Button says new radio rules "impossible" to police

Jenson Button believes it will be impossible for the FIA to monitor all radio chats to make sure the new rules are enforced properly.

Drivers will face tough restrictions on radio communications from this weekend as the FIA moved to further limit the help they get from their teams during the races.

The new restrictions have divided the drivers' opinions, but Button said he welcomed the move as it means a better-prepared driver could benefit from it.

The McLaren driver, however, reckons the FIA will simply not be capable of policing it.

"They won't be listening to every radio message, so we'll have to see how it goes," said Button.

"Hopefully they can listen to as much as possible to make it as fair as possible."

"It definitely helps the more experienced drivers. You go into the data and you learn everything you can. Whereas you become lazy if you've been in the sport for a few years.

"I remember the days when we had no information about what was going on, so I'm looking forward to it. It definitely will add something.

"It's just policing it is obviously pretty much impossible."

Button also believes it will take only a couple of races for the teams to adapt to the new rules - including the new qualifying system - meaning it won't be that big a factor going forward.

"I think it'll settle down after the first few," he said. "Personally, I've always felt that qualifying is the least of our problems, really, in the sport.

"But... a small change, it makes it interesting for the people who do their homework, do a better job preparing.

"Same as the radio, not being able to use the radio - the engineers not being able to feed us information, same thing. People will make mistakes for the first few races and then it'll be back to normal.

"You just have to make sure you do a good job and... it might help us for the first few races.

"I think it's tougher for the guys at the front, especially the qualifying format, cause they can't just wait until the last moment of Q1 and do a lap that's average, they have to push."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news