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.
|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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|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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|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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