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Strategy Group agree to free up radio communications from German race // Drivers to hear from the pit wall without penalty

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Strategy Group agree to free up radio communications from German race
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After an ever-increasing clamp down on what is and isn’t allowed to be said to drivers over the radio from the pit wall, the German Grand Prix looks set to be a free-for-all in terms of radio traffic. The Strategy Group have met in Geneva and agreed to relieve the pressure on the pit wall allowing them to say whatever they like.

It’s been reported that the formation lap will still be radio silent so that drivers can’t get help with engine mapping and suchlike for the race start, but once the race begins they can talk back and forth.

This news is likely to cheer the drivers, as frustration was beginning to tell in the limited messages we have been hearing, although Nico Rosberg might be disgruntled having received a penalty for receiving too much help over the radio just two races ago.

The FIA released a statement saying they’d “agreed to adopt a more liberal approach” and that there “will be no limitations on messages teams send to their drivers.”