Schumacher Formula 1's top overtaker in 2011

26th Dec 2011 11:37 pm

Schumacher's end-of-season tally has been recorded as 116 passes

Michael Schumacher ended the season as Formula 1's top overtaker, with his impressive opening lap efforts throughout 2011 helping him edge out Sebastien Buemi.

In strategic data compiled by Mercedes GP over the course of the campaign, Schumacher's end-of-season tally has been recorded as 116 passes - just two ahead of his Scuderia Toro Rosso rival.
 
Schumacher's tally was most certainly helped by the fact that he was able to make up so many positions in the opening stint of races - because he often qualified further down the field that his car was capable of.
 
Nevertheless, the team was well aware that throughout 2011, Schumacher’s race pace was every bit as good as team-mate Nico Rosberg’s so he could recover well on Sundays - which points towards the amount of progress the seven-time champion has made since his F1 comeback.
 
The top 10 rankings for the best overtakers of 2011, according to Mercedes GP’s data, are:
 
Pos Driver   Passes
1.
Michael Schumacher                  
116
2. 
Sebastien Buemi             
114
3.
Kamui Kobayashi              
99
4.
Jaime Alguersuari            
94
5.
Pastor Maldonado              
91
6.
Paul di Resta                     
90
7.
Sergio Perez                       
87
8.
Rubens Barrichello         
86
9.
Jenson Button                   
85
10. Felipe Massa    82
 
With the top positions dominated by drivers who were often battling in the midfield, it shows that racing in the pack offers greater opportunities to notch up overtaking moves.
 
That also explains why world champion Sebastian Vettel, who more often than not started at the front of the field, ended the campaign fourth from the bottom in the rankings with just 27 moves over the course of the season.
Mercedes GP’s data is compiled for the benefit of its strategic department, and is based on a combination of video, timing data and GPS technology – rather than just simple lap charts.

 

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