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Hamilton's Monaco pit stop radio calls made public

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06/06/2015

After days of speculation, courtesy of the official F1 website, new light has been shed on the radio communications between driver and team prior to strategic nightmare.

In the wake of mounting speculation and rumour, and though all parties concerned might want to "move on", the transcript reveals that Hamilton wasn't entirely blameless in terms of that fateful stop, believing that teammate Nico Rosberg had pitted - though the team clearly got its sums wrong.

The transcript, detailing the communications between Hamilton and his engineer Pete Bonnington in the aftermath of Max Verstappen's accident which saw the Virtual Safety Car activated, is as follows:

Pete Bonnington: "So, just a reminder, you are in your Safety Car... Virtual Safety Car. Virtual Safety Car. So look at your dash, look at the boards. Keep positive. Stay positive. And you are staying out."

PB: "So we are staying out and you are just staying positive."

PB: "Okay, Lewis, a Safety Car has been deployed."

Lewis Hamilton: "Are you sure it's the best thing to stay out?"

PB: "Nope, we will be boxing the end of the lap. Boxing the end of the lap. So just stay positive. Stay positive. We are going to go +1 turns for the option tyre unless you tell us different."

PB: "Okay Lewis, just give us pit confirm."

PB: "Okay, so we are now staying out. Staying out. Staying out. Just confirm on the radio."

LH: "Guys, that's not good. These tyres have lost all their temperature. Everyone is going to be on options now."

PB: "Okay. Copy, copy. Box, box. Box, box."

PB: "So, cancel brake magic. Cancel the brake magic."

PB: "Caution on pit entry."

PB: "RS modes. RS modes."

PB: "So, cancel RS. Watch the line on pit exit."

LH: "What's happened guys? Guys, what's happened?"

PB: "Okay, Lewis, so we got caught behind. So we're just getting a look now, just having a look now. Just reviewing the video. So stick the brake warming on, let's get some temperature into these brakes."

PB: "Okay, Lewis. So we have lost the marshalling system so we may need to do something to override DRS."

LH: "I've lost this race, haven't I?"

PB: "Not if they lose all their tyre temp. They're on the prime tyre. You've got very good options on the car at the moment."

LH: "How many laps left?"

PB: "We've got 13 laps remaining."

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1. Posted by scf1fan, 06/06/2015 21:22

"Seeing this, the primary confusion certainly seems to be coming from the pits. LH's questions about the conditions of his competitors' tires would be understandable, but with the general expectation that it's very difficult to pass at Monaco, that should not have been all that concerning. Where was Niki Lauda in all this? Having raced there and knowing the difficulty of passing, NL should have jumped on the radio and veto'd the stop. (Particularly they should have been knowing that the others did NOT make the stops that they were worrying about.)

Although there might have been some confusion as to whether Vettle stopped, they KNEW Nico hadn't. In that case SV would have had to make 2 late race passes for the lead. Otherwise it would have been a straight up fight between LH and NR, and perhaps at worse a LH, SV, NR finish. (Same points for MB as they got, though it would have more probably been LH, NR, SV with the pace NR was showing after the restart.)

Perhaps LH might have executed a bit more of an executive decision, but the flawed logic/strategy/algorithm originated in the pits. (Somewhere between statements 3 and 5 due to the SC being deployed.) "

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