Incoming! The best Radio Messages from the Italian GP

The Italian GP was elevated entertainment-wise last weekend by some weird, dejected, angry, and almost psychopathic radio transmissions during the race at Monza. Here are five of the best.


5. 

Button: “Yer well, that was definitely forcing me off the circuit by the Sauber…”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 03: Felipe Nasr of Brazil driving the (12) Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 turbo locks a wheel next to Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 3, 2016 in Spielberg, Austria.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 03: Felipe Nasr of Brazil driving the (12) Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 turbo locks a wheel next to Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 3, 2016 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

 Sauber had a terrible first lap, both drivers involved in one form of squeezing or the other. Jenson manages to retain his casual tone whilst oscillating through gravel at 150kph… This incident with Ericsson put him at the back of the grid, he recovered to overtake his team-mate Alonso.


4.

McLaren: “Fernando, three laps to go after this one, we are happy to make the stop if you wish…”
Alonso: “Box!”

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 2, 2016 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 02: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 2, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Do you think he was fed up with the tyres he was on? Nando didn’t even wait for the radio transmission from the team to finish before announcing that he’d be coming in. This was towards the end of the race and allowed Alonso to set the fastest lap of the Grand Prix on fresh rubber with low-fuel.


3.

Manor: “So comments on balance please from that last run?”
Wehrlein: “I don’t like it.” 

SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 26: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Manor Racing MRT-Mercedes MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 26, 2016 in Spa, Belgium.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 26: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Manor Racing MRT-Mercedes MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 26, 2016 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

During practice as Manor looked for feedback on amended set-up. Not quite the feedback the team would have been looking for! More front-wing? Less? Just keep tweaking until he says he likes it.


2. 

Hamilton: “Don’t worry about the start, it was my fault.”

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates getting pole position in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 3, 2016 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates getting pole position in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 3, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Moments after the sluggish getaway, Hamilton takes the blame for the poor start over radio. He’s shifted his position since, admitting that he followed normal start procedure. Tin foil hats donned…


1.

McLaren: “You need to keep your pace up because Grosjean might come back to us…”
Alonso: “Ah ha ha ha!” 

The transcript doesn’t do Alonso’s evil laugh any justice. It belongs in a Hitchcock movie. Sinister chuckles that will no doubt haunt his race engineer for the coming weeks.