Fernando Alonso welcomes new Formula 1 radio limits for 2016

Fernando Alonso has welcomed the FIA's proposed clampdown on radio communication for the 2016 Formula 1 season

Fernando Alonso welcomes new Formula 1 radio limits for 2016

The FIA revealed on Thursday a detailed list of the pit-to-driver messages to be allowed for next season as part of its stricter enforcement of a sporting regulation that states "the driver shall drive the car alone and unaided".

Full details of latest F1 radio clampdown

It means drivers will again have to gain more of a feel for what is going on inside their cars rather than relying on the pitwall and all the information it has at its disposal.

Addressing the new restrictions, McLaren driver Alonso said: "It will not make a huge change.

"We receive some information on the radio about tyres, fuel or other things on the car, but we are perfectly aware of what is happening in the car and what is the best solution for the specific issues we are facing during the race.

"So if that information is not coming [by radio] then it will come anyway via instinct, and by the reactions of the car.

"We will have to pay a bit more attention on a few things that now we rely on a little bit via the radio.

"But it's not a big change, and is probably welcome - just to have more to do in the car and feeling a little bit more important."

Even 17-year-old Max Verstappen, in his rookie season with Toro Rosso, believes motorsport's world governing body has taken a positive step in allowing drivers take more control of their cars again.

"I don't think it will change a lot," Verstappen said.

"You always drive on your instinct. You feel when the tyres are dropping off, the engineer doesn't need to tell you that.

"You learn that already from a very young age, so I don't mind, to be honest, to talk a bit less on the radio."

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