FIA telemetry problems persist in China

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F1 teams will not have the full benefit of the FIA’s telemetry link for the third race in a row in China.

Continuing problems with the telemetry link between race control and the cars means the drivers will lack real-time updates from the FIA about the track.

The limitations will be the same as they were in Australia and Malaysia: drivers will be without the red, yellow and blue cockpit warning lights, the Safety Car mode in the cars will not be automatically activated when needed and teams will not automatically receive blue flag warnings when one of their cars is about to be lapped.

It also means the FIA cannot automatically disable DRS in the cars in the event of wet weather conditions or a yellow flag situation in a DRS zone.

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11 comments on “FIA telemetry problems persist in China”

  1. one word, ridiculous

  2. Anybody knows why this problem persists? What has changed compared to the previous year?

    1. Its a new supplier providing the equipment & systems & the new setup is proving unreliable.

      They had taken all the equipment back to base between races & made changes it was hoped would solve the problems, Seems they haven’t worked.

  3. This is getting beyond a joke it would of been alright for Australia and Malaysia as they are back-to-back but China after 3 weeks this is not on as they could of got it sorted by the time the race happens in Shanghai. It looks like we will have to wait till Bahrain next weekend.

  4. They should just disable DRS entirely until the problem is fixed :)

    1. The telemetry doesn’t just govern DRS, so turning DRS off won’t fix anything.

  5. what is the supplier company?

    1. EM Motorsport.

      1. EM Motorsport was the supplier until last year. Their system had some default, but it worked. I’d rather not name any company, but I can at least correct when someone names the wrong one :)

  6. Made in China?

  7. So this probably explains why around 10 of them are under investigation after the race.

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