2014 British Grand Prix team radio transcript

2014 British Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel waged war with each other over the team radios as well as on the track during the British Grand Prix.

The pair traded blows over a dozen laps around Silverstone, while simultaneously complaining about their rivals’ driving standards. Alonso was first warned about abusing track limits as early as lap ten, then following a complaint from Jenson Button the Ferrari driver was shown the black-and-white flag on lap 27.

Vettel reported Alonso for leaving the track so many times he sounded increasingly bored by it towards the end of their fight. But he became much more animated when he claimed Alonso was not leaving him enough room during their wheel-to-wheel scraps.

Alonso, meanwhile, was livid when Vettel finally got past him on the run into Copse. He said Vettel had only been able to make the move stick because he had run wide, and demanded Vettel be ordered to hand the place back or receive a five-second penalty.

The decisive moment in the outcome for the battle for victory came when Nico Rosberg retired from the lead on lap 29. His radio messages reveal that before the problem proved terminal his overriding concern was to avoid failing to finish entirely, and find a way of getting the car to the finish to collect some points.

Here are the team radio messages from the British Grand Prix.

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2014 British Grand Prix team radio transcript

PRBernadette CollinsJenson ButtonOK Jenson, that’s good. Let’s start to cool the car. Cool the car and Yellow G10. OK Jenson, test your drinks. Test your drinks.
PRJenson ButtonBernadette CollinsDrinks are OK.
PRMark TempleKevin MagnussenAnd Kevin, would you like a front-wing change?
PRKevin MagnussenMark TempleNo, stay as we are. Stay as we are.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonPlease check the right-rear brake. There’s a lot of smoke coming out of it, there must’ve been a small fire.
PRSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, around to the grid please. Around to the grid.
PRDaniel RicciardoSimon RennieYep. Understood.
PRBernadette CollinsJenson ButtonOK Jenson, that’s good. The guys will meet you at the back of the grid.
PRJenson ButtonDave RobsonOK, stay at the back of the grid.
PRDavid LloydKimi RaikkonenOK, I remind you, box, box. If you can get some temperature in the tyres, that would be good. Bottas is around ten seconds behind.
PRMarco SchupbachAdrian SutilCool engine. Standard up-shift. Cool engine, standard up-shift and on to grid.
PRAdrian SutilMarco SchupbachOK.
PRFrancesco NenciJules BianchiOK Jules, go to grid. Go to grid. And clutch nine, please Jules. Clutch nine and we push you into position.
PRMarco SchupbachAdrian SutilFifteen minutes. Fifteen to go.
PRCraig GardinerEsteban GutierrezSwitch off all cooling fans for the national anthem.
PRJonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasOK, so just confirm. Pit limiter on, should be in mode 12. RS mode lower RS only. Blend four. Torque one and pre-select blend.
PRSimon RennieUnknownSo to confirm, go clutch seven from the dummy grid. His procedure was good.
PR“Rich”Nico RosbergAnd radio check, Nico. This is Rich.
PRNico Rosberg“Rich”Radio loud and clear. Much better than Tony.
PR“Rich”Nico RosbergWhy, thank you!
PRJonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasAnd main thing on the lap to grid – temperature, as I say, in the front brakes. And just do everything you can to keep temperatures in the brakes and the front tyres.
PRPastor MaldonadoMark SladeMaldonado having difficulty with his dashboard display.
One thing – the light on the screen is very poor. I can’t see the numbers. Is more than normal. There is something wrong there.
PRLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonDo you expect the grip level to be lower on the grid than in the pitlane?
PRPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSlightly, Lewis.
FLNico HulkenbergBrad JoyceDrivers give feedback on their practice starts.
Not much initial torque. Too little initial torque.
FLBrad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that, Nico. I’ll feed that back. Too much initial torque.
FLNico HulkenbergBrad JoyceOh, not too much, too little. Too little.
FLUnknownSebastian VettelAnd clutch eight. Clutch eight. All systems are good. Gearbox is good.
FLNico RosbergTony RossStart was not so good. Was under-engaged, I think?
FLBernadette CollinsJenson ButtonAnd Jenson, brakes are good. Brakes are good, no more warming on the brakes. No more warming. And yellow G3. Yellow G3.
FLPaul DavisonUnknownCan we keep the clutch setting?
FLUnknownPaul DavisonYes, OK.
FLPaul DavisonJules BianchiYeah, so torque three. Torque three with the engine. Two tyre warming.
FLBernadette CollinsJenson ButtonOK Jenson. And launch map on. Launch map on.
1Andrew MurdochFelipe MassaMassa has collided with Raikkonen’s car following a crash on the Wellington Straight and is driving back to the pits with damage.
OK Felipe, are you OK? Felipe, are you OK?
1Felipe MassaAndrew MurdochI can come back like that? Let me know, otherwise I stop.
1Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneThe race is red-flagged following Raikkonen’s crash. Vergne and Perez collided at turn one.
Tell us if you have got damage in the front wing, Jev?
1Jean-Eric VergneXevi PujolarNot sure. I’m not really sure damage, I’ve not seen anything flying.
1Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneThat will be box, Jev. Box for front wing and tyres.
1Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonHamilton made minor contact with Vettel at Village at the start
Steering feels a little bit light. Just please check the front wing and if I’ve got any damage on the rest of my car.
1Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK, copy that.
1Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonBring spare parts just in case, guys.
1Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonCopy that, Lewis. We’re on it.
1Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinOK, check the front-left corner, in terms of numbers. I had a little bit of touch with Hamilton’s wheel. Also, I will drive by close to the pit wall, so If you could stand out and have a good look. I don’t think it’s damaged, but if you could have a good look.
1Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelCopy.
1Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezYeah, what happened on the launch?
1Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseBasically, I throw the first clutch and nothing happened. I had no torque at all. And then I throw the second one to try and see… and basically nothing happened.
1Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergThe race will be restarted behind the Safety Car. That’s our information at the moment.
1Kamui KobayashiTim WrightKobayashi was also involved in the Raikkonen crash.
Please look at my car. On the straight, I hit with the Ferrari because… I try to avoid it, I went to gras but… I don’t know. I’m not sure.
1Tim WrightKamui KobayashiOK, Kamui. Understood. Understood.
1Max ChiltonUnknownChilton’s car was damaged in the Raikkonen accident and he came into the pits at the end of lap one, under the red flag.
I know you’ve probably got a thousand things to worry about, but if this red goes on much longer, then obviously the race is going to go on longer and there’s more time for that rain coming at the rain. So maybe go hard, run long and hope for the rain? It’s one less stop, but it’s down to you.
1UnknownMax ChiltonMax, we copy everything you say but we’re happy with our strategy at the minute, please. Thank you.
1Jean-Eric VergneXevi PujolarOK, I jump out.
1Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonIs the wind direction the same today?
1Jock ClearLewis HamiltonLewis, this is Jockey. Very similar to yesterday. It’s come round about 20 degrees. It’s now directly right to left along Hangar Straight. As you see it from right to left.
1Lewis HamiltonJock ClearOK Jock. What’re your thoughts on front wing? And then…
1Jock ClearLewis HamiltonDown half a turn on front flap is what Bono [Peter Bonnington] and I agreed. I’m happy with that.
1Lewis HamiltonJock ClearYep.
1Jock ClearLewis HamiltonDiff mode, stay where you are I think, at the moment. Just to make you aware…
1Lewis HamiltonJock ClearInterrupting
Am I allowed to go up to the five?
1Jock ClearLewis HamiltonOn diff high-speed? Yeah, OK.
1Lewis HamiltonJock ClearMight be able to.
1Jock ClearLewis HamiltonYou are going to do another start procedure before the start of this race. You’re gonna start behind the Safety Car, but you are going to do a bite-point find as soon as you fire up and then go strat mode five and then RS modes will be on and then you’ll launch off the grid.
1Lewis HamiltonJock ClearOK. And for this lap? What do I do strat wise?
1Jock ClearLewis HamiltonSo you’ll be in strat mode five and we’ll run the brake magic until I tell you to get it off.
1Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsGonna be start behind the Safety Car, yeah?
1Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasThat’s correct. So it’ll be start just like we did in… it was… yeah, Monaco. Start behind the Safety Car, we’ll go around, do a lap, the Safety Car will come in and then that is virtually lap two of the race – this is lap one of the race. So for info, don’t forget you can overtake from that Safety Car line.
1Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieAnd just give me as much info as I need in terms of tyres, etc. Warm up and temps.
1Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoUnderstood. I think you can give them a pretty good work out on this lap.
2Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAfter an hour long delay, the race resumes under Safety Car
And remember, ten car lengths behind Safety Car.
2Tony RossNico RosbergBrakes are starting to come up now. Just need to work them a little bit more. Tyres are nine front, eight and a half rear.
2Bernadette CollinsJenson ButtonAnd Jenson, Yellow G3. Yellow G3 and Safety Car in this lap. Safety Car in this lap.
3Gary GannonMax ChiltonThe race has now restarted
Torque seven for running. Torque seven for running. And will be in this lap for drive-through penalty. Build tyre temps, build front tyre temps.
4Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton has passed Magnussen for third
OK Lewis, so Nico 4.5 seconds ahead.
5Xevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneOK, good job Jev. Now close the gap with Grosjean ahead.
5Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergWe’re on the bottom of the state of store, no overtake. No overtake.
5Gary GannonMax ChiltonMax, second sector was one second quicker than Jules. Third sector was one second quicker, so you are catching the pack. Good job.
6Tony RossNico RosbergAnd remember, try slower in for better exit. Gap, 5.4.
6Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonThe Mercedes drivers get their usual information about each others’ driving techniques.
OK Lewis, gap now 5.4. Loss to Nico, braking, turn six [Brooklands].
7Tony RossNico RosbergBy lap seven Rosbreg is almost 14 seconds ahead of third-placed Button, with Hamilton between them.
So Nico, you are in your Safety Car window.
8Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieJust struggling with overall grip.
8Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, understood.
9Tony RossNico RosbergOK, so try an earlier and faster apex in turn 15 [Stowe].
9Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo Nico braking later, turn 15. And half tenth faster, sector one. Gap at 5.5. You are in your Safety Car window.
10Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoWarning – on corner 18 [Club], we have to stay on the track on corner 18.
11Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRicciardo passed Hulkenberg on lap nine.
OK mate, nice job. Let’s get after Alonso.
11Craig GardinerEsteban GutierrezGutierrez has collided with Maldonado at Vale
Is the car OK, Esteban?
11Esteban GutierrezCraig GardinerNot, it is not OK!
11Craig GardinerEsteban GutierrezNo reply is heard from Gutierrez’s car – but he can be heard crunching through a gravel trap and into retirement.
Understood, is it just the front wing?
11Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezOK Checo, so this is the Bianchi, Vergne, Grosjean, Maldonado train ahead, OK? So it’s Bianchi at the head of these three cars ahead of you.
12Marcus EricssonAngel BaenaEricsson is cruising with apparent suspension damage
I have a damaged car. Front suspension, left.
12Angel BaenaMarcus EricssonOK, roger. If it’s safe to bring it back, bring it back.
13Tony RossNico RosbergStill yellow, yellow, turn one, two [Abbey/Farm]. Be more progressive with the steering, turns one and two. And be aware, fuel is to target, but you do not have excess. We’re just safe at the moment.
14Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergAt the next stop, what are you thinking on front wing?
14Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceI have no idea. Because we have got two big issues. I don’t know.
14Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that. We’re fighting the wind, I think. It’s the wind.
14Nico HulkenbergBrad JoyceWell maybe I should take more flaps, because the high-speed understeer is absolutely killing us. I can handle the stability with my torque and engine braking.
14Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that Nico. Watch the track limits in turn nine [Copse]. Track limits, turn nine.
14Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK, Jenson. Let’s work the front-left tyre a little harder, if you can. More temperature in the front-left.
15Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo two tenths faster, sector two. So pitting the hards for the next stint, we’re thinking one turn down, maybe one and a half. Let me know what you think.
15Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonOne turn, I think.
15Tony RossNico RosbergRosberg made his first pit stop on lap 18.
So Nico we may extend one more lap. Just let us know how the tyres are looking, look like they’re coming back a little bit.
15Nico RosbergTony RossTyres are good.
15Tony RossNico RosbergCopy, we’re going to go one more lap.
16Gary GannonMax ChiltonGreat job, Max. It was a 44.4 from Kobayashi. He’s within reach, let’s get him in the next lap or two.
16Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoRicciardo pits for the only time in the race.
You’ll come out behind Sutil, ahead of Vergne. Maybe close behind Sutil.
17Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis you’re the fastest man on track.
17Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergSo Vettel ahead’s on a two stop anyway, Nico. So let’s settle down and try and make this one work.
17Mark TempleKevin MagnussenAnd how are the tyres?
17Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasHaving started 14th Bottas has just passed Button for third behind the two Mercedes.
Brilliant stuff, Valtteri.
18Tony RossNico RosbergSo push hard now, Nico. Push hard now. It won’t be long.
18Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonSo we’re going to be target, plus two. Target plus two. You are one tenth faster, sector one.
18Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, three tenths faster sector one. It’s hammer time.
19Kevin MagnussenMark TempleTyres are OK. Tyres are OK.
19Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasGreat management, Valtteri. To safeguard our day we need to run this tyre right to the end of its life. So how many laps do you think left?
19Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsDifficult to get the exact [unclear] so, I think the wear is OK. So, could be up to ten laps.
19Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasCopy, good feedback. We’ll just keep an eye on lap times. That’s good news.
20Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatNext car in front is Jev, four seconds. Use the hards for him – 41.5 last timed lap. Forty-one point five.
20Nico RosbergTony RossThe first sign of the problem which eventually caused Rosberg’s retirement.
Gearbox problem on the downshift.
20Tony RossNico RosbergCopy, copy. Will advise.
21Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel. Hulkenberg ahead is one-stopping. Need to get past him as soon as possible.
21Tony RossNico RosbergSo we’re continuing to look at the problem, Nico. No information at the moment.
22Francesco NenciJules BianchiPace much better. You’re much closer to Maldonado now.
22Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoYou have now jumped a lot of cars ahead. We’re looking good. Nice job, mate.
22Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatWhat about tyres? Tyre phase and balance?
22Daniil KvyatMarco MatassaAll good. Car now is a little bit too much on the nose, so 1.4 [unclear].
22Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatCopy.
23Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilBehind Vergne is clear, he’s on two stops. His tyres are seven laps old Mediums.
23Tony RossNico RosbergSo tyres were evenly worn front and rear. Front a little bit more – 50 percent remaining.
23Tony RossNico RosbergSo, menu ten to one. Change to gearbox settings should be transparent. Menu ten to one.
24Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonTyres are starting to drop off.
24Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK copy that message, Lewis. One more lap. One more lap.
24Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonThis is a good in-lap, Lewis. Just keep on it.
24Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel. Everybody ahead will have to stop again. Three cars will have to fit hards and they will be slow. Three cars ahead will fit hards.
25Jenson ButtonDave RobsonThe last two laps, Alonso’s gone off the circuit at Copse.
25Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, understood. Understood. Doing a great job.
25Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, Yellow G3. Yellow G3. Target plus two.
26Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonWhile Rosberg put on mediums again at his first pit stop, Hamilton switched to the hards. Although hewas warned they would take a while to warm up his first full lap out of the pits turned out to be the fastest of the race.
OK Lewis, this tyre has a warm-up slope on the outlap, so we suggest diff entry five for this tyre. Diff entry five.
26Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonDon’t worry about the pit stops, guys. But let’s get a good one next one, OK?
26Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, so we are still looking for target plus two. Alonso’s pitted but has a five second stop-go, so this is all good.
27Tony RossNico RosbergSo Lewis pushing very hard at the moment. Consider brake balance rearwards for ten to 13. Gap to Lewis, 4.8.
28Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonAnd HPP4 position ten when you can. Another nine-tenths that last lap. Gap at 3.2.
30Nico RosbergTony RossRosberg’s gearbox fails into Village, allowing Hamilton through into the lead
Problem on the upshift at turn eight [Woodcote].
30Tony RossNico RosbergCopy, understood. We’re looking at it.
30Nico RosbergTony RossConsider slowing me down just to get me to the finish line?
30Tony RossNico RosbergCopy that, Nico. We will advise. No change at the moment on gearbox settings.
30Nico RosbergTony RossCause I could stop shifting so much, if you need to.
30Nico RosbergTony RossOK, really having big problems with the gearbox so please advise. Staying in fifth gear at the moment. I lost it again on downshifting.
30Tony RossNico RosbergSome of these messages may not be in chronological order as they were edited differntly on different channels.
So Nico menu ten to eight and leave it in eight.
30Tony RossNico RosbergStay in sixth, Nico. Stay in sixth.
30Nico RosbergTony RossYeah, I don’t have drive at the moment.
30Tony RossNico RosbergIf you don’t have drive, try shifting Nico.
31Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, Nico is reporting a gearbox issue. He has a shift problem. So don’t take any risks.
31Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, so Nico is trying to get this car home. So take no risks. Just caution with the traffic.
31Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis, so gap to the car in third place in 24 seconds.
31Nico RosbergTony RossOK, I’m trying everything. Anything else I can do?
31Tony RossNico RosbergOK, not at the moment. We’re still looking.
31Tony RossNico RosbergDriver default 01. Try driver default 01.
31Nico RosbergTony RossOK, anything else?
31Tony RossNico RosbergStand by. So we’ve got about thirty seconds before we need to turn off, Nico…
31Tony RossNico RosbergTwenty seconds before we need to turn off…
31Tony RossNico RosbergOK, so stop stop. Turn off. Stop, stop. Turn off, Nico. Going to save the engine.
31Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis just look after the car as much as you can. Yellow, yellow, Maggotts/Becketts. I’m afraid Nico’s had to stop.
31Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieHow’s our pace? Is it worth going longer?
31Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoWe are looking into it, we are looking into your question.
32Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoYep, pace is still good. You’re now the second quickest car on track. Rosberg has retired.
33Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasSo for info, Vettel ahead is on 21-lap old used [medium tyres], so he has to stop again. So in reality, we’re in P2. So keep your head down, we need to get to the end.
33Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelTry to go forwards on bias if you can. It might help the rear temps. We don’t need that help for reliability, just for tyre temps. It might help tyre temps.
33Brad JoyceNico HulkenbergNico, so we’re 20 laps to go. You should be able to push these [tyres] all the way to the end.
34Gary GannonMax ChiltonSo Max, for the race situation, because we were in the pit-lane we missed that extra formation lap, which put us one lap down to the field. So we are one lap down to Jules, we’ll keep pushing to the end, hopefully we can catch back up to Kobayashi and regain that position and we’ll keep pushing and take positions as other people go out. Sorry for the situation but you’re doing a great job, keep pushing.
34Max ChiltonGary GannonHow far to Kobayashi?
34Gary GannonMax ChiltonKobayashi is about 70 percent of a lap ahead. Kobayashi’s in turn four [The Loop] now. So we need to make that up to him, but he’s lapping much slower so we’ll see how we’re doing pace wise and he’ll hopefully be stopping again.
35Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezPerez passed Sutil on lap 37.
C’mon Checo, let’s try and get him [Sutil] nice and early. So he doesn’t disrupt our rhythm.
36Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilWatch overlaying brake and throttle. Watch overlaying brake and throttle.
37Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoWhile Vettel pitted on lap 10 and had to make another pit stop to get to the end, Ricciardo’s first pit stop was on lap 15 and he felt able to make his tyres last until the flag.
Daniel, do you think you can do 15 more laps? Do you think you can do 15 more laps on this set?
37Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieYes.
37Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK, understood.
37Sergio PerezGianpiero LambiaseSutil is going wide in turn nine [Copse] all the time.
37Gianpiero LambiaseSergio PerezCopy that. Good info. Thank you.
37Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinVettel came out of the pits ahead of Alonso on lap 34 but was passed by the driver, who defended vigorously when Vettel attacked him back.
He can’t do that! I would’ve crashed into him!
37Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelUnderstood. You’ve got plenty of laps. Let’s do it again.
38Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaAlonso complains in Eng-talian.
Track limits a tutti, eh? [Track limits for all, eh?]
39Adrian SutilMarco SchupbachWhat’s going on with the brakes again? I mean, how can I race?
39Marco SchupbachAdrian SutilWe are pushing for you, we are looking into it. Keep racing as good as you can.
39Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaTrack limits [unclear]!
39Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoUnderstood. Track limits for everyone and the car behind [Vettel] included.
40Dave RobsonJenson ButtonSo Jenson, Ricciardo on 24-lap-old tyres. You’re currently six tenths faster than Ricciardo. Six tenths faster.
41Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonThese tyres are pretty good. There’s a lot of life left in them.
41Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK, copy that Lewis.
41Valtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsAre you happy with the tyre energies? For me it feels OK.
41Jonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasFor sure. Don’t push any harder than this. We’re in a safe position.
41Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson. We think Ricciardo will try and get to the end. We think he will try and get to the end, so we need to chase him down and pass him on track.
42Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoPace is good. You’re doing a very good job. Gap to Button – nine seconds. Still nine seconds to Button. He’s doing 39.0s.
42Sebastian VettelGuillaume Rocquelin…and another one. So track limits, Alonso. Went wide again.
42Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelUnderstood. You need to use the charge. Either charge ten or use overtake. One or the other.
43Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinAppears to be in reference to the pair going side-by-side into Copse on lap 42.
He didn’t leave a space! I could’ve easily given him a puncture!
43Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelUnderstood. Stay patient. You’re clearly quicker.
44Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, you do not need to look after the right-hand side tyres. You can push in left-hand corners. Push in the left-hand corners.
44Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoAnd we are reporting track limits to the race direction.
44Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, pace management is good at the moment. You’re doing a good job at the moment. Button will not catch you.
44Mark TempleKevin MagnussenOK Kevin, ten laps to go. Tyres are good, we can push more. Let’s close up on Vettel and Alonso, see if we can get them in the end.
45Marco MatassaDaniil KvyatOK, still half a second faster. Still half a second faster. We are catching him [Hulkenberg].
45Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAnd another one.
45Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinUnderstood
46Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAnd another one…
46Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoDaniel, if you can maintain a 39.2, Button will not catch you. If you can maintain 39.2, it will be easy.
46Daniel RicciardoSimon RennieOK, understood. Thank you.
46Lewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonTemps OK?
46Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYeah, temps are looking better now. Just keep working at it.
47Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, should be easy, but don’t let him get DRS. Do not let him get within DRS. We need to keep a good five second margin.
48Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinVettel finally passed Alonso after another close encounter between the pair at Brooklands, which appears to be what he is referring to here.
He did the same thing again! He can’t do that! If I don’t move out of the way, he’s launching me off the track!
48Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelGood job. OK Sebastian, five laps to go. Button ahead, 39.0.
49Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaWhile Vettel was complaining about Alonso, Alonso was complaining about Vettel.
He takes the DRS thanks to the track limits at the last corner! He take the DRS out of turn five [Aintree] and out of turn nine [Copse]! Either way! What more I need to do?
49Andrea StellaFernando AlonsoThat is clear. That is clear.
49Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaYes and he got the position immediately! Immediately! If not five seconds at the end of the race… [edited]
49Fernando AlonsoAndrea StellaSome of these messages may not be in chronological order as they were edited differntly on different channels.
I need to get back the position immeditately.
50Dave RobsonJenson ButtonJenson this is really good. Currently more than one second a lap faster than Ricciardo.
51Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoOK Daniel, three laps to go. Button’s last lap was a 38.5. Gap is now four seconds. Four seconds gap. Pick up the pace a little bit.
51Sebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinThe burning smell was likely Maldonado’s smoking engine ahead
Check the brakes, because I can smell something. I can smell something burning.
51Guillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelUnderstood. Understood.
51Mark SladePastor MaldonadoMaldonado has pulled off circuit with a smoking engine
Stop the car please, Pastor. Stop the car. Stop the car.
51Pastor MaldonadoMark SladeYeah, I will stop.
51Simon RennieDaniel RicciardoMaldonado ahead may be leaking oil. May be oil from Maldonado car ahead of you.
52Dave RobsonJenson ButtonOK Jenson, this is the last lap. Starting the last lap. Big grandstand finish, JB.
52Peter BonningtonLewis HamiltonOK Lewis exercise a bit of caution sector three, may be some oil down. Maldonado stopped turn one [Abbey], there is a yellow there.
VLPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonYou can’t touch this, Lewis! Home grand prix win! Beautiful work. Lap it up boy!
VLLewis HamiltonPeter BonningtonEngland! What a great feeling guys! I couldn’t be happier. I’m sorry about yesterday but fantastic job today, this weekend, as always.
VLPaddy LoweLewis HamiltonGreat drive Lewis! Fantastic drive, really controlled. Well done!
VLPeter BonningtonLewis HamiltonHamilton celebrated with doughnuts on his return to the pits.
OK Lewis, let’s look after this motor. We need it again.
VLJonathan EddolllsValtteri BottasWow! We said this morning, Valterri, that was going to be fun, but I don’t know where you pulled that one from. That was absolutely unbelieveable! Great recovery by the whole team after difficult weekend, especially yesterday. But absolutely unbelievable drive. Well done!
VLValtteri BottasJonathan EddolllsYes! [Laughs] Thank you. Thank you guys. Every single one. At the factory, at Mercedes, in the race team. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We’re on the right way.
VLDaniel RicciardoSimon RennieCome on! Woo!
VLSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoNice job. I could tell you wanted to one stop all weekend, mate!
VLDaniel RicciardoSimon RennieNice. Last lap couldn’t have come sooner!
VLSimon RennieDaniel RicciardoHe made us sweat a little bit, last lap!
VLDave RobsonJenson ButtonThat’s a great drive. Such a shame we just missed out on the end there. But a great drive. I think at the beginning of the weekend, we’d have taken P4, so top job Jenson.
VLJenson ButtonDave RobsonIn his 15th British Grand Prix Button once again failed to finish on the podium, crossing the line less than a second behind third-placed Ricciardo.
[Sighs] He was one more lap! One more lap…
VLDave RobsonJenson ButtonYeah, I know. I know. It’s incredibly Frustrating. I think for the whole weekend, we deserved it as well. But, never mind. P4 is a good result and, yeah. It’s been a nice day. So, Lewis won the race. Bottas had a very impressive race from where he qualified and was second. Ricciardo obviously just ahead of us third. We were fourth. Vettel and Alonso had a big battle and Vettel won that, so P5. Alonso P6. Kevin seventh. Hulkenberg eighth and the two Toro Rossos Kvyat and Vergne ninth and tenth.
VLJenson ButtonDave RobsonYeah, it was a tough old race. Strange with the different tyres. The variety of them was much better with us – I don’t know why that is. Just general grip. Less movement with the tyre – I guess that’s why.
VLDave RobsonJenson ButtonYep, OK. Understood. I think, yeah, our pace on the Hards was not too bad at all.
VLGuillaume RocquelinSebastian VettelAlright, good job Sebastian. Sorry mate. We picked the wrong one there. You’re P5. We decided to keep Daniel out. So Daniel did one stop. He’s P3.
VLSebastian VettelGuillaume RocquelinYep. I saw that. Did what we could from where we were. But.. yeah. Decided for the wrong one then.
VLChristian HornerSebastian VettelYour move on Fernando… I tell you what… big set of balls to go wheel-to-wheel with him through Woodcote. So, I mean, that was move of the race there. Move of the race.
VLMark TempleKevin MagnussenWe finished in P7. Pretty tough race. Obviously we had quite a bit of traffic and I think that maybe hurt our tyres a bit. But I think you did a good solid job. We’ll have a look and see if there’s anything else we can do better.
VLBrad JoyceNico HulkenbergGood job Nico. So P8. P8. That was a good job, that.
VLNico HulkenbergBrad JoyceYeah, cheers guys today. Unbelieveable. It’s [unclear] like it was on Friday. It’s so difficult to drive. We just need to get on top of that.
VLBrad JoyceNico HulkenbergCopy that, Nico. Copy that.
VLMarco MatassaDaniil KvyatP9, Daniil. P9. Well done, well done. Very good race.
VLDaniil KvyatMarco MatassaOK guys. I gave it everything. I gave it all I could.
VLMarco MatassaDaniil KvyatYeah, we saw that. We saw that. We all think that you did a very good job. Well done, well done.
VLXevi PujolarJean-Eric VergneVergne took a point having been 18th at the restart.
OK Jev. Good job, despite the problems at the first start. Car in the points. Very good drive. Very good, solid drive.

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.
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39 comments on “2014 British Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. Good battle of words between the top two on the track. Both trying to get what ever advantage they can find, and not even for a top position.

  2. 25 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Lewis, understood. Understood. Doing a great job.

    Did Robson actually say Lewis?

    1. @ambroserpm Nope, was a typo, have changed it.

  3. maarten.f1 (@)
    9th July 2014, 12:51

    Switch off all cooling fans for the national anthem.

    Never seen such message before. Do they only do this for the British national anthem or do they do the same in other countries?

    1. Can’t they play the national anthem on the engines any more, with these new hybrid ones?

  4. 25 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Lewis, understood. Understood. Doing a great job.

    I hope this is a typo and not what was actually said ;)

  5. zoom (@zoomracing)
    9th July 2014, 13:15

    Can’t believe Alonso got a flag for going out of the track and others didn’t. double standards much?.

    1. He got it very early on when he basically did it much more often than others.

      But yeah, Vettel did it just as much in their battle, he even went wide at the exit of Copse when he finally passed Alonso and no one cared.

    2. @zoomracing @atticus-2 From watching the onboard feed I got the impression Alonso was doing it more than the others. Given he was warned about it halfway through the race and continued to do it throughout his battle with Vettel I’d say he’s lucky not to have had a penalty.

      I certainly find it hard to agree he was in some way hard done by for receiving an admonishment that turned out to be of no consequence whatsoever. I doubt the prospect of having a flag waved at him is going to put him or any of his rivals off doing the same in future.

  6. Alonso to the press after the race: “We had even discussed with the team two laps before the battle when Sebastian went out of the pit if we retire the car because we had some aerodynamic problems.”
    There’s nothing about that in the messages. How could they discuss it?

    1. That discussion wasn’t broadcast. As has been noted here in the past we usually don’t hear that many messages involving Ferrari’s drivers, particularly given how popular they are. This race was a bit of an exception to that because we heard a lot of Alonso’s comments about Vettel.

      1. we heard a lot of Alonso’s comments about Vettel

        Funny that, when Fernando talks strategy with his engineer, it’s usually in Italian, but for some reason he stuck to English :-)

  7. I love the insight these transcripts provide.

  8. Just being tongue-in-cheek here…was waiting to read on lap 31, after Bonnington says to LH: I’m afraid Nico’s had to stop.

    LH: I’m gutted.

    1. I think tha LH was as happy because he would win, concerned if his car would fail like Nico’s, sad because of not challenging Nico. I believe this is what he meant by “i’m gutted”

    2. @robbie Yeah that was begging for a sarcastic response. Maybe there was one but it wasn’t broadcast…

  9. I think JB would be the best possibile test driver, after he retires. He may go for commentator, which is fine, but you’ve got to admit his feedback is so enjoyable for us and surely it’s immensely appreciated by his engineers.

    1. I doubt he would go back to test driving. ;) I hope he gets a commentator gig after retirement. He really is very well-spoken and obviously knows what he is talking about. He is charismatic and funny too. He would surely make for a great commentator… (He also has good chemistry with the BBC/Sky guys..)

  10. Really impressed by how switched on Rosberg is, he’s really thinking about every possibility to score points, you can see how championship minded he is. Although the desperation is his voice was also clear to see. So was Hulkenberg’s, he was very unhappy with his car!

    1. i strongly agree! though i am with Hamilton on Mrc, i have to say that i love his attitude

  11. I thought exactly what the engineer said to Lewis when doing donuts. This is no time to be doing donuts, save them for the last race man!

  12. MC Hammer references by Hamilton and his engineers are the most ridiculous thing ever, although MC Hammer must be so happy someone remembers him.

    1. Are they not allowed a few human peculiarities?

    2. I thought he meant put the hammer down, as in flat out, use the rest of the tyres etc, perhaps I’m just not up with MC Hammer [I’m not BTW].

    3. @mtlracer @raceprouk @frasier Am I the only one who hears “hammer time” and thinks “stop!”?

      1. That’s why I find it silly. Of course the underlying meaning is pull out all the stops and go for broke. It’s also a lame play on words/sounds — “Hamilton” -> “Hamil Time” -> “Hammer Time”?

        Of course I’d love to see the home video of Lewis dressed up and spoofing U Can’t Touch This when he was five years old.

      2. Haha, mixed messages there ;)

      3. jsw11984 (@jarred-walmsley)
        10th July 2014, 0:03

        Nope, first thing that comes to mind for me as well.

    4. Well, could be worse (Sebastian and Crazy Frog)…

  13. M-B made a big thing of Rosbergs helpful ‘tip’ for Lewis after he retired… seems no-one thought to tell him though

  14. Don’t worry about the pit stops, guys. But let’s get a good one next one, OK?

    Spoken like true champion.
    And they say he’s ‘falling apart mentally’.

  15. A lot of people posted a comment on Twitter saying that Kimi asked about Felipe the first thing after his accident. I can’t see that here. Is that true Keith or what exactly?

    1. According to a tweet from Ferrari, he did:


      The message itself wasn’t on the world or pit lane feeds.

  16. For me the most warning message was the one between Sutil and his engineer.

    What’s going on with the brakes again? I mean, how can I race?

    What is going on at Sauber? Have they lost everything. I remember what stress Sutil put on the word ‘again’. Since 2012 they followed McLaren into the abyss.

  17. Hamilton’s radiotalk is hard.

  18. Anyone else laugh at the below?

    34 Gary Gannon Max Chilton So Max, for the race situation, because we were in the pit-lane we missed that extra formation lap, which put us one lap down to the field. So we are one lap down to Jules, we’ll keep pushing to the end, hopefully we can catch back up to Kobayashi and regain that position and we’ll keep pushing and take positions as other people go out. Sorry for the situation but you’re doing a great job, keep pushing.
    34 Max Chilton Gary Gannon How far to Kobayashi?
    34 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Kobayashi is about 70 percent of a lap ahead. Kobayashi’s in turn four [The Loop] now. So we need to make that up to him, but he’s lapping much slower so we’ll see how we’re doing pace wise and he’ll hopefully be stopping again.

  19. From reading these all season it seems that the Mercedes pitwall is the only one that really “coaches” the drivers corner to corner. All the teams tell their drivers things like “your teammate is faster than you in sector two, your up in the others”, but only Mercedes seem to break it down further and give corner specific into at times. Also, “slower in for a faster exit” has become a regular message for Rosberg.

  20. What a push over Alonso was..He demands the position immediately and asking the penalty to the other driver who was making less or same as alo’s mistake..
    But in Media everyone is nice and giving hype about the samurai..he has the talent, but making him the great is bit overhyped..Seb is far far better than Alo.

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