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The FIA has made public the radio conversation which took place between the McLaren team and driver Lewis Hamilton during the final stages of the Australian Grand Prix. We pick up the dialogue during the second safety car period, shortly after the Englishman has passed Jarno Trulli's Toyota, which ran off the track at Turn 15.
Transcript of McLaren radio communication:
Richard Hopkirk (engineer): OK Lewis, you just need to make sure your delta's positive over the safety car line. After the safety car line the delta doesn't matter, but no overtaking. No overtaking.
Lewis Hamilton: The Toyota went off in the second to last corner I overtook him is that OK?
RH: Understood, Lewis. We'll confirm and get back to you.
LH: He was off the track. He went wide.
RH: Lewis, you need to allow the Toyota through. Allow the Toyota through now.
(Hamilton yields to Trulli, unseen on TV screens)
LH: He's slowed right down in front of me.
RH: OK, Lewis. Stay ahead for the time being. Stay ahead. We'll get back to you. We're talking to Charlie (Whiting, race director).
LH: I've let him past already.
RH: OK, Lewis. That's fine. That's fine. Hold position. Hold position.
LH: Ask Charlie I already overtook him and I've just let him past so...
RH: I understand Lewis. We are checking. Now can we go to yellow G5, yellow Golf 5.
LH: If I don't have to let him past then I should be able to take that position back, because he made a mistake.
Dave Ryan (team manager): Yes, we understand Lewis. Let's just do it by the book. We're asking Charlie now. You are in P4, if you hold this position. Just keep it together.
RH: OK Lewis, your KERS is full, your KERS is full. Just be aware. You can go back to black F2, black Foxtrott 2.
LH: Have you found out from Charlie on whether I can take it back or not?
RH: We're till waiting on a response Lewis, still waiting.
RH: Lewis, work on your brakes please. Front brakes are cold.
DR: Lewis, If we are able to use, to deploy KERS that would be good. If you can deploy KERS please do so now.
RH: OK, Lewis, this is the last lap of the race. At the end of the lap the safety car will come in, you just proceed over the line without overtaking, without overtaking. We are looking into the Trulli thing, but just hold position.
(Hamilton finishes the race fourth, behind Jarno Trulli)
Click here to listen to the recording taken from McLaren's radio channel
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