Teams will now be able to communicate with their drivers freely from the German GP onwards following an overhaul of the ruling by the FIA.

At the beginning of the year, radio communications were restricted to only terminal errors with the car, with the teams prohibited from aiding their driver in any way during qualifying or the race.

This was further tightened last weekend in Hungary, when a statement from the FIA was released to the teams advising them that if they were to warn their driver of a potentially terminal problem, the driver would have to make a mandatory pit stop to fix the issue.

Now teams are free to advise their driver on any issue throughout the race, as long as the message is sent whilst they’re on track and not on the formation lap.

The FIA statement read: “At the request of the Teams and Commercial Rights Holder, the FIA has agreed to adopt a more liberal approach to the interpretation of Article 27.1 (that a driver must drive the car “alone and unaided”).”

“With the exception of the period between the start of the formation lap and the start of the race, there will be no limitations on messages teams send to their drivers either by radio or pit board.

“This approach is aimed at providing improved content for fans and spectators, as teams will now be required to provide the Commercial Rights Holder with unrestricted access to their radio messages at all times that their cars are out of the garage.”

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