Sebastian Vettel might not have won a race during the 2016 Formula 1 seasons, but the German driver could have a good chance of winning the award for the best and sweariest race radio message for the year:
“OK I made contact. I had no chance to avoid, I had the Red Bull coming up the inside like a mad man and I hit Kimi.”
“Just to copy you again, Kvyat’s attack was suicidal. There was always going to be a crash, no way with the speed he had he could have done the corner.”
Scuderia Ferrari’s race in China is compromised by Daniil Kvyat’s reckless move from the first corner, which forced Sebastian Vettel to make contact with his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, and the four-time world champion is inevitably outraged. Sadly for the German driver, the worst from Daniil Kvyat was yet to come.
“Oh for f— sake, man! Who the f—! Oh, I’m out. Crash. Somebody hit me in the f—ing rear in Turn 2, then someone hit me in the f—ing rear again in Turn 3. Honestly. What the f— are we doing here?”
A radio rant for the ages. Sebastian completely loses the plot after being forced to retire from the Russian Grand Prix, where Kvyat hit him from behind not once, but twice.
“If I don’t avoid that he is just going straight into my car. Honestly, what are we doing? Racing or ping pong?”
Sebastian questions his former teammate’s move during the Spanish Grand Prix, after Daniel Ricciardo’s driving nearly ended the race for both of them.
“Get this traffic out of the way! Mama mia what the hell is going on!?”
In Canada, Vettel shows us that Scuderia Ferrari’s Italian heritage is beginning to rub off on him with this clever exclamation about lapped cars, which eventually proved to be one of his favourite topics of the season.
“Alonso is taking a bus tour around Baku.”
Sebastian gets angry at the driving of Fernando Alonso as the McLaren car runs slowly around the Baku street circuit during free practice. Or was that actually the true pace of the McLaren?
“Come on, blue flag! [Censored] that’s ridiculous. I mean come on — seriously!”
Those annoying lapped cars cause headaches for Sebastian Vettel yet again during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“Pity sake, make him go! What do you want to know, quick track, difficult to pass, you lose behind another car. It’s ridiculous!”
After having to stay behind a very slow Manor car for almost half of lap, Sebastian’s discontent continues at the Japanese Grand Prix.
“OK Sebastian, we have some rear wing drop-outs as you may notice.”
“Yeah, some! Some is good, keep joking!”
And they say that Germans don’t have a sense of humour. Vettel responds to a radio message from Ferrari at the United States Grand Prix, after being informed about the driving difficulties of his car, which, of course, he had already noticed.
“Move, move for f—s sake. He’s a [censored], that’s what he is”
Max Verstappen stubbornness not to give the position back after clearly running off track to defend his position was the starting point of the most epic radio rant we have witnessed in recent years.
“I mean, am I the only one or are you not seeing what I’m seeing!? He’s just backing me off into Ricciardo [censored].”
As the other Red Bull car got closer to the back of his car, Sebastian Vettel is well aware of what his rivals have instored for him.
“You know what, here’s the message to Charlie: f–k off! Honestly f–k off.”
Vettel’s astonishing insult towards FIA Formula One Race Director and Safety Delegate, Charlie Whiting, after informed told the stewards would investigate Verstappen’s driving later on. The Scuderia Ferrari driver apologised for his outburst immediately after the Mexican Grand Prix and did not receive a punishment for his reaction.