The issue is that this method is ambiguous and context based. If this is the context that dictates a lead change every year for every race, then obviously the improvement or decline of "passes" is still an improvement, or a decline, regardless of the the context. You speak of being opened minded, and refuse to entertain discussion about context...which really is what data like this is about. As you said, it can be seen that "vast majority" of recorded lead changes resulted in multiple laps being lead. That's observational data. Great, so even you acknowledge the discrepancy, even if it's small, between recorded lead changes and lead changes that resulted in the leader being cleared. What some may be suggesting is that the current lead changing data reflects how close and tight the racing is, opposed to successful passes for the lead.
The racing on track yesterday was great, especially when tires started to wear. The pack spread out a bit, lead changes happened. What I'd love to see is recorded lead changes at the line in which the leader cleared the leader of the previous lap. I think that would be more reflective of lead changes, and I'm curious how close these numbers would be to the recorded lead changes.
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