During a Formula One race, drivers often come on the team radio with their race engineers. However, at times, the messages can induce a lot of laughter for the viewers and sometimes the drivers and engineers. So, in the 2019 Formula One season, which are the funniest team radio messages?
1. You’re Crying? I’m Crying!
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 would be the last time Lando Norris and his race engineer Andrew Jarvis partner up. So, once the season finale race concluded, both driver and engineer teared up. The reason behind Jarvis’ departure is relatively unknown, but it is clear that he and Lando Norris shared a great relationship.
2. Smooth Operator
This actually became a running joke for McLaren driver Carlos Sainz, who was a fan of the song. After the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Spaniard recorded a second consecutive 5th place for McLaren. After the celebration, Carlos Sainz just asked his engineer, “Do you know what that was? That was a Smooth Operator! Smooooooooooth Operatoooooooor!”
Then the team replied back saying, “Carlos, check the radio, we seem to have picked up some dodgy music channel again.”
3. Gasly’s Screams After his Maiden Podium
Getting a maiden podium can be an exhilarating experience, and after the up and down season that he had, Pierre Gasly deserved it. So, when he grabbed an unexpected podium in the Toro Rosso in Brazil, the French driver was crowing it to the high heavens.
At the Russian Grand Prix 2019, Lando Norris finished in 8th place and apologised for not finishing higher. However he was informed that his radio timed out and the last thing that they heard was something about sushi. However, he quipped back that if they wanted him to be terminally ill, then they could have sushi in Japan
5. To Whom it May Concern
After a forgettable 2018 Formula One season, Valtteri Bottas was on a redemption arc and was on a mission. So, at the Australian Grand Prix, when he won the race, his engineer told him, “That’s payback for last year, Valtteri”. Then, the Finn held nothing back when he said on the radio, “To whom it may concern, F*** You!”
At the Austrian Grand Prix, Lando Norris was doing a stellar job of holding off Daniel Ricciardo. As they battled, the team radioed the youngster and instructed him to keep the Australian behind. At this point, Norris couldn’t help quipping, “You mean like, Forever?”
7. Kimi is Not a Nature Expert
Kimi Raikkonen is one driver who has zero cares in the world, and that was on full display in Canada. The Finnish veteran happened to spot a wild marmot wandering on the track and reported it to the team. However, in typical Kimi fashion, he blanked on the name of the creature.
8. Sebastian Vettel Wants V12 Engines
The Russian Grand Prix was a miserable weekend for former Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel. Aside from the controversy of disobeying team orders, the German driver trundled to a stop with a failure. As he sat in his sputtering car, he lamented that F1 needs to go back to V12 engines.
9. Charles Leclerc is Furious with Sebastian Vettel
Of course, this could not be left out, as the Ferrari team imploded in Interlagos. A fierce battle between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc resulted in both of them taking each other out. Naturally, the Monegasque driver was hopping mad, and he let loose on the radio.
10. Steiner Has Had Enough of Grosjean’s Whining
It is no secret that Romain Grosjean hated the 2019 Haas Formula One car and criticised it whenever possible. In the team’s home race in USA, the Frenchman was struggling and he wanted to pit to retire. Clearly, team boss Guenther Steiner had enough of his whinging and told him to shut up. In the end, Grosjean elected to bring the car home.