The big topic following Sunday’s inaugural Formula 1 race in Baku was the controversial limitations on radio traffic between driver and pit-wall.
As his points comeback faltered on the streets of Azerbaijan, world champion Lewis Hamilton let his frustration show as he grappled with an engine setting problem that Mercedes engineers could not help him fix.
Some of the team radio exchanges were vintage Hamilton. We have not had entertainment on the radio like this for a while. It was blessed relief given how dreary the race was.
Hamilton: “This is ridiculous guys, I don’t know. I’m looking at my fricking dash every five seconds trying to find a switch in the wrong position. I’ve not changed anything or done anything wrong that I’m aware of.”
Pete Bonnington (race engineer): “There is nothing you are doing wrong, just a setting that is incorrect.”
Hamilton: “In HTB?”
Bonnington: “I’m afraid I can’t say.”
Hamilton: “I might not finish this race as I’m going to try and change everything.”
Bonnington: “We do not advise that Lewis.”
Hamilton: “Can I make suggestions and you say if it’s OK or not?”
Bonnington: “No, that’s not allowed. Let’s just got our heads down and focus on the job.”