Ferrari a top overtaker thus far in 2013

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Ferrari has crunched the numbers from the first seven Grands Prix of the 2013 Formula One season and determined it has been one of the top overtaking teams this year.

That highlights the team’s qualifying gap to Red Bull and Mercedes this year – Ferrari is yet to take a pole position – but nonetheless proves the overtaking prowess of its two drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

In combined overtakes, Lotus leads the field on 46 with Ferrari just one back at 45 (Massa 25, Alonso 20). There have been 308 recorded passing moves in 2013, thanks to the combination of tire degradation, DRS, KERS and, when driver aids aren’t present on the opening couple laps, bravery.

In terms of most places gained from start to finish, Ferrari leads that chart with 34, one ahead of Lotus.

Without DRS enabled, Ferrari has been a fast mover on the opening lap. It’s gained 12 positions from the lights going out to the end of Lap 1 this season, a mark two clear of McLaren and Caterham.

It’s good to see the drivers have taken advantage in races from poor grid positions, but still is a sign of how far Ferrari will need to come in the rest of the season if it wants to close the gap in either championship.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)