2014 Austrian GP qualifying team radio transcript

2014 Austrian Grand Prix

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Qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix produced the biggest surprise of the season so far as the Mercedes drivers stumbled and Williams claimed the front row of the grid.

During the session drivers were largely preoccupied with two challenges on the Red Bull Ring: the amount of traffic due to the short track, and the danger of running too wide at turn eight which would result in their times being disallowed.

Nico Hulkenberg was one of the drivers who got caught out by the run-off at turn eight and initially objected to having his time disallowed.

Here’s the team radio chatter which was broadcast during qualifying.

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2014 Austrian Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript

Q117:00Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneOK straight to the run. Force India is just behind. With a good warm-up on brakes and tyres. Five timed laps as discussed.
Q115:25Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergSo the two cars in front are still warming up tyres on this lap and Raikkonen behind is on an out-lap.
Q115:08Jenson ButtonDave RobsonButton’s car has been repaired following problems with his engine braking in final practice.
For your information it said I was in first gear while I was in the garage but I was actually in neutral. So I had to go back to neutral and then put it in first gear.
Q1Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson understood. Everything currently looks OK to us. So the car in front is Grosjean, obviously he left the pit lane with you, he’s six seconds ahead and you’ve got a 12 second gap behind to Kvyat who is on a timed lap.
Q114:45Tony RossNico RosbergTyre temperatures are nine front and rear. Brake temps coming up nicely front and rear together.
Q113:27Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezCheco consider -1%, consider minus one click on the brake balance.
Q112:37Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneGet some space to Dany.
Q110:54Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilFronts you can drop them five degrees, rear you can drop them as much as you can.
Q110:37Jenson ButtonDave RobsonJust got held up massively in the last sector by a Caterham.
Q1Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson understood. So need to watch for Rosberg behind on a timed lap. We make our gap, then we’re going for two more timed. So watch for Rosberg, gap behind Rosberg.
Q19:01Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergWatch out for Raikkonen on the way into the pits. Do not block him on the way in.
Q1Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceCalm down, there is more than enough space.
Q1Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that, I’m just feeding you the info I’m getting. Sorry.
Q18:22Pastor MaldonadoMark SladeI just feel a big loss of power in the exit of turn seven.
Q16:40Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, tyres are still not perfect so the next lap should be better.
Q1Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelCopy. Watch out for Bottas.
Q1Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelI think he’s slowed down behind you. You’re OK.
Q15:12Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRemember keep up the pace at turn five so you’re well out of the way at turn eight. Keep up the pace after turn five. Cars behind are on out-laps, though.
Q14:55Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasLooks unlikely we will have to go again, though we’ll get the car ready. We’re doing fuel for two timed.
Q13:55Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel we are not running again. That lap should be a couple of tenths inside the cut-off, OK?
Q1Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieYeah so just trying to get the front, just get the front in. It’s pretty much the reason for the improvement. Just kept getting better but took a while.
Q11:36Daniil KvyatMarco MatassaI think on this tyre I still could do a decent lap time which is still quite representative. And then we could go the [super-soft] again. So I think this set and then new set.
Q10:55Gary GannonMax ChiltonSo Jules’ time to beat is still 11.67. Temps are good.
Q10:06Mark TempleKevin MagnussenKevin we think you are safe so box this lap.
Q10:00Mark TempleKevin MagnussenKobayashi 11.67 so we’re P21.
Q10:00Tim WrightKamui KobayashiOK Kamui so a good second run there I think, 11.6.
Q10:00Paul DavisonJules BianchiOne tenth close. Good job anyway. We are 19th and in front of us are the Saubers, Gutierrez 11.3 then Sutil 10.8.
Q1Jules BianchiPaul DavisonOK. And Max?
Q1Paul DavisonJules BianchiBehind you is Koba, 11.6, Max 11.7, then Ericsson.
Q10:00Craig GardinerEsteban GutierrezSo Esteban so unfortunately we are out by… needed half a second.
Q10:00Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilOK Adrian you are 17 we missed 16 by four thousandths. So first lap would have been enough but it was disallowed, the time. And Guti is 18, half a second behind.
Q213:38Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezMore brake temperature through the rest of this lap please Checo. Not looking too bad.
Q212:43Kimi RaikkonenAntonio SpagnoloSo fuel for three?
Q2Antonio SpagnoloKimi RaikkonenFuel for two. Watch out for Perez behind.
Q211:55Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergChassis five, position one. Chassis multi-function five, P1.
Q210:50Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergNico if we think it’s only one timed lap you could use mode one for this next lap and then on the next set we’ll use mode one on the single flying lap. It’s up to you.
Q2Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceI don’t know. Let me know what you think is best. First lap clearly is not best but obviously we don’t know what the second lap will be like.
Q2Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergTry mode one this lap as well, mode one for this lap.
Q29:43Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezSpoken quickly and urgently.
Raikkonen behind, let him through. Do not impede through turn eight.
Q27:28Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezAgain quite urgent and then cut off by the reply.
Checo, fuel for one lap or three laps, mate? You need to talk to me. Checo you need to get back to me…
Q2Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseMore slowly
I said the third lap quite low grip so…
Q2Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezOK we’ll fuel for three, OK mate.
Q2Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseThat’s not what I meant. I don’t know how the track improvement will be on this.
Q26:19Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton is told where he’s losing time compared to Rosberg.
So looks like the time loss is five and six, turns five and six.
Q24:48Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoDaniel what do you think about number of laps? Still think build then push? Probably could do a slightly quicker push lap – er, build lap, sorry – if you think the fronts weren’t quite ready still.
Q2Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieYep. Yeah I think we still need it. But yeah we’ll wrap it up.
Q2Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK we’ll go for that, then.
Q2Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieHappy with four clicks.
Q2Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK we’ve done four clicks. We’ll be going pretty soon.
Q24:31Nico RosbergTony RossI had a lot of understeer there especially high-speed.
Q2Tony RossNico RosbergOK. Do you want to do another run with a bit more front wing?
Q2Nico RosbergTony RossAffirm.
Q2Tony RossNico RosbergOK so we will run again in this session.
Q24:03Nico RosbergTony RossDo you think that’s fast enough to get through?
Q2Tony RossNico RosbergAffirm, we think that’s fast enough to get through, Nico.
Q2Nico RosbergTony RossWell I definitely didn’t have a good balance, that’s for sure. I didn’t have a good balance.
Q2Tony RossNico RosbergReply is cut off.
I’m happy to run again, Nico, just to try and improve the balance. Obviously engine modes…
Q23:33Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCome on the radio, Nico.
Q2Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceIf that’s not a penalty I don’t know. He just didn’t move out of the way.
Q2Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergI know Nico, I know, he was in the way all the way through, yep.
Q23:10Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAlright Sebastian you’re less than a tenth from the cut-off at the moment which is a 9.8, basically.
Q2Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK I’d like you to go down on front wing OK? Another two clicks.
Q2Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelCopy, down two clicks.
Q22:18Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaI think we should come in. The lap was good so I don’t see much point to keep running.
Q21:28Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanGrosjean set a 1’10.522 which was disallowed because he ran wide at turn eight. Ten other drivers did the same.
OK Romain previous lap was too wide at turn eight so it does not count.
Q20:02Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergWas you held up by Massa there, Nico?
Q2Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceYeah a little bit. He was in my aero.
Q2Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that.
Q20:00Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanSo what happened, you let Vettel past, then…
Q2Romain GrosjeanAyao KomatsuLots of audio break-up or edits in Grosjean’s agitated reply.
No you told me he was on a quick lap, he was on a slow lap so then I have to [unclear] backed off and by the time we get the time [unclear] what I should have done. So that’s it.
Q2Ayao KomatsuRomain GrosjeanYeah Vettel sector one… I told you he was on a quick lap because Vettel’s sector one time was in 17s.
Q20:00Jean-Eric VergneXevi PujolarI’m sorry guys I really couldn’t [unclear]. I don’t know, sorry.
Q2Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneCopy that, Jev.
Q20:00Mark SladePastor MaldonadoOK Pastor. Bad luck that was a big shame. But still, P14, think that’s our best so far and the car’s not too bad.
Q2Pastor MaldonadoMark SladeYep. Yeah I think we still need it. But yeah we’ll wrap it up.
Q20:00Dave RobsonJenson ButtonJenson we are P12, P12.
Q2Jenson ButtonDave RobsonYeah.
Q2Dave RobsonJenson ButtonSo Jenson car in front in P11 is Perez. He’ll obviously get a five-place penalty so we’re going to be P11 at the race start, P11.
Q2Jenson ButtonDave RobsonSounds like the first part of Button’s reply was cut.
Top ten, but if you’re not going to be in that obviously P11 is the best place. Strategy.
Q20:00Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezHard luck mate. Just sector three was… Well, half a tenth in sector two compared to your first run and then one-and-a-half in sector three compared to your first run. What were your thoughts? Sector one was green, it was good.
Q2Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseLike yesterday was saying I was four-tenths down on my previous run. So [unclear] grip as well.
Q39:50Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK track will be clear.
Q39:24Mark TempleKevin MagnussenAnd Yellow Golf 2 is correct for warm-up lap. Good gaps in front and behind.
Q38:45Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaTraffic?
Q3Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoNo problem Fernando, no problem with traffic. Behind you is Magnus, who should be doing the same as us.
Q37:33Tony RossNico RosbergSo straight out, there will be traffic on the out-lap but the cars are spread.
Q37:07Tony RossNico RosbergBottas 8… 1’08.8.
Q36:21Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasGood lap, let’s box.
Q36:03Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergBrake temps look good now.
Q35:43Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieI think we can live with two more clicks.
Q3Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK understood. Box this lap, we’ll go two more clicks. Reverse off.
Q34:37Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton spun at turn eight on his first lap in Q3.
That time was disallowed, you may anticipate. You were purple sector one and sector two. We’ll get an overlay for you.
Q33:12Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRicciardo’s display screen is faulty.
OK for your info the lap time delta will not work. Ignore the lap time delta.
Q32:34Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoThink about the torque map you use for turn two. Looks like the rear’s getting a bit on edge.
Q31:50Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaOK we’ll need some… Just look at Magnussen and Alonso on a timed lap then drop in behind them. Next car behind is Hamilton, he’s on an out lap.
Q31:13Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo Kvyat still 16 seconds behind. Behind him Nico, he’s also on an out-lap so you’ve got loads of space, we can use all this room. Tyre temps 115 front, 107 rear.
Q30:00Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasBox this lap, Valtteri, box.
Q30:00Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergNico your time has been disallowed so it’s P10 I’m afraid.
Q3Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceWell we have to review that. I obviously disagree.
Q3Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that Nico. Obviously you had to drive through the dust in the corner earlier, so…
Q30:00Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis so unfortunately failed to set a time in that session so we’re P10. Nico P3 with Massa, Bottas P1 and 2 respectively.
Q30:00Daniil KvyatMarco MatassaKvyat achieved his best qualifying position so far with seventh.
Struggled for the tyres and temperature I think.
Q3Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatYep we’ll look into it if we spot some differences.
Q3Daniil KvyatMarco MatassaPlus a mistake in turn five.
Q3Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatOK Dany, OK.
Q30:00Mark TempleKevin MagnussenAnd Kevin we are P6, nice job.
Q3Kevin MagnussenMark TempleOK, good job guys. That’s good progress. Let’s keep it up.
Q30:00Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, may be P5 because Hamilton might have had his time deleted.
Q3Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieOK, understood. Cheers guys.
Q30:00Andrea StellaFernando Alonso[Told in Italian that Massa is on pole.]
Q30:00Tony RossNico RosbergOK so order at the moment is Massa, Bottas, yourself, Lewis has not set a lap time.

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3 comments on “2014 Austrian GP qualifying team radio transcript”

  1. Interesting conversations between Hulkenberg and his team, clearly immediately trying to get the steward’s attention the moment something happens (comment, Nico), and the dust excuse at the end!

  2. OK, the qualifying laps are disallowed when they go outside the track boundary, but this is obviously the racing line. What happens if they do this during the race? If nothing, there should not be a penalty during qualifying. This is inconsistent.

  3. Where is Massa’s conversation after the pole? The TV had it in their coverage.

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