An extensive list of messages the FIA intended to ban was trimmed back shortly before practice began in Singapore. However Tost does not believe it is a change for the better.
“The changes are absolutely not necessary,” he said during today’s press conference in Singapore.
Tost said he didn’t understand why some had complained about the radio messages “because all the information the drivers get is also entertainment for the people in front of the TV to hear”.
“For us of course it’s a big disadvantage because the more un-experienced the driver is there’s more information you have to give him,” he added. “It took us a lot of work during the week to work out a programme that we still have a possibility, within the regulations, to communicate in a proper way.”
“But for me it’s absolutely nonsense what we are discussing here because in all the other kinds of sports a coach gives some informations, instructions to a football player, for example, on the sideline or wherever.
“This does not mean that the sportsman is not able to do his job, he can do his job, he does do his job, but maybe he can do it in a better way, it’s just a performance improvement. Therefore I don’t understand it.”
“This is not PlayStation”
However other team principals were more welcoming of the change after the FIA reduced its scope earlier today.
“The FIA rule has always existed that a driver should drive unaided,” said Force India owner Vijay Mallya. “But despite that rule being in existence teams have taken pitwall-to-car communication to a certain level. And now we’ve been asked to pull back. It almost suggests that we have been abusing the regulation in one form or another.”
“But this is not PlayStation. Whatever you may say about the pit wall the amount of influence it actually has on the driver and the excitement of the race and the race result is something that is highly debatable.
“But then the FIA makes the rules and it’s the obligation of every team to abide by those rules. So I guess we will abide by the rules which were fortunately clarified to a more practical extent this morning.”
McLaren’s Eric Boullier said the team had still been debating what they could and couldn’t say during today’s track activity.
“Obviously we had some different messages internally during the first free practice – like ‘shall we say this?’ or ‘shall we not say that?’ So we had to police a little bit or monitor what we had to say.”
“The only thing I think was a little bit worrying was to change hte regulation during the course of the season which is never a nice thing to do,” he added. “Even if we obviously listen [to] the fans and obviously respect the position of the FIA.”
Boullier said he was pleased with the most recent alteration to the rules which ensures they can still “deliver some messages about safety and reliability for the cars”.
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