Formula One drivers are seen as some of the coolest sportsmen on the planet.
But behind the scenes and in the cockpit, it doesn’t take much to make them lose their cool and completely blow up and the car, their team, other drivers… anything really!
Here are the best bits from over the team radio from the Chinese Grand Prix…
Leclerc blows up
After a tough weekend in Bahrain, Charles Leclerc arrived in China desperate to make amends for his power failure which cost him a maiden win of his career.
But after taking a pole position at Sakhir, he was fuming at himself for the mistakes he made in missing out on another strong performance in Shanghai.
And it was made worse once his engineer told him Sebastian Vettel’s time compared to his.
Leclerc, speaking on the radio after qualifying: “F***! I did mistakes! Come on Charles! F***! F***!”
Engineer: “Sebastian lap time… 31.84. And yourself… 31.86.”
Leclerc: “Come on! F***! F***! Stupid! F****** stupid! Not good enough, not good enough for me. Not my side. Not speaking about the car, car was good. I should have done better. That’s it.”
He was calmed down by his engineer telling him that there is still a whole race to go the day after but that quickly turned to frustration again too.
After pipping Vettel off the start, for the third race running, Ferrari got involved with team orders for their drivers, with Leclerc warned to go faster or risk being told to pull over and let Vettel pass.
Vettel was eventually allowed to pass due to his speed but was unable to get away from Leclerc to challenge Valtteri Bottas which just added to the 19-year-old’s frustration that he was made give up a track position as it became evident the German’s perceived greater pace was due to having DRS.
Engineer: “We have to go faster otherwise we’ll let Sebastian pass.
Leclerc: “Okay. Let’s see in two laps, but okay.”
Engineer two laps later: “Let Sebastian by, let Sebastian by.”
Leclerc: “But I… I’m pulling now, I’m pulling away!”
Engineer: “We do our job, stay focused. We do our job.”
Once Vettel had passed, Leclerc added: “I’m losing quite a lot of time, I don’t know whether you want to know or not but just to let you know.”
Another Grand Prix, another foul-mouthed explosion from Max Verstappen.
He was on his out lap, poised for one last run to try and throw a cat among the pidgeons inside the top four which was held by Mercedes and Ferrari.
It was ruined though as a host of cars passed him at the hairpin on his preparation lap.
First Sebastian Vettel went by and then the Renaults – and he actually hurt Pierre Gasly’s lap as well.
Verstappen: “Nah mate! F***! I’m finished right?”
Engineer: “We are… finished.”
Verstappen: “They’re such w****** honestly! Everybody is lining up and they’re just f****** it up! You’re just trying to be nice but everybody is just f****** it up.”
Renault reset at 200km/h
Renault suffered a mixed weekend yet again because, despite Daniel Ricciardo picking up his first points for the team (and finishing his first race), teammate Nico Hulkenberg was forced to retire for the second consecutive race.
And worryingly still, despite having a new spec power unit installed for China as a precaution, he suffered the same MGU-K failure which ended his race on lap 18.
But it wasn’t as straightforward as that. Hulkenberg voiced his concerns of the problem on track before attempting to reset his power numerous times while travelling at around 200km/h.
Hulkenberg: “Loss of power… I don’t know the power. I’m losing power.”
Engineer: “Okay – button twice, button twice. It should clear.”
Hulkenberg: “No. It doesn’t clear.”
Engineer: “Try again.”
Hulkenberg: “No it doesn’t do anything.”
Engineer: “Copy. Keep trying the ‘OK’ button twice Nico. It’s the only option at the moment.”
Hulkenberg: “Yeah I’m doing it. Want me to do another stop? I’m doing it, nothing is happening.”
Engineer: “Understood. Okay Nico you need to go to scenario 12 and then back to scenario three quickly and then ‘OK’ button twice.”
Hulkenberg: “Still doesn’t do it.”
Engineer: “Box, box, box, box.”
Engineer: “Okay Nico, confirming we are retiring the car.”
Kimi Raikkonen put in another solid performance in his new Alfa Romeo as he scored points for the third consecutive week to continue his reign as ‘best of the rest’ in the championship table.
He spent most of his race in Shanghai battling with Sergio Perez’s Racing Point just behind Daniel Ricciardo before eventually settling for ninth place.
However, a quick listen to the team radio when McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was getting in his way on Lap 39 as Raikkonen tried to lap him saw the Iceman lose his cool slightly.
Raikkonen: “The f****** McLaren wants to have a race now…”
Engineer: “I know he’s annoying yeah…”
Raikkonen: “It’s a joke… he’s slowing me down! F**** sake! Come on, let’s get him out of the way.”
That wasn’t his only grip during the race though. He also had a blast at his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, who ended up finishing 15th in the race, as the two Alfa Romeos nearly collided into each other.
Raikkonen: “What the f*** is he doing? He nearly hit me… He almost hit me – on purpose!”