Radio communication

NEW RULES ON F1 RADIO COMMUNICATION

By Luis Vasconcelos

As well as the FIA ​​restructuring which saw Formula 1 race director Michael Masi replaced, the FIA ​​also announced changes which were made in reaction to the final laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

At the end of the season, Williams driver of the decisive race, Nicolas Latifi, crashed and led to the deployment of a safety car.

Beneath this safety car there were numerous radio transmissions from Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff to Masi.

As a result, the newly elected FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, revealed that “direct radio communications during the race, currently broadcast live by all televisions, will be removed in order to protect the race director from any pressure and enable decisions to be made with confidence. It will always be possible to ask questions to the race director, according to a well-defined and non-intrusive process.

Finally, to make the rules clearer than they currently are, Sulayem explained that “the relaunch procedures behind the safety car will be reassessed by the F1 Sporting Advisory Committee and presented to the next F1 committee before the start of the season,” the former rally and rally-raid driver said.

“I presented this complete plan to the members of the World Motor Sport Council and the Senate who gave me their full support.

Masi will be replaced by WEC race director Eduardo Freitas and his DTM counterpart Niels Wittich, who will fill the role in the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, with 73-year-old Herbie Blash returning to the Grand Prix. Award as permanent senior adviser.

The new race direction will make its debut next Wednesday at the start of Barcelona’s pre-season test which runs from 23rd at 25and of this month, while the introduction of remote race direction will be regulated in the coming weeks, for the FIA ​​President’s plan to be presented and approved by the Formula 1 Commission at a meeting which will be held ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the inaugural race of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, scheduled for March 20and.

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