The Malaysian Grand Prix revealed how much teams rely on radio communications from their drivers to prompt investigations from the stewards.
During the race Esteban Ocon was reminded to make sure he stated on the radio he’d been hit by another driver, Carlos Sainz Jnr, to prompt the stewards into investigating the collision. A few laps later Ocon did exactly that.
The race began and ended with drama on the radio at Ferrari. First Kimi Raikkonen reported the problem which meant he didn’t even get to start the race. And after the chequered flag fell Sebastian Vettel collided with Lance Stroll. He blamed the Williams driver but the stewards cleared both drivers.
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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio transcript
|PR||From Kimi Raikkonen||Raikkonen’s troubles began on the reconnaissance lap.
I have no power.
|PR||To Kimi Raikkonen||Understood Kimi can you just get around to the grid, we’ll try and fix the issue on the grid.|
|PR||From Kimi Raikkonen||I have no battery it’s just empty.|
|PR||To Kimi Raikkonen||Understood Kimi. Unfortunately will be from the turbo. Can we have fail alpha 12 on, Kimi.|
|PR||To Marcus Ericsson||No rain expected in the next 30 minutes.|
|PR||To Kimi Raikkonen||OK Kimi we’re going to do a fire-up very shortly. And after the fire-up we’re going to decide what to do. We’ll try and engage the turbo and see if everything’s working. So we’ll very shortly do the fire-up, Kimi.|
|PR||To Kimi Raikkonen||OK Kimi we go to the garage and try to fix the problem.|
|PR||From Sebastian Vettel||Vettel reminded his race engineer not to bother letting him know when the grid had formed up at the start.
Radio check Sebastian.
|PR||To Sebastian Vettel||Loud and clear. Obviously as I’m the last car on the grid you don’t need to tell me.|
|PR||To Esteban Ocon||The right-hand side is quite slippery where there’s been some rubber laid down. You want to be positioning your car to the left.|
|PR||From Esteban Ocon||OK, understood.|
|PR||To Daniel Ricciardo||The track is drying a little bit, drying quickly.|
|FL||From Carlos Sainz Jnr||I can see some clouds coming at turn 11, just keep an eye.|
|2||From Romain Grosjean||Mate the Toro Rosso’s moving all over the [censored by FOM] place.|
|2||To Romain Grosjean||Yep, understood.|
|2||From Romain Grosjean||Those new guys need to learn they can’t move like this. I had to go out to avoid him.|
|2||To||Yep, understood we’ll report it.|
|3||To Max Verstappen||OK Max there is mud on the line at the exit of turn 15.|
|3||From Lewis Hamilton||Verstappen passed Hamilton for the lead.
Hamilton I’ve got de-rates.
|3||To Lewis Hamilton||Copy Lewis, it’s to be expected. Just coming to the top of the pack, it should take one more lap.|
|4||From Max Verstappen||That’s how we do it.|
|4||To Max Verstappen||Well done mate. Right let’s clear the DRS, think about your tyres now.|
|4||To Pierre Gasly||OK Pierre good job. Focus on rear slip management.|
|6||To Esteban Ocon||So you’ve got some front wing end plate damage but it’s OK to carry on.|
|6||From Esteban Ocon||Yeah well Checo pushed me into Stroll again, so…|
|6||To Esteban Ocon||OK. We could have had that as a report.|
|6||To Lewis Hamilton||At the top of the tyre temp window so we’re happy with tag two. Opportunities will come later.|
|7||From Nico Hulkenberg||There’s a funny feeling in the front axle on high-speed.|
|7||To Nico Hulkenberg||OK Nico we’ll have a look. OK Nico we see nothing in data here, we see nothing to suggest a problem.|
|7||From Nico Hulkenberg||Copy. Stuck in dirty air obviously.|
|7||To Nico Hulkenberg||Understood. Slip three please Nico, that’s at nine o’clock.|
|8||To Pierre Gasly||OK Pierre you need to watch the exit kerb in turn eight, you are too aggressive with the exit kerb, turn eight. How is the car?|
|8||From Pierre Gasly||A bit unstable at the rear at the moment.|
|10||To||OK Nico we need everything you’ve got on the out-lap.|
|11||From Nico Hulkenberg||Cool the car – I’ve lost power. ‘Cool the car’ message.|
|11||To Nico Hulkenberg||Understood Nico.|
|11||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK that last lap you took one second out of Hamilton. Nice job.|
|12||To Lewis Hamilton||To Hamilton Vettel in P9 at the moment, he’s 22 seconds behind. Just remember he may be a threat towards the end of the race.|
|12||To Sergio Perez||Checo if understeer five and six is a problem you could try open diff.|
|13||To Lance Stroll||How are the tyres now, Lance?|
|13||From Lance Stroll||The rear’s starting to go away a bit mid-corner.|
|13||To Lance Stroll||OK, understood.|
|14||From Lance Stroll||Stroll dropped behind Massa after the Williams drivers pitted.
Come on, guys.
|15||To Stoffel Vandoorne||Good job Stoff, that’s a Sauber in front let’s go straight through him.|
|15||From Romain Grosjean||Guys I can’t do anything with my front-left. I can’t do anything. There’s no grip. Simple as that.|
|16||From Daniel Ricciardo||Some understeer’s starting to build on throttle high speed. Low speed just got to watch the rear.|
|16||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK understood. So we will add front wing at the next pit stop.|
|17||To Stoffel Vandoorne||Stoffel the only threat right now are the two Williams, still behind Wehrlein.|
|19||From Max Verstappen||I think my left-front tyre is starting to give up a little bit in turns seven, eight.|
|19||To Max Verstappen||Yep, copy, understood.|
|20||To Sergio Perez||Checo we didn’t understand. Radio’s not good. Try again at low speed.|
|20||From Sergio Perez||Tyre is good, no rush to pit.|
|20||To Sergio Perez||Understood, Vettel behind.|
|20||To Sergio Perez||You can use everything from the tyre.|
|21||To Esteban Ocon||So when you come up to Sainz use both straights to go by. Use the first straight to catch him up, second straight to go by.|
|21||To Carlos Sainz Jnr||Keep pushing Carlos. You are doing a fantastic job. You are catching Fernando in front.|
|22||To Lewis Hamilton||And give us feedback on the tyres, let us know your tag level.|
|22||From Lewis Hamilton||Tag three, tyres are OK.|
|23||From Max Verstappen||Yeah left front is a limitation.|
|23||To Max Verstappen||OK the front-left tyre is in good shape. I understand the balance limitation mate but no concerns over the tyre itself at this stage. We’re happy.|
|24||To Valtteri Bottas||So biggest losses now minimum speed turn six and 14, then we’ll let you get on with it.|
|25||From Max Verstappen||Starting to get worse.|
|25||To Max Verstappen||OK copy.|
|25||From Lewis Hamilton||Tyres dropping off.|
|25||To Lewis Hamilton||OK copy that last message.|
|25||To Esteban Ocon||Ocon was knocked into a spin by Sainz.
Quick as possible, quick as possible, get going.
|26||From Nico Hulkenberg||We need to think about converting strategy. I don’t think we will make it to the end like this.|
|26||From Carlos Sainz Jnr||He closed on me. He didn’t leave me any space.|
|26||To Carlos Sainz Jnr||Any car damage?|
|26||From Carlos Sainz Jnr||No. No car damage.|
|26||To Carlos Sainz Jnr||OK.|
|27||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate so Hamilton is coming in, we’re staying out.|
|27||To Esteban Ocon||So did Sainz hit you?|
|27||From Esteban Ocon||Oh for sure, for sure he hit me.|
|27||To Esteban Ocon||Well that us know then|
|27||From Esteban Ocon||That’s not clear enough?|
|27||To Esteban Ocon||Yep, you need to get on the radio and let us know.|
|28||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK so Verstappen also pitted. We are going to extend. Keep us updated on your tyres.|
|28||To Pierre Gasly||Good job, Pierre. Keep focusing on the fuel, please.|
|30||To Romain Grosjean||Is the front-left any better at this lower temp?|
|30||From Romain Grosjean||Yeah a little bit.|
|30||From Carlos Sainz Jnr||Engine problem. No engine.|
|30||To Carlos Sainz Jnr||Understood. Nothing obvious from the data.|
|30||From Carlos Sainz Jnr||Yeah no engine. [Censored by FOM] no engine.|
|31||From Esteban Ocon||[Censored by FOM] hell. Pushed me off again!|
|32||To Nico Hulkenberg||OK Nico what are you thinking about the tyres now? Can we make it to the end?|
|32||From Nico Hulkenberg||I think it’s going to be difficult. Honestly.|
|33||From Fernando Alonso||Alonso was given a strong squeeze by Magnussen as he passed the Haas.
What an idiot! Haha. Hulkenberg is right…
|34||From Kevin Magnussen||What the hell is he doing that guy?|
|34||To Kevin Magnussen||OK we saw it. Pressures are fine at the moment.|
|34||To Pierre Gasly||Stop lifting off, maximum attack on Magnussen.|
|35||From Romain Grosjean||I can’t do anything guys, I can’t do anything.|
|35||To Romain Grosjean||Understood, just stay with them.|
|35||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate so even with that traffic you were quicker than Hamilton, you were a tenth quicker.|
|36||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK so that last lap you took six tenths out of Hamilton, he’s now 9.7 ahead, you are catching him.|
|37||To Sergio Perez||ACS off and run switch ‘race’.|
|39||From Kevin Magnussen||Magnussen was hit by Palmer who spun in front of him.
What a [censored by FOM] lunatic.
|39||To Jolyon Palmer||Everything OK with the car?|
|39||From Jolyon Palmer||Yeah there was some contact there.|
|39||From Jolyon Palmer||I’ve lost a lot of rear grip.|
|40||From Kevin Magnussen||I have damage on the car. I don’t know how long it’s going to last.|
|40||To Kevin Magnussen||OK we don’t see anything from our side at the moment. We’ll keep you posted.|
|41||To Pierre Gasly||MFB K power four.|
|42||To Nico Hulkenberg||OK Nico stopping is not an option, it’s a very poor option, we have to try to make this work.|
|42||From Nico Hulkenberg||What happened to Jo?|
|42||To Nico Hulkenberg||He had a spin.|
|43||To Daniel Ricciardo||Vettel doing 34.0s. He’s five seconds behind you now. He’ll be with you in four or five laps. Let’s keep pushing.|
|43||From Daniel Ricciardo||OK understood.|
|43||To Pierre Gasly||OK you will get blue flag for Ricciardo. Keep pushing, this is a good time to overtake Magnussen.|
|44||From Max Verstappen||Sometimes there’s some balance shift when I shift a little early.|
|44||To Max Verstappen||Copy Max I’ll get back to you. Ocon ahead, blue flags.|
|44||To Marcus Ericsson||OK good lap keep pushing.|
|45||To Sergio Perez||Checo Vandoorne is still 24 seconds behind. We may ask you to lean a bit more on the tyres a bit more in the high-speed just to maintain temperatures through the rest of the stint. You don’t need to push any more, pace is good, but just make sure we’re leaning on the tyres to keep temp.|
|45||To Pierre Gasly||Follow Vettel.|
|46||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK so next car behind is Vettel. We’re racing for the podium.|
|46||To Daniel Ricciardo||OK so battery is in a good place, use it if you need it.|
|46||From Daniel Ricciardo||Understood.|
|47||To Max Verstappen||OK so use your tools to help your balance as you need to mate.|
|47||From Max Verstappen||Yep it’s all OK.|
|47||To Max Verstappen||Understood.|
|47||To Lewis Hamilton||That last lap was good. If you can maintain that, that would be great.|
|48||From Sebastian Vettel||Vettel was held up by Alonso as he lapped the McLaren.
Hey what a… Come on, Alonso. Really? I thought you were better than that.
|49||To Sebastian Vettel||Attack now. Attack now.|
|49||From Sebastian Vettel||Too far, let me do it.|
|50||To Max Verstappen||Alright so we’ve got a bit of free air now that’s 15 seconds to Ericsson ahead.|
|51||From Pierre Gasly||I’m struggling with the rear.|
|51||To Pierre Gasly||Other people are struggling more than us. You are doing a good job keep pushing.|
|52||To Pierre Gasly||Go offset plus one to protect the rears. Hulkenberg has boxed.|
|52||To Pascal Wehrlein||Hulkenberg exiting pit lane, Hulkenberg coming out. SOC six we are racing Hulkenberg.|
|53||To Daniel Ricciardo||I think you’ve broken Vettel’s spirit. He’s having to look after his tyres, he’s run out of front tyres. Nico job mate.|
|54||To Sebastian Vettel||Engine temps are fine, attack now.|
|55||From Romain Grosjean||I can’t believe the front left is gone.|
|56||To Daniel Ricciardo||Vettel’s really backed off, he’s over seven seconds behind you now. Hamilton ten ahead.|
|VL||To Max Verstappen||Well done Max.|
|VL||From Max Verstappen||Yes! Woo! Hahaha!|
|VL||To Max Verstappen||Well done Max, well done mate. That was absolutely on merit. Flawless drive. And happy birthday, mate.|
|VL||To Max Verstappen||Super job Max that’s a really great job. Welcome to being a 20-year-old. Great start to a new decade for you, well done,|
|VL||From Max Verstappen||Thank you very much Christian, car was great.|
|VL||From Sebastian Vettel||Vettel and Stroll collided on the slow-down lap.
Stroll is not looking where he’s going. He completely shunted into my car. I mean seriously. What a bunch of idiots. I’m stopped in turn five. Would you believe it, would you believe it?
|VL||To Sebastian Vettel||Yeah we can see it, we can see it Seb.|
|VL||From Sebastian Vettel||Vettel Unbelievable.|
|VL||To Sebastian Vettel||Yeah we can see it Seb yeah.|
|VL||From Sebastian Vettel||Vettel What a [censored by FOM]. Sorry for that but he had no, he wasn’t looking. [Censored by FOM] me.|
|VL||From Lance Stroll||Vettel just ran right into the side of me.|
|VL||To Felipe Massa||Good job Felipe, thank you very much. Sorry about the mix-up with the stops but a great drive, good points, thank you.|
|VL||To Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis well done mate. That was a good drive, well managed. Not exactly the result we wanted but still looking good.|
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