The uneventful Russian Grand Prix was scarcely any more interesting on the radios.
With drivers preoccupied with fuel saving (such as Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez), untroubled by tyre wear and seldom involved in battles for positions with their rivals, there was noticeably less broadcast between them and their engineers.
The championship contenders saw little of each other on-track, but Lewis Hamilton was still keen to be updated on his team mate’s progress after Nico Rosberg recovered to second place.
Rosberg’s rivals were surprised he was able to make it to the end of the race with the set of tyres he put on after his first lap lock-up. Jenson Button expressed scepticism about the strategy early on and even as late as lap 36 Williams expected him to pit again.
But it was the general lack of radio intrigue which said most about this race. Since the radio restrictions were introduced in Singapore we have heard busy races on the radios, but in Russia it was noticeably quieter.
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2014 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript
|PR||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||Ten minutes to go.|
|PR||Lewis Hamilton||Jock Clear||So Jock, just to double-check, that lap through was the best through turn three – it wasn’t just ’cause I got a good exit, right?|
|PR||Jock Clear||Lewis Hamilton||No, it was about a tenth difference from what you were doing.|
|PR||Lewis Hamilton||Jock Clear||Referring to Rosberg|
How was my fuel usage compared to his on those three laps? Was it good?
|PR||Jock Clear||Lewis Hamilton||Err, there’s nothing I can say, really. No possibility to compare.|
|PR||Lewis Hamilton||Jock Clear||No reply broadcast|
OK. But mine was OK?
|PR||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||OK Checo, so tyre update – Sutil, directly behind you in P14, starting on Medium and the also from Massa backwards, OK? So Massa in P18, Kobayashi, Maldonado and Chilton at the back of the grid, also started on Medium. But the immediate car sorrounding you, Sutil, on Medium.|
|FL||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK, so we need to work the tyres, we need to work the brakes, and we’re going to turn brake magic on.|
|1||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Rosberg has a major lock-up into Turn 1 and misses the corner|
Nico, you need to give the position back to Lewis now, please.
|1||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Yeah, and I’m going to have to box because of vibrations.|
|2||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Charge four, urgent. Charge four, urgent.|
|2||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||We think we need to go to the end on this set, Nico. But we need to catch the back of the field up. Massa has also stopped –|
|2||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Interrupting|
What is the tyres that I have?
|2||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||You’re on medium tyres. You’re on medium tyres.|
|3||Xevi Pujolar||Jean-Eric Vergne||Tyre temperature high, Jev.|
|3||Jean-Eric Vergne||Xevi Pujolar||I’m so slow in the straight, let me drive.|
|3||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||OK, so we’ll settle down. It’ll be good if we could break Guttierrez’s DRS. He’s on Soft tyres behind.|
|4||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So you’re doing a good job there, Nico. Catching the back of the pack up. You’re pulling people out of your Safety Car window.|
|4||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||You have Rosberg and Massa behind who have both already pitted. Rosberg and Massa behind.|
|5||Valtteri Bottas||Jonathan Eddollls||Everything feels OK for Plan-A.|
|6||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||Gap to Alonso 0.8.|
|6||Jenson Button||Tom Stallard||Yeah, I don’t need reminding when he’s this close.|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||Ricciardo, who is in contention for the title. is behind team mate Vettel, who isn’t.|
Losing a lot of time.
|7||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK, understood.|
|7||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Safety Car window is open.|
|7||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||Good lap. Ericsson on [softs] 47.3, Kobayashi [medium] 48.9, Kobayashi 28 seconds ahead.|
|8||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||So I’m driving in a way that I can get to the end of the race, for your information.|
|9||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||Gap to Alonso 2.5, well done mate.|
|9||Marco Schupbach||Adrian Sutil||We’re about eight tenths off Guti, we try to do four or five more laps.|
|10||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So gap to Bottas steady at 2.9. You’re now in your Safety Car window.|
|10||Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||Chilton |
I can’t work out what the problem is! The front-left is shaking up and down. Either failed suspension or brake disc.
|10||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||Understood, Max. Understood. In now.|
|11||Mark Temple||Kevin Magnussen||And Kevin, we are in the window. Confirm.|
|11||Kevin Magnussen||Mark Temple||In the window, OK.|
|12||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||OK Checo. Fuel strategy one now, please. And it’s a very good pace at this stage. Similar pace to the cars ahead on Soft tyres.|
|12||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||Jenson, Rosberg aiming to run to the end on this Medium tyres. How are your tyres?|
|12||Jenson Button||Tom Stallard||It’s too early for Rosberg to do that, I think. It’s too early for Rosberg.|
|13||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So Nico, happy with this pace. Half a second slower than Lewis, last lap. Remember the tyre difference. Just keep getting through these cars.|
|14||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Rosberg is challenging Hulkenber for 12th place|
Don’t lose time with Rosberg.
|14||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Rosberg has passed Hulkenberg|
So just keep that up, Nico. We believe we’re in a position for a podium, so just get passed Gutierrez.
|14||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||I’m still driving to get to the end of the race.|
|14||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy. Copy.|
|15||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||OK Romain. Continue to push.|
|16||Marco Schupbach||Adrian Sutil||So far, locking looks OK on the front. Just have an eye on the front locking, you know what to do.|
|16||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Sebastian, fuel is exactly what we want it to be. Keep doing the same things. Good job.|
|17||Mark Temple||Kevin Magnussen||And Kevin, white-hotel-seven, position five. White-hotel-seven, position five. We can push the tyres a little bit harder. Push the wear a little bit more. Pace, minus three.|
|18||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||Jenson we think plan A target lap. How are the tyres?|
|18||Jenson Button||Tom Stallard||Still the same.|
|18||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||Everything’s looking great.|
|18||Tim Wright||Kamui Kobayashi||Kobayashi’s car was retired on lap 22 with what the team said was a brake problem.|
Kamui, you are racing Sutil. You are on plan B. Strategy plan B.
|19||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So just pick your pace up a little bit, Nico, to keep Button outside your pit stop window.|
|19||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||Oil button. Pace is good. Looks like these tyres are hanging on. The mediums… Hulkenberg behind lapping 45.5 – so similar pace to us. How are the tyres?|
|19||Esteban Gutierrez||Craig Gardiner||For now, is quite good.|
|19||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||Copy. Keep it up.|
|20||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate, this is good stuff. We need to target low 44s at this stage. Target low 44s.|
|20||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||OK Checo. Whit e mix one and fuel strategy two. Let’s not waste too much time with Rosberg, certainly don’t slide your tyres.|
|21||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||The balance is really good. Quite neutral. It’s good. Tyres still good.|
|21||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Last few laps are good.|
|21||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Am I still driving in a way to get to the end?|
|21||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Jenson is just outside your pit window, so you’re OK at the moment. So continue driving like that at the moment.|
|22||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Feeling quite a lot of degradation.|
|22||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy that.|
|22||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Balance of the tyres are really good still. They feel like they’re not really dropping off at all.|
|22||Marco Schupbach||Adrian Sutil||OK, try to stay on this pace. In front of us is Maldonado. We can up the power once we’re there, he’s on Mediums since the start.|
|22||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So start locking up the rears more with brake balance.|
|22||Daniil Kvyat||Marco Matassa||Too much under-rotation front locking. Brake, one-three.|
|22||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||Understood. Understood.|
|23||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, launch map on, apply the brakes at the stop.|
|23||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So, Jenson on new medium tyres. Need to keep him behind.|
|24||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||Dany we need to follow the target – 1.85. 1.85.|
|25||Kevin Magnussen||Mark Temple||The tyres are really good. There’s a lot of grip still.|
|25||Mark Temple||Kevin Magnussen||Yep understood.|
|25||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel, you’ll be very close to Vettel when he pits. We need to make this count. You’re doing a good job. Status-ten.|
|26||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||OK Felipe, just try keeping the pressure on Perez.|
|26||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, Alonso has pitted. Racing Alonso, pit exit.|
|27||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Box box.|
|28||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK mate, very good job. Need to keep pushing.|
|29||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||OK Felipe, everybody we’re racing is on the Mediums. We’re on the Softs, we’re in a good position.|
|30||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Sebastian you need to respect the beeps. Fuel mileage is marginal. Respect all the beeps.|
|30||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Bottas will have DRS from Vettel at the moment.|
|30||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||I hit the kerb at the last corner, check the load.|
|30||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy.|
|32||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||So for info Rosberg fitted these [medium] tyres on lap one, so he’s going to get [degradation]. We’ll get him back.|
|32||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel, you did a good job in that portion of the race. Very good job. Alonso ahead is on five lap old Mediums.|
|33||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||How is the balance?|
|33||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||Holding up OK at the moment. Yeah, had a bit of push on the front, so just trying to manage that. And then just manage the rear on exit.|
|33||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel, Rosberg has done over 30 laps on Mediums and is the fastest car on the track. Rosberg has done over 30 laps, he’s very quick. These tyres should be good.|
|33||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||And let us know how the tyres are on the wear.|
|33||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Tyres are coming back a bit at the moment.|
|34||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||OK Dany we are critical on fuel, we need engine 11.|
|35||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So Nico plan B.|
|36||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||19 laps to go. We believe Rosbreg is pushing and will do another stop.|
|36||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Kvyat ahead on Medium is struggling. Massa and Perez have just overtaken him.|
|36||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||You’re doing a good job, Nico. Fastest lap of the race.|
|36||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||I mean, the tyres still feel really good.|
|38||Daniil Kvyat||Marco Matassa||I have massive vibration. Really big one.|
|39||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||You’re doing a good job on the fuel, Sebastian. Keep plugging at it.|
|40||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Do you think you can get these tyres to the end of the race?|
|40||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Affirm, yes easy. Well, not easy but they feel good for now.|
|40||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||How’s the fuel looking?|
|40||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Fuel is +0.8. We don’t want to eat too much into it, but you can reduce lift-and-coast for tyre temps if you want.|
|41||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Hamilton asks about Rosberg in second place.|
Has he got anyone pressuring him?
|41||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Negative, Lewis. Negative. He’s in free air.|
|41||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||And Jenson, last lap fuel consumption, good.|
|42||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||We need to look after the fuel strategy now please, to the end. This is absolutely critical, Checo, absolutely critical now.|
|42||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Chassis nine, P11. And don’t hit the DRS button too early. Last couple of times, it was too early.|
|43||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||And Jenson we think cars are now going to run ’til the end.|
|43||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So, information, Bottas is pushing harder now. So targetting +0.5 on the delta time to equal his laptimes.|
|45||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Increase the fuel stategy by another step. This is desperate now, mate, it is desperate.|
|45||Tom Stallard||Jenson Button||And Jenson, we are no longer in the window. No longer in the window, confirm?|
|45||Jenson Button||Tom Stallard||Confirm!|
|46||Xevi Pujolar||Jean-Eric Vergne||OK, cars ahead now starting to struggle with fuel, so keep pushing.|
|50||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||I have to stay in DRS zone otherwise I think I’ll lose him.|
|51||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Checo, fuel strategy…|
|52||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||OK Sebastian, don’t get away from the fuel, OK? Respect the fuel please.|
|VL||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Awesome drive Lewis! Awesome drive mate! Absolute masterclass. Great job there Lewis. Just keep the revs up, pal. Awesome job.|
|VL||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Congratulations to the team on the constructors’ championship! Great job, man. History in the making.|
|VL||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So strat one, pick up rubber. Great drive Nico. Great recovery. Well done mate.|
|VL||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Sorry guys, that was very unnecessary. But thank you for the unbelievable car, to be able to recover from that!|
|VL||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||P3. Another podium! Great job. I think that was the best we could’ve achieved today. Fantastic drive.|
|VL||Valtteri Bottas||Jonathan Eddollls||Thanks guys. Well done.|
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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