“Sometimes you try to confuse the guy in front by taking the slipstream, going to the outside, going to the inside, and then suddenly change to the other side. Then you commit to that line.”
Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has joined other drivers in offering tips on double-bluffing and other effective techniques when overtaking.
The advice comes on the latest release from SafeisFast.com, a website aimed at tutoring young drivers and set up by the Road Racing Drivers’ Club.
Other drivers appearing on this release include Simon Pagenaud, Le Mans winner Earl Bamber and Graham Rahal.
In the video, a host of drivers from single-seaters and touring cars explain the factors involved in setting up and executing overtakes in a variety of scenarios.
IndyCar champion Pagenaud emphasised the importance of planning ahead in order to not lose time behind an opponent.
“It’s important to know where you’re going to pass, where you’re not going to lose too much time passing,” said Pagenaud.
“Sometimes, rushing a pass might lose you more time than the doing it straight away after that. It’s very important to think ahead.
“But quite frankly when you have an opportunity to pass, you’ve got to seize it.”
Daytona 24 winner Graham Rahal added:
“You’ve always got to be patient, you’ve got to be smart. When you’re young, it’s hard to understand that.
“When you’re young, you’re fast and aggressive, it’s hard to take that mindset, but it’s important.”
DTM driver Antonio Felix da Costa went through some of the compromises required to overtake a car.
“Ideally, you would overtake them on the exit of the corner,” he said.
Sometimes you have to commit to overtaking them on the entry, if you can catch them on a banking, then that’s even better because you can get a massive slipstream and that helps your straight line speed and there’s less risk.”
Posted by: Luke Murphy
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