The FIA’s sweeping new restrictions on what types of radio messages teams are allowed to send during races will render many of the communications they have been using illegal.
A review of the radio messages sent during last week’s Italian Grand Prix indicates over a third of them are likely to contravene the FIA’s new guidelines.
The new restrictions will be felt most when it comes to managing the power units, which drivers received many messages about during the last race. Prohibitions on driving style information, fuel saving, tyre condition and race start modes will also be affected.
Most of the FIA’s new limits on radio traffic will be introduced at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Further restrictions on messages concerning the state of tyres and gearboxes and the learning of gears will be imposed from the following round in Japan.
The Italian Grand Prix under the new restrictions
The following table shows all the radio messages that were broadcast by FOM during the Italian Grand Prix with all the messages that could be outlawed struck out.
This sheds some light on how enforcing the limits is not going to be straightforward. In the case of any grey areas a strict interpretation of the restrictions has been applied.
For example, “other car reporting rear tyres going off” has been deemed illegal on the grounds that drivers may not receive “information on tyre pressures or temperatures”. The stewards may take a more lenient view, but there are potentially many cases like this where the teams will want to define exactly what constitutes a legal and illegal message.
By stating that coded messages are forbidden, the FIA has given teams a clear disincentive to try to get around the rules. However they will still want to communicate as much information as they can to their drivers, and ways could remain for them to do that.
For example, drivers already hear audio tones which tell them when the lift the throttle when heading into braking zones in order to optimise their fuel saving. There appears to be nothing in the rules clarification to stop teams from extending this practice and creating a range of alarms for other warnings – such as poor fuel economy, low battery charge and so on.
The 74 messages broadcast during the Italian Grand Prix was considerably lower than that seen at many other rounds this year. Of those, 27 (36.5%) would be affected by the new rules.
That does not necessarily mean we will hear fewer messages in the broadcasts. One team indicated the number of their messages which were broadcast represented only 10% of all the messages they gave their drivers. Therefore we may simply hear more of the messages which were legal to begin with. As the limits apply to practice and qualifying as well, we’ll get the first indication of their impact on Friday.
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|PR||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|FL||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Learning of gears of the gearbox. Start maps related to clutch position for race start.|
|FL||Unknown||Sebastian Vettel||Adjustment of gearbox settings, balancing the state of charge.|
|FL||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||My RS modes won’t [censored by FOM] work.|
|1||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Start maps related to clutch position for race start, adjustment of gearbox settings. |
|2||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||RS mode lights are on.|
|2||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Start maps related to clutch position for race start, adjustment of power unit settings. |
|3||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|4||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
DRS has been enabled.
|6||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|6||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
You’ve got Ricciardo behind.
|7||Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||Yeah I’m just a bit winded.|
|8||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||OK I lifted a lot, I lifted off a lot.|
|8||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Information on tyre pressures or temperatures|
Copy that Nico we can see that.
|9||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Information on tyre pressures or temperatures|
|10||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Tell me when I have enough power for strat two.|
|10||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|10||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
Nice work Lewis.
|12||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Status update if you can.|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Not that much quicker. Traffic probably half a second quicker in clean air.|
|13||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Detail of where a competitor is faster.|
|13||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Do not tell me the gap.|
|15||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||Detail of where a competitor is faster.|
|15||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Detail of where a competitor is faster.|
OK Lewis two-tenths faster last lap. Gap now 1.8.
|18||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||Another great move. You are in the window.|
|18||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Detail of where a competitor is faster or slower.|
|19||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||And let us know how the tyres are on the HPP switch.|
|19||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Information on tyre pressures or temperatures|
|21||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So you’re getting close to DRS.|
|21||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||How far?|
|21||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So it’s around the two-tenths mark, just keep it up.|
|23||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Push hard now, two more timed laps.|
|24||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Perfect. So we’ve jumped Alonso and Button, Checo. Just keep on Magnussen’s tail. Really good job, mate, really good job.|
|24||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|26||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|27||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Information on level of fuel saving needed.|
I reckon the race is going to be at the end, the race will be at the end. So suggestion is we sit two, two-and-a-half seconds,
|28||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Sebastian, Magnussen is within DRS range.|
|30||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||24 laps to go, let’s just get into the rhythm.|
|30||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Information on level of fuel saving needed.|
So it’s going to be important to look after these tyres to be able to attack at the end, Nico.
|33||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
Try to push up to the guys ahead if you can, Checo.
|34||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Information on level of fuel saving needed. |
Just keep it clean, Checo. Keep it clean. Jenson wasn’t as close this time around, just keep it clean.
|34||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate, excellent job, Right let’s get into them ahead.|
|35||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||Jenson car behind now Ricciardo. Ricciardo stopped four laps after us.|
|35||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate it’s going to get pretty tasty ahead of you. There’s a lot of changing of places going. Let’s get amongst it.|
|37||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Information on tyre pressures or temperatures.|
Checo I can’t say enough what a good job you’re doing. Just keep it up.
|37||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
That’s brilliant job, brilliant.
|39||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||OK Magnussen has a five second penalty added to his race time. So stick with his DRS and we have his position, OK?|
|40||Sergio Perez||Gianpiero Lambiase||You saw what he did to me?|
|40||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||I saw it, but that was brilliant! Brilliant. Get back up to Magnussen, settle down mate.|
|41||Jenson Button||Tom Stallard||He just cut the chicane. Perez just cut the chicane.|
|42||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|44||Sergio Perez||Gianpiero Lambiase||I need more power.|
|44||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||OK Checo we just need to keep it tidy and make sure we get to the end now.|
|44||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Information on tyre pressures or temperatures.|
|46||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||Alright then Daniel, Nine laps to go. Vettel doing 29.6s, you are eight tenths quicker than him. Let’s get him.|
|46||Mark Temple||Kevin Magnussen||And Kevin we’ve been given a five-second penalty for forcing Bottas off at turn two. We are racing Raikkonen behind so we need good pace all the way to the end to get good points.|
|47||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||Great mate. Keep going. The next is Raikkonen. He is seven seconds in front. We will fight for P10.|
|48||Antonio Spagnolo||Kimi Raikkonen||We expect Kvyat will be to us in two laps to the end. You should push if you can to close on Button.|
|48||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Adjustment of power unit settings. |
|51||Esteban Gutierrez||Craig Gardiner||I think I have a flat tyre.|
|51||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||Adjustment of gearbox settings. |
|51||Esteban Gutierrez||Craig Gardiner||I can continue but…|
|51||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||Understood.|
|53||Daniil Kvyat||Marco Matassa||I got no brakes. Is it last lap?|
|53||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||No, two laps to go. Keep pushing, keep pushing mate.|
|53||Daniil Kvyat||Marco Matassa||I cannot manage.|
|PR||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Nice work Lewis, get in there pal. Beautifully recovered, mate.|
|PR||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Thanks for all the efforts, guys. Great result, great recovery. So happy for everyone.|
|PR||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||OK Felipe great race, great race. We need…|
|PR||Felipe Massa||Andrew Murdoch||Thank you guys. Very good, very good result. I’m so happy, I’m so happy for this result. Especially to be here in Italy.|
|PR||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||OK good job guys on a deserved one-two. That’s a great result for the team. I’m sorry for my side of the garage. Real shame.|
|PR||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||Again, very good drive, very good race. Bravissimo, bravo.|
|PR||Daniil Kvyat||Marco Matassa||Grazie a tutto [Thanks to all].|
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