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Japanese GP: Best of team radio

Selected radio messages from the Japanese Grand Prix, including the full exchange between Charles Leclerc and Ferrari in the opening laps.

Japanese GP: Best of team radio

Vettel scores first pole since Canada

Vettel scores first pole since Canada
1/10

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Team: “Pole position! Pole position!”
Vettel: “Yes guys! Yes guys! Grazie ragazie”.
Team: “Super Seb! Super, super, super!”

Leclerc and Verstappen clash at turn 2

Leclerc and Verstappen clash at turn 2
2/10

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Leclerc: “Oh, got damage.”
Ferrari: “Copy, we are checking it.”
Red Bull to Verstappen: “Race control have said there’s no investigation ongoing for that incident.”
Verstappen: “What? What the …. ? What the.....? Where should I go? He just ***** understeered into my car.”

Hulkenberg makes a rocketing start

Hulkenberg makes a rocketing start
3/10

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Hulkenberg: “But did you see the start man? The first lap? That was awesome.”
Team: “That was awesome mate!”

Leclerc and Ferrari show hesitation to make a pitstop after early damage

Leclerc and Ferrari show hesitation to make a pitstop after early damage
4/10

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Team: “Box now, box, box now, box.”
Leclerc: “Why don’t we continue a little bit more?”
Team: “We need to box this lap, box.”
Leclerc: “Copy box but just to let you know the car doesn’t feel that bad. I know it probably looks but the car is quite ok. Do you confirm me that we need to box?”
Team: “Stay out, stay out, stay out.”
later
Team: “And box now, box. We need to box this lap. Box this lap.”
Leclerc: “I….yeah….it was quite ok.”

Hamilton questions strategy call after losing time compared to Bottas, Vettel

Hamilton questions strategy call after losing time compared to Bottas, Vettel
5/10

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Team: “Valtteri’s nearly got a full pit stop.”
Hamilton: “How have I lost that much time?”
Team: “Deg is much higher, deg is much higher and we lost time behind Vettel.”
Hamilton: “I’m out of the race now. If deg is that massive, why didn’t you give me hard tyres? Can you guys explain a bit please? Because I’m basically out of the race with a pitstop behind.”
Team: “So Vettel is a guaranteed two stop. So we’re gonna see how this comes to us.”

Ricciardo is let through by Hulkenberg

Ricciardo is let through by Hulkenberg
6/10

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Team to Ricciardo: "We’ll let you have a go now.”
Ricciardo: “Thank you! I will get them.”

Gasly makes ‘last lap’ contact with Perez

Gasly makes ‘last lap’ contact with Perez
7/10

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Team: “Chequered flag is out for some reason. Chequered flag is out. Keep the position. Chequered flag is out.”
Gasly: “He came back on me.”
Team: “Keep pushing, keep pushing, leep pushing.”

Bottas celebrates first win since Baku

Bottas celebrates first win since Baku
8/10

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Team: “Yes Valtteri! You are the man! Well done!”
Bottas: “Woohooo! Yes! Miss that feeling guys! Thank you. James, it’s Valtteri. Well done! Thank you.”
Vowles: “Amazing start, Valtteri! Really well done to you! Really well done! Great win!"
Bottas: "Cheers!”

Wolff comes on the radio after the race

Wolff comes on the radio after the race
9/10

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Wolff to Hamilton: “Difficult day today but we’ve just won the constructors championship for the sixth time in a row.”
Hamilton: “Congratulations guys.”

Albon and Red Bull finish on the cusp of the podium

Albon and Red Bull finish on the cusp of the podium
10/10

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Team: “Well done mate. Top stuff! P4.”
Albon: “Thank you guys. Thank you everyone. Sorry about the start.”
Horner: Well done, Alex! One place to go to be on the podium. and great move on the mclaren. Well done.”
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