Kimi Raikkonen says it is up to 'teams and drivers' to keep their radio transmissions during races private, dismissing the suggestions from former team-mate Fernando Alonso that they should remain private.
The Spaniard was criticised by McLaren team bosses after his radio messages to the team describing his McLaren-Honda as having 'a GP2 engine' during the Japanese Grand Prix were given a public broadcasting.
It has led to Alonso to call for radio transmissions to be made private, but it isn't a view shared by former Ferrari counterpart Raikkonen, who feels the transmissions are entertaining for television audiences.
Indeed, Raikkonen, who famously snapped 'leave me alone, I know what I'm doing', at his Lotus race engineer over the radio en route to his victory in 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, says it is only natural for broadcasters to relay the best soundbites.
“I think it is up to the teams and the drivers to keep it private,” he said. “We all know how it works out with the radios, some will broadcast it and if it is good for them it is broadcast. If we want to make it private we can easily make it private
“It is a simple thing we have known for years already, the radios usually end up on the TVs. I think it is good for spectators and TV. It makes it more interesting for them to hear what is going on.”
However, Jenson Button has defended his McLaren team-mate, saying such broadcasts catch drivers out when they are talking in the 'heat of the moment'.
“It's tricky, because we're very emotional when we're driving a racing car. It's the place where we feel the most at home and when things aren't going your way you maybe say something you maybe shouldn't say. When you say it to the team it maybe isn't a positive either but if its broadcast to the world it's very different.
“We know it gets broadcast to the world but sometimes in the heat of the moment there's so much emotion there you've got to let it out. Doing it in your helmet without the radio on feels a bit strange, you feel like you need to let people know how you feel.”