Mercedes Motorsports boss Toto Wolff believes that F1 may need a review of its team radio clampdown in the wake of the issues several f1 drivers experienced at the European Grand Prix, which limits what can and can’t be communicated between the driver and team.
At the beginning of the season, the FIA has severely tightened up article 27.1 of the sporting regulations, which laid down what teams can tell and cannot tell F1 drivers. The strict rules have led to radio clampdown that stops team engineers from sending information to their drivers. But Wolff believes it may have gone too far following race struggles for both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, which reports said that both drivers have pleaded for more information from their team during Sunday’s race.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen both expressed frustration during the Baku race when they found that their teams were not allowed to give them information about vital set-up changes needed for their F1 cars.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has suffered a drop in power because a switch wasn’t set correctly before the race starts. Unfortunately, Mercedes engineers were unable to send vital information on how to deal with the situation, causing Hamilton to lose precious time to those rivals. The former F1 world champion also believes that the F1 radio clampdown has cost fans a better race as he was unable to fight his way through the race.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also felt that the radio clampdown has robbed F1 of elements that actually make it better, because of not having enough information delivery from the race track.
In addition, Fans and F1 insiders are also missing a lot of information from the race track and this makes the spectacle less engaging.
Wolff believes that it’s might be time to review the radio ban, at least in a situation where a driver has a life-threatening problem that needs immediate action.
“I think we want to see drivers racing each other and today’s cars are very complicated because they are so very sophisticated technology-wise,” Wolff explained, via the Motorsport.com.
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