Radio Ga Ga

More discussion over he radio ban as Austria saw Sergio Perez experience a brake system failure causing an accident and Nico Rosberg also had a brake-by-wire failure in the waning laps that neither teams could warn their drivers about due to the current radio restrictions.

Teams such as Force India and Mercedes have called for a loosening of the radio restrictions in order to tell drivers of impending mechanical failures or warn them of possible issues in order to prevent failures etc.

According to a report at AUTOSPORT, McLaren race director, Eric Boullier, said there were discussions with the FIA on the matter:

“There were discussions between the teams and the FIA, and seeking either more freedom or clarification, and the FIA has been clear they will not change their position.”

So the FIA aren’t keen to change and one has to think that opening the radio ban up a little would create even more of a difficult monitoring situation for the FIA to manage. A comprehensive ban makes it easier to regulate but does it bring an issue of safety into the equation?

Time will tell but as of right now, the radio ban seems set to remain if Boullier read the FIA correctly in recent meetings.


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jiji the cat

Keep the ban how it is. Sort of brings us back to how it once was for the driver.

Tim C

If the brakes on my personal car were about to fail and there were those that had that information and didn’t tell me . . . I’d be PO’ed. If I were an F1 driver, I’d be screaming at the FIA as loud as I could that this is a safety issue. And, I’d be saying it every time someone put a microphone in my face. Modern day F1 cars are extremely safe, but there is a real possibility that a brake failure at a high rate of speed could result in a severe enough crash to cause a driver’s… Read more »

Junipero Mariano

If you think about the problem in a different way, tires instead of brakes, then when does it become coaching? “Seb, your tires are looking weird.” “Seb, your tires are looking weird, might want to back off a bit.” “Seb, your tires are looking weird, brake earlier into Turn 8.” “Seb, box this lap.” Now what does the FIA consider coaching in this case? One statement is only a warning about a condition, the next two are recommendations to mitigate the problem, which can be construed as coaching, and the last can signifigantly affect a race outcome, almost as much… Read more »


I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but last year’s radio regulations worked. They got rid of the “driving tips, please” and “xx is one tenth faster than you through turn 8 – I suggest you try an earlier entry in 4th” type of calls just fine. The list of items that were forbidden was relatively short, and that type of information is too complex to even try to use code words. So what was the point of changing the rules?