U-turn over ra­dio comms heads 2016 rules revamp

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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 signicantly and be pre­pared to stop”. Sev­eral driv­ers and teams were un­happy that Nico Ros­berg was able to

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