Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes the radio messages from team bosses with the FIA race control should be banned.

The world feed of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix featured radio messages from both Red Bull and Mercedes with race control as the battle for the title heated up.

Things only got busier by the end of the race, as both team principals were on the radio with race director Michael Masi regarding the lapped cars – Red Bull urging Masi to allow those cars to unlap themselves to give Max Verstappen a chance to go for the title, while Wolff expressed his disagreement with the decision through the final lap.

Speaking after the race, F1 managing director, Ross Brawn, said that team principals should no longer be allowed to use the race control channel.

“I agree with Ross,” Wolff told “But I equally blame Ross and myself because we have been part of the decision-making to broadcast more of the channels for the purpose of transparency and entertainment for the fans.

“There is so much going on on the intercom that giving fans a little bit of an overview of all the little dramas that happen, like is the car breaking down, are we having some kind of strategy discussions, was meant well. But I think we overshot.

“I need to take myself by the nose, and Christian. We were given the opportunity to talk to the race director directly, and because we fight so fiercely for the interests of our teams all of us overstepped.

“It certainly was part of the failures this year that under pressure from the team principals also the race director’s life wasn’t made easier, certainly.

“We need to come back,” he said. “I think team principals shouldn’t speak directly to the race director, it should be the sporting directors. I will go one step further and say I don’t think sporting directors should be lobbying race director or exercising pressure.

“They should be pointing to situations that the race director or his colleagues might not have spotted, but not lobby, not pressurise.”

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