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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.