Radio broadcasting

Seidl not in favor of FIA radio broadcasting

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl admits he is not a fan of the decision to air Michael Masi’s radio chats with the teams.

As if the bickering between drivers, race engineers and team bosses wasn’t enough, as Formula One Management seeks to play on the Netflixisation of the sport in terms of the rivalries and unease it now offers racing fans access to the race director, Conversations of Michael Masi.

Already under intense scrutiny and pressure, often blamed for the decisions actually made by the stewards, Masi had a race nightmare on Sunday, at one point the Aussie even eclipsed Nikita Mazepin in terms outrage from the crowd on social media.

For many, the low point, other than his plea to Mercedes that “I can only press as many buttons as possible”, was the “negotiation” with Red Bull and its German rival over the place Max Verstappen would take on. the grid at the second reboot.

Far from improving the F1 experience, many believe that spreading such conversations actually puts the sport in a bad light, among them is Andreas Seidl.

“I think the only reason it’s a debate now is because it’s being transmitted,” he said. “Before, you didn’t hear this stuff. It’s a big difference.

“To be honest, from my perspective, I’ve never been a fan of getting this communication out there,” he admits, “because there’s also back and forth about security and so on, which, in my opinion, should not necessarily always be broadcast.

“But that’s my opinion on it,” he continued. “I don’t think the principle of communication has changed, I would say in terms of back and forth it’s even more controlled than in the past because everyone knows it’s breaking.”