Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says those who complain about a lack of overtaking should calm down and accept that some Formula 1 grands prix will be boring.
At the conclusion of the season, Pirelli has released data that showed the 2017 campaign was the worst for overtaking in the DRS era.
F1’s tyre supplier recorded 435 passes, which is a 49% drop from the 866 in 2016, when there was one more race.
“Wishes for next year is that everybody calms down,” said Vettel, who finished second to world champion Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings. “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 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 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.”
Following the dramatic changes to the F1 aerodynamic regulations, drivers have found it tougher at certain circuits to follow other cars and get close enough to pass.
"I think Seb’s right in some ways, that’s just the way it is and that’s the way some tracks are laid out," said Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.
"I think the wider cars and all that look great and they’ve given us more downforce and grip but when they take up more space on the track you have less clean air to try to find so it does make following harder - so that one is good and bad."
Hamilton hopes tweaks can be made so that the possibility of overtaking increases, as he believes that will improve the show.
“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 watch.”