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Published: 12:38 | 17/3/16

Button: New radio rules difficult to police

F1 bosses aiming for greater unpredictability

Former world champion Jenson Button believes it will be almost impossible for officials to police the new rule on team radio transmissions in Formula One.

The purpose of the new ruling, which comes into force for the first grand prix of the new season in Australia this weekend, is to place greater emphasis on individual drivers rather than teams with a view to making races more exciting and unpredictable.

However, Button believes that it will be difficult to enforce.

"I remember the days when we had no information about what was going on so I am looking forward to it, and it definitely will add something," he said.

"It is just that policing it will be pretty much impossible as they are not going to be able to listen to every single radio message.

"Hopefully they can listen to as much as possible, to make it as fair as possible."

Button, who is set to begin his 17th season in F1 after committing to the final year of his two-year deal with McClaren, says that the team have made significant improvements on last year but are unlikely to challenge for podium places on a regular basis.

"You can safely say that we wont be winning the grand prix," he added ahead of the Melbourne curtain-raiser.

"We want to see improvement and build on what we have from race one, and seeing more of an improvement than we saw throughout last year.

"We did improve but it was not enough. Reliability is much better but there is still work needed with outright power and overall downforce."

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