FIA switches radio ban focus to driver ‘coaching’

As expected Thursday’s meeting of the sporting regulations group has led to an easing of the restrictions given by the FIA to the teams earlier is week.

The meeting, which covered other future rules as well, gave the 11 team managers a chance to air their views to Charlie Whiting.

It was agreed that the restrictions on technical conversation and ‘routine’ running of the cars would be difficult to implement at such short notice, so the focus has moved to any chat which directly relates to driver performance, such as advice on gears, lines, and braking points, and comparisons with other drivers.

That still addresses the main reason for the ban, which was to counter the widespread feeling that modern drivers get too much help.

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