The restrictions on what teams were permitted to say on the radios were lifted ahead of the German Grand Prix.
According to the FIA one goal of the change was to give fans greater access to the radio traffic between the drivers and their teams. “This approach is aimed at providing improved content for fans and spectators,” it said in a statement, “as teams will now be required to provide the Commercial Rights Holder with unrestricted access to their radio messages at all times that their cars are out of the garages”.
However while Sunday’s race saw a slight rise in the number of radio messages made available by Formula One Management for F1 fans, the total number broadcast was still far below what was typical prior to this season. There were 73% fewer radio messages played compared to the last German Grand Prix:
NB. There was no German Grand Prix in 2015
Since the British Grand Prix teams have been able to listen to all of their rivals’ radio messages in real-time. Evidence of this can be seen in Red Bull’s message to Max Verstappen on lap three, which refers to a communication involving Lewis Hamilton which wasn’t broadcast.
It remains to be seen whether Formula One Management plans to give fans the level of access after the summer break, or whether they will instead continue to play edited and delayed communications, and far fewer of them than was being broadcast less than 12 months ago.
Among the messages which were played during the German Grand Prix was a revealing sequence involving Sebastian Vettel, who initially refused to obey an instruction from Ferrari to make a pit stop in the closing stages. Ferrari wanted to bring Vettel in early to put pressure on Max Verstappen.
Vettel resisted, pointing out he was nowhere near the Red Bull. However Ferrari may have wanted to force Red Bull to pit Verstappen early because he would have to take super-soft tyres at his next pit stop and his lap times had dropped off towards the end of his previous stint on the same rubber.
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Vettel wasn’t in a position to appreciate this, and it’s revealing that he second-guessed his team’s strategy at this point. However as he was eight second behind Verstappen at the moment he was called in, it does indicate Ferrari were being a bit optimistic about how great a threat they could be to the Red Bull.
Defying a Ferrari strategy call isn’t a first for Vettel this year. He did it at Baku as well, making this at least the second time since the Canadian Grand Prix, where a Ferrari strategy call arguably cost him victory.
2016 German Grand Prix team radio transcript
|2||From Felipe Massa||Somebody hit me in corner six.|
|2||To Nico Rosberg||So just remember the plan for the first four laps.|
|3||To Max Verstappen||OK Max solid couple of laps. Hamilton has also been instructed about looking after his tyres so we’ll do the same mate at this stage|
|8||From Daniil Kvayt||I’m really struggling big time with the traction, big time.|
|9||From Felipe Massa||After the guy hit me the rear of the car is not the same.|
|9||From Max Verstappen||Yeah definitely also struggling with the rear tyres now.|
|11||From Daniel Ricciardo||Yep, left-rear’s starting to go.|
|13||From Kimi Raikkonen||OK I’m struggling with the rear also.|
|14||To Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis it’s Hammertime.|
|15||To Nico Rosberg||So Nico you are on plan B.|
|16||From Lewis Hamilton||How big’s the gap?|
|16||To Lewis Hamilton||So Verstappen and Nico both on super-soft. Ricciardo on the soft, same as you. Gap to Verstappen: 5.8.|
|18||From Kimi Raikkonen||Did you change the front wing because it feels like you didn’t drop it.|
|18||To Kimi Raikkonen||Confirm, we did the front wing adjust for these tyres.|
|18||From Kimi Raikkonen||OK.|
|19||To Max Verstappen||So Hamilton’s doing the same in terms of pace management, Max. Running the same lap times as you at the moment.|
|20||To Fernando Alonso||Nico job Fernando. Next car in front is Gutierrez, he’s also on prime.|
|20||From Fernando Alonso||Don’t worry. I lose another position in the next stop, and I will recover later.|
|21||From Max Verstappen||This is definitely not the race tyre.|
|21||To Max Verstappen||Understood, Max.|
|22||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel so gaps are all pretty static at the moment. Hamilton’s about nine seconds ahead of you.|
|25||To Daniel Ricciardo||So people on super-softs are struggling a littel bit. So keep looking after that left-front a bit yourself.|
|28||From Sebastian Vettel||Come on, blug flag. That’s ridiculous it was more than a lap.|
|29||To Nico Rosberg||So pushing hard now.|
|30||From Max Verstappen||He pushed me off the track.|
|32||To Lewis Hamilton||Things are really kocking off now so just as much pace as possible.|
|35||To Nico Rosberg||So Nico important you keep pushing. You’ve got a five-second penalty that we need to take at the next pit stop.|
|35||From Nico Rosberg||Can you explain to them that I was full lock on the steering wheel and I couldn’t steer more. And he moved in braking, that was the big problem. That’s completely not allowed.|
|36||To Lewis Hamilton||So we’re on plan B. Most of the field are.|
|37||To Kimi Raikkonen||Good lap Kimi, eight tenths quicker than Seb last lap.|
|37||To Nico Rosberg||You’re doing a really good job there Nico. Gap to Verstappen is 3.2. Remember everybody’s one a three-stop. You are P2 at the moment. So just need to pull that gap and it’s yours.|
|38||To Felipe Massa||OK Felipe we’re going to box this lap and retire the car.|
|40||From Romain Grosjean||There is some smoke coming from the rear of the car.|
|40||To Romain Grosjean||OK understood, we’re looking htrough everything, stand by here.|
|41||To Nico Rosberg||So Ricciardo is pushing hard. We need mid-19 times Nico. Really important now.|
|42||From Max Verstappen||I’m even struggling with this tyre, of understeer.|
|42||To Max Verstappen||Copy that, Max.|
|43||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel so Rosberg struggling a bit. It’s going to be good.|
|44||To Sebastian Vettel||Box, Sebastian, box for new option.|
|44||From Sebastian Vettel||Negative. I’m going to take a couple more laps. Tyres are still good.|
|45||To Sebastian Vettel||It’s the only way we have to undercut someone. Box now.|
|45||From Sebastian Vettel||They’re miles away. Who do you want to undercut?|
|45||To Sebastian Vettel||Verstappen.|
|46||To Sebastian Vettel||OK, stay out.|
|48||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate so let’s have a little push on, make a bit of a gap to Verstappen.|
|51||From Lewis Hamilton||What’s Nico’s pace.|
|51||To Lewis Hamilton||Nico 19.3.|
|55||From Daniel Ricciardo||Esteban’s my favourite, I love this guy.|
|55||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel you can rest assured he’s doing the same to everyone, he’s not just picking on you.|
|57||From Jenson Button||Is the other car not struggling?|
|57||To Jenson Button||Same situation as you, Jenson.|
|57||From Jenson Button||Well this could be tricky, guys, he could destroy both our races.|
|59||To Fernando Alonso||And Fernando forecast says there may be a few drops of rain in about five minutes.|
|60||To Daniel Ricciardo||There may be some very light drops coming at turn one first.|
|62||From Lewis Hamilton||See spits of rain on my visor.|
|66||To Jenson Button||Bottas on 31-lap primes, Jenson.|
|66||From Jenson Button||OK, I’m coming.|
|PR||From Lewis Hamilton||Track temperature?|
|PR||To Lewis Hamilton||Now dropping slightly, 37C.|
|PR||From Daniel Ricciardo||What’s the wind doing compared to yesterday?|
|PR||To Daniel Ricciardo||Direction, it’s lower, quite a lot lower than it was yesterday. Little bit of a tailwaind turn two exit. But it is quite light.|
|VL||To Lewis Hamilton||Get in there, Lewis. Great work, mate. Beautful start, fantastically mnaaged. Awesome race, mate, well done.|
|VL||From Lewis Hamilton||Fantastic job guys. Awesome pit stops. And just throughout the weekend as always. Well deserved summer break. Hope you enjoy it. Thank you.|
|VL||From Daniel Ricciardo||Cheers boys. Good stuff.|
|VL||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate very good pace, very good deg today. Well managed.|
|VL||From Daniel Ricciardo||Yep, thanks guys. Super-soft was pretty well balanced. Cheers.|
Lap: Refers to lap message was broadcast on. There may be a delay between messages being said and being broadcast. PR = pre-race; FL = formation lap; VL = victory lap.
Message: Repetitive or irrelevant messages omitted. Notes in italics. Highlights in bold.
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