Jenson Button agrees with me…well, me and JPM

You may recall Indycar driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, suggesting that one way to improve (at least by 10%) Formula 1 would be to take away the amount of data teams have on offer through measuring devices mounted on just about everything on the car.

Now, Not out of pride of authorship, but certainly something I have suggested for many months now (yes, prior to JPM saying it), and something I reiterated in our latest podcast was the notion that the FIA should limit what can be measured on a car.

My comments way back then even on our most recent podcast was that the evolution of technology in F1 has created a big data moment for teams which measure everything on a car in real time and then relay that information, again in real time, to the driver who can make immediate adjustments. I argued the FIA should curtail what teams can measure and this would prevent a lot of the driver coaching that we currently have in F1.

When JPM said it, I felt like I was in good company but now Jenson Button agrees with me…well, actually he’s agreeing with JPM but I’m taking credit too.

“Juan Pablo, when he raced, there weren’t all these sensors,” said Button.

“When we were both racing back then, when you got into Formula 1, it was about learning about the tyres, about finding your feet, learning stuff for yourself.

“It wasn’t about the team telling you how hard to push through one corner and how hot the tyres are getting through another.

“You had to feel it for yourself. For me that was a lot more fun.

“There’s a lot more information on offer now, which you’re going to take if you’re a new driver.

“But for me it was an area where you could work and improve yourself, and you could do a better job than other drivers and it could make a difference.

“Now it’s not the case, so I agree with Juan Pablo, which is very unusual!”

I still maintain that this is a way to reduce driver coaching and fans at home would not miss the massive data harvest that teams acquire during the race. It would require the driver to do more and the teams to coach less.

Banning types of communication via radio is really tough because codes can be devised and the genie is out of the bottle. If the teams don’t have the info to share, then it doesn’t get shared.

Would this not be an easier to ensure that teams aren’t coaching every second of a race through strategic data shared with drivers?



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it makes sense to take away the constant coaching hence improve the show… interesting part is this will surely separate the man from the boy…experience vs youth.


It makes sense that it would help aleviate the over coaching aspect plus just give the drivers a bit of peace and quite or at least one less thing to process while concentrating on the drive.


Rosberg would be doomed.


“[…]so I agree with Juan Pablo, which is very unusual!”

Wojciech Melanowski

1. Fundamental rule should be to allow for any sorts of measurements the teams desire, as long as this data is STORED, and retrieved only AFTER the race (i.e. in a central data “bank” governed by FIA, and I don’t mean J.T.’s laptop…) 2. A number of “basic” measurements, mainly driven by safety and “road relevance”, should be selected and agreed upon by teams and FIA for instant display, available both for the teams and drivers in their cockpits, (i.e. fuel consumption/ATF/boost pressure/recharge to detect unusual power unit behavior, tire temperature and pressure to monitor for potential slow leaks, plus… Read more »

Randy Shinduke

Has the idea of removing most of those g.d. buttons and dials from the cockpit been discussed? It bothers me to watch a driver constantly fiddling with settings when I remember the days of Senna, when a driver used the wheel to hunt for traction – not to be the middle man in the supposedly banned two-way telemetry.