Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clampdown on radio rules, saying teams should be allowed to assist their drivers when they are suffering from a terminal technical problem.
FIA’s recently imposed restrictions on radio communication again took the spotlight at the British Grand Prix, with Mercedes forced to instruct Nico Rosberg when he hit a gearbox problems in the latter part of the race.
Wolff, who heads Mercedes’ motorsport division, believes radio restrictions should strictly focus on driver coaching.
“I think the basic idea of limiting the driver communication was to not coaching them and not making them look like remote control is good,’’ Wolff said.
“But maybe with these technologies and the amount of electronics it should be allowed at least when there it terminal failure or the driver can’t cope with the electronics anymore.”
“I would want a tiny bit back. If there is a technical problem on the car, yes. If you could coach the drivers, no,’’ he added.
Asked if Rosberg could pick up a penalty for an alleged breach of radio rules. Wolff said: “They could decide either direction, it’s their call. But if you read the regulation, we should be fine.”
The Austrian added the FIA needs to decide how to go about radio rules in the future and is willing to table this debate in the next Strategy Group meeting.
by Rachit Thukral