Ecclestone hints at telemetry limits in Formula 1 after radio ban

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has hinted that there could be further rules tweaks to make drivers work harder, in the wake of the controversial team radio clampdown

Ecclestone hints at telemetry limits in Formula 1 after radio ban

From this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, F1 teams have been told that they are not allowed to give any advice to drivers through either pit radio or pit boards.

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Ecclestone has backed the move - having claimed the idea to outlaw radio was his - and reckons that other changes like a clampdown on live telemetry could happen at some point too.

"I was the one who started it off, yes," said Ecclestone, speaking at the launch of a new sponsorship tie-up between Johnnie Walker and F1.

"I think none of the drivers want it (radio). They are all happy that it has gone.

"They drive the cars, they should know what is wrong or right. They don't need someone on the pit wall telling them what to do."

When asked if he would like to see even greater restrictions on team influence - perhaps through a ban of live telemetry from the cars - Ecclestone said: "Yes.

"We have a regulation in force that drivers must drive the car unaided. They have been aided - and still are.

"Even if we get rid of this ship to shore, as I call it, there are still a lot of aids that they should not have."

The FIA is to meet with the teams at Singapore on Thursday to discuss the impact of the ban, and clarify concerns that some outfits have about the difficulties of not be able to use the radio.

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