Bad news for the F1 teams, but potentially good news for the fans…!
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport has reported that all radio transmissions will be eligible for broadcast from this weekend’s German Grand Prix broadcast onwards, meaning F1 teams have lost the ability to censor pit-to-car radio messages.
The broadcasting of radio messages has only occurred within the last half-dozen years, but F1 fans have generally born the short end of the stick, with teams often choosing to censor much of their transmissions at the risk of other teams being able to access their radio messages.
The broadcasts will continue to operate on a short delay to prevent messages that contain swearing unwittingly being broadcast before being edited.
The risk of such a measure, as Mercedes’ Team Principal Ross Brawn points out, is that it may force teams and drivers to speak “in code” to prevent others understanding important strategic conversations.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]