Pirelli tire officials are confident Formula 1 fans will see more overtaking, more speed and fewer pit stops in 2017.
Some are worried that, as downforce increases dramatically this year, the shorter braking distances could mean much less overtaking. But a key criticism of F1 in the past few years is that the overtaking aid Drag Reduction System has ramped up artificial passing to the point that it is hurting the show.
Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola told the Spanish sports daily Marca, “Logic says there will be fewer overtakes, but they will be real. There will be no discussions for hours about whether the move was real or assisted. But also the show is not only in overtaking.”
Indeed, some believe that a big step forward this year will be the simplicity of the racing, helped by tires that degrade less and are less prone to overheating.