2014 Canadian GP qualifying team radio transcript

2014 Canadian Grand Prix

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The margins between making it into the next round of qualifying and being eliminated were incredibly fine in Canada. That meant every aspect of setting a time became ultra-critical.

This was particularly true when it came to tyre preparation, which was an area of concern for several drivers as the team radio transcript below shows. Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez were among those who felt they didn’t get the lap time they could have done because they failed to prepare their tyres well enough on their out-laps.

Other drivers had more basic problems, such as Pastor Maldonado who was struck by a technical fault once again in qualifying.

Nico Rosberg’s immediate reaction to claiming another pole position was not broadcast. However several other drivers were clearly pleased with their performances – including Jean-Eric Vergne, who reached Q3 at the track where he also impressed last year.

Here’s what the drivers had to say on the radios during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

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2014 Canadian Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript

Q115:25Angel BaenaMarcus EricssonBB offset six.
Q115:19Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaOK, you’ve got Maldonado four seconds ahead on an out-lap, and then Hulkenberg six seconds behind also on an out-lap.
Q115:10Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasSo we need to try and get past Ericsson – we can see that you’re trying.
Q115:00Tony RossNico RosbergSo straight out. Track is clear. For reference, wind direction has changed slightly from P3. It’s now a crosswind on the back straight. Just need to learn the gears.
Q112:39Jenson ButtonDave RobsonI’ve got smoke coming out of the front-right brake pad.
Q1Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, just need to learn seventh and eighth. Everything looks OK, and Yellow-G3. Yellow-G3.
Q111:45Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilPedal-12, SOC-10. Could be that the track is a little slower right now. Maximise throttle, maximise charging. Behind you is Kimi, should be in phase. Maybe is attempting another lap, I’ll keep you up to date. Keep those fronts on temp like we discussed. The rears are OK.
Q111:03Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo Lewis, you may be able to push for two laps, so think about that. Cancel the ‘magic’ and strat-5.
Q19:20Tony RossNico RosbergSo Nico, please give us a radio check. [No response] And Nico, give us a radio check please. Give us a radio check. [Still no response] So Nico, not sure if you can hear us, we can’t hear you. So go strat-5, strat 5.
Q17:40Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilConfirm lap and confirm front wing Adrian.
Q1Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachIt’s a bit oversteery.
Q1Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK, copy that. So we go minus two.
Q1Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachAnd the traction’s quite low. Front locking is same.
Q1Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK, understood. Front wing will also help with traction. So we go minus two. Rosberg is three seconds behind and behind him, another three to Alonso. And Adrian, we’re thinking three laps, is that OK?
Q1Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachYes that’s OK.
Q1Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK, understood. Box, box. Rosberg I think slowed down.
Q16:27Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoTrack seems to be slow for everybody.
Q15:10Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieYeah it’s still pretty similar to the morning. Still trying to fight it a bit, wonder if I should change. Front took a while to warm up.
Q13:35Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieCar’s moving around quite a bit in braking.
Q1Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, understood.
Q1Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieSeems to be darting about a bit when I hit the brake.
Q1Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoUnderstood.
Q1Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieSo I’ve got time for one more, do I?
Q1Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoWe have got time.
Q11:45Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelVettel is in P13
OK Sebastian we’re not going again.
Q10:40Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelPerez had a spin and is currently behind you. So we think we’re going to be alright.
Q10:25Pastor MaldonadoMark SladeMaldonado pulls off the circuit
Some problem with the engine.
Q1Mark SladePastor MaldonadoOK, scenario two, please.
Q1Mark SladePastor MaldonadoStop the car, Pastor. Stop the car.
Q10:16Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatEricsson crashes at turn nine and the session is stopped.
Save tyres, red flag. Save tyres, red flag. Box.
Q1Gary GannonMax ChiltonRed flag, Max, red flag. Come straight in, pull up and we’ll get the tyres wrapped.
Q1Tim WrightKamui KobayashiCar is safe. OK Kamui, Maldonado, 18.3, P17. Chilton, 18.3. Then Bianchi, 18.3. Then yourself 19.3 and Ericsson 19.8. Can I have your feedback please on warm-up and balance?
Q1Kamui KobayashiTim WrightI think it’s hard to get the grip from the fronts so I think that front warm-up could be a little bit better. I think basically, the car is front-limited into turn one, turn two. And then we’re getting more understeer through the last corner.
Q214:46Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilTrack is clear.
Q212:50Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatWork on your brakes, the position is good, you can pace yourself.
Q212:40Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezSo that’s Kvyat ahead, new super-soft, and Massa behind, new super-soft. BBW is active, Checo. OK so push Kvyat all the way and just increase your gap toward the final chicane. And it will be purple mode one before the final chicane.
Q210:47Tony RossNico RosbergRosberg’s radio is working again.
OK just confirm you’re going for lap two and give us a radio check.
Q2Nico RosbergTony RossAffirm lap two, radio check is OK.
Q2Tony RossNico RosbergCopy, copy. So strat mode is good. Front brake temperatures coming up together. So we’re going for lap two. You’ve currently got 20 seconds behind you. Tyre temperatures are 11 front ant 10 rear so just remember taking it easy through turn five, turn seven. Don’t get the tyres too hot.
Q29:34Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRed Bull notice Rosberg isn’t pushing for a time and advise Ricciardo, who’s ahead of the Mercedes, to drop back and make use of the extra space for his lap.
Rosberg looks like he’s on a build lap, so if you need to make space to Grosjean you can, Rosberg now eight seconds behind you. Mode seven. Rosberg is making space behind you, you can make six seconds gap behind you.
Q28:00Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoHow was the lap, Fernando?
Q2Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaGood, very good.
Q2Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoOK, it’s Bottas and Massa, they did a 15.8, 15.9, us 16.1. Still no problem behind us, just Grosjean in P7, watch for him. Then you 16.1, Hulkenberg 16.3, Raikkonen 16.3, Vergne 16.3, Vettel 16.5.
Q26:44Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezHow’s the balance, Checo?
Q2Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseNot able to get front end on the first timed lap. I think I needed a little bit more aggressive [unclear] for the start of the lap.
Q24:01Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezPerez’s tyre prepration went better for his final run, but he still wasn’t able to make the cut for Q3.
Tyre pressures and temperatures look better. It’ll be purple mode one before the final chicane. Weave in a straight line now, get the front tyres in.
Q22:44Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanScenario one at the end of the straight.
Q20:58Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonStraight out. You shuold be all clear, you’ve got two cars behind you.
Q2Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonWhat strategy?
Q2Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonIt’ll be strat mode eight. You’ve got brake magic on. You’ve got Magnussen and Button behind, both on out laps. Nico the car ahead, six seconds, also on an out lap. We’ll be going for one timed lap. So update strat mode it’ll be strat mode five. Tyres are 105 all round. Youve’ got Magnussen behind, 0.6 of a second.
Q20:00Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelVettel moves up from the drop zone to get into Q3.
P5. Good job, mate.
Q20:00Dave RobsonJenson ButtonWe’re safely through so we can box this lap. Yellow G2, cool the brakes and box this lap.
Q20:00Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergLess than a tenth of a second covered the cars from eighth to twelfth. Hulkenberg was eleventh.
And one tenth would have seen you in P8. Just half a tenth, that’s all you needed.
Q311:42Jean-Eric VergneXevi PujolarMessages from the end of Q2.
What was the result?
Q3Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneWe are P10 but not finished yet. Yes, P10. Good job, Jev.
Q3Jean-Eric VergneXevi PujolarYes, yes!
Q39:47Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasTrack is clear. Think about this out-lap pace.
Q37:13Tony RossNico RosbergJust bring the tyres up a little bit more if you want. Just remember good brake into the last corner, just to bring everything up.
Q3Nico RosbergTony RossBring the tyres up or down?
Q3Tony RossNico RosbergYou can bring them up if you’re a little bit nervous about it, more. Strat five and remember a good brake into the last corner. Temperatures are 12 front and 10.5 rear.
Q34:55Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton looked on course to beat Rosberg’s first lap in Q3 but lost time in the final sector.
So that’s P2 at the moment, six-hundredths, it’s just that last sector with traffic by the look of it.
Q34:47Jenson ButtonDave RobsonButton did his first run on used tyres.
Yeah, just generally low grip as you would expect.
Q33:12Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoClear track ahead and behind. You’re currently P5, a tenth behind Bottas in P3. Massa is very close, just ahead of us a couple of thousandths. Rosberg is currently quickest, Rosberg is six-tenths ahead.
Q3Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieUnderstood.
Q3Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoHow’s the balance?
Q3Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieYeah I didn’t get as good an out-lap so just felt the fronts struggled a little bit more initially. So I think the key is a good out-lap.
Q3Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK understood. It should be easier next time with everyone on the same programme.
Q31:01Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelThere’s a couple of tenths in the first sector, a tenth in the middle sector, and not a lot in the last sector. Sebastian do you want a bit of front wing?
Q3Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinYes please go up three clicks.
Q3Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelCopy.
Q30:00Tony RossNico RosbergRosberg claims pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.
You are P1 Nico, good job, really good job, well done. Just looking after the tyres on the in-lap.
Q30:00Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasGood effort Valtteri. So we’re P4, excellent stuff.
Q30:00Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieFighting the rear. It’s all over the place at the rear.
Q3Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, understood. We finished P6. Four hundredths away from P3, very tight. Rosberg was a 14.8, Hamilton 14.9, Vettel was P3, 15.55.
Q30:00Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsThank you guys. Well done everybody. Tomorrow should be good.

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.

Q1 transcription by @WillWood.

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10 comments on “2014 Canadian GP qualifying team radio transcript”

  1. Button hasn’t articulated once over the weekend, my wife even wondered if he was drunk :P

    Delighted to see JEV finally having some qualifying speed. Thanks guys.

  2. Glad these are back – they’re my favourite post-event features. Thanks to Keith and co for putting them together… Here’s hoping that the last two race transcripts surface some time. Monaco in particular should contain some gems.

  3. Interesting that Rosberg is asked to look after the tyres on his inlap at the end of Q3. You would think that they would not use those tyres again?

    1. The top ten drivers have to start the race on the same tyres as they qualified with.

      1. Wrong. All top ten start the races on the set of tyres they used to set their best time in Q2.

  4. Race Transcript ? Come on guy, no race transcript since Chineese GP please don’t take us for fools !

  5. @Punisher indeed!!

  6. the skwirrell
    15th June 2014, 15:49

    thanks for the transcripts. THANKS wish we could have the race ones, too.

  7. sorry to be persistent but despite problems originally…are you ever going to release the team radio transcripts for the monaco race this year? i somehow feel as if they being deliberately withheld for some strange reason.

  8. hello keith, any reason why you are not responding to my last email? thanks ken

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