PARIS, France - Formula 1's governing body has reportedly banned certain radio communications between trackside engineers and drivers - with immediate effect.
NO MORE RADIO HELP: Formula 1 has clamped down on teams telling their drivers how to race by banning such pit/car radio messages as from the 2014 Singapore GP. Image: AP / Jon Super
Germany's Auto Motor and Sport reports that the increasing trend for radio instructions about how the drivers should actually drive have, it's claimed, proved a major turn-off for fans.
One example crackled over the TV-transmitted radio link on Friday ahead of the 2014 Italian F1 GP at Monza: championship leader Nico Rosberg said to his Mercedes engineer Tony Ross: "Give me driving instructions."
Another: Ferrari's Andrea Stella told Fernando Alonso to "take another line in Turn 10" at the same circuit but during the 2014 Italian F1 GP.
According to Auto Motor and Sport, the International Automobile Federation is now banning such messages, as from the 2014 Singapore GP on September 21.
It is also believed the federation wants to clamp down on telling drivers which dials they should watch and which buttons they should press.
The report said the Paris-based federation was enforcing the ban simply by invoking a clarification of the existing Article 20.1 of the sporting regulations which states:Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 F1 season – fresh reports every day.
"The driver must drive the car alone and unaided."