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Formula 1: Have Rule Changes Made Overtaking Too Artificial?

The 2011 Formula 1 season has seen some of the biggest changes to Formula 1 in many years. Fans of Formula 1 are used to rules changing with changes in technical laws and qualifying formats having taken place over the last 10 years. The change in tyres from Bridgestone to Pirelli has been a huge factor in the format of the 2011 season. Pirelli were asked to bring tyres to Formula 1 that would shake up the field, and they have delivered. The Spanish Grand Prix saw hard compound tyres that were two seconds a lap slower then the soft ones, which couldn't last for more than 14 laps—or 39 miles! This led to teams looking at doing three or four stops for tyres. The number of pit stops has made the sport harder to follow from a strategic poi...

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