F1 to award the 'bold' driver who overtakes the most in a season

24 August 2021 - 18:09 By Reuters
Lewis Hamilton overtakes Carlos Sainz of Spain in the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 1 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel has completed the most overtakes so far this season.
Lewis Hamilton overtakes Carlos Sainz of Spain in the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 1 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel has completed the most overtakes so far this season.
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Formula One announced a new sponsored award on Tuesday for the driver who completes the most overtakes during the course of a season.

The award, carrying the name of cryptocurrency partner crypto.com, lines up alongside those offered for the fastest lap and fastest pit stop.

Formula One said it was “designed to celebrate the bravery exhibited by drivers who make bold moves in pursuit of success”.

Some social media critics suggested it could also be a reward for poor qualifying, with top drivers who started out of position more likely to make a significant number of overtakes during the race.

Formula One said Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel had completed the most overtakes so far, as the championship comes out of its August break in Belgium this weekend, but gave no figures.

New broadcast graphics will appear live during races to highlight overtaking possibilities and to keep fans up to date with the standings. The winner will be presented with a trophy at the end of the year.


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