F1 radio ban criticism shrugged off by FIA president Jean Todt

FIA president Jean Todt has shrugged off criticism regarding Formula 1's radio restrictions because he said the rules were requested for unanimously

F1 radio ban criticism shrugged off by FIA president Jean Todt

Lewis Hamilton said the rules damaged the spectacle in the European Grand Prix as it prevented him joining the lead battle because his team could not instruct him on an engine mode change that would have made his car more competitive.

His Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and McLaren's Fernando Alonso added F1 needs to consider adjusting the regulations in light of the events in Baku.

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said it was a "crazy situation" that Ferrari was unable to aid Kimi Raikkonen when he had an electronics issue midway through the race.

Todt, who was speaking at the FIA Sport Conference in Turin, said: "We've always believed that we had to remove the so-called driver aids because it's fine, we can help drivers, we can do it on the road.

"But this was requested unanimously, it was asked to reduce all aids, all assistance given to drivers for the race and this is part of this approach."

Hamilton suggested F1 is so technical in the modern era, with so many switches and modes controlled from the cockpit, that the drivers need some assistance.

But Todt said: "We can say maybe that the cars are too complicated but we have just concluded a 24-hour race [at Le Mans, which Todt attended] with cars that are more and more complicated.

"So it's up to the teams and the pilots to work so that there is a chance to offer the best possible performance."

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