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Abu Dhabi GP: Best of team radio

Recap the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with selected radio messages from the last Formula 1 race of the 2018 season.

Abu Dhabi GP: Best of team radio

Verstappen leaves a puff of smoke while exiting pit box in practice

Verstappen leaves a puff of smoke while exiting pit box in practice
1/15

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Verstappen: “Is that enough smoke?”
Team: “It’s not really the launch we’d be after on Sunday, no.”

Gasly and Grosjean makes contact in FP3

Gasly and Grosjean makes contact in FP3
2/15

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Gasly: “Is he stupid or what? I came so fast. ***”
Toro Rosso: “How is the car? Do you need to box?”
Gasly: “It’s damaged. Yeah, it’s damaged. ***. I thought he was going out of the way.”
Toro Rosso: “We saw Pierre. We saw. We report.”

Haas: “Gasly’s behind on a push, sorry.”
Grosjean: ”Woah, woah. Mate!”
Haas: “It’s my bad.”
Grosjean: ”Yeah, well, he crashed into me.”
Haas: “Raikkonen’s next one. Raikkonen’s next one.”
Grosjean: “OK, well I guess a chequered flag but that was…”
Haas: “Yeah, OK.”
Grosjean: “..not necessary.”
Haas: “No, understood.”
Grosjean: “I mean I didn’t know.”
Haas: “Yep.”

Vandoorne is informed of chances of rain on the grid

Vandoorne is informed of chances of rain on the grid
3/15

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Team: “So Stoff, there is actually a small chance of rain in the race. Meteo France put it at 40%. I’m not sure I believe it’s that high.”
Vandoorne: “Yeah, you’re very optimistic today. Very optimistic.”

Ricciardo has a word of thanks for Red Bull ahead of race start

Ricciardo has a word of thanks for Red Bull ahead of race start
4/15

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Ricciardo: “This is it fellas. Thank you. ***** have it. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.”

Grosjean crash flips Hulkenberg’s car upside down

Grosjean crash flips Hulkenberg’s car upside down
5/15

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Renault: “Are you OK, Nico?”
Hulkenberg: “Holy ***. I’m hanging here like a cow. Get me out, there’s fire.”
Renault: “Yeah.”
Hulkenberg: “There’s fire.”
Renault: “It’s alright. They’re coming. They’re coming. Safety car is over with you, Nico.”

Haas: “He’s out of the car now. So yeah, he’s getting out now.”
Grosjean: “Good, good. I think that was…. very sorry for him but there was nowhere I could go.”

Raikkonen’s final race for Ferrari ends in retirement

Raikkonen’s final race for Ferrari ends in retirement
6/15

Photo by: Erik Junius

Raikkonen: “What’s happening? I don’t have power. Can you hear me?”
Team: “Now yes, Kimi. now yes.”
Raikkonen: “I don’t...the whole car just shut down.”
Team: “We lost you for a long time with the radio.”
Raikkonen: “Yeah, yeah but I have no dashboard.”
Team: ”OK, OK Kimi. It’s over.”

Sainz jokes about rain

Sainz jokes about rain
7/15

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Sainz: “Can you check the radar if there is a thunderstorm coming?”
Team: “Yeah, we’re watching it, Carlos.”
Sainz: “It was a joke.”

Gasly joins list of retirees and was visibly angry

Gasly joins list of retirees and was visibly angry
8/15

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Team: “Stop, stop now. Stop on track in a safe position. Stop on track in a safe position.”
Gasly: “Check, check if there’s fire. Check if there is fire at the back. Check if there is fire behind!”
Team: “We see no flames, Pierre. We see no flames.”
Gasly: “OK.”

Verstappen complains about “weird engine braking”

Verstappen complains about “weird engine braking”
9/15

Photo by: Joe Portlock / Motorsport Images

Verstappen: “Mate. listen, listen. I have weird engine braking.”
Team: “Well going up on torque is only going to help that. And I am listening, you don’t need to tell me to listen mate.”

Alonso’s amusing comments about his points tally

Alonso’s amusing comments about his points tally
10/15

Photo by: Lionel Ng / Motorsport Images

Team: “OK Fernando, there are five laps to go, five laps to go. Last time around you were six tenths quicker than Grosjean. Gap to him currently 5.6s seconds. There’s a point here for grabs, mate! There’s a point here for grabs. Let’s go get him. More performance, multi c2. Position 1. C2 position 1.”
Alonso: “I have 1,800 points!"
Team: "Well for me make it 1,801!"

Sainz takes best of the rest crown on his final Renault outing

Sainz takes best of the rest crown on his final Renault outing
11/15

Photo by: Joe Portlock / Motorsport Images

Team: “Wow. nice job mate. Awesome job.”
Sainz: “Yes. come on boys. That’s how you finish in style! Yes.”
Team: “Awesome job. We had some unfinished business here. You did the job man.”
Sainz: “Exactly. I’m gonna miss you guys. Thank you very much.”

Red Bull’s Ricciardo send-off

Red Bull’s Ricciardo send-off
12/15

Photo by: Manuel Goria / Motorsport Images

Ricciardo: “Thanks guys. I know it got a bit boring. But I appreciate the last five years. Thank you.”
Horner: “Daniel, great drive today. It’s been an absolute pressure having you in our team for the last five seasons. Seven victories, all the podiums, all the high moments. Yeah, we’re gonna miss you. We wish you all the very, very, very best for the future and hold very fond the memories that we have together. So enjoy enjoy this slow down lap. Thank you.”
Ricciardo: “Thank you, thank you Christian. Thanks fellas.”
Team: “Anyway, I echo Christian’s comments mate. It’s been a pleasure for the last five years. Thank you.”
Ricciardo: “Yep, you’re a ***”
Team: “I love you too!”

Hamilton is asked to do post-race donuts

Hamilton is asked to do post-race donuts
13/15

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Team: “So Lewis, we’re just thinking that the fans on the pit straight haven’t seen any donuts. So you may want to oblige.”
Hamilton: “You read my mind!”
Team: “Yeah, I can always count on you.”

Alonso joins the donut party

Alonso joins the donut party
14/15

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Team “Fernando, I’ve always wanted to get a top gun quote in over the radio. So you have permission to buzz the tower. Please proceed to grid. Free to do donuts.”
Brown: “Champ, what a career. Thank you. Thank you. You are a champ. Let’s go win the triple crown.”

Grosjean asks if he could do donuts of his own

Grosjean asks if he could do donuts of his own
15/15

Photo by: Joe Portlock / Motorsport Images

Grosjean: “Are we allowed to do donuts?”
Team: “Pit wall says no.”
Grosjean: “And what does that mean?”
Team: “I don’t know. I can only tell you what the pit wall told me ‘no’ when I asked.”
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