Date published: December 11 2017
Sebastian Vettel is hoping that “everybody calms down” when a boring race comes along and people just look forward to the next one instead.
The new aerodynamic regulations for 2017 raised concerns about overtaking and they were proven to be correct when Pirelli revealed that there was a 49 per cent drop in overtakes – 866 to 435 – when compared to the 2016 season.
Vettel was asked by Autosport what his wishes were for 2018 and first on the list is a change in attitude when a boring race happens.
“Wishes for next year is that everybody calms down,” said Vettel.
“Some races are boring, so what? I don’t see the problem in that.
“I don’t think we need another record, another record every race, to have more overtaking and more overtaking.
“It’s true that [difficulty in] overtaking sometimes, especially if you’re behind and you’re fast and you can’t get past for those reasons, it annoys you.
“But then again if you make the move there is a massive reward inside the car, sometimes out of the car.
“What I want to say is that overtaking should be an achievement and not handed to you.
“Sometimes just relax and calm down and accept a boring race or a boring two races in a row and then there will be another great race after that and another one.”
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton wants to see changes so that drivers can get closer to each other rather being trapped in dirty air.
“On the racing side, I hope moving forwards, overtaking gets easier,” he said.
“Not easier, but being able to follow each other is really what the sport needs.
“The more overtaking the more fun it is for people to watch.”