F1 teams need to get cleverer or just honest?



Whatever the rights and wrongs - and there are plenty of those - of the Ferrari fiasco from Hockenheim, one thing is for sure - the teams and drivers are going to have to be a lot more careful about what they say in future.

A few weeks ago, Mark Webber cheered thousands of F1 fans who thought he'd been hard done by with his 'number 2' comments after taking the chequered flag at Silverstone. Last Sunday, Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley did the complete opposite when he 'informed' his driver Felipe Massa that it might be a good idea to let his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, through for the GP win.

Nothing we don't already know, of course, but what's important here is the role of the team pit-to-car radios. Without those feeds, would fans be any the wiser? Very likely not but they're about to become even more well-informed.
Up till now, broadcasters could access the radio feeds at Grands Prix but the teams had the ability to censor messages they wanted to remain private. That's all about to change though because as Autoblog UK reported recently, all the feeds will now be available.

Unsurprisingly, a number of the teams weren't happy that all their conversations would be broadcast to all and sundry although it would be nice to think this might lead to a new openness and honesty in the sport. But the odds on that must be as generous as Ferrari being thrown out of the championship for their latest indiscretion.
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