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2:18 PM
I don't watch sports but I'm curious: in racing sports like F1/plane racing, how much does the starting position (in the front/middle/back) correlate with winning chance? Is it the intuitive "front wins more"?
 
 
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5:13 PM
@F1Krazy I thought that you might be able to say something about the question asked in the previous message. (If you're busy with other things, sorry for the ping.)
 
5:34 PM
@ChocolateOverflow Generally speaking, yes, the closer you start to the front, the more likely you are to win. The exact odds vary from sport to sport, depending on how easy it is to overtake and what the reliability of the machinery is like. In F1, the cars are very reliable and overtaking is difficult, so it's very hard to win from outside the top three on the grid; in NASCAR it's much easier to get a slipstream and overtake the car in front, so qualifying position is less important
 

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