Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

2013 Indian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2013 Indian Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Kimi Raikkonen’s angry exchange with Lotus was one of the defining moments of the Indian Grand Prix, but there was plenty more of interest being said on the team radios.

While Lotus had problems getting one of their drivers to move over for the other, Force India seemed to have more success.

An unhappy Giedo van der Garde blamed Max Chilton for his first-lap retirement. And even after taking the chequered flag having climbed through the field to finish third despite an engine problem, Romain Grosjean was still annoyed about Esteban Gutierrez’s defensive driving over 30 laps earlier.

And of course the chequered flag falling was the signal for Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull to begin the celebrations of their fourth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship titles.

Here’s how the Indian Grand Prix unfolded in the team radio messages that were broadcast during the race.

2013 Indian Grand Prix team radio transcript

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PRAyao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanYou are going to the grid now and KERS mode stays where you are.
PRRomain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuOK going to the grid, raido check.
PRAyao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanYep, radio’s all good.
PRBernadette CollinsJenson ButtonFront wing OK?
PRJenson ButtonBernadette CollinsRoger, all OK.
PRBernadette CollinsJenson ButtonBox this lap.
PRJenson ButtonBernadette CollinsNo burn-outs, five second hold and then launch at the end.
PRAndrea StellaFernando AlonsoWe drive in charge plus five and we pull down after ten.
PRAndrea StellaFernando AlonsoChage zero, that was OK, cool down the car.
PRMarco SchupbachNico Hulkenberg20 minutes to go.
PRAndrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoRemember the start, RS mode at 14 5 [14,500 rpm], remember to use some KERS.
PRAndrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoClutch in, 14 5. Slowly in the pit lane.
PRPastor MaldonadoAndrew MurdochClutch eight
PRFrancesco NenciEsteban Gutierrez15 minutes to go.
PR?Ayao KomatsuAyao start multimap one, clutch six. We can stay where we are, if you want to run eight, stay in eight, otherwise six.
PRMarco SchupbachNico HulkenbergTen minutes to go.
PRAyao Komatsu?Also tell me if you have any feeling on Romain’s procedures, that would be good.
PR?Ayao KomatsuAyao procedures were OK.
PRGuillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThis time when we drop the car on the ground with the engin running we need two static bite points and then cycle KERS, seven-eight-seven.
PRMark SladeKimi RaikkonenThe radio is very poor out here as usual. So I’ll get Julian to copy any feedback. But can we go to clutch seven and multimap one to start, please. We’d like you to use 50% of the KERS at the start and then no more on the lap, so you should have 50% for the race start. And we will need the pit lane speed limiter on.
PRPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonTraction metrics for the race: 1,000 will be our target. So you can judge your pace by that. Be more prevalent on [medium] running because we’ve really got to make that one last. Finally obviously sector two, turn ten, that’s where we’ll do the majority of the tyre saving. So turn ten, eleven, that’s where the most energy goes in so when you do the tyre saving, obviously all the overtaking’s done in sector one.
PRSimon RennieMark WebberAnd Michael said the level of grip on the grid is similar to what you felt on the second start at the end of the pit lane. Obviously we had a little bit of clutch slip there and a bit of wheelspin. But later in first gear, that was the level of grip we should get. And just remember on the first lap, remember which are the important cars. So Alonso and the McLarens are the most important cars.
PRLewis Hamilton?What engine braking did I use the other day. Can you confirm – torque two?
PR?Lewis HamiltonAffirm Lewis, that’s the engine braking you used the other day.
PRLewis Hamilton?At the launches at the end of the pit lane there was a lot of rubber down there, where we were starting all the time. So the last one kind of bogged down a bit.
PR?Lewis HamiltonAffirm Lewis, I can see that, thanks.
FLFrancesco Nenci?So procedure for the [distorted]
FL?Francesco Nenci15 seconds.
FLFrancesco Nenci?Copy.
FLTony RossNico RosbergWe want as much lift and coast straight away into turn three. All gears are learnt.
FLGuillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelGearbox sync when you can. We need sync in gear seven. And 20% KERS.
FLGuillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelGearbox is good and engine is on target so remember no part-throttle.
FLAndrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoIt’ll be clutch seven, 14 5.
FLPastor MaldonadoAndrew MurdochCopy.
FLPhil CharlesJean-Eric VergneWarm front tyres a little, Jev.
FLPhil CharlesJean-Eric VergneRecovery three.
FLMark SladeKimi RaikkonenRemember to stay in first until the car has stopped and be careful with that left clutch paddle position.
FLSimon RennieMark WebberKERS eight, brake balance one click forwards. This is a red start. Remember react to the beep quickly, use KERS in gear two and consistent procedure, do your normal procedure.
1Kimi RaikkonenMark SladeCan you check if my tyre is OK I got hit by Webber.
1Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenLooks OK at the moment Kimi.
1Tim WrightCharles PicHow is your front wing Charles? Is you front wing OK? Please confirm.
1Charles PicTim WrightYes front wing OK. Somebody touched me at the rear.
2Giedo van der GardeJuan Pablo RamirezMy suspension is broken. Again Chilton, again Chilton, what an idiot.
3Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelBox. Torque map one and box. White line, watch your speed, hit your marks.
3Andrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoDRS enabled.
3Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachTyres OK so far.
3Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergCopy Nico. Recovery seven, brake bal plus three.
3Tony RossNico RosbergIt’s important to get past Massa, rear temperatures though are 17.
4Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonAll tyres are hot especially the rear. If we can push the brake balance forward a small amount, that may help.
4Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenThe rear calipers are very hot, you’ll need to move the brake balance forwards.
6Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaI think I damaged something more in the car. The steering is very heavy on the right corners.
6Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoOK we will have a look at that.
6Gary GannonMax ChiltonWe see the problem and we see it getting worse. It’s your call if you can manage it. The brake pedal is going long, we’ll keep monitoring, your call if you think you can’t drive with it.
6Max ChiltonGary GannonI just put the brake bias to the rear.
6Gary GannonMax ChiltonUnderstood.
6Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaVettel stuck in traffic, having to pass cars.
6Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThe leaders’ pace is 32.7 at the front.
6Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoOK for sure we touched the wheel as well so there may be something strange on the wheel. But for the moment we see the car OK so let’s see what we can do.
7GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaPaul if you can we recommend KERS one or KERS two for the final turn if you need it.
7Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneYou’re two tenths quicker than Daniel. Fernando still coming quickly behind you, he’s 32.6. And Button behind you now, Fernando and Button behind you.
8Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaBox this lap.
8Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachBalance is understeering at the moment.
8Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergCopy Nico, so protect the fronts, we keep you up to date on pace.
8Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachThis is the same problem Hulkenberg mentioend during qualifying.
I think we also have problems with the DDS again. The downshifts don’t feel smooth in the low-speed.
8Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergCopy that, we’re on it.
8Tony RossNico RosbergTorque two, diff entry five. You’ve come out in front of Hulkenberg who pitted from [soft] to [medium]. The cars in front of you are on used [medium] tyres. You will need to get past them but just looking after those temperatures.
8Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenPress the reverse button once.
9Simon RennieMark WebberThink about brake balance one click rearwards for turn 16 only.
9Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelFastest car on track at the moment: 32.4, fastest on [mediums].
9Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaYou are three seconds, 2.6 seconds behind Vettel. So no problem.
10Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergRecovery for braking stability low, on the toggle.
10Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachCopy. Thankyou.
10Tony RossNico RosbergTemperatures are 16 rear, left-front good, right-front on limit.
10Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelRemember you’re not racing the leaders any more. Be more concerned with the long run.
10Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanDo you want any more flap change, apart from what we’ve already discussed on the grid?
10Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuNo.
11Mark TempleSergio PerezThis pace and tyre management is really good, let’s keep this up.
11Simon RennieMark WebberBrake balance one click forwards.
11Tony RossNico RosbergRear temperatures are stable, temperatures OK for now. Would like you to start closing the gap up to Massa.
11Brad JoyceAdrian SutilHow’s the balance Adrian, and how are the tyres going?
11Adrian SutilBrad JoyceYeah it’s going well, it’s holding up consistently.
11Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonDo what you can to protect the tyres sector two for two laps.
12Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaShould have the DRS the next lap. One light available for out of the next corner.
12Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaIn Italian.
Hanno rotto sempre le [distorted] (They always broke the [distorted])
12Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanAs per the plan we go for one half-turn down. Clutch seven.
13Jenson ButtonDave RobsonBox this lap.
13Dave RobsonJenson ButtonLaunch map on, first gear before you stop and fire the brakes. This is the [medium].
13Dave RobsonJenson ButtonLaunch map off and it’s a clear track.
14Mark TempleSergio PerezWe are gapping the cars that have pitted onto the [medium] at around four or five tenths a lap so we’re building a good gap, let’s keep going.
14Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThere’s only one car between you and Mark, you’re minus six Perez, minus 13 Webber.
14Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaUse maximum two lights exit last corner. Remember so don’t save too many.
15Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaIn Italian.
Il gruppo dei leader che sono davanti a noi che non si sono fermati, chi sono? (Between the group of leaders that is in front us, who did not stop yet?)
15Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoWebber, Perez leading, you are the fastest on the track, I will update.
16Sergio PerezMark TempleAre we still in Plan A?
16Mark TempleSergio PerezYes at the moment we’re still on Plan A. We’ll keep an eye on the situation.
16Tony RossNico RosbergWould you like a flap adjust at the top?
16Nico RosbergTony RossDown .5… .4.
16Tony RossNico RosbergCopy.
16Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoThere is a drive-through penalty for Gutierrez. He may end up close to us, he’s now sixth and he’s holding up Felipe who is now seventh.
16Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonLast lap 1,000 on traction metrics. Tyre temps all look good, below target by ten degrees.
16Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThere’s traffic ahead of Perez, Pic, he should get blues.
17GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaSutil last lap 32.0, that’s three tenths in sector one. It’s entry/exit turn one and apex speed turn three.
17Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaSome good laps up to Sutil now, 3.2 seconds in front of you.
18Mark TempleSergio PerezCar behind is Vettel. We are not racing him so we don’t want to lose any time to him. Keep looking after your tyres and doing the pace you’re doing, you’re doing really good job.
18Dave RobsonJenson ButtonWe are effectively racing Alonso and his last lap: 31.9.
18Paul DavisonJules BianchiPic did 34.4 last lap, 34.4 is the target.
18Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonThis is good work, traction at 550, you were four-tenths faster than Nico last lap.
19Andrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoGood tyre management, let’s just keep it like this.
19Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelDefault map 20.
19Paul DavisonJules BianchiVan der Garde is out of the race. So Pic is in blue flags at the moment, we’re still looking at 15 laps this stint.
19Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergRelease ten if you need to.
19Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonFour-tenths faster than Nico last lap.
20Tim WrightCharles PicBlue flag, Alonso with Gutierrez.
20Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYou are target plus one. Current lap 20.
20Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelKERS map 12.
21Tony RossNico RosbergWe think these tyres have very little degradation on them. We think also Massa is slow, Perez is half a second a lap quicker than Massa so if you can get past Massa do so but don’t destroy the tyres.
21Mark WebberSimon RennieHow are we going, mate?
21Simon RennieMark WebberEngine 24.
21Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachI said I think we both went too far with the set-up, mechanical balance etc… The rear is too loose.
22Mark TempleSergio PerezDon’t worry about being overtaken by Vettel. What you’re doing is really good and we are building gaps to the cars that pitted on the [soft], we are in a very good position.
22Sergio PerezMark TempleOK, OK, OK.
22Dave RobsonJenson ButtonDefault X20.
22Kimi RaikkonenMark SladeAt the pit stop one turn up on the front wing.
22Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenConfirming up one turn on the front wing.
22Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergRecovery eight, brake balance minus three.
23Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaPress the ED button and let’s push on and get close to Sutil, see if we can pass him.
23Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonTraction at 575, three-tenths faster than Nico last lap.
24Kimi RaikkonenMark SladeWe need to start cooling the car on the straights where possible.
24Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezGutierrez is under pressure from Grosjean.
Remember Lotus, they are the one with the hard limiter, and your pace is very good when you have free air, so keep pushing Esteban.
24Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergRelease nine, back to ten on the line
24Paul DavisonJules BianchiWe have Perez then should have at least four laps’ clear air.
24Gary GannonMax ChiltonRecovery three.
25Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachThat was not an advantage on the straight. He was forcing me off.
25Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergCopy.
25Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaPress the ED button.
25Brad JoyceAdrian SutilHow’s the car going, Adrian?
25Adrian SutilBrad JoyceYeah feeling good. Tyres are lasting very well.
26Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergRecovery seven, brake balance plus three.
26Tim WrightCharles PicButton behind is five seconds, it’s five seconds behind before you get blue flags, he’s three seconds a lap quicker.
26Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaSafety Car window is open. You pulled away two-tenths on that lap.
27Gary GannonMax ChiltonBlue flag, Webber.
27Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHarvest mode five.
28Kimi RaikkonenMark SladeMy tyres are in very good shape so I think we just try to stick to the plan. Because I cannot get past people, I cannot get close enough, I lose the brakes.
28Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenOK Kimi we understand.
29Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuGrosjean complains about Gutierrez’s defending. But the stewards were happy with it.
That’s not fair, come on, [distorted].
29Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanOK, we are talking about it now.
29Simon RennieMark WebberBrake balance two clicks rearwards. Bravo, bravo.
29Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelYour pace is very good, Sebastian. Every lap at this pace is good for us. Default 15.
30Felipe MassaRob Smedley[Distorted] there’s something at the front.
30Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaYes, OK, understood. Rosberg should be already in front I think. There will be 31 laps to go at the end, if you stop at the end of this lap. It’s up to you, how do the tyres feel now? They still feel good? Is there a chance you can get to the end?
30Felipe MassaRob SmedleyYeah, I can go quicker.
30Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaThe only chance we’ve got now to get in front of Rosberg is to pass Sutil and then go quicker.
31Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelBox, torque map one and box.
31Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoStart map on, box now.
31Tony RossNico RosbergYou jumped Massa, there are 30 laps remaining, Bottas is the next car in front, he has not stopped yet.
32Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanBoth Massa and Hamilton will go to the end so you’re racing now.
32Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelWatch your speed and white line. Reset torque map.
32Simon RennieMark WebberDiff five.
32Tony RossNico RosbergTry brake balance rearwards at turns one and three for understeer. Bottas has pitted so you have clear air.
32GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaYou’ll be racing Bottas. Use overtake mode if you need to. Slow stop for Bottas. Racing him. OK, we’ve got him. Now, qualifying las to the end of the race, Paul.
33Simon RennieMark WebberDiff two, brake balance two clicks rearwards. You’ll be close to Perez on [soft] and Ricciardo at pit exit.
33Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoFlap switch for next set. We are on strategy A.
33Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanAll tyre pressures and temperatures looking good so keep looking after these tyres.
33Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuI don’t understand the [distorted]
34Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonJust keep pushing for one more lap and then we’ll get you to back off. You’ll be racing Perez, he’s in the box now.
34Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelSebastian you need your tyres for the whole stint, not now.
34Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezPush Esteban you’re much quicker than Bottas and Di Resta, keep pushing.
35Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonRicciardo ahead on the [soft] tyre, he has one more stop to make.
36Simon RennieMark WebberVettel is plus 12. The next car behind we are racing is 20 seconds behind you. Tyres will be OK to the end but we can’t go crazy.
36Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanMix three.
36Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergWe need to keep pushing for the moment, we are fighting Kimi. Keep pushing and we can ease off later.
36Nico HulkenbergMarco SchupbachNo reply broadcast.
Can I use special two?
36Phil CharlesJean-Eric VergneDaniel is braking earlier for turn five and carrying more speed in and through the corner. We must be quicker, Jev, we just are not quick enough at the moment, we must pick up the pace.
37Tim WrightCharles PicYou have blue flag and then multifunction one, fail sensor two.
37Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenSutil has a stop to make to go to [softs]. Your threat is Rosberg who has completed his stops.
38Tim WrightCharles PicWe’re investigating a serious issue on the car so we’re retiring.
38Andrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoWe need mix position three.
38Paul DavisonJules BianchiMax is 18 seconds again, he has to stop again and he has lots of blue flags.
38Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuRepeat that?
38Ayao KomatsuRomain Grosjean]No KERS release out of turn four.
38Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuOK.
39Brad JoyceAdrian SutilWe need to push harder now.
39Marco MatassaDaniel RicciardoUse 50% KERS out of turn three.
39Simon RennieMark WebberYou need to use 80 KERS before the last corner every lap.
40Mark WebberSimon RennieWebber’s race comes to an end.
What’s happened?
40Simon RennieMark WebberWe are losing gearbox sync. We have lost gearbox sync.
40Simon RennieMark WebberWe need to stop the car. I’m very sorry, we need to stop the car, mate.
40Mark WebberSimon RennieDid you say stop the car?
40Simon RennieMark WebberCorrect, stop the car please, stop the car. Pull over in a safe place.
40Simon RennieMark WebberIt’s an alternator, mate.
41Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelSebastian, Mark has had a failure. Mark is stopped on track.
41Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinI’m aware.
41Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelFocus on track limits, OK.
41Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenMix three.
42Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThe last stint the rears were quite worn. Need to be aware of that. Stay on top of the rears, the rears are close.
42Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanMix 14 into turn four.
42Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonThat’s a good lap so you’re about a tenth quicker than Hamilton on that lap. Push up to Grosjean now.
43GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaThat’s actually just a better pace relative to Bottas as well, Paul, because he was closing. Adrian needs to go to the end on his soft tyres.
43Paul di RestaGianPiero LambiaseBlue flags.
43GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaOK.
44Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonParts of this message were played out of sequence.
18 laps remaining. Race situation: You are currently P6. Raikkonen […] and harvest mode five. Race situation you are […] Grosjean P4 made one stop.
44Tony RossNico RosbergTry using second gear in turn three we believe it helps traction, reduces tyre temperatures.
44GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaSutil came out of the pits just in front of Di Resta and was told to let him through.
Use the overtake button. Adrian will be given the message.
44Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaWhile it’s quiet I will tell you 16 laps to go at the end of this lap.
45Andrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoWe’re racing Alonso ahead to the end.
45Pastor MaldonadoAndrew MurdochCopy that.
45Nico RosbergTony RossWhat position is Kimi?
45Tony RossNico RosbergKimi is P2, you are P3.
46Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThe usual: focus on braking and clean exits. Constant rhythm is what we need.
46Tony RossNico Rosberg15 laps remaining, fastest lap of the race, gap to Kimi is 6.8.
47Mark TempleSergio PerezRaikkonen is P2 but still has to stop, if we keep this pace up he will come out behind us.
47Guillaume RocquelinSebastian Vettel14 laps to go.
48Rob SmedleyFelipe Massa15 laps to go. I will wait around about five laps and then we can start to attack Grosjean.
48Mark SladeKimi RaikkonenNeed to try and save fuel if you can without losing too much pace.
48Tony RossNico Rosberg14 laps remaining. Gap to Kimi 6.1 you were 0.7 of a second a lap quicker so you will catch him at the end of the race.
48Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezBox now. Front wing for [soft]?
48Esteban GutierrezFrancesco NenciPlus two.
48Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezCopy, plus two. Clutch nine.
49Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergGap to Grosjean is only ten seconds. If he tris to get through without and has to stop we might be there at the end.
49Brad JoyceAdrian SutilYou’ve Ricciardo and Alonso catching.
50Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelYour pace is good. Just need to keep it tidy.
50Tony RossNico RosbergWe’re confident these tyres will last. You’re doing a really good job there. Gap 4.3 seconds. Try second gear in turn three.
50Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanKERS mode seven
50Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergRelease six.
51Mark TempleSergio PerezHamilton and Massa in front’s tyres are three laps older than ours. Grosjean in front of them his tyres are 20 laps older than ours, he may struggle at the end, could be a chance for positions.
51Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaI’ll talk to you in the corners because it’s too noisy on the straights. P5 Kimi in second position stopped when we did in the first stop. He’s doing 30.0′s so about half a second slower, he’s been told to save fuel as well. I think he’ll probably try and go to the end like Grosjean. KERS recharge one click up.
52Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaTen laps to go.
52Tony RossNico RosbergAvoid turn 15/16 boost to get full boost on back straight.
52Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelStop using the drinks bottle please. Traffic ahead Vergne, and ahead of him Bianchi.
53Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelRosberg is now P2. Still +28 Rosberg.
53Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoIn Italian, referring to KERS deployment.
OK, adesso abbiamo usato?���?� dobbiamo targettare 60, 60 prima della 15. Adesso abbiamo usato 80. (OK, so now we used?���?� we need to target 60, 60 before 15. Last time we used 80)
53Francesco NenciEsteban GutierrezRecovery eight, release seven.
54Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaEight laps to go, by the way.
54Paul DavisonJules BianchiBlue flag, Vettel. Once Vettel is past we need to push hard. The gap to Max is 22 seconds.
54Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaKimi two seconds a lap slower now. You’re about ten seconds behind so should catch him in about five laps.
54Tony RossNico RosbergTyre temperatures looking a little low on the rear so just look after those rears now. Seven laps remaining, Kimi’s not a threat.
55Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelSome cars have fitted [softs]. Don’t even think about it. We’ve got enough problems as it is, OK?
55Marco SchupbachNico HulkenbergThe brake went or something. I think it’s the floor, it’s the skids or something.
55Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonWe’ve got six laps remaining. Temps still look good though.
56Tony RossNico RosbergIt’s brought the temperatures up, Nico, a little bit, so we’re happy with that. Grosjean is about to overtake Raikkonen.
56Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonMy rear tyres are gone.
57Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuGrosjean caught Raikkonen at over two seconds per lap but Raikkonen forced him wide at turn four as Grosjean tried to overtake.
Come on, guys!
57Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanOK we are telling Kimi.
58Alan PermaneKimi RaikkonenCensored by FOM.
Kimi get out of the ******* way.
58Kimi RaikkonenAlan PermaneDon’t shout, **** when I have a chance but not in the middle of the fast corners.
58Tony RossNico RosbergIf you go forward on the brake balance just caution front locking turn 16 it’s the left-front that’s more worn.
59Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanLotus had concerns about Grosjean’s engine late in the race.
You are doing an excellent job, you need to short-shift as much as you can.
59Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanShort-shift everywhere, we need very short-shift.
59Rob SmedleyFelipe MassaKERS magnettino position plus one. It’s more power. Three laps to go.
59Kimi RaikkonenMark SladeThese tyres are in quite bad shape. But I think it will last a lap.
59GianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaLooks like he may well exit ahead but keep pushing. Racing Kimi.
60Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanShort-shift at 14.
60Jenson ButtonDave RobsonJust missed a gear, went into a false neutral.
60Dave RobsonJenson ButtonUnderstand, box this lap please.
VLChristian HornerSebastian VettelVettel’s win guaranteed his fourth consecutive world championship victory.
You’ve done it in style! Fantastic, you’re a four-time world champion. Brilliant, brilliant drive, you join the greats. Well done.
VLGuillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelGood job Seb, we’ll talk about this afterwards. Just so you know Raikkonen pitted on the last lap. He’s now on brand new tyres and he’s going to obliterate your lap.
VLSebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinUnbelievable, guys. We did it, yes! Yes!
VLGuillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelGood job mate, good job.
VLAyao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanGrosjean was very plesaed with a podium finish from 17th on the grid.
Come on, well done, nice job, fantastic! Stop the car, stop the car. P3. Amazing, well done.
VLRomain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuWoohoo! Woo! Come on! That’s good, man. Thank you guys. Car was fantastic today. Come on. Without this bloody Gutierrez everything would have been easy. Come on, good job.
VLAyao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanAmazing mate, well done. Big scare on engine but you’ve done everything correct. Fantastic, mate.
VLTony RossNico RosbergExcellent, Nico. So pick up rubber, save fuel. Really, really good job all weekend. Well done mate.
VLRoss BrawnNico RosbergGreat drive Nico.
VLNico RosbergTony RossYeah thanks great strategy, set-up was really good I think we nailed that.
VLRoss BrawnLewis HamiltonGood effort today, good job for the team. Really important job for the team. Well done. Obviously couldn’t quite make the tyres last. Lots of things we can take into next year from these races.
VLMarco MatassaDaniel RicciardoWell done, mate, well done. P10. Awesome drive, good effort.
VLPhil CharlesJean-Eric VergneHard luck today. I think the flat spot really cost you.
VLBrad JoyceAdrian SutilWell done Adrian, good drive. Also default 20.
VLAdrian SutilBrad JoyceOK that was a really good team effort. Very good points. Good strategy so very happy with you guys, thank you.
VLAndrew MurdochPastor MaldonadoGood job from your side, P12 in the end. We need a slow in-lap. Remember to drink something and pick up some rubber.
VLPastor MaldonadoAndrew MurdochCopy that, Andrew.
VLGianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaCan you turn the engine off, please? Right-hand side, over in the pit lane. Pull over and turn the engine off. That’s a great team result, Sauber did not score.
VLPaul di RestaGianPiero LambiaseSwitch off?
VLGianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaYes please, turn the engine off. P8 and P9 for us.
VLPaul di RestaGianPiero LambiaseI should stop?
VLGianPiero LambiasePaul di RestaYes please Paul, turn the engine off. Stop and turn the engine off.
VLPaul di RestaGianPiero LambiaseEngine’s off.

Thanks to @KevinCucamest for translating the Italian radio messages.

Lap: Refers to lap message was broadcast on. There may be a delay between messages being said and being broadcast. PR = pre-race; FL = formation lap; VL = victory lap.
Message: Repetitive or irrelevant messages omitted. Notes in italics. Highlights in bold.

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31 comments on “2013 Indian Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. In the transcript it says it was Mark Slade who told Kimi to move out the way, but I thought, as reported in the Media, it was Alan Permane. Was it Alan or has he received the brunt of the criticism?

    1. @f1ian Indeed it was – have amended it.

  2. Mark Slade: Kimi Raikkonen Censored by FOM.
    Kimi get out of the ******* way.
    58 Kimi Raikkonen : Mark Slade Don’t shout, **** when I have a chance but not in the middle of the fast corners.
    I thought that was Alan Permane :)

  3. Good job Seb, we’ll talk about this afterwards.
    Just so you know Raikkonen pitted on the last lap. He’s now on brand new tyres and he’s going to obliterate your lap.

    What an anticlimactic radio message! Fantastic – highlight of the radio transactions for me, not Slade and Räikkönen’s spat!

    1. I thought the same thing, a party pooper comment ;) “You’re a quadruple world champion, but you failed to get the fastest lap”. But I guess that Seb likes to be told about those things.

      1. I thought the point of that was chastising him for going for FLAP despite the team’s concerns about possible failures (as Seb always does). I agree though, what a moment to do it!

  4. 41 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Sebastian, Mark has had a failure. Mark is stopped on track.
    41 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin I’m aware.

    I remember this being broadcasted on the very same lap Webber retired, how was Seb aware of that? Did he observe it on the video walls around the track like sometimes in the past?

    1. Probably saw it on one of the screens.

    2. I thought it was more like “Copy that” instead of “I already know”.

  5. That “dont use drinks bottle” is a code – comeone, why would you have to say that to driver?

    1. It’s code for “dont use the drink bottle”. Mark retired with alternator issues (electrical). The drink bottle uses an electrical pump to deliver the Red Bull to the driver. ie, electrical power. They didnt want Seb to tax the electrical system any more than absolutely necessary. I think Seb said after the race he was told not to use KERS either at some stage after Mark’s retirement.

      1. “The drink bottle uses an electrical pump to deliver the Red Bull to the driver”

        I think you typed that wrongly. It’d be pretty funny if they were actually drinking Red Bull, through their helmet straws, during a race =D

  6. Romain needs to learn to pass without any external help. Complaining on the radio is not how you win a race, or anything.

    1. Stop having a go. It is legitimate

    2. Romain needs to learn to pass

      You mean the same ‘Romain’ who started seventeenth and finished third in the last race, gaining more places than any other driver have in every race so far this year?

    3. Sometimes I wonder if people have even seen the race before they post on here

  7. Not wishing to start or rekindle conspiracy theories but I notice that at no stage of the race was Webber told that Vettel was doing faster laps and closing in on him, had he known this maybe he could have picked up the pace a little and had a better chance to fight for the win, not that it would have helped a DNF.

    1. @hohum This is only what was broadcasted, not every single conversation between drivers and teams.

    2. +1 What TheBass said

      Not wishing to start or rekindle conspiracy theories

      Yet you’re trying way too hard. You really think Webber and his race engineer weren’t doing their best at that stage, assuming his pace was good enough?

      1. In these days of tyre management, driving to a delta etc. information as to who is catching you is valuable, ask Lewis or just read the messages sent to other drivers. I accept that the Bass may have the right explanation, but wonder, given the interest in the RBR strategy duel and given that Webber was ahead of Vettel, why those messages were not thought interesting enough for release. @shena

  8. Romain sure loves crying on the radio to get people out of the way.

  9. forgive me for my ignorance…
    how can alonso speak Italian fluently … does he know the language from the beginning
    or
    if you know Spanish its easy to speak Italian

      1. Both, actually. He learnt italian long before joining Ferrari, and it’s quite similar to spanish. My guess is, if you put some interest, you can speak fluent italian in two years if you are a spanish speaker.

        @andrei Massa is fluent in italian as well. He doesn’t speak it with his race engineer because Smedley’s native language is english, whereas Stella’s italian.

    1. @anky12 It’s not that easy anyway. I guess Alonso put some effort in that. As an example, Massa (being a romance language native speaker also) doesn’t speak in Italian with his race engineer.

  10. “Without this bloody Gutierrez everything would have been easy.”

    Nice going, Romain. Talking like a real champ.

  11. What does this comment to Gutierrez mean on lap 24 “Remember Lotus, they are the one with the hard limiter”?

  12. This Gutierrez guy…doesn´t he know his job is to make everybody else´s race easier and to move out of the freaking way? Who does he think he is? Romain, we got your back.

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