F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone looks on in the paddock during previews ahead of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sept. 18, 2014 in Singapore.
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As day turned to night in the floodlit Singapore paddock, the big talking point was the FIA’s radio clampdown.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has claimed the credit.
"I was the one who started it off, yes," he told reporters on Thursday.
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Earlier, in downtown Singapore, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg welcomed the move.
"The drivers are all happy it’s gone," said Ecclestone, referring to the end of all performance-related messages between the pitwall and the drivers.
"They drive the cars, they should know what’s wrong and right."
The 83-year-old, who has been fiercely critical of the direction of today’s F1, also suggested that more moves could be on the horizon, amid rumors all telemetry might be the next to be axed in the not-too-distant future.
"We have a regulation in force, ‘drivers must drive the car alone and unaided’. They have been well and truly aided and still are, even if we get rid of this ‘ship to shore’, as I call it.
"There are still a lot of aids they shouldn’t have," said Ecclestone.