It seems like the Formula 1 management is adamant about making the 2016 season of F1 the most interesting one. While we have seen some of the first timers before the season even starts, we are not able to hold our wait for two weeks more. After implementing the elimination style qualifying and testing Halo Cockpit Concept, FOM has announced a limited telemetry between players and teams.
Yes, from the 2016 season onwards, which is about to start in a couple of weeks from now in Australia, teams will not be able to communicate with their completely drivers, but only safety calls. Remember the famous and controversial moment when team Mercedes stopped Nico Rosberg to finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton so that he can win the championship?
Well, according to Toto Wolff, Team Chief, Mercedes-Benz, "There is much less information and data being provided to the drivers during the races - on engine modes, on tyres and strategies,” Wolff told F1.com. “So the natural outcome of these regulation changes is that it will be again much more down to the drivers to take decisions. That means that the direct competition between the two is guaranteed and will be more intense.”
The reaction of Wolff came in response to Charlie Whiting, F1 race director's recent direction stating a very small list of things that a team can tell the drivers during a race. The communication, which earlier included strategies, modes selection and awareness of rival driver, now confines only to the basic and most important communication from the safety point of view.
The indication of a critical problem with the car will only be allowed to communicate with the drivers including-
1. Puncture warning or damage
2. Problem with a competitor’s car
3. Instruction to enter the pit lane to fix or
4. Instruction to retire the car
5. Wet track, oil or debris on track
6. Marshalling information (red flag, yellow flag, race start aborted or other similar instructions or information from race control)
7. Instructions to swap positions with other drivers
These are the only seven things that the teams are allowed to tell the driver. With this move, F1 has ensured more competition and interest for the coming season.