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FIA suffer telemetry failure at race control`

Mar 16, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

F1 Austin Auto Racing AP

Due to a telemetry failure at race control, drivers will be unable to receive information from the FIA for the opening round of the 2013 Formula One season.

Under flagged conditions, the drivers usually receive information via a light system in their cockpit, informing them to slow down under yellow flags, let a faster car pass under blue flags, or even stop completely if a red flag comes out. However, they will be without this information for the sessions in Melbourne this weekend.

The FIA issued a statement saying “due to reliability problems with the telemetry link between race control and the cars we will be disabling this with immediate effect. We will do our best to give as much information from race control as we can.”

The biggest problem is that the DRS system will be compromised. Following the activation of the system after two laps, race control will be unable to de-activate as normal under wet or safety car conditions. However, drivers will still be forbidden from using DRS in this situation.

Should the safety car make an appearance in the race, the FIA will be unable to set the cars to ‘safety car mode’ as usual, forcing drivers to make the switch manually.

Although problems like this do occur from time-to-time, teams will be forced to take extra care to avoid breaking the rules and subsequently receiving a penalty. The FIA will be doing all they can to rectify the situation in time for the race tomorrow.

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