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Rosberg & Hamilton hope to gain advantage

The Mercedes pairing of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both hope that it will be them who gains an advantage following the recent FIA ban on use of team radio.

The FIA have released a technical directive to clarify the new team radio rules that come into force this weekend in Singapore

According to Sky Sports they are:

Messages that will still be allowed:
- Acknowledgement that a driver message has been heard.
- A competitor’s lap time.
- Their own lap and sector time.
- Gaps to a competitor during a practice session or race.
- Information about a competitor's likely race strategy.
- Tyre choice at next pitstop.
- Front-wing adjustment at their next pitstop.
- The number of laps a competitor has done on a set of tyres during a race.
- A competitor’s tyre compound.
- Being told to increase their pace (E.g. “Push hard” or “push now”).
- Who they are likely to be racing (E.g. “You will be racing XX”).
- Warning of a puncture.
- Information on yellow and blue flags.
- Safety Car deployment.
- Problems with a competitor’s car.
- Team orders.
- Laps remaining.
- Help with finding a gap in qualifying.
- DRS enabled and disabled notifications.
- Infractions by team, driver or competitor (E.g. running off track, missing a chicane, time penalty).
- Track information (E.g. Wet track, oil or debris at certain corners).
- Damage to the car.
- Reminders to check for white lines leaving and entering pits and weighbridge lights.
- Weather information.
- Test information (Eg. Set speed runs for aero-mapping).
- When to pit.

Messages that are banned:
- Sector time detail of a competitor and where they are faster or slower.
- Adjustment of powerunit settings.
- Answering a driver’s direction question (E.g. 'Am I using the right torque map?').
- Level of fuel saving needed.
- Any message that appears to be coded.
- Information on tyre temperatures and pressures (from Japan onwards).
- Balancing the SOC (state of battery charge) or adjusting it for performance.
- Number of burn-outs required prior the race.
- Warning of brake-wear or temperatures (from Japan onwards).
- Learning of gears from gearbox (from Japan onwards).
- Start maps related to clutch position, for race start and pit stops.
- Information on clutch maps or settings (E.g. bite point).
- Brake balance and brake-by-wire information.
- Adjustment of gearbox settings.
- Information on fuel flow settings (unless requested to do so by Race Control).
- Adjustment of powerunit settings to de-rate system.
- Selection of driver default settings (unless there is a clearly identified problem with the car).
- Information on differential settings.

The duo who are in the midst of an inter-team rivalry in the chase for the 2014 Formula One World Championship are hoping that a return to pure racing will benefit them.

I remember way back from when we were in karts, the cool thing in karting [is] you don’t have any data – or we didn’t back then. So no one could ever see where I was quick.

“Maybe that’s a little bit more of a step in that direction because now you have so much data you can see everything, everything I do, any trick that I have. Every driver in every team will see that from his team-mate, but hopefully this is one step in that [other] direction.
Hamilton told Sky Sports.

Whilst Rosberg added: '...there was a race earlier on in the season where I was behind Lewis and trying to overtake and his engineering team did a great job because whenever I ramped up my boost, they told him and then he just did the same. So we were always in the same boost position and so I could never have a difference...'

'...for sure that was something which I found a pity really. It’s not down to us pure racing to battle it out and use the boost to our own benefit and the way we want. So that’s one of the examples which are going to be totally different now because we are just on our own and we need to figure our way.”

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Date:Thursday September 18 2014

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