There is no doubt, the new generation of Formula 1 looks much more spectacular than the previous generation. The aggressiveness and increase in the dimensions of the cars leave splendid snapshots, but what matters most is that it is colorful when its on the move, and that is where they suffered in Australia. Of the 37 overtaking we saw in the 2016 Grand Prix, we only had five! A pitiful figure that worries and needs to be greatly improved in the next two races in China and Bahrain.
There were plenty of opinions that predicted less overtaking under the new rules and what Albert Park gives them is right, but it is a circuit that does not contribute much to it. Unlike Shanghai and Shakir.
Niki Lauda says,
“Melbourne has always been a track in which overtaking is difficult, just a little better than in Monaco.”
Max Verstappen agrees with Niki Lauda,
“In Australia, overtaking is difficult but in China it should work a lot better with the long straights.”
“The cars are wider make a bigger hole in the air, so if the line is long enough, it should be easier to approach before the braking point.”
In the circuits where Formula 1 next races will be performed, there is 1,170 m straight in China and 1,090 m straight in Bahrain. That is why Horner prefers to wait to see what happens in those two races to judge.
“If you look at Melbourne historically, there has never been a lot of overtaking. Before we make judgments we have to wait for China and Bahrain, where it is much easier to overtake.”
Let us hope, then, but what would happen if the overtaking is lessened than Albert Park? As the FIA, in the words of Charlie Whiting, says that DRS areas would need to be extended.
Charlie Whiting said,
“Melbourne is always a problematic runway and it was not possible to extend the DRS zones. But Shanghai and Shakir are circuits Where the lines are longer, so if there are also problems, we can think of extending those zones.”