Start, Suzuka, 2016

2016 Japanese Grand Prix team radio transcript

2016 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

All 22 drivers finished the Japanese Grand Prix but for some of them it had been a frustrating day at the wheel.

Carlos Sainz Jnr had a “horrible race” in his Toro Rosso, frustrated by his car’s lack of power with its 2015 Ferrari hardware. He has been out of the points for the last half-a-dozen races as other teams out-developed Toro Rosso.

Another driver facing disappointment when the chequered flag fell was gRomain Grosjean. Both Haas drivers started inside the top ten but neither of them finished there. Grosjean came close but Esteban Gutierrez finished well behind following a run-in with Sainz.

The other main theme of the race on the radios was the growing frustration drivers had with backmarkers. The Ferrari drivers were particularly vocal on the subject, although as always we only get to heard the messages chosen by Formula One Management.

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2016 Japanese Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* Driver Message
PR To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo so behind you… Medium, Nasr is on hard, both Manor on softs and Button on hard. And in front of you… and Alonso on soft.
PR From Jolyon Palmer Copy that.
PR From Sergio Perez Rear brakes are really hot.
1 To Pascal Wehrlein

Ignore brake warning Pascal.
3 From Lewis Hamilton Sorry guys.
3 To Lewis Hamilton

No stress, Lewis.
3 To Lewis Hamilton

So DRS is now enabled, Raikkonen 0.7 ahead. Vettel made it past Perez with ease so maybe Raikkonen will do the same with Hulkenberg.
4 To Daniil Kvyat

Update on tyres and balance when you can.
4 From Daniil Kvyat All stable at the moment.
6 From Romain Grosjean He completely pushed me off track braking for turn one.
6 To Romain Grosjean

OK understood we will report it.
7 From Pascal Wehrlein I can go a lot faster.
7 To Pascal Wehrlein

OK Pascal you are racing Esteban in front, you are racing him.
7 From Jenson Button At the moment I’m struggling to turn these tyres on.
8 To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis this is looking up, some other cars are now struggling on their tyres, you’ve just seen Raikkonen. Remember need to keep these tyres alive as long as possible. Gap’s now 1.2.
8 From Max Verstappen Starting to struggle a bit more with just general grip.
9 To Sergio Perez

Checo if we can keep with this soft of pace we are clearing Saubers and Renaults from our pit window.
10 From Max Verstappen OK I’m really starting to struggle also with the left-rear.
10 To Max Verstappen

OK copy Max.
11 To Valtteri Bottas

Is there any more pace in the car? Or is this the max given strategy?
11 From Valtteri Bottas There is more pace, the car in front is limiting me. Tyres still OK.
12 To Sebastian Vettel

We go to Plan B for prime, box Sebastian.
14 To Romain Grosjean

Excellent. Next is Magnussen. Good job.
14 To Daniil Kvyat

Back to scenario four, battery is low, no overtake Button. Come on, Danny.
15 To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate nice job.
16 From Marcus Ericsson I’ve got some rear deg and it’s helping me with the balance.
16 To Marcus Ericsson

Exactly, exactly. Pace is good like this, deg is flat, so let’s keep it like that.
16 To Nico Hulkenberg

Got Massa ahead holding the group up, he’s a second and a half slower than us.
17 To Daniil Kvyat

Keep looking after…
17 From Daniil Kvyat Guys I don’t know what to do at the moment.
17 To Daniil Kvyat

Copy. Keep looking after the tyres.
18 From Daniil Kvyat Guys, it’s getting quite hot here.
19 From Max Verstappen Understeer a little bit, but also a little bit of oversteer.
20 To Jenson Button

Box this lap Jenson, we’re sure.
20 From Jenson Button Box, box.
20 To Daniil Kvyat

Scenario four Danny, scenario four. The battery is full for scenario five.
20 From Daniil Kvyat Yeah but I need to defend? [Censored by FOM] sake.
21 From Fernando Alonso Aye, aye, aye. I’ve been preparing the overtake in three laps and now there is yellow flag and no DRS. Unbelievable.
21 From Esteban Gutierrez What the hell was he doing?
21 To Esteban Gutierrez

What happened? We’ll report it.
21 From Esteban Gutierrez He blocked me completely.
21 To Esteban Gutierrez

OK, understood.
21 From Nico Hulkenberg Hulkenberg passed Bottas.
See you later.
23 To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo we need to be careful turn one, defending from Grosjean, only one change of position, please.
23 From Jolyon Palmer OK.
23 From Romain Grosjean Oh, happened again.
23 To Romain Grosjean

We’re shouting to him, dude, we’re shouting it.
24 From Jenson Button Is Nasr holding the queue up?
24 To Jenson Button

Yes, at the moment Nasr is holding the queue up.
24 From Max Verstappen Starting to lose the rear a little bit on traction.
24 To Max Verstappen

OK copy Max. Still a few laps left to go in this stint, mate. Keep it under controls. Just keep on top of your tools, Max.
26 From Felipe Nasr I flat-spotted the hard
26 To Felipe Nasr

Understood.
26 To Kimi Raikkonen

Pit opposite Ricciardo.
26 From Kimi Raikkonen Pit lane. I don’t know if you meant to come in.
26 To Kimi Raikkonen

Yep, good, good.
26 To Max Verstappen

For info Max, Massa has done a 24-lap stint on medium with relatively low deg.
27 To Fernando Alonso

OK Fernando we need to push now.
27 From Fernando Alonso With which? With which tyres to push now?
27 To Nico Rosberg

And push hard now.
28 From Max Verstappen Unbelievable mate, they’re just not moving.
28 To Max Verstappen

I know. I think they’ve been given it… Well, they will be given the instruction, so hopefully you get through both of them in one hit.
29 From Daniel Ricciardo Wouldn’t go too much longer on these tyres, though, they’re starting to drop off quite a bit.
30 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flag, honestly. It’s ridiculous, I mean, it’s ridiculous. Honestly. Lost a second. For nothing. For [censored by FOM] sake.
31 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flag, make that Sauber go. Make him go! For pity’s sake make him go. I mean, what do you want to know? Suzuka is a quick track, it’s difficult to pass, you lose behind another car. I mean, it’s ridiculus.
31 To Sebastian Vettel

Copy that Sebastian. Keep your head down, it’s a long race.
31 From Carlos Sainz Jnr OK they passed me this is [censored by FOM] horrible. [Censored by FOM].
33 To Lewis Hamilton

This is going to be tight with Raikkonen on exit and we’re racing Vettel so we’re just going to need all you got, mate.
33 To Romain Grosjean

OK good job dude. Our race with the two Williams ahead is at the end, will be at the end when their tyres are dropping off.
33 From Sergio Perez So why did you give the lap to Nico? Why you box him?
33 To Sergio Perez

Checo because you were safe and we need the tyre life.
36 To Kimi Raikkonen

Update on compound: Everyone is on primes [hards] around you. The only person in front, Seb on quallies [softs]. The rest of the guys are racing on primes.
37 To Jenson Button

Nice work Jenson, great lap, nice work.
38 From Sebastian Vettel Pulling away, he’s pulling away on the straights.
38 To Sebastian Vettel

Keep your head down, the race is not over.
38 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

OK Carlos which compound you think is the best for the next, hard or soft?
38 From Carlos Sainz Jnr Do we have to do a lot of overtaking?
38 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

Confirm.
38 From Carlos Sainz Jnr I don’t know, the hard is feeling good but it’s difficult to overtake with this tyre.
38 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

Understood.
39 To Daniel Ricciardo

Hamilton and Vettel just ahead of him are in a tight battle, might get interesting later.
41 To Max Verstappen

We are working on this blue flag situation, mate.
41 From Max Verstappen Yeah, it’s a joke.
41 To Max Verstappen

Yep.
41 To Esteban Gutierrez

OK now we can…
41 From Esteban Gutierrez What a [censored by FOM].
41 To Esteban Gutierrez

Come on, get back into the rhythm, we need to try to do our best.
42 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flag, I mean it can’t be true, can it?
42 To Kimi Raikkonen

OK so gap to Ricciardo now 11.6 seconds. His last lap in free air was…
42 From Kimi Raikkonen Yeah fine but I’m losing so much lap time to [censored by FOM] lapped cars.
42 To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood.
43 From Max Verstappen When did they stop giving the blue flags? They are not listening.
43 To Sebastian Vettel

Verstappen’s lap times 7.1. Hamilton lap time 6.6…
43 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flags. I get them always up the hill. Can’t be true.
43 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flag, come on, blue flag.
44 To Max Verstappen

Tyre temps are looking a little bit cold now Max having lost a bit of pace through the blue flags. So start to pick up your pace a bit, that will improve the grip.
44 From Max Verstappen I’m trying.
44 To Nico Rosberg

So just be aware front tyres are now dropping to the bottom of the window,
46 From Kimi Raikkonen Come on, move out of the way. They are seriously slowing me down, the lapped cars.
46 To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood Kimi unfortunately there are four or five of them I’m afraid.
46 From Kimi Raikkonen Yeah when the first one doesn’t pull out of the way it doesn’t help.
46 To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood.
46 From Kimi Raikkonen Come on I’ve been more than half a lap behind them.
46 To Kimi Raikkonen

We’re on it.
46 To Kimi Raikkonen

OK we’ve spoken to Charlie, he’s on the case.
46 From Kimi Raikkonen Yeah I mean one lap it took [censored by FOM] one lap to let me past.
47 To Nico Rosberg

So gap to Verstappen still at five seconds. He’s pushing quite hard because he’s got Lewis close behind him, just be aware.
49 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flag.
49 To Sebastian Vettel

Copy that, he has blue flag.
49 From Sebastian Vettel Yeah but he doesn’t move. Make him move! [Censored by FOM] sake.
50 From Kimi Raikkonen Come on ask him to move over. Everybody takes one lap, it’s ridiculous.
50 From Kimi Raikkonen Come on give him a penalty then. It’s a joke now.
50 To Kimi Raikkonen

Charlie is on it. Charlie is on the case.
50 From Kimi Raikkonen Come on it’s two laps now. If this is not a penalise [unclear].
50 To Fernando Alonso

We need to let Raikkonen past. Behind him close behind is Sainz and Jenson on 11-lap-old options.
50 From Kimi Raikkonen Finally they let us past, it only took two laps.
50 To Kimi Raikkonen

Let’s get back in the rhythm. Hopefully Ericsson’s a bit easier. Remember Ricciardo’s got to go through all this as well.
50 From Carlos Sainz Jnr What a [censored by FOM] nightmare. It’s incredible, we can do nothing.
52 To Romain Grosjean

Let’s go, last chance, blue flag Rosberg.
53 From Lewis Hamilton Max moved under braking.
VL To Pascal Wehrlein

OK Pascal not really what we wanted. But your pace on that last stint before the blue falgs particularly was very impressive indeed.
VL To Fernando Alonso

OK Fernando that is the chequered flag, P16. It was a very tough race but you fought all the way to the end like a true amurai.
VL To Jenson Button

So Jenson we finished 18th. It was always going to be tough starting where we did at this circuit. I think you drove well today. And we have a new engine in the car that will see us through the reat of the year. Well done.
VL From Marcus Ericsson I think did everything I could there. I think it was a good race. Magnussen undercut us.
VL To Marcus Ericsson

Exactly. For me that first stop could have been brought a couple of laps earlier because if we’d lost traffic to Ocon…
VL To Romain Grosjean

Good drive man, sorry you gave it a good go.
VL From Romain Grosjean [Censored by FOM] I never had a 11th place that hurt that much. What happened the start was [censored by FOM] but what happened? Honestly, we had the pace to do better. [Censored by FOM] we have bad luck today.
VL To Romain Grosjean

Yeah man. Palmer made it difficult for us. You did a good drive. Frustrating stuff. You gave it a go at the end, thanks for giving it a go.
VL From Romain Grosjean Well that’s my job. Well done everyone. Sorry we couldn’t do better.
VL To Esteban Gutierrez

Not the race that we wanted but keep chin up, the result will come.
VL To Esteban Ocon

Good job Esteban. I know we struggled for pace but I think that’s a good race in the end.
VL To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo that’s the chequered flag. P12, good race mate, nice battle with Button. Good race mate. Nice battle with Button.
VL From Jolyon Palmer Cheers mate. Good race all round I think.
VL To Jolyon Palmer

Yeah your pace was good.
VL From Jolyon Palmer I lost a lot of time with Button, though.
VL To Jolyon Palmer

Yeah it was difficult but you did well with the battery management.
VL From Carlos Sainz Jnr Yeah what a waste of a race. What a horrible race. All the time behind cars, incredible. Impossible to overtake. I don’t know.
VL To Nico Rosberg

Woohoo! So won in the land of the rising sun. Really good job Nico.
VL From Nico Rosberg Thanks a lot guys, amazing weekend, and congrats to the win on the constructors’.
VL From Jenson Button Yeah, very tough day. Worse than expected, I must say. Didn’t actually feel that bad but obviously it is at moment around here. But Austin’ll be a big improvement. We know it’ll suit us a lot better. Had some fun at least, good overtaking, so that was fun.

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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4 comments on “2016 Japanese Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. Hulkenberg’s pass on Bottas and his radio comment thereafter is gradually making more sense now.
    Three aspects to consider:
    1. Force India is quicker than Williams on track and its not just race circumstances that has helped the former.
    2. NH can pull off bold passes cleanly which is something perhaps Renault was looking for in their lead driver.
    3. VB keeps on being passed now and then.

  2. …And bolded highlights are back. That’s what I’m talking about!
    (Thanks)

    1. You’re welcome!

  3. I’m so relieved that the FIA removed radio message restrictions, and FOM decided to increase the number of messages telecast. Although I’m still conscious that removing blue flag messages will reduce the number of messages by roughly a third! 😁

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