Rev limit makes passing harder – drivers

Tue, 6 March 2007, 09:19

Top formula one drivers have expressed concern that new regulations in 2007 have further decreased the prospect of overtaking during races.

Mark Webber and Felipe Massa told the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that they will blame the new 19,000 rpm rev-limit, introduced for the start of the so called ‘engine freeze’ era in 2007, when spectators begin to complain about processional grands prix.

“The performance of all the engines are practically the same,” Australian Webber, who drives for Red Bull, said.

Auto Motor und Sport estimates that perhaps only 20bhp separates the entire formula one field this year.

Webber added: “Because of that it is practically impossible to get in the slipstream of the car in front so you can overtake.”

Ferrari’s Massa comments: “We now lack the kick to overtake, which you could get before from the higher revs.”

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