Vettel Thinks Overtaking Will Be Hard in 2011
For the upcoming campaign, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will return in the series, while complemented by the addition of the new adjustable rear wings. And while those factors were believed to improve overtaking opportunities in the series, the drivers think differently.
“Overtaking in F1 has always been difficult,” said Vettel in a recent interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport. “Whoever manages to get past gets the same sort of admiration as a goal scorer in football.”
First off, while trying to prevent the creation of an overtaking-based formula, the FIA implemented a new rule according to which the adjustable rear wing can only be activated in the last 600 metres of a straight, on the condition that the cars are less than one second apart after the last corner heading into the straight.
Having said that, the drivers have in fact tried out the new device and, if we are to trust their early feedback, overtaking will be as hard in 2011 as it was in 2010.
“There is a risk that the public thinks overtaking will now be too easy,” added the 23-year old German, while insisting that the new rule additions will only make life tougher for the drivers.
“The drivers should be driving, not playing with all sorts of different buttons and systems. Last year there was the F-duct, now its the rear wing and KERS. I'm not totally convinced that this is all a good thing,” he concluded.