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Details revealed of the FIA’s radio restrictions // Bosses demand answers as teams face clampdown

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Formula One’s governing body have clarified their clampdown on the radio and pit board communications to drivers mid-race, amidst confusion and consternation over the new restrictions.

Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, has said: “This is a complex and controversial decision which will require a significant effort from the teams to understand how best we can work around it. The directive is not yet fully clear and there will inevitably be some controversy, so it will need further clarification.”

The FIA have provided, with further details of what is and isn’t allowed. It’s an extensive list but the important things - lap, gap and sector times for driver or competitors, warnings of traffic, and reminders to push, tyre choice for driver or rival, and information about punctures and other car issues. That’s all allowed, whereas everything else is not.

No fuel saving advice, tyre pressures, power unit settings, brake wear, answering direct questions, clutch position and more. A couple of items will be enforced from Japan onwards, but mostly, it’s going to be very quiet over the airwaves in Singapore.