An eventful qualifying session saw Mark Webber take pole position after team mate Sebastian Vettel was hampered by a KERS glitch.
Proceedings were halted at one stage as Jean-Eric Vergne’s brakes caught fire.
Here’s how the session unfolded in the portions of team radio that were broadcast during qualifying.
2013 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript
|PQ||02:38||Juan Pablo Ramirez||Giedo van der Garde||OK good Giedo. We will not be able to wait too long beacuse of the programme. Please check the brake balance is at 54% which is the brake balance you used for the frst flying lap last time around. And we’ll go from there.|
|Q1||20:00||Juan Pablo Ramirez||Giedo van der Garde||Wind should be similar to this morning although feels a bit gustier over here in the pit wall so just keep an eye on that. And we go out in mix two.|
|Q1||19:48||Tim Wright||Charles Pic||Track temperature’s gone up just four degrees from the morning session, plus for. Wind is the same direction, it feels quite strong, it’s a tailwind down to turn one again. We are fuelled for three timed laps, baseline for the second run is one timed lap so we’ll just confirm that with each other after the first run. OK?|
|Charles Pic||Tim Wright||OK.|
|Q1||16:55||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Button leaves the pits.
Straight out, drive straight out.
|Q1||16:36||Brad Joyce||Adrian Sutil||Everybody is on out-laps. So we can afford to take a gap because our first lap is going to be more of a cruising lap.|
|Adrian Sutil||Brad Joyce||OK I’ll push for lap two and four.|
|Brad Joyce||Adrian Sutil||That’s it, copy that. Hulkenberg and Perez behind both on out-laps Raikkonen and Button ahead also on out-laps.|
|Q1||15:39||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||Brake temps looking good.|
|Q1||14:15||Andrew Murdoch||Pastor Maldonado||Next car behind Vergne, let Vergne go, he’s on a timed lap and there’s a big gap behind.|
|Q1||13:02||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||Not a bad first effort. Kimi 32.8, Jenson 32.6.|
|Q1||12:02||Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||Currently we’re P6, we’re five tenths slower than Jenson. Three tenths in sector one, four tenths in sector two and then you’re one tenth faster in sector three.|
|Q1||10:20||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||Not clear what this was in reference to.
OK, be cool, be cool.
|Q1||10:05||Andrew Murdoch||Pastor Maldonado||Next one behind is Massa, don’t hold Massa up, let him go.|
|Q1||09:38||Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||That’s good we are currently P6. Can we have Yellow G7. You have Sutil and Grosjean, I think Sutil we be on a timed lap, currently five seconds behind you.|
|Q1||08:20||Romain Grosjean||Ayao Komatsu||We can go a bit higher on the front.|
|Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||OK, copy that.|
|Q1||07:57||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Front temps are approaching the bottom of the window. Rears still in the middle so just cool those rears a little more.|
|Q1||07:08||Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||Track seems to be quite quick I have to say. We are looking into having to improve.|
|Q1||06:10||Juan Pablo Ramirez||Giedo van der Garde||In the pits Van der Garde compares a trace of his lap time versus his team mate’s.
So just have a look at the compare. Turn six, we need to have a look at that, five and six, braking into the hairpin as well we need to make an effort there, and exit of the chicane still more to gain there.
|Q1||05:25||Charles Pic||Tim Wright||OK just for your information the front was working much better, so I don’t know what you made with the pressure but it was good so we can…|
|Tim Wright||Charles Pic||OK copy that it’s the same again for next time.|
|Q1||04:40||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||What do you think about the understeer level? Traffic is fine, by the way, while you’re telling me. Hulkenberg on an out lap is the car behind. What do you think about the understeer level?|
|Felipe Massa||Rob Smedley||I think it’s OK for the other tyres.|
|Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||Understood.|
|Q1||03:34||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Sebastian this lap is probably good enough but I suggest you have another go just to get your eye in. You need a little bit in sector one, for you to work on that.|
|Q1||03:24||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||We think it’ll be enough but with the change in the wind we’re not sure. So we want to go for one more timed lap.|
|Q1||02:55||Jean-Eric Vergne||Phil Charles||Vergne left the pits with his rear barkes locked solid. They quickly caught fire and he pulled over at the exit of the hairpin, causing the session to be red-flagged.
Fire in the brakes on the rear. Rear is on fire, what do I do?
|Phil Charles||Jean-Eric Vergne||OK Jev you need to park the car, off the track as far as you can Jev, off the track.|
|Q1||02:55||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||That is a red flag, red flag.|
|Q1||02:55||Mark Webber||Simon Rennie||Got turn one and turn two wrong, had a problem with the tear-off. Tear-off shed itself on the straight so I was trying to get rid of that.|
|Q1||02:55||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||So we’re going to go for [hard] tyre. We only got time to do one timed.|
|Q1||02:55||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Rosberg took up the front of the queue at the pit lane exit waiting for the restart.
So got one minute 20 seconds you’re going to be idling at the end, don’t worry about starts, we just want you to work the tyres straight away to get them up into the window.
|Q1||02:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||McLaren weighed up whether to send Button out again and decided not to. It proved the right call.
I think we’re basically racing Gutierrez and Sutil. Gutierrez as you said was slow in the first sector. Sutil if he’s going to beat us needs to find more than a second from his [medium] compared to his [hard]. So we’re in the position where everything, all the tools say we should do the safe thing and run. But clearly we’re going to be very, very close.
|Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Yeah it’s a difficult decision. Everyone has to get that lap as well which is another thing. Going to be sat around for a little while.|
|Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Well that’s the thing, I mean yes, it’s going to get very busy out there. OK Jenson so the decision from the pit wall if you’re happy is that we stick this out and we don’t run again.|
|Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Yeah I agree with that.|
|Q1||01:11||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||So you just get the gap to the car ahead as you need to. We need more than five seconds to the car ahead.|
|Q1||00:40||Andrew Murdoch||Pastor Maldonado||Keep making space, you’ve still got plenty of time.|
|Q1||00:22||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||OK let them all go, Van der Garde and Pic behind are on out-laps so it doesn’t matter, you just have to queue and go when you can.|
|Q1||00:00||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Just looking after the tyres.|
|Q1||00:00||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||Massa briefly fell into the drop zone at the end of Q1 so Smedley told him to make sure he completed his last flying lap to ensure he reached Q2.
OK mate lap is fine you should finish the lap but like this is OK.
|Q1||00:00||Paul Davison||Jules Bianchi||Bianchi was eliminted after being slowest in Q1.
Well done Jules wasn’t easy. P22, 34.9. Van der Garde did a 34.8, Pic 34.5, Max is P19, did a 34.3.
|Q1||00:00||Giedo van der Garde||Juan Pablo Ramirez||The tyres were not there, eh?|
|Q1||00:00||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||You are P19. Pic is P20, Giedo’s 21, Jules 22. Amazing Max, brilliant.|
|Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||Let’s have them tomorrow as well,|
|Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||That’s the plan buddy! Great job, absolutely brilliant.|
|Q1||00:00||Brad Joyce||Adrian Sutil||We are out of the session now. That’s us out in 17th I’m afraid.|
|Adrian Sutil||Brad Joyce||There’s something wrong with the car I think, so, no grip.|
|Brad Joyce||Adrian Sutil||Copy that, Adrian.|
|Q1||00:00||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||OK, excellent. Box Romain, box.|
|Q2||12:48||Nico Hulkenberg||Marco Schupbach||Also for the start of the last lap we’ve got to go early, I don’t want to be stuck in traffic.|
|Q2||11:14||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||Box and pit confirm please, Paul. Hard in-lap.|
|Q2||10:44||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Straight out, brake balance forwards.|
|Q2||09:42||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||Gutierrez has just finished a timed lap on a scrubbed medium so I guess he will be backing off now.|
|Q2||09:10||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||So just give yourself a bit more gap to Bottas, he may slow down, he has three more cars immediately in front.|
|Q2||08:45||Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||Nico front wing for new [medium], do you have a feeling?|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Marco Schupbach||Er, difficult. Maybe only plus one. Not more I think.|
|Q2||08:00||Nico Hulkenberg||Marco Schupbach||I still have, downshifting to second, I have this DDS problem.|
|Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||Copy that Nico.|
|Q2||07:18||Kimi Raikkonen||Mark Slade||It was pretty OK until the corner six and then I felt a little bit I started to understeer in eighth and nine.|
|Q2||05:26||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Jenson currently P3 and quickest in the first sector. We’re only missing P1 by 60ms. Very, very tight, that’s a great lap.|
|Q2||04:42||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Who are the two cars in front?|
|Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Currently not everybody has run yet but the cars in front are Alonso P1 and Hamilton P2. So you’re ahead of Raikkonen, Grosjean, Massa and Rosberg.|
|Jenson Button||Dave Robson||OK obviously the Lotuses haven’t run [medium] yet.|
|Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Yep that’s correct and the Red Bulls haven’t run yet, they’re on-track now.|
|Q2||03:20||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Vettel’s KERS worked in Q2 but not Q1 or Q3.
Right Sebastian no KERS early. That’s quick enough, you can pit this lap, so no KERS for now.
|Q2||02:22||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So you can select magic six and then try and select the diff magic, we’ll see if we’ve resolved the problem. Brake balance goes forwards.|
|Q2||02:02||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||We are happy with that lap, we can go for one more if you want to get more of a feel for the car. Otherwise box this lap.|
|Q2||00:52||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So tyres just below the window, ten degrees, so they should come up OK.|
|Q2||00:00||Paul di Resta||GianPiero Lambiase||There’s not much left in that car. A little bit at Spoon, I just lost the rear, and a little bit at the chicane carrying speed. But that’s about as much as we’re going to get.|
|Q2||00:00||Mark Slade||Kimi Raikkonen||Nice lap, currently P4. Look after the tyres.|
|Q2||00:00||Marco Matassa||Daniel Ricciardo||P16, Daniel.|
|Q2||00:00||Andrew Murdoch||Pastor Maldonado||P15.|
|Q2||00:00||Francesco Nenci||Esteban Gutierrez||You miss it for two hundredths, Esteban. Oh maybe not, eight-hundredths.|
|Esteban Gutierrez||Francesco Nenci||Compared to Nico?|
|Francesco Nenci||Esteban Gutierrez||He was going quicker, sorry, P14.|
|Esteban Gutierrez||Francesco Nenci||What was the time of Nico?|
|Francesco Nenci||Esteban Gutierrez||31.8.|
|Q2||00:00||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||P13 Valtteri but great effort, very, very tight, that was a good lap, Pastor P15. Obviously it was a bit difficult with the wind there but good job, Valtteri.|
|Q2||00:00||Sergio Perez||Mark Temple||Where did we end up then?|
|Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||So we are P11. Jenson finished P9. So we just lost out slightly in sector one, sector two but then you were a tenth faster than him in sector three. I think you did a really good job considering the problem with the tyres in the first run.|
|Q2||00:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Great job JB we’re now through.|
|Q2||00:00||Marco Matassa||Daniel Ricciardo||Much stronger wind, at least in the car, can feel it moving around a lot more.|
|Q3||9:06||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||OK track is clear, Alonso ahead of you, only three cars on track. And use 30 KERS early. Sync is good.|
|Q3||8:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Straight out please and once past.|
|Q3||7:12||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Vettel is told to move his brake balance rearwards after his KERS fails again.
KERS shutdown, three clicks rearwards.
|Q3||5:00||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||Box this lap please. We are currently P1, four-tenths clear of Vettel. Use all KERS and brake balance four clicks rearwards preparing for the next lap. Clear track behind.|
|Mark Webber||Simon Rennie||KERS has flipped out, mate.|
|Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||Use KERS after turn 14.|
|Q3||3:19||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||What do you think of front wing?|
|Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Front wing was OK. You could argue going up to but it doesn’t really make a difference.|
|Q3||3:07||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||Alonso ran scrubbed he’s nine tenths behind but he was on scrubbed tyres. OK mate so we’re going to fit a fresh set of tyres, one lap of fuel again, no front wing adjust.|
|Q3||2:55||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Only four runners there, you’re P4 just one-tenth behind Alonso he’s the only other used runner, Vettel and Webber ran new. So one second down to Webber, he’s in P1.|
|Q3||2:33||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Everyone is on out-laps so temperatures are dropping, front ten, rear ten-and-a-half.|
|Q3||2:05||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||We have the pace to do this, make good space to Rosberg.|
|Q3||1:01||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull take a chance on a solution for Vettel’s KERS problem but without success.
Alright Sebastian we’ve got a new strategy. If KERS fails on the timed lap, I want you to untoggle then re-toggle KERS, OK? So cycle the KERS to get the KERS back. Don’t go rearward on the bias, just double-toggle the KERS, OK?
|Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||So confirm: should KERS fail, I just toggle.|
|Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Yes, you need to go back and fourth, so toggle twice. Cycle, OK?|
|Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Confirm: cycle KERS.|
|Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Yeah, not now, only if it fails.|
|Q3||0:00||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||OK mate that’s it P1, nice job mate, excellent job.|
|Mark Webber||Simon Rennie||Good job, boys, good job.|
|Christian Horner||Mark Webber||Great lap Mark, well done.|
|Q3||0:00||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||OK Sebastian you’re currently P2. Only a tenth away, though.|
|Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||It was all I had. Car is quite poor on the braking. Good team effort guys. Thanks for trying to bring the car back. Sure we’ll get it fixed for tomorrow.|
|Q3||0:00||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Nice job Lewis that’s P3. So it’s just over three-tenths to Webber who’s in P1. Vettel is in P2, I think we get reports that he hasn’t got KERS.|
|Q3||0:00||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Very good job Romain, P4.|
|Romain Grosjean||Ayao Komatsu||Good job, guys.|
|Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Yep, well done mate.|
|Q3||0:00||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||OK mate we are P5. Webber, Vettel, Hamilton, Grosjean, Massa – you managed to put your car in front of a Mercedes which was Rosberg – Hulkenbreg, Alonso, Raikkonen, Button.|
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