This is the first of a series of features about Formula 1's regulations from 2009-13 based on a six-page feature that appeared in AUTOSPORT magazine on December 5.
Fans demanding more action is how it began. The FIA's Charlie Whiting assembled the Overtaking Working Group early in 2007 to research and frame a set of regulations that would turn grand prix racing into the passing-fest everyone apparently craved.
Comprising Renault's Pat Symonds, McLaren's Paddy Lowe, Ferrari's Rory Byrne and Whiting himself, the OWG started out by understanding exactly why overtaking was so difficult and what regulations would make it easier for cars to pass each other.
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