2013 Indian GP qualifying team radio transcript

2013 Indian Grand Prix

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An exciting qualifying session in India saw Romain Grosjean knocked out in the very first round.

Sebastian Vettel went on to claim his seventh pole position of the season.

Here’s how it unfolded on the team radio broadcast.

2013 Indian Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript

Q119:22Juan Pablo RamirezGiedo van der GardeWe’ll wait a couple of minutes. Wind at the moment direction has changed to tail wind on the back straight, tail wind braking into turn four, beware of that, and then sidewind on the other areas.
Q1Giedo van der GardeJuan Pablo RamirezSo we’ve got wind from the back on the straight?
Q1Juan Pablo RamirezGiedo van der GardeYeah that’s correct.
Q118:41Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezShift two.
Q118:15Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneSmall wind direction change, Jev, little bit of tail wind on the long straight.
Q117:56Tony RossNico RosbergStraight out. Gutierrez is turn 15 at the moment. Just a request, if you get out of a lap try and tell us straight away so we can look for traffic.
Q1Tony RossNico RosbergTrack’s clear. Just short-shifting through the gears. Gutierrez just starting a lap now. And your reference turn one brake balance is 55-5. Temperatures are 10 front and 10 rear.
Q1Tony RossNico RosbergGutierrez 11 seconds behind. And in terms of fuel you’ll go mix two for all timed laps, even if you’re not pushing, that’s because we are fuelled for that.
Q117:00Tony RossNico RosbergTemperatures are 10 front and 9 rear. Gutierrez eight seconds. Boost to 50 only.
Q116:42Brad JoyceAdrian SutilAll cars behind are on out-laps, mediums tyres.
Q115:35Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonMercedes’ Q1 cut-off time estimate was fairly accurate: Grosjean set a 1’26.577 and was elimiated in 17th, Bottas was 16th with a 1’26.178.
Straight out, circuit should be all clear. Expected lap time, or cut-off, rather, 26.5. So remember short-shift in seventh. You have the magic diff available so that’s bacl button on the left-hand side. Ricciardo and Raikkonen cars behind, they left the pits with you so they’re on out-laps. Sutil in the final corner is about to start a timed lap.
Q114:55Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonWe can afford to work the fronts harder to get the temps up, just keep the rears under control. I’ll let you know.
Q114:40Gary GannonMax ChiltonFronts -23, rears -26.
Q114:22Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneStill a big gap behind you to Bianchi and Perez. They’ve just left turn four so you’ve got a seven seconds gap behind you now so don’t be too close to Van der Garde.
Q113:51Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaKERS recharge one click up. So Di Resta very slow in the first sector so he must have popped up somewhere so I guess he’s going to start his timed lap so that’s fine, you’re going to be in sync with him. Get the gap anyway. Van der Garde is four sceonds behind, he’s on an out-lap. Vergne is three seconds behind him, he’s on an out-lap. So pull back to Van der Garde and you will get the gap to Di Resta. Press the ED button.
Q112:52Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachObviously we’re getting a bit out of plan now. [Distorted] next one and then see what we do.
Q1Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergYep that’s good. Di Resta now five seconds behind, watch for him, he’s on quick lap. And then five seconds behind is Massa, he’s exiting turn nine, he’s also on a quick lap.
Q111:00Nico RosbergTony RossWhat do you think the cut-off is?
Q1Tony RossNico RosbergWe think -.1 from where you are is the cut-off, so a 26.5. Let us know if you want electronic changes so brake balance forward. Keep fronts up, fronts are 14, rears are 15. Lewis has backed off behind, he is the first car, seven and a half seconds, there’s two cars on laps behind him.
Q110:18Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSutil now the car seven seconds behind. You now have Pic and Maldonado.
Q19:30Mark TempleSergio PerezNice lap, currently P1. Can we have yellow G1 and be careful of Vergne, five seconds behind, he may be on a timed lap.
Q1Sergio PerezMark TempleThe car was a bit nervous. The rear was a bit nervous in the high-speed.
Q1Mark TempleSergio PerezUnderstood Checo. Try to go up on the diff switches that will help. You still have Vergne three seconds behind on a timed lap. If you let him through Bianchi is behind him, also on a timed lap. We need to get ourselves a good gap for the next lap.
Q18:40Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaThat’s OK so we’ll try again. We’ll do one more. Press the ED button.
Q18:08Paul DavisonJules BianchiJust watch for Perez there, there’s a gap behind Perez. So pace, you did 27.6, Van der Garde 27.7, Pic 27.8 and Max 28.1 so pace looks good mate. Keep pushing, we need all the brake temp we can get, keep pushing on the in-lap.
Q1Jules BianchiPaul DavisonOK.
Q17:12Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenBox this lap please, you are currently P2. Use all the KERS on the in-lap please. Bottas behind you is on a slow lap but Romain is behind him on a timed lap. Big gap at the moment. Cool the car as much as you can please, Kimi. No problems from other cars behind.
Q15:50Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoButton you should see him in corner one and then behind you there is Felipe out of last corner now.
Q1Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoWe have Felipe nine seconds behind us. Behind Felipe is Perez who is four seconds, three seconds behind him.
Q1Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoOK we go to charge plus two. We go for three timed laps, we still have seven seconds on Felipe behind, charge plus two. Behind Felipe is clear if you need, there is three-and-a-half seconds behind you. Over-revs on.
Q13:28Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenNext car is Vettel, he’s just done a timed lap, he’s a long way behind you.
Q1Kimi RaikkonenMark Slade[Distorted]
Q12:55Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonCircuit’s all clear. Di Resta crossing the start/finish line now, about to start a lap.
Q1Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonDi Resta six seconds behind on a lap.
Q1Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonDi Resta at three seconds.
Q12:04Simon RennieMark WebberGo for a slow lap now. We can run again. We’re a little bit on the edge so we will go do one more lap Do one slow lap this time, watch tyre temperatures, try to cool the tyres.
Q1Simon RennieMark WebberUse 70 KERS. Brake balance one click forwards. Chilton and Ricciardo behind you both on out-laps, five seconds behind you, you have a clear track ahead.
Q10:38Tim WrightCharles PicDi Resta behind might be on a cool-down lap but there is space behind Di Resta. There is a gap behind Di Resta. We expect Di Resta to cool down now. We expect Maldonado to cool down. You will need to take space from Maldonado and Hulkenberg ahead because they may be slowing. Di Resta behind is slow. Mixture one.
Q10:00Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuI got traffic on the… not that lap, the quickest lap, in the last corner.
Q1Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanOK, copy that.
Q10:00Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneCurrently P12. Slow in-lap please, no KERS release. So we were a 26.1, Daniel did a very good lap, 25.6, he made two-tenths in both of the first two sectors on us.
Q10:00Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuWhere are we?
Q1Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanUnusually, FOM didn’t censor this message.
I fucked up massively. P17.
Q1Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuNo way.
Q1Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanYeah.
Q1Daniel RicciardoMarco MatassaBit of understeer on throttle. So through, like, turn four, a little bit out of one and out of turn four limited by understeer on throttle. Then for the rest of the lap was not too bad. The car is a little bit nervous but I think we’re more or less there. So it was OK.
Q1Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoIn terms of front wing are you happy, I think?
Q1Andrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoJust a bit unlucky with the first lap with that mistakes and then the tyres were too stressed for the second timed.
Q1Pastor MaldonadoAndrew MurdochYeah I got traffic.
Q1Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneJust looking at the data we think it might help you to rotate the car a bit more. If we went again on a new set put a bit more flap. For this set I don’t think we do, I think we leave the same. But for the final one we can add a little bit more.
Q213:44Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoIn terms of the front wing are you happy to stay with?
Q2Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoRicciardo presumably makes some gesture to Matassa.
Copy that, I agree. And for the next set I think we should stay.
Q213:04Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezOne flying lap Esteban and is all clear.
Q2Esteban GutierrezFrancesco NenciCopy.
Q212:40Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoIn Italian.
Sono sicuro che tu senti me. (I’m sure that you can hear me.)
Q212:10Brad JoyceAdrian SutilWe recommend diff mid four for the oversteering. Also go up on entry as well: diff entry up one and diff mid up one. Try that in the final sector.
Q211:50Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezA Lotus is four seconds in front on used [softs] as well. Sutil behind 11 seconds. Recovery seven now, can keep a bigger gap.
Q211:11Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaKimi is ten seconds behind. He’ll be OK, you just try and maintain that gap. Anyway you need a slightly harder out-lap than normal as this tyres are used. In front of you you’ve got a clear track so try to maintain that.
Q210:27Tony RossNico RosbergTemperatures are ten front, ten rear. [Hulkenberg] just passing now. Next car behind is Lewis on an out-lap. So just get those fronts warmed up.
Q29:55Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonMassa behind, 25 seconds, so plenty of space to drop back. Tyre temps ten degrees off the window so they shuold be good for the start of the lap. Go to mix two now.
Q28:45Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergSutil behind, Sutil opening his lap. Now Rosberg behind, six seconds. He will open his lap, he’s on a quick one. Then Hamilton, he will also be on a quick one.
Q2Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachAgain too understeery on [mediums]. Really need from before where we were, need to come up three clicks.
Q2Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergUnderstood, up three clicks compared to [softs]. Watch Rosberg then Hamilton.
Q27:40Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoRadio problems for Alonso.
We have Vergne behind us, three second behind us, I keep talking, not sure if you can hear me. Box now.
Q25:51Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezBox Esteban. Is the car OK?
Q2Esteban GutierrezFrancesco NenciYeah the car is OK but [distorted].
Q2Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezRelease seven, charge the KERS. Box.
Q25:08Daniel RicciardoMarco MatassaPersonally I’m not convinced but if you see something I don’t, please decide, but I don’t see any merit in it.
Q2Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoNo I am much the same. Toggle it.
Q24:47Dave RobsonJenson ButtonI think it’s fair to say that is a stunning lap on a used set. But we are going to pepare the car for another run on a new set of [soft] tyres.
Q24:06Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAlonso ahead, out lap.
Q23:40Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoIf you can here me it was the only car behind you, now is clear behind you.
Q22:50Simon RennieMark WebberLet’s go for another slow lap please, we will go again, slow lap this time, look after the tyre temperatures, clear lap behind, use 50 KERS early. Brake balance one click forwards to open the next lap.
Q22:15Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelYou’ve now got Alonso starting his timed lap, you’re about ten seconds up the road. And behind him is all cars on out-laps.
Q21:45Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonMercedes slightly overestimated the time needed to reach Q2: Button made it in with a 1’25.458.
Straight out. Cut-off 25.25. Circuit should be all clear. The reference time in your car is 25.5.
Q21:18Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergNow Vettel in front, he’s gone slow. Recovery nine, release eight, special two.
Q20:56Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaKimi very slow in the first sector so Kimi not a problem. Get the gap to Perez.
Q20:21Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasThat’s looking good so keep doing that, back off. Still five seconds gap to Raikkonen. Make a bigger gap more cars ahead. Need to back off a bit more. Lotus are in the pit lane, Raikkonen could be in.
Q20:00Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoStay in front of Rosberg.
Q2Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoMultifunction position two and follow the reference. KERS release seven. Do not release the KERS.
Q20:00Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaP8 but we should be OK. Hamilton goes fifth so we go P9 so that’s OK. Wasn’t a particularly great lap I think you’ll agree but it’s fine for what we need to do. Go right switch down. OK you are negative on the split time which is fine.
Q20:00GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaHard luck. You are P12. P10 was Button, 25.458, Sector three was over a tenth slower than the scrubbed tyre so maybe close but I think probably a bit optimistic, we were probably half a tenth on a perfect lap away from Q3 today. But I think that’s a good effort, well done.
Q20:00Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergStill starting the lap turn one especially is quite understeery on the car, it’s not really turning, need to kill the speed, also there we’re lacking some lap.
Q20:00Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasAny other comments on that run, Valtteri?
Q2Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsNo just the front temps were not high enough for the timed lap just the out lap was compromised a bit with the others. That was the main limitation. The rear was there but the front wasn’t so [distorted] good lap with the balance that we had.
Q2Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasCopy that. That’s it for today, gents.
Q20:00Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneHard luck. Your feedback for us?
Q2Jean-Eric VergnePhil CharlesStill haven’t much feeling in turn five/six. Turn four was fine. To be honest I thought I was a decent lap, I’ve done everything I could really.
Q310:00Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoRicciardo missed the cut for Q1 by 0.061s
Good effort, Daniel.
Q3Daniel RicciardoMarco MatassaUnderstood. Disappointing but I tried my best. Were we close to Q3?
Q3Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoOne tenth from [distorted], half a tenth from Q3.
Q3Daniel RicciardoMarco MatassaUnderstood.
Q39:38Simon RennieMark WebberRemember the programme: cold lap then push.
Q38:33Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelI’m sending you out in front of Mark who’s going to start his first timed lap on [mediums]. He’s going to be pushing hard, obviously, but the gap is big. If you need to drop back behind him its not a disaster.
Q37:35Tony RossNico RosbergNo more boost.
Q37:20Simon RennieMark WebberAlonso behind you is also on a timed lap, he is pushing.
Q36:10Dave RobsonJenson ButtonThat’s good so Hamilton behind could be on a timed lap, he’s seven seconds behind. Keep warming the brakes.
Q35:34Mark TempleSergio PerezConfirm we are box this lap for [medium] tyre.
Q3Sergio PerezMark TempleOK box this lap.
Q35:16Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton lost time early in Q3.
We were delayed getting out of the garage so this is just going to be one out and one in lap, so going past the pits once, you can do the first two sectors pushing, just get an idea of the balance.
Q34:45Simon RennieMark WebberBox this lap, keep up the pace on the in-lap, that was a very good lap. KERS seven, use all the KERS.
Q33:43Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAt the moment you are the only car who had run new [softs].
Q33:32Jenson ButtonDave RobsonWhat’s the front wing angle with this at the moment?
Q3Dave RobsonJenson ButtonThat is 78 and a half, so that is one and a half down from the [soft]. This will be a new [medium] tyre, three timed laps and it’ll be a pull-away.
Q32:35Tony RossNico RosbergStraight out. Raikkonen will just be starting a lap now so you’llsee him in turns one and three. Raikkonen at the start/finish line now.
Q3Tony RossNico RosbergBrake balances forwards, just start warming those tyres.
Q3Tony RossNico RosbergMix is good. Raikkonen on a timed lap in front, three seconds, Lewis on an out-lap behind, five seconds. He has Button about ten seconds behind him on a timed lap.
Q3Tony RossNico RosbergNo more boost.
Q31:33Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachGet a DDS slip while downshifting to second.
Q3Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergOK, understood.
Q3Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachAnd as well in turn three.
Q3Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergCopy that. Recovery ten. Should now happen with quali recovery. So Webber behind is out lap, then is ten seconds to Alonso is also out-lap.
Q30:12Tony RossNico RosbergTemperatures are 12 front and 11 rear. Brakes coming up. Gap to Raikkonen in front is seven seconds, gap to Lewis behind is seven seconds. Just warm those front tyres up.
Q30:00Simon RennieMark WebberI know you’re looking for position. Make good space to the cars ahead. Massa also on an out-lap.
Q30:00Dave RobsonJenson ButtonKeep pushing, might get one more timed.
Q30:00Dave RobsonJenson ButtonButton crossed the start/finish line moments after the chequered flag came out and wasn’t able to do another lap.
Sorry, we took the flag. Yellow G7. Track is clear behind. Box this lap.
Q30:00Dave RobsonJenson ButtonGreen S7, please, discharge all KERS. Purple C7 for the delta, must keep that delta neg.
Q30:00Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinYes guy, yes! We did what we had to. Great job, car was fantastic.
Q30:00Tony RossNico RosbergThat’s P2 Nico, good effort.
Q30:00Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton later said he didn’t lose much time behind Vettel and the stewards did not impose a penalty.
Can you just confirm it was a Red Bull that was in the way? I guess it was Vettel, not Webber?
Q30:00Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonYeah, [distorted].
Q30:00Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonCopy that. We’ll have another look at it.
Q30:00Simon RennieMark WebberThe top three was Vettel, Rosberg and Hamilton on soft tyres, with Webber the highest qualifier on mediums.
Everyone else on [mediums] is at the back, we are P4 mate, nice job.

Thanks to @KevinCucamest for translating the Italian radio messages.

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3 comments on “2013 Indian GP qualifying team radio transcript”

  1. Great Idea, very interesting to see what they are talking about during Qualli.

  2. Why does Ayao say he ****** up massively, did he not inform Romain of traffic in front?

    1. They got the cutoff wrong @speedking84, GRO should have been on options to get through like most of their qualifying direct competition.

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