Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2015

2015 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio highlights

2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2015Since the FIA introduced rules restricting what drivers can be told on the radios, one driver appears to have found this more of a constraint than others.

In Malaysia as in Australia Nico Rosberg was heard asking for information which his race engineer could not pass on to him. “Can’t help you with lines, Nico” he was told when asking for advice on how to drive his final flying lap in Q3.

As we only hear selected radio messages which are chosen for broadcast it’s not possible to be certain that Rosberg is experiencing this situation more than other drivers. And the number of radio messages being played in the television broadcasts and on Formula One Management’s revamped website has fallen since last year, though that may change in races to come.

Here’s a selection of the messages which were broadcast last weekend.

First practice

Session From To Message
FP1 Carlos Sainz Jnr Marco Matassa OK some early feedback. Drive-ability big, big step forward. Big step forward on drive-ability. And the track very, very dirty.
FP1 Marco Matassa Carlos Sainz Jnr Understood.
FP1 Josh Peckett Will Stevens Manor got both their cars on track for the first time in 2015.
OK Will so you are the only car on track. No traffic, free track. Go to multi position three, gearbox two now, Will. And SA6 please, Will.
FP1 Max Verstappen Xevi Pujolar It’s really hard for the tyre, now. Out of turn nine I had a lot of traction problems. I lost three or four tenths, there.
FP1 Xevi Pujolar Max Verstappen Understood, we saw it.
FP1 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Hamilton stopped at the turn nine hairpin.
There was a click in the rear and the gears still worked. I just pulled over and stopped as you told me to, I would have made it back.
FP1 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Yeah Lewis we just haven’t got any telemetry mate so we’re just a bit worried as this is as it’s a race engine. We’ve just got to make sure we don’t have ourselves over.
FP1 Daniil Kvyat Gianpiero Lambiase Some pushing under braking, abort the lap, abort the lap.
FP1 Gianpiero Lambiase Daniil Kvyat Copy.
FP1 Daniil Kvyat Gianpiero Lambiase Yeah I already lost the power in turn five again.
FP1 Gianpiero Lambiase Daniil Kvyat Yeah understood. That’s because we tried two laps in a row there, we didn’t quite recover enough during that final phase of the first timed lap.
FP1 Jenson Button Tom Stallard Do you need another lap?
FP1 Tom Stallard Jenson Button Jenson if you’ve got a good feel we can box, box this lap.
FP1 Jenson Button Tom Stallard Well I haven’t got a good feel but I’m not going to get a good feel, I think, with this.
FP1 Tom Stallard Jenson Button OK, understood. Will one more lap teach you anything?
FP1 Jenson Button Tom Stallard No.
FP1 Tom Stallard Jenson Button OK. Yellow G2 and box this lap.

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Second practice

Session From To Message
FP2 Sergio Perez Tim Wright I have very poor up shift from second to third, it’s upsetting the car a lot.
FP2 Fernando Alonso Mark Temple I don’t need more laps with these tyres if you want to ancitipate anything.
FP2 Mark Temple Fernando Alonso OK, let’s push, do one more laps as an in lap, push on that lap so we can get some aero data.
FP2 Jenson Button Tom Stallard Yeah second to third up shift is very poor, also.
FP2 Tom Stallard Jenson Button Copy that Jenson so up shifts and down shifts from second were poor. Barney’s aware, he’s looking at it. Front brakes are hot so cool the brakes on the in-lap please.
FP2 Roberto Merhi Nicholas Perrinn Merhi’s session came to an end when he spun into the gravel at turn 11.
I did a spin in the corner.
FP2 Nicholas Perrinn Roberto Merhi OK, we can see that. Can you switch off the engine.
FP2 Sebastian Vettel Riccardo Adami After the session resumed Vettel spun in the same place but kept going.
OK box I spun in turn 11.
FP2 Riccardo Adami Sebastian Vettel Are the tyres OK?
FP2 Sebastian Vettel Riccardo Adami They’re pretty flat-spotted. I would change the order so I would prefer to do the long-run on [hards].
FP2 Riccardo Adami Sebastian Vettel OK copy.
FP2 Fernando Alonso Mark Temple I cannot see any fuel, only ‘+1000’ all the time. So tell me if I need to change anything.
FP2 Mark Temple Fernando Alonso OK, we’re looking into that.
FP2 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls Just the overall grip is really, really poor. And the rear is very snappy. And from this lap onwards, more deg.
FP2 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls The tyres are not working at all.
FP2 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy that, we see that. Box now. We’ll fit the [medium]. Talk to me about the balance, do you want a front wing adjust?
FP2 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls Minus two.
FP2 Will Stevens Josh Peckett I’ve got a slight flat spot on my front left.
FP2 Josh Peckett Will Stevens OK mate, understood, we’ll monitor it.
FP2 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Some sort of vibration in the car since I’ve been out this last run. It doesn’t feel like it’s in the tyres, could be somewhere else.

Third practice

Session From To Message
FP3 Kimi Raikkonen David Greenwood Raikkonen felt Grosjean was holding him up.
This guy has just tried to go inside of me when I try to pass him, he just turned in.
FP3 Max Verstappen Xevi Pujolar And also traction compared to yesterday very poor.
FP3 Xevi Pujolar Max Verstappen OK. What do you think the level of stiffness and balance compared to yesterday?
FP3 Max Verstappen Xevi Pujolar I don’t like it.
FP3 Xevi Pujolar Max Verstappen Copy that.
FP3 Jenson Button Tom Stallard Initial pick-up on the throttle is not easy.
FP3 Tom Stallard Jenson Button Yeah we can see that in the data. It also looked like the snap oversteer in turn 11 mid-corner was caused by a dab on the brakes so just watch out for that.
FP3 Daniil Kvyat Gianpiero Lambiase We made a step back. Is there a chance to come back on set-up and give it another go?
FP3 Gianpiero Lambiase Daniil Kvyat We’ll talk about it back in the garage, Danny.
FP3 Marco Matassa Carlos Sainz Jnr Let’s keep the position, keep the position to Ricciardo, don’t let him by.
FP3 Carlos Sainz Jnr Marco Matassa Is Ricciardo in a push lap?
FP3 Marco Matassa Carlos Sainz Jnr Yes but keep the position.


Session From To Message
Q1 Max Verstappen Xevi Pujolar I had a lot of rear locking and traction problems.
Q1 Xevi Pujolar Max Verstappen Copy that.
Q1 Nico Hulkenberg Brad Joyce Oh I can see the thunder is very close to us. Going to chuck down soon.
Q1 Brad Joyce Nico Hulkenberg Copy that Nico.
Q2 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Rain was imminent as Q2 began.
How urgent to do a fast out-lap?
Q2 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Very urgent, Nico, important, first lap will be it.
Q2 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg seems to have been given this message on his flying lap, probably on the straight before the last corner.
So there’s good chance of slippery surface last corner. You’re up, so just take it easier.
Q2 David Greenwood Kimi Raikkonen OK so unfortunately Kimi we are P11. Obviously now with the rain it’s going to be impossible to improve on that position.
Q2 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington You guys got me out, got us out too far behind everyone.
Q2 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Yeah Lewis engine didn’t fire up for some reason. We’ll investigate afterwards.
Q3 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls We need to be in the last lap on the inter, make sure. New inter in the last lap.
Q3 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Copy.
Q3 Romain Grosjean Julien Simon-Chautemps Grosjean hadn’t driven the new Lotus in the rain conditions before. He started the session on full wet weather tyres then switched to interediates but ran out of time to set his flying lap on them.
Now box?
Q3 Julien Simon-Chautemps Romain Grosjean Yes, yes, track 2, torque 12. Box this lap.
Q3 Romain Grosjean Julien Simon-Chautemps OK, nox this lap. Very strange.
Q3 Alan Permane Romain Grosjean Romain we’ll explain it after, this is the way to go for sure, I promise you.
Q3 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Not for the first time, Rosberg coes up against the limits of what drivers can’t be told on the radio under the current rules.
The guy who’s on first, is he doing dry lines nearly anywhere? Even braking?
Q3 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Can’t help you with lines, Nico.
Q3 Riccardo Adami Sebastian Vettel Well done, really happy…
Q3 Sebastian Vettel Riccardo Adami Not again! Not again, after last year, same! One tenth! Really happy guys. Great reaction in difficult conditions.
R Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Nice work Lewis, P1 mate, you did it with that first lap.

2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

Session From To Message
R Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington For future reference, be good to have someone, something to try and keep my steering wheel cool. It’s roasting.
R Nico Hulkenberg Brad Joyce Woah, mega first lap so far!
R Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington What’s the scenario up ahead in terms of positions and tyres?
R Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK so you are currently P6. You are the first [hard] runner, the first guy to stop, obviously, so you have Vettel, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Sainz, Perez all on [medium] tyres ahead.
R Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis so Vettel the car ahead, you are P2, he’s ten seconds up the road, he is yet to stop.
R Nico Hulkenberg Brad Joyce I’m in the cleanest air you can possible have and these guys are all over us.
R Kimi Raikkonen David Greenwood OK Kimi race situation we are P6, Massa and Bottas infrotn,we expect them to stop soon, we still have a good chance of fourth. Pace is very, very good. Very good pace.
R Riccardo Adami Sebastian Vettel Update on tyre appearance: Tyre appearance in first stint was good, it’s looking positive.
R Xevi Pujolar Max Verstappen OK do not fight with Raikkonen, look after tyres. You think you can do five more laps?
R Max Verstappen Xevi Pujolar I don’t know.
R Xevi Pujolar Max Verstappen Copy that.
R Various voices Sebastian Vettel Yes, yes, great drive, well done. Numero uno, top class. Ferrari’s back. Fantasico, grande Seb.
R Sebastian Vettel Riccardo Adami Woohoo! Yes! Si, ragazzi. Grazie mille ragazzi. Forza Ferrari! (Thanks very much boys, forward Ferrari!)

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50 comments on “2015 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio highlights”

  1. I think there is some race chatter missing.

    1. @philipgb indeed, I was especially looking out for the messages given to Rosberg and Hamilton during the race saying they would catch Vettel.

      1. @philipgb As it says in the article, this is a selection of the messages which were broadcast.

        1. @keithcollantine Does that indicate there is a separate article on the way on what happened at Merc?

          1. @crammond That was covered in some detail on Sunday – in fact all three of the regular data articles had a Mercedes angle which is pretty unusual:

            Mercedes couldn’t sustain their Ferrari-beating pace
            How Mercedes’ Safety Car strategy backfired
            Mercedes’ race problems began in qualifying

            And as I say there was far less radio traffic broadcast to begin with so there isn’t the scope to do something like this article after Bahrain last year:

            How Mercedes made it a fair fight between Hamilton and Rosberg

          2. @keithcollantine I wanted to show to some people that there was hard proof Rosberg was indeed going for a one stop, prime/prime, after the SC because his engineer told him so. Not really bothered with reading every sentence though…

        2. @keithcollantine

          Ah, I thought it was just an over site missing out the actual ‘highlights’ with Hamiltons qualifying message accidentally being included in the race transcript :-)

    2. Yes. Including all the messages where Merc-engineers told their drivers they were on plan for winning.

      1. @crammond I want to see where Rosberg is being told he’s going to do a one stop after the SC pitstop going prime/prime.

      2. I wanted to hear the discussion meant for Rosberg that was open-miked to Hamilton, the explanation of which in turn ticked off Hamilton mightily. That wasn’t clear from the NBC broadcast. But it’s hard to complain about this summary considering the work that goes into it and how interesting it is.

    3. @philipgb @crammond @xtwl @dmw Are you interested in seeing more of the messages which were included in the main race broadcast, regardless of whether you’ve heard them already? I tend to not bother with a lot of those on the assumption that everyone’s already familiar with them, but if that’s not the case it’s no problem to include more of them in future articles.

      1. Michael Ingraham
        2nd April 2015, 12:49

        Yes, at least for the race. Perhaps qualifying too. I think the “off line” radio transmissions can give some insight to what was happening in the race.

      2. I´ve now assembled those through the various articles, so I don´t think bothering for this particular race would be worthwile. On a general note I do like it to have them all accessible in one place, as as far as I remember it has been before this race. I do appreciate you asking, though.

  2. Red Bull was suppose to act like Renault’s factory team but it’s Toro Rosso that is making better use of (though under-powered) Renault PU… overall, TR package is looking stronger than RB.

    1. The very first comment Carlos Sainz makes is that the driveability is a big step forward. I read it that Renault made a big step forward regarding driveability. If so, Red Bull must have felt that too?

    2. @jcost In all fairness Caterham’s package was stronger than RBR’s during testing last year.

      OK, Race 2 is hardly a testing weekend, but surely the same principles do apply?

  3. The Mclaren drivers seem to be having some really depressing conversations with the pitwall

  4. I’m in the cleanest air you can possible have and these guys are all over us.

    Lol, is that Hulkenberg describing holding up a long line of cars?

    It’s like that joke of the old people towing a caravan hearing on the radio that there is a traffic jam on their road and they can’t see it.

    1. @patrickl
      I think this was his way of describing to the team how badly they need to improve the car, as he did manage to get into an excellent track position, but then realised that practically everyone else was faster than him. Even Jenson Button noticed that while catching up on cars that were held up by Hülkenberg.

  5. I’m so sad about how few messages they gave us. I love these radio articles you put together for us Keith… The new is disappointment after disappointment. Honestly they old one was totally fine and didn’t feel outdated to me at all. They could easily have squeezed another 3-4 years out of it.

    1. And the app is useless. It crashes if you look at it funny.

    2. Totally agree on F1 .com!
      They are just pushing F1 Access.

  6. What’s the point of the column “Sesson”?

    1. It provides a link to each specific comment, for example here’s Kvyat saying Red Bull went backwards on set-up on Saturday morning.

  7. @keithcollantine I wish we had more transcripts from the race. I was particularly interested in what was being said between Massa, Bottas and their engineers on the last 3 laps of the race.

    1. @lubhz Perhaps less is being broadcast at the moment simply because they’ve just put all these new systems in place and they’re still bedding in, in which case it will improve as the season goes on. If not I agree it would be a shame.

  8. I was right! Stella isn’t Alonso’s engineer? Why though? Is he on gardening leave from Ferrari?

    1. That’s a bit strange I’m sure I’ve seen him on the McLaren pitwall

    2. @mashiat I’m pretty sure he is there with him.

      1. @xtwl Maybe as a performance engineer? Or in a higher position despite moving to another team because of their driver like Massa and Smedley at Williams.

  9. Thank’s for the article, Keith, but this just seems poor compared to last year. I know it’s not your fault, but I’m very disappointed.

    I loved the detailed transcripts from last season. They gave a great insight into what was going on behind the scenes. It’s such a shame they aren’t available…

  10. @keithcollantine I thought Vettel “sang” blue flags at one point?

    1. @davidnotcoulthard He did. And got a grammy for it.

      1. The biggest album of 2015: Paddock Blues by Sebastian Vettel, featuring the hit single “Blue Flags.”

      2. “It’s not fair”, Hamilton was heard to complain, “I’m a much better singer than he is!”

  11. “Forza Ferrari” is better translated as “Ferrari force” maybe not literally but sounds better ;)

    1. @mantresx The real question is, does it need translation…

    2. I think “Go Ferrari” is better. “Ferrari force” doesn’t even make much sense.

    3. liongalahad
      2nd April 2015, 6:29

      I’m Italian, “Forza Ferrari” doesn’t mean “Ferrari Force” at all, it means “Come on Ferrari!”, or “Go Ferrari!” as @toiago said

  12. Isn’t “nice work Lewis, P1 mate” part of qualifying? Or is he being congratulated for lining up on the grid or something?

  13. @keithcollantine
    is there going to be a more comprehensive version of race radio chatter as you published in previous years?

  14. Does anybody know what is going on with that conversation where they tell Carlos Sainz not to let Ricciardo through?

    “Let’s keep the position, keep the position to Ricciardo, don’t let him by.”
    “Is Ricciardo in a push lap?”
    “Yes but keep the position.”

    Is that a big deal (especially since the Toro Rosso boy’s are not supposed to get in the way of the Red Bulls)? Or is there nothing strange here?

  15. Joey of the Bacons
    1st April 2015, 22:44

    Why can’t we have the full radio transcripts anymore?

    1. (Also to @ifelix) We could, but the simple fact is at the moment a transcript of all the messages which were broadcast during the race would not add up to much of an article. At a guess I’d say we’d be looking at about 50 messages, whereas last year that number was consistently much higher. That’s why I’ve decided to expand it from just the race to the entire weekend, in order to give the article more substance. As I said, I don’t know why FOM have been broadcasting so much less radio traffic since the season began.

      I also felt the previous articles got quite repetitive in terms of the messages that were in them – we’d regularly have the same stuff about start procedures and tyres going off which often wasn’t particularly enlightening.

      I should also point out that we have previously had the problem that people assumed the previous articles contained every single radio message, rather then just those which were broadcast in the first place. This revised format makes it clearer that wasn’t the case to begin with and isn’t now either.

      1. Can anybody theoretically get access to all radio transcripts? I mean somebody not inside the F1 and not related to F1 anyhow, just ordinary people who watch F1 on TV.

        1. The transcripts were written by F1 Fanatic based on what was broadcast, they weren’t supplied by anyone.

          1. Yes, I know that. You doing great job, I like it, thank you very much.
            I mean whether it is possible to get all radio transcripts for people like you and me? If you will receive it, you can add it here in full and it will be very interesting.
            (sorry for my bad english, it is not my native language)

  16. Looking at the race section, it would appear as if there was a radio ban for the race! Again, the first entry within the race section actually belongs to qualifying I guess: “Nice work Lewis, P1 mate, you did it with that first lap.”

    1. @zenren Thanks, have moved it.

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