2014 Canadian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2014 Canadian Grand Prix

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Two key turning points in the Canadian Grand Prix happened around the middle of the race.

The most obvious was the double MGU-K failures which hit the two Mercedes drivers at almost exactly the same moment just after half-distance.

The other, which was not immediately obviously, came on lap 38 when Daniel Ricciardo jumped ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel despite having made his second pit stop one lap after his team mate.

As the team radio transcript shows, Vettel was alert to the threat from his team mate behind at this point in the race. While also stuck behind Nico Hulkenberg, Vettel’s in-lap was a 1’20.3. But by pitting he created space for Ricciardo, who banged in a superb in-lap of 1’19.4 the next time by, and duly got the jump on Vettel.

This was crucial because it was Ricciardo who went on to pass Sergio Perez and Nico Rosberg later in the race to claim his first ever win. Vettel’s frustration at the change of positions was clear to see from his radio messages.

Late in the race Jenson Button came to the fore, claiming fourth place, though his progress was somewhat overlooked due to the drama unfolding ahead of him. In the closing stages of the race his team thought he even had a chance of winning the race.

Button’s elevation to fourth came partly thanks to the last-lap crash between Perez and Felipe Massa. Afterwards Williams claimed Force India should have retired their car because of the problems Perez was in. The radio messages show how the team were helping Perez cope with his braking and power unit problems.

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2014 Canadian Grand Prix team radio transcript

PRTony RossNico RosbergSo saving fuel and cooling the car. And bite-point eight.
PRDaniil KvyatMarco MatassaYeah, everything’s OK. I’m on the grid.
PRMarco MatassaDaniil KvyatOK, 41 Daniil. So comments on balance?
PRDaniil KvyatMarco MatassaThis message from Kvyat revealed he was starting the race on the soft tyres instead of the super-soft.
Err… I’d say a bit of understeer in the slow-speed corners, but for the rest it’s OK. So I think I would leave it as it is for now and considering that this tyres takes a bit of time to come in.
PRMarco MatassaDaniil KvyatAll clear, copy that.
PRDavid LloydKimi RaikkonenOK, so radio check from the pit wall. Just to let you know as well, wind direction is very similar to yesterday. It does keep switching around a little bit, so it’s a tail wind into turn ten. But apart from that, it’s quite light. Similar to yesterday.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonThe track temperature’s going up and up, right?
PRGary GannonMax ChiltonWhen we fire up, I’m going to ask you to ‘Fail-86’, OK? So go to Fail-86, OK? Then we’ll put the pit limiter on and do two static bite-point finds. And remember the procedure for the formation lap. We’ll do the start, and then you’ll do two clutch pulls at turn ten, three or four tyre warmings and back to ‘ENG-1’ and on the start. I’ll call out the switches. Maldonado had some issue, I’ll think he’ll be OK, but just be aware if he doesn’t actually go. And also, just let us know if you feel any more engine issues, let us know right away and we’ll look at it.
FLTony RossNico RosbergOK Nico, can we have some feedback on the start? Your brakes are cold.
FLNico RosbergTony RossUnder-engaged. A little bit Under-engaged.
FLTony RossNico RosbergAffirm Nico, and we need lots of lift-and-coast.
1Tony RossNico RosbergChilton hits Bianchi, taking both out of the race, resulting in a six-lap Safety Car period.
Safety Car, Safety Car. You’re staying out. Go Strat-12 and save as much fuel as you can for the moment. Keep your delta positive, you’re staying out. Just confirm, everything OK with the car at the moment, Nico?
2Francesco NenciJules BianchiYou OK, Jules?
2Jules BianchiFrancesco NenciYeah, I’m OK.
2Francesco NenciJules BianchiGo to P0. Go to P1-P0.
2Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinPlease check tyre pressures. There were quite a lot of debris.
2Brad JoyceSergio PerezCheco, the information we have, or that we can give you, is that there is less debris off-line in those corners. Stay off-line if you can. And more brake temperature.
3Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelOK Sebastian, if you go through the chicane again – turn three and turn four – just have a good look at the track conditions. There’s fluid on the exit of turn four, which we think is on-line. Just have a good look, you know better.
3Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, doing a good job there. That looks like that’s coming back to life. That looks good actually. So, tyres are 90 all around. Ninety.
4Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonI need a lot of power at the start.
4Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYeah, copy that, Lewis. Restart will be in Strat mode five. We’ll only have a lap of that, but one Strat mode five.
4Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, tell the marshalls there’s still a piece of debris roughly 20-25 metres after they put the sand dust over the oil.
4Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanOK, just for your information, there was oil at turn four, which is getting cleared up at the moment.
5Tony RossNico RosbergAnd what’s the condition in turn four, Nico? Has the car gone?
5Nico RosbergTony RossAffirm.
5Tony RossNico RosbergOK, so could go green this lap. Not confirmed yet, so really starting to warm everything up.
6Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelRight Sebastian, think about bias for restart. You’re currently minus-two, which would be good for on-track, but could be a bit short for first lap. And ten car lengths, if you can.
6Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAnd Sebastian, we suggest we should actually go back to Multi-2, Map-2. Multi-2, Map-2. The issue that you have is just due to recovery, so it will clear up on the restart. We don’t want to be stuck in three. So, Multi-2, Map-2 and then you can go back to Multi-3. Reverse off, please. Reverse off.
7Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonNeed someone to keep an eye out at the restart to see what people do in turn four, please. If people clean it up, I can attack there.
7Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYeah, OK Lewis. We’ll have someone on it. So, again, fuel is good. You’re doing a good job on that saving.
7Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonBrakes don’t feel like they’re working that well.
7Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYeah, fronts are just starting to drop-off a little bit. Just work them a bit.
8Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonThe race has now restarted.
Yeah Lewis, I’m sure you’ve seen it, but the outside of turn four does look bad, so you are going to have to modify your line, obviously. Just make sure you maintain that ten car-length distance.
8Angel BaenaMarcus EricssonEricsson pulled into the pits to retire.
OK Marcus, box box. Engine problem. Box, box, box. Partial throttle only. Partial throttle.
9Tony RossNico RosbergFuel is good to the end
9Brad JoyceSergio PerezOK excellent. Purple mode two. Watch Jenson. Purple mode two.
10Tony RossNico RosbergAnd rear tyre temperatures are 14.5 to 15. So just look after the rears, now. And DRS is enabled, but gap to Vettel, 1.4 seconds.
12Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelHamilton has taken second from Vettel
Sebastian, I need you to stay on top of your tyres, OK. Don’t let that get to you.
12Brad JoyceSergio PerezPerez has pulled more than a second clear of Button.
We have broken Jenson’s DRS. We’ve broken Jenson’s DRS so just watch the rear tyres sliding behind the Ferraris.
13Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, heavy graining. Rear-left and rear-right. Looking at Hamilton’s tyres, they also look quite bad.
13Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelUnderstood.
13Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, prepare the stint to be shorter than you thought.
13Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelCopy
13Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsI’m now getting rear graining. Rear graining. So just watch the rear tyre sliding behind the Ferraris.
13Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasCopy that.
13Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatNOC 6 to catch Gutierrez, come on Danny.
14Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoUpdate tyre entry when you can. And how is the balance?
14Tony RossNico RosbergThe Hoagys will help you not just with fuel but with tyres and brakes.
15Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, box this lap. Box this lap. Push now if you can, let’s get everything out of this set. Push now.
16Kimi RaikkonenDavid LloydRaikkonen asks how to perform a change he’s been instructed to make.
My rear tyres are starting to go a little bit. I don’t know where is ‘P4’ [unclear].
16David LloydKimi RaikkonenOK so it’s 12 clicks on the ’10’ button, and four clicks on the ‘1’ button.
19Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoMassa had a slow pit stop, so he has dropped back.
19Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachThe car is very understeery. Was too much front wing change.
19Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilUnderstood Adrian, but I think it will be OK because we will get rear deg’ as well.
21Tony RossNico RosbergAnd just… gap to Lewis is three seconds, so just managing the gap to Lewis. We’ll give you updates.
21Brad JoyceSergio PerezSo Checo, we are target plus four. Target plus four.
22Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, the two Mercedes are out ahead. Behind them are the two Force Indias – they look like they’re one-stopping. And then behind them is Sebastian and Bottas and then you.
22Mark SladePastor MaldonadoOK Pastor. Doing a good job there. Most cars have stopped and switched from [super-softs] to [softs] now. [Super-soft] deg’ was higher than expected.
22Pastor MaldonadoMark SladeVettel is behind one-stopping Hulkenberg
23Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaOK, that’s a good job. Now get after Fernando.
24Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinKobayashi has spun at Turn 2
OK I’m struggling to get by.
24Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, you are catching the cars ahead. Might get interesting – three cars fighting ahead. Charge-9. Charge-9.
26Kamui KobayashiTim WrightHamilton has closed up to around a second behind Rosberg
I lost the rear, I lost the rear. I don’t know! I lost the rear suspension.
26Tim WrightKamui KobayashiPerez has now completed 28 laps on the Super Softs – more than any other driver
OK Kamui, stop. Stop there. Kill then engine with P1. Wait five seconds, then go to P0.
27Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo remember, double DRS. May not have it this time, though.
28Sergio PerezBrad JoyceSutil is behind his team mate
They’re doing very well, this tyre, right?
28Brad JoyceSergio PerezThis is an excellent job, Checo. We’re happy at the moment, you continue what you’re doing and we are gapping cars. Close to gapping Vergne and Alonso at this stage. Continue what you’re doing.
29Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis so Nico is under investigation so don’t take any risks.
29Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachSo, can I pass or what?
29Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK, change position, change position.
29Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachMy engine is really slow compared to his.
29Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilCopy, Adrian, copy. The rear wing is different, as you know. Keep pushing Adrian.
30Brad JoyceSergio PerezOK we are extening this stint at the moment, Checo.
31Brad JoyceSergio PerezOK Checo, so we’re looking to extend this stint for the moment. Use your tyre rotaries to give us feedback on the tyre condition, OK?
31Sergio PerezBrad JoyceYes, I feel a little drop off for the rears. Only a little bit. We’ll see how far we can go.
31Brad JoyceSergio PerezCopy.
32Tony RossNico RosbergNico, we need to increase fuel saving again. Fuel is increasing at the moment. So where you can, longer gears and a little bit more Hoagys.
32Nico RosbergTony RossKeep an eye on the front vibrations, they’re getting bad.
32Tony RossNico RosbergCopy.
33Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, so no penalty for Nico. No penalty for Nico, he’s on his final warning for cutting the final chicane.
34Nico RosbergTony RossWhere is my team mate on brake balance, forwards or rearwards?
34Tony RossNico RosbergHe’s more rearwards of you, you’re more forwards.
36Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK be smart in terms of strategy.
37Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonBoth leading Mercedes lose MGU-K power
Lost power. I’ve got no power, guys.
37Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK, we’re looking into it. We’re looking into it.
38Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonSo driver default-01. Driver default-01. So seems that this is both cars at the moment, so let’s have that driver default.
38Nico RosbergTony Ross[MGU-]K is still not there anymore!
38Tony RossNico RosbergOK Nico, we’re trying to solve it. We’re trying to solve it. We believe your team mate has the same problem.
39Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelRicciardo came out of the pits ahead of Vettel on lap 38 after the pair had made their second pit stops.
OK Sebastian be smart. The worst thing you can do now is to [unclear] your tyres have nothing left for the end.
40Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelHulkenberg has not pitted. Hulkenberg has not pitted.
40Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinBest for me to stay out and over-run him.
41Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinWhy did you not let me stay out? I could have gone faster once Hulkenberg pitted.
41Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelMate, concentrate on your race. That’s where we’re at at the moment.
41Brad JoyceSergio PerezOK Checo, so we’ll need to use the ‘overtake’ button out of Turn 10, OK? You have Ricciardo behind. Vettel was not able to pass Nico, so just use the ‘overtake’ button out of Turn 10. OK, now settle down with the slip. Control the rear slip. We have our pit stop window, OK. So just settle down and control the rear tyres.
41Sergio PerezBrad JoyceAre we fighting the Red Bull? Or are they ona two stop?
41Brad JoyceSergio PerezThey’ve made all of their stops, Checo. They have made their stops. We are racing them.
42Gianpiero LambiaseNico HulkenbergPits this lap, pits this lap, pit confirm. Pits this lap, pits this lap, pit confirm.
42Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel do not lift early, it’s bad for energy. Do not save any fuel, it’s bad for energy.
42Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieOK.
44Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaOK Felipe we want to see if we can make these tyres last until the end.
44Tony RossNico RosbergOK Nico situation: Both cars have the same problem. We don’t think we can resolve it. Obviously you need to pick the pace up because P3 is catching you now.
44Tony RossNico RosbergAnd let us know a flap adjust for the stop, please Nico.
44Nico RosbergTony RossNo change.
45Tony RossNico RosbergAnd Strat-5. Use ‘overtake’ where you need to. You’re racing Massa. Massa hasn’t stopped for a second time, OK? He’s on older tyres than you.
46Felipe MassaAndrew MurdochInformation, start to feel a little bit the rear going away slightly compared to before.
46Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaOK, copy that. Understood. We’ll just keep monitoring your laptimes as you are. Go diff mid-3. Go diff mid-3.
47Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, Hamilton ahead is slow. Hamilton ahead is slow. He’s approaching turn eight now.
47Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonBrakes have failed.
48Brad JoyceSergio PerezOK, you’re now up to P3 at this stage. P3. Look after your rear slip. Look after your rear slip. Think we look comfortable in a straight line using the ‘overtake’ button, just look after your rear.
48Tony RossNico RosbergBrakes: Go back to EB1, B-mig one, looking after the brakes now. Your team mate has a problem. Most important you finish now. Looking after the brakes.
49Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaMassa has pitted for a second time
OK Felipe, you’ll be racing cars on the pit exit. You’ll be racing cars on the pit exit.
51Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRosberg is just one second ahead, he’s very slow on the straights.
51Tony RossNico RosbergSo we think caliper and brake temperatures are OK at the moment, so just push a little bit where you can Nico. Try and keep the gap.
52Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelOK Sebastian you’re +4 Hulkenberg. Clearly your best chance is to have some tyres left for the end. Daniel’s going to destroy his tyres trying to pass Perez. Last ten laps, you should have the grip.
52Brad JoyceSergio PerezPerez has been passed by Ricciardo and has lost second
It’d be good if you can get up to Rosberg’s DRS, Checo. Push up to Rosberg if you can, but look after your rear tyres, first objective.
52Tony RossNico RosbergSo everything is under control. You need to pull a gap in sectors one and two to defend against three.
54Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel where do you think is the most likely place for a pass? We’ll work out the energy around it.
55Tony RossNico RosbergYou’re doing a really good job.
56Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK, last lap was not enough. We need more saving. Last lap was not enough, we need more.
56Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK Adrian, there’s no option now. We have to save. We have to save as much as we can.
57Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaWilliams told Bottas to let Massa past. But Bottas runs wide trying to pass Hulkenberg and Massa got through anyway.
OK Felipe, keep up this pressure. We need to pass, we need to pass. Our battery’s getting low.
57Felipe MassaAndrew MurdochI need to get past! I’m much quicker than them!
57Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasSwap positions as soon as we can.
57Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, you’re currently one of the quickest cars on the circuit. More than a second a lap faster than Hulkenberg. Let’s keep this up, keep pushing to the end.
57Dave RobsonJenson ButtonGreat job, JB. We can get some more points out of this, for sure. Let’s keep pushing.
59Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaGood job Felipe, good job.
60Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, we need to keep cooling the car. When you can, pull out the tow when it’s safe to do so.
61David LloydKimi RaikkonenFuel-4. Fuel-4. Be careful of the tyres, we still have ten laps to go.
61Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAlright, Sebastian. The way you’re doing it – nine and 12 toggle, like you’re doing it – is good.
62Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaOK Felipe, multifunction-A, opti-position one. Multifunction-A, opti-position one.
63Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaYour tyres are ten laps newer than the guys in front.
63Brad JoyceSergio PerezSo Checo, at the moment, we are one tenth from getting DRS, for your information.
64Jenson ButtonDave RobsonButton has almost caught Hulkenberg and Alonso, and he’s within ten seconds of the race leader.
This should be fun!
64Dave RobsonJenson ButtonYep, absolutely. Let’s make the most of it. Let’s enjoy it. We’ve won races from here before.
65Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Danny we need to keep cooling the car. Pull out of the tow in the places you can’t get overtaken.
65Sergio PerezBrad Joyce[Unclear]… I have no brakes left!
66Brad JoyceSergio PerezOk Checo… I mean, if you’re concerned…
66Sergio PerezBrad JoyceReset!
66Brad JoyceSergio PerezReset BBW! And if you’re really concerned, then you’ll need to box. But stay out if you think you can. Reset the BBW switch. Off and on. Off and on.
67Brad JoyceSergio PerezPush up to Ricciardo’s DRS, mate. Push up to Ricciardo…
67Sergio PerezBrad Joyce[Unclear]… I don’t have rear brakes. What else can I do?
68Brad JoyceSergio PerezCheco stick with it. There’s just three laps to go after this one. We’re looking at it, we are looking at the issue.
68Brad JoyceSergio PerezOK, it’s back on. It’s back on, Checo. Checo, move the brake balance forward. Forward brake balance to save rears. Two clicks. Come on, mate. If we push up to Ricciardo’s DRS we will overtake him. You’ll be lapping Sutil. You’ll be lapping Sutil.
70Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoNobody can overtake you, you’re going to win the race, stay positive on the delta mate.
70Gianpiero LambiaseNico HulkenbergWhere did Button get you?
70Nico HulkenbergGianpiero LambiaseJust before the last chicane. Halfway down the straight before the last chicane.
70Gianpiero LambiaseNico HulkenbergCopy that.
VLChristian HornerDaniel RicciardoYou’ve won the Canadian Grand Prix! Well done, your first win.
VLDaniel RicciardoChristian HornerWow!

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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Transcript by @WillWood, text by @KeithCollantine.

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18 comments on “2014 Canadian Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. I’m told on the VL there was a conversation between Button and Robson that went along the lines of:

    DR: Well done on getting those last two places here.
    JB: Yeah, it was fairly simple. Alonso went wide, forced Hulkenberg wide and I managed to get both of them.
    DR: Ah right. The cameras didn’t see it.
    JB: In that case it was overtake of the century. Most skilful bit of driving ever. Shame you missed it.

    1. I loved hearing him say “This should be fun!” but if that conversation happened, that’s even more to show Jenson’s having a great time out there!

    2. Here’s Alonso’s onboard showing the pass:

    3. Haha JB is awesome!
      “It was fairly simple”…
      “The cameras didn’t see it”
      “In that case it was the overtake of the century!” xD

    4. Nguyen Phan Duy
      19th June 2014, 7:45

      In reality, 7 years ago, Massa did exactly the same passing move at Turn 10, Gilles Villeneuve. By this way, it was the overtake of millennimum :)

  2. I like how Perez is told to use the switches to show how his tyres are… and just says it anyway.

  3. OK Sebastian you’re +4 Hulkenberg. Clearly your best chance is to have some tyres left for the end. Daniel’s going to destroy his tyres trying to pass Perez. Last ten laps, you should have the grip.

    Whaaaaaaat? (OK, OK, Armchair experts like I’m pretending to be are never knowledgeble but in hindsight (in hindsight!)…….

    1. Haha, what hindsight can do :)

  4. I read somewhere that on the radio on the VL Daniel asked whether Sergio and Felipe were alright before he celebrated. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Real sportsmanship if he did, and huge respect.

    1. Yes, I remember hearing it also.

    2. Yes, it’s in the Canal+ “Onboard” montage they do, just after 27:20. FOM only broadcast “Wow”, but he actually says “Wow, hope the drivers are okay”.
      Keep listening and you’ll hear Vettel whining (“I’m not happy”) in spite of finishing third!

      1. He said that he’s not happy with the strategy, which arguably cost him a victory. I wouldn’t be happy, either. Besides, champions racing with top teams aren’t happy even with second place, they want to win. He did, however, say that the team did a good job with everything else.

  5. “I need to get past! I’m much quicker than them!” Is this Massa asking for team orders again? That’s how I understand it.

  6. Vettel even tells his team he can over-run hulk, but RB just ignores him. It’s not the first time RB got vettel’s strategy completely wrong this year.

    1. Yes they got it wrong, but Seb only suggested the over-run after his pitstop. Before that what he said was “OK be smart in terms of strategy”. The undercut is usually the preferred strategy, but in this gp it wasn’t working well because of tyre warm-up.

  7. Perez had a lot of problems with the brakes.

  8. Gary Gannon to Max Chilton: “When we fire up, I’m going to ask you to ‘Fail-86′”

    So i assume “Fail-86” means take out yourself and your teammate on the opening lap.

    1. Shouldn’t that be “Multi-Fail-86” then? ^^

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