F1 wants teams to get the message on radio use

Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:33pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One has banned from next week's Singapore Grand Prix all radio communications that help improve the performance of the car or driver in a move that could add another twist to the title battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

A technical directive was issued to teams on Wednesday evening by the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) to remind them of the wording of article 20.1 of the 2014 sporting regulations.

This states that "the driver must drive the car alone and unaided."

The FIA said no radio conversation from pit to driver may include any information "related to the performance of the car or driver" and also cited article 8.5.2 of the technical regulations stipulating that "pit to car telemetry is prohibited."

The rules apply to all track sessions during a grand prix weekend and would include warning drivers about fuel consumption and the condition of a car's brakes and tyres.

Information about traffic and telling drivers when to make their pitstops would remain permissible as would team orders regarding overtaking and general messages between the pit and driver.

The change could reward those drivers with a more intuitive style and who are good at keeping on top of all the in-car readings.

The move comes after a marked increase in radio traffic this season following the introduction of the new V6 turbo hybrid power units and a greater emphasis on fuel saving, tyre management and energy recovery.   Continued...

The Marina Bay street circuit is illuminated at dusk after a downpour in Singapore September 11, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su