Wolff: Radio rule needs clarification

By on Friday, September 12, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says that the FIA's decision to clamp down on radio messages between drivers and the pit wall needs clarification ahead of next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

The FIA has issued a directive banning communication to the driver which will affect his performance and that of the car. Coded messages will also be prohibited.

The rule change has been implemented through strict enforcement of Article 20.1 of the 2014 sporting regulations, which states that a driver must act 'alone and unaided.'

But Wolff fears that the controversial rule change will cause problems at Marina Bay next weekend.

"This is a complex and controversial decision which will require a significant effort from the teams to understand how best we can work around it," he said.

"The directive is not yet fully clear and there will inevitably be some controversy, so it will need further clarification as to how much the essential on-track procedures will be affected - particularly before the start of the race."

Teams will be permitted to inform drivers on issues such a pit stops and team orders, as well as the traffic situation and anything regarding safety.

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