Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Spa-Francorchamps, 2016

2016 Belgian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2016 Belgian Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen’s furious complaints about Max Verstappen provided the most memorable team radio discussions during the Belgian Grand Prix.

The pair have clashed several times this year, but on this occasion Raikkonen went so far as to accuse his rival of deliberately trying to cause a collision with him.

One of the most revealing messages of the race involved Nico Hulkenberg, who asked whether his team could take fuel out of his car during the race stoppage as he expected he would have too much for the rest of the race and wanted to ensure his car was running as lightly as possible.

Two of his team members showed their awareness of article 30.1 (c) of the Spotting Regulations which forbids this: “Fuel may not be added to nor removed from a car during a race.” But cunningly, the team made a point of periodically firing up their engine to burn off some of the excess fuel weight.

Despite the relaxation in the radio rules at the previous race in Germany there was no appreciable increase in the number of messages being broadcast to fans: just 54 were heard.

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2016 Belgian Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap*DriverMessage
1From Kimi RaikkonenI don’t know, I have something damaged.
1From Sebastian VettelOK check the wing, I don’t think the car is OK. What happened there?
1To Sebastian Vettel

Tyres are fine.
1From Sebastian VettelBut I have damage.
2From Carlos Sainz JnrPuncture, puncture, [censored by FOM] hell, puncture.
4To Kimi Raikkonen

OK Kimi so we are going to get blues for these guys behind unless we can pull away from them. They’ll be, obviously, some guys we can’t pull away from. So we will get some blues, but we’re just going to have to do the best job we can.
4From Max VerstappenThey just turned into me.
6To Jolyon Palmer

Safety Car. For info Kevin had a big crash in Eau Rouge, he’s fine. P7, Safety Car.
6From Daniel RicciardoAt the moment just struggling with the front. It’s not helping rear on exits. But front’s really weak.
6To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel, understood.
7To Lewis Hamilton

So the incident is at the top of Eau Rouge on the right-hand side.
7From Lewis HamiltonIs the driver OK?
7To Lewis Hamilton

Yep. It’s Magnussen, driver OK.
8From Fernando AlonsoListen, I don’t have any more data. It stopped working, so I will follow the car in front, probably.
8To Fernando Alonso

Yep, do that, we’ll get back to you once we investigate.
9From Nico HulkenbergSo on the super-soft we’re similar pace to the Red Bull, yeah.
9To Nico Hulkenberg

Yeah, similar pace to the Red bull who is on soft.
9To Nico Rosberg

And Nico just let us know can you see anything on the rear tyres at the moment?
9From Nico RosbergNegative.
10To Fernando Alonso

So Fernando we think most cars only have a single prime and a back-up remaining so they’re going to be on plan A. But we will evaluate during the stint.
10From Nico HulkenbergCan we take some fuel out now and run optimally or not allowed?
10To Nico Hulkenberg

Not allowed. We’re doing fire-ups as much as we can.
10To Nico Hulkenberg

No we’re not allowed but we should be firing up to run some fuel out.
10To Sebastian Vettel

They need to repair the barriers, that’s why, for the crash.
10From Sebastian VettelYeah I thought so.
13From Kimi RaikkonenDo I have to let the Red Bull past? Because it’s clear his only interest is pushing me off the circuit completely. If I wouldn’t go straight he’s just hitting me.
13From Kimi RaikkonenHey come on this is [censored by FOM] ridiculous now, he’s just fucking turning when I’m going full speed on the right.
13To Kimi Raikkonen

Copy, copy, ridiculous.
15To Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo both now your front and rear tyres are too hot. Suggest…
15From Jolyon PalmerWhat should I do about it?
15To Jolyon Palmer

Lift and cost.
15To Max Verstappen

Max how is the balance? And front wing update for the next stint.
15From Max VerstappenI’m understeering high speed but I have very low grip in the low-speed corners.
18To Lewis Hamilton

Nice work, Lewis. So we’ve got Ricciardo.
20From Kimi RaikkonenCheck if I have a [censored by FOM] puncture again on the left-front.
20To Kimi Raikkonen

Pressure is good at the minute, Kimi.
20From Max VerstappenI have no grip in the low-speed corners. Feels like I’m not having the grip like normal.
21From Lewis HamiltonRears starting to slide a lot.
22To Nico Rosberg

So Nico we’re happy for you to push that tyre, go plan B.
23From Lewis HamiltonAm I in a bad position having to stop so soon?
23To Lewis Hamilton

Negative, some cars are stopping ahead of us now so let’s not worry about it, just get our head down.
24To Nico Hulkenberg

Did Alonso hit you?
24From Nico HulkenbergYes.
30To Daniel Ricciardo

So like I say make his life hard, it’ll help us at the end of the race.
30To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel left rear tyre’s a little bit warm, just watch that left-rear.
31To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel you’re doing a very good job mate, let’s keep it smooth. You’re on top of tyre temperatures now.
32To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis it won’t be long now, our pit window is nearly clear. Still Hulkenberg just hovering on the edge.
33From Lewis HamiltonNot sure that’s the right idea.
33To Lewis Hamilton

We think it is, it’s a good tyre, it’s looking good.
42To Valtteri Bottas

We can get him, he’s going to be a sitting duck, so let’s hunt Alonso down.
VLTo Nico Rosberg

Woo! Excellent job. Really good drive. That was a stint on that first set of medium, Nico. Top job on that first set of medium, just pulled away from everybody.
VLTo Nico Rosberg

Fantastic drive Nico, well done.
VLFrom Nico RosbergThank you Paddy, awesome result.

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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2 comments on “2016 Belgian Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. My favourite bit from the radio that weekend to Valtteri Bottas
    “Alonso is a sitting duck!!!”

  2. Someone make a compilation of Kimi’s best radios….

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