FIA radio broadcast made teams think twice – Masi – Motorsport Week

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Formula 1 teams are thinking twice about what they say to the FIA ​​on team radio following the decision to broadcast certain messages, according to race director Michael Masi.

F1 began broadcasting the team on FIA radio transmissions via the World Feed earlier this year, giving fans additional insight into what happens during a race weekend.

It has been used at every race since the Spanish GP and has proven popular with fans.

However, Masi revealed radio traffic on the channel has been reduced as teams are wary of what will be shared on the global feed, with Mercedes’ Toto Wolff describing it as “very entertaining” knowing what some sporting directors are for.

“I think, to be fair, every sports team, and this is no different in F1, will use the radio knowing it’s there,” Masi said.

“He has been there for many years. Obviously, it’s just airing now.

“If anything, knowing now that the teams know it’s being broadcast, it’s actually probably reduced radio traffic in race control.

“From a team perspective, [it’s] probably making them think twice before asking a question.

The last show to be shared publicly was from McLaren team manager Paul James, who complained about Valtteri Bottas’ rotation in the pit lane during last weekend’s Styrian GP, ​​which he called it “absolutely ridiculous”, resulting in a three-place grid penalty for the Finn. .

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