Far fewer radio messages were broadcast during the Chinese Grand Prix than there were 12 months ago, indicating the new restrictions are having a significant effect.
However it’s not clear how many of the total radio message Formula One Management is choosing not to broadcast.
Twelve months ago the opening rounds of the championship also saw a reduction in team radio traffic during the television coverage. This rose again at the Chinese event, which was the fourth round of the championship last year.
This year very few messages were broadcast at all. But those that were proved among some of the most revealing of the season so far.
Sebastian Vettel’s fury at Daniil Kvyat following an incident at the first corner drew much interest. Kvyat was not penalised for the incident, but Vettel repeatedly and strenuously blamed the Red Bull driver for it.
The Ferrari driver’s angry was interpreted by many as being a sign of his embarrassment at having hit team mate Kimi Raikkonen while trying to avoid the Red Bull driver.
Kvyat in turn was venting his spleen at lapped traffic – not for the first time. Here’s what we heard in China.
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2016 Chinese Grand Prix team radio transcript
|PR||From Marcus Ericsson||My tube for drinks bottle is too tight I can’t turn my head.|
|PR||To Marcus Ericsson||Understood.|
|PR||From Jenson Button||Just noticed a slight cut in power when I was in 8th gear – maybe I was sitting in a certain rev for too long.|
|PR||From Lewis Hamilton||Just want you guys also to know I’m grateful for all the hard work getting the car back up together, thank you.|
|1||From Sebastian Vettel||Okay I made contact I had no chance I had the Red Bull coming up the inside like a madman and I hit Kimi, I think my nose is damaged.|
|1||From Lewis Hamilton||I lost my wing.|
|1||To Lewis Hamilton||OK copy that Lewis, we are ready for you. The front wing is under your car so just caution.|
|2||From Lewis Hamilton||Is the rest of the car OK? It doesnt feel like it. The front’s very light so something’s not right.|
|6||To Lewis Hamilton||We have a plan, nothing wrong all part of the plan.|
|6||From Lewis Hamilton||Sorry I’m boxing again now?|
|6||To Lewis Hamilton||Affirm, we’re going to fit the soft so we don’t have to use any other compounds.|
|6||From Sebastian Vettel||Just to copy you again, Kvyat attack was suicidal, there was always going to be a crash. No way with the speed he had he could have done the corner.|
|14||To Sebastian Vettel||Good stuff Sebastian good stuff. Push hard.|
|25||From Nico Hulkenberg||I think we should think about the alternative strategy to be honest, think about it.|
|25||To Nico Hulkenberg||We are already on it, we are already on it.|
|21||From Sebastian Vettel||You should have let me know sooner – I could have pushed harder.|
|21||To Sebastian Vettel||Copy that we got by surprise as well.|
|30||To Lewis Hamilton||Just give it everything you have got, mate.|
|30||From Lewis Hamilton||I am.|
|34||To Sebastian Vettel||Push hard Sebastian, push hard now.|
|38||To Kimi Raikkonen||You are going to be racing quite a few cars in the next stint, but I know you can do it.|
|42||To Daniil Kvyat||We are lapping Palmer ahead.|
|42||From Daniil Kvyat||He should get out of my [censored by FOM] way!|
|43||To Daniel Ricciardo||Nice job mate, Massa next, let’s do it.|
|54||To Romain Grosjean||Two to go two to go hang in there.|
|54||From Romain Grosjean||That’s what I wanted to ask, if you want to retire, there is a problem with the car, it is undrivable today.|
|54||To Romain Grosjean||Understood but we do not want to retire the car, hang in there.|
|VL||To Nico Rosberg||Well done excellent drive absolutely dominant. Brilliant.|
|VL||From Nico Rosberg||Wow thanks a lot everybody, that was the most incredible balance I probably ever had in a race, that car. Really spectacular.|
|VL||To Sebastian Vettel||Good job Sebastian, P2, great recovery, strong weekend.|
|VL||From Sebastian Vettel||Yeah again, massive apologies to the team, but surely I didn’t do it on purpose, really sorry for Kimi. Was nothing I could do Kvyat came like a torpedo and I had to react and there was no way out. At the same time Kimi pulled to the right, so, yeah. Anyway great recovery. Grazie ragazzi.|
|VL||To Daniil Kvyat||OK well done Dany, P3 mate, well done.|
|VL||From Daniil Kvyat||Thank you. Thanks guys, excellent, excellent day.Thanksfor my second podium, you’ve been fantastic.|
|VL||To Daniil Kvyat||Great job Dany, second podium of your career, that’s a brilliant drive.|
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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