“It was really boring”: 2017 Abu Dhabi GP radio highlights

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen was one of several disappointed drivers who spent the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stuck behind one of their rivals.

Here’s the team radio highlights from the final race of 2017.

Sergio Perez was unhappy with Nico Hulkenberg’s corner-cutting at the start.

Start, Yas Marina, 2017
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To Hamilton: “Still headwind turn two, it may have rotated compared to yesterday so more of a tailwind turn eight.”

Grosjean: “Thanks for waiting, I’ve finished my drink.”
“No problem, that was a big drink.”

“To Alonso: “Fernando tyre info: prime [soft] runners are Wehrlein, Ericsson and Hartley, everyone else on option [ultra-soft].”

Hamilton: “The fumes have been pretty strong.”
“Yeah that’s Ricciardo behind you quite smoky.”

Perez: “Hulkenberg cut the corner.”

Hulkenberg: “He pushed me off the track, he made me run wide there.”

Raikkonen: “Something flew out of my car, hit me in the head on top of the car, don’t know what it was.”

Perez: “He needs to give back the position, then.”
“Understood. Charlie is aware.”

Perez: “What’s going on with Charlie, man?”
“It’s with the stewards.”
Perez: “They don’t have to be a genius to realise that he cut the corner and he gained an advantage.”
Perez: “We discussed that on the drivers briefing.”

Ocon: “By the way Hulkenberg cut the track.”
“Copy that.”

Vandoorne: “Honestly I have no rear grip. Is there anything i can do?”
“You can go forward on brake balance but we risk front locking.”

Perez: “Come on Charlie.”
“Hulkenberg will get a five second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.”
Perez: “That’s not fair. But anyway let’s focus on this.”
“We understand. Focus and we’ll get back ahead oat the pit stop so let’s get close to him.”

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Lance Stroll called for an early pit stop which turned out to be the first of three for the struggling Williams driver.

Start, Yas Marina, 2017
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“You need to obey turn 11 dotted line.”
Grosjean: “I can crash if they want. Starting to get a bit fed up of their rules.”

Stroll: “Can we box this lap? I would really suggest it. I would rather go all the way.
“Stand by.”
Stroll: “No time to stand by.”
“Stand by, Lance.”
Stroll: “Yeah but I have two major flat spots… Box box box. I have to box. Box now.”
“OK, box this lap, box this lap.”

Alonso: “Tell me the distance with Massa on the start/finish line every lap.”
“OK understood.”

Verstappen: “Ah I missed a gearshift, somehow it jumped out.”
“Copy that, keep on it.”

Perez: “What did you do with front wing?”
“Exactly what you asked.”
Perez: “And what did I ask?”
“You didn’t want to go too low.”

Daniel Ricciardo suspected he had a puncture but it turned out to be the first signs of a hydraulic problem which put him out.

Ricciardo: “Think I’ve got a puncture boxing. Sorry. Something felt wrong on the front.”

Ricciardo: “Something on the front still feels weird.”

Ricciardo: “I think I’m losing power steering.”
“OK understood. Do not shift gear if you can.”
Ricciardo: “Want me to stay in sixth? It’s gone, it’s gone. [Loud sigh]”
“OK mate. We’ve got a hydraulic problem. Go mode one and switch off mate. I can see what you’re doing, just pull as far off the track as you can. You were doing a really good job until that point. You were quicker than Raikkonen behind you. Go to P0.”

“Daniel is slow ahead.”
Verstappen: “What happened to him?”
“Car issue.”

The race’s only other retirement was Carlos Sainz Jnr after the team failed to attached one of his wheels correctly.

Sainz: “Yeah one tyre is not on. [Censored by FOM].”
“Stop the car. Try to avoid causing a Safety Car.”

Stroll: “Maybe, can I just box? Just to do something different with they tyres? Maybe I can learn something.”
“Stroll: “Because now it’s kind of a waste of time.”
“OK box, Lance, box.”

“You are getting some warnings on your dash. You can ignore them.”
Hulkenberg: “OK.”

Hamilton: “Can’t follow this [censored by FOM] here.”

The final win of 2017 went to Valtteri Bottas, while Renault were pleased to take sixth place in the constructors’ championship from Toro Rosso.

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2017
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“Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. So well-managed. Thank you Valtteri.”
Bottas: “Yes. That felt good. It’s a nice way to end, like this.”

“That’s it Nico, fantastic.”
Hulkenberg: “Thank you guys, good job, good job.”
“Absolutely Nico. There was a few errors there we need to sort out but otherwise really great stuff. We’ve got what we needed. Absolutely brilliant. Well done mate. Thank you for your part, superbly judged.”
Hulkenberg: “No worries, it’s what I’m here for. Thank you guys too. Enjoyed the first year. Let’s look forward to the next few at least, also. Let’s just pull hard to go for bigger results.”
“Thanks a lot. Magic. Merci.”

“P3 Sebastian, P3. Nice job. Thank you for the season.”
Vettel: “Thanks to everyone. Thanks for all your hours. Your hard work, commitment, your passion, your love for racing. Thank you.”

“Well done Max. Pretty boring race but well done. Bad luck. We will expect a good drawing of the rear of that Ferrari, tonight.”
Verstappen: “Yeah it was really, really boring. And a bit frustrating because we were a lot faster than him. I think if we got past him it would be a completely different race.”
“There was not much action out there to be honest, mate. It was pretty processional. Hamilton followed Bottas for the whole race as well.”
“Yeah it was a good effort Max. Unfortunately as GB said none of the cars could get close enough today. So it was a pretty boring race, we were hoping for a Safety Car when Daniel stopped but it wasn’t to be. You’ve driven a great season this year. Well done and look forward to next year.
Verstappen: “Yeah exactly. Maybe this was not the most interesting race but at least we got some good results at the end of the season so that is promising for next year.”

There was one last emotional farewell for Felipe Massa.

“OK Felipe great job. Sorry we lost out to Fernando there but we picked up a point. Good drive.”
Massa: “Yeah thank you guys thank you. Unfortunately we lost a position but thank you very much for everything. Really enjoyed to be here for this year but also for these 16 years. So thank you guys, I love you guys.”
“Thank you, Felipe. It’s been brilliant the last three years, really good, really enjoyed it. So thank you very much and congratulations on a really great career.”
“Hi Felipe this is Paddy. Thank you for a great race, well done today, and thank you for a great career. All you’ve brought to Formula One, absolutely amazing, thank you.”
“Thank you Paddy, thank you everybody. All the mechanics, thank you boys, great job, I love you all. Everybody from the team, everybody from outside, all the fans. And my family, thank, I’m very lucky.”
“Well done mate, another good drive. Thanks for the last 12 years or whatever it was.”
Massa: “Yes thank you mate. Was really, really great. Thank you Rob.”
“Say hello, daddy.”
“Hello daddy.”
Massa: “Hello!”
“Good race.”
Massa: “Thank you.”
“Ciao.”
(Massa’s wife also congratulated him in Portuguese.)
Massa: “I have no power any more.”
“Are you sure you’re supposed to be there?”
Massa: “Yeah I’m here man.”
“Yeah fair enough. It’s like your third.”

“Good job Stoffel. Well done hanging on to that. We know there are issues with the car. Not sure what, we need to investigate after the race.”
Vandoorne; “Anyway thanks guys for the season, it’s been not an easy one for everyone.”

Meanwhile the Toro Rosso drivers were disappointed with their final race – particularly Pierre Gasly.

“Unfortunately Hulkenberg is P6.”
Hartley: “Ah sorry guys. Not much I could do mate. Very hard to get close enough with the aero loss.”
“Yeah copy that. Anyway the pace was more close to the other guys today so it’s good.”
Hartley; “Thanks guys. Sorry about that.”

Gasly: “[Censored by FOM] hell. [Censored by FOM]. [Censored by FOM]. Sorry guys. [Censored by FOM].”
“It’s OK.”
Gasly: “It’s not OK. First of all I’m not P6 and second I did a [censored by FOM] race. [Censored by FOM].”
“Radio off.”

The full race radio transcript will be published later this week.

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16 comments on ““It was really boring”: 2017 Abu Dhabi GP radio highlights”

  1. that last one from Gasly is more exciting than the whole race :-)

    1. @bascb Grosjean may have some serious competition for most upset Frenchman next season…

  2. This race needs to be dropped. Let’s never return here

    1. Any Tilkedrom needs to be dropped. They all share same problems. He still fails to understand that wide tracks will never deliver what he expect.

  3. The Abu Dhabi GP 2017 Was a waste of time and effort. This was not a Race, it was a Parade of Glitz and Dollars. The AB circuit is a hollow shell as are the people, the boats, the sunglasses and the smiles. Something has to change. Otherwise F1 fans will loose interest. This whole affair deserves a Penalty. Mr. Tilke needs to convince the Yas Marina BoBo’s that they need to spend a couple of dollars to build some flowing corners, some ups and downs, some hills and ravines, some Spa, Suzuka, Silverstone and Nurburgring into it. On top of that the F1 teams must design racing cars that are able to race instead of follow the leader vehicles.

  4. I am curious about Gasly’s radio comms at the end – did he seriously expect to be best of the rest at the end of the race? Especially given his starting position.

    On a separate note: “Well done Max. … We will expect a good drawing of the rear of that Ferrari, tonight.”
    Good to see Max and his race engineer share a similar sense of humour!

    1. I think Gasly pointed to the constructor position. Hulkenbergs 6th place meant that Toro-Rosso lost the 6th place in the constructors.

      1. That makes sense, thank you @basbozz

        However, that was an ambitious goal as well, given the relative qualifying positions of Renault and Toro Rosso!

  5. How good is Massa as a development driver? I wonder if Haas ought to consider him instead of Ro’moan’ Grosjean.

    1. Massa would be a huge improvement over Romoan…
      All his years at Ferrari and Williams must have given him something…

  6. now even drivers are getting bored in F1, imagine the condition of the audience… xD

    1. Yeah but the audience in that country are the wealthy oil barons who use the race as a platform to do other business.

      F1 as no place in countries like this. They still stone women to death in that dreadful place. Sharia Law is in place, that means Gay´s are fair game to be chucked off roof tops and women can be treated as property.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates

      The track is terrible too.

  7. I am now looking forward to more Gasly grenades next year :-).

  8. Gasly too angry. Honestly too angry.

  9. The title of the article could also be the title of the season summary DVD. Really disappointed in this year. Things that were supposed to make it better:
    – Wider tires and more downforce — I honestly couldn’t tell they were going any faster in qualifying other than they were knocking out track records. In turn we got cars that absorbed/hid more driver mistakes and were harder to follow, forcing DRS to be all the more important in creating an overtake outside of pit strategy.
    – Honda finally coming good with McLaren — Nope, went the other direction. I am not banking on huge success with Renault.
    – Hamilton/Bottas battle — He did fine for his first year. But he is so vanilla, I can’t get excited about him.
    – Red Bull resurgence — No, it ended up being Ferrari! But they seemed to lose their way during the summer and then the bubble burst at Singapore.

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