2013 Brazilian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Rob Smedley, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2013There were some emotional moments on the team radio during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mark Webber, who was starting his final race for Red Bull, told his race engineer it was difficult getting into the car for the last time before the race began.

At the end of the race Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali came on Felipe Massa’s radio to tell the departing driver “we love you” and “you are a world champion for us”.

In between those two messages the race featured the usual combinations of concerns over the tyres, anxious weather-watching and anger-provoking incidents – the most notable of which also involved Massa.

Here’s what was broadcast of the drivers’ team radio messages.

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* From To Message
PR Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Radio check, Giedo. One-two. Radio check.
PR Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez Radio check loud and clear. Honestly. You hear me good?
PR Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Yes, no problems. So as discussed, standard procedure. So we’ll fit front tyres, fire up, you proceed to do a clutch crop. Fit the rear tyres, then you go straight out. There will be no starting bite-point finder. And you will do a launch. Please use KERS in second gear. You can push all the way up to turn 11. And from then onwards, cool the engine, come back in. Let me know if you need a flap adjustment because we’ll be here waiting in case you need to, and we’ll repeat this twice to do three total laps.
PR Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Just an update. We will do a rolling bite-point finder as we’re going to be far away from the pitlane, before the start position. So to come down the hill into position, you’ll do a rolling bite-point finder and then start using light sequence as usual. And we will do thre, three starts. So every lap, one start.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hamilton arrives at the grid.
You’ve got a couple of cars behind, Button, Perez. Remember the start location as advised, so it’ll be a bite-point check that can wait for RS modes.
PR Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK Romain, same thing. Brake balance map one, clutch P11. And two static bite-point please. And KERS release from second gear.
PR Dave Robson Jenson Button Purple C2, position six and box this lap.
PR Jenson Button Dave Robson Yeah, there seems to be a hesitation when I drop the paddle.
PR Dave Robson Jenson Button Understood JB, we’ll have a look. And we’d like the same again please. So that’s a bite-point find, three burnouts and a launch.
PR Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Grip five, use the KERS, OK. Now we open up the top gap, driving negative on the split times.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington I have a lot of understeer. I have a very weak front. Not particularly in the lower speed. The previous start I had, not the last one, the previous one, that’s probably a couple of metres before where I started previously and then the last one was in the same place as before. And also had a lot of wheelspin.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK, copy that. So it’ll be bite-point seven. We were expecting over-engaged start on the last one. That’s good information, so we’ll have another start.
PR Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson and if we could cool the car this lap, please. Cool the car. You’ll need to go to purple C7 and then keep the delta negative. C7, please for dash delta and keep the delta negative.
PR Jenson Button Dave Robson Still the same thing, like a hesitation with the engine. Plant the throttle smoothly but there’s a hesitation that’s causing underst- er sorry, causing wheelspin.
PR Dave Robson Jenson Button Copy that, Jenson. We’re looking at the data. Check your drinks and then we’re going to the grid this time, so we’d like a bite-point find please, bite-point find at the back of the grid and then Lee will be there to meet you.
PR Jenson Button Dave Robson OK.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, so cool the car. Cool the car, we’re going to the back of the grid. It is quite busy back there, so caution coming up the hill.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington My brakes feel very weak. The fronts aren’t stopping the car.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, the fronts are running quite hot. Contrary to yesterday, they are running quite hot, so we’ll have a look at that on the grid.
PR ? Ayao Komatsu Ayao, multi map one. Clutch nine. KERS second. No more KERS release after that.
PR Ayao Komatsu ? [Distorted] changes to KERS mode six.
PR ? Ayao Komatsu Confirm KERS mode six. Procedure was OK.
PR Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK, so can we have the pit lane speed limiter off, please. And, as discussed, for the formation lap please [think what we studied about?], OK? Two static bite points and second gear KERS release. After that, no more KERS release, OK? And procedure for race start is two rolling bite points from Safety Car line one, followed by four burnouts, OK?
PR Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen Kovalainen said after the race he made errors with his pre-start procedure
Heikki, it will be clutch seven for the start, please. And there’s no sign of rain at the moment.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, so just some last minute reminders. On tyre saving, it is the front-left we expect to be doing some management with. Front-right also a concern, but that’s for graining. So front-right, turn 11, turn four and turn 12 – they’re the real corners we need to look after. So it’s in that order. Turn 11, then turn four, then turn 12 for the front-left, front-right, obviously, six and seven.
PR Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil So, it’ll be start mode one for a launch from the dummy grid. On the formation lap, concentrate on the brake temperatures. Tyre temperatures.
PR Simon Rennie Mark Webber And most important reminder, mate, is just enjoy it today.
PR Mark Webber Simon Rennie Not easy, getting in the car the last time.
FL ? Paul di Resta Are you happy with mid four? You’re in mid three at the moment.
FL Paul di Resta ? Yep.
FL ? Paul di Resta Copy.
FL ? Nico Hulkenberg Warm up tyres and brakes, learn all gears.
FL ? Sebastian Vettel And gearbox sync when you can. We need sync in gear six, gear seven. Gear box sync now is- ??gearbox sync is good. KERS is good. No more KERS. Engine is on target.
FL Mark Webber Simon Rennie My visor is off, mate, my visor is off.
FL Simon Rennie Mark Webber Multi seven, position two.
FL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Need to think about bunching the field a little bit. Bunch the field, and we’re looking for three burnouts, currently. Three burnouts. Brake temps are looking OK now. Slightly hotter on the rear than the front, but they’re OK.
FL Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil So one bite point find, burnout. One burnout, one bite point find and a further burnout. RPM one.
1 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton So cancel RS.
2 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK mate, start switch up now. You should be soon out of the [distorted] that’s a great first lap. Start swtich up. We are P6 at the moment.
2 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Great job, Checo. Let’s keep doing the plan as discussed.
2 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen Diff is still latched.
3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Tyre temps in the middle of the window. DRS has been enabled.
3 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Grosjean retired form the race moments later with an engine failure, which it seems he initially suspected was a problem with top gear.
What is this seventh gear? It’s a disaster.
3 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK, copy that Romain.
4 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Rosberg 19.4. Focus on the gap. Grosjean, engine failure. Turn 12 and up the hill.
4 Simon Rennie Mark Webber There’s a yellow, 13 and 14. There may be oil, turn 12, 13, 14. May be oil. DRS currently disabled.
5 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK, DRS is enabled. Just watch out for oil where you are now. It should be OK. Grosjean blew the engine up, he’s stopped on your left-hand side now.
5 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK, the track is clear ahead, but still could be slippery.
6 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton And harvest six. Harvest six when you can. You are faster than Nico at all points on track. Traction’s at 780. All the brake temps are looking good, tyres are in the window.
6 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso In Italian
Pro-tab anti-clockwise on the rear end. You gained a lot on Rosberg, it will be more than a second.
7 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Tyres look good. Tyres are looking good.
7 Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch OK.
8 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Front left looks to be graining now.
8 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Copy Nico. Release five. Pace looks similar to guys in front and rear, good job so far.
8 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Entry five, be careful on entry. Gentle on entry. You are braking a lot later than Daniel.
9 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Struggling a lot with the rears at the moment.
9 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Copy. Suggest going further forwards on balance at the moment. So if you have a problem with the tyres, then don’t hold up Lewis, If they’re coming back, then push. Mix three.
9 Daniel Ricciardo Marco Matassa Suffering with right-front graining at the moment.
9 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Copy Daniel. Be gentle on turn six to help front right.
11 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Easier on the throttle, exit 12.
11 Jenson Button Dave Robson What times is the Mercedes doing?
11 Dave Robson Jenson Button Jenson, Rosberg last lap 19.1.
12 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa KERS recharge one click off. Rosberg complaining about the rears.
12 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, we’d like you to let Lewis through. We think you may be holding him up. Just to build a gap to Massa. We are in your Safety Car window now.
12 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Find out why I’m struggling with the rear tyres. What aero balance is the other car on?
13 Mark Temple Sergio Perez OK Checo, this is a fantastic drive. Let’s keep it going. Cars in front, Ricciardo, looks like he is struggling. Bottas is immediately behind him.
13 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Harvest mode seven. Watch throttle-brake overlap.
14 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Webber is now P2. You’re plus 9.7 Webber. He’s been doing similar lap times to yours.
14 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso In Italian
KERS 60. Now Hamilton is fourth. We are faster. Hamilton fourth followed by Rosberg and then Felipe.
15 Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch We need to pit soon
15 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Copy that, Pastor. We need to stay out for the minute. There’s a risk of showers.
15 Max Chilton Gary Gannon Guys I’m struggling with front locking. And low traction overall.
15 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Understood. For traction, try mid five, exit ten and watch for small shower at turn 12.
15 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, light rain ten minutes away possibly.
16 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso No rain expected in the next 20 minutes. It may be that will happen in the middle of the race or towards the end.
16 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Massa passed Rosberg for fifth
OK that was a good pass, mate. Come on, boy. Come on.
16 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen Clutch ten. We’re leaving the wing alone.
17 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen OK Heikki, it’s going to be tight with Chilton at the pit exit. You need to push now.
17 Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez My rear tyres start to go, I have a lot of oversteer.
17 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde OK Giedo, we try to stay out. There might be a shower arriving. KERS 11 and use the top-right paddle.
18 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta OK Paul, we need to push now. Now is the time to push.
18 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Sebastian, your pace is good. You’re the fastest car on track. There are no good gaps behind you, so stay as you are. You’re doing a good job.
19 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So rain, we think, in five minutes.
19 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado OK Pastor. Keep out for the minute, stay out.
19 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton So same lap times as Alonso, three tenths faster than Massa. You also have another step of EB available, torque three.
20 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel There’s a few spots of rain in the air. We don’t think it’s serious at the moment so we’re sticking to plan.
20 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo You’re much, much faster compared to all the cars in front of you.
20 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde OK Giedo, there is a group of cars coming from behind. Do not lose time with them. Sutil is first.
20 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Just behind Di Resta, as we expected. In front of Gutierrez. We expect the rest to be pitting soon. He’s been told to push, Di Resta.
21 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Box, pit confirm, Paul. Box, pit confirm. Absolutely everything you have.
21 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen Kovalainen passed Vergne for 17th
[Audible applause] That’s the way, boy. That’s great. Well done mate.
21 Heikki Kovalainen Mark Slade You repeat, Mark?
21 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen Just saying well done, mate. Good job.
22 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK, keep pushing mate. It will be tight with Hamilton at the minute if he pits at the end of this lap. Keep pushing.
22 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Let us know about the rain. Let us know more about the rain.
22 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci Is not much. Is just a little bit.
22 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Copy.
23 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil OK Adrian, so we want another reasonable stint length on these tyres to make our next stop lap. So now start to look after them. The temperatures are nice and high.
23 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Esteban will stop now. Shift two [distorted] nine.
24 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Looks like you’ve come out behind Jenson. In front of Ricciardo. Ricciardo has stopped, he’s on hards.
24 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Remember, brake pressure and stop.
24 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Box, box, box. Torque map one and box.
24 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross There’s a technical problem with torque three. Should I be going to torque two? I want less aggrevation.
24 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Affirm, torque two is better.
25 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So. Rear-right, 35 remaining. Front-right, 45 remaining.
26 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Good job Esteban. Now Bottas in front.
26 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci I want shift three.
26 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez OK, then you go shift three [distorted] 13.
26 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So temperatures now stable. You can move the brake balance forwards.
26 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross What about mix position?
26 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Mix position is good, stay at mix three.
27 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Not expecting any widespread showers. Only drops possible at times. Your pace is good. Pace is good.
27 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So you match Jenson on laptime. If you can go minus plus two, that would be useful.
27 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross What about torque position? Torque two or torque three?
27 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Avoid torque three.
28 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Go standard mode. One of them’s got knocked.
29 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Feels like he’s got double boost. Very quick out of the last corner.
29 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Copy that Lewis you can reduce the boost out of turn two, three, save it for the main drag.
30 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK mate, this is fine. I think Hamilton has a problem with his KERS. He doesn’t use all his KERS, he uses like one light, so I think he has a problem too. Just carry on like this is fine.
29 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Target is 18. Hard is clearly slower. Hards slower. So target 18, maybe more. We had around 80% wear on the first set, so cool the front longer.
29 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach You’re too quiet. I don’t hear you so well. Front-right is going, some graining again.
30 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Max has just stopped. He’s now 16 seconds behind, Jules.
30 Jules Bianchi Paul Davison It’s proper raining. Some proper rain. I can feel it.
30 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi OK mate, understood. Blue flags, Webber and Alonso.
31 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK we have a message again. Please watch the pit entry. Don’t cross the pit entry with all four wheels. We have another message.
32 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Mercedes confirmed after the race both their drivers had reported Massa for crossing the line at the pit lane entry which drivers had been told not to do.
So Massa under investigation for crossing the white line
33 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Massa is given a drive-through penalty after breaching the pit entry again.
Massa has a drive-through. Massa has a drive-through, so don’t challenge him. Coming up on Bianchi, he is traffic. Massa has a drive-through.
33 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington OK.
33 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross I was thinking killing the tyres.
33 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Harvest five, Nico.
33 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa OK mate, unfortunately we have a drive-through penalty for crossing the white line at then entry to the pit lane. So there you go. Can you take the penalty at the end of this lap, please? So pass through at the end of this lap.
33 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley This is unacceptable. It’s just unbelievable. Unbelieveable, FIA. Unbelieveable! Unacceptable!
34 Tim Wright Charles Pic OK Charles, now you can push.
35 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Referring to Massa, who has not yet taken his penalty. The Ferrari driver was slower each time from laps 30 to 32 and pitted to take his penalty at the end of lap 34.
He’s backed off.
35 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, he’s obviously trying to push you back, but don’t get suckered into it. This isn’t the problem for us, so just sit tight. Massa’s going to have to come in soon.
36 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Massa has to pit this lap for his penalty. We will be racing him at the exit, let’s keep pushing.
36 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson, Massa’s penalty was for crossing that line, so we must follow the rules on the white line at the pit entry.
36 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Update my pit board. What is the gap behind?
36 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Five seconds. Target is ten.
37 Dave Robson Jenson Button Recommend you look after the front-right a little bit in turn 11.
37 Jenson Button Dave Robson Dave can you stop talking to me in braking zones?
38 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis. Forecast shows it will be clear for the next 20 minutes, but let us know if you see anything different.
38 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington I don’t know if these tyres will last another 20.
39 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley What’s the situation with the tyres? How many laps?
39 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Err, yeah?? we still need another five or six laps.
39 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach The understeer is killing me. And now front locking’s coming too.
39 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Copy Nico. Remember the front-right is the limit. Shift three, fuel 13.
40 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Current situation with the car behind, Hulkenberg is five seconds behind and not a threat. He is slower. Hulkenberg, car behind, is slower at the minute.
41 Mark Webber Simon Rennie OK.
41 Simon Rennie Mark Webber OK. At the moment pace is good. Position is good. You are pulling away from Alonso behind, same pace as Vettel. Doing a good job, mate.
41 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil So we’re fastest car on the circuit now, OK? Fastest car on the circuit. Got 30 laps to go on a set of Hards on the car. So let’s see where this takes us.
43 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Raining, turn five.
43 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Copy, Nico, copy. For me, should be only drops, do you agree? Only drops?
43 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Aye aye, so far.
43 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg OK, OK.
43 Max Chilton Gary Gannon Yeah, I can see it. The last two laps it’s [distorted], but it’s not too bad.
43 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Understood
44 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas We’ve put you on a medium tyre. Twenty-eight laps to go if you can make it.
44 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Box now, mate. Box now.
44 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley It’s raining a bit, now,
44 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Stay out. Stay out. Stay out.
45 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Kill the tyres now, Nico. Kill the tyres. Front or for Hards I would keep it or even go plus one.
46 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta OK Paul, so you will be?? well, you are racing Massa behind. Coming up to lap Marussia ahead. Let’s not lose too much time in this. Get yourself up into the DRS of the Marussia.
47 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Getting darker and darker at the back. Rain intensity the same.
47 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Copy that message, looks like it’s five minutes away Lewis.
47 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Blue flag, Massa.
47 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Sutil in front is on new Hards. Six laps old.
48 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Look after front right.
49 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddolls Bottas retired after contact with Hamilton. Message censored by FOM.
That was ******. I think he turned into me.
49 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Copy that. Stop the engine. That’s it.
49 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Keep me informed of the guys’ tyres in front. Guti stopped only once, Mediums.
49 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Sutil Hards, stopped only once quite a while ago in front.
49 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton This message was broadcast before the following one but likely came after it.
Let’s go to harvest five. We have picked up some floor damage, we’ll get a report from Kim on the aero.
50 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Is my floor OK? The car’s not handling very well.
50 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We’ll get back to you soon as we can.
51 Paul di Resta GianPiero Lambiase Seems to have been a message from his previous stint, which ended on lap 47, asking for fresh tyres.
Can I please have [distorted] tyres?
51 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Copy now. Maintain that lap time for the moment.
51 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Twenty-one laps to go after this one, Jev. And a little bit of rain coming.
51 Max Chilton Gary Gannon The rain’s off again, so maybe should’ve waited
52 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Stewards hand Hamilton a drive-through penalty for contact with Bottas
Can you give me an update?
52 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, I’m afraid we’ve got a drive-through. We’ve got a drive-through for causing a collision. So we want to get it out the way as soon as possible just in case any rain comes. So one more lap. One more lap and then we’ll take this drive through. Your pace is looking good, it’s only a tenth and a half off Massa. No, so stay out. Stay out.
53 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington I don’t understand. It’s not my fault.
53 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Yes mate, we don’t quite understand it but we’re going to have to take it. So just keep pushing as much as you can.
54 Heikki Kovalainen Mark Slade Getting a little bit heavier drizzle now, so keep an eye.
54 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen OK, understood. Hamilton is in.
54 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Blue flag, Alonso.
55 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel There’s some rain on the way to the track. It’s very localised so we need your help on this.
55 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Press the ‘ED’ button, please. Press the ‘ED’ button. Gap is stable, around three seconds to Perez. Rosberg and Button in front. So we have 18 laps to go, so think about saving the tyres a bit as you are now and then we push on in about five laps.
55 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi We have to be very careful with blue flags, that’s what Van der Garde was penalised for. Let’s let them through cleanly as you have been doing, mate.
55 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta OK, let’s get past Kovalainen, Paul. Use the overtake button.
56 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Important to maintain position in front of Perez.
56 Simon Rennie Mark Webber OK Mark, we have to look after the rears this stint.
56 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Go mix P6. Sixteen laps to go.
57 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Rain should be getting better soon.
57 GianPiero Lambiase Paul di Resta We are free to push now. Especially in these conditions. We need to catch Ricciardo.
57 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg No risk of rain, only a few drops possibly, at times.
57 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach See. The Hard is a much better tyre. Much more robust. No graining.
58 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, watch for throttle-brake overlap. That’s the only way we’ll get the battery charged.
58 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Watch the rear slip. Diff seven.
59 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi OK, we’ve got 12 laps to go, mate. Pace looks good, we’re catching Pic. And blue flag, Di Resta.
59 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen OK, you’ve got blue flags for Vettel. How are the tyres?
59 Heikki Kovalainen Mark Slade The front tyres are going. Thr right-front is going a little bit. Understeery.
59 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen OK Heikki. You could try reducing diff entry locking and using the high-speed diff paddle.
59 Heikki Kovalainen Mark Slade OK.
59 Mark Slade Heikki Kovalainen And mix five,
62 Charles Pic Tim Wright Pic suffers suspension failure, ending his race
Err?? something broke on the car.
62 Tim Wright Charles Pic OK Charles, understood. Can- pull off the track and kill the engine. Pull off the track and kill the engine.
62 Charles Pic Tim Wright Do you know what it was?
62 Tim Wright Charles Pic No, not yet. Turn the steering wheel so the car doesn’t run back onto the track.
62 Charles Pic Tim Wright I will have to stay on the car with the brake because if not the car roll back on the track.
62 Tim Wright Charles Pic OK, turn the steering wheel, Charles. Turn the steering wheel so the car doesn’t roll back on the track. And wave for the marshalls.
62 Charles Pic Tim Wright Yeah, but the steering wheel will not keep it up, I need the marshalls to keep the car.
62 Tim Wright Charles Pic Stay in the car. Stay in the car, help will come. Kill the car. P0.
64 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez OK Esteban, you can let him by now. Anyway, we’ll be quicker than him.
64 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci He is in front of me.
64 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Push, now. Push. He can get away.
64 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Italian
Fernando, remember the pit entry issue. Remember the pit entry issue. It?s still yellow.
64 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Blue flag, come on.
66 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Maldonado spins after contact with Vergne.
OK Pastor, everything OK with the car? Watch the traffic coming from behind. Let Button go. Are you OK to finish? Just confirm.
66 Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch The tyres are fine. We are OK.
67 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel The rain is going to pick up in a few laps’ time. Not enough, we think, to change tyres. But be careful – rain is picking up between now and the end of the race.
68 Max Chilton Gary Gannon Vibration is getting really bad, I’m not sure what it is.
69 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Where’s the rain, guys?
69 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton The rain has cleared, Lewis.
69 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Sutil behind one second faster. Push, push.
70 Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella [In Italian]
Do I have the fastest lap?
70 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso I don’t know at the moment. Two laps to go.
70 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Press the ‘ED’ button. Two laps to go. Hulkenberg 17 seconds behind. Perez six seconds in front.
71 Christian Horner Mark Webber One more lap, Mark. Enjoy it.
71 Mark Webber Christian Horner Yeah, thanks boys. I’ll enjoy the last lap, thank you.
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Mate, no one has ever done what you’ve just done. In the history of the sport. Man, I’m proud.
VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Guys, I’m so proud of you. I love you guys. As I said in Austin, remember this. Enjoy this, this moment. A team effort, guys. All year. All year’s hard work. Yes! We did it! This is unbelieveable.
VL Christian Horner Mark Webber Applause can be heard in the background.
Well done, mate. You’ve had some fantastic career. It’s been brilliant working with you. You can be proud of everything you’ve done, because we certainly are. Well done.
VL Simon Rennie Mark Webber Nice job, mate. Absolutely brilliant. I know we made it pretty difficult for you, but very good drive. Good race craft, good pace. Nice job, mate. Mixture one please and use all the KERS if possible.
VL Mark Temple Sergio Perez Absolutely sensational drive, Checo. P6. Awesome opening lap. Let’s use high gears, nice slow in lap. Low RPM. That was absolutely brilliant. It’s been great working with you and that was an awesome way to finish.
VL Sergio Perez Mark Temple Thank you, guys. Thanks for everything and I wish you the best.
VL Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson, fantastic job, great result, great drive. So Jenson, yellow G3 is good, please. And please complete this in lap as normal. JB that’s a fantastic drive, P4.
VL Jenson Button Dave Robson Yeah, great job guys. I’m not going to say we’d have done any better starting further up, because I really don’t think we did. I think we got the maximum out of the car and that’s a good way to end the season. It’s been a tough old year for all of us and I want to say thank you to everyone for sticking with it. It’s been very, very painful, but it will defintely be a better next year. So congratulations everyone, good result with both cars. Happy way to end the year. Cheers guys.
VL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Mix four and pick up rubber. Good job, Nico. So order is; Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Button, yourself, Perez, Massa and then it looks like it’ll be Hulkenberg and then Lewis.
VL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, so that’s P9. That’s a great drive. Great drive there, man. Shame about Bottas – haven’t a clue what happened there – but secured 2nd in the constructor’s at least and got the result that we needed for the team.
VL Stefano Domenicalli Felipe Massa Italian
We love you. You will always be in our heart. And don’t forget an important thing, you are a world champion for us. Obrigado Feli.
VL Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Part Italian.
Thank you guys. Grazie mille [Thank you so much]. Don?t say these things because I could cry at the wheel!
VL Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne So hard luck today. Your pace in the last two stints was pretty good. I’m sorry you had the bad luck in the first two.
VL Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo P10, Daniel! P10. Woo! Cool the brakes.
VL Daniel Ricciardo Marco Matassa OK, understood. ? Grazie. Was not so easy. Struggling a lot with the right-front. Nice to at least get one point, so thank you.
VL Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez OK guys. I don’t know what happened in the race, but I think this was for sure?? the leaders at least wait?? for me, the strategy, drive-through, I don’t know what it was. Anyway. Discuss later. A few words for the team. Mechanics, thanks a lot. You did a great job always. The car was good. Engineers, you learn me a lot. Thanks a lot. For you guys, I became a better driver.
VL Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Chequered flag, Jules, chequered flag. Well done mate. Excellent job. Mix six, torque one mate. Well done.
VL Gary Gannon Max Chilton Chequered flag, Max. Nineteen straight finishes. Well done, dude. Great job.

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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21 comments on 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix team radio transcript

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th November 2013, 17:43

    As you can see @WillWood produced the transcripts this week (as last) and did a smashing job to turn them around so quickly – I don’t think we’ve had the race one up on Wednesday before, never mind Tuesday!

    He also transcribed a couple of lines Rob Smedley spoke in the Ferrari garage before the race that were audible on the pit wall channel though not via the radios:

    [to an unidentified team member] “Tell Juliano on the radio about the crossing out of the list. And the message will be ‘manage KERS’. Make sure he crosses it out because when we’re there reading it out, I’ll read it.”

    [to Massa] “So the corners that we talked about saving, here and here, OK? Here is a corner where you naturally carry a lot of speed on entry. You can modify them a bit by carrying a lot of speed and then being slow on the exit and saving the rears. Putting the car in the right position, OK? Tyre pressures are OK. We just have to find the right balance, because the track is ****ing green…”

  2. This is so acceptable. It’s just unbelievable. Unbelieveable, @WillWood. Unbelieveable! So acceptable!

    Thanks again for this great addition F1Fanatic.

    • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 26th November 2013, 19:56

      Seconded! Fantastic work, I think the thing that makes F1F so unique is the attention to detail for every facet of F1, and the team-radio articles are a fantastic example. I’ve enjoyed reading them this season. Thank you.

  3. Great job @willwood, figured I’d thank the right guy this time. Alonso and Stella pretty chatty again.

  4. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 26th November 2013, 20:01

    Touching final message for Felipe there. Perez has showed a lot of class after being dropped, and his last message was totally classy. A certain Venezuelan could learn from Perez how to leave a team in a dignified manner!

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 26th November 2013, 21:10

      Hear, hear. Perez’s attitude has been impressive since being dropped (as have his races since then). He’s been very graceful despite being in a difficult position. In fact, I’ve been impressed with his attitude throughout his short spell at McLaren. They’ve lost a good one there.

      • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 26th November 2013, 22:33

        @deej92 You’re right, he’s been deeply impressive inside the car and out. He scored decent points in every race bar Japan since Singapore. He really settled down after the first half of the season and I think McLaren did him a disservice by not giving him another season. They really did lose a good one. Here’s hoping we see him at Force India in 2014!

        • @colossal-squid @deej92 I too thought Perez’s attitude has been great since being dropped. But then I remembered these are drivers getting tonnes of money, not only for driving, but also for being great PR, BS machines. As a drvier for a team I’d imagine one big point in a contract would be how you represent the team, and what you say. Obviously with action being taken if you insult the team publicly, go out drunk etc etc. So I think it’s more him abiding by his contract than anything else :(

          I’d love to start an F1 team, just to have two puppets, and my hands up their…

    • Lol, considering some reports from people close to Perez in spanish press, Perez departure from McLaren was anything but classy, and he released his letter ahead of time to play the victim.

  5. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 26th November 2013, 20:29

    Great job translating the Italian sections. Congratulations to @willwood and to @keithcollantine, I find funny you “apologize for having it late on Wednesday” when actually we can’t find this stuff anywhere else on the Web, not even in the FIA site. Congratulations to you both and thanks for keeping us informed.
    PS: Will you keep working daily to inform us about the final seats confirmed during these weeks?

  6. Waleran said on 26th November 2013, 21:43

    Is this a complete list of radio transmissions? I ask because McLaren say their drivers reported Massa but these transmissions do not show in the list.
    My main interest is to find out how many warnings were passed on to Massa before his penalty. From this list as it stands it looks as though only the final one was passed on and then without much clarity. Is this why he was so upset?

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 26th November 2013, 22:32

      Is this a complete list of radio transmissions?

      Far from it. These are the ones broadcast on the world feed or pit lane channel. I don’t think anyone but the FIA and the FOM have access to all messages. Plus most of the messages would be very boring.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th November 2013, 22:37

      As it says in the article this is the messages that were broadcast. For example, in the article it also refers to the Mercedes driving complaining about Massa cutting the line but those messages weren’t broadcast either.

  7. Rick (@viscountviktor) said on 26th November 2013, 22:04

    Respect to Will Wood, is he taking over he has uploaded loads of stuff. And less spelling mistakes…

  8. Shena (@shena) said on 26th November 2013, 23:20

    ‘#PR JB: there’s a hesitation that’s causing underst- er sorry, causing wheelspin.’ It’s nothing but gave me a little chuckle!

    I’m curious why Alonso asked if he got the fastest lap. Was there any other signs in the past that Alonso cared about F/L record? Don’t get me wrong. I just found it interesting, I’m not implying there’s anything wrong in that.
    Speaking of F/L, without the drizzle during the later part of the race I guess Vettel would have gone for that and it would have been another grand chelem. Rosberg took the lead at the start but Vettel crossed the S/F line just ahead of him at the end of the opening lap.

    Webber’s ‘OK’ on lap 41 was his answer to Rennie “You must stay away from the white line at pit entry.”, “We will get no more warnings.”

    Indeed, many emotional messages after the race. Reading them doesn’t help me cope with withdrawal symptoms. :(

    • Shena (@shena) said on 26th November 2013, 23:35

      Oh and thanks for the great work, Will Wood and Keith. These are one of my favorite features on here.

    • Whopper31 said on 27th November 2013, 0:52

      I think that’s just what he was trying to avoid – “another grand chelem” for Vettel.
      As some of his interviews show us, he seems to struggle with the fact that Vettel is becoming more and more a legend of the sport.

  9. BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th November 2013, 8:35

    Another lovely job with the team radio Keith, thanks @willwood to have included everything you have with remarks as well and to do it that fast too!

    We will have to ask you to do sports cars endurance race team radio too now :-P

  10. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 27th November 2013, 8:56

    “Max Chilton Gary Gannon Guys I’m struggling with front locking. And low traction overall.”

    Max Chilton, out Button-ing Button! ;)

  11. Ingreen said on 28th November 2013, 10:06

    Thank you very much for the radio transcripts. This is great stuff from @WillWood, and it shows to what extent F1 is so technical.
    I have a question: how do you put your hands on the transcripts?.
    Aren’t they supposed to be strictly confidential, apart from the few fragments the teams (or FIA?) allow us to hear during GP’s.

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