early stages of the race, he went off track and lost a solid minute
of time while getting out of his car to push it back on track. In that full minute of time, he only fell from first to fifth. Where would a driver be now if he lost a minute of time, especially in the early stages of the race? And could he possibly turn around and win the race like Hill did?
The field is simply bunched together with today's regulations. Save for the introduction of gimmicks, overtaking on a grand prix circuit is always going to be difficult, if not impossible, under such circumstances. Blaming the problem on aerodynamics - which, by the way, is at least 90% of how F1 achieves F1 performance - is too easy.