Formula 1's Strategy Group has agreed to free up both radio communications and track limits from this weekend's German Grand Prix, in an attempt to stop the recent flood of unpopular penalties.

During a get-together of Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and the six leading teams, one of the key aspects being discussed was how to respond to recent criticisms about over-regulation of grand prix racing.

It is understood that a key focus was put on the issue of team radio communication and the imposition of track limits.

As a result, from now on radio communications will be totally free, with the exception of the formation lap, when no chat will be allowed. 

The latter aspect will ensure that drivers will get no help with clutch settings and similar pre-start procedures.

The matter does not need to go for approval at the F1 Commission nor FIA World Motor Sport Council because the current radio restrictions are based on a Technical Directive from F1 race director Charlie Whiting rather than specific rules.

A statement issued by the FIA said: "At the request of the Teams and Commercial Rights Holder, the FIA has agreed to adopt a more liberal approach to the interpretation of Article 27.1 (that a driver must drive the car “alone and unaided”).

"With the exception of the period between the start of the formation lap and the start of the race, there will be no limitations on messages teams send to their drivers either by radio or pit board.

"This approach is aimed at providing improved content for fans and spectators, as teams will now be required to provide the Commercial Rights Holder with unrestricted access to their radio messages at all times that their cars are out of the garage."

The Strategy Group also discussed putting a stop to track limit penalties, on the basis that it is hard to judge if an advantage has been gained.

Although the teams want this applied immediately, it is understood that the FIA wants more time to properly understand the implications of this before adopting a final stance.

It is possible, however, that a precedent could be set for this weekend's German GP.

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