Formula 1: FIA warned against “preferential” team radios after controversy between Toto Wolff and Christian Horner
Formula 1 has been warned not to allow “preferential” communications between teams and the FIA.
A controversial end to the 2021 season, which saw Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, has raised concerns about the Briton’s future, with legendary Alain Prost even claiming the Mercedes star “may be over”.
A bitter taste has been left in Mercedes with an angry Toto Wolff and criticism has been leveled at race director Michael Masi’s decision to only allow certain overtaken cars to overtake the safety car before the last lap.
And with Red Bull team manager Christian Horner appearing to pressure Masi to pave the way for his Belgian-Dutch superstar Lord Peter Hain, a Labor peer and vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Formula 1, called for boundaries to be together.
“There must be no repetition of this. “
There have even been calls for the line of communication between the FIA and the teams to be cut after the drama involving Horner and Wolff in Abu Dhabi.
And Ross Brawn, Formula 1‘s general manager of motorsport, is keen to eliminate the potential for teams to put pressure on the FIA to implement certain rules.
“We will stop this contact next year,” Brawn told Auto Motor und Sport.
“It is unacceptable that the team managers are putting Michael under such pressure during the race. It’s like coaches negotiating with the referee in football.
“Toto cannot demand that there be no safety car and Christian cannot demand that the cars come off. It is at the discretion of the clerk of the course.