Formula One: F1 bosses make u-turn on radio ban

By Zaki JufriEvents - 19 September 2014 5:34 PM | Updated 10:49 PM

Formula One: F1 bosses make u-turn on radio ban

The FIA has drastically reduced the scope of its ban on team radio messages just hours before it was due to come into force.

In a compromise arrangement agreed overnight after consultations between the International Motoring Federation (FIA), racing teams and the drivers, the ruling body accepted that modern Formula One cars could not be raced without team communications.

The FIA agreed to a compromise following concerns expressed by teams to Formula One race director Charlie Whiting during a meeting late on Thursday 18 September about the technical and safety implications of the new limits imposed.

Any efforts to help a driver with his own performance are still banned with immediate effect.


"It was becoming apparent that more and more are being done for the drivers and quite simply, that is at odds with Article 20.1 of the regulation," Whiting said at a press conference on Friday after free practice.

The regulation states that "the driver must drive the car alone and unaided".

"(A driver) shouldn’t be told that he’s going a bit too deep in a corner or take a tighter apex in that corner. It’s for him to decide and not for his team to tell him how," Whiting reiterated.

He also noted that 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, 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."


The compromise announcement was sent to the teams in a note on Friday. It said the FIA accepted that the technical complexity of 2014 cars meant banning messages about car changes could have unintended consequences.

"Any list of restrictions imposed at short notice will have a significantly different effect from team to team," the FIA said in its statement.

It listed the messages that remain banned, including advice on driving lines on the circuit, contact with kerbs, setup for particular corners, other drivers' times and performance details, braking points and driving techniques in general (see complete list below).

Drivers such as Felipe Massa suggested many parts of the ban were inappropriate given the complex systems on the car these days, notably the power unit.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at one point during first practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit enquired as to sector times.

The response from the pit wall made clear such information was now not allowed as engineer Pete Bonnington said: "Carry on with the programme, Lewis. We will discuss that back at the garage."

Messages not permitted (by radio or pit board)

  • Driving lines on the circuit
  • Contact with kerbs
  • Car setup 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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