Two drivers managed were tied for the maximum number of overtakes at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix. Who were they and how many drivers did they overtake on Sunday? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Total number of overtakes includes overtakes in the pits, as well as drivers overtaken due to the retirement of a driver who was ahead.
Number of on track overtakes removes the overtakes done while other drivers were in the pits, as well as overtakes caused by the retirement of drivers ahead. It is important to note that this analysis may underestimate these overtakes. For example, if a driver X overtook driver Y during lap 20, and driver Y stopped for pits during that same lap, the overtake is not considered. This is an unfortunate caveat of the raw data provided by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
The newly promoted Thai-British driver, Alex Albon, was praised by his Christian Horner for a strong debuting performance. Alex managed to overtake a total of 21 drivers on Sunday, including 6 overtakes during the first lap of the race. After removing the overtakes caused by pits and retirements, Alex ended his race with 11 on track overtakes.
Alex managed to climb from 17th to 13th place during the first lap, overtaking 6 drivers and losing a position against 2 (Daniil Kvyat and Antonio Giovinazzi).
The Red Bull driver showed his strength after pitting on lap 23, and managed 6 on track overtakes since lap 29. His great race culminated with a hard overtake on the Racing Point of Sergio Pérez.
In my opinion, the best driver of the race, was Daniil Kvyat. The Russian driver flew under the radar for most of the race, but his overtake numbers are impressive. Kvyat also managed a total of 21 overtakes during the race, with 8 of them coming in the first lap of the race.
Daniil was the third fastest midfield driver with a 1 stop strategy, and his performance allowed him to climb from 19th place to a valuable 7th position by the end of the race.
Even more impressive than his total number of overtakes, was the number of on-track overtakes. Kvyat was the driver with the most of them, with a total of twelve.
Daniil managed to do 6 on track overtakes during the first lap, or 7 if you consider Ricciardo’s overtake (even though he stopped for new tires at the end of the lap).
Since lap 27 until the end of the race, the Toro Rosso driver managed 5 crucial overtakes, including one over his new teammate, Pierre Gasly.
Both Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat had great races on Sunday. In fact, both of them managed to climb 12 spots, with Alex going from 17th to 5th place, and Daniil from 19th to 7th position.
If I had to chose, I would go with Daniil for the most impressive race. Yes, Alex did a great job, but at the end of the day, he is driving a Red Bull car. Kvyat, on the other hand, did plenty of overtakes with a midfield car, which gives him the edge in my opinion. Nevertheless, both of them should feel very happy about their performance at Spa.
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