2016 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript | 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

Posted on Apr 6, 2016

It was another quiet race on the team radios in Bahrain which again suggested the restrictions on what information teams can pass onto their drivers is having a significant effect.

That was certainly a concern for Marcus Ericsson, who wasn?t sure whether his team could tell him if the information he was getting from his dash display was correct.

During the race there were occasional bursts of activity on the radios followed by long silences. A spate of messages around laps ten and eleven were followed by fourteen consecutive laps of silence.

It?s doubtful nothing was broadcast during this time ? one message from Rosberg during the race indicated he was receiving updates most laps. Formula One Management may simply have chosen not to broadcast any or could have been experiencing technical problems. Certainly many of the messages broadcast during last year?s race would remain legal under the new rules.

A lot of the team?s post-race discussions were broadcast, included a revealing message from Romain Grosjean after his combative drive to fifth place. Complimented on the quality of his overtaking moves during the race the ex-Lotus racer replied ?well I?ve got brakes this year, that helps!?

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2016 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* Driver Message
PR From Sebastian Vettel Okay I?m not sure, I think I might have an engine failure. Yeah I?m losing power.
PR To Sebastian Vettel Yeah we do see it.
PR From Sebastian Vettel Yeah i think that?s it, do you want me to stop the car?.
PR To Sebastian Vettel Yeah stop the car, stop the car, big smoke.
1 From Lewis Hamilton Something feels wrong with my rear.
1 To Valtteri Bottas Critical message: We saw an accident, how is the car from your side?
1 From Valtteri Bottas Everything feels okay from my side, have a look at the front wing from TV or something, but so far all ok.
1 To Valtteri Bottas Copy that.
1 From Carlos Sainz Jnr Puncture puncture.
7 From Jenson Button I think we?ve lost ERS.Or something, I think we?ve lost ERS.
7 To Jenson Button Jensen there?s nothing we can do.
7 From Jenson Button [Censored by FOM]. Agh!
9 From Carlos Sainz Jnr I feel a very strange thing in the rear. Yeah I cannot turn right, the car over-rotates when I turn right.
10 From Carlos Sainz Jnr There is something, for sure.
10 To Esteban Gutierrez Nobody behind, box Esteban box. Nobody behind.
10 To Esteban Gutierrez Okay sorry Esteban, we need to retire the car, very good job so far.
10 From Max Verstappen Yes.
10 To Daniil Kvyat Okay Verstappen ahead last lap a?
11 To Lewis Hamilton Raikkonen third.
11 To Kimi Raikkonen Hamilton lap time 39.1
25 From Kevin Magnussen There?s no way I?m going to get past him, He?s like a rocket on the straights.
25 To Kevin Magnussen Okay understood, the Manor is like a rocket on the straights, understood.
25 To Daniel Ricciardo Okay mate, it?s time to push now.
32 From Felipe Nasr Yeah the car is terrible to drive, very difficult.
41 To Kimi Raikkonen Rosberg is also on option tyres, it?s not all over yet Kimi.
41 To Nico Rosberg So Nico, 15 laps to go, you?re going to the end on this set, gap to Raikkonen is?
41 From Nico Rosberg Don?t tell me every lap, just tell me every four laps or something.
46 From Marcus Ericsson You must be able to tell me if there?s a failure on my dash or not.
46 To Marcus Ericsson There is no failure, there is no failure, your dash is correct.
47 To Romain Grosjean Awesome, absolutely awesome
48 To Kimi Raikkonen OK Kimi just keep pushing, keep pushing. Gap to Rosberg is coming down slightly. It?s not over, remember last year.
57 From Nico Rosberg Yeah! Awesome, guys! Yeah!
57 To Nico Rosberg Great job, Nico, great job.
VL To Kimi Raikkonen Okay great job Kimi, great job, good recovery from a difficult first lap. Good job.
VL To Kimi Raikkonen Well done Kimi, great great job, well done.
VL From Kimi Raikkonen Yea thanks, I got a pretty poor start, I think my finger slipped a little bit. It was really odd what happened. But good race and good tyre choices so thanks.
VL To Kimi Raikkonen Copy Kimi, great job.
VL To Lewis Hamilton Great effort Lewis, great effort. Awesome recovery considering the amount of damage you had, mate.
VL To Daniel Ricciardo Okay mate that?s it, nice job, good effort.
VL From Daniel Ricciardo Okay understood, cheers guys.
VL To Max Verstappen Okay Max, good job, solid drive.
VL From Max Verstappen Yeah thank you guys. This was a good race I think. Also I think with the strategy this was the best we could do so yeah, good job. Think it was a really good result.
VL To Daniil Kvyat Well done Dani, good effort mate. P7, that was a nice fight, mate.
VL From Daniil Kvyat That was a good fun, cheers guys.
VL To Daniil Kvyat Great recovery Dani, good deg, great race, good moves. A few points out of that, well done.
VL From Daniil Kvyat Thanks Christian, thanks very much.
VL From Felipe Massa Yeah okay so, very disappointing race to be honest. The balance was really, really bad on this tyre so couldn?t get a grip on anything, so very disappointing.
VL To Valtteri Bottas Okay Valtterri, P9. That was a great recovery drive there. Really good effort.
VL From Valtteri Bottas Copy that, very disappointing day but let?s try again in two weeks.
VL To Valtteri Bottas Copy, but you really did make the most of it, got those valuable points. Think there?s a lot of positives as well.
VL To Stoffel Vandoorne Well done, P10, great job today and yesterday. It?s been a steep learning curve and you?ve done really well.
VL From Stoffel Vandoorne Yeah, good job. Been a good weekend from the beginning. I think we more or less made the most of it. Thanks.
VL To Kevin Magnussen Okay Kev, P11. Box this lap, that?s P11.
VL From Kevin Magnussen Okay good job guys, That was a good strategy and good car all weekend. Sorry about the penalty, this cost us points I think.
VL To Romain Grosjean P5 Romain, P5. Amazing job!
VL From Romain Grosjean Unbelieavable guys! This is the American dream. This is unbelievable. What a great job from all of you. Some places we can improve but what a job guys! I love you. Beautiful.
VL To Romain Grosjean Amazing drive, Romain, amazing. American dream, you said it. Think you got enough passes in there. Brilliant job all race, amazing.
VL From Romain Grosjean Yeah I love that car, I love that car.
VL To Romain Grosjean Romain, your overtaking was fantastic, thank you very much, we enjoyed that.
VL From Romain Grosjean Yeah well I?ve got brakes this year , that helps!
VL To Romain Grosjean Nice one.

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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