U-turn over radio comms heads 2016 rules revamp
The controversial restrictions on pit-to-car radio transmissions have been lifted by the FIA following objections from the teams
Formula 1’s governing body has introduced a series of changes to the sporting rules following a number of controversies over the rst half of the 2016 season. Team radio restrictions, introduced this year because of complaints from fans that it appeared drivers were being told how to drive by engineers, have now been lifted completely.
This has come after a push back from the teams, who felt that the restrictions were inappropriate in a 21st-century sport with highly complicated cars. There had been a series of incidents in recent races that led to this decision – including a crash caused by brake failure for Sergio Pérez, Lewis Hamilton’s struggles with his engine settings in Baku, and Nico Rosberg being penalised for being told how to avoid a gearbox problem at Silverstone. In each case, the rules forbade the teams from helping the drivers with car settings while they were out on track.
Another controversy in recent races has led to a re-think of the approach to incidents that would usually have brought out double waved yellow ags in qualifying – an indication that a driver must “slow down signicantly and be prepared to stop”. Several drivers and teams were unhappy that Nico Rosberg was able to