Formula One drivers will continue to receive information about how to adjust their car’s settings, which had formed a significant part of the FIA’s intended clamp down on radio communications.
However the FIA still intends to enforce a restriction on driving advice being given over the radio this weekend. The sport’s governing body has given further details about which messages will be outlawed as of today’s first practice session in Singapore.
The FIA has postponed a ban on messages relating to the adjustment of power unit settings, the car’s state of charge, clutch maps, brake-by-wire settings, differential settings, start modes, fuel saving and other technical parameters will remain legal. Such messages were frequently used by teams in previous races.
The forbidden messages include those relating to:
- Driving lines on the circuit
- Contact with kerbs
- Car set up parameters for specific corners
- Comparative or absolute sector time detail of another driver
- Speeds in corners compared to another driver
- Gear selection compared with another driver
- Gear selection in general
- Braking points
- Rate of braking compared to another driver
- Rate of braking or application of brakes in general
- Car stability under braking
- Throttle application compared to another driver
- Throttle application in general
- Use of DRS compared with another driver
- Use of any overtake button
- Driving technique in general
The FIA now intends to introduce a ban on messages relating relating to car performance from next season.
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