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Massa slams radio ban

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Felipe Massa has hit out at the FIA's plans to limit radio traffic between driver and pit wall.

This weekend's Singapore Grand Prix will be the first under the new ban, with the FIA clarifying what can and cannot be said last week. However, Massa believes the regulation could lead to cars breaking down more often and may actually have the reverse effect of what was intended.

"I think in some areas it is fine," he said. "If the team tells you not to use the tyres so much in Turn 5 because you are using more compared to your team-mate, this is okay not to say and it's not a problem. But there are so many things in the car that we are doing that if you don't do them maybe there will be too much temperature in the rear brakes because the battery gets too high and then you have a fire in the car.

"You can have a big accident and this is not something that is related to the driver, it is related to a very complicated power unit in the car. If you are not using the right settings then you can forget it, you will not do two laps. That is something that is not related to the driver but to the complicated system that we have. I'm against it, completely against it."

Massa believes the regulation change should not have been brought in midway through the year.

"It's something they could have done more professionally, not just speak too much with the old drivers. They always believe that now it's too complicated and too easy for us, but they've never driven the car. If you want to go back [to the past] then just bring the car from that time and we'll race them. It's not a problem."

Massa also warned that the use of coded messages will be impossible to detect.

"You have a lot of codes that you guys don't know about. Whatever you invent, maybe the driver will understand and change that and nobody will know. Maybe they penalise a car because of something they heard, but what he said you cannot prove what is a code or not. It's not good."

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