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F1 team radio ban: Which drivers will adapt best to being left alone?

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F1 team radio ban: Which drivers will adapt best to being left alone?
Mar 17, 2016, 4:14 AM

There are three main rule changes which come into force this weekend which will mix things up, including a new qualifying format and three tyre op...

There are three main rule changes which come into force this weekend which will mix things up, including a new qualifying format and three tyre options instead of two at every race. But the team radio restrictions are probably the most far reaching and have the potential to make the biggest difference.

Building on restrictions brought in over the last year, the new technical directive TD/007-16, spells out what a team is permitted to say to its driver, rather than what is not allowed, as this is a far shorter list.

It has been reduced to safety information, such as instructions to pit or stop the car due to problems, marshalling information, passing on messages from race control and such like.

Pretty much everything to do with normal running of the car and tactics is banned; information on things like strategy, tyre choice at pit stops and all information relating to the race situation are not allowed.

It will put the driver at the centre of the decision making process and leave him on his own there. There is a risk that, if it spots a strategy opportunity, the inability of the team to tell a driver about it and what it wants him to do might undermine the new rule increasing the tyre choices available; so one new rule would cannibalise another.

Sebastian Vettel

Four times champion Sebastian Vettel's concern is not so much for being left to work out what the team wants to do strategically, more just the management of some of the complex technology on the car, which he doesn't see as a driver's job,

"There is more for the driver to do," Vettel said today in Melbourne. "I think some of the restrictions are a bit childish. Some people had some really clever thoughts and I don't know if it will actually achieve what it is supposed to but for sure it will be quieter. Ideally I'm trying to be among the best. The driver is left alone with a lot of stuff that is maybe too complicated to explain; things he shouldn't really have to think of but now he has to."

F1 team radio

So we are asking you, the readers, for your prediction of who will suit this new rule on radio and who will be hurt by it. Please copy the list of drivers below, paste it into the comments section and fill in your thoughts next to each driver in the list whether you think he will Sink or Swim without radio help.

Later this season we will do an objective analysis of the answers and the reader with the closest prediction to our analysis will win a F1 related prize or experience.

Hamilton

Rosberg

Vettel

Raikkonen

Bottas

Massa

Ricciardo

Kvyat

Hulkenberg

Perez

Verstappen

Sainz

Nasr

Ericsson

Magnussen

Palmer

Alonso

Button

Wehrlein

Haryanto

Grosjean

Gutierrez

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