Cape Town - 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
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