Ra­dio rules branded ‘rub­bish’ by teams

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Lead­ing team bosses have hit out at F1’s cur­rent ra­dio rules in the wake of Nico Ros­berg be­com­ing the first driver to suf­fer a penalty as a di­rect re­sult of il­le­gal com­mu­ni­ca­tions dur­ing a race.

Red Bull Rac­ing boss Chris­tian Horner said he thought the FIA’S cur­rent rules re­gard­ing driv­ers talk­ing to their pit crew were “rub­bish”. He said: “It doesn’t make a great deal of sense but the rules are the rules. There’ll be loads of mes­sages that will take into ac­count whether it is worth five sec­onds [penalty] or 10s, or if it’s a rep­ri­mand.

“The cars are tech­ni­cally very com­plex and you can un­der­stand why Mercedes would want to give that mes­sage to keep their driver run­ning. The ques­tion go­ing for­ward is are these rules right for F1?”

Williams’ Pat Sy­monds added: “I don’t like it [the ra­dio rules]. To me F1 is a team sport, you should work to­gether. A tech­ni­cal di­rec­tive is not a rule, it’s an opin­ion.

“Char­lie [Whit­ing, FIA race direc­tor] has writ­ten that tech­ni­cal di­rec­tive and said ‘this is what you can say, ev­ery­thing else is il­le­gal.’ Well that’s his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a very, very vague rule about the driver driv­ing the car alone and un­aided. There are a cou­ple of things we heard on the ra­dio [pre­vi­ously] that we asked Char­lie ‘are you happy with that?’ and he said ‘yeah’. Ev­ery sin­gle race there’s a de­bate go­ing on on the pit­wall.”

Force In­dia’s Bob Fern­ley added: “We’ve got to look at the ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­cause we were not al­lowed to tell the driv­ers their brakes were crit­i­cal [in Aus­tria when Ser­gio Perez crashed out]. It’s a bit wor­ry­ing. It seems silly putting a halo on a car but not be­ing able to tell a driver his brakes are about to go.”

Mclaren’s Eric Boul­lier said be­fore the Bri­tish GP that teams had at­tempted to seek clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the rules, or even an al­ter­ation to them. Boul­lier said: “There were dis­cus­sions be­tween the teams and the FIA, seek­ing ei­ther more free­dom or clar­i­fi­ca­tion, and the FIA has been very clear they will not change their po­si­tion.”

Horner: rules are rules

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