I did a 2016 season preview last night and when we discussed the radio message banning for this season, I offered the thought to those assembled that it would be very difficult to police. Now that’s not a revelation, in fact Jenson Button even said it in an AUTOSPORT article:
“It definitely will add something. It’s just policing it is pretty much impossible. That’s the only thing.
“They [race control] are not going to listen to every single radio [message], every single broadcast every time we use it. It’s difficult to police really.”
The challenge for me is the season could be arranged with simple coded messages for different things and perhaps those coded messages could be changed for each race. How’s the car handling Rio? That could mean any number of things.
Jenson’s point is that the FIA can’t possibly listen to every single radio call but they actually could after the race and should they find a team breaking the rules, that could be a delayed penalty.
A good question was asked during my event, has there been any restrictions on what they can place on a pit board? I haven’t seen any stories suggest that but if you’ve read any clarification on that, share it with us in the comment section below. If you can say anything on a pit board, the we may see the rise of the pit board person again. This also means that steering wheel displays may get very busy with text messages and texting while driving doesn’t seem to be a message we want to send either.
Strange days indeed but as Jenson says, the veteran drivers will most likely fare better than the younger drivers who have always had radios in their ears managing every facet of the race.
AUTOSPORT brings up a good point about veterans and their ability to read the race on the fly and to be honest, Jenson is one of the best on the grid at that very thing so they asked the right guy for sure.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT