Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

2016 United States Grand Prix team radio transcript

2016 United States Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg didn’t have any “scary pace” and Daniel Ricciardo “would have beaten him” had it not been for the Virtual Safety Car period, the Red Bull driver’s engineer reckoned at the end of the United States Grand Prix.

The VSC period, ironically triggered by Ricciardo’s own team mate, meant Rosberg emerged from the pits in second place instead of third. An unhappy Ricciardo said at the time he would “love to catch that mofo [motherfucker]”a remark revealed in a later comment from his team principal Christian Horner. “It means he’s a really nice person, one of my best mates,” Ricciardo deadpanned.

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit of the Americas, 2016
2016 United States Grand Prix in pictures
His team mate’s race had begun to go awry when he came into the pits by mistake, alerting his team as he arrived in the pit lane. Prior to that he had tellingly rebuffed a suggestion that he looked after his tyres by replying “I’m not here to finish fourth”.

Verstappen wasn’t the only driver who had trouble in the pits. Kimi Raikkonen’s race ended when his team failed to attach a wheel properly during his stop. They urged him to let his car roll back into the pits but Raikkonen was concerned about breaking the rules if he did so. As the rules only prohibit reversing in the pits under the car’s own power, he would have been fine, but by the time the team got the message through his car had got too hot and he had to retire.

Their problems allowed Fernando Alonso to grab fifth after barging past an unimpressed Felipe Massa. The pair were separated by Carlos Sainz Jnr who was thrilled with the outcome. Earlier in the race he had successfully urged Toro Rosso to impose team orders on Daniil Kvyat to get him out of the way.

Kvyat’s race was compromised by his first-lap contact with Sergio Perez. The Force India driver was unimpressed with the “idiot that ruined our race”.

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2016 United States Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* Driver Message
PR To Daniel Ricciardo

For info tail wind is strongest turn two, three, four, five, also braking for eleven strong tail wind.
1 From Valtteri Bottas Puncture, puncture.
1 To Valtteri Bottas

Copy, puncture.
1 From Nico Hulkenberg I got big damage at the front.
1 To Nico Hulkenberg

The pressures look OK, is there any damage Nico?
1 From Nico Hulkenberg I think it’s the steering or something. I got squeezed in the middle. Can’t turn left, basically.
2 From Daniil Kvyat I had contact.
2 From Sebastian Vettel Check the car, I made contact, somebody hit me, check the pressures.
2 To Sebastian Vettel

The car is fine.
3 From Felipe Nasr Is something broke on the rear? Because I’m sliding everywhere. The rear is very loose.
3 To Felipe Nasr

Understood Felipe. At the moment looks OK on the data.
3 To Nico Hulkenberg

Copy that. Bring it back to the pits if you can.
4 From Jenson Button I think I’ve hit some debris.
4 To Jenson Button

Copy. Tyre pressures are OK, Jenson. Aero data looks OK after the debris. Well done on Gutierrez.
4 From Sergio Perez I got hit very hard from behind.
5 To Pascal Wehrlein

OK Pascal Esteban is under investigation for forcing another driver off the track.
5 From Sergio Perez Yes from my side OK.
5 To Sergio Perez

5 From Sergio Perez What an idiot, man. What a [censored by FOM] idiot. What he was doing?
6 To Max Verstappen

OK Max just an update. Things starting to stabilise in and around you as you can see I’m sure. That was the fastest lap of the race. Other people looking after their tyres but not a disaster at the moment.
7 To Fernando Alonso

Fernando for info there are no threats from behind currently but there are cars on the pit gap.
7 From Fernando Alonso Yeah we will try to overtake the Toro Rosso.
8 From Valtteri Bottas Is everything OK, the car? The rear end feels a bit poor.
8 To Valtteri Bottas

Yep we do see some very small damage to the rear. Aero balance is a little bit further forwards. But your pace is OK.
8 To Daniel Ricciardo

Box, Daniel, box.
9 From Daniil Kvyat I got no brakes into turn 11. Brakes are generally really weak. There’s a lot of sliding everywhere.
9 To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo you can use overtake to try to pass Kevin.
9 From Jolyon Palmer Yep. I’m quicker.
9 To Nico Rosberg

OK so we’re going for the long game Nico so push hard now. Ricciardo and Raikkonen both in the pits.
9 From Nico Rosberg Push hard is not the long game.
10 To Romain Grosjean

Good job. Allez mon Kiki! [Come on!]
10 To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis go strat mode five and box, box.
10 From Nico Rosberg So box, box, box Nico.
10 To Max Verstappen

OK box and pit confirm Max.
11 To Sebastian Vettel

Pace is good, keep pushing.
12 From Kimi Raikkonen The grip doesn’t feel very good on this tyre.
12 From Fernando Alonso Behind Renaults, being lapped, what a disaster.
14 From Carlos Sainz Jnr Danny needs to let me by.
14 To Daniil Kvyat

Next car behind is Carlos, new softs, do not impede Carlos.
14 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

Carlos, Danny will let you by.
14 To Daniil Kvyat

Danny please confirm. Carlos is on new softs, we are on different strategy. Thank you.
14 To Nico Rosberg

So situation is you are the only car on medium. So got the long game, it’s going to come back towards us.
14 To Sebastian Vettel

And box, Sebastian, box.
15 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

OK Carlos there is debris on the exit kerb of turn one. Careful there.
15 From Max Verstappen That’s how we do it!
15 To Max Verstappen

Nice job, mate.
17 To Daniil Kvyat

OK Danny we will have a ten second penalty on the next pit stop for the incident lap one. Keep the head down we need to go as long as possible now and we change the strategy. Keep the head down.
18 From Lewis Hamilton Pace OK?
18 To Lewis Hamilton

Pace still good, Lewis.
20 To Max Verstappen

Max just make sure that we can complete the stint we need OK, mate.
20 From Max Verstappen I’m not here to finish fourth.
20 To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo you are much faster than Kevin, his pace in 45.5 at the moment, and you in 44.7…
20 From Jolyon Palmer Yeah, I’ve know this the whole race.
22 To Jenson Button

Well done Jenson, well done. Just watch the locking on the front-left.
22 To Daniil Kvyat

Not much we can do with top speed, Danny. Just keep the head down, OK?
22 From Daniil Kvyat OK.
22 To Kevin Magnussen

OK Kev, Jo’s now four-and-a-half seconds behind you, he’s just done a 45.4, we need to pick up the pace if we can.
22 From Kevin Magnussen I’m just a little bit stuck behind the Sauber so take it easy guys.
22 To Kevin Magnussen

Understood Kev.
23 From Daniil Kvyat Fourth gear wasn’t coming in.
23 To Daniil Kvyat

24 To Sergio Perez

Checo how is the aero balance? We think there may be some losses at the rear from the damage.
24 From Sergio Perez Yeah I agree. I have no traction at all. But at the same time I have a lot of understeer.
24 To Sergio Perez

25 To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo nice overtake on Nasr. Go and catch Kevin now he’s a second slower than you.
26 To Lewis Hamilton

Lewis you can afford to pick up the pace a little bit, it won’t be long now.
27 From Max Verstappen I’m boxing, I’m boxing, I’m boxing.
27 To Max Verstappen

What happened, Max?
27 From Max Verstappen I thought you boxed me, sorry.
28 To Sebastian Vettel

Because Verstappen had a [censored by FOM] up, a very long pit stop, so we can come ahead of him and go to the end.
29 To Jenson Button

Jenson we’re box this lap, box this lap, everything you’ve got.
29 To Sebastian Vettel

Box, Sebastian, box.
30 From Max Verstappen I have an engine failure, I think, or something.
30 From Max Verstappen There’s something hitting the engine. The faster I drive, the harder it hits.
30 To Max Verstappen

Can you try to get up the gears or not Max?
30 From Max Verstappen Yeah but something is hitting hard inside the engine.
31 To Lewis Hamilton

VSC, keep the delta positive, you are boxing under VSC.
32 To Pascal Wehrlein

The car ahead is Nasr, he looks like he could be trying to one-stop and is lapping quite slowly at the moment.
32 From Daniel Ricciardo So they got a free pit stop, basically?
32 To Daniel Ricciardo

Yes mate, that is correct.
32 From Daniel Ricciardo That’s so [censored by FOM] up.
33 To Felipe Massa

OK so Verstappen’s car’s just being moved out of the way so restart soon.
33 From Felipe Massa They’re just too slow, man. Cannot do that.
33 From Felipe Massa Just lost four seconds! Four seconds! Unbelievable! Look where Alonso is and look where he was. So four seconds.
34 To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate you did a good job there. It wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been. You can see Rosberg ahead. Let’s get after him.
35 From Jolyon Palmer Can you not help me out a little bit here?
36 From Sergio Perez Is the wind picking up?
36 To Sergio Perez

Yes, Checo, yes.
36 To Sebastian Vettel

We have some rear wing drop-outs as you may notice.
36 From Sebastian Vettel Yeah, some! Some is good, keep joking.
39 From Kimi Raikkonen Why there was sparks at the rear?
39 To Kimi Raikkonen

K2 is available.
39 From Kimi Raikkonen No, why was there…
39 To Kimi Raikkonen

There was a gun still attached as you left.
39 From Kimi Raikkonen OK.
39 To Kimi Raikkonen

Stop, stop Kimi. Stop stop stop.
40 To Kimi Raikkonen

Sorry Kimi we think the rear’s not attached.
40 From Kimi Raikkonen So what do I do? Switch off or go?
40 To Kimi Raikkonen

Can you come back to the pit lane? Roll back into the pit lane?
40 From Kimi Raikkonen What you want that I reverse? I can just slide it down. It’s disallowed?
40 To Kimi Raikkonen

Don’t reverse.
40 From Kimi Raikkonen If I let go the brakes it’s going to slide down.
40 To Kimi Raikkonen

Just let go of the brakes, Kimi.
40 From Kimi Raikkonen So you want that I switch off?
40 To Kimi Raikkonen

You can reverse back. OK we need to switch off. Switch off, Kimi, we’re too hot, I’m sorry. So switch off Kimi, we’re too hot.
41 To Daniil Kvyat

We are catching Ericsson nicely. There is still some points on the table if something happens in front.
44 To Felipe Massa

We’re going to get him this time so we stay in go charge and use overtake.
44 From Daniel Ricciardo Keep me posted on Rosberg’s times. I would love to catch that [censored by FOM].
45 From Kevin Magnussen How much better if super-soft at the end? Where would I finish theoretically?
45 To Kevin Magnussen

There’s a possibility to finish two positions in front of Ericsson who’s two cars ahead of you now.
45 From Kevin Magnussen OK let’s do that.
45 To Kevin Magnussen

48 To Sergio Perez

The group of Sainz, Massa and Alonso are fighting ahead.
49 To Romain Grosjean

They have a system problem with the blue flag so when Ricciardo’s close enough let him through. That’s blue flag now, blue flag for Ricciardo. Perfect dude, thank you.
50 To Jenson Button

Jenson blue flags Rosberg is the car behind.
50 From Jenson Button Yeah he just locked up and ran wide, so dropped back.
53 From Fernando Alonso [Censored by FOM] Felipe closed me on the door. I was already alongside him.
53 To Fernando Alonso

Any car damage?
53 From Fernando Alonso I don’t know but [censored by FOM] you cannot close the door there that easy with half a car in front of you.
53 To Fernando Alonso

Understood. Let’s go and get Sainz.
54 To Daniil Kvyat

Vettel exiting the pit lane now. If you can get in front Magnussen will get blue flag.
54 From Felipe Massa He just pushed me out.
54 To Felipe Massa

We’re talking to the FIA. Let’s get right back on him.
54 To Felipe Massa

OK Felipe so they’re going to investigate Alonso at the end of the race so we need to stay within five seconds of him.
55 From Carlos Sainz Jnr Yeah my tyres are finished.
55 To Carlos Sainz Jnr

Hold on, hold on.
55 To Felipe Massa

OK Felipe we’ve got a front-left puncture.
55 From Felipe Massa Is it the last lap or not?
55 To Felipe Massa

No, box this lap.
56 From Fernando Alonso Yee-ha!
VL To Fernando Alonso

OK Fernando that is the chequered flag. Fantastic drive. P5. Awesome.
VL From Fernando Alonso Nice. Nice race, guys. Fight until the end like you saw. Good points.
VL To Fernando Alonso

Yep great work well done. Did Will shake your hand or not? I can’t remember.
VL From Fernando Alonso Ah, yeah. Many times. So now we can get back to normal. Not shaking and shaking. Nice races now.
VL To Fernando Alonso

Great. Nice work.
VL To Jenson Button

Jenson that’s P9 well done you’ve made up ten places today, good result.
VL From Jenson Button Good job guys looks like a good haul of points. Obviously didn’t have the outright pace but not too bad especially the first couple of laps. A lot of fun.
VL To Jenson Button

Yeah Jenson first couple of laps were mega.
VL To Romain Grosjean

Chequered flag. 100th race back in the points, awesome dude.
VL To Romain Grosjean

Well done Romain. Fantastic. We got a point.
VL To Lewis Hamilton

Get in there, mate! What a drive. Really well managed. Awesome result, Lewis.
VL To Lewis Hamilton

Perfect drive, Lewis. Really well controlled, fantastic.
VL To Daniil Kvyat

Hard luck with the penalty. You’ve done a very good job today, anyway.
VL From Daniil Kvyat Yeah sorry about the penalty. We review it of course but nothing can do.
VL To Daniil Kvyat

The gap to Magnussen is 4.3 seconds, let’s see what happens after the race.
VL From Daniil Kvyat Well he has to get a penalty, come on. Otherwise everyone can overtake off the track, Charlie, come on man.
VL To Daniil Kvyat

Copy Danny. We will review it later.
VL To Kevin Magnussen

OK Kev so nice job. Currently P11 there’s an investigation possibly for the overtake with Kvyat. But nice job in the end and where we’re coming from qualifying yesterday.
VL From Kevin Magnussen Well done everyone in the garage, really good job.
VL To Felipe Massa

Well we’ve been incredibly unlucky there. We were so much quicker than them.
VL From Felipe Massa Unbelievable.
VL To Felipe Massa

It’s a real shame.
VL To Felipe Nasr

So Felipe P15 at the end. Good race from you, good job.
VL From Sergio Perez Yeah sorry there with this idiot that ruined our race. I don’t know what he was trying to do and I think we had quite poor damage. It was very difficult, especially the last stint, the ride of the car was very poor.
VL From Daniel Ricciardo Cheers guys. Not the most exciting but it’s a podium. Thank you.
VL To Daniel Ricciardo

So we were obviously unfortunate with the VSC. It was due to Verstappen had a gearbox problem obviously and retired. So Rosberg basically would have been five seconds behind us at our pit stop but he got a free ten seconds, came out five seconds in front of us. I think you would have and should have beaten him. I don’t think he had any scary pace, you did a good job today mate.
VL From Daniel Ricciardo Yeah I don’t doubt it. Frustrating but what do you do? It sucks. Alright. Thanks anyways, guys. Appreciate it.
VL To Daniel Ricciardo

Well done Daniel it was a good drive. I think Rosberg on a normal strategy would probably have put the softs on as well because he run that [medium] in the middle [stint]. And they did play out your nice message on the live feed so commentators trying to work out what a ‘mofo’ is.
VL From Daniel Ricciardo It means he’s a really nice person, one of my best mates.
VL To Nico Rosberg

Nice recovery there Nico, nice recovery.
VL To Carlos Sainz Jnr

Haha! P6 Carlos! P6! Well done, awesome race. I liked it. Good, really good job. Awesome last stint.
VL From Carlos Sainz Jnr Thank you. Yeah I think that was the maximum guys. Good job everyone, we deserve to be back.
VL To Carlos Sainz Jnr

I think this was one of the best races you’ve done with us. Well done Carlos.
VL To Sebastian Vettel

P4, Sebastian. P4. Well done, good 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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7 comments on “2016 United States Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. Well he has to get a penalty, come on. Otherwise everyone can overtake off the track, Charlie, come on man.

    -Daniil Kvyat

    Gotta actually agree with Kvyat there. Really strange decisions by FIA to all of a sudden just allow everybody running off the track all over the place, including overtaking. If this is the rule, then make it the rule… If not, then follow the rules. Just makes F1 a joke of a competition, especially for those who are supposed to be the best in the world, and showing the rest of the world (especially those in junior formula’s) how it’s supposed to be done.

    27.4 Drivers must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not
    deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason.
    Drivers will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with it and, for the avoidance of doubt, any white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.
    Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage. At the absolute discretion of the race director a driver may be given the opportunity to give back the whole of any advantage he gained by leaving the track.

    There’s no argument to be made that this regulation wasn’t breached an inordinate amount throughout the weekend. Where is the consistency? Furthermore where is the media pressure regarding this?

      1. Wasnt he referring to Magnussen passing him? Magnussen -was- subsequently penalized (even if, having only seen it once, I think Kyvat made defensive motions that made Magnussen take evasive manouver). But I’d agree that the rules are not always consistently enforced, and that this is a source of frustration about F1.

    1. I generally agree. However penalizing Magnussen for driving in the same place as everybody else, is not right.

  2. Came for the Ferrari pit stop entertainment (pronounced shambles), was not disappointed.

    From Daniel Ricciardo
    It means he’s a really nice person, one of my best mates.

    Priceless! 😂

    1. Ricci rocks! ;-)

  3. this “mofo” comment suits Danny’s redneck style lol.

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