Had you said that this year’s European Grand Prix would feature plenty of overtaking, you’d have been a prime candidate for admission to the next psychiatric ward.
But guess what? This year’s race featured the second-highest number of overtaking moves of the eight races held this season!
The venue that many F1 fans have written off as the most boring on the calendar featured no less than 58 passing moves during the race, according to Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat. That’s second only to this year’s Chinese Grand Prix (72), and more than the rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix (40).
In climbing from eleventh place on the grid to win last weekend’s race at Valencia, Fernando Alonso made five overtaking moves, the same number managed by Michael Schumacher and, surprisingly, Vitaly Petrov. Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber (who finished fourth after starting 19th) managed six apiece.
Interestingly, the Bahrain Grand Prix featured the third-highest number of passing moves (43), while the Spanish Grand Prix had a healthy 38, despite the Circuit de Catalunya’s poor reputation for overtaking.
Canada was next up with 35, while the Australian Grand Prix saw thirty changes of position through overtaking moves. Monaco had just nine passes all race.
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