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FIA revises radio communications ban

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19/09/2014

Just hours ahead of the opening practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, the FIA has revised its restriction on team radio communications.

Consequently, while messages concerning the driver's performance remain banned, the restrictions on car performance will be held over to next season.

The decision to hold off on the ban on car performance is the result of teams bosses expressing concern that the rule had been introduced at too short notice. Furthermore, whilst it was felt such a ban would hit some teams harder than others - no change there - there were also fears that certain procedures carried out by radio - particularly before the start of the race - could impact safety.

Indeed, while some drivers say the ban will make the racing more pure, others have expressed concern that the ban will lead to more retirements.

"Last race my rear brakes were overheating and I needed to go forward with the brake bias," Valtteri Bottas told reporters yesterday. "Without the team telling me that, I probably would have not finished the race."

Consequently, according to the latest directive….

Messages not permitted (by radio or pit board)

Driving lines on the circuit.
Contact with kerbs.
Car set up parameters for specific corners.
Comparative or absolute sector time detail of another driver.
Speeds in corners compared to another driver.
Gear selection compared with another driver.
Gear selection in general.
Braking points.
Rate of braking compared to another driver.
Rate of braking or application of brakes in general.
Car stability under braking.
Throttle application compared to another driver.
Throttle application in general.
Use of DRS compared with another driver.
Use of any overtake button.
Driving technique in general.

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1. Posted by kiwi2wheels, 19/09/2014 13:07

"When I read $hit like the latest " communications guidelines " , I immediately think of that wonderful adage ;

Some people are alive because it's illegal to kill them."

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2. Posted by TokyoAussie, 19/09/2014 9:55

"If the teams stick to these guidelines, all well and good.

It will only take one person to say something suspicious, and then what will happen? Are we going to have 5-second time penalties for a "suspected code message." If that happens, the sport will be made to look foolish. And if it happens at the last race with the championship on the line, then the brown stuff will truly hit the fan."

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