F1 drivers banned from getting help over radio | Press Association | September 11, 2014

Italian GP – Kimi ninth, Fernando’s first retirement

Italian GP – Kimi ninth, Fernando’s first retirement

•Teams prevented from giving performance advice
• ‘Data transmission from pit to car is prohibited’

The FIA has decided to ban all radio transmissions at future grands prix deemed to help the driver with his on-track performance.

Messages from drivers asking for advice on driving style, or from the teams informing their drivers on how and where to make gains during a qualifying session or race, have become increasingly commonplace.

But motorsport’s world governing body is now strictly to enforce one of the sporting regulations that states: “The driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”

A directive from the FIA race director Charlie Whiting has been issued to all the teams confirming the clampdown.

The directive states: “In order to ensure the requirements of Article 20.1 of the F1 sporting regulations are respected at all times, the FIA intends to rigorously enforce this regulation with immediate effect.

“Therefore, no radio conversation from pit to driver may include any information that is related to the performance of the car or driver.

“The FIA should also remind you data transmission from pit to car is specifically prohibited by Article 8.5.2 of the F1 technical regulations.”

The ban does not include advice with regard to pit-stop strategies or safety, nor general messages between pit and driver, a number of which have often been dramatic and have proved an integral part of the show.

Image source: Ferrari F1

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