An overtake is when one car passes another. It sounds obvious but it is not as simple as that.

The overtake must take place on a racing lap, first-lap moves don’t count, and must then it must be held all the way to the finish of that lap. So if drivers are battling and swapping positions over the course of a lap, the overtakes are not counted if they finish the lap in the same order that they started. 

An overtake must be for the position, so lapping backmarkers or unlapping one of the frontrunners doesn’t count. And it also has to happen on the track, meaning position changes as the result of pitstops don’t count.

Andrew Burden

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