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FIA not planning to change telemetry supplier

Apr 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

F1 Austin Auto Racing AP

Despite the FIA encountering problems with its telemetry system during the first four races, Formula One’s governing body has no intention of switching supplier for the beginning of the European season in Spain.

After changing supplier during the off-season, a company called Riedel has suffered issues implementing its new system. This has restricted communication between race control and the cars. Usually, under yellow flag conditions, warning lights would alert the drivers. Similarly, cars would be restricted to a certain pace under the safety car. However, these systems failed during the opening rounds of the season, most notably in China. Eight drivers came under investigation after using DRS under yellow flags, but no penalties were awarded as had the telemetry been working, these infringements would have been prevented.

However, the FIA has confirmed to Autosport that it will not be changing supplier ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, contrary to initial reports.

Instead, Riedel is working to rectify the situation during the three week break following the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The system is expected to be working properly for the race at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12th.

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