Dramatic radio messages make a big soap opera – but at the expense of F1’s integrity


The argument in favor of disseminating these messages is of course transparency. In rugby we hear the TMO discussing incidents with the match referee while watching the replays and we can follow their thinking, which is reassuring (even if it wastes time, kills the flow of the game).

But contentious incidents in rugby – whether the pass has been advanced or the ball has been touched – are less subjective. And most importantly, you don’t simultaneously have Eddie Jones stepping in, arguing with the TMO, throwing his headphones in disgust and saying he was completely wrong, whipping the crowd and millions of spectators into a frenzy.

No race director can operate under these conditions.

Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn hinted on Monday that changes are likely to come next year. “It’s like negotiating with the referee in football,” Brawn said Auto Motor und Sport At the time, Wolff begged Masi not to take out the safety car. “It is unacceptable that the team managers put so much pressure on Michael during the race. Toto Wolff cannot demand that there be no safety car, and Christian Horner cannot demand that overtaken cars pass. It is at the discretion of the clerk of the course. We will stop this contact next year.

It would be a shame in one respect. The live broadcast communications and the entrance to the booth walls add a lot of drama and controversy to the soap opera. And as a journalist, it’s probably short-sighted to complain about a feature of the race that provides so much copy. But after Sunday night, they have to do something.


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