FOM has passed its level one marketing course. Not only are they posting free videos to engage and attract fans to the sport, but they have clearly realised the gold that was the full radio conversation between Lewis Hamilton and the team during the safety car period of the 2015 Monaco GP.
Here are the pertinent exchanges between Lewis and the team on that fateful day.
Bonnington: “Virtual Safety Car! Keep positive, stay positive. And you are staying out!….. So we are staying out and you are just staying positive,”
Bonnington: “Safety Car has been deployed.”
Hamilton: “Are you sure it’s the best thing to stay out?”
Bonnington: “Nope, we will be boxing the end of the lap, box the end of the lap. Stay positive, stay positive. We are going to go one and a half turns (on front wing) for the option tyre unless you tell us different.”
Bonnington: “We are now staying out, staying out, staying out.!”
Hamilton: “Guys that’s not good, these tyres have lost all their temperature. Everyone’s going to be on options now.”
Bonnington: “OK, copy, copy, box, box!” says Bonnington. “Cancel the brake magic. Caution on pit entry, RS modes. Cancel RS.”
Hamilton exits the pits
Hamilton: “What’s happened guys, what’s happened?”
Bonnington: “OK Lewis so, we… we… got caught behind… we are having a look now, we are reviewing the video.”
Bonnington: “OK we have lost the marshalling system, so we may need to do something to override DRS.”
Hamilton: “I’ve lost this race, haven’t I?”
Bonningon: “Not if they lose all their tyre temp.”
The team intially decided to keep Lewis out. Lewis challenged this decision, the team then decided to pit.
Following further discussion the team reverted to their original decision. Hamilton again challenged this. The team acceded to Lewis point of view
He was fatefully pitted.
F1.com video here