Radio Ga Ga: Japanese Grand Prix

From ESPN - October 13, 2017

ESPN rounds up the best radio soundbites from the Japanese Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton edged closer to a fourth world championship title.

SV: "I know you are not allowed to talk to me but if there's anything for safety or reliability let me know."

"Driver default delta two off. Driver default alpha four six when you can."

The moment Sebastian Vettel realised his chances of a much-needed fightback in Japan were in jeopardy. Ferrari discovered a problem with a spark plug on the German's car moments before the race began, but ran out of time to fix it. The issue would prove to be terminal, leaving Vettel's title chances hanging by a thread.

CS: "I am really sorry guys. I just went for it... did not happen."

"It's OK Carlos, it's OK. A shame to close the race like this, but anyway, thank you for all this time."

Carlos Sainz's final race for Toro Rosso did not go to plan, as the Spaniard ended his tenure with the Faenza-based outfit on a sad note by spinning into the barriers on the opening lap in Japan.

SP: "Guys, can I attack Esteban? He's just too slow."

"No Checo... no. Hold position, hold position. We will have more updates for you in a few laps."

SP: "Tell him to pick up the pace. He's too slow!"

Force India imposed team orders in Suzuka in an attempt to avoid further fireworks between its drivers. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who clashed in Baku and Belgium, made it safely home without drama to secure a double points finish for the team.

"My DRS is stuck open! My DRS is stuck open! It does not f------ close!"

A bizarre DRS malfunction in the closing stages ended any hopes of a points finish for Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

"Good boy!"

Kevin Magnussen's bold pass on Williams' Felipe Massa on lap 42 gained ESPN's approval as our 'overtake of the day' and also made his team pretty happy, too. Haas went on to record its best two-car points finish in F1.


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