The FIA has failed to solve the problem preventing any communication between the cars and race control for the race in Malaysia.
Last weekend at the Australian Grand Prix, the drivers were fed information from their engineers alone, whereas they can usually rely on a lights system in their cockpit when under any flagged conditions or a safety car.
This also meant that DRS could not be automatically disabled, and many drivers were under investigation for using the system when it would normally have been unavailable. The FIA did appreciate the difficulty the teams were facing, and did not hand out any penalties.
Once again, drivers will be without any cockpit lights in Malaysia which provide information under flagged conditions. If the safety car is deployed, drivers will have to manually put their car into “safety car mode”, and they will have to manually control when they use DRS.
Autosport believe that the issues could be due to the FIA changing their telemetry supplier in the off-season, causing these teething problems.