2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Mark Webber claimed his second pole position of 2013 in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After his final lap Sebastian Vettel said he “had it in his hands” to beat Webber but made a mistake at turn one on his final lap.
Lewis Hamilton also hit trouble on his final lap, spinning at turn 13. He had previously told his team to look for a problem on his car but they hadn’t seen anything in the data and it seems the fault was also overlooked in the limited time available between his two runs in Q3. Mercedes later confirmed Hamilton’s right-rear wishbone had failed.
Here are the team radio messages that were broadcast during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript
|Q1||10:00||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Very easy to lock the front-left.|
|Q1||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK, understood.|
|Q1||9:15||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Just try and avoid over-boosting out of the last corner as it happened in the last lap.|
|Q1||8:06||Marco Matassa||Daniel Ricciardo||Comments on balance|
|Q1||Daniel Ricciardo||Marco Matassa||Yes still losing through turn one, I feel there’s understeer. If I want to carry more speed through there I just push on the front. Then out of seven traction’s quite poor. Braking still a little bit hard to manage but in general we’re making progress so I think just a bit more front wing and see if we can gain more front grip – rear grip, sorry – on traction.|
|Q1||6:46||Tim Wright||Charles Pic||Do you need any aero balance changes?|
|Q1||Charles Pic||Tim Wright||No front wing change.|
|Q1||Tim Wright||Charles Pic||OK Charles copy that, we’re going soon.|
|Q1||6:19||Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||Compared to Jenson sector one is strong, you’re slightly faster than him; there’s 20 milliseconds in sector two and three-tenths to find in sector three, so sector three’s the one to focus on.|
|Q1||5:39||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||We will be running again, let’s just get back, get the car turned around.|
|Q1||5:15||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||Concentrate on reducing the surface temps through sector three.|
|Q1||5:01||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Through turn two and turn three you are upshifting too early.|
|Q1||4:37||Phil Charles||Jean-Eric Vergne||Position is good, Jev. You can drop about four seconds to Grosjean but do not let him through. So you’ve got four seconds you can drop to make the gap.|
|Q1||4:13||Francesco Nenci||Esteban Gutierrez||The ‘special two’ is a performance setting Sauber use.
Warm up the front, we need all the special two.
|Q1||2:32||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||OK Rocky what do we want to do?|
|Q1||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Get yourself ready for another timed lap.|
|Q1||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Don’t you think it’s enough?|
|Q1||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||We’re looking into this.|
|Q1||2:17||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||OK, pit this lap. Watch out for Hulkenberg. Box, box. Use more KERS if you can on the way in.|
|Q1||1:30||Mark Slade||Kimi Raikkonen||You are currently P1, Kimi.|
|Q1||1:08||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Tyre temps are in the window and brake temps are looking good.|
|Q1||0:00||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||That is a bit better. Switch down and press the ED button. That is the fastest lap so far. You are P1 which is a slight recovery from the P18 we were on the medium.|
|Q1||0:00||Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||Yeah it wasn’t too bad just the rears… Problem is I pushed on the out-lap to get the tyre temp. And then on the actually pushing lap the rears I could see kind of the last sector the rears starting to grain, or blister. And then the last lap there was just nothing left.|
|Q1||0:00||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||Yep, understood mate. You did a good job there you went quicker on the second run. Jules just finishing his lap now, he had a KERS problem.|
|Q1||0:00||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Yeah struggling with understeer in the car, quite a lot.|
|Q1||0:00||Giedo van der Garde||Juan Pablo Ramirez||Censored by FOM.
Di Resta completely ****** my lap! So how did it go?
|Q1||0:00||Juan Pablo Ramirez||Giedo van der Garde||It’s good enough, Giedo. P19 for the moment.|
|Q1||0:00||Tim Wright||Charles Pic||Sutil P18 42.0, Giedo 43.25, Bianchi 43.39 and yourself 43.52, and then Chilton 44.2. Can we have your feedback please?|
|Q1||0:00||Charles Pic||Tim Wright||Understeer in the front was not there and second lap it was a bit better but still understeery. Specially medium to low speed. High speed corner the balance is fine, it’s medium to low speed.|
|Q2||13:54||Brad Joyce||Adrian Sutil||That is us out, Adrian, we are not through with that.|
|Q2||Adrian Sutil||Brad Joyce||Why is this?|
|Q2||Brad Joyce||Adrian Sutil||Because we weren’t fast enough. We a 42.0, Gutierrez 41.9, Ricciarod 41.8, Paul di a fast-slow-fast and that got him through on 41.6.|
|Q2||12:47||Esteban Gutierrez||Francesco Nenci||Gutierrez was unable to do another lap at the end of Q1 as he crossed the line moments after the chequered flag came out.
I thought there was time enough for the second run.
|Q2||Francesco Nenci||Esteban Gutierrez||Yeah there was traffic in front so it was too tight, sorry, we missed by one second.|
|Q2||11:51||Phil Charles||Jean-Eric Vergne||Warm brakes end of this lap.|
|Q2||11:25||Andrew Murdoch||Pastor Maldonado||Going for one timed lap.|
|Q2||10:45||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Raikkonen behind is one a timed lap, you’ve got a good gap at the moment. If you need to let Raikkonen by there’s a big gap behind him as well.|
|Q2||7:57||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||That’s P2, four-one-thousandths to Nico, P1. You were purple sector one and two.|
|Q2||7:07||Felipe Massa||Rob Smedley||OK so I need a half degree more front wing.|
|Q2||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||Yep that is already being instructed, that is happening.|
|Q2||6:24||Mark Slade||Kimi Raikkonen||We think that the cut-off will be 41.1, so it’s very close. The circuit we think will improve by three-tenths, so you’re looking at Di Resta, 41.18.|
|Q2||5:04||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||I thought you said the cut-off was 40.9?|
|Q2||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||As is normal Lewis we’ll just turn the car around just in case we get a scare.|
|Q2||4:54||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||We are going to run again, think about the front wing on the way in.|
|Q2||Mark Webber||Simon Rennie||We need more front wing, mate, [distorted].|
|Q2||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||OK mate understood.|
|Q2||3:42||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||We’re going to add three clicks of front wing. We’re going to run a new set of [softs], one timed lap. I would suggest keeping up the pace on the out lap, please.|
|Q2||2:57||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Track is clear ahead, behind you there is four or five cars, all of them left the pit lane with you. Got plenty of time, good gap ahead.|
|Q2||2:13||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||OK, easy on the tyres.|
|Q2||1:44||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So we’re just going to send you round and abort at the last minute, we’ll let you know.|
|Q2||0:06||Andrew Murdoch||Pastor Maldonado||Box this lap.|
|Q2||0:00||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||P16 Valtteri, Pastor P15, half a tenth ahead. Those last couple of corners with Raikkonen cost us unfortunately but good job. Sorry about the traffic in the last couple of corners, that was a bit costly.|
|Q2||0:00||Pastor Maldonado||Andrew Murdoch||Good job from your side. P15 in the end.|
|Q2||0:00||Phil Charles||Jean-Eric Vergne||P14 Jev, Daniel P6.|
|Q2||0:00||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Really struggling to find the grip.|
|Q2||0:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson understand, we are currently P12.|
|Q2||0:00||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Don’t quite understand how we go from P6 this morning to so far off the pace. No grip, very strange.|
|Q2||0:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Yep, agreed. Very strange, very frustrating. So Jenson we are P13.|
|Q2||0:00||GianPiero Lambiase||Paul di Resta||So that is P12. Massa P10 a 40.989. So we were the fuel out from Q3 but I think given what we knew, we went with what we believed, we can discuss it afterwards. Yeah, nonetheless that’s a good job mate, good two sessions, good progression throughout. Good job.|
|Q2||0:00||Andrea Stella||Fernando Alonso||I confirm at the end we are P11. Behind us Di Resta, Button, Vergne, Maldonado, Bottas.|
|Q3||9:38||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||All cars ahead on out-laps.|
|Q3||9:25||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||Track will be clear and strong out-lap.|
|Q3||8:00||Romain Grosjean||Ayao Komatsu||There is a problem on the back. Vibration at the back.|
|Q3||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Vibration at the back, OK, we’ll have a look at it.|
|Q3||7:52||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||Lotus later Tweeted a picture of the damaged floor.
Alright so you basically took the thick concrete paint out of the garage so that’s the vibration. It should go.
|Q3||Romain Grosjean||Ayao Komatsu||OK, good.|
|Q3||7:05||Marco Matassa||Daniel Ricciardo||You can release the KERS.|
|Q3||7:02||Marco Matassa||Daniel Ricciardo||No more KERS release.|
|Q3||6:49||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Hamilton suspects a problem with his car after his first run in Q3, which was slower than his Q2 lap.
Can you check my floor when I come in.
|Q3||5:24||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Don’t lose too much time on the in-lap but this may be a race set, we’ve got two new sets.|
|Q3||4:51||Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||Front wing for new: plus one or plus two?|
|Q3||Nico Hulkenberg||Marco Schupbach||Plus one only.|
|Q3||Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||OK Nico copy, plus one.|
|Q3||4:00||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||What do you think about the front wing?|
|Q3||Mark Webber||Simon Rennie||Little bit more again.|
|Q3||3:55||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis if you get yourself back quick as possible we’ll have a check over the car. At the moment we can’t see anything on data. So currently P2, eight one-hundredths to Nico, P1.|
|Q3||3:25||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||As usual watch out for Joe. Do you want to do anything with front wing.|
|Q3||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Arguably you could go up two but I’m happy either way.|
|Q3||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Alright we’ll stay where we are.|
|Q3||2:32||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||You just have Hulkenberg ahead of you.|
|Q3||2:03||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Temperatures are twelve front and ten rear so try not to get the fronts too hot. Brake balance is quite forwards at the moment so don’t get them too hot.|
|Q3||1:29||Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||Let’s have lots of brake warm-up down to turn eight and turn eleven.|
|Q3||0:54||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||Just keep doing as you’re doing, this is perfect, preparing the tyres as you want. Rosberg is actually a little bit more pulled out a gap to you. Seven seconds, something like that. The car in front of him, Webber, is five seconds in front of him, six seconds, so he has a big gap there. KERS recharge one click up.|
|Q3||0:18||Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||Check your brake balance. You still have ten seconds to spare behind.|
|Q3||0:00||Rob Smedley||Felipe Massa||Brake balance forward, that’s good, come on.|
|Q3||0:00||Mark Temple||Sergio Perez||You’re currently in F4, let’s go back to green KERS F3.|
|Q3||0:00||Simon Rennie||Mark Webber||Webber took his second pole position of the season
P1 mate, P1, excellent job, nice one.
|Q3||Mark Webber||Simon Rennie||Fantastic guys, fantastic, thank you, very good job.|
|Q3||0:00||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Sorry mate, you’re P2. Grosjean is still running [distorted] won’t do it. Mark got pole and you’re P2 by a tenth.|
|Q3||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sorry guys I had it in my hands, lost it in turn one this time. Sorry guys.|
|Q3||0:00||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||So it’s Webber, Vettel, yourself, Lewis has spun, Raikkonen is fifth, Hulkenebrg sixth, Grosjean, seventh, Massa eighth and Ricciardo… Perez ninth, Ricciardo tenth. OK so P3, good effort.|
|Q3||0:00||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Something’s failed on the rear end.|
|Q3||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK message understood Lewis.|
|Q3||0:00||Mark Slade||Kimi Raikkonen||We are P5.|
|Q3||0:00||Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||P6 Nico, well done, good. Actually, yeah, very good, P6.|
|Q3||Nico Hulkenberg||Marco Schupbach||Come on, that’s not too bad, that’s great! Good job guys.|
|Q3||Marco Schupbach||Nico Hulkenberg||It told you it’s good! Good job, Nico.|
Due to a technical fault some messages from the first half of Q1 are omitted.
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