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Formula One: New rules are 'absolutely nonsense'

By Zaki JufriEvents - 20 September 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 12:40 PM

Formula One: New rules are 'absolutely nonsense'

Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost had harsh words to say about the recent rule changes concerning radio communications from pit wall to driver.

“Absolutely nonsense,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost in the team principals’ press conference. “These changes are absolutely not necessary.”

The new rules were to have taken affect from Friday’s practice sessions, but after consulting the teams and drivers, the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) backtracked on its original proposed ban.

In a statement on Friday, it divided the content of radio communications into "car operations" which are allowed and "driver coaching and advice" which remains banned under the new system introduced for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

A HUGE DISADVANTAGE

“For us it’s a big disadvantage,” he added, “because the more inexperienced the driver, the more information you have to give him.”

Tost’s objections are valid: Scuderia Toro Rosso now has 20-year old driver Daniil Kvyat on its roster, but that will change when 16-year-old Max Verstappen takes over Jean-Eric Vergne in 2015, becoming the youngest Formula One driver.

Tost was responding to a comment made earlier by FIA race director Charlie Whiting who said that race authorities felt “more and more was being done for the drivers” when the regulations stipulate that "each driver must drive the car alone and unaided”.

Whiting went on to differentiate between radio messages genuinely seeking to share information on the state of the car, especially its safety and reliability, and others that might be interpreted as coaching the driver or influencing his performance.

“When a driver is on track, he should be driving the car himself,” Whiting insisted.

He added: “The teams have become so sophisticated that they are able to analyse exactly what a driver is doing on the track and be able to compare it to other cars, and more often than not, their team-mate. To be able to give that driver that information so he can then drive a car differently in fundamentally incorrect.”

REMINDER OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Caterham’s Manfredi Ravetto, on the other hand, welcomed the change.

“This is a reminder of the good old days,” he said, “I think so many nice pages of motorsport’s history have been written without any pit-to-car communication.”

Monisha Kaltenborn from Sauber also thinks that the FIA made the right decision.

“We should try to stop these type of instructions and that the drivers do more on their own,” she said.

F1 2014: Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

F1 2014: Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

Date Sep 19, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014

VenueMarina Bay Street Circuit

Ticket PriceS$68.00 - S$1,288.00
 (excludes booking fee)