Passing ‘too easy’ in F1 now – Heidfeld image

( Nick Heidfeld has expressed concern that overtaking is becoming too easy in formula one.

For 2011, given the loud calls from fans who wanted to see more passing, the FIA introduced the ‘DRS’ rear wings that make it easier for chasing cars to mount a challenge.

And the severe degradation of the new Pirelli tyres have also contributed to more passing, Renault driver and F1 veteran Heidfeld told RTL in an interview.

“If you look at how much overtaking there has been so far, it is probably the most extreme thing I’ve seen in formula one for a long time,” said the German.

“Sometimes it’s been a little too easy maybe,” he added.

Heidfeld, who made his grand prix debut in 2000, said passing in the past was “something special”.

“Now? If you have old tyres and the other has fresh (ones), then he runs around the outside, the inside — wherever,” said the 33-year-old.