Telemetry link upgrade planned for Spain
2 May 2013 – The telemetry link issues that have plagued the start of the 2013 Formula 1 campaign are set to be rectified from next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, with new supplier Riedel Communications bringing modifications to the Circuit de Catalunya.
During the first four Grands Prix of the season, drivers were forced to compete without cockpit warning lights and had to rely on race engineers to inform them of DRS usage under yellow flags, as the link between race control and the cars had failed.
However, with a break of almost three weeks between the most recent round at Sakhir and Formula 1's arrival in Europe, a solution is expected to have been found.
"We've been told they've got an upgrade which is going to Barcelona and then it'll be working from there," Derek Warwick, who has acted as the driver representative steward on a number of occasions, explained to the Reuters news agency.
In China, a number of drivers were questioned for using DRS in caution zones, but they escaped penalties due to the confusion caused by the telemetry problems.