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A Simple Solution to the Problems with Formula 1’s Radio Ban

The biggest story from the European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, was not Nico Rosberg's win, nor Sergio Perez's unlikely podium; it was the backlash against the FIA's ban on radio messages from teams giving advice to their drivers. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen both had engine problems and grew increasingly frustrated when their engineers could not say how to fix them. After the race, several drivers shared their displeasure with the regulations. Fortunately, there is an easy compromise. Just as the new qualifying format was reversed once it became apparent that it was not working, the radio ban could be rolled back to the 2014 version, where driver coaching in areas such as gear selection and braking points was b...

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