Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2015

2015 United States Grand Prix team radio transcript

2015 United States Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso fumed at Felipe Massa for their lap one contact, Sebastian Vettel cursed the loss of the title and the party began for Lewis Hamilton. Here’s the team radio from Austin.

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2015 United States Grand Prix team radio transcript

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PRPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonLewis, constant speed in the pitlane, no burn-outs and it will be race start left-hand side.
PRPastor MaldonadoMark SladeIt’s finally inter conditions. There is no standing water on the track.
PRMark SladePastor MaldonadoOk.
PRMark SladePastor MaldonadoStrat 11 is fine.
PRKimi RaikkonenDavid GreenwoodStruggle a bit with the warm-up and the tyres sliding.
PRDavid GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenUnderstood.
PRDavid GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenThe start was good by the way. The initial jump was good.
PRSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoOk, just coming up to the back of the grid. All is OK from our side.
PRNico RosbergTony RossThe front tyres aren’t working at all.
PRNico HulkenbergBrad JoyceI can already see some damage to the front tyres, graining. Both fronts, left-hand and right.
PRNico RosbergTony RossI mean there is something wrong with the front tyres, yeah? They are not working at all. There are just juddering and a big understeer.
PRTony RossNico RosbergYeah Nico that sounds like they are just cold.
PRTony RossNico RosbergNico, feedback on the tyre. There is sone abrasion on the front. They do seem to be working. But we have increased the pressure. See what its like.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonI feel like the fronts are gonna take a beating.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonQuestion just to you guys. On the start, on the right it looks like its drier, there’s more water on my side. Do you want me to start downhill and then cross over or head that way and try to get ot the drier stuff sooner?
PRPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYou probably going to want to get yourself onto the dryer line sooner rather than later, rather than pointing yourself downhill. Remember don’t get sucked into the apex in turn one.
PRDave RobsonFelipe MassaOne final thing. Apparently here the boards they put up when you come back to form up on the grid show you the row number not the position number. So you’ll see a number four.
PRFelipe MassaDave RobsonOk, I see a number four on the board.
FLLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonThe track is drying out real quickly.
2Romain GrosjeanJulien Simon-ChautempsOh no, someone hit me, god.
2Julien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanWhat happened what happened?
2Romain GrosjeanJulien Simon-ChautempsSomeone hit me from behind. There is a rear puncture.
2Mark TempleFernando AlonsoRear left puncture. Rear left puncture.
3Fernando AlonsoMark TempleIt’s full of debris from the track. Full of debris.
3Felipe MassaDave RobsonYou need to check my car. I hvae something on the right side of the car.
3Dave RobsonFelipe MassaOk Felipe. So some damage to the front wing?
3Felipe MassaDave RobsonFront wing? I don’t know. I cannot see. But on the right side of the car.
3Fernando AlonsoMark TempleAh it’s crazy. We need a safety car, debris in turn eight and nine.
3Tim WrightSergio PerezGreen cal three, there may be debris T1.
3Craig GardinerFelipe NasrAre you ready for slicks now?
3Felipe NasrCraig GardinerI think it’s still a bit wet. How is my front wing though?
3Craig GardinerFelipe NasrIt’s broken you have to box. Which tyres? Do you want to go slicks now?
3Felipe NasrCraig GardinerI think it might be the only way to put us back in the race. But it’s still a bit wet.
3Craig GardinerFelipe NasrYeah you’ll have to just give it a try. Otherwise the race is done for us. Let’s give it a try, come on.
Felipe NasrCraig GardinerAh it’s too early. Too early.
Craig GardinerFelipe NasrDo you want to switch back Felipe? Are you sure? Do you think you can get it? Ok and box Felipe. We go back inter then.
Tim WrightSergio PerezVettel and Verstappen are through on Nico. He is struggling.
Nico RosbergTony RossI am dying to push more now.
Tony RossNico RosbergCopy that, copy that. We think you should just close the gap.
7Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonVery slippery out here guys, Is Nico suffering from the same thing?
7Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonI’ll see what feedback i can get, looks like tyre temps are at the very top of their operating window.
7Fernando AlonsoMark TempleWe need a Safety Car. The track is undrivable. It’s full of pieces now in turn 11.
7Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatHow’s the balance?
7Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseAll OK, bit general grip lack but I am going faster than him so I will try to get him.
7Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseWhy Lewis is so slow?
7Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatI’m not sure. You’re only a couple of seconds off what you could be able to do, that’s been fairly consistent since you caught him. So don’t worry at this time, just make sure you’re right up behind him.
Jonathan EddollsValtteri BottasVirtual Safety Car. We are going to box, go back on the inter.
Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI am going faster than him. So I will try to get him.
Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOk understood. Pick your moment wisely.
Tony RossNico RosbergSeeing marshals coming off the track. So it may not be long. Just think about that delta.
Valtteri BottasJonathan EddollsThe suspension broke again. Like in qualifying. The rear suspension is broken.
Jonathan EddollsValtteri BottasCopy. Box. Straight back into the garage.
Sergio PerezTim WrightYeah the track conditions are improving.
8Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieHow the [censored by FOM] did Nico pass us?
8Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoWe’ll double-check.
9Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOk Dani, there is not a lot you could have done about that, mate. So just keep your head down and let’s get back into the groove.
9Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrHow long before a dry, Carlos, you think?
9Carlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaFive laps.
9Tony RossNico RosbergNo more rain expected. Just think about the tyres. But obviously you can make a move.
10Jenson ButtonTom StallardWe’ve got to do something soon because this is embarrassing.
10Tom StallardJenson ButtonSo Jenson. Do you think this set will last until the track dries?
10Jenson ButtonTom StallardIt matters what you mean by ‘last’, obviously now they are pretty awful but I wouldn’t want to put a new set on. Definitely not a new set.
Mark SladePastor MaldonadoOK Pastor. How are the tyres?
Pastor MaldonadoMark Slade[Unclear]
Jenson ButtonTom StallardI’m starting to find a bit more grip now, obviously because the tread’s running down.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonOK Jenson that’s good. Grosjean’s just tride a [soft], I’ll keep you updated.
11Mark TempleFernando AlonsoSector one and sector three look close to crossover. Sector two looks still inters to us. Grosjean has just pitted for [softs], I’ll let you know how his pace looks.
11Fernando AlonsoMark TemplePossibility of rain? Zero?
11Mark TempleFernando AlonsoAt the minute zero chance of rain.
11Fernando AlonsoMark TempleThank you. That is unbelievable. They ruin our race and no rain, Safety Cars or nothing.
11Mark TempleFernando AlonsoLooking at other cars the graining on the inters is clearing a bit so we should keep pushing through that and lap times should pick up again.
12Julien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanOK Romain we will box and retire the car.
12Romain GrosjeanJulien Simon-Chautemps[Sighs] Yeah. Who hit me in the first corner?
12Julien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanYeah sorry we tried to… I think it was Bottas. OK box, box.
12Romain GrosjeanJulien Simon-ChautempsYes I’m trying to some to the box.
12Julien Simon-ChautempsRomain GrosjeanOK, no problem.
12Romain GrosjeanJulien Simon-ChautempsWhen the bad luck is on your side, it’s on your side.
12Alan PermaneRomain GrosjeanRomain just to fill you in on why we stopped you there, the front brakes are going crazy temperatures, there is something damaged on the back, we thought we could clear it and have a gamble on slicks but the duct itself is damaged so you’re not going to finish the race anyway.
13Nico RosbergTony RossThat was not a safe coming back onto the track.
13Kimi RaikkonenDavid GreenwoodWhy I don’t get the DRS if I’m up so close?
13David GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenOK we will check. Fuel temp for performance.
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensThe track is getting drier and drier. My tyres are getting more and more used.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonOk, copy that.
Dave RobsonFelipe MassaOK Felipe, how is the track now?
Felipe MassaDave RobsonI don’t know if it’s enough. But it’s close.
16Kimi RaikkonenDavid GreenwoodRaikkonen was unhappy with Verstappen.
That guy keeps pushing me off the circuit every time, when I’m next to him. So if that’s legal then I will do the same next time.
16David GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenUnderstood. We’re checking with Charlie.
18Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoDon’t go bananas now. We want to dictate when we stop.
18Max VerstappenXevi PujolarMy left-front is completely gone.
18Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelFeedback on tyres when you can – how far to the crossover?
18Sebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiYeah, they are pretty done. But I can keep going like that.
18Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonStruggling out here with the rears.
18Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK, we are thinking to switching to [soft] very soon. What do you think?
18Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonI don’t really have much choice. My rears are going.
18Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo box box.
Mark TempleFernando AlonsoOk, [soft] tyres are definitely quicker now. This set seems to be going off so box this lap. Confirm.
Fernando AlonsoMark TempleOK.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonMany cars pitting. Let’s push now. Let’s make these laps count.
Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergThinking about slicks. What’s your thoughts?
Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceSome places are OK,but some places still damp.
Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieHow did Hamilton’s sectors look?
Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoI cannot tell you sectors. He’s quick enough.
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensBox, box.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonCopy, box. What’s the problem Marcus?
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensI spun in the entry.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonNo reply broadcast.
Ok, copy. Do you want to switch tyres?
20David GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenOK we’re ready with tyres and a new nose.
20Kimi RaikkonenDavid GreenwoodOK.
Carlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaA lot of clipping still guys, come on.
Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrSwing four.
22Tony RossNico RosbergSo Nico it will be stint plus five on this set. You’re currently on lap two of the stint…
22Nico RosbergTony RossIs there another pit stop?
22Tony RossNico RosbergAffirm.
22Nico RosbergTony RossVisor clean at the next stop.
22Tony RossNico RosbergCopy that, Nico, copy that.
Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergSo we’re in P7. You’re catching Verstappen 1s a lap.
Mark TempleFernando AlonsoOK Fernando we are now P14, Raikkonen comfortably behind at the moment. There could be opportunities for a point if we keep going, there’s been plenty of retirements so far.
23Tony RossNico RosbergSo good job Nico. So just get your head down, build yourself a gap.
Tim WrightSergio PerezNico ahead is fastest car on circuit. 46.0.
24Felipe MassaDave RobsonI got a problem on the car. I got a problem. Box, box, box. The suspension is jumping, some problem, I think it’s maybe the damper or whatever.
24Dave RobsonFelipe MassaUnderstood. Box this lap. Box this lap.
24Felipe MassaDave RobsonCheck the tyres as well, maybe could be on the tyres.
24Dave RobsonFelipe MassaNo Felipe, it’s a problem. We need to retire the car
26David GreenwoodKimi RaikkonenI am afraid the right front brake temperature is going through the roof. So we need to slow down and box. We need to retire I’m afraid, Kimi.
Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonThink about trying more rearwards on B-Bal to get some temps into the rears.
Mark TempleFernando AlonsoMassa has retired. We’re now P13.
Fernando AlonsoMark TempleHe had a penalty for the start, Massa, or no?
Mark TempleFernando AlonsoNo, Fernando, no penalty. He has retired. He had to retire.
Fernando AlonsoMark TempleWell I am not sad for that. How far are the points?
Mark TempleFernando AlonsoOk, Fernando. Points are 50 seconds away. But we’re gaining on Maldonado at P11, 2.5 s a lap.
28Tony RossNico RosbergSafety Car. You’re staying out. Keep the delta positive.
Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonIs there a big temperature difference between our tyres, because I have no grip out here?
Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonNot a big difference, Lewis, just keep doing what you’re doing, working those tyres. We have fuel to burn.
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensI lost all power.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonWe had a brake by wire fail-safe. Can you continue?
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensNo, the engine shut down.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonEngine shut down? OK, copy that.
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensFerrari’s power unit can be started using the MGU-K alone/
I need to get the starter working.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonCan we try with the MGU-K?
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensI tried. Nothing happens.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonOK if it’s in first gear, remember don’t pull the clutch.
Marcus EricssonErik SchuivensIt’s completly dead when I press the button.
Erik SchuivensMarcus EricssonOK, copy that Marcus. No fire up, no fire up. Full switch off procedure, Marcus.
30Sergio PerezTim WrightThe rear is locking quite a lot, the down shift is extremely harsh.
Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseWell that’s what you see, I don’t know, the tyre is still was cold, to be honest. I’d say a bit of general sliding, a bit of the brakes are lacking quite a lot. Seems like the brakes are really cold.
Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatYeah, so temperature wise, we’re at the low end for this [soft] tyre. So I think as lap times come down, energy will come up and hopefully that will improve things.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardWow. Struggling to warm them up. Hopefuly the [medium] runners are worse.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonJenson keep working the brakes. Situation is this: You’re P9, Hulkenberg P7, Perez P8. Behind you you’ve got Sainz, Maldonado and Fernando, all those cars pitted.
Tony RossNico RosbergSo lapped cars may overtake. So stay on line. There’s three to come through. Alonso was the one immediately behind you.
Sergio PerezTim WrightThe downshift is extremely harsh.
Tim WrightSergio PerezOk, Checo, we’re looking into it. Brake temperatures are ok.
31Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatBe aware, it could be fairly tricky on the restart.
31Tony RossNico RosbergSo Nico when it does go we expect the lights to go out around turn 12 and then you would control the pace.
32Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonIs there a different line into T1 because I don’t know, braking is quite slippery, it’s easy to lock up, are drivers going deep?
32Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonI’m afraid I can’t comment on line, Lewis.
Fernando AlonsoMark TempleThe circuit is now completely dry.
Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonIs there a different line into T1. Cause under braking it’s quite slippery, it’s easy to lock up. Are drivers going deep.
Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonAfraid I can’t comment on line, Lewis.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonFernando has warmer tyres, having pushed to catch up.
Tony RossNico RosbergPressures are good. But tyres still cold. So grip will be low. But bottoming should be ok.
Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenGood job, Max.
Nicolas PerrinAlexander RossiReally great job Alex. DRS is enabled. Let’s see if we can get him back.
Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelGood job boy, keep pushing.
36Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelTry to avoid the bump between 11 and 12, it’s quite an important one for reliabiltiy try to avoid it.
Carlos Sainz JnrMarco MatassaMy seat is moving a lot.
Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrUnderstood, understood.
Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK Max good job, remember many laps to go.
37Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRicciardo and Hulkenbeg collided.
Daniel, if the car is ok, stay out. Otherwise we’re ready for you.
37Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieI have damage, but I’ll stay out.
Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergPits for a front wing. Park it, park it in a safe position.
Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieLots of some oversteer in right-hand corners.
Tony RossNico RosbergSo Nico, Information. Vettel, nine seconds behind, is going to the end. We need to make one more stop. VSC, so box box box. Keep the delta positive.
38Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoWe are stacking the cars.
39Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOk Lewis, we’ll just have a look at Nico’s tyre conditions and make some decisions from there. So we’ve got Vettel a car behind and we think he might be going till the end.
39Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonHow much of a disadvantage am I in, with the tyre situation?
39Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonWe’re going to have a look at the tyres now mate. Make an assesment.
39Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, you will have ten laps remaining, just keep it nice and clean.
Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatThat is a new [medium]. Ricciardo behind on new [soft]. This tyre may well suit the conditions better.
Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonWe think its going to be a front limitation. Do you think you can get to the end?
Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonI really couldn’t say, man. I have understeer. So maybe not.
40Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonHow big a gap do I need to the people behind?
40Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo we need to find another ten seconds to Vettel. Not sure if we’re going to be able to do it on this tyre set.
Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonI need you to give me a little more information please so I know what to do.
Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOk Lewis, target lap time high 42. We got Verstappen in our pit window, 10s behind. We need to find another ten to push him out.
Tim WrightSergio PerezThe three cars ahead on soft may struggle towards the end. Your temperatures are building nicely.
Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseI crashed. Sorry guys. Sorry.
Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOk, Dani.
Sebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiOK it was my best shot.
Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelNo problem mate. We do our race.
Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatAnything break there Dani, or was that just a mistake?
Daniil KvyatGianpiero LambiaseMy mistake.
Gianpiero LambiaseDaniil KvyatOK, understood. P1, P0, mate.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardI’m worried with the amount of front graining we have on the left, because we have massive oversteer, that we will lose those positions anyway.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonJenson, there is 13 laps to go. If you are sure you need to pit we can pit. It will cost you four positions. P5 to P9.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardHow does Fernando feel the tyres are?
Tom StallardJenson ButtonLittle graining, a little graining. All other cars on the same age of tyre. Just keep driving to the delta. We’ll see if we catch the safety car.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardIf we don’t, if we think we can make it, I think we should pit. Only losing two places isn’t a problem.
45Mark TempleFernando AlonsoJenson pitted. His graining was worse than ours. He was struggling with the tyres more.
45Xevi PujolarMax VerstappenWe do not want to damage the tyres with Vettel. Tyre lift still on the limit.
46Tom StallardJenson ButtonSo the cars that pitted, we are ahead of. Perez in front on old [medium]. And Fernando stayed out as well.
46Jenson ButtonTom StallardHow old are their tyres?
46Tom StallardJenson Button19 laps, Jenson. Ricciardo 7 laps. Fernando from that first safety car. Ricciardo from that Virtual Safety Car.
46Jenson ButtonTom StallardThis is good, I feel, guys.
46Tom StallardJenson ButtonYeah Jenson we’ve passed Perez before, this is good, got good tyre delta, got time to make this work.
46Tim WrightSergio PerezCheco, all tyres will be fine to the end. So you can just push to build temperature on them. McLaren have split their cars. Button now behind Ricciardo on a soft. Alonso still ahead.
46Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOk Lewis. You’ll have ten laps remaining. Just keep it nice and clean.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonJenson, red button. red button.
Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelKeep your head down, till the end.
Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrScenario five available. Come on, chilli, push.
49Sebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiWhat happened there?
49Riccardo AdamiSebastian VettelRosberg went off and lost the lead to Hamilton.
He had a problem. Went off-line. Try to catch him now. But he went just off-line once.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardThe gear shifts are really bad on the back straight.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonOK Jenson normal problem should be OK now.
50Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrYou are on fire, mate. Keep pushing.
51Fernando AlonsoMark TempleStrange vibration coming from the engine on the power. Anything to do with the [unclear] deformation, maybe?
51Mark TempleFernando AlonsoAll is OK, we think, for the moment. We will keep checking. Keep going. Keep focused.
51Fernando AlonsoMark TempleIt is not ok, no power. What we can do?
51Mark TempleFernando AlonsoFor the moment nothing. We are still investigating. I’ll let you know if there’s something we can.
51Fernando AlonsoMark TempleOk I’ll come in.
51Mark TempleFernando AlonsoFernando stay out, we’re still in the points.
51Fernando AlonsoMark TempleNot any more. In lap.
51Mark TempleFernando AlonsoStay out, we are still in the points.
51Fernando AlonsoMark TempleOK when I am not in the points, I come in.
Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoAlonso ahead in P10 is slow. He is in the last corner. You might catch him up.
Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, Rossi ahead is a position.
Fernando AlonsoMark TempleHow much is a pit stop? I think I need a new set of tyres.
Mark TempleFernando AlonsoFernando, that would drop us to last, we need to stay out. There’s only three laps to go after this.
Tim WrightSergio PerezButton behind is in your DRS. He is racing Sainz behind him.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardHe is a bit of a nutter, is he?
Tom StallardJenson ButtonOK, Jenson. Two more laps. We need to be within five seconds of Sainz and there may still be the opprotunity with Perez.
Marco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrAnd now we need the two quali laps. Big push to open the gap as much as possible.
Jenson ButtonTom StallardI need a gap at the end of this lap.
Tom StallardJenson ButtonSo this is the last lap. And gap is 1.8.
VLPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis. I think you’ve done it mate. Just need to see what Nico does. That is it! world champion pal! world champion.
VLPaddy LoweLewis HamiltonThree times world champion, Lewis!
VLUnknownLewis HamiltonYou’ve only gone and done it, mate!
VLPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonI’m feeling it, pal. I’m feeling it.
VLPaddy LoweLewis HamiltonHow good does that sound, Lewis? Three times world champion.
VLLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonIt’s the greatest moment of my life. Thank you guys so much. That was… I’m just so greatful, thank you. To my family, I love you all. Thank you.
VLPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton was told not to get carried away with his post-race celebrations.
Just bring it home Lewis. We got to look after the race car, mate, we’re going to need it next week. So let’s just look after the car, mate, and have some fun tonight.
VLAlexander RossiChequered flag, that is P12, well done mate, really good drive.
VLMark TempleFernando AlonsoOK Fernando that’s the end of the race, let’s go to G2. P11, we’ll have to see what happens, pretty tough one.
VLGuillaume RocquelinDaniel RicciardoGood job mate. Eventful race. You did what you could. It was a pleasure. Good job.
VLDaniel RicciardoGuillaume RocquelinThanks Rocky. Cheers, guys. Yeah, worked a lot better on inters. Thanks anyways guys.
VLChristian HornerDaniel RicciardoGood effort Daniel. If it had stopped at lap 20 it would have looked better. Just looked like we struggled on warm-up on restarts.
VLCraig GardinerFelipe NasrOk Felipe, End of race. P9.
VLFelipe NasrCraig GardinerThat was a hard one. Anyway two points, we take it.
VLMark SladePastor MaldonadoP8 Pastor. So some more points in the bag.
VLMarco MatassaCarlos Sainz JnrYes Carlos, yes! P6, bravo! Plus the five seconds we are clear on Maldonado so P7. Really good performance, mate.
VLTom StallardJenson ButtonFinal gap to Sainz, 2.4. So you are P7 on track. Order is Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Verstappen, Perez, Sainz, yourself, Maldonado, Nasr and Fernando. Sainz’s penalty will be applied. That means Hamilton is world champion.
VLJenson ButtonTom StallardWhat, Verstappen’s penalty will be applied, that means Hamilton will be world champion? That means we’ll be P6! Haha.
VLTom StallardJenson ButtonYes mate. P6. Lovely job. These are your conditions as always and you’ve done a great job today.
VLJenson ButtonTom StallardCheers, yeah. I don’t think we can be happy with ourselves, though, in terms of performance. It was a long way off from where I expected. Good job guys, a long way from what we needed but positive day today in terms of points haul.
VLXevi PujolarMax VerstappenOK Max P4, good job, very well done.
VLMax VerstappenXevi PujolarThat was a good race, thank you guys, really good.
VLRiccardo AdamiSebastian VettelYes, P3, well done.
VLSebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiSorry I tried. I was too far away.
VLMaurizio ArrivabeneSebastian VettelBravo Seb, una grande gara, complimentia [a great race, well done].
VLSebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiGrazie ragazzi [thanks boys]. The car was great. Even if we didn’t have preparation. Is the championship game over?
VLRiccardo AdamiSebastian VettelYes, affirmative.
VLSebastian VettelRiccardo AdamiAh shit. The first part I should have done a better job judging the conditions, it was ready for dries a bit sooner. After that is was OK, we did everything we could. Grazie.
VLRiccardo AdamiSebastian VettelYeah from the wall we had the impression that was pitting earlier but is OK. Think was a very, very solid job again. Another podium.
VLTony RossNico RosbergMagic off.
VLNico RosbergTony RossI don’t know what the hell that was.
VLTony RossNico RosbergOK copy that, copy that. We’ll have a good look afterwards.
VLTony Ross

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26 comments on “2015 United States Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. Ok, so who else is scrolling straight to the’Nando vs Massa text?

  2. Super race for all those fans of tyre management discussions!

    1. Oh yes, sir! I did enjoy black stuff talks thoroughly. Why not award another uselles trophey likeThe Rubber king trophey for the guy does least pit-stops during a season? With his great sense of humorJenson might appreciate it and fight for the title.

  3. Fernando seems very downbeat. Can’t blame him though.
    I’m sure he looks forward to the winter break. Mclaren should let him of the hook for any sponsor activities and give him some space this winter.

  4. Interesting read as always.. Swing four for Sainz? Magic off for Rosberg? What the hell, haha..
    Also, Alonso asking for new tyres three laps from the end when he’s still in P10 and has a hauling Ricciardo behind him? What’s that all about!?

  5. Drivers still asking for stuff their engineers can’t answer.

    1. Well I’m more surprised Hamilton didn’t get an answer though.

  6. Interesting to note that it was Lowe who emphasised “three times” world champion, being the only guy on the pit wall who was with Lewis for all three of them

    1. Yeah. He can’t win without Lowe.

  7. @keithcollantine I thought that Rocky stood in as Ricciardo’s engineer for the US GP as Simon Rennie was in the UK.

    1. My point being, the transmissions attributed earlier to Simon Rennie are in fact Rocky speaking

      1. Ferrari’s power unit can be started using the MGU-K alone

        Is this only true for Ferrari PU? Very interesting.

  8. Since Hamilton won the championship him asking for racing lines and getting overtaken by Rosberg on track is pretty much ignored…

    1. The reason that Rosberg drove by was answered by the radio conversation that his tyres were gone.

      Guess seeing a line when you are behind a safety car is not easy. Al lot of drivers were asking about what other cars were doing though and they did get answers.

    2. All that would do is draw attention to the fact that Rosberg hardly ever passes Hamilton on track.

  9. Funny how Hamilton is told before the start: “Remember don’t get sucked into the apex in turn one.” He made sure he drove a wide line then …

  10. Jenson Button Tom Stallard He is a bit of a nutter, is he?

    Who is he referring to? Perez or Sainz?

    1. Sainz, I believe. Remember last race Button got him penalized for crossing the pit lane line as well. Sainz penalized for breaching all sorts of pit lane rules throughout the season. Numerous times for speeding, missing the weightbridge, crossing the lines, etc. He’s fast but seems quite clumsy.

      1. Makes sense, but why would Button bring this up three laps before the end. What happened then?

        1. Unless someone did something odd at that point, probably Button was just informed about the penalty and it was his reaction to that. Lap 50 was when Sainz started following Button from right behind.

  11. Hi,

    Sort of crazy all kinds of things driver expect from ingineers nowadays. E.g., if we look at HAM:
    _ Is there a different line into T1 because I don’t know, braking is quite slippery, it’s easy to lock up, are drivers going deep?

    _ How big a gap do I need to the people behind?
    _ I need you to give me a little more information please so I know what to do.

    Of course plenty of other examples with other drivers and in other races.

    Weird way of racing we see today.

    1. Why is it a weird way of racing? I don’t have problems with the prohibition of driver coaching through the radio, but why shouldn’t a driver be coached? A football player gets coached throughout the match, so does a racing cyclist. It’s not that a football player forgot how to shoot or that a cyclist forgot how to race a bike. But when a racing driver asks for coaching it’s absurd because he should know how to drive.

      1. Well I call it weird because it very different from what used to be racing. Even not going back to antediluvian times, you can just check how it was in Prost/Mansell era for instance (according to their declarations, it was different).
        I don’t mean it’s good or bad, just saying it’s weird. Maybe one could think the same about passing gear from the wheel for instance. Maybe in some years there’ll be no more pedals and one could find it weird.

        Second, it really demonstrates (not just these quotes, but the transcript of these last couple of years more globally) how much racing is now managing more than pushing, at all levels in the group (1st place, 3rd place, but also 10th and so on).

    2. Drivers have always been warned about slippery parts of track in corners or braking zones. Or about what gap they need to the car behind to make a safe stop.

      What I do find weird is when the pit wall tells drivers to brake later, gives instructions on how to better attempt an overtake or things like that which the driver really should know themselves. Rob Smedley often felt the need to do that.

      1. Please see my answer above, especially regarding gaps vs managing rather than pushing.

        But also, regarding wet parts: I take it some driver informs its team, which can then give the information to the team-mate
        and also the other teams listen to that and can warn their drivers
        (I don’t think the paddock has another way to really see wet parts (besides tv, which probably is not often useful)). It’s of course fine, and any transmission for safety reason should in my opinion be allowed.
        I think it’s a bit different when a driver starts to ask how the others are racing into a corner. I can remember some wet race when one driver took very different lines from all the others… and won.

        But once again, I don’t say it’s good or bad, just noticing it’s different from what used to be, from the habit. Hence weird in the sense “different from what was the custom”, if it can be used that way.

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