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GP Week : Issue 210
MANAGING EDITOR: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Phil Branagan Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Mike Doodson Kate Walker Sean Kelly MotoGP: Michael Scott Phil Branagan Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Andre Lavadinho PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBlIShED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Mark Sutton email@example.com n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) radio ga-ga The FIA’s Brave New World of ‘radio- less’ Formula 1 took to the track in singapore with, somewhat predictably, a whimper rather than a bang. A last minute watering down on the ban on teams instructing their drivers how to unlock speed from the cars saw the appropriate messages delivered as needed with, it seems, no impact on the sport whatsoever. After banning any message resembling an instruction on how to drive their cars, the new rules allowed at least some information being passed on and led to some amusing communiqués between the pit wall and the cars. At one point during Practice, race winner Lewis Hamilton was told in response to a query how another driver was going, “We’ll just continue with our programme and discuss this when we get back in the garage.” soon after, teammate Nico Rosberg asked “Are you allowed to tell me my teammate’s lap time?” Race Director Charlie Whiting instructed the teams that ‘coded’ messages are forbidden, while driver- turned-pundit David Coulthard somewhat colour fully described the new regime as “a bit of red-herring [that] has just created a grey area. It seems to be all about perception rather than anything else.” It seems that no driver, even the normally phlegmatic Kimi Raikkonen, will be safe from the conversation police. At the next round of the championship at suzuka, fellow Finn Mika salo will fill the role of Drivers’ steward, and will be listening for infractions ... For more, see Mike Doodson’s column, later in this issue. BeLOW All miked up and no-one to talk to? Despite a delay, expect reduced car-to-driver communications next year ... 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: