Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

2017 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2017 Russian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniil Kvyat’s race engineer urged him not to lose his cool on the radio at the end of a frustrating Russian Grand Prix.

The Toro Rosso driver was irritated by the timing of his first pit stop, which cost him time because it dropped him in front of the race leaders, forcing him to lose time being lapped.

Jolyon Palmer, Renault, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
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“Keep it cool,” Kvyat was urged after he took the chequered flag in the same position he started. He later said – in a statement issued by Toro Rosso – that he was “maybe a bit too hard on the team” following the race.

Another driver who struggled to keep his cool in the literal sense was Lewis Hamilton. Overheating in his Mercedes forced him to drop back out of contention – so much so that his team had to keep an eye on the gap to Max Verstappen behind him.

Tellingly, Hamilton was also told his team mate Valtteri Bottas was having to deal with the same problem, but he had the advantage of being able to run in clear air while Hamilton was trailling the Ferraris.

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2017 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* Driver Message
PR To Esteban Ocon

Wehrlein, Ericsson and Vandoorne starting on super-softs, everybody else ultra-softs.
FL To Fernando Alonso

Try three times please Fernando.
FL From Fernando Alonso I tried already so try yourself.
FL To Fernando Alonso

Don’t touch the buttons, we’ll fire it up.
FL From Fernando Alonso I have no State Of Charge.
FL To Fernando Alonso

Default zero five again please
FL From Fernando Alonso And nothing.
FL To Dannil Kvyat

OK Danny for info Alonso stopped in the pit entry.
FL To Max Verstappen

OK it’s a Case A restart. New formation lap, pit limiter on, race distance reduced by one lap.
FL To Stoffel Vandoorne

OK Stoffel, Fernando had a car problem, he won’t start the race.
FL From Fernando Alonso OK, tell me what to do, if we’re retiring the car?
FL To Fernando Alonso

Please do a rolling power cycle.
FL From Fernando Alonso How I can do it?
FL To Fernando Alonso

Right hand side to the left, then to the right, then left-hand side off, then back on again. If you can pit, pit please.
2 From Romain Grosjean OK so basically Palmer turned into me. I don’t know why he wasn’t looking.
2 To Romain Grosjean

OK understood.
2 From Jolyon Palmer Ah, [censored by FOM] sake I’m out.
2 To Jolyon Palmer

OK. There’s no way you can get going again?
2 From Lance Stroll I got pushed on the kerb and I spun.
2 To Lance Stroll

Stay as you are. Everything is fine.
3 From Lewis Hamilton Anything I can do for the restart?
3 To Lewis Hamilton

There’ll be plenty of opportunities, Lewis.
3 To Dannil Kvyat

Obviously tyres are quite cold but no worries, it’s the same for everyone.
3 To Stoffel Vandoorne

OK Stoffel so only yourself and two Saubers have stopped. You’re the lead car of those.
3 From Kevin Magnussen We’re going really slow.
3 To Kevin Magnussen

Yeah it’s the same thing for everybody. Warm the tyres as much as you can. Will be the same for everybody.
3 To Max Verstappen

Make sure you’re right on it now, mate. Good exit from turn 18.
4 To Sergio Perez

Track clear. Caution front-right temperature.
5 From Daniel Ricciardo I can see my right-rear brake’s on fire. Just keep me posted.
5 To Daniel Ricciardo

5 To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel come in slowly please. We have a problem with the rear brakes. Don’t take any risks.
6 To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel box this lap. We are going to stop in the pit box and have a look. But Pedals will call whether we’re running or not.
6 From Daniel Ricciardo They’ve gone.
6 To Daniel Ricciardo

Yeah understood mate. If you can get back, roll back into the pit lane. We can see there is an issue, you’ve lost pressure in the rear brakes.
6 From Daniel Ricciardo Just be prepared to slow me down if I can’t.
6 To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel we’re just going to have a look. And I think it is terminal. OK switch off, mate. Sorry about that.
7 From Max Verstappen Is it normal that I’m clipping so much?
7 To Max Verstappen

We’re on it, Max.
7 From Lewis Hamilton Getting some cut-outs on power.
7 To Lewis Hamilton

Copy that, we’re monitoring it. Nothing to worry about at the moment.
8 From Lewis Hamilton Is there something wrong? I keep getting [unclear].
8 To Lewis Hamilton

Yeah copy, nine to eight should help. Lewis just cool the car where you can on the straights, just to gewt some air in the [radiators].
9 To Max Verstappen

Alright Max these clips are a little bit bigger at this stage than normal. We do expect it to settle down in one or two laps. So basically Max could you push your brake balance as far forward as you can take it as this stage please mate.
9 To Max Verstappen

OK Max just so you’re aware Daniel has retired at this stage. The forward brake balance is just to protect against that.
9 To Daniil Kvyat

OK Danny let’s try to break the DRS of Stroll. He’s going to fly in the staright. Let’s break the DRS if we can.
10 From Sebastian Vettel Where are we losing the most compared to Bottas?
10 To Sebastian Vettel

Sector one, mainly.
10 To Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel we have a five-second penalty for not going through the bollards on lap one. Magnussen the same.
11 To Kevin Magnussen

We have a five seconds penalty for track limits in the race.
11 From Kevin Magnussen That’s not fair. I gave the position back. I passed the Williams and I gave it back.
11 To Kevin Magnussen

OK. Try to settle down, long race ahead.
11 From Kevin Magnussen Did you talk to Charlie?
11 To Kevin Magnussen

Yeah we talked to Charlie.
11 From Kevin Magnussen It cannot be right.
11 To Kevin Magnussen

We cannot argue with the penalty. We have the race pace to score good points. Come on, settle down.
12 To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis we are borderline on temps. Just do what you can do. This is good pace.
12 From Lewis Hamilton I’m trying to race.
15 From Daniil Kvyat I have de-rating in the last sector. It’s the rear caliper of something.
15 To Daniil Kvyat

We’ll have a look.
15 To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis we are hot on temps.
15 From Lewis Hamilton Why is my car overheating, guys? I’m out of the race now.
17 To Lewis Hamilton

We think other cars are struggling as well. We are not the only ones. It is hot out there.
17 From Lewis Hamilton Keep me up-to-date, please.
17 To Lance Stroll

OK Lance if you fee lthe tyres recover we have mode and overtake available.
17 From Lance Stroll I feel like they’re coming back but there’s still a lot of performance in a new set.
17 To Lance Stroll

OK copy that. If we pit we’ll fall back behind the Saubers and they’ll go long.
18 To Lewis Hamilton

So good job, that was a tenth quicker than Vettel’s last lap, good job.
18 From Lewis Hamilton My temperature’s coming back up.
18 To Kimi Raikkonen

OK Hamilton is back pushing, I’ll monitor the gap.Wwe’re OK for now.
18 From Kimi Raikkonen What did you say? I have no idea what you said.
18 To Kimi Raikkonen

Hamilton has started pushing again. I’ll monitor the gap and let you know what we need to do.
19 From Sebastian Vettel I have blisters on the front-left.
19 To Sebastian Vettel

Copy it’s also reported on other drivers. You should be fine. Keep pushing like this.
19 From Max Verstappen I think I have a little bit of a weird blister on the left-front inside shoulder. It’s not hurting me but it looks very weird.
19 To Max Verstappen

19 From Lewis Hamilton Is the car OK?
19 To Lewis Hamilton

Yep car is on the limit, Lewis. Just keep doing what you’re doing for the moment.
20 To Marcus Ericsson

OK Marcus how are the tyres?
20 From Marcus Ericsson Not great.
20 To Marcus Ericsson

20 From Marcus Ericsson Feels like they’re not working very good.
20 To Marcus Ericsson

20 To Valtteri Bottas

So good job, half a second quicker than Vettel last lap.
20 To Daniil Kvyat

OK Danny we are still looking at our options. We have a problem with the Saubers behind us. The Saubers are a bit slow. We are looking at the options still. You are doing a very good job, clean race.
21 From Max Verstappen Yeah left-front is definitely a blister. It’s opening up a littel bit more.
21 To Max Verstappen

OK Max understood. Doesn’t seem to be affecting you too much at this stage, we’re not too concerned.
21 From Lewis Hamilton Are both cars struggling for temps?
21 To Lewis Hamilton

Affirm both care are struggling. Valtteri has the advantage of being in free air.
22 To Marcus Ericsson

OK Marcus we need a very fast lap now. [Sate of Charge] five, we need everything you have.
23 To Sergio Perez

Checo we’re getting close to the end of the stint. You can start to use everything from the tyre.
23 To Lewis Hamilton

Raikkonen 38.6, gap at three seconds.
23 From Lewis Hamilton I’ve got to stay on him.
23 To Lewis Hamilton

Copy that, Lewis. It is coming to us,
25 From Lewis Hamilton Has anyone ahead pitted?
25 To Lewis Hamilton

Negative, Lewis, all the stops are happening behind us.
26 From Valtteri Bottas Losing time with these guys, blue flags.
26 To Valtteri Bottas

Copy, copy.
27 From Esteban Ocon We have to pit as soon as possible.
27 To Esteban Ocon

27 To Sebastian Vettel

Keep your head down. Very important phase of the race. Push now. We need everything.
28 From Daniil Kvyat Not very smart to pit and get stuck in traffic, guys.
28 To Daniil Kvyat

Danny keep your head down, please.
30 From Kimi Raikkonen The rear is going.
30 To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood. Do you want to stop or not Kimi? Need an answer now.
30 From Kimi Raikkonen OK we stop. Is it good to stop now?
30 To Kimi Raikkonen

OK box this lap.
30 From Lewis Hamilton I’m on the last legs with these tyres.
30 To Lewis Hamilton

30 To Lewis Hamilton

Box, box.
30 From Lewis Hamilton Do I need to go much more?
30 From Max Verstappen My pedal is going long. Braking for two it happened.
30 To Max Verstappen

We’ll have a look. I’ll get back to you.
31 To Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel we’ve looked at the previous set of tyres. The blistering you saw looks OK. That’s not a concern for us.
31 To Sebastian Vettel

We are staying out. Pace is very good. Stay there.
32 From Lewis Hamilton Did we not stay out too long? I was losing a second and a half at that point.
32 To Lewis Hamilton

Yeah we’ll discuss it later, Lewis.
32 From Lewis Hamilton Have I come out far behind?
32 To Lewis Hamilton

Gap to Raikkonen now eight seconds.
32 From Lewis Hamilton How is that so big?
32 To Lewis Hamilton

I think we lost a lot of time with that traffic, Lewis. Also it’s that new tyre advantage I think.
33 To Kimi Raikkonen

We are 9.5 behind Bottas and eight tenths a lap quicker.
33 From Kimi Raikkonen What do you mean, we are behind Bottas?
33 To Kimi Raikkonen

Confirm, we are behind Bottas.
33 From Kimi Raikkonen How did we end up behind him?
33 To Kimi Raikkonen

He was leading the race, Kimi.
33 From Kimi Raikkonen Ah OK I thought they were the other way around.
33 To Valtteri Bottas

So you’re doing a really good job, Valtteri. The most important thing now is to get through this traffic as quickly as possible.
33 To Sebastian Vettel

And box, Sebastian, box for option. Mode box.
33 To Sebastian Vettel

Stay out and back to mode push.
34 To Valtteri Bottas

So it’s just critical that you get past Kvyat as quickly as you can now, please.
34 To Sebastian Vettel

And box now Sebastian, confirm the box.
36 To Lewis Hamilton

Verstappen is 39.1 last lap.
36 From Lewis Hamilton Where is Verstappen?
36 To Lewis Hamilton

Verstappen curently 21 seconds behind.
36 From Lewis Hamilton Why am I focused on him?
36 To Lewis Hamilton

We need to maintain the Safety Car window to him to make sure that we can stop should anything happen in the race. We don’t want to drop back into his window.
38 From Kimi Raikkonen Is the brakes OK? It feels a little bit soft, the pedal.
38 To Kimi Raikkonen

I’ll get back to you.
38 To Kimi Raikkonen

Front calipers are a little bit hot. We are seeing a longer travel but it’s OK for now.
39 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

OK Carlos from data we can see something strange at the rear. Please avoid kerbs as much as you can with the rear.
39 To Sebastian Vettel

Bottas 9.1, 9.1 for Bottas. Nearly one second faster. He went wide turn 13. He has a big flat spot on the left-front.
40 From Max Verstappen I went wide at turn eight. Suddenly just lost the rear.
40 To Max Verstappen

Just watch the wind behind you at turn eight.
40 To Max Verstappen

So Max similarly you might feel the car affected into 13 as well.
41 From Lewis Hamilton Is that the check the pace of the front cars.
41 To Lewis Hamilton

Vettel has picked up the pace, last lap was a 37.7. 38.5 for Valtteri.
41 From Valtteri Bottas [Unclear] the engine if you can It’s helping the tyres.
43 To Sergio Perez

Massa has boxed.
43 From Sergio Perez Why?
43 To Sergio Perez

Checo we don’t know, he’s on ultra-soft. We’ll keep you updated.
44 To Valtteri Bottas

Just press the overtake a bit earlier on the two main straights.
44 From Valtteri Bottas Over the last laps I want less talking.
44 To Valtteri Bottas

Copy that, we’ll leave you in peace to get on with it.
45 To Marcus Ericsson

OK Marcus seven laps to go. Try to stay in Verstappen’s gearbox as much as possible.
46 From Kimi Raikkonen I got my tyres full of pick-up because that guy just stayed on the line. I had to go over the pick-up.
46 To Kimi Raikkonen

47 To Sebastian Vettel

Very good middle sector. It’s impressive. Keep putting pressure on him. He will make a mistake. Four-tenths slower than you.
47 From Carlos Sainz Jnr Yes this thing is starting to bounce a lot.
47 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

Understood Carlos. Bring her home. At the moment P10, five laps to go.
48 From Daniil Kvyat The engine braking is inconsistent.
48 To Daniil Kvyat

Copy, Danny, we asre looking at it.
49 From Max Verstappen There’s some debris in turn five.
50 To Daniil Kvyat

Danny we need multi eight de-rate position eleven, urgent. We will have a small performance offset, Danny a small performance loss. I will explain later why.
51 To Sebastian Vettel

Two more laps and traffic ahead.
52 From Sebastian Vettel What was that?
52 To Sebastian Vettel

We saw that. Keep your head down.
VL To Valtteri Bottas

Yes! Brilliant! Well done!
VL From Valtteri Bottas Ha ha! [Censored by FOM] me. Took quite a while. More than 80 races.
VL To Valtteri Bottas

It did take a bit of a while but well done. Immense pressure. Well done.
VL From Valtteri Bottas Worth the wait. The race team and the factory, thanks very much for making this possible. Also thanks family.
VL To Valtteri Bottas

Well done mate, brilliant drive.
VL From Valtteri Bottas Yeah thanks so much guys. It means a lot, difficult to say more, but very thankful for you too.
VL To Sebastian Vettel

P2 Sebastian. Strong race, well done.
VL From Sebastian Vettel OK grazie a tutti. Yeah the Williams at the end… I thought we might get another shot on the back straight. Yeah. Car was good today. Grazie a tutti. Grande lavoro.
VL To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis. Tough old race there mate. But P4 in the end. Not where we want to be.
VL To Max Verstappen

Alright Max P5, good job. It was a lonely race.
VL From Max Verstappen Yeah it was not bad I think the car felt pretty OK in the race in terms of balance.
VL To Max Verstappen

Well done mate that was the absolute maximum. In fact your pace in the last 25 percent of the race looked pretty decent.
VL From Max Verstappen Yeah exactly I think like I said the balance was quite good now so I think we can be quite pleased for that.
VL To Max Verstappen

Another good start.
VL To Sergio Perez

Well doen Checo great job P6, well done, good start, great pace.
VL From Sergio Perez Good job man, good job guys. Good result for the team, eh?
VL To Sergio Perez

Yep, great one.
VL To Esteban Ocon

Great job Esteban, P7. Well done, mate.
VL From Esteban Ocon Good job guys, great effort all weekend, congrats everyone. Pit stop, engineering crew, really good job.
VL To Esteban Ocon

Thank you Esteban.
VL To Nico Hulkenberg

OK Nico that’s the chequered flag. Great job, mate, well done.
VL From Nico Hulkenberg Nice ride! Not bad.
VL To Nico Hulkenberg

Great job Nico, really really good. Finishing P8, that’s excellent for us at this track. Fantastic job, mate.
VL From Nico Hulkenberg Thank you guys. Good job to. Why did Massa do a two-stop, he a problem or genuine?
VL To Nico Hulkenberg

Puncture, he had a puncture.
VL From Nico Hulkenberg What was the gap to Perez at the end?
VL To Nico Hulkenberg

Perez was 9.3 seconds ahead. But on this track, that’s not too bad, we can get him next time.
VL From Nico Hulkenberg Yeah shame we lost so much at the start, we could have got one Force India.
VL To Nico Hulkenberg

Yep, but there you go.
VL To Felipe Massa

So that’s P9, unfortunately. Deserved a lot more than that.
VL To Carlos Sainz Jnr

P10 Carlos. P10. Good job. Another one point in the bag. Our first one in Russia. Good job.
VL From Carlos Sainz Jnr Yep good recovery from Friday and from the penalty. Thanks to the mechanics. Good job everyone.
VL To Lance Stroll

Good job Lance, P11.
VL From Lance Stroll Sorry about the spin at the beginning. Not sure what happened there. We finished the race at least, first for everything.
VL To Lance Stroll

You drive well and we were having to managed several factors in that so you did well with that.
VL From Lance Stroll Well done Lance, your first finish well done.
VL To Lance Stroll

Thank you. Just to confirm, where do I go? Do I go to the garage?
VL From Lance Stroll Negative, just follow the cars to parc ferme to get weighed.
VL To Daniil Kvyat

Keep it cool please, keep it cool. I know what you have in mind. You’ve done a very good job mate.
VL From Daniil Kvyat Yeah I don’t know what happened at the moment. Pace at the end was very good. The car was for the first time good with good balance.
VL To Daniil Kvyat

Yep we were one of the fastest cars on track with the guys around us.
VL To Kevin Magnussen

Disappointing final result but we have a European race to recover and we will do it.
VL To Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel well done today. We finished P14 in the end.
VL From Stoffel Vandoorne Yeah there wasn’t really much to do. The car felt pretty decent when I was running with the others. But on the straight I was losing a lot of lap time.
VL To Marcus Ericsson

OK Marcus we finished P15. It was a pretty solid second stint. Shame for the first stint, a bit of a slow start. How was it on your side.?
VL From Marcus Ericsson First stint was terrible. Struggled really bad. And even for me the second stint doesn’t feel very good, the balance. So a step back from the rest of the weekend I was surprised.
VL To Marcus Ericsson

OK we’ll have to have a look because your lap time was pretty good on the second stint.

Lap: Refers to lap message was broadcast on in the coverage. 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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29 comments on “2017 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. What are Verstappen and Red Bull talking about when they mention “Clips” on lap 7 and 9?

    1. Toenails.

    2. Come on guys… MAGAZINES! This isn’t an m1 or sks!

    3. Just a guess but that Max says “clipping so much” makes me think it’s more of a symptom rather than “these clips” being a part of the car. Clipping is typically referred to when analysing an analog signal and an input goes higher than intended such that any input over that point is discarded (it’s very common with audio processing).

      For example with braking it could mean that any input from the driver over 90% on the brake pedal is getting clipped and isn’t having any noticeable effect.

      I could be totally wrong too though.

  2. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    5th May 2017, 12:36

    This is interesting – here’s Mercedes’ reply to Hamilton’s question when he asked if both cars are overheating?

    Affirm both care are struggling. Valtteri has the advantage of being in free air.

    Yet there’s no corresponding communication between Mercedes and Bottas about temperatures – I would have expected Bottas to be talking to Mercedes or Mercedes to let him know just as they told Lewis.

    It’s just strange that the leading car would have temperature issues and the driver wouldn’t care nor his team.

    1. @freelittlebirds How often do we have to go through this. The transscript uses the TV broadcast. Which does by no means include all radio communication that takes place bewtween drivers and teams.

      1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        5th May 2017, 13:01

        @mrboerns I thought they just censor it – are you saying this transcript is just a small part of the entire transcript and it’s up to whoever-is-in-charge to decide what to let the public know?

        If that’s the case I honestly didn’t know that but it’s pretty important to know that. Do we know what percentage of the communications the public receives (10% vs 90%)?

        1. The public hears very little of what goes on over team radio. Definitely closer to 10% than 90%.

        2. less is broadcast than is said, for certain

        3. @freelittlebirds I mean no offence but I’m surprised you’re just learning this now. I thought I had pointed out on several occasions that just because we heard as often as we did Nico seemingly asking for ‘help’ as to how to match LH, and little from LH in that regard, doesn’t mean that was actually what was happening. F1 manipulates what we get to hear in order to create drama and storyline. Nico was portrayed around here as needing LH’s data, but LH not needing his, as a result. As you recall they actually stopped much of what teams could say to drivers temporarily, only to reverse that again, and it was all F1’s own doing. They got fans riled up into thinking drivers (or mysteriously particularly one driver…Nico) were being too spoon fed. All they had to do was choose differently what we get to hear, but for their desire to create storyline and column space.

          More recently, notice they love to let us hear FA rant about his car in the heat of the moment, and that to many translates into him being a whiner and a handful etc etc. Yet we know away from the heat of the moment FA is actually diplomatic. Or SV’s complaints every time a blue flagger doesn’t immediately leap out of his way. Those we usually get to hear.

          1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
            5th May 2017, 15:06

            @Robbie let me rephrase this, I know they did that for TV purposes – commentators speaking and no reason for unnecessary communication – but I thought this radio transcript included everything.

          2. @freelittlebirds, no, this transcript is still only a fraction of the total radio traffic which goes back and forth between the drivers and the pit wall. There are some broadcasters who have an increased level of access to the pit radios and can broadcast more of what is said, but even so they only provide a fraction of the total traffic.

            It seems unlikely that, for example, there was no traffic at all between Sauber’s pit wall and Wehrlein, for example, or that Renault said nothing to Hulkenberg until after the race – at the very least, you would expect them to have called them in for pit stops or when other cars were coming up to lap them. I therefore think it is quite plausible that the team might have said something to Bottas, but it simply was not broadcast to the public.

    2. Two possible reasons for that:

      1. FOM just didn’t broadcast the messages to Bottas because they didn’t deem them interesting enough (although unlikely given that he was leading the race.

      2. Bottas wasn’t actually struggling with overheating, at least not to the same extent, but Mercedes told Hamilton that he was in order to try and get him to slow down a bit more.

      It isn’t the first time that Mercedes have stated that both cars have had the same issues when there has been no evidence for it, so I suspect it was a little white lie. Hamilton’s car did seem to be overheating far more than it should have been and no doubt they wanted to slow him down as much as was reasonably possible without losing 4th place.

      1. FOM may also publish certain broadcasts and leave other things out to create (what they deem as) more entertainment.
        [This is speculation from me]. It would be nice to get a full transcript per driver (as I have mentioned before); although it might prove rather boring.

        Your 10% stat is probably generous – I would expect race engineers to be chatting to driver almost non-stop.

      2. @sparkyamg It isn’t the first time that Mercedes have stated that both cars have had the same issues when there has been no evidence *available to you* for it. Big difference.

        1. @mrboerns Oh, absolutely.

          I’m not suggesting any conspiracy against Mercedes, I just think the message about Bottas suffering with the same issues was more about getting Hamilton to abide by the instructions they were giving and to stop him over analyzing it and have it affect his driving. He’d been ragged all weekend as it was.

    3. @freelittlebirds It may be the case Mercedes didn’t need to communicate anything with Bottas about it. They can monitor the temperatures themselves.

      1. But surely if he’s having the same issues as Lewis they’d need to communicate that to him. How else would he have known?

        Also, In one of the transmission Lewis can be heard saying the temps are going back up, which was at a point when he started to push to close the 4s gap on Kimi. So the issue can’t have just been due to him being stuck behind Kimi.

        1. yep. and if (big if) they released all radio transmissions then we will know either way.

        2. But surely if he’s having the same issues as Lewis they’d need to communicate that to him. How else would he have known?

          It seems the drivers can see it on their dash, if/when they want. The commentator on my TV channel said a little time after Hamilton was told to cool / not overheat his car that he made his dash show the temp(‘s) of the car.

  3. Tommy Scragend
    5th May 2017, 13:30

    Stroll: “Just to confirm, where do I go? Do I go to the garage?”

    Made me chuckle :-)

  4. The thing about the transmissions (from what I recall) is that they are now all “in the clear”, so other teams can listen in on what other teams are saying, as well as FOM. I suspect that also applies to all the TV/Radio people as well. Therefore, I reckon FOM could get a full transcipt of the entire race out, if they could be bothered.

    1. … if they could be bothered…

      … that’s the issue… a bit of transparency would give so much back to the fans

  5. Lap 52: From Sebastian Vettel – “What was that?”

    Vettel is like “Somebody blocked me when I was battling for victory, Turn 4, and then the same guy blocked me to favour his team-mate to win the race to ruin my chance, for bleeps sake! Honestly, what the BLOODY HELL are we doing here?!”

  6. FOM would need one person per team radio if they wanted to monitor all broadcasts live. Then relevant transmissions need to be forwarded to a producer to ‘send out’. They don’t have that. Many radio transmissions are simultaneous so talk to Bottas could have happened while the nominated person (radio comms) was listening to other radio traffic so it was missed completely and resides as a recording somewhere. Drivers ‘so called’ talking to Charlie to make a point, can only happen if Charlie is switched to that drivers frequency. If Charlie is scanning he will lock onto the first transmission to ópen’ his radio but he will not hear other transmissions initiated during that time.

  7. Re: Radio Transcript

    To Fernando Alonso: ” Try left, left, left, right, x, up, up, left,down. A button ” for new engine…

    1. Paul Ortenburg
      6th May 2017, 2:24


  8. Juan Melendez (@juanmelendezr1)
    6th May 2017, 3:59

    From Nico Hulkenberg: What was the gap to Perez at the end?
    To Nico Hulkenberg: Perez was 9.3 seconds ahead. But on this track, that’s not too bad, we can get him next time.

    Someone is getting a bit obsessed about Perez

    1. @juanmelendezr1 This might be more a case of him wanting to finish ahead of the leading Force India. If Hulkenberg starts getting obsessed with beating one driver, his career will be over…

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