2013 British Grand Prix team radio transcript

2013 British Grand Prix

Start, Silverstone, 2013The team radio messages from the British Grand Prix show how drivers and engineers tried to work out what was causing a series of high-speed tyre failures.

Drivers were urged to stay off the kerbs to reduce the risk of incurring a puncture. But some of them later admitted ignoring the advice.

Others had to make the most of races that were suddenly wrecked for reasons seemingly beyond their control: Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa both made it well into the points after their problems and were congratulated by their race engineers afterwards.

As in Canada, Lotus were apologising to Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the race, this time having missed a chance to bring him in for a pit stop during the final Safety Car period. However he did enjoy the benefit of his team mate being told to let him past.

Here’s how the British Grand Prix unfolded in over 200 radio message between the drivers and their teams:

2013 British Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* From To Message
PR Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado After the start it will be clutch seven, fourteen, five
PR Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch Copy that.
PR Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Radio check Romain, can you hear me OK?
PR Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Yep, radio check’s good.
PR Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK can we have pit lane speed limiter off please Romain.
PR Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Bottas is reminded to perform a “bite point find”, in which the ECU learns the positions of the teeth of the dog rings in he gearbox so the seamless shift function works properly.
We should be in KERS 1 and we’ll go to KERS 4 at the end of the lap. Just a reminder, try to learn all of the dogs nice and early on in the lap. So we’ll check to make sure. And then cool the car and we should be able to get eight burn-outs.
PR Paul Davison Jules Bianchi And we’ve got a static bite point once we’ve fired up here. I’ll remind you once we’ve left the grid to do the static bite point. Pit lane speed limiter on as well. Then on the lap round for the start we’ll obviously go mixture one, I’ll tell you a clutch setting. On the first lap of the race we’ll go to revs one, torque two, but I’ll remind you once we’re going. OK?
PR Jules Bianchi Paul Davison OK.
PR Simon Rennie Mark Webber At the start for the formation lap we’ll do pit limiter off. And it’ll be in torque one, clutch fourteen, so as normal expect some wheel slip.
PR Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Just for interest the car behind Button is the first car on the grid with [hard] tyres.
PR Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Wind direction is tailwind in turn nine, changed very slightly. If anything the strength has increased.
PR Simon Rennie Mark Webber After we’ve fired up just pull the clutch paddle underneath and then go KERS seven, eight, seven. And as usual use 20% KERS at the start please, two-zero.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington My seat was very hot when I got inside. In future we need to keep my seat cool.
FL Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Up to 12 and start mode off.
FL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton RS modes cancel. High gear, high speed. We need to be cooling the engine as much as we can. And we need to boost to 20 before turn 15 – we need to boost to 20 at some stage between now and turn 15. So you’re working your tyres, working your brakes, please. And make sure you learn all the gears. We’ll have two burn-outs out of seven – too late, sorry. So you need to remember to back the grid up, they’re stringing out quite a lot.
FL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel All systems are good so tyre warming as per plan. Straight to your box, focus on KERS at the start and KERS eight when you stop.
FL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton So get your brake balance for the first corner and we need three burn-outs please at the most, with three seconds between. And we’re going to stop on the grid for a bite point find, neutral, and RS modes. Brake balance for the first corner and get your steering straight. We cannot report on the last car, we have no TV feed, we cannot see much at all.
FL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Last car is on the grid.
1 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Red switch down when you can.
1 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Pedal eight.
1 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil One step rearward brake balance.
2 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Before the punctures started some teams were already keeping an eye on the left-rear tyre.
So just thinking about keeping your left-rear tyre cool for the first couple of laps.
2 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Please use KERS before turn one. Beware of possible debris turns three, four and five.
2 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Webber made contact with Grosjean at the start.
We can see front wing damage. It looks the same as Canada.
2 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Gap to Sutil 1.1 seconds. Need to build it.
3 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Temperatures are in the range at the moment but watch out for turn 15 and 18 exit.
3 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel DRS enabled
3 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Left-rear is 16.2 at the moment, I’ll keep you advised.
3 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Just be aware Webber has dropped back. Car behind you is Sutil. So Sutil can make your race, he could create a gap behind.
3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Suggest tyre mode 11 for exit snap.
4 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hamilton’s third lap is a 1’38.38.
Four-tenths faster than Vettel last lap.
4 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel The time difference to Hamilton is in sector two but use your tyres wisely.
4 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Mix three when you can. One second quicker than Sutl last lap, he’s going to back the cars up.
5 Simon Rennie Mark Webber C, thumb wheel, two
5 Tim Wright Charles Pic Rear-left temperature is six degrees over target, plus six rear left. Hold the Marussias but manage the pace.
5 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton DRS has been enabled.
5 Gianpiero Lambiase Paul di Resta We are changing plan so stay out for the moment.
6 Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade Maybe should go Plan B.
6 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Understood Kimi. Suggestion of Plan B.
6 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hamilton’s fifth lap is a 1’38.19. His lead over Vettel peaked at 2.2s at this point, then began to fall at a slow rate.
Two-tenths faster last lap.
6 Mark Temple Sergio Perez This is lap six, how are the tyres?
6 Sergio Perez Mark Temple The tyres are going OK. I can feel some graining. But not as bad as on Friday.
7 Dave Robson Jenson Button How are the front tyres?
7 Jenson Button Dave Robson Fronts feel like they’re overheating. But also the rears do. I mean, all four feel like they’re overheating.
7 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK, understood.
7 Jenson Button Dave Robson Yeah front-left graining.
7 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa We have completed six laps, tell me about the balance.
7 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Starting to feel a bit of front graiing now.
7 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Half a click pre-load to the left, let’s see if we can clean it.
8 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Ricciardo, lying seventh, sets a 1’39.13 on lap six, half a second quicker than he had gone on the lap before.
Good lap, Daniel.
8 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hamilton’s left-rear tyre explodes on the Wellington Straight. He limps back to the pits.
Tyre switch 12 and you can go mid 12.
9 Mark Temple Sergio Perez We are in the window, confirm.
9 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hamilton enters the pits.
RS modes.
9 Jenson Button Dave Robson Button’s lap times rise into the 1’41s on lap seven, but improved after that.
Dave, we need to think about getting off this tyre.
9 Dave Robson Jenson Button Yep, understood.
10 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Go diff mid six, high-speed seven.
10 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Yellow flags turn five and six.
10 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley I’ve got a puncture, puncture.
11 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Just blown straight in corner five. Or corner three.
11 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Yeah I can see it here, we saw it on the data as well, it was just a sudden explosion, so??
11 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Let’s go grip P8 please.
11 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Grosjean pitted one lap before Alonso and got in front of him.
Track is clear. Fernando just behind you, obviously you are racing him.
12 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel We think the biggests risks are kerbs exit turn four and turn five.
12 Simon Rennie Mark Webber People have been having punctures. Looks like the punctures are caused right-rear turn four and turn five. Be careful of kerbs turn four, turn five exit. Correction: it’s the left-rear in turn four.
12 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg And box, box, box. Boost to zero.
13 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Remember your brake balance is still rearward, you’re on the [hard] tyre, you will come out in clear air. Perez is the next car behind you. He is approximately three seconds behind. You can afford to look after the tyres a little. And this rear because we obviously have these tyre failures. We’ll keep you advised on temperatures.
13 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Maximum pushing now, maximum attac.
13 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Box, box, box. Torque one.
14 Sergio Perez Mark Temple Box this lap.
14 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Remember to use all your KERS, we’re going to be racing cars from the exit of the pit lane. Remember to stay right of bollard and limiter. Second gear in the pit lane, launch map one. First gear, brakes on when you stop.
14 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado You need to stay off the kerbs in turn four and five.
14 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Vettel is on [hard] tyres. We believe he is on a three-stop strategy.
14 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’re still plus three Rosberg.
14 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Grosjean is ordered to let Raikkonen overtake him. As he does on the Hangar straight, Vergne’s left-rear tyre fails in front of them.
Kimi is faster than you.
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Phil Charles Vergne is the next driver to head to the pits with a shredded left-rear tyre.
I have a puncture.
15 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne DRS is disabled, JEV.
15 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg DRS is disabled, for information.
16 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Vettel is receiving a routine message when the Safety Car is deployed.
Protect your left-rear, build a gap to Rosberg. Safety Car! Stay out.
16 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Sebastian you had damage to your left-rear tyre previous stint. You’ve got to stay off the kerbs as best you can. There are punctures all around.
16 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Pit lane entry to pit lane exit is free.
16 Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade OK.
16 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Make sure to keep temperature in the brakes and drive to the Safety Car delta.
17 Mark Webber Simon Rennie What the hell happened on that start? Unbelievable.
17 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Understood. Got to do the best we can from here.
17 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen After this lap you don’t need to follow the delta. It’s only for this lap to the start/finish, to Safety Car line one.
17 Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade Understood.
17 Mark Webber Simon Rennie Sorry, what happened to Sebastian?
17 Simon Rennie Mark Webber He’s still running but his tyres had some cuts. At the pit stop we found cuts in his left-rear tyre. We need to be careful of the left-rear tyre.
17 Mark Webber Simon Rennie OK.
18 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa The issue with the tyres, we’ve had three tyre explosions in the race. They’ve asked to keep the pressures a bit higher. We had a free pit stop there so we did it, we put a new set on with higher pressures and it didn’t cost us anything.
18 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Nico if two-stop comes into question it will be 22 laps on this stint. Given the failures that they had I don’t think it’s going to happen but we keep the eye open.
19 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg’s race engineer gets his Ferraris mixed up.
Just be aware there’s obviously been a multitude of rear tyre failures. It’s happening when the tyres are getting hot and we think when the tyres are running over kerbs. Alonso had a failure in turn four, that’s why we warned you to watch the apex kerb at turn four. Obviously the high-speed corner exit kerbs could cause some problems.
19 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach These were all tyre failures, no contact?
19 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg To my information, yes.
19 Gianpiero Lambiase Paul di Resta We are back in this race. You’re P11. Button ahead new medium, two laps younger than yours. All other cars ahead on hard tyres apart from Sutil who chose medium tyres for the second stint and will have to go hard for the final stint.
19 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel It’s been a bit busy the last few laps. There has been some punctures on at least three cars. Mostly left-rear tyre. It’s on the inside shoulder. At this point we’re not sure whether it’s a tyre problem or a kerbing proble. So we’ll deal with the tryre problem from our side. From your side, try to stay away from the kerbs and try to save your left-rear tyre.
20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Sebastian, try to burn up some fuel please. Low gear, high revs, burn up the fuel.
20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel For the restart it’s mix five and KERS eight. I’ll repeat when we get closer to that. Remember Safety Car line rules. No overtaking before Safety Car line one, including the Safety Car itself. You need to drop back a lot from the Safety Car because you’re much quicker than those guys on Hangar Straight at the back. Be careful turn 16, obviously.
20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Don’t forget, ten car lengths behind Safety Car and no erratic driving either. I know it?s not easy, mate.
20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Keep on working on the fuel consumption, you can do better than this. Other cars are doing much better than you.
20 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Please use KERS to 50% each lap behind the Safety Car.
20 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg You’re doing a good job on the rears at the moment, Nico. Don’t get the brake temps too hot, they’re now getting a bit on the hot side.
20 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton You need to stay within ten car lengths to the car ahead, that’s just information.
21 Jenson Button Dave Robson It might take a little while for these guys to clean the whoel circuit.
21 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Safety Car is in this lap, keep working the tyres. KERS eight and mixture six. Remember you can overtake at Safety Car line one, before turn 16.
21 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Smedley advises Massa on how to pass Van der Garde at the restart, which he does.
After Stowe we’re going to put the ED button on. And then you can overtake from Safety Car line one which is the Safety Car line at the pit entry. So from the pit entry onwards you can overtake. So you can even run at Van der Garde round turn 15.
22 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Just remember looking after that left-rear.
22 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Good job. Watch out for exit kerbs, high-speed corners with your left-rear.
22 Simon Rennie Mark Webber We think it’s high-speed exits that are damaging the tyres. Stay off the kerbs in high-speed exits.
22 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg The pressures are building up nicely, still on the low side so just continue to be cautious.
23 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Alonso pressures Sutil for third place.
Use KERS to defend.
23 Gianpiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Silverstone zero two.
23 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Target eight at the end of this lap. Rear pressures still coming up nicely, just keep looking after it.
24 Simon Rennie Mark Webber DRS is now active.
24 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Consider coming down on diff entry and diff mid for understeer.
24 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Harvest mode three when you can.
25 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Harvest five, you’re doing a good job there. Gap to Sutil three-and-a-half seconds, we’re building it up nicely. Left-rear temperature is under control now.
25 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso When you can, boost magnettino zero.
26 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Think about tyres at turn nine and turn eleven.
26 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Make sure you open the gap to Rosberg progressively. You’re doing a good job.
26 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Try carrying less speed into turn seven and get more speed out of it.
26 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Remember to drink.
26 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Hulkenberg pitted to change to medium tyres on lap 25.
In front of you Bianchi, Pic [hard]. Behind you Chilton, Van der Garde [hard]. Behind these ones is Vergne, he also stopped for new [mediums] this lap.
27 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Throttle/brake overlap is preventing KERS charging so just minimise that where you can.
27 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso A part-Italian radio message to Alonso indicates his next pit stop will be in three or four laps. He eventually pits on lap 30.
Hard or medium?
27 Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella Hard.
27 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso OK
27 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Consider coming down on diff entry and diff mid. Let us know if you need a flap adjust at the stop, what kind of aero balance increase.
28 Dave Robson Jenson Button How are the front tyres? Are they graining?
28 Jenson Button Dave Robson Front-left yes, a little. But I also have poor traction.
28 Dave Robson Jenson Button What is your current preferred tyre? [Hard] or [medium]?
28 Jenson Button Dave Robson [Medium]
28 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg told he might have to stay out for more than the planned three laps,
You are in your safety car window. Target three at the moment but we may extend to get a gap.
29 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Be ready, line one.
29 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Debris, turn 15, yellow, turn 15.
30 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Track is clear. Not sure the DRS?? OK.
30 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa DRS is enabled now.
30 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Gutierrez had a front-left tyre failure on lap 29 and returned to the track on hard tyres.
Show us the lap time you can do, Esteban. One more lap.
30 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Box this lap. Front wing OK?
31 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Box now, start map on.
31 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg reduced Vettel’s lead by 0.8 seconds in two laps so that it was 3.2s by lap 30, after which the gap stabilised.
You’re doing a good job there to close down Vettel. You’re half a second a lap quicker than him.
32 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Engine 20, two-zero.
32 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Grosjean was passed by Webber on lap 29.
OK we are racing Webber, he’s pitting this lap.
32 Dave Robson Jenson Button We are box this lap.
32 Jenson Button Dave Robson Box this lap.
32 Dave Robson Jenson Button Recommend up one turn front wing.
32 Jenson Button Dave Robson Up one turn.
33 Dave Robson Jenson Button Launch map on, first gear before you stop and apply the brakes. Let’s nail these marks. We wil be racing Checo.
33 Dave Robson Jenson Button Launch map off and use KERS at the exit, we are racing cars at the exit.
33 Gianpiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Box and pit confirm please, Paul. Empty KERS.
33 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yellow ahead. I don’t know the reason, be careful.
33 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Remember, be ready, line one.
33 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Box this lap, confirm.
33 Sergio Perez Mark Temple OK box this lap.
34 Dave Robson Jenson Button You will be racing Checo at the pit exit.
35 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Box, box, box. Boost to zero.
35 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Brake balance is still rearwards. You are on the medium tyre.
35 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Perez has jumped Grosjean in the pits.
Great job before the pit stop. We’re currently P10. Massa in front is on 18-lap old tyres so he will definitely have to pit. Hamilton in P6 is also going to have to pit so we’ve got a great chance to get some points here. Let’s make sure these tyres last to the end of the race. We’ve got 17 laps to go after this one.
36 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Watch your speed, hit your marks.
36 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Cancel RS when you can you are into clear air. Looking after the left-rear important for the first few laps. There are 18 laps remaining, you are going to the end of this set.
36 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yellow turn three ahead. You have plenty of time.
36 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Yellow turn three and four, maybe debris.
36 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Still plus three Rosberg.
36 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Box at the end of this lap.
36 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel The tyre pressures on this set are very high all round, intentionally, to protect the punctures. This might affect the balance as well as rear temperatures, so be careful. 16 laps to go.
37 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen We need to try to use less KERS to get it charged back up. So try to get down to only 90%. That’ll be down to ten on your dash, each lap.
38 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Left-rear under control, you can push now.
38 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Box, Nico, box, box, box.
38 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Copy, copy, copy.
38 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Same lap time as Sutil behind, he is four-and-a-half behind us.
38 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Nice one. Hamilton, Di Resta the cars in front now. They put the tyres on more or less the same time as us. Hamilton the same lap, Di Resta five laps earlier. Hamilton just passed Di Resta.
39 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Pic did a 38.2 that lap so he’s pushing hard, I think his deg will be high at the end of the race. Just stick with Gutierrez, mate.
39 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rear wear is not a problem. Front is limiting.
39 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg took half a second out of Vettel’s lead on the lap after this message, then the gap rose again.
14 laps remaining. The Vettel gap 2.2 seconds so close him down, think about closing him down.
39 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Lapped cars in front of Vettel, two lapped cars in front of Vettel.
39 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Delay your boost out of turn seven by 40 metres.
39 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado We need revs position three.
40 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We’re going to the end on this tyre set. 13 laps remaining.
40 Mark Temple Sergio Perez There’s 12 laps to go after this one. Pace is looking good, we can afford to push a little bit more but we do need to be able to have tyres at the end of the race as Hamilton is behind us but he is going at quite good pace so he may well catch us up before the end so we need to make sure we’ve got tyres we can race with at the end. We’re also gaining on the cars in front slightly, so there may be opportunities to get them toweards the end of the race.
41 Simon Rennie Mark Webber If you don’t think you can pass Raikkonen, drop back to look after the tyres. If you can’t pass Raikkonen we need to save the tyres.
41 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci I think front-left tyre is graining again.
41 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Copy, box, in this lap.
41 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci Don’t worry, it’s OK, I can keep going.
41 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez You will not make it in the end. Front-left will not make it to the end so we better box now and not lose time.
41 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci Copy.
42 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin I lost drive, lost the gearbox.
42 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood.
42 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Vibration, left rear.
42 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Copy that Nico, we’re looking. Let us know if it’s getting worse, Nico.
42 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Getting worse.
42 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Safety Car. Keep the delta time positive, just bring it down, you are OK. The gap behind to Raikkonen is 13 seconds. He has to maintain that gap. So just drive to the Safety Car time and we’ll box this lap.
42 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg It’s not clear whether this message to Rosberg was broadcast before or after the preceding exchange.
We’re going to box this lap, Nico, we’re going to box this lap.
42 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Alright Safety Car is deployed, Sebastian, so you should be safe. There’s a gap in the fence right behind your car, the Safety Car board.
43 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Remember to push on the pit lane entry.
43 Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade I don’t know if we made the right choice not to pit.
43 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen I don’t know, Kimi, but it’s too late now so stick to the plan.
43 Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade I can overtake? Or not?
43 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen If the Safety Car is showing the green light you can overtake it.
43 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Chilton is behind you and then Raikkonen who is P2 at the moment. Still keep the delta time positive.
44 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg We think we see a start of a delamination or blister in the centre of the tread. There’s going to be less than ten laps remaining. It’s going to be really important to look after that left-rear. The car behind you is Raikkonen, he has much slower pace, so it’s just managing that gap when the restart comes. Really important to put temperature into everything at the moment.
44 Jenson Button Dave Robson This is going to be quite a long Safety Car because we’ve got lappewd cars.
44 Dave Robson Jenson Button Yep that’s correct Jenson, Lapped cars may now overtake.
44 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Lapped cars are now overtaking the Safety Car.
44 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Is that it? Just two lapped cars?
44 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg A-firm, that’s it, just two lapped cars.
44 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen You’re in recovery five at the moment, we want KERS recovery four please.
45 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Perez was mistakenly told Button had pitted for fresh tyres.
Webber in front and behind, Jenson, Alonso and Hamilton are on new tyres, they will be quick. But Ricciardo and Sutil in front, we’ve definitely got an opportunity to gain places there, so we’re going to push hard for the last laps after the Safety Car comes in. The tyres will be fine, we can push, just make sure tyre temperatures are good. Keep warming the brakes.
45 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Just a reminder: When the Safety Car pulls in you control the pace when the lights go out.
45 Simon Rennie Mark Webber When it does restart just need to pick these cars off one at a time. We should have five or six laps to pick these cars off.
45 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Obviously we’re on fresh [mediums], no need to look after the tyres. Do your best to get past all these cars.
45 Mark Webber Simon Rennie It’s going to happen, mate.
45 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen KERS mode – that’s it – Safety Car is in this lap, thank you.
45 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So just control the pace, no braking and accelerating, and then just go when you want.
46 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg The race restarts.
Remember looking after that left-rear at the start.
46 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Raikkonen is on 16-lap old tyres, so just looking after that tyre, most important.
46 Sergio Perez Mark Temple I have a puncture.
46 Mark Temple Sergio Perez OK box this lap, R12.
47 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Be careful when you stop on your marks. We’re going to need the brakes on, launch map on in the pit lane.
47 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil So you’ve got Webber behind on newer tyres. KERs one and there’s yellow flags turn 13.
47 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Stop the car, stop the car Checo, switch off. Switch the engine off there’s a lot of damage to the car. I’m really sorry about that Checo that was a fantastic race up until then, you did everything right.
47 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Next car is Webber.
48 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Ricciardo the car in front. Alonso, Hamilton passed Ricciardo.
48 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Alonso is told in Italian DRS is disabled because of a yellow flag at turn 15.
48 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Five laps remaining. Again yellow 13 to 15. DRS disabled there.
48 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Behind Rosberg, Webber has replaced Raikkonen in second place.
Yes, you need to push to keep him behind. There are four laps remaining at the end of this lap, he is on new option tyres.
49 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Massa passes Sutil.
That’s good mate. Hamilton the car in front.
49 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Having been passed by Webber, Raikkonen loses another place to Alonso.
Next car is Alonso, DRS disabled again. Same yellow flag, 13 to 15.
50 Gianpiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Grosjean possible damage.
50 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton KERS harvest mode five. Kimi ahead of Alonso is on seven-lap older tyres.
51 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Two laps to go, we want this sixth position.
51 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Because we’re out of points now and for safety we’re going to retire the car.
52 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Harvest seven, please. Last lap.
52 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Copy that. Left-hand end plate is completely missing. We saw the contact after the Safety Car.
52 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Not much, I think there was no contact.
52 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK.
VL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Yes! Great job, great job Nico. Excellent, well done mate.
VL Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Woo! Yeah! Come on!
VL Christian Horner Mark Webber Well doen Mark that was a great recovery drive. Well done, really great reocvery.
VL Mark Webber Christian Horner Yep, cheers guys.
VL Christian Horner Mark Webber Couple more laps and I think you would have got there.
VL Ross Brawn Lewis Hamilton Wonderful drive, Lewis. Sorry it didn’t quire work out but great drive, well done.
VL Lewis Hamilton Ross Brawn Fantastic job this weekend, guys. It’s a shame about the tyre.
VL Jenson Button Dave Robson We either got unlucky there or we made the wrong cal in terms of being on old tyres at the restart.
VL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Epic recovery there Lewis. That’s P4. Great job there, man, I’m real gutted for you. So the final result: Nico won it, and that’s a great result for the team, we’ve got Webber in second, Alonso third, Lewis fourth, then Raikkonen, Massa, Sutil, Ricciardo, Di Resta and hulkenberg.
VL Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Fantastic drive, mate, sorry about the strategy potential cock-up.
VL Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Well done, Adrian, great job mate.
VL Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Smedley also read the top ten out to Massa.
That’s a good drive, very good drive. Canny drive. Sixth position. So disaster at the start with that puncture and then we drove through and did well. Lots of attrition as well that we managed to keep out of. Shame there wasn’t a couple of laps longer because you were catching Kimi quickly. Good recovery, well done.

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46 comments on 2013 British Grand Prix team radio transcript

  1. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:19

    That’s twice in two races – now I’m convinced “Remember to drink” is a secret code word for some strategy or setting that Rosberg uses during the race! Wonder what it is…

  2. Eddie (@wackyracer) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:35

    Noticed Hamilton doesn’t say anything though the race only at the start and at the finish

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:42

      @wackyracer Remember this is only what FOM broadcast – there will be loads more unbroadcast stuff.

      For example when Rocquelin was trying to get Vettel to back off in Canada a few weeks ago he apparently reminded him of Senna crashing at Monaco in 1988. That wasn’t heard on the main feed or pit wall channel.

  3. Alex Brown (@splittimes) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:55

    Read this whilst giving my daughter her dinner.
    Alex Brown: Pudding at the end of this fork-full, Lily. Pudding confirm. Lolly or yoghurt?
    Lily Brown: Lolly.
    Alex Brown: Do you need a balance change?
    Lily Brown: Can I sit on your knee?
    Alex Brown: Copy that. Keep managing your chin, use a wetwipe if you have to.
    Lily Brown: Ok, Daddy.
    Alex Brown: Remember to drink.

  4. João Leite (@johnmilk) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:55

    I was trying to find some information regarding the deployment of the SC after Vettel’s retirement, but no clues what so ever, anyone wants to help me with this? And if it was debris why took them so long to release it?

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 3rd July 2013, 21:25

      Vettel parked the car not far from a gate in the pit wall, so it should have been quick. First, the marshalls need to wait until the field is bunched so there is a large gap in the traffic to allow them to move around safely on the track. This takes a few laps (maybe two or three if the field is spread out). However, the marshalls had to abort the first attempt to recover Vettel’s car as the field led by the safety car was coming (+1 lap). The second attempt was successful. Then the lapped cars were allowed to unlap themselves (+1 lap). So overall, it took around 4-5 laps or so under the safety car, which is consistent with the commentary above (Vettel reporting lost drive on lap 42, and safety car in this lap on lap 45). So it wasn’t really that long.

      I agree though that the lapped drivers should not be allowed to unlap themselves. If anything, they should let themselves fall back to the end of the pack.

      • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 3rd July 2013, 22:47

        I agree though that the lapped drivers should not be allowed to unlap themselves. If anything, they should let themselves fall back to the end of the pack.

        @mike-dee I’m only guessing but maybe the reason why they have to unlap is to make sure they’ve run for the same number of laps as the cars they were fighting with, for example if car 20 was a lap down but not car 19 maybe there’s an advantage for 20 in running one less lap of the race.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th July 2013, 8:17

      @johnmilk You can see the difficulty the marshals had recovering Vettel’s car here:

      http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/07/03/2013-british-grand-prix-fans-video-gallery/#vettelboo1

  5. andae23 (@andae23) said on 3rd July 2013, 19:02

    Alonso pressures Sutil for second place.

    Should be “third”.

    Launch map on, first gear before you stop and apply the brakes. Let’s nail these marks. We wil be racing Jenson.

    Not quite sure what that’s all about – you are your greatest enemy? :P
    But anyway, massive thanks for putting this up so quickly, Keith!

  6. Diego (@ironcito) said on 3rd July 2013, 19:04

    Funny how they were asking Vettel to burn more fuel. Bet they won’t be saying that next year :)

  7. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 3rd July 2013, 19:07

    I laughed at JB’s conversation with his engineer. It was so calm and easy…

    as if they were having tea together chatting about life…

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 4th July 2013, 9:13

      Dont know about that. Sounded like a lot of nagging from Jenson again –

      Dave Robson Jenson Button How are the front tyres?
      Jenson Button Dave Robson Fronts feel like they’re overheating. But also the rears do. I mean, all four feel like they’re overheating.
      Dave Robson Jenson Button OK, understood.
      Jenson Button Dave Robson Yeah front-left graining.

      Maybe they’re like an old couple drinking tea? One old nagging wife and a fed up husband

  8. faulty (@faulty) said on 3rd July 2013, 19:50

    Ayao Komatsu “Copy that. Left-hand end plate is completely missing. We saw the contact after the Safety Car.”
    Romain Grosjean “Not much, I think there was no contact.”

    Well, duh!

  9. Steveb8721 said on 3rd July 2013, 20:53

    Anyone notice how little conversation there is between Alonso and the pit wall? I’ve noticed this for the last few weeks, there is hardly any, it’s really interesting when others are been told how to overtake, when to drink and manage the car.

  10. Jake (@jleigh) said on 3rd July 2013, 21:35

    Hamilton’s engineer said a hell of a lot to him on the formation lap. I have no idea what any of it means, but it worked!

    Love this feature btw.

  11. skibomax (@skibomax) said on 3rd July 2013, 22:11

    Agreed, brilliant feature

  12. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 4th July 2013, 5:35

    Whoa ! So technical .. especially changing knobs , diff ,looking after tyres, KERS harvest, and all this while negotiating sweeping curves at 200kmph . Respect .

    Ferrari don’t talk too much (Alonso ) . Oh, Maybe its in spanish and hence not broadcast.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th July 2013, 8:15

      @hamilfan

      Maybe it’s in Spanish and hence not broadcast.

      Actually Ferrari’s messages to Alonso seem to be in a mix of English and Italian – sometimes even combining words from each into a single sentence. For example the message referred to on lap 48 was almost entirely in Italian except for the word “yellow” instead of “giallo”.

  13. Fash said on 4th July 2013, 7:47

    What does “Safety Car Delta” mean exactly?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th July 2013, 8:10

      This refers to the target time drivers must not exceed when the Safety Car is deployed, as defined by article 40.7 of the Sporting Regulations:

      In order to ensure that drivers reduce speed sufficiently, from the time at which the “Safety Car deployed” message is shown on the official messaging system until the time that each car crosses the first safety car line for the second time, drivers must stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU.

  14. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 4th July 2013, 9:29

    Not related to tyres or anything much, but I found this bit noteworthy during the race already:

    20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Sebastian, try to burn up some fuel please. Low gear, high revs, burn up the fuel.

    20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Keep on working on the fuel consumption, you can do better than this. Other cars are doing much better than you.

    So first Vettel should burn some fuel, then he’s using too much under that first SC? Maybe he could have been told to burn a little, but not too much in the first place!

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 4th July 2013, 9:30

      Or was it still about burning up more fuel, not less?

    • Tyler (@tdog) said on 4th July 2013, 10:09

      @bosyber I assume that they want the drivers to burn up fuel under the safety car because their consumption is lower at the SC delta time, hence they will end up carrying more fuel than necessary for the balance of the race which they want to avoid.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th July 2013, 22:51

      @bosyber What I wondered is how do they know how well other drivers in other teams are doing at burning up fuel? Perhaps they get data on how the Lotus, Williams and Caterham drivers are doing through Renault.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 5th July 2013, 10:58

        Indeed @keithcollantine, that is a good question; Webber they obviously know. For the others, could it be they just listen to engine sounds again, coonverting that into amount of throttle and how lean an engine iis running? That seems complicated, but who knows; they have that analyis anyway over the weekend, don’t they?

  15. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 4th July 2013, 11:12

    15 Jean-Eric Vergne Phil Charles Vergne is the next driver to head to the pits with a shredded left-rear tyre.
    I have a puncture.
    15 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne DRS is disabled, JEV.

    That engineer was a bit… Slow, to say the least.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th July 2013, 22:46

      @hunocsi Not necessarily. Vergne’s tyre failed just before the pit lane entry, it didn’t take him long to get in. I expect he got the DRS message as he returned to the track having put fresh tyres on.

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