Whiting sure FIA can police radio messages

By on Friday, March 18, 2016
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Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting is adamant that the FIA will be able to monitor radio messages, ahead of this year's clampdown in the sport.

In a bid to place control back in the hands of the drivers, there is increased restriction on what messages are allowed to be provided from the pit wall.

"We’re listening to it in real time," he said. "We’ve got four people in race control listening to three drivers each, and then we’ve got four or five software engineers listening to two or three each, so it’s relatively straightforward, for a start.

"Quite honestly, they’re not saying that much."

Whiting is also confident that the sport's governing body will quickly get on top of any potential coded messages.

"We’ve got to be a little careful about that," he explained. "We could, for example, if we have some suspicion that a message is odd, say, we could then look at the data from the car and see if the driver did anything in response to that message.

"Then maybe at the next race if we hear the same message we’ll look for the same switch change, or something like that. We’ll build up a little knowledge."

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