A telemetry ban would be a "step backwards" for Formula 1, Lotus technical director Nick Chester has warned.

The FIA made moves to strictly enforce Article 20.1 of the sporting regulations - "The driver must drive the car alone and unaided" - prior to the Singapore Grand Prix with a clampdown on radio communications.

Although that ban was subsequently relaxed following a meeting with team members ahead of the race, with the implementation of much of it delayed until 2015, the FIA remains determined to push ahead with it, with a potential ban on telemetry also possible. Chester, however, does not think the FIA will go that far and doesn't think telemetry will also be outlawed.

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"I think telemetry won't be banned; it would be tricky to know if for example the car has a puncture or something is about to fail," he explained.

"You would have no way of telling if the car is safe or not. To make that move would be a step backwards.

"In terms of the radio communications changes [though] we will have to adapt to the FIA guidelines."

That will result in changes to the steering wheel used by the Lotus drivers, with the team set to adopt a large display version for F1 2015.

"You can get a lot more information to the driver with a large display and that's very helpful with complicated cars. The downside is that the wheel will be heavier, which is one of the considerations for staying with the smaller display [this year]. Next year we will likely go for a larger display steering wheel.

"You would be at a disadvantage if you stayed with the smaller display with the radio communications changes planned for 2015," he added.

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Norville2: How many buttons on that steering wheel? no wonder they need help from the pits...[\blockquote]

That's the problem - these guys are not just expected to be drivers, they have to be computer technicians too.