Charles Pic, Caterham, Sepang, 2013

FIA telemetry problem remains unsolved for Malaysia

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Charles Pic, Caterham, Sepang, 2013The telemetry glitch teams experienced during the first race of the season has not been solved for the first race of the season.

An FIA statement said “Due to continued reliability problems with the telemetry link between race control and the cars we will again be disabling this with immediate effect.”

As a result teams will face the same problems they had in Australia, including loss of function of the red, yellow and blue flag warning lights in the cars.

The FIA will also be unable to disable DRS and there will be no automatic warnings for teams about blue flags.

The stewards issued the following advice to teams:

1. None of the red, yellow or blue cockpit lights will work.
2. At the start of the race DRS will be automatically enabled once each car has crossed the line to complete two laps.
3. There will be no automatic blue flag messages on the Official Messaging System. We will do our best to give as much information from race control as we can, however, it will be even more important that teams do what they can to ensure their drivers respect blue flags.
4. If the safety car is deployed Safety Car Mode will have to be selected manually by the driver immediately after he sees either the SC light panels or SC boards being held out by marshals.
5. If the safety car is deployed a message saying “DRS disabled” will be displayed, we will however be unable to actually disable it. Therefore, from this point, drivers must not use DRS until the message “DRS enabled” is shown two laps after the safety car returns to the pits.
6. If yellow flags or lights are displayed in either DRS activation zone “DRS disabled” will be displayed, from this point drivers must not use DRS in that activation zone until the message “DRS enabled” appears.
7. In conditions of poor visibility a message saying “DRS disabled” may be displayed, we will however be unable to actually disable it. Therefore, from this point, drivers must not use DRS until the message “DRS enabled” is shown.

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