McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has accused Red Bull of using coded messages to help Daniel Ricciardo at the Singapore GP.
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McLaren have accused Formula One rivals Red Bull Racing of using coded messages to help Daniel Ricciardo drive to a podium finish during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said his team had listened closely to other team’s messages during the race.
Upon being asked about how different it was to work on the pit wall with the FIA’s new clampdown on driver communications, he said: “”Nothing, but it makes us more busy listening to the others to see they are not doing anything like Red Bull did twice on Ricciardo.
“I think it was coded, yes. It is up to the FIA to investigate, so it is not for me to say anything.
“But it was a strange message. Once would have been OK, but twice or three times is a bit strange.”
Red Bull chief Christian Horner said his team had clarified with race director Charlie Whiting what messages could be used with Ricciardo after the Australian struggled with battery issues.
“Obviously we spoke to Charlie and told him Daniel had some reliability issues,” he said.
“That was why he was told to stay off the kerbs because that was causing damage to the battery.
“I think that was sensible and it’s about trying to find a balance with this radio ban.”