2014 Malaysian GP qualifying team radio transcript

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Sepang International Circuit, 2014For the second race event of the season, the heavens opened at the worst possible time for the drivers ahead of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix

While the rain led to a flurry of on-track activity, the activity over the radio waves was just as frantic, with tempers sometimes running as hot as Pirelli’s wet rubber.

Both drivers and their engineers agonised over which of the two wet compounds to use during each of the three qualifying segments, with teams reacting to their rivals as well as to the conditions on the track.

This year’s rookies had to contend with their second successive wet qualifying and all three had at least one heart-stopping moment during the session. Daniil Kvyat provided some of the more colourful radio moments of the afternoon.

But it was Lewis Hamilton who prevailed in the tricky conditions, as he did in Melbourne, as as the Mercedes driver struggled to see the track and his rivals as conditions deteriorated.

See how the session unfolded after the Malaysian monsoon via the team radio broadcasts.

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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript

Phase Time From To Message
Q1 18:00 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo We’ve got nine timed laps worth of fuel in the car.
Q1 18:00 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne OK Jev, so looking at the Safety Car, the weather and also from your feedback I’ve got from Ollie, we’ll go for Inter tyre.
Q1 18:00 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa Radio check, radio check.
Q1 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK, radio check. Multifunction, rain position two. Position two, for tyre compound. Is it clear which one? OK, be ready to go out straight away. Three minutes and a half until green light.
Q1 18:00 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Cars are queueing at pit exit
So, you need to work the Inters. None of the gears are learnt at the moment.
Q1 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross Should we do a start?
Q1 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Nico, do one if possible. But…
Q1 Nico Rosberg Tony Ross With a bite-point find?
Q1 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Afirm, but we’ll call them when we want to do them, Nico.
Q1 18:00 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Should I do a bite-point? Let me know.
Q1 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis, we do expect rain in the session. So make the early laps representative.
Q1 16:50 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Ericsson is stranded at pit exit
We have a problem on the car, raise your hands. Raise your hands so they know and turn the car off. Turn the car off, OK? So raise your hands so everybody knows.
Q1 Marcus Ericsson Angel Baena What’s happening?
Q1 Angel Baena Marcus Ericsson Hold on a second. We have the [?] in error, we will have to power cycle the car in the box. Raise your hands so everybody knows.
Q1 Marcus Ericsson Angel Baena OK Marcus. So, we saw an error. We’re going to reboot the car. It should be ready to go.
Q1 15:43 Mark Slade Pastor Maldonado How is the track, Pastor? How is the track? Is it suitable for dries, or full wets?
Q1 Pastor Maldonado Mark Slade I think it’s OK for Inters at the moment.
Q1 Mark Slade Pastor Maldonado Roger that.
Q1 15:07 Dave Robson Jenson Button McLaren initially send both their cars out on full wet tyres
OK Jenson, these are good conditions for this tyre. Let’s set a time on this tyre and then get ready for Intermediates. So just keep warming the brakes, and it’s Yellow G3. Yellow G3.
Q1 13:45 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, we think Inters are the right tyre. So box this lap. Box this lap, confirm.
Q1 11:31 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Box, Sebastian. Box. Issue with car. Box please. Currently… P7. And careful of Daniel [Ricciardo] behind you.
Q1 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Is there anything I can do now?
Q1 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Negative. Bring the car back please.
Q1 10:54 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK, watch out for Daniel. There’s a decent gap behind Daniel. We need to reset the car basically, Sebastian. So back in the garage, please. We’ll reset the car. Are the tyres still holding up? Can I keep them? Or do you want new tyres?
Q1 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Keep the tyres. Tyres are OK.
Q1 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel All right.
Q1 10:24 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Brake temperatures are coming up now. Tyre temperatures are… nine all round. Good.
Q1 10:02 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK, rain is getting heavier. Rain is getting heavier.
Q1 9:38 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK Sebastian, we’ve got an issue with the energy store. We think a reset might fix it. We’re working on it. Do you want to change the front wing, possibly?
Q1 8:44 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Is this still a cool down lap? I feel like the fronts are getting a little bit hurt.
Q1 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Torque five. Torque five. Charge 14. Charge one-four. You’ve got 15 seconds behind to Raikkonen. We expect the weather to stay the same Daniel. We expect the weather to stay the same until the end of the session.
Q1 8:08 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel OK Sebastian, the pace is currently low 59s. The track is improving.
Q1 3:11 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Yeah, second sector’s raining quite a bit more.
Q1 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK Daniel, box this lap please. Box this lap.
Q1 2:23 Box, box, Sebastian. We’re safe.
Q1 0:35 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat Ericsson has crashed, prompting the session to be red flagged and, ultimately, ended
OK for the next session, Daniil.
Q1 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa OK, the balance was very poor. I don’t know how much we’re missing but the rear is all over the place.
Q1 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK, understood.
Q1 0:35 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, remember – between the bollards at pit entry. Pit entry will be slippery, so be careful.
Q2 15:00 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK Daniil, we are fitting new Inters on the car. So give me one second and we’ll come back to you. So, regarding standing water – some comment, please.
Q2 15:00 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK, we reckon that this level of rain will stay for a while.
Q2 15:00 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne Jev – when you came in, do you still think it was Inter conditions?
Q2 Jean-Eric Vergne Xevi Pujolar Yes I think so. Yes.
Q2 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne OK, copy that. Set two-three. Set two-three, to the car.
Q2 15:00 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Just checking there’s nothing major I’m doing wrong with low revs out on track?
Q2 13:55 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen Magnussen again begins the session on full wet tyres
Ferrari in front [Raikkonen] is on Inter. We think that is the wrong tyre for these conditions. So try and get in front of him if you can.
Q2 13:11 Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Spagnolo I’m aquaplaning when there’s even a little bit of water, so box to change to the other tyres.
Q2 Antonio Spagnolo Kimi Raikkonen Session has been red flagged following Kvyat and Alonso’s collision
OK, OK. Box, box.
Q2 12:46 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa I touched with Alonso. Err… check my rear wing – my front wing.
Q2 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK.
Q2 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa I feel like I can carry on.
Q2 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK, carry on.
Q2 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa …no. Need a new wing. Need a new wing.
Q2 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK, copy.
Q2 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa Or maybe I could try one lap? I think should be fine… Red flag, red flag, red flag!
Q2 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat Red flag? OK, Daniil. Box, box, box – box, box.
Q2 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa OK, check front wing. Suspension… suspension is OK. Just the front wing. I saw one piece flying away.
Q2 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat OK, no problem. We check everything. We are looking into the data, no worries mate. No worries.
Q2 12:46 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso OK, you’ve confirmed the suspension is broken? Try to come in, try to come in, red flag, try to come in. No overtaking. Yeah, we saw the images. We saw somebody just entering… ignorance… inside.
Q2 Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella Yeah, it’s unbelievable. I mean, how long with these conditions? It’s unbelievable.
Q2 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso OK, try to make it. Try to make it. It’s red flag.
Q2 Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella I’m in the pitlane, so.
Q2 12:20 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Session has resumed
So, straight away, just warming the brakes up again.
Q2 11:07 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK, good job on the brake temperatures. It’s coming up. All switches are OK for timed lap.
Q2 10:37 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg So Nico, expecting six timed. Lewis will back off from Gutierrez, so just be aware of that.
Q2 10:07 Andrew Murdoch Felipe Massa OK, go engine mode position one. Engine mode position one. And we need to “dog” learn eighth gear. “Dog” learn eighth gear.
Q2 9:40 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK, fail 21, fail. Fail 21, fail. Torque four and charge six. Torque four, charge six.
Q2 8:58 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Remember, downshift early and quick. Downshift early and quick.
Q2 8:44 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Use overtake out of 14 now, and out of 15.
Q2 8:30 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK Romain, boost-two. Boost-two.
Q2 8:15 Xevi Pujolar Jean-Eric Vergne Open the gap, open the gap. Get space. Daniil will stay behind.
Q2 7:54 Marco Matassa Daniil Kvyat Do not overtake Jev, Daniil. Do not overtake Jev.
Q2 7:42 Daniil Kvyat Marco Matassa You’re completely confusing me! I was on my fast lap!
Q2 7:00 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK Lewis. We can back off and control the pace for one lap. Let’s cool it down a bit.
Q2 6:03 Esteban Gutierrez Craig Gardiner We box for Inter.
Q2 Craig Gardiner Esteban Gutierrez Copy. We’ll do one timed.
Q2 Esteban Gutierrez Craig Gardiner And two front wing.
Q2 4:59 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddollls How are we looking?
Q2 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas Slow at the moment, Valtteri. We are slow. Massa has pitted for Inters. Rain is expected to stay until the end of the session.
Q2 Valtteri Bottas Jonathan Eddollls Can we still lap with the wets?
Q2 Jonathan Eddollls Valtteri Bottas If we pit in this lap, we’ll have one timed lap available to us.
Q2 Let’s try that while I’m with the wet.
Q2 4:02 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson, we’ve got three more timed laps. Three more laps.
Q2 3:35 Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple Magnussen runs onto the gravel at the final corner
I’ve come off.
Q2 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, we’ll stop you for a tyre change in the pit lane… and switch the engine off. Switch the engine off.
Q2 0:28 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Censored by FOM
Get this ******* Williams out of my way!
Q2 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK mate understood keep up the pace we’re going to get one more timed lap
Q3 11:37 Jean-Eric Vergne Xevi Pujolar Due to audio quality problems some messages from the end of Q2 were omitted. The messages included Grosjean complaining that Rosberg held him up.
Try and get me out in space, I don’t want anyone in front of me. Now it’s Q3, it should be possible.
Q3 10:13 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen The two McLarens have begun Q3 on Intermediate tyres
OK Kevin. Other cars are on wet tyres. What are the track conditions like?
Q3 Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple It’s too wet. It’s too wet.
Q3 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen OK Kevin, it’s still too wet for Inters?
Q3 Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple Yes, it’s too wet.
Q3 Mark Temple Kevin Magnussen Understood. Box this lap for wet tyres.
Q3 Kevin Magnussen Mark Temple Understood.
Q3 9:20 Jenson Button Dave Robson [Distorted]
Q3 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK, another new Inter. Another new Inter?
Q3 Jenson Button Dave Robson Yeah, Inter.
Q3 6:40 Dave Robson Jenson Button OK Jenson, you can keep warming the brakes. Keep the temperature in these tyres and we’ll be in good shape at the end of the session. Let’s make this one count.
Q3 6:24 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton And strat mode four. Strat mode four. Keep pushing. Keep pushing, and use overtake.
Q3 5:45 Fernando Alonso Andrea Stella It seems much better that we stay out and see what others are doing.
Q3 Andrea Stella Fernando Alonso Italian?
OK, OK, we are [?]
Q3 4:38 Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Spagnolo The traction is so bad, it’s unbelieveable! So how many laps we have left?
Q3 Antonio Spagnolo Kimi Raikkonen Four left. Four left, but keep pushing, keep pushing.
Q3 Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Spagnolo Yeah, but we have to change tyres. These tyres are gone from the rear. I have no traction anymore.
Q3 Antonio Spagnolo Kimi Raikkonen OK, OK, understood. I come back to you in one second.
Q3 4:00 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo OK Daniel, your pace was good until you got traffic.
Q3 3:28 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton So, Nico thinking Inter tyre. Nico is thinking Inter tyre. What do you think?
Q3 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington From what I can see, it looks like it’s raining more. That’s what I can see.
Q3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We agree, Lewis. We agree.
Q3 2:28 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton So Lewis, we’re going to go to the extreme wet tyre. Do you agree?
Q3 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington From what I can see, yes. It looks like it should be ex-wets.
Q3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We agree, Lewis. It’ll be the ex-wet we’ll be fitting.
Q3 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Hamilton has pitted
So we’re going to hold. We will hold, and it’ll be a normal pull away. We will hold… go, go, go.
Q3 0:57 Daniel Ricciardo Simon Rennie Will I get another lap? Got traffic.
Q3 Simon Rennie Daniel Ricciardo Yeah, we’ll get another lap. We’ve got a ten second margin to get one more lap. So you need to keep up the pace, you will get one more timed lap.
Q3 0:13 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington I can’t see anything out of my mirrors. I can’t see where anyone is.
Q3 0:00 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Guys, you’ve got to give me a gap. I can’t see anything.
Q3 0:00 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Vettel has crossed the line after the chequered flag is shown
OK Sebastian, you’re currently P2. Some people are recording green sectors. I don’t know which way the track is going.
Q3 0:00 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton All cars have finished their final timed laps
OK Lewis, so box in the end of this lap. Box in the end of this lap.

Phase/time: Refers to point at which message was broadcast. There may be a delay between messages being said and being broadcast. PQ = pre-qualifying.
Message: Repetitive or irrelevant messages omitted. Notes in italics. Highlights in bold.

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13 comments on 2014 Malaysian GP qualifying team radio transcript

  1. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 29th March 2014, 21:55

    Love this insight. Cheers Will.

  2. Diego (@ironcito) said on 29th March 2014, 22:07

    Get this ******* Williams out of my way!

    I like how that has the correct number of * :)

  3. johnny stick said on 29th March 2014, 22:12

    great fun. thank you Will, and thank you Keith for a great website. FIA should pay you for keeping F1 interesting. You’re doing a better job then Bernie:-)

  4. Riccardos developing ‘Vettel syndrome’ where he think hes can swear at the engineers to move other cars out of their way ;]

    • i don’t think so. vettel is vettel and ricciardo is his own man. if you look at the revised grid you will see just what daniel was referring to. bottas ruined ricciardo’s lap!

      • iAltair (@ialtair) said on 30th March 2014, 6:22

        Stop making Vettel look bad.

        No driver on the track when faced with such situation will look like an angel. This goes for all 22 drivers on track and not only Vettel.

  5. LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 29th March 2014, 23:01

    McLaren initially send both their cars out on full wet tyres

    Q1 Dave Robson -> Jenson Button
    OK Jenson, these are good conditions for this tyre. Let’s set a time on this tyre and then get ready for Intermediates. So just keep warming the brakes, and it’s Yellow G3. Yellow G3.

    Q1 Mark Temple -> Kevin Magnussen
    OK Kevin, we think Inters are the right tyre. So box this lap. Box this lap, confirm.

    …..

  6. Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 30th March 2014, 5:07

    it seems like:
    – Matassa and Kvyat, Spagnolo and Raikkonen were not blend together yet
    – McLaren is rather inexperienced with inters/wet condition
    – worries still on Vettel, he and Rocquelin a bit panicking especially in Q1

    • Shreyas Mohanty said on 30th March 2014, 5:51

      Are you being serious? McLaren do not have ENOUGH wet experience? They have been racing since ’66, that is 48 years – almost half a century!

  7. juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 30th March 2014, 5:12

    Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    I don’t think cars should run Microsoft Windows.

  8. Mr_Peabody said on 30th March 2014, 6:12

    Ditto. Great insight. Thank you for posting.

  9. Slackbladder said on 30th March 2014, 8:25

    For the first time Ever I am not watching a race in protest of the absurd rule changes this year!
    Sorry Advertisers I missed All your Ads, not going to buy one thing you make, produce, hawk or represent!
    Until Formula One repeals the silly rules in place this season I won’t be watching or supporting the advertisers.
    and this one post is worth 1,000 other’s who feel the same but won’t post!

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