2014 Bahrain GP qualifying team radio transcript

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

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The first dry qualifying session of 2014 saw Mercedes continue their monopoly on pole position this year – though this time it was Nico Rosberg, not Lewis Hamilton, on the top spot.

But while a Mercedes front-row lockout was predicted by most, there were some interesting upsets and incidents throughout the rest of the field that could also be heard playing out over team radio.

Romain Grosjean has often sounded unhappy on the team radio this year but for once his frustration wasn’t directed at his uncompetitive Lotus. Grosjean fumed at Adrian Sutil who got in his way during Q1, for which the stewards later penalised the Sauber driver.

An unusual message from Valtteri Bottas pointed to a new kind of problem for drivers to cope with. It appears he was directed onto the weigh bridge between sessions and when a marshal turned his steering wheel to manoeuvre his car they accidentally changed some of his settings.

Sebastian Vettel complained of gear change problems before being eliminated in Q2. Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg did not hide his frustration nor make any excuses for his failure to make it into the top ten.

But this was all a sideshow to the shoot-out for pole between the two Mercedes drivers, with Hamilton’s mistake on his final lap meaning that Rosberg had the luxury of not even needing to complete his.

Here’s how Bahrain’s first night time qualifying session unfolded over team radio.

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2014 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript

Q118:00Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatWe go out one minute in the session. Track temp 29, same as yesterday P2. So, a few reminders. On the out-lap we need to recharge so torque two. Engine recovery 14. I will call you for [?] torque map change, engine recovery charge. Once you cross the start/finish line, go back to torque two. Our charge will be plus 20 on the dash.
Q117:40Craig GardinerEsteban GutierrezSo Esteban one lap on [distorted] before start of the timed lap, we’ll go Special one on pedal seven. And overboost on the overtake button out of the last corner.
Q117:11Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneOK Jev, straight to the track. Three timed laps. Track is clear. Good warm up.
Q116:30Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezSo let’s warm the brakes, Checo. Work the brakes.
Q116:10Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezLet’s have more brake temperature please. More brake temp.
Q115:25Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergSo you’ll need a larger gap to Vergne, Nico, than that. Need another three second gap to Vergne.
Q113:00Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo Lewis, straight out. You have brake magic on. Ricciardo ahead is going be starting a lap.
Q112:30Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceHulkenberg has set the current quickest time
I pit this lap. It will not get better on these tyres.
Q1Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that, box this lap.
Q112:00Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezIncrease brake temp down to turn 14 and it will be purple mode one. Losing time in sector two. Sector two, Checo.
Q110:53Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoKeep up the revs, long braking. You can keep up the pace on these tyres, we will not need these tyres.
Q19:31Daniil KvyatMarco MatassaI’m struggling with the front locking.
Q1Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatOK Danny, try to change your brake application.
Q17:00Xevi PujolarJean-Eric Vergne[Distorted]
Q1Jean-Eric VergneXevi Pujolar[Distorted]
Q14:28Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceRaikkonen is on a much slower out-lap.
Q1Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergPush him along or overtaking him, then. Push him along, overtake him, DRS him, yeah.
Q12:58Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoThink about your out-lap pace. Think about the front tyres, whether they’re ready for turn one.
Q11:04Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasCurrently P2, so good job. Others are on [hards], but that’s a really good lap there.
Q10:40Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezPerez has set the third fastest time on Softs, behind team mate Hulkenberg
Box, pit confirm Checo. Kvyat behind on a timed lap. Well done.
Q10:04Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, next out-lap you have to let me know sooner about the charge map. It was way too late.
Q1Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelYep, understood.
Q10:00Angel BaenaMarcus EricssonYou’ve got Chilton – you are, yes, behind Grosjean. P21.
Q10:00Paul DavisonJules BianchiSo we’re P19 mate. Kobayashi in front of you did a 37.0 and Sutil in front of him 36.8. We’ve got Grosjean behind us – correction, Grosjean did a 36.6 just now, so we’re P20 now.
Q10:00Tim WrightKamui KobayashiOK Kamui, you’re P19.
Q10:00Pastor MaldonadoMark SladeOK Pastor, I’m afraid we are P17. Romain just went quicker by two hundredths of a second on his last lap and he’s the last one through.
Q1Mark SladePastor MaldonadoCopy.
Q10:00Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsJust tell Charlie, you know, the marshalls, when they’re spinning the wheel on the scale there, they’re changing all of the switches in the steering wheel.
Q1Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasCopy Valtteri, understood. Pete will get onto Charlie now.
Q10:00Mark TempleKevin MagnussenOK Kevin, nice job, safely though. P7.
Q214:03Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuGrosjean was involved in an incident with Sutil at the end of Q1 for which Sutil later received a five-place grid penalty (censored by FOM).
Sutil was [censored] stupid on the out-lap. He was dangerous. Weaving everywhere.
Q2Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanYeah, he was actually on TV. OK Romain so we made it through, so good job on that one.
Q212:47Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasTrack will be clear, track clear. You are the only car out on the track. New hards
Q211:23Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, so just a reminder, this has the potential to be your race start tyre. Just keep the revs up and a bit of full throttle on the straight – help charge the battery.
Q29:38Tony RossNico RosbergAnd you’ve got 12 seconds back to the Hulk, so just use it. And change ‘EB’ to five.
Q28:12Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, temperatures are good. Yellow G1 and brake balance forwards.
Q26:28Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoHows the balance for you?
Q24:18Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieThought I’d gain a bit more traction. Rearwards a little bit loose, out of the first sector in particular.
Q23:57Dave RobsonJenson ButtonGood lap JB, we’re currently P4. OK Jenson, box this lap and just need to watch the fuel please, watch the fuel. Back it off a bit.
Q22:45Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, can you check that the downshifts are significantly worse than the run before?
Q2Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelCopy.
Q22:07Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergHulkenberg is in P8
There’s plenty of temperature in these tyres. Can afford to take it easy.
Q20:00Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinVettel has failed to make it into the final session
OK, the downshifts were really bad. You didn’t ask for any changes.
Q2Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelMulti six. Go to map one. Multi map six, go to map one.
Q20:00Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanOK Romain, we are P16. But I think you’ve done a good job. I think you’ve got the most out of it today.
Q2Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuYeah, I think that was pretty much what I was capable to do. The car felt better than what it was before and that’s positive for all of us. But yeah, we’ve missed kind of something.
Q20:00Craig GardinerEsteban GutierrezSo, overall Esteban, that looked a good lap. Managed to get Grosjean, but the next car, Vergne, was six tenths away.
Q20:00Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneVergne has been out-qualified by Kvyat
OK Jev, so P14. Daniil’s P14. There is no difference between the two. We have got some flow meter ongoing – that’s the reason of changing engine.
Q2Jean-Eric VergneXevi PujolarHulkenberg has missed out on Q3
Yeah, the engine very slow. How was the performance of the engine in this lap? Did I lose?
Q2Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneIt was poor.
Q20:00Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergErr, 12th, Nico, 12th, I’m afraid.
Q2Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceDamn it! [sighs] Used the power-understeer in 11 – just got a little bit wide on the kerb. How much are we short of?
Q2Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergSo we were just two tenths short of making it through and off Sergio – four tenths.
Q310:06Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasOK Valtteri, track clear. Got a nice new set of Softs now. One timed.
Q39:56Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezSo Bottas already out on circuit, that is Massa ahead on his outlap with new Softs. Both Williams ahead on new Soft tyres.
Q38:13Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonAnd tyres – 95 front, 100 rear. Front right’s dropping a little bit, but nothing to be too concerned about.
Q37:49Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, that’s good. Twenty second gap behind to Kevin who’s just about to start his timed lap. So let’s warm the brakes and Jenson this is one timed lap.
Q36:56Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasBottas’s first lap is a 34.2
Excellent stuff, Valtteri. Good lap. Back to mode two.
Q35:53Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezSo how is the balance, Checo?
Q3Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseYeah, it’s not too bad. I lost a little bit in sector one under braking. But that is the only place I lost time
Q35:26Mark TempleKevin MagnussenAnd Kevin, how is the balance?
Q3Kevin MagnussenMark TempleStay like this, stay like this.
Q33:36Jenson ButtonDave RobsonHow close is it with the three cars in front?
Q3Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, so Massa is the car in front – he’s 34.5, then it’s 34.3 then 34.2. So very close. Half a second or more. Those times are all on new tyres.
Q32:05Nico RosbergTony RossRosberg is currently fastest
Tony, do I abort in the event that I am a bit slower?
Q3Tony RossNico RosbergYes Nico, you can do. But it won’t help ultimately, you have all the tyres you need for the race. So if it’s going to make it in the last corner, I’d continue on. Track is clear, so just warming the brakes up.
Q30:58Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK, so no need for full throttle on the straights. These cars will be backing up.
Q30:37Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoYou can keep warming up in the straight again. Massa is in five seconds. ‘D’-button on. ‘D’-button on.
Q30:00Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseI’ve got a flat spot. I have flat spot.
Q3Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezOK, box and pit confirm.
Q30:00Tony RossNico RosbergRosberg’s pole position is secured after Hamilton’s lock up into Turn 1
Lewis has gone off, your position is safe. Well done, pole position.
Q30:00Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, that’s it mate. P3. Excellent job today, very good.
Q3Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoWell done Dan, that was a very good last lap there. Very good. Classy..
Q30:00Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasSo fantastic job Valtteri. We’re P4 for tomorrow. Great stuff.
Q3Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsThank you guys, well done. Well done everyone. The points are given tomorrow, so let’s keep our head down, get some points tomorrow.
Q30:00Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezOK, so that’s P5. P5 mate. Excellent job today. Really well done – FP3. solid qualifying. And with Ricciardo’s penalty that’s up to P4 for the race start tomorrow.
Q3Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseGood job guys.
Q30:00Dave RobsonJenson ButtonJB, currently P7. P7.
Q3Jenson ButtonDave RobsonI didn’t feel there was any more. That felt like a pretty good lap.
Q3Dave RobsonJenson ButtonYeah, agreed Jenson. I think we’ve been a little unfortunate as well because we’re just tens of miliseconds away from fifth. That was a really quite close and a good effort. Hopefully that was our best plan and we’ve pulled it off reasonably well.

Phase/time: Refers to point at which message was broadcast. There may be a delay between messages being said and being broadcast. PQ = pre-qualifying.
Message: Repetitive or irrelevant messages omitted. Notes in italics. Highlights in bold.

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7 comments on “2014 Bahrain GP qualifying team radio transcript”

  1. we’ll go Special one on pedal seven

    Is “Special One” anything to do with Sauber’s deal with Chelsea?

    1. For sure.
      That explain why both team doesn’t had good finisher :)

  2. The steering wheel incident is a bit scary… Do they go to the weighbridge with the engine running? If a marshal accidentally upshifted or activated a launch mode it could be messy

    1. The engine would be shut off, and the cars pushed in and up onto the weighbridge.

  3. @keithcollantine do you personally go through manually transcripting all the team radios every time? it looks to me like a massive work (hugely appreciated, needless to say)

    1. Together with bolding the important ones it is worth the look.

    2. @alfa145 These are done by @WillWood now, though I do post a lot via F1 Fanatic Live during sessions (including practice as well as qualifying and the race).

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