23 Sep 2014

F1 radio ban delayed

1:40 pm on 23 September 2014

Formula One has back-tracked on a planned clampdown on radio and pitboard messages for reasons of fairness but remains determined to end driver 'coaching' during races, motor sports' world governing body says.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Teams were allowed to send messages relating to car performance in Monday's Singapore Grand Prix but from next season they will follow those concerning driver performance onto the banned list.

After a meeting at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, the International Automobile Federation opted to ban messages on both topics but decided after speaking with team managers in Singapore that more time was required.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he is behind the original decision to ban messages and he wanted less talk on the radio during races.

He also suggests more restrictions should be introduced in future.