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Sam Michael: It’s the Circuit, Not the Car

According to Williams F1’s technical director Sam Michael, the lack of passing in F1 today is not just down to the cars. In an Autosport story Michael was quick to explain that while the Overtaking Working group has made improvements to the 2009 car from an aerodynamic standpoint, the real culprit may just lay in the actual circuit design. “I think that clearly the changes made the cars easier to follow, however, there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done,” said Michael. “One of the things that wasn’t addressed in the 2009 rule changes was circuit design. If you look at tracks like Barcelona where nobody overtakes, and take exactly the same cars to tracks like Monza, Hockenheim etc, there’s plenty of overtaking. The d...

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