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FIA reports just one overtaking pass during F1 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi

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Formula 1‘s governing body has no plans to create more passing opportunities during races through a possible expanded use of Drag Reduction System zones.

Earlier, the FIA said it would analyze the opening few races of the new car and tire regulations to assess if changes would need to be made — to the length of the DRS zones, for example.

After a processional start in Australia, China and Bahrain were better races. However, in Russia last weekend, there was just one single passing move all race.

A year ago at Sochi, there were 29 overtakes.

“Well, it’s difficult to pass, let’s put it that way,” championship leader Sebastian Vettel said. “Behind another car, you lose the balance, the car slides and you fall behind again.”

Sochi winner Valtteri Bottas added, “Trying to get past with these new cars, we definitely lose more downforce.”

In Russia, all teams were told of the decision to leave the DRS zones unchanged for the remainder of the season.


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