Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2016

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix

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The Hungarian Grand Prix turned out to be the final race before the restrictions on radio communications were lifted.

Among the few radio messages which were broadcast to television viewers was one involving Jenson Button which led to him receiving a penalty for receiving forbidden assistance.

However while fans only heard a small fraction of the discussions which were going on, this was the second race in a row where teams were able to listen in on all of their rivals’ communications. Some had multiple team members listening to the communications of several drivers at once in a bid to ensure they didn’t miss a useful scrap of information.

The radio communication ban was lifted at the following race. Look out for the German Grand Prix team radio transcript coming up shortly on F1 Fanatic.

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2016 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* Driver Message
PR From Lewis Hamilton Have to refill my drinks bag, if you can. For whatever reason I think the tube has come loose and it’s unplugged from my helmet.
PR From Max Verstappen Guys this is so difficult to drive.
5 From Jenson Button Pedal’s going to the floor. What’s the problem?
5 To Jenson Button

OK Jenson, we’re looking.
5 To Jenson Button

Jenson do not shift, we’ve lost hydraulic pressure.
5 From Jenson Button So game over.
6 To Jenson Button

Jenson stay out, stay out.
6 From Jenson Button Oh, fantastic. Race from hell this is going to be.
8 To Max Verstappen

You are still within DRS of Ricciardo.
8 From Max Verstappen I’m driving like a grandma.
14 From Jenson Button So the brake pedal going to the floor isn’t classed as a safety issue. That’s quite interesting. Think someone needs to read up on what is safe and what isn’t.
20 From Lewis Hamilton I’m struggling for pace.
21 To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel doing a good job mate. Mercedes both doing 26.9, you are one second quicker than them at the moment and you are six seconds behind Rosberg.
25 To Lewis Hamilton

So just need to pick the pace up a little bit.
25 From Lewis Hamilton I’m working on it.
28 To Kimi Raikkonen

Pace is still good Kimi, just hang on in there.
33 To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis so Ricciardo’s about to get onto the back of the train so we really need to open this gap up.
33 From Lewis Hamilton Well I’m driving to the best of my ability on these tyres.
33 To Lewis Hamilton

OK copy that Lewis. If these cars bunch up then we’ll be bringing Nico in first.
33 From Lewis Hamilton Well why would they do that? It’s not like I’m driving slow, I’m trying.
33 To Lewis Hamilton

Yeah Lewis just the risk is we’re putting the win in jeopardy.
37 From Sebastian Vettel Come on, blue flag. [Censored by FOM] that’s ridiculous.
38 To Max Verstappen

OK Max so we’ve had one warning of going off-track at turn 11. Turn 11, track limits.
46 From Sergio Perez So what happened there, guys? Why you were not ready.
46 To Sergio Perez

Understood Checo, let’s focus.
48 From Sebastian Vettel Blue flag, I mean come on, seriously.
50 To Max Verstappen

Max, track limits, turn four.
50 From Max Verstappen Yeah I know, I ran wide, but I lost a lot of time.
50 To Max Verstappen

That is two warnings now, Max.
54 To Fernando Alonso

And Fernando we’ve had final warning for track limits.
54 From Fernando Alonso We are on two or three?
54 To Fernando Alonso

We are at three. That was final warning.
58 From Kimi Raikkonen He moved right and then back to left when I was going there. I took my [censored by FOM] front wing off.
58 To Kimi Raikkonen

Copy, copy, keep pushing on the way in.
61 From Max Verstappen Kimi is going out of the track limits.
62 From Jenson Button Box this lap, box this lap.
62 To Jenson Button

Jenson back off, we’re going to retire the car.
70 From Kimi Raikkonen He’s not stopping moving then we will hit each other.
70 To Kimi Raikkonen

70 From Kimi Raikkonen Because I move first so [censored by FOM] don’t move after that. I have nothing that I could do once I decided that I go inside and he turns after that in front of me.
VL To Lewis Hamilton

Awesome race Lewis. Mega result. Well done mate, great stuff.
VL To Lewis Hamilton

Great job Lewis fantastic drive.
VL From Lewis Hamilton As always guys thanks for all your hard work this weekend, everyone back at the factory. This is agreat result for the team and I appreciate all the hard work. Thank you.

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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4 comments on “2016 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. blue flag, come on maaaaan. I like Seb, but I will call him blue flag from now on. He says it in every race.

    1. Funnily enough I’ve noticed both Ferrari drivers like to say that a lot, it seems to be there thing. Alonso said it quite a bit too

  2. “So the brake pedal going to the floor isn’t classed as a safety issue. That’s quite interesting. Think someone needs to read up on what is safe and what isn’t.”
    I wonder how much this message contributed to the rethink on radio communications restrictions.

  3. I love to see Alonso using everything he can to finish at the highest position possible, the three track limits warnings included.

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