Alonso against ‘strange’ radio clampdown


Fernando Alonso has cast doubt over whether Formula 1's new "strange" radio clampdown will have an impact on grand prix weekends.

As of this season Formula 1 teams have had further restrictions placed on what they can say to their drivers over the radio.

This latest clampdown is intended to put the onus on drivers, making Formula 1 a bit more difficult for them.

However, Alonso doubts it will have any impact at all.

"I don't think it's going to change much," he said.

"There is definitely a limited amount of things that we can talk on the radio now or receive.

"It is strange sometimes the direction we are going with the radio communication and technology with F1 trying to restrict it, which is probably not the normal way to go.

"I don't think it will give the driver more power or influence on the race itself because of those communications, I think the strategy and preparation for the race will be stricter and the discipline we have to have in the car is much higher.

"We will follow more or less the approach of that race much more than before. So actually I think the driver will have less room to decide anything."

The McLaren driver also downplayed speculation that the ban will play into the hands of the sport's more experienced drivers.

"Before we had that possibility as well and that instinct of feeling something was happening in the race and we try to put that input into the strategy and try to give that information to the team.

"Now we cannot have that conversation or debate, so we will miss that instinct from the driver."