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Formula 1: Team Radio Reveals Drama, Intrigue, Hysteria and a Hint of Nastiness

One of the great recent innovations in Formula 1 television coverage has been the access to team radio broadcasts. Listening in to the exchanges gives tremendous insight into strategy and the mindset of drivers. It also opened our eyes to the fact that F1 drivers get every bit as hysterical as teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert. Quite apart from the driver-team communication, the team radio has become the method of choice for getting messages through to Charlie Whiting in race control to try to influence stewards decisions or intervention. Drivers report every little infraction back to the team in the certain knowledge that all broadcasts are monitored in race control. From the very first corner of the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, we had...

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