2014 Australian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014Nico Rosberg only had two things to worry about during his cruise to victory in the Australian Grand Prix: Fuel consumption and reliability.

With one Mercedes falling by the wayside early in the race, Rosberg’s team radio messages show he was anxious to ensure he was doing everything possible to preserve his car as the race went on.

Rosberg set the fastest lap of the entire race as early as lap 19, shortly after switching to a ‘rich 20′ engine map. Immediately after that came an intruction to “target +0.3″. From that point on he only lapped within three-tenths of a second of his fastest time once, yet was over 24 seconds ahead at the chequered flag, indicating Mercedes had a lot of performance in hand.

Mercedes’ rivals understood how large their performance advantage was and doubted they could compete with them, as Jenson Button’s radio message on lap 11 makes clear.

Team mate Hamilton betrayed little emotion when told to park his car five laps into the race. Sebastian Vettel was notably less sanguine as his faint hopes of a tenth consecutive race victory were wrecked within the opening laps.

And Romain Grosjean, whose radio messages throughout the weekend betrayed his frustration at Lotus’s myriad problems, sounded utterly dejected when his E22 cried enough with a dozen laps to go.

But the drivers’ problems weren’t limited to the new engines. Valtteri Bottas, who had one self-inflicted prolem earlier in the race, also had to cope with a DRS fault, though it didn’t stop him overtaking 14 cars on his way to fifth place.

Here are all the broadcast team radio messages from the Australian Grand Prix up to the chequered flag.

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2014 Australian Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* From To Message
PR Jean-Eric Vergne Xevi Pujolar Err, sec seven, is that correct? Or is it sec 14 like we discussed?
PR Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne It’s OK. We changed the plan from what we originally discussed. That will be for the outlap, and then we’ll let you know of the change. Also, during this first lap, we want to check the overtake button out of turn nine.
PR Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK Romain. I’ll let you know that I cannot hear you. I’m assuming by the setup change, or the switch change, that you can hear me, but I cannot hear you. So please come in through the pitlane and start from the end of the pitlane. No procedure, no procedure.
PR Bernadette Collins Jenson Button OK Jenson, please cool the car. So it’s orange E1. Orange E1. And yellow G10. Yellow G10.
PR Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple I had a bad pre-launch.
PR Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen Yep, understood Kevin. We will look into it.
PR Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple OK Kevin. And from now on please cool the car down, so drive at a hight speed but low throttle inputs.
PR Jenson Button Bernadette Collins Heading straight to the grid. Everything’s good with the car.
PR Bernadette Collins Jenson Button OK Jenson, and a bite-point find before the grid please. Bite-point find.
PR Paul Davison Jules Bianchi OK Jules, just remember the rolling bite-point as you come up to the back of the grid, and I’ll see you on the grid, mate. So go P1 and then P0 as normal when we switch the car off, check your driver drinks and I’ll see you on the grid.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, let’s try and get a couple of big stops on the brakes just to get the front brake temps up.
PR Tony Ross Nico Rosberg The fuel is good, from the last few runs it was on target from the first two laps.
PR Nico Rosberg Tony Ross I don’t know what a normal lap is.
PR Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Just carry on doing what you’re doing, you’re fine Nico.
PR Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Any issues for you?
PR Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella No.
PR Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso OK
PR Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Spagnolo At the moment we have an issue with the radio, because I cannot hear you.
PR Antonio Spagnolo Kimi Raikkonen OK, we look into that.
PR Marco Schupbach Adrian Sutil Ten minutes to go, ten minutes.
PR Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Basically, coming out of the pits first lap already I am saving fuel.
PR Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Only fuel saving that is before and after a pit stop, basically.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington A switch has just come off my steering wheel… I don’t know where it is! My numbers, pit numbers and all those, just came off.
PR Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Twenty seconds until formation lap
OK Daniel. There’s only two cars on mediums. Vettel, and Gutierrez on mediums, everybody else on options. OK? And I know we’ve talked about it before, but there’s quite a strong wind at the moment. It’s in this direction.
FL Yoshi Iwashita Kamui Kobayashi Kobayashi is brief by his performance engineer.
OK, just make sure the toggle is up. And just before the formation lap, we need the pit limiter on, until they pull away. After that, you can use all gears, also more than 50 percent. Get drive through each gear. Into second, and warm up tyres and brakes. I will come back to you around turn 11 and 12, and after turn 12 we go torque two. And after turn 13, we need two rolling bite-point finds. Turn 13 to turn 14 exit. Two rolling bite-point and below the 40km/h, please no brakes. And after last corner, I will tell you how many burnout is needed. And last of all should be the clutch call.
FL Max Chilton Gary Gannon Chilton has failed to leave the grid
OK, it cut out as soon as it started to engage.
FL Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Can’t understand
I’ve got no drive [on paddle two (?)].
FL Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Shouting
Ah!
FL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin OK, I’m sure you’re aware, big loss of boost pressure when finding the revs.
FL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg OK Nico, just put the rotary in position four.
FL Nico Rosberg Tony Ross It does not work. I am in four.
FL Bernadette Collins Jenson Button OK Jenson, last car is forming up now. Last car forming up now.
FL Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne First start attempt aborted due as Bianchi stalls
Cool the car. Extra formation lap
FL Jules Bianchi Paul Davison Engine is stopped. Engine stopped. I’m on the grid, stopped.
FL Paul Davison Jules Bianchi OK, wave your arms in the air, mate. Wave your arms in the air.
FL Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Just give me some feedback on the launch, if you can. Seems like it’s bogging down again.
FL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK Sebastian, the race is shorterned by one lap. This is effectively one race lap.
FL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin OK, is it normal that I have no power?
FL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yeah Sebastian, torque-2 is no ‘K’. Torque-2 is no ‘K’
1 Kamui Kobayashi Tim Wright At the start, Kobayashi crashes into Massa, taking both out of the race.
Sorry guys. Sorry guys. Really sorry… sorry guys.
1 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Engine is not running smoothly. I will get passed, so you are aware.
2 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Angrily
Do something! I have no power, less IC than normal and no ‘K’! No ‘K’!
2 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood
2 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Angrily
That’s ridiculous guys!
2 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Hamilton has an engine problem and has been dropping places since the start
Guys… [distorted]… car’s still driving.
2 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton No Lewis, we need to retire. We need to save the engine. We need to save the engine.
2 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, stay out. Stay out. Just keep rolling.
3 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Hamilton enters the pits
Don’t seem to have any power.
3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Copy that, Lewis. That’s the issue we’re seeing. We are discussing it here.
3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis. So confirm – box, box, box. Box, box, box. We are going to retire.
4 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Multi-function four. Position four. Less front-locking.
5 Gary Gannon Max Chilton DRS enabled.
5 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin OK, there seems to be a little bit of ‘K’ now. A slight improvement. Just beginning out of the corners.
5 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood
5 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin But, still, very low on power.
5 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Vettel pulls into the pits to retire
Sebastian, in the garage please. Stop in the pit box and engine off. We think there’s an issue with the IC, there’s no point carrying on. Engine off please.
6 Marco Schupbach Adrian Sutil Adrian, we see your problem. We are working on it, it takes a while. Stay tuned, keep fighting.
6 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen And Hulkenberg is plus one point one [+1.1] – try and keep him out of DRS if you can.
7 Craig Gardiner Esteban Gutierrez So Esteban, fuel consumption so far is OK. And think about using the diff for any understeer. You can use entry six or unlock toggle.
7 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Should I be doing higher mid-corner revs? Should I be doing higher revs?
7 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Negative. All is good at the moment, Nico. We’re happy.
8 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, we’d like minus point five [-0.5] on the delta time, so go slightly quicker. We need to pull a gap to Ricciardo and then we’ll be happy.
8 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Bottas has passed Raikkonen for sixth
This is mega, Valtteri. Good work.
9 Craig Gardiner Esteban Gutierrez Pace is looking good. We’re seventh quickest on track and fuel management so far is looking good.
9 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa I need to pass Jev!
9 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK Daniil, OK. I will let you know.
10 Jenson Button Dave Robson Front-left graining.
10 Adrian Sutil Marco Schupbach Tyres are holding on quite well. I’m using overtake button for extra power on the straight. Everything’s OK.
10 Brad Joyce Sergio Perez You’re doing well. Closing two seconds to Lotus. Per lap.
11 Dave Robson Jenson Button Bottas has struck the wall and suffered a right-rear puncture.
OK Jenson, so we are in the window,
11 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Puncture. So box. So puncture button, box.
11 Jenson Button Dave Robson What are the laptimes that the leaders are doing? Obviously not the Mercedes, but the rest.
11 Dave Robson Jenson Button The Safety Car has been deployed
OK Jenson, Kevin last lap 1’35.6.
12 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg OK Safety Car. Safety Car. Box. Box. Keep the delta time positive, let us know if you want a flap adjust at the stop.
12 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Front wing, question? Front wing, question?
12 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie I have the feeling we’re probably just a little bit high for this first stint.
12 Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Spagnolo I need a little bit more front wing, I have front graining.
12 Antonio Spagnolo Kimi Raikkonen We will remove the lip from the rear and the equivalent will be half a degree.
13 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK, nobody stayed out. Everybody pitted. When you get to Safety Car line, you need to respect the delta.
13 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson. So things have worked out nicely. We are currently P6. You’re obviously just picking up the train now.
14 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie How was the pace? Obviously not compared to Rosberg but everyone else?
14 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo You were the second-quickest car. Bottas was similar, but he has retired… or he has pitted. Damaged a wheel, that’s why that tyre was on the road. You were the second-quickest car.
15 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin. As a reminder, once the Safety Car comes in, you can race from the Safety Car One line. Look for the lights on the Safety Car, when they go out, it will be coming in this lap. You may know before us.
15 Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple How many laps do we think we can do on these tyres?
15 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK, let’s aim for 20 laps. Twenty laps on these tyres.
15 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK Daniel, there may be very light rain at turn three. We only expect a few drops.
15 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Understood.
15 Jenson Button Dave Robson How are we looking on fuel? I think we’ve done pretty well.
15 Dave Robson Jenson Button Yeah Jenson, you’ve been doing a great job and obviously saving more now. So there will be a little bit more to do before the end, but we’re looking good. We can attack on the restart.
15 Jenson Button Dave Robson Is the Force India [Hulkenberg, in fourth] quite fast?
15 Dave Robson Jenson Button The Force India is Hulkenberg. Similar to you, possibly a bit slower. We’re in good shape. We can have him.
15 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, on your next pit stop, we want you to be cautious on your second lever release. Cautious, second lever release.
15 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Move the pit box in front out of the way. And I’m going to come in at an angle. I’m going to position myself at an angle to drive out more easily.
16 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi The race is restarted
And blue flag straight away, Jules. Blue flag behind.
16 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Tell me the stint length.
16 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So, a rich 20.
17 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Not sure what is said
So, go strat seven. No more “hogies” required currently.
17 Mark Slade Pastor Maldonado OK Pastor, we need to use the overtake button. Charge is high.
18 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Magnussen is less than a second behind Ricciardo
Charge ten. Charge ten. You can use the overtake to defend. Charge ten.
18 Marcus Ericsson Angel Baena Ericsson, 15th, did not pit and had Gutierrez behind him at this point.
Why I get blue flags all the time? Every corner I get blue flags!
18 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Ignore them! You are racing all the cars!
19 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg has immediately set the fastest lap of the race
…and ‘HPP2′ to ‘one’. And gap to Ricciardo, 3.2 seconds.
20 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK, you do not need to save fuel. Hit the beeps. You do not need to save fuel.
20 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So target, +0.3 on the delta time.
21 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Continue, continue. Diff map ten, less understeer.
21 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Driver default 58, OK? That will let you use DRS whenever. You need to only use it when you think you’re within a second of the car in front. So it’s up to you.
21 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddollls Yep.
21 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas So just be safe when you use the DRS Valtteri, we don’t want to get in trouble. There is a problem with the hardware.
22 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, you’re doing a really good job so far. Let’s keep doing this and we’ll see what sort of opportunities we’ll get later in the race. Other cars may struggle with their fuel.
24 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Bianchi is ahead of his team mate on track, but six laps behind
OK Jules, into turn one, you need to let Max past. He’s faster behind. He needs to race Ericsson, we need to let him past.
24 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Max, at the end of this lap, Jules will give back the track position.
24 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Ericsson has pitted from 16th
OK Max, good job. We are monitoring the situation… In now, Max. In now.
25 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne Vergne is challenging Button for sixth
You should be closer. You need to close the gap for the DRS
26 Marco Schupbach Adrian Sutil Adrian, stay at this pace. We need 12 more laps at this pace, then we can change strategy. Slower will not work in any case.
26 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Starting to get a bit of deg’ on the left-front. That’s the limiting factor at the moment.
26 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK, understood. Think about diff five. Think about going down on the diff if you’re having understeer.
26 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Nico, just confirm tyres are OK? Remember to drink.
26 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Tyres dropping off a bit more than expected at the moment. I am graining on the left-front. Rears also struggling a little bit.
27 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen …and Kevin look after the front-left at turn 13. Front-left at turn 13.
27 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Blue flag, Rosberg.
28 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, you’re in your Safety Car window. We will go medium for the next stint.
28 Dave Robson Jenson Button And Jenson, balance check?
28 Jenson Button Dave Robson Understeer, four. Oversteer, two.
28 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK, understood.
29 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Ericsson pulls off at turn four to retire
Stop the car, stop the car! Engine oil pressure.
29 Marcus Ericsson Angel Baena Stop the car? Copy.
29 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Man, that was a good race on your side. Very good Marcus, until this point
30 Sergio Perez Brad Joyce Perez is tucked up behind Sutil’s Sauber
So what at the moment? I don’t have power, how can I overtake him?
30 Craig Gardiner Esteban Gutierrez Looks to me like rear degredation is not as much of an issue as we predicted.
30 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Button is less than a second behind fifth placed Alonso
I remind you, ‘K1′ available. I saw the McLaren with the DRS on
31 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK Daniel, Magnussen behind you is starting to struggle. You’re doing a good job at the moment.
31 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Understood.
31 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Give me an update on tyres and balance. And would you want a front wing adjustment for the mediums?
31 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddollls Plus one. Plus one. We are graining the front-left quite bad already.
32 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, we’re still planning to stretch the stint out. Gap to Ricciardo, 11.6.
32 Mark Slade Pastor Maldonado Maldonado has retired in sector three
Stop the car. Stop the car. Stop the car please Pastor. Stop the car. We’ve got a failed MGU-K, so stop the car.
33 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So just continue with the current “hogies”. You’ll be able to continue that until the end of the race.
33 Dave Robson Jenson Button Button pits from sixth
OK Jenson, launch map on, first gear before you stop and apply the brakes. This is the medium tyreand we are fuel-zero – we are pushing to undercut these guys.
33 Marco Schupbach Adrian Sutil OK Adrian, keep the pace. We try to go a little longer.
34 Gianpiero Lambiase Nico Hulkenberg Hulkenberg pits from fourth as does Vergne from sixth
Racing Button on exit.
34 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne You’ll be racing Jenson to turn one.
36 Dave Robson Jenson Button Button has successfully undercut Hulkenberg
OK Jenson, so Alonso has stayed out. We’ve currently got a three second gap on him, so we’re looking good. Let’s just find out rhythm.
36 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Front wing, question? Front wing, question?
36 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie At the start of the run, it’s pretty OK. But then at the end, I have some front graining. So probably go up a little bit. Two steps maybe.
37 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Nico, just be aware there maybe some light rain around, but it’s not expected to get wet. Not expected to get wet, but maybe a couple of drops.
37 Brad Joyce Sergio Perez Good pace, good pace.
38 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, box this lap. Box this lap, confirm.
38 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas So all cars ahead on medium – older medium than us. So we should be able to catch them. Twenty laps to go.
38 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne OK Jev, so fighting everyone around until the end of the race now. Look after the tyres at the moment.
39 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK Daniel, Magnussen has come out behind you. We’re going to the end. Turn five and turn 14 are the places to look after the left-front.
39 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Some of the cars in front have quite high deg’ after the first couple of laps on the mediums. So don’t kill this medium early, just look after it.
39 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson, car in front is Kevin. We are racing Kevin for third place. Our fuel is good.
40 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Ricciardo is coming under pressure from Magnussen
You can use overtake button to defend.
40 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So current gap to Ricciardo, who’s also stopped for medium tyres, 23 seconds. No graining seen on mediums so far.
41 Brad Joyce Sergio Perez Protect the left-front.
41 Jean-Eric Vergne Xevi Pujolar How is the performance looking right now?
41 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne We are a a bit slower than the soft tyre, but still OK.
42 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg set his fastest lap on lap 19 and was clearly managing his pace from that point on.
So on the previous set of tyres, ten percent remaining left-front, 45 left rear.
42 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Is there nothing else I can do for reliability?
42 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg We’re completely happy as you are, Nico. So just staying off kerbs.
43 Gary Gannon Max Chilton In now. Clutch, four. Torque, one and remember pit limiter.
43 Jean-Eric Vergne Xevi Pujolar Vergne is currently running seventh
Watch Bottas behind. Keep him behind.
43 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, we’d like to up the pace up just a little bit. By about point four of a second. So just more on the delta time. Just to get a nice Safety Car window.
43 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso OK Fernando, no threat from behind anyhow. We stay focussed. Here is, like I said, a battle of reliability as well. So we look after everything and we see what happens.
44 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson, Ricciardo last lap, 1’33.9.
46 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Grosjean has now retired in the second Lotus. He sounded dejected, as he often did on the radio during practice.
OK, stop the car please. Stop the car. We lost MGU-K. Stop the car and go to P1, please.
46 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu OK, I stopped the car. Is it safe?
46 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Car is safe Romain, so go to P0, please. Car is safe.
46 Jenson Button Dave Robson Does Ricciardo have to save fuel, you think?
46 Dave Robson Jenson Button We don’t think so, Jenson. But his last lap was 1’33.9.
47 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen Protect rear tyres. Protect rear tyres, turn 14. We may be racing Jenson at the end of the race.
47 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Bottas is challenging Vergne for seventh
Mode eight will build up a bit of charge and then we do a mode five to overtake.
48 Gianpiero Lambiase Nico Hulkenberg Bottas has passed Vergne along the pit straight
OK Nico. So Bottas is through on the Toro Rosso behind, so I expect you’ll be coming under attack from Bottas soon.
48 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Yeah, great stuff Valterri. Let’s save that mode five for overtaking Hulkenberg. So stay in mode eight.
48 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne OK, so we need some lift-off.
49 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK, Ricciardo struggling. Ricciardo is really struggling.
49 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK, you can now use target +0.03.
49 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen And Kevin let’s try and get Ricciardo, he is struggling.
50 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Fernando, you are being eight tenths quicker than the three cars in front of you. Ricciardo, I think, is slowing down everybody so he may be struggling. Ricciardo is ten seconds in front of you now.
50 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne OK Jev, your pace is good now. Keep it like it is. Keep your head down, keep Raikkonen behind.
52 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson. Purple C8, postion six. C8, position six. Rear tyre temperature.
53 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Magnussen is within DRS range of Ricciardo
OK Daniel, you are doing a good job. Fuel is good.
53 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, let’s have yellow G6 for a couple of laps. We’ll save G3 for the last two.
53 Brad Joyce Sergio Perez Go gentle on right-hand side corners.
54 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK Daniil. At the end of this lap, we will attack Raikkonen. We need to charge the ["sock"?]. Use brakes on lift-off
54 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK Daniel, we need to keep up the pace. Magnussen is saving fuel – he will try again later. Keep up the pace, pull away from him.
55 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne Vergne has just been overtaken by Raikkonen
OK Jev. Daniil behind is faster than you – don’t hold him up.
55 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin. Yellow G3. Yellow G3, three laps to go.
56 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Last lap now.
57 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK mate. This is the last lap. Last lap. Keep it going, mate. You’re doing a good job.
VL Tony Ross Nico Rosberg That’s it, well done Nico! Well done. Good job.
VL Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Woo! Come on guys! Brilliant stuff! Brilliant! What a car you’ve given me. What a car… unbelieveable.
VL Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, Absolutely fantastic. Absolutely awesome.That was sensational all weekend.
VL Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Thank guys [laughs]. It’s all a bit of a blur right now. That’s… that’s really cool [laughs]. Wow.
VL Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo That’s brilliant mate. I think we can see your smile from here. Nice 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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Text by @keithcollantine, radio transcript by @willwood.

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76 comments on 2014 Australian Grand Prix team radio transcript

  1. Bernadette Collins, really?

    Thanks for the upload F1F

  2. JCost (@jcost) said on 18th March 2014, 12:51

    I need to pass Jev!

    Young Daniil means business! That was lap 9!

  3. erix said on 18th March 2014, 13:15

    45% rear tire left on Rosberg..this gonna be a boring year. What the hell is Mark Slade doing with a burning car? He should fighting championship with Kimi.

  4. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 18th March 2014, 13:33

    Jenson Button, “What are the laptimes that the leaders are doing? Obviously not the Mercedes, but the rest.”

    Epic!! Haha!!

  5. iFuel said on 18th March 2014, 13:42

    Okay, so not a single complaint about not having enough fuel, and no complaint about tyres deg..
    I think teams were being a little on the conservative side, just to ensure the cars would be able to get the checkered flag…

  6. joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 18th March 2014, 13:50

    Any one know what a “hogie” is? As in “No more hogies required currently”..

  7. timi (@timi) said on 18th March 2014, 13:56

    Not too many “save fuel” messages. Considering this was the first race with the PU and fuel regs, it bodes very well for the season ahead. I even remember a driver saying Melbourne would be one of the most fuel-marginal races. Oh happy days. Again, the media fear-mongering is proved to be hyperbole..

  8. Mr win or lose said on 18th March 2014, 13:57

    What does “IC” mean?

  9. Dion (@infinitygc) said on 18th March 2014, 14:02

    Stop the car. Stop the car. Stop the car please Pastor. Stop the car. We’ve got a failed MGU-K, so stop the car.

    Mark Slade almost sounds as if he’s begging Pastor to stop the car.

  10. andae23 (@andae23) said on 18th March 2014, 14:04

    OK, that was a great article, great article and yellow G3.

  11. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th March 2014, 14:28

    The best prove of why DRS is just NOT needed:

    Valtteri Bottas, who had one self-inflicted prolem earlier in the race, also had to cope with a DRS fault, though it didn’t stop him overtaking 14 cars on his way to fifth place.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 18th March 2014, 14:49

      Indeed, more torque, less downforce and reasonable tyres = better racing.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 18th March 2014, 18:24

        In fact, I can’t recall specific passes and watching a commercial TV coverage I probably only saw half of the race anyway but most of the passes I saw were mid-corner passes.

    • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 18th March 2014, 16:02

      And a Mercedes engine… he made short work of his Ferrari and Renault-powered victims, but needed his DRS to get past another Merc-powered car (Hulkenberg). Plus it sounds like he had to get his mode eights and mode fives ready to attack him, too.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 18th March 2014, 17:28

      I read the transcript in a way that suggests that DRS was set to manual mode, so that he could use it whenever he wanted. This meant he had to be sure to be within one second of the car in front, and also make sure that he doesn’t open it too early (or incur a penalty otherwise). Normally, the DRS button would not work in either of these circumstances. So I think he still used DRS to overtake.

      @bascb @hohum @bullfrog

    • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 18th March 2014, 17:39

      He actually did use DRS as far as I saw it.

      Rather, I think, based on the transcript, Williams might have two ways of moving the actuator, an automatic and a manual one.

      My theory is that the automatic system failed and so the team instructed Valtteri to use manual, obviously cautiously to avoid illegal use.

      Apart from the transcript a further proof for manual usage could be that he did not use it AFTER passing someone late in the race in the second zone – he probably forgot it – but did use it on the main straight.

      On a sidenote, it’s not that I’m not against DRS, it’s just that I think your above argument is invalid.

      • PeterG said on 18th March 2014, 18:01

        He actually did use DRS as far as I saw it.

        He used it a few times but most of his overtaking was done without it, In fact most of the overtaking in general looked to occur outside of DRS zones.

        Martin Brundle made a comment on Sky’s commentary which most seemed to have missed. He said something like ‘There looking at if DRS is still needed, I suspect it isn’t’.

  12. HoHum (@hohum) said on 18th March 2014, 14:36

    In light of the accident at the start it is interesting that KK alone was told “please no brakes” while setting the car up on the initial formation lap.

  13. In_Silico (@insilico) said on 18th March 2014, 17:29

    Yeah Sebastian, torque-2 is no ‘K’. Torque-2 is no ‘K’

    Does anybody know what this means? When I heard it first in the race “no K” sounded like “okay”. So does no “K” mean “K” is not okay? If I’m right it’s a confusing way of pointing that out!

  14. Dmitry (@albedo) said on 18th March 2014, 17:33

    guys, what’s the bite-point?

  15. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 18th March 2014, 18:13

    As always, this now classic insight is so nice to read (in Belgium, the broadcasted messages come even less often than the bold ones in the list.) Thanks, Keith.

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