Best of Team Radio: 6 Times F1 Drivers Kept Us Entertained in the Car in the 2021 Season

Published 12/27/2021, 6:43 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Sometimes, a Formula One team radio is just as entertaining as the race, and the 2021 season didn’t disappoint. Teams and drivers provided the F1 community with some wholesome content.

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With no further ado, let us look back at some of the best team radio moments that the 2021 season offered.

The best Formula One team radio moments in 2021

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The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was a memorable race for the 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, as he achieved his first podium for Aston Martin. He soon came on to the team radio and laughed said, “Yes! yes yes yes, great job.”

Another team radio moment that is loved by the F1 community is when Vettel wished Sergio Perez for winning driver of the day. He said, “Felicidades or Feliz Navidad, or whatever you say to Checo.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Kimi Raikkonen is known to have entertaining radio conversations, whether is it is about his drink or a time penalty. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Iceman went back and forth with his race engineer on whether he could hear him. In the end, Kimi got frustrated and said, “But you answer still.”

Lando Norris is known to have witty responses, and it was no different when he spun off the track. The McLaren driver lost control of his car and went onto the grass; his race engineer asked him if he had sustained any damage, to which Norris replied, “Talent.”

Lewis Hamilton showed his frustration for not having music in his car while waiting in the pitlane. He said, “We’re going to have music in this car. I can’t listen to that terrible beep.”

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After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Vettel was informed that he won the Overtake award. He came onto team radio, and said, “What’s the prize? One million jelly beans?”

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

What has been your favorite team radio moment? Have we missed out on any iconic moments of the 2021 season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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