Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2017

2017 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript

2017 Bahrain Grand Prix

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The team radio communications from the Bahrain Grand Prix reveal the difficulties Mercedes encountered trying to contain the threat of Sebastian Vettel.

Once the Ferrari driver split their cars at the start, and with race leader Valtteri Bottas struggling due to excessively high tyre pressures, Mercedes repeatedly found themselves having to consider swapping the order of their cars.

Ferrari made life difficult for them by making an aggressively early pit stop for Vettel on lap 10. Mercedes could have brought Hamilton in around the same time to take advantage of the same ‘window’ as Vettel, but their pit wall did not believe there was an advantage to that route. Their focus was ensuring he had tyre he could attack with at the end of the race.

To Ferrari’s relief, the Safety Car period which followed Vettel’s pit stop did not cost him the lead, as it had in China. But he still needed to make an additional pit stop to use the soft tyres, giving Hamilton a chance to attack.

In order to do this, Mercedes had to order Valtteri Bottas to let him past a third time. They had already done so once and then rescinded the instruction (but not before Ferrari communicated it to Vettel), and then done so a second time, which was carried out.

Some teams have arranged position swaps between their drivers on the understanding that if the driver who is given the position does not make any progress, they must then let the other driver through. This happened with the Red Bulls in Monaco two years ago. Mercedes have rarely been in this position in recent situations. Their view was that this case was unlike those in that Hamilton ended up so far ahead of Bottas there was no question of instructing him to give the place back.

Of course Mercedes weren’t the only team which had to swap their drivers during the race. Ferrari did so too – and we can expect to see more of that if the championship’s going to remain this close.

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2017 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap*DriverMessage
PRTo Kimi Raikkonen

Box this lap for the start.
PRFrom Kevin MagnussenThere’s something wrong with the K deployment.
PRTo Kevin Magnussen

We’re investigating.
PRFrom Kevin MagnussenIt doesn’t feel healthy, guys, there’s something wrong.
PRTo Kevin Magnussen

OK we are taking a look.
PRFrom Lewis HamiltonIt’s quite dusty even in the pit lane.
PRTo Lewis Hamilton

Yeah copy that.
PRTo Sebastian Vettel

Watch out for wind, wind is quite strong
PRFrom Sebastian VettelSix, seven.
PRFrom Esteban OconI have some understeer now in the car, quite a lot. Turn 11, five, six, seven. Thirteen as well. Back on the grid now.
PRTo Esteban Ocon

Copy that Esteban. It’s to be expected, I think.
PRFrom Esteban OconI have some vibration but it’s the tyres which I flat-spotted, no, in quali?
PRTo Esteban Ocon

Copy that.
PRFrom Esteban OconWas it, yeah?
PRTo Esteban Ocon

It was, but they’re rebalanced.
PRFrom Esteban OconOK.
PRTo Lance Stroll

So after turn 13 we’re lift-and-coast, cool the car, straight to grid, remember to check your drinks.
PRFrom Lance StrollOK copy straight to the grid, drinks are working.
PRTo Romain Grosjean

OK dude you can go to the grid, P9 left-hand side.
PRFrom Lance StrollJust to confirm, shut off?
PRTo Kevin Magnussen

OK confirm we go to the grid, go to the grid, five me confirmation.
PRFrom Kevin MagnussenUnderstood we go to the grid.
PRTo Kevin Magnussen

OK you’ll see us there.
PRTo Romain Grosjean

Should I stay in P1 or bring it to P0?
PRTo Romain Grosjean

You should go to P0.
PRFrom Lewis HamiltonRadio check
PRTo Lewis Hamilton

Yep, radio’s loud and clear
PRTo Lewis Hamilton

Radio check from the garage.
PRFrom Lewis HamiltonLoud and clear.
PRTo Lewis Hamilton

Seven minutes to formation lap. Still headwind into one changing between 10 and 20kph.
PRTo Kimi Raikkonen

Radio check Kimi.
PRFrom Kimi RaikkonenYeah it’s OK. I don’t know if we should take a quarter more out or not, I don’t know. Take a quarter out more and then we;ll see wher ewe are. I don’t think it’s going to do a lot different.
PRTo Kimi Raikkonen

OK Kimi the…
PRFrom Kimi RaikkonenWhat’s the issue?
PRTo Kimi Raikkonen

Just a little bit of damage on the turning vane so we’re adding some tape to cover it over.
PRFrom Lewis HamiltonRadio check Lewis. Same procedure…
PRTo Lewis Hamilton

This umbillical’s really in the way.
PRFrom Lewis HamiltonCopy that Lewis, we’ll make some improvements with that. So standard procedure like the last two races. Bite point find 30 seconds after firing up and then ten seconds after you arrive back on the grid. Remember the weight revs in the first formation lap start won’t be as good as the weight revs in the race start.
PRTo Kevin Magnussen

Ericsson on soft, Ocon is super-soft, Perez super-soft.
1To Valtteri Bottas

So Vettel car behind.
1To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis so Verstappen car behind, 0.6.
1From Daniil KvyatI lost a lot of places, sorry guys.
1To Daniil Kvyat

Danny keep your head down.
2To Max Verstappen

OK display eight Max, when you can.
2From Lewis HamiltonFeels poor.
2To Valtteri Bottas

HPP eight to two.
3To Max Verstappen

Alright Max maybe some tyre management going on ahead. Keep a decent gap to the cars ahead, nice and easy on the tyres at this stage, follow your dash.
3To Max Verstappen

DRS now enabled.
3To Valtteri Bottas

So surface temps well under control at the moment.
3To Lewis Hamilton

Try to improve lift-and-coast efficiency. Verstappen 0.5 behind.
4To Valtteri Bottas

So Vettel now has DRS, use the overtake if you need it.
4To Daniel Ricciardo

Bottas pace at the front not that quick, he’s doing 36.7s. So top five cars now all doing exactly the same lap time, everyone 36.8s.
4To Lewis Hamilton

Think about pushing [brake balance] forwards. Verstappen 0.8 behind.
5To Esteban Ocon

Suggest white button for turn one.
5To Daniel Ricciardo

OK so that last lap everyone did a 36.6.
5To Daniel Ricciardo

Tyre temperatures starting to stabilise. Just keep an eye on that left-rear.
5To Pascal Wehrlein

List off for brakes, 250 metres.
5To Max Verstappen

OK Max all under control at the moment. Rear-left tyre temps still creeping up a little bit so think about the corners we discussed.
5From Lewis HamiltonTag two to three.
5To Lewis Hamilton

Copy.
6To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate. Pace at the front stable. People doing 36.5s. Not opening up much.
6To Daniel Ricciardo

You’re pulling away from Massa, he’s now 2.1 seconds behind you, he’s doing a good job of holding up Raikkonen.
6To Daniel Ricciardo

How are the tyres and the balance?
6From Daniel RicciardoTyres are OK at the moment. Feel I can hang with them. Just got to manage, mainly entries.
7To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel understood. Let us know if you want to do anything different with the front wing.
7From Daniel RicciardoAt the moment it’s all in the ball park.
7To Daniel Ricciardo

OK undestood. Top two cars that lap was a 37.1. Pace is not fast at the front.
7To Max Verstappen

Remember line one, Max.
7From Lance StrollGot a little flat spot.
7To Lewis Hamilton

So gap to Vettel 0.8, gap to Verstappen 0.6.
8To Fernando Alonso

Fernando how are the tyres?
8From Fernando AlonsoDifficult to know. They are OK, I think.
8From Lance StrollHe’s really holding me up and I have this flat spot.
8From Lance StrollThink about boxing.
8To Lance Stroll

Yeah.
8To Kimi Raikkonen

Great job Kimi.
9To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel you’re doing a good job. Tyres are looking pretty stable on temperatuers. You’re doing a good job, mate.
9To Fernando Alonso

Stroll just pitted, we’re still thinking Plan A.
9From Fernando AlonsoOK.
9To Lewis Hamilton

Good job with front brakes.
9To Kimi Raikkonen

Pace is good, Kimi, you were quicker than the guys in front. Just think about being smart with the fuel saving now.
9From Max VerstappenWe are quicker than them but I got stuck.
10From Kimi RaikkonenAre we OK? Are we under the number correct?
10To Kimi Raikkonen

Copy, just remember it will get worse.
10To Kimi Raikkonen

So there’s a yellow flag in turn eight at the minute.
10To Pascal Wehrlein

We need 25 metres more braking turn one and then we should be safe.
10To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel Raikkonen behind you in free air but he’s not quick, he’s doinug 36.8s.
10From Daniel RicciardoOK, understood.
10To Daniel Ricciardo

Any more updates on tyres, Daniel, how are you getting on? Temperatures look under control.
10From Daniel RicciardoYeah all under control for now.
10To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate you’re doing a good job. Well managed.
10From Daniel RicciardoDefinitely feel in free air I’ve got more pace. I’ll try to hang with them.
10To Daniel Ricciardo

Understood.
11To Max Verstappen

Give up a little bit in turn 12 if you can, Max. Not really gaining anything much, just stressing the tyres.
11From Max VerstappenI think we need to do something as well, like Ferrari.
11To Max Verstappen

We are monitoring, Max.
11To Kimi Raikkonen

OK Seb has boxed, Kimi. You’re still quicker than all these guys in front, Kimi, you’re doing a good job, just keep it up.
11To Lewis Hamilton

Give us a balance check, Lewis, it won’t be long.
11From Lewis HamiltonGenerally understeery.
11To Lewis Hamilton

So down half or down one?
11From Lewis HamiltonDown one.
11To Lewis Hamilton

Copy.
11To Max Verstappen

OK you’ve got a four-and-a-half second gap to Perez ahead.
12To Max Verstappen

OK white line on the exit, torque four now.
12To Kimi Raikkonen

Update on race situation. Seb has stopped, he’s trying to get through traffic at the minute.
12From Max VerstappenBrakes failed. Aargh!
12To Max Verstappen

OK Max. Ignition, P1, P0 please mate. P1, ten seconds, P0. Hard luck.
13From Kimi RaikkonenOK a little bit front wing.
13To Kimi Raikkonen

So box opposite Ricciardo. Do the opposite to Ricciardo. Concentrate on position, Kimi. Just watch for Alonso, Palmer on track. And engine one, Kimi.
13To Daniel Ricciardo

It’s yellow turn four. Verstappen shunted.
13From Lance StrollI got hit from the side. Completely destroyed from the side. I don’t know what happened.
13To Lance Stroll

OK. You OK.
13From Lance StrollYeah I’m fine.
13From Carlos Sainz JnrHe hit me. [Censored by FOM] Stroll hit me. He didn’t see me coming. Turned into me like I was not there.
13To Valtteri Bottas

So remember only just positive. It’s going to be tight with Vettel. Brake balance for the box.
14To Valtteri Bottas

And it’ll be tight with Vettel on exit. Entry six, mid four when you can. So you’ve come out behind Vettel.
14To Valtteri Bottas

So watch for Stroll who is off on the right-hand side at turn two. You’re on super-soft tyres. We did no flap adjust. Your pressures were over one psi too high due to a problem. Your grip will be better this stint.
14From Valtteri BottasCopy that. Yeah it was a struggle.
14To Valtteri Bottas

Reset your diff. Ricciardo is the car behind you. Ricciardo is on soft tyres. Vettel is on super-soft. HPP two to one. And we need to be saving fuel where we can.
14From Daniel RicciardoHas anyone ran a the soft yet?
14To Daniel Ricciardo

Hamilton has also fitted softs. Cool your brakes, please.
14To Lewis Hamilton

Vettel in P1 then Valtteri in P2. Ricciardo the car ahead and then you. Ricciardo on the soft tyre as are you. Two lead cars on the super-soft.
14To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate you did a very good job on that last set of tyres.
14From Daniel RicciardoYep, how was Vettel’s once he put new, was he much quicker.
14To Daniel Ricciardo

Yes, three seconds quicker. Obviously the pace at the front was nowhere, but Vettel did a 34.6, so two-and-a-half seconds quicker, when he fitted a new set.
15To Daniel Ricciardo

OK so race order is on Vettel, he’s on three-lap-old super-softs, then Bottas also on new super-softs, the we are P3. Behind you you have Hamilton on soft, Massa on soft, Raikkonen is on scrubbed super-soft, because he didn’t have any new ones left, then Hulkenberg is P7 on softs. Ericsson is now up to eighth, he’s on the old softs he started the race on so he’s likely to be a bit of a roadblock for people behind.
15To Valtteri Bottas

Just confirm if all the cars that were on the track causing the Safety Car are gone now?
15From Valtteri BottasIt was on the limit. It will be either this lap or next I think.
15To Valtteri Bottas

OK.
15To Valtteri Bottas

And chassis default one six set on please. Vettel’s tyres are three laps older and he has been pushing them hard.
15To Felipe Massa

Felipe as you can see we’re currently P5. P1 and P2 are on the qualifying tyre. Hamilton and Ricciardo currently under investigation.
15From Felipe MassaOK.
16To Valtteri Bottas

Just remember for the restart you can use strat five, but strat three will give you the most potent overtake, OK? It’s probably going to be this lap, all the cars have backed onto the Safety Car.
16To Daniel Ricciardo

For info the pit entry against you and Hamilton is being investigated becaus ehe got in the way and slowed you down in the pit entry. Looked like Hamilton slowed down in the pit lane in front of you, can you confirm that?
16To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate understood. We can see what he tried to do.
16To Kimi Raikkonen

So the track is clear so it may not be long, Kimi.
16To Valtteri Bottas

So Vettel obviously controlling the pace now. And Safety Car line one where you can overtake is by the pit entry. So Vettel will slow the car down so that the Safety Car can get a gap. He will just suddenly go as well, yep.
17To Sebastian Vettel

No DRS for Bottas, no DRS. 1.2 seconds behind.
17To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate so let’s keep it together. These tyres will come good.
18To Sebastian Vettel

Have you set to mode to push? Move it, and then back to push, please. OK now it’s fine. Bottas one second behind.
18To Sebastian Vettel

We don’t need those back-offs, you can push.
18From Sebastian VettelGive me an update on the wind.
18To Sebastian Vettel

Stand by.
18To Sebastian Vettel

Tailwind turn 11. 15kph. And Bottas 1.5 behind.
19To Kimi Raikkonen

DRS enabled.
19From Romain GrosjeanGuys I’m losing on every straight line.
19To Romain Grosjean

We’re checking, we’re checking. The MGU-K is there, not sure why you’re slow.
19To Romain Grosjean

Mode attack defend. DRS enabled.
20To Nico Hulkenberg

OK Nico you really need to start looking after the rears now.
20From Nico HulkenbergWell I am already a lot.
20To Nico Hulkenberg

Understood. They’re still creeping up.
20From Nico HulkenbergYeah there’s just not much grip to be honest.
20To Nico Hulkenberg

Understood.
20To Daniel Ricciardo

OK so Vettel is now in the lead on his super-softs. He’s pulling away from Bottas. Hamilton is on Bottas’s tail ahead.
20From Lewis HamiltonNeed to pick up the pace. Can’t let the Ferrari go away.
20To Lewis Hamilton

OK copy, copy.
20To Valtteri Bottas

So Valtteri it’s important you stay with Vettel. Lewis is in strat six behind on the soft tyre so you need to keep with Vettel.
20From Valtteri BottasCopy.
20To Valtteri Bottas

So Valtteri we need you to be within a second of Vettel, you need to be in DRS, and you’ll get a maximum of two laps to achieve that, OK.
21To Valtteri Bottas

So please let Lewis go.
21From Valtteri BottasCan you confirm? I just pulled the gap to him in the last lap.
21To Sebastian Vettel

They are swapping driver position, Hamilton and Bottas.
21To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis so close up to Valtteri. He’s been given the message.
21From Lewis HamiltonIf he’s picked up his pace, he should be OK. If I can’t catch him, if I get past, I can’t catch up a little bit.
21To Lewis Hamilton

Just let us know what tag we’re in.
21From Lewis HamiltonTag two.
21To Valtteri Bottas

And stay where you are.
21From Valtteri BottasCopy.
22To Valtteri Bottas

So just focussing on getting that gap to Vettel down. Surface overheating is minor at the moment. But pressure’s so much better than the first stint.
22To Kimi Raikkonen

And engine five. We’ll get engine one again later.
22From Valtteri BottasSo we want you to use the tyres to close the gap to Vettel. Target lap is minus one.
23To Pascal Wehrlein

We need more lift-off for braking, it’s critical.
23To Daniil Kvyat

What do you think about Palmer? Do we havce any chance?
23From Daniil KvyatYeah we have a chance.
23To Daniil Kvyat

OK Palmer’s got the DRS of Alonso, it might be difficult.
23From Daniil KvyatAt the moment, yeah. With him in DRS it’s going to be hard.
23To Sebastian Vettel

Brake shape zero, suggestion for locking, seems under control. Bottas is 2.8 behind, should try to open this gap. Keep your head down, you are doing well.
24To Daniel Ricciardo

How are the tyres now Daniel?
24From Daniel RicciardoHaven’t got worse but haven’t got better. Just really struggling with the rear.
24To Daniel Ricciardo

OK understood. Everything stable on temperatures for now.
24To Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri we need those lap times back down again now, we need to be targeting zero.
24From Valtteri BottasOK copy.
24To Kimi Raikkonen

Fantastic work, Kimi, let’s get on with it now. And back to engine five, Kimi.
25To Lewis Hamilton

Confirm tag, Lewis.
25From Lewis HamiltonStill tag two but I don’t want to ruin my tyres.
25To Lewis Hamilton

OK copy. So Raikkonen is the car behind, 7.4 seconds. Vettel 35.2.
25To Romain Grosjean

Fuel wasting OK, we can go fuel wasting, keep fuel wasting.
25To Fernando Alonso

How the hell they can overtake me, 300 metres behind me at the beginning of the straight. I never raced with less power in my life.
26From Lewis HamiltonFor the soft tyre is this pace good?
26To Lewis Hamilton

Stand by, we’ll let you know.
26To Lewis Hamilton

And we think we should be faster. There’s debris turn one, yellow turn one, look out for debris.
26To Lewis Hamilton

So just to confirm Lewis we think we should be faster on this tyre, we’re just reviewing the situation.
26To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Hamilton on his softs is doing 35.6
26To Pascal Wehrlein

Very good job on the lift-off now, keep it like this.
27To Valtteri Bottas

And please let Lewis through.
27To Valtteri Bottas

Lewis does have a five-second penalty.
27From Valtteri BottasCopy. I’ll let him through.
27To Valtteri Bottas

So it’s important you stay close to Lewis, obviously.
27From Valtteri BottasThese rears are overheating. For sure the soft is going to be better.
27To Valtteri Bottas

Yeah, copy that.
28To Kimi Raikkonen

So Merc have swapped the cars, Bottas is now the car in front, he’s not particularly quick.
28To Lewis Hamilton

Let’s go strat three, let’s close thatgap. Vettel 35.3, that’s a good lap time. See if you can close up.
28To Daniel Ricciardo

OK mate keep plugging away. Mode seven will fill up the battery quicker.
29To Sebastian Vettel

Pull the red button. And keep your head down. This is an important phase of the race. Stay focused. Hamilton six behind.
29To Valtteri Bottas

So it’s not going to be long, just looking for the window. Keep the pressure up.
29To Daniel Ricciardo

Raikkonen can only do 36.0s on super-softs, I think you’re quicker than that.
30From Kimi RaikkonenI have a little bit too much front wing in 12 but I’m in the window. And I’m struggling in two also. The rest is not too bad, little bit in the mid-corner.
30To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood Kimi. Just be aware Ricciardo has overtaken Massa, he’s the car behind. He’s six seconds at the minute. I’ll update you on his pace.
30From Daniil KvyatLight, rear left, OK?
30To Daniil Kvyat

We check, we check.
31To Valtteri Bottas

Box, going to soft tyres, going to be tight on exit, need a good pit stop.
31To Sebastian Vettel

Mercedes in the pit with Bottas. Bottas on option [soft] tyres.
31To Valtteri Bottas

Pushing three out of three to get ahead of the cars in front of you. They are all on older tyres.
31To Lewis Hamilton

So Valtteri has now stopped, he’s taken soft, going to the end. Raikkonen is the car behind, eleven seconds.
32To Daniel Ricciardo

How Daniel how are the balance and tyres in free air?
32From Daniel RicciardoIt’s stabilised a bit but not getting better.
32To Daniel Ricciardo

Understood.
32From Daniel RicciardoRear’s still nervous and I’ve got to watch the front.
32To Daniel Ricciardo

When you get close to a car do you lose front or rear?
32From Daniel RicciardoRear, lose more rear.
32To Daniel Ricciardo

OK, understood.
33From Sebastian VettelOK I’m starting to struggle a bit with the tyres.
33From Kimi RaikkonenCheck what happened into turn four, low speed, there’s something wrong
33To Kimi Raikkonen

We see the issue Kimi, I’ll come back with any action
33From Kimi RaikkonenCome on it’s really disturbing. Is 2.2 the normal position?
33To Kimi Raikkonen

Confirm but this is not the issue, this is not the issue. Driver default A five on should fix the issue.
33From Kimi RaikkonenSomething [unclear] lap time on the straight. The issue is still there.
33To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood Kimi, understood, we’re checking what’s going on.
33From Lewis HamiltonSo far this is a better tyre but I need to get by… difference. Monitor Valtteri.
33To Lewis Hamilton

OK copy. Vettel 35.5
34To Sebastian Vettel

And box Sebastian, box.
34To Lewis Hamilton

They’ve hit the pits, Lewis, this is our opportunity.
34To Lewis Hamilton

So Lewis we’re going to continue pushing this long, make sure we’ve got a nice big offset.
34To Pascal Wehrlein

On the main straight you can use overtake button.
34To Valtteri Bottas

So pushing two out of three. Ricciardo car ahead, he has not stopped yet, 20-lap-old soft tyres.
35To Valtteri Bottas

Vettel has stopped and he is six seconds ahead.
35To Sebastian Vettel

We need to look after these tyres until the end. Hamilton will go long and then come back at the end.
35From Lewis HamiltonTyres have definitely taken a step.
35To Lewis Hamilton

Roger.
36To Kimi Raikkonen

So Kimi we can’t hold Seb up but we do need to stay out as long as possible.
36From Kimi RaikkonenWhy do we need to stay out? Cause the tyres are…
36To Kimi Raikkonen

We need to match Ricciardo behind.
36From Kimi RaikkonenBut is he catching me behind?
36To Kimi Raikkonen

He wasn’t before we swapped.
37From Fernando Alonso[Censored by FOM] he was, what, 300 metres behind us on the straight?
37To Fernando Alonso

Fernando we are considering plan B, how are the tyres?
37From Fernando AlonsoDo whatever you want, man.
37From Kimi RaikkonenIs there nothing that I can do with the issue? And I am struggling with the tyres so stop me sooner than just waiting what the others are doing otherwise they will catch me.
37To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood Kimi, I’m watching him. And for the issue I’m afraid not. But I’m on the tyres.
37To Fernando Alonso

And box this lap, box now, stay right of line, limiter. Launch map. Ericsson at the start/finish line now. And 100% pace.
38To Lewis Hamilton

So Raikkonen on 24-lap-old super-softs and that’s a 36.9, he’s just pitted.
38From Kimi RaikkonenI cannot get the gear in.
38To Kimi Raikkonen

Understood, Kimi. And SOC [state of charge] five, Kimi.
38To Pascal Wehrlein

We are racing a group ahead of three cars, all on softs, similar age.
39To Daniel Ricciardo

OK Daniel so Raikkonen has just pitted he’s now on the soft tyres. We’re going to go a little bit longer to get a bigger advantage.
39From Daniel RicciardoUnderstood. The rear’s pretty stable for now, just got to watch the front. The rear’s still the bigger lap time lost.#
39To Daniel Ricciardo

OK, understood.
39From Lewis HamiltonThis tyre feels good but I’m thinking a Safety Car or something?
39To Lewis Hamilton

Yeah copy that Lewis, we’re thinking something similar.
39To Valtteri Bottas

So it’s important to close the gap to Vettel. Lewis has a five-second penalty but is still yet to stop.
40From Lewis HamiltonWhat’s the gap behind?
40To Lewis Hamilton

Gap behind 11.5 seconds to Vettel. He’s 34.3 last lap.
40To Daniel Ricciardo

Box Daniel, box this lap.
40To Esteban Ocon

You’re in P12, you need to get past two cars for a point.
40To Daniel Ricciardo

OK you’ll be close to Massa at pit exit. Diff six. Try the brakes before turn one. You’ll be close to Massa at turn one. Think about the overtake.
41To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis so we have a five-second penalty for driving slow on the pit entry in the last stop. We’re going to serve it at the pit stop. We’re going to offset ourselves as much as we can. We can take the same tyre and see what we can do. We will need to overtake Valtteri on-track.
41From Lewis HamiltonSorry guys.
41To Lewis Hamilton

Don’t worry Lewis, keep your head down mate, just get on with it.
41To Lewis Hamilton

Box box, we’ll be serving this penalty, just remember keep the brake pressure on.
42To Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton boxed this lap.
42To Lewis Hamilton

You have 16 laps remaining.
42From Lewis HamiltonWhy did we go for this tyre?
42To Lewis Hamilton

It’s all based on data, Lewis, we think this is the better tyre. Go strat mode three.
43From Lewis HamiltonHow much is Vettel ahead?
43To Lewis Hamilton

You’ve got 15 laps remaiing. You did 28 on the last tyre.
44From Esteban Ocon[Unclear] to catch the other car as well?
44To Esteban Ocon

That’s it, that’s all there is, Hulkenberg.
45To Pascal Wehrlein

Alonso behind is lapping 36.0.
45To Marcus Ericsson

OK Marcus maximum push, keep attacking him.
46To Daniel Ricciardo

Vettel, Bottas still doing 34.5s at the front. Hamilton stopped later than us on soft tyres and he’s catching them quickly.
46To Sebastian Vettel

12 to go, Hamilton is closing on Bottas with used option [soft]. Hamilton is 15 seconds behind you. Bottas in 10.8 seconds behind.
47To Lewis Hamilton

Gap to Vettel now down to 14.7
47To Lewis Hamilton

Vettel 34.1. You’ve got the pace to win this Lewis, come on mate.
47To Valtteri Bottas

And don’t hold Lewis up. He is two seconds a lap quicker, pushing for the win
47To Valtteri Bottas

And please let Lewis go.
48To Lewis Hamilton

So Vettel 13 seconds ahead. Ten laps remaining.
48To Sebastian Vettel

Ten laps to go, Hamilton is now behind you, 13 seconds.
48To Lewis Hamilton

Vettel’s coming up to backmarker traffic Lewis, it’s still all to play for, come on mate.
49To Valtteri Bottas

So just remember try and stay as close as you can to Lewis.
49From Valtteri BottasThe rear end is just all over the place, I don’t know what is the problem.
49To Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton lap time 3.5, one seconds faster, 12 seconds behind.
49To Kimi Raikkonen

Just 1.2 seconds quicker than lap, Kimi, it’s all there.
49From Kimi RaikkonenI don’t know what you said.
49To Kimi Raikkonen

So 1.1 seconds quicker than him last lap.
50To Lewis Hamilton

Am I on the right trajectory?
50From Lewis HamiltonAffirm Lewis, on the right trajectory, it’s all going to happen at the end. Just keep it up, mate.
50To Daniel Ricciardo

Eight laps to go, Raikkonen ahead still doing around 34.0s. Massa behind mid-35s. Vettel at the front still in 34.5s on his softs.
50To Sebastian Vettel

Can use DRS. Kvyat next car in front, blue flag. Seven seconds, a bit of fresh air.
51To Sebastian Vettel

And push the ‘ovi’ button.
51From Lewis HamiltonHas Vettel passed these cars?
51To Lewis Hamilton

He’s passed two, he’s got another three ahead. It’s Palmer and Ericsson coming up. Vettel 34.2.
51From Lewis HamiltonGap?
51To Lewis Hamilton

Gap now under nine seconds. Four cars…
51From Lewis HamiltonHow many laps?
51To Lewis Hamilton

You’ve got seven laps remaining.
52From Lewis HamiltonTyres are starting to drop.
52To Sebastian Vettel

Very good lap, Sebastian. Holding there.
52To Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton saying his tyres are starting to drop. His lap times 33.3. It’s looking good.
52From Marcus EricssonGearbox broken.
52To Marcus Ericsson

What’s going on?
52From Marcus EricssonGearbox broken.
52From Marcus EricssonWe cannot restart it, no?
52To Marcus Ericsson

Stand by. Stop the car. Switch off procedure. Can you hear me?
52From Marcus EricssonYeah.
52To Marcus Ericsson

OK.
52From Marcus EricssonOK I abort.
52To Marcus Ericsson

Yeah jump out.
53To Sebastian Vettel

Safety Car window is closed.
53To Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton is catching Palmer now, blue flags to Palmer. We are three cars infront. Kvyat blue flag soon. Double yellow turn four. Watch out. Marshal on the left. Be careful.
53To Valtteri Bottas

OK so we’ve got a chance to save the engine if you want. So Raikkonen is seven-and-a-half seconds behind on younger soft tyres. You can go strat nine if you want and manage the gap. Kimi at the moment is a second a lap quicker. Yellow turn four.
53From Lewis HamiltonAre we still on target to close or not?
53To Lewis Hamilton

It’s very close at the moment, Lewis, we just want to see. Vettel’s got three cars with traffic. Just want to see if he’ll lose time there.
54To Pascal Wehrlein

So Vettel overtook Alonso. You will get blue flags now. Vettel race leader.
54To Pascal Wehrlein

Good job on the blue flags. Now push to the end. Three laps to go.
54From Lewis HamiltonHow many laps?
54To Lewis Hamilton

Four laps remaining, four laps.
54To Lewis Hamilton

OK Lewis Vetel cleared that traffic quite efficiently so let’s go back to strat six. We’ll just see if there’s opportunities at the end, just keep the pace up.
54From Lewis HamiltonIt’s too big a gap, right?
54To Lewis Hamilton

Yeah feels like it, Lewis. Let’s just see if anything happens. Strat six and go HPP eight to one.
55From Fernando AlonsoEngine, engine problem. Engine problem. Box now. Engine. Problem.
55To Fernando Alonso

OK Fernando box this lap to retire the car. Try to cool the car. Raikkonen is plus three.
56To Sebastian Vettel

Engine nine, Sebastian. Hamilton 6.9 behind.
57To Romain Grosjean

One lap to go, one lap.
57From Lewis HamiltonGap behind?
57To Lewis Hamilton

You’ve got five seconds to Wehrlein who’s traffic. Plenty of space behind for Valtteri.
VLTo Valtteri Bottas

Great job. Sorry about that, didn’t have the car underneath us to be able to make the most of it. Especially with the pressures in that first stint. HPP eight to thirteen please.
VLTo Daniel Ricciardo

OK so finishing order was Vettel, he won by six seconds over Hamilton, Bottas was third, 14 seconds behind Hamilton. Raikkonen finished just behind Bottas, two seconds behind him, and he was 16 seconds ahead of us, we were in P5. Behind you you had Massa, Perez, Grosjean was eight, Hulkenberg ninth and Ocon tenth.
VLFrom Daniel RicciardoOK, understood.
VLTo Daniel Ricciardo

Good effort Daniel. We just seemed to lose out a huge amount in the middle stint there. First stint was looking alright and it got away from us in the second stint so need to understand that. Well done.
VLTo Sebastian Vettel

P1 Sebastian. What a race. You were the quickest.
VLFrom Sebastian VettelWoohoo! Yes guys! Yes yes yes. That’s what I’m talking about.
VLTo Sebastian Vettel

Mode slow and cool the brakes, hot in brakes.
VLTo Lewis Hamilton

Well done Lewis mate P2. Tough day in the office but great drive, really strong last part. HPP eight to thirteen. Strat mode 12. And start 13 now.
VLFrom Lewis HamiltonLost power.
VLTo Lewis Hamilton

Yep just hit the bottom of the pack. That’s no problem.
VLTo Kimi Raikkonen

Good job Kimi. Your pace today deserved you a much better result than you got. Lap mode Safety Car In, Kimi.
VLTo Felipe Massa

Well done mate that was a good drive, thank you, a lot of points for the team.
VLFrom Felipe MassaThank you very much.
VLTo Pascal Wehrlein

Good job Pascal. Great race, P11 at the end. Unfortuantely we missed the points but good race. We need Safety Car fuel-save. And slow in for brakes, pick up rubber.
VLFrom Pascal WehrleinGood job.
VLTo Pascal Wehrlein

Yeah good fight at the end, Pascal, great job. Vettel won, Hamilton second, Bottas third, Raikkonen then Ricciardo, Massa, Perez, Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Ocon P10.
VLTo Romain Grosjean

Chequered flag Romain. P8, back in the points.
VLFrom Romain GrosjeanGood job everyone, it’s good to be back in the points. Shame about the Safety Car, wrong timing, but I think Perez was a bit faster in the end. Good job everyone.
VLTo Romain Grosjean

Good drive, nice overtaking.
VLTo Jolyon Palmer

OK Jo tough race today. Finishing order Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Massa, Perez, Grosjean, Nico, Esteban, Wehrlein, Kvyat, yourself. Don’t forget to go to P0 in parc ferme please.
VLFrom Jolyon PalmerYep, will do.
VLFrom Sebastian VettelGrazie ragazzi! Buon compleanno, Andrea!

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15 comments on “2017 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. Wow! reads like a “edge of the seat” thriller – especially the Hamilton and Vettel’s messages. What does Lewis mean by “lost power” at the end? Seems likes Merc pulled out ALL the stops and maxed out the engine.

    1. Based on the engineer’s comment after, I think he drained the energy store (battery pack).

      Since that’s up to 160HP, I expect it would feel like you just lost a cylinder or two. :)

    2. Anyone know what reason ric’s tyres didnt turn on?

  2. When Seb win the race, in the race itself Seb so calm…not many words from him…unlike Merc and Lewis..

  3. Vettel is the most Italian driver on the grid lol.

    1. He knows how to get some love from us :)

  4. 51 To Sebastian Vettel And push the ‘ovi’ button.

    Does anyone know what the “ovi” button does?

  5. Seems like kevins problems was from the start…unlucky days there…even qualify was blown by SAI

  6. Congratulations Jo you finished last 👏

  7. What is “tag two” and “tag three”, only Mercedes drivers seem to be using this.

    So much of chatter between Ricciardo and his engineer, and most of it seems to be about others’ times and others’ races. Very little about their own. No mention of the cool tyres after restart

  8. I love this:

    29 – To Sebastian Vettel – Pull the red button. And keep your head down. This is an important phase of the race. Stay focused. Hamilton six behind.

    Reminds me of this:

    Kay: Do you remember the little red button?
    Jay: [warily] Yeah…
    Kay: Push the little red button.
    [Jay pushes it]
    Kay: And you may want to put on a seatbelt…

  9. 25 — Fernando Alonso — How the hell they can overtake me, 300 metres behind me at the beginning of the straight. I never raced with less power in my life.

    I bet the Honda mechanics cringed when they heard that.

    1. knoxploration
      22nd April 2017, 3:38

      I know *I* winced, and my eight-year old son said “Ooooooooo!” on hearing it… I think pretty much anybody who could speak English or even just get the intonations understood Fernando perfectly there. ;)

    2. So far I’m loving the jabs taken at Honda. My favourite was the one during pre season testing where McLaren claimed they can take all corners flat out because of the power deficit. Then the jabs taken by Hamilton in a press conference about Honda, and now, non stop radio rants.

      I think, by the end of the year Honda will just end up leaving the sport because they’ve been publicly humiliated to such great extent.

  10. @keithcollantine
    Keith.
    Obviously these are the radio messages that were broadcast during the race.
    Is there anyway to see the full transcript of those not broadcast also?

    A full breakdown per driver would give true insight, or bore us to death.

    nice to know either way.

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