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Fiber optic line caused FP1 coverage and radio issues

A fiber optic line is likely to be the reason of all the technical issues that have taken place in Imola GP’s FP1.

The opening free practice of the Imola GP was impacted by the power shortage. This is why there were permanent issues with the live TV feed for the audience as well as difficulties with radio transmission for the teams. The misunderstanding, caused by it, was the reason behind the crash of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

According to the F1 representatives, the problem has been forced by the fiber optic line failure was to blame in that situation. It was fixed between FP1 and FP2.

Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto spoke about radio communication problems later on: “Certainly, it was a big problem. I don’t know if in all the teams we had exactly the same problems. But for us, it was very difficult, especially on Charles [Leclerc], no way of communicating to him.”

“It’s difficult because you cannot give him advice on the cars following, so then there can be impeding situations which are not voluntary at all, but very difficult for the drivers as well to know who is coming behind.”

“On top of that we are running our race power unit, because those power units are the ones we fitted in Bahrain and are used for the entire weekend. So obviously, if you’ve got any problems, you don’t know how to react and to communicate. So these type of problems are serious.”

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