Date: 2nd August 2016 at 2:28pm
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The FIA removed the restrictions on team radio in Germany.

The idea behind the ban in the first instance was to block what many spectators saw as driver coaching, informing the driver how to maximise performance by telling them how to change gears, when to brake and what lines to take in corners.

It all got a bit much.

So the FIA banned the radio chatter, but this brought it’s own problems in the drivers needing help with overly complicated technical issues with the power-units.

This saw controversial moments such as Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen unable to select the correct engine mode in Baku, to Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button later getting penalties for instructions following potential critical errors for the cars.

So in Germany the radio ban was lifted and the Formula One TV producer wasted no time in plumbing in as much radio chatter as possible.

The live feed had around four radio snippets in as many laps during the opening stages of the race.

But not everyone is happy, Fernando Alonso believes only his negative comments are ever selecting for airing.

‘They just seem to have a certain tendency to broadcast my radio messages live. Alonso told

‘At the end of the race I congratulated the team for the job done and I don’t think they broadcast that. And if we lost six seconds at the start, it’s fine to say it.

‘I don’t understand sometimes.’

It was a disappointing performance for Alonso and McLaren, the Honda engine is now showing signs of strength against the likes of Toro Rosso who are running a 2015 specification Ferrari engine.

But McLaren’s fuel consumption continues to be a problem.

Alonso added: ‘We had to save a lot of fuel in the final part after all the battles we had in the first half of the race, At the end I think we finished with 100 grammes of fuel. You can use 100 kilos per race, and I think we used 99.900, so it was pretty close.’