Aside from another weekend of dominance at the Spanish Grand Prix for Mercedes, there was plenty going on around the track in Barcelona – and plenty over the team radio too.
There were the usual blow ups that we didn’t see live, including Max Verstappen going full Max Verstappen on Lance Stroll and a classic telling off from Guenther Steiner to his drivers.
Here are some of the best bits you might have missed from the weekend…
To the principal’s office…
Haas, who were so nearly best of the rest in 2018, have endured a tough start to the season, with Romain Grosjean only managing to finish one race, and score zero points, prior to Spain.
However, Barcelona is a favoured track for the American team and they showed it all weekend as both Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified strongly and finished with one and six points respectively at the end of the race.
But it could have been so much better until Grosjean’s attempted pass on Magnussen was shut down by the Dane, causing his teammate to drop down to P10.
Needless to say, Guenther Steiner was not happy and, like a high school headmaster, summoned the two misbehaving schoolboys to his office to be reprimanded.
After Grosjean tried to pass Magnussen:
Engineer to Magnussen: “Kevin, the message from Guenther to both drivers is to calm down, so both drivers calm down.”
Magnussen: “Yeah, absolutely. But I have really f***** tyres. If I drop behind him I will drop behind everyone.”
Engineer to Grosjean: “We need to hold station for now mate. Hold station. We just need to calm down, we just need to calm down. If you do it [overtake] it has to be clean.”
At the end of the race:
Steiner to Magnussen: “Kevin, the first one to come and see is me, please.”
Magnussen: “Sure, no problem.”
Steiner to Grosjean: “Romain, this is Guenther, I will… I will sort this out. Stay calm, come back easy. Now just… we speak afterwards but please stay calm. Thank you.”
Max goes mad
The bleep button certainly gets its fair share of use when it comes to listening back to Verstappen’s radio conversations, and it was no different during qualifying on Saturday in Barcelona.
The Red Bull man was warned to be aware of Racing Point’s Stroll as the Canadian went to start a flying lap as Verstappen was just finishing his.
However, in classic Verstappen style, he had a thing or two to say about Stroll’s driving.
Engineer to Verstappen: “Ok, look out for Stroll now starting a timed lap.”
Verstappen: “Yeah, no, f*** him! He also f***** my lap so he can wait as well. ****.”
So in qualifying, what goes around comes around – and Verstappen makes sure of it.
Hamilton wraps Vettel
Lewis Hamilton was left less-than-impressed by Sebastian Vettel as the two drivers were in the pitlane entry.
Hamilton was fast catching up with the Ferrari and was forced to break fairly suddenly as Vettel crawled along, apparently practicing burnouts.
Hamilton to engineer: “Vettel’s just been driving really dangerously in the pit entry to then do burnouts to the line.
It wasn’t the only time Hamilton was critical of another car this weekend, but that came later on in the race when he decided the safety car was going “too slowly”.