Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Suzuka, 2015

2015 Japanese Grand Prix team radio transcript

2015 Japanese Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso’s furious criticism of his Honda engine during the Japanese Grand Prix revealed the growing tension at McLaren during their engine supplier’s home race.

But he was far from the only driver having a frustrating time. For the second weekend in a row Daniil Kvyat was turning the airwaves blue, whether it was because of his engine not working properly or his tyres losing performance.

It was a frustrating race for Red Bull as Kvyat’s team mate Daniel Ricciardo tangled with Felipe Massa at the start and had to climb through the field. Massa, meanwhile, discovered just how punishing F1’s blue flag rules are for drivers who are a lap down.

pSergio Perez,another driver delayed at the start, was clearly hoping the Safety Car would appear and help him get back into the action. He complained about debris on the track on more than one occasion, and even referred to race director Charlie Whiting at one point.

At the front of the field the Mercedes drivers were largely ignored by the television cameras and one radio message hinted at the developments which were being overlooked – such as Lewis Hamilton’s mid-race lock-up.

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2015 Japanese Grand Prix team radio transcript

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PRTony RossNico RosbergWind’s dropped completely.
PRMark SladePastor MaldonadoDrive through the pit lane, do a start, no burn-outs please.
PRPastor MaldonadoMark SladeOK
PRMark SladePastor MaldonadoWhen you come to a stop it’ll be torque three and strat six for the start, please, with the limiter off.
PRCarlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaThey are doing the practice start in the wrong place.
PRMarco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrUnderstood.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonTrack doesn’t feel terrible, the tyres feeling quite good, balance is feeling quite neutral, I’d say.
PRTony RossNico RosbergWe’ll try our best to help you out with paracetemol and [unclear] but may run out of time. Let us know on front wing.
PRNico RosbergTony RossEr, keep it there.
PRTony RossNico RosbergOK.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonFeel the tyre pressures are going to come up quite high on this run. Lots of sliding around.
PRTom StallardJenson ButtonTyre information: All other cars are on [medium] tyre.
PRSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoStrength is different to yesterday but it’s favourable for performance. So it’s going to be a head wind up through turns two, three, four , five six and a tail wind on straights. So you’ll have a bit of tail wind into turn one. Turn 16 may not be that affected, it’s a bit sheltered there.
FLMax VerstappenXevi PujolarI lost a tyre temp sensor from the right-rear.
1Felipe MassaDave RobsonI got a problem.
1Dave RobsonFelipe MassaOK you’ve got a puncture, Felipe. Box now, box now.
1Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieI have a puncture.
1Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK mate you’re doing a good job. Massa also has a puncture. He’s about 20 seconds behind you.
2Dave RobsonFelipe MassaFelipe, do you think there’s any front wing damage? Is the front wing OK?
2Felipe MassaDave RobsonI cannot see, I go very very slow I cannot even turn. I don’t know if it’s the problems is just a puncture it looks really really amazing.
2Dave RobsonFelipe MassaUnderstood.
3Sergio PerezTim WrightI’ve got damage, I’ve got damage on the rear.
3Tim WrightSergio PerezOK Checo, copy that, can you get back to the pits or is it too much? Right-rear pressure is dropping. Box, box. Pit confirm.
3Sergio PerezTim WrightIs it not OK to continue?.
3Tim WrightSergio PerezCheco we think right-rear puncture.
3Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseThere is a lot of brake pulling at the moment.
3Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK Dani so brake pulling is down to brake temperature splits, OK. Brake temperature-related. Probably aware that Ricciardo, Massa and Perez had issues during lap one.
4Sergio PerezTim WrightThere is a lot of debris on the back straight.
4Tim WrightSergio PerezUnderstood, understood, lot of debris on the back straight.
5Nico RosbergTony RossCan I turn up the engine again?
5Tony RossNico RosbergThat’s fine Nico, when you can go strat three.
5Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK Dani so that’s Button ahead, [hard] tyre. Does not have DRS potentially so let’s get stuck in.
5Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, we’ll open this gap out, need about ten seconds.
6Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK Max, put more pressure on Sauber, use energy if needed.
6Fernando AlonsoMark TempleClearly edited before the last phrase.
Balance OK, but it is driving like on ice. Poor grip. I’m caught on the straight like a GP2. This is embarrassing, very embarrassing. I do my best.
6Mark TempleFernando AlonsoYep, understood, we know you will, you’re still P11, plenty to aim for.
7Jenson ButtonTom StallardVery low grip. understeer but we also have big oversteer, very poor traction.
7Tom StallardJenson ButtonOK Jenson, similar comments on other tyre, similar comments from your team mate.
7Tony RossNico RosbergNico, engine temps are high, causing damage. Strat six and just hold back for five laps.
8Max VerstappenXevi PujolarI can’t get past.
8Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK just keep pushing pressure.
8Valtteri BottasJonathan EddollsOK with the tyres so far. Just consistent deg, consistent overheating.
8Jonathan EddollsValtteri BottasRosberg engine very hot. He’s dropped back.
9Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel so the floor is a little bit damaged, we’re a little bit down in load and we have a forward balance.
9Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieOK understood.
9Mark TempleFernando AlonsoAnd Fernando let’s give it everything to build a gap to Massa behind.
9Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel so there’s only Hamilton and Vettel that are quicker than you at the moment. Doing a good job. We’ll still get some opportunities. Something can happen in the race.
10Jenson ButtonTom StallardI think the cars in front are going to pit soon, they’re destroying the rear tyres.
10Tom StallardJenson ButtonOK understood Jenson, stay out this lap. OK Jenson we think we should push, push now.
10Jenson ButtonTom StallardYep the Red Bull – sorry, the Toro Rosso – is in.
10Tom StallardJenson ButtonYep understood Jenson.
10Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelCurrently still on Plan A. Hamilton 9.9, Bottas 40.8, 4.8 seconds behind you.
11Fernando AlonsoMark TempleIf you need one more lap. I saved two seconds in the first sector overtaking the Manor.
12Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensHow long?
12Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonKeep pushing Marcus, keep pushing.
12Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrOK Carlos we need a big push now you can use the battery, use the battery.
12Tony RossNico RosbergSo push hard now and overtake Bottas push hard now.
13Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensWhat’re we doing?
13Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonKeep going Marcus, keep pushing. How are the tyres?
13Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensLosing a bit of grip but it’s tolerable.
13Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonOK, copy that.
13Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelBox Sebastian box.
14Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatDani multi 10 position 9 urgent please. Now.
14Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI am, I am, it doesn’t work.
14Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatSo let’s go back to multi 9, and switch back to multi 10. So multi 9, multi 10, then try position 9.
15Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergOK Nico, Sergio on hard tyres moaning about rears. Just look after the rears.
15Nico RosbergTony RossCheck the vibration right-front.
15Tony RossNico RosbergCopy, copy. So Nico it’s not a reliability concern, we can see it.
15Tony RossNico RosbergSo box box box. Kimi has pitted, he’s outside your window at the moment, push hard now.
16Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, so box box, box box.
16Jenson ButtonTom StallardWhat tyres are Fernando and the red bull on?.
16Tom StallardJenson ButtonJenson Fernando is on the option, he is on a new option. Red Bull on [hard]. Verstappen also on [hard]. Jenson we can use more fuel this is fuel four, fuel one would be good.
17Tony RossNico RosbergSo push to attack Bottas to destroy his tires.
18Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatDani, this is a reliability issue, do not use the overtake button for reliability.
18Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrWe are plan B, plan B.
18Carlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaCopy.
19Tony RossNico RosbergGood job Nico, good job. Strat 6 and use ERS, really important strat 6.
19Felipe NasrCraig GardinerI can hear something underneath the car.
19Craig GardinerFelipe NasrOK floor pressures still look OK but we’re still looking.
19Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelRosberg passed Bottas, Rosberg 4.8 seconds behind you.
19Sebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiOK let me know for pace if you want me to race him hard.
19Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelWe should keep him two seconds behind.
20Felipe MassaDave RobsonFor information I have some problems with the engine. I am losing power on the engine for no reason. A horrible noise, like engine going up and down.
20Dave RobsonFelipe MassaOK, we are looking into it.
22David GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenThis is good Kimi, good, keep going, let’s have him.
22Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatSo let’s get a move on now, Dani.
22Mark TempleFernando AlonsoKvyat has pitted, looks like he’s gone to a three-stop to get out of sequence. Plan A still right for us.
22Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoThe rear’s stabilising, it’s actually the front that’s getting worse.
23Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseNo brakes in turn 11.
23Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK Dani, we have a split on the front axle again so just keep working them hard and hopefully that problem will resolve itself.
24Craig GardinerFelipe NasrSo Felipe we did see the oscillation on the steering torque, now it looks to have gone, is that the case?.
24Felipe NasrCraig GardinerFor me it comes and goes.
24Craig GardinerFelipe NasrYeah that’s what we see also.
24Tim WrightSergio PerezGood move Checo OK so purple mode 7.
26Fernando AlonsoMark TempleThree stops is out of the question?
26Mark TempleFernando AlonsoFernando Plan A is still correct. Three-stop would be too slow to the end, we would lose too much time. Tyres are behaving to model.
26Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelThis is a very good pace, you can keep it there, you are doing a strong job, very good job.
27Fernando AlonsoMark TempleAlonso exclaimed in frustration after this message, which came after he was passed by Verstappen approaching turn one.
GP2 engine, GP2!
29Sergio PerezTim WrightThere is a lot of debris on the main straight.
29Tim WrightSergio PerezUnderstood.
29Carlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaI hit the bollard, careful with the front wing.
30Tony RossNico RosbergStrat 8 really important this lap. Box box box, do the opposite of Vettel.
30Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonHamilton had flat-spotted a tyre.
This vibration’s so big, I am struggling out here.
30Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK copy that Lewis, it won’t be long.
31Julien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanDo not lose time with Raikkonen, do not lose time with Raikkonen.
31Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrOK Carlos, keep going keep pushing, we need to overtake.
31Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonCar is getting very hot.
32Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergRacing the Marussias, racing the Marussias. They are being lapped but obviously they’ll be an annoyance.
32Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK now he’s about to keep Alonso behind, push in the points. And we need to get to the end with these tyres.
32Max VerstappenXevi PujolarOK.
33Sebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiRosberg got ahead of Vettel at the end of their second stint.
OK he jumped us.
33Tim WrightSergio PerezCheco you can use everything from the tyre for four or five laps, use everything from the tyre.
33Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrKeep pushing Carlos, keep pushing, we are fighting for P10.
34Sergio PerezTim WrightPlease tell Charlie there is a lot of debris, please clean the track.
35Jenson ButtonTom StallardCan you have a look at the braking for the hairpin please. How many more laps on the red button?.
35Tom StallardJenson ButtonJenson we have 11 laps red button remaining.
35Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis everything looks under control, just need to watch out for flat spots.
36Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI just cant use these brakes.
36Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK copy Dani. If you can take it push the brake balance one click forward. If you can take it.
36Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI can’t, I have a flat spot already.
36Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatUnderstood.
36Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseOK these tyres are [censored by FOM], let’s box.
36Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatBox and confirm.
36Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseOK.
37Tim WrightSergio PerezCheco it will be a tight stop with Button and Ericsson their tyres are ten laps old.
38Fernando AlonsoMark TempleWhat drivers we are racing with. Unbelievable. Poor guys.
39Jonathan EddollsValtteri BottasSo as mentioned, almost no threat from behind. 20 seconds, the race will finish in these positions. So if you want to try and make any more we need to push.
39Josh PeckettWill StevensEnsure all the cars behind you are let through now. There are five cars behind you, you need to let them past now please Will.
40Tim WrightSergio PerezGood job Checo, Ericsson hard tyre, 12 laps old.
42Mark TempleFernando AlonsoAnd Fernando, drink drink. 13 laps to go after this. We want best pace to the end. And Fernando we are good for drinks to the end, let’s use it now.
42Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatMulti 10, position 12 to try to help…
42Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseInterrupts
Can I [censored by FOM] use the overtake button guys or not?
42Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatDani, negative on the overtake button, negative on the overtake button. Just do as we say. Multi 10 position 12.
42Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseWhich position, sorry, I was busy.
42Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK let’s have multi 10 position 9. Dani so just confirm we cannot use the overtake button. We are unable to use the overtake button for the rest of this race for reliability issues. Any changes we make are to offer you a greater opportunity to pass the car ahead. So…
42Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseOK, understood.
43Sergio PerezTim WrightEricsson is moving under braking.
43Tim WrightSergio PerezUnderstood Ericsson is moving under braking.
43Josh PeckettWill StevensOK Will we have received a 5 second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
43Carlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaWhat is the plan?
43Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrTo keep it nice and steady for the moment. We have both cars on the points.
44Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI am losing the brakes guys again, the last chicane, absolutely no brakes.
44Mark TempleFernando AlonsoFernando for info tyres from the previous stint looked good after so we can push on this set.
45Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK rear temperatures on the limit, so no pushing hard now.
46Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, looks like we may have picked up a little bit of debris in the front wing, so if you start feeling understeer the open up diff high speed.
47Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK Max, rear temperatures critical.
47Felipe MassaDave RobsonI have a blue flag but no car behind.
47Dave RobsonFelipe MassaOK so car behind is Ricciardo one-and-a-half seconds behind so we will need to let him through.
47Felipe MassaDave RobsonYeah OK.
47Tom StallardJenson ButtonJenson there’s still a lot of cars scrapping ahead of you, there could be opportunities at the end here.
48Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, looks like half of that debris has now cleared, still losing a bit of front performance. just keep an eye on what you’re doing with the diff.
48Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelRosberg lap time 8.7.
48Sebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiYeah the moment I start to be closer I can feel his wake, and then I start to slide and overheat.
48Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelOK copy.
49Max VerstappenXevi PujolarThis Manor has to go out of the way.
49Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenHe will do, he’s got blue flag already.
49Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI need overtake button to pass them.
49Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatNegative Dani, negative.
49Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK mate, so 6 laps to go now. it’s going to get tasty ahead.
50Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonFight the Red Bulls, fight the red bulls.
51Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatYou’re going to have to take here Dani, yep? OK. So let’s try and follow Kimi through on Ericsson
51Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseKvyat passed Ericsson at the chicane.
OK, finally.
VLPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonAwesome stuff, Lewis, fantastic race mate, awesome result.
VLLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonFantastic job guys, absolutely flawless all weekend you guys, as always. It’s great to be back up here. Thank you so much for all the hard work. And everyone back home as well. Thank you.
VLTony RossNico RosbergGreat recovery Nico, just pity we ended up having to do that.
VLRiccardo AdamiSebastian VettelP3 Sebastian, P3. You got to the podium again.
VLSebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiYeah I tried everything. I was three-and-a-half tenths down and the tyres were on the limit, so… Not more that I could’ve down in that lap, sorry. Ideally we should’ve pitted a lap earlier but, ah, you’re always a little bit smarter afterwards. Maybe we didn’t expect them to have that much pace on the out-lap. Grazie ragazzi, grande podium. And more champagne. Grazie. Yeah, shame with Rosberg, I think we could have stayed ahead, had we stayed ahead I think we could’ve managed to get P2.
VLDavid GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenWell done Kimi, good job, another solid race.
VLKimi RaikkonenDavid GreenwoodOK, thanks. I think we did what we could from the starting position we had so thank you.
VLDavid GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenCopy Kimi, yeah pace was definitely there, we just couldn’t do much more as you say from the starting position.
VLMaurizio ArrivabeneKimi RaikkonenThank you Kimi, good race.
VLJonathan EddollsValtteri BottasWell done Valterri, P5,.
VLValtteri BottasJonathan EddollsStill some points but for sure disappointing. Just not… The pace was not really there and maybe we should’ve been a bit more aggressive in the last stop. But next time.
VLJonathan EddollsValtteri BottasCopy.
VLBrad JoyceNico HulkenbergChequered flag Nico, Well done, great drive mate.
VLNico HulkenbergBrad JoyceBit lonely, but yeah a good job thank you guys. Good start, good first lap again that’s what made it and nice undercut. Well done. good job.
VLBrad JoyceNico HulkenbergThank you Nico.
VLJulien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanOK that’s it Romain. Well done, good job, P7.
VLRomain GrosjeanJulien Simon-ChautempsThanks guys, I really struggled with this front wing and this front wheel locking, very strange. Good job.
VLJulien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanWell done, both cars in the points is important for the team.
VLMark SladePastor MaldonadoGreat job Pastor, well done mate. You gained three paces, the team gained four, so that’s great.
VLPastor MaldonadoMark SladeGood job guys, good job.
VLMark SladePastor MaldonadoWe didn’t quite have the pace to take Hulkenberg today but otherwise really good, fantastic, well done Pastor.
VLXevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK Max, good job, P9.
VLMax VerstappenXevi PujolarI think that was not a bad race from P17.
VLXevi PujolarMax VerstappenYeah, copy that.
VLMax VerstappenXevi PujolarAlso car felt good.
VLXevi PujolarMax VerstappenAlso thank you very much all the crew, thank you.
VLMarco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrP10 Carlos, P10.
VLCarlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaI am just saying sorry for the pit entry incident. We should’ve been P8.
VLMarco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrYep, no worries for that, understood. We think that first two stints you showed a really good performance. Yeah we had that black spot on the pit stop. Anyway P10, one point in the bag.
VLMark TempleFernando AlonsoOK Fernando, that’s the chequered flag, P11, not quite what we wanted but we gave it everything that’s for sure.
VLTim WrightSergio PerezOK Checo, good job, good job, unfortunately not able to get back into the points today. That’s P12.
VLSergio PerezTim WrightWhat a shame, Who hit me on the first corner? Was Nico, no?
VLTim WrightSergio PerezCheco we don’t know at the moment.
VLSergio PerezTim WrightHow was the pace?
VLTim WrightSergio PerezCheco the pace looked good. Both cars’ pace looked good.
VLSergio PerezTim WrightAnd compared to Nico?
VLTim WrightSergio PerezCheco obviously you had more free air than he did because you were back on your own but your pace looked good.
VLGianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK Dani, that’s it mate, that’s P13.
VLDaniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI was like a sitting duck.
VLErik SchuivensMarcus EricssonOK good job Marcus, that’s P14. It was a long stint in the end. We knew it was going to be tight but we wanted to undrcut Button so we had to go long and unfortunately we fell off the cliff in the last four or five laps.
VLMarcus EricssonErik SchuivensYeah sorry for my spin, but other than that it was a pretty OK race.
VLErik SchuivensMarcus EricssonYeah I think you did a good job.
VLMarcus EricssonErik SchuivensYeah thank you, you too guys, thanks. I thought I might be able to hold him off the rest of the race. I just had to be perfect at the exit.
VLErik SchuivensMarcus EricssonI saw that. We were also quite lucky there with Ricciardo launching at us.
VLMarcus EricssonErik SchuivensYeah I saw that in my mirrors. Could have been a big one.
VLErik SchuivensMarcus EricssonCopy.
VLSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoI think we had good pace there mate in clear air. And it obviously got a bit messy with blue flags and it messed up our race a bit. But pace and degradation was good.
VLDaniel RicciardoSimon RennieUnderstood. Yeah the start kept me in traffic, tyres went away pretty quickly. Any info at the start, anyone’s fault?
VLSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoI would say, mate, looking at the TV, that Massa didn’t move across on you. You obviously had a very good start and you got squeezed from both sides.
VLDaniel RicciardoSimon RennieOK, understood. Thanks anyways guys. Yep, could’ve been better but thank you.
VLTom StallardJenson ButtonJenson we finished P16
VLJenson ButtonTom StallardYeah obviously we had no way of holding those cars back at all. If they can overtake me into 130R I mean a big, big difference. Obviously Fernando was lucky enough not to have that. I think my race was going pretty well, I would say, until we got overtaken by Ericsson at the pit stop. I think obviously if it had stayed the other way around we would have stayed in front.
VLTom StallardJenson ButtonYep, sorry about that Jenson. We’ll review after.
VLJenson ButtonTom StallardTough weekend guys but more experience.
VLDave RobsonFelipe MassaYeah sorry mate tough day, really tough afternoon. A real shame, you deserved a lot more than that.
VLFelipe MassaDave RobsonYeah. Very frustrating.
VLNicholas PerrinnAlexander RossiChequered flag. Great drive Alex. A Sauber retired with three laps to go so we are P18.
VLAlexander RossiNicholas PerrinnSorry about the pit stop guys, my apologies.
VLJosh PeckettWill StevensSo we finished P19. Nasr stopped just towards the end. Sorry it didn’t work out for us today.

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23 comments on “2015 Japanese Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. A little correction, it’s “GP2 engine, GP2! AAAAARGH

    I know, easy target. Very funny situation nonetheless :-)

    1. Very big difference. Thumbs up ;)

  2. “And Fernando, drink drink. 13 laps to go after this. We want best pace to the end. And Fernando we are good for drinks to the end, let’s use it now.”
    Good to see that Alonso is still making sure there’s room for some champagne at the end of the race. Old habits die hard.

    1. Now sponsored by Chandon. The vibrant sparkling wine with a boundless conquering spirit.

      1. The vibrant sparkling wine with a boundless conquering spirit.

        Amazing.

      2. The Blade Runner (@)
        30th September 2015, 16:04

        Is that a cork popping or has my gearbox just expired?

        1. It’s your mind blown.

    2. They’re just trying to find positives – at least the drink’s working.

      1. @bullfrog That’s so mean and so funny! :)

      2. Yeah, good reason to dump Ferrari. Look at Vettel’s drink bottle. It wasn’t working last race while he was leading from lights out to checkered flag… At least if he had DNF’d….

    3. Call me a conspiracionist, but that does sound like some kind of code.

      1. Yeah. It was a bit… weird.
        “we are good for drinks to the end” – what does it mean?
        And the message is too mixed up with driving and drinking.

        1. Enough fuel to be able to push full out.

    4. Yep, blatantly giving him information about fuel usage.

  3. Vettel comes with 2 different settings. He can be set up to “race”, or to “race hard”.

  4. Did I miss something? What’s with the paracetamol for Rosberg? Was he ill?

    1. during grid walk they were saying hes having head-ache.

    2. The Blade Runner (@)
      30th September 2015, 16:04

      Maybe it’s code for something naughty…

      1. Haha, crossed my mind too :-) Thanks @f1007

  5. What drivers we are racing with. Unbelievable. Poor guys.

    Nice to see that Alonso thinks highly of his peers.

    1. @craig-o His post-race remarks give a bit of context to that which I think casts it in a slightly better light than the comment above.

  6. Kvyat must be the descendant of Russian sailors.

    1. Indeed, does any other driver swear as much as Dani?
      Funny as he doesn’t give this vibe in interviews, but put him in a car, and he turns in a Tarantino character.

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