Occasional flurries of rain made for volatile track conditions which made judging which tyre to use extremely difficult. It led to some surprise eliminations in Q1 including both Williams and Ferrari drivers.
But the biggest surprise of all came in Q3, where several drivers made significant gains in lap time despite being slower through the first two sectors. Jenson Button was tipped off about the potential to gain time in sector three, which was a message Lewis Hamilton could have done with hearing as he abandoned his final flying effort after just four corners.
He had picked his way past Sergio Perez on the out-lap and Force India were unimpressed their driver had lost his place in the queue. He failed to begin his last lap in time and dropped four places to seventh as a result.
2014 British Grand Prix qualifying team radio transcript
|Q1||18:00||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||OK Max, so we’ll send you down to the end of the pit lane. There’s about one minute ’til the green. One minute until the green. So wait at the end of the pit lane.|
|Q1||17:01||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||We’ll target a constant SOC [state of charge] – so constant pushing, no charging lap.|
|Q1||Esteban Gutierrez||Craig Gardiner||OK, so this first corner seems pretty dry…|
|Q1||16:09||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||Everybody’s on Inters.|
|Q1||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||No sync in first gear.|
|Q1||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Track is very dry.|
|Q1||14:00||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||I mean, it’s really dry out here at the moment, except for turn eight.|
|Q1||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy, copy. Do you want to do just one timed lap to get a lap in and then box for hards? Should just get a lap on board, Nico. So just prepare for a lap, Nico. Go for ‘deploy’, so will be strat five.|
|Q1||11:59||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||So Checo, for your information, we have more rain. We have more rain on the pit wall. Very light, but it is raining again on the pit wall.|
|Q1||11:35||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||The rears need to cool down.|
|Q1||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||Yeah, let’s cool the tyres down. Look for the wet patches.|
|Q1||10:56||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||If the weather stays just as it is, I think it should be slicks. If we can get the temperatures up.|
|Q1||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Yep, we agree with you there Lewis.|
|Q1||8:05||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||I mean, there are some corners where it’s still difficult. So, err, don’t you think better [medium tyre] maybe? What is the downside of going [medium]?|
|Q1||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||The only downside Nico is that if it doesn’t rain, we won’t have a new set for the race.|
|Q1||7:45||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||OK, we’re going to go [medium] tyre. So we’ll pull back into the garage, Nico and fit [medium] and just discuss our settings.|
|Q1||7:33||Kevin Magnussen||Mark Temple||We’re not going to go quicker on these tyres. They’re gone.|
|Q1||Mark Temple||Kevin Magnussen||OK. We think it might be ready for dry tyres at the end, so we don’t want to pit too soon and lose temperature. So let’s try and go once more past and try and keep temperature in the brakes.|
|Q1||5:55||Tim Wright||Kamui Kobayashi||Box, box, Kamui. Box, box. We have an issue, we will have to go back into the garage. Box, box.|
|Q1||5:08||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, so all the cars we are competing against are on Medium tyres.|
|Q1||4:40||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||OK Dany, good warm-up on tyres. Good warm-up on tyres and brakes.|
|Q1||3:51||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis, caution on pit exit. It’s quite slippy.|
|Q1||3:28||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel, you’re going to get one timed lap on medium tyres. One timed lap on medium tyres.|
|Q1||1:38||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Why is my DRS not working?|
|Q1||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, it has been disabled. The system has been disabled. Jenson, you did go off the track, so we need another timed lap. We need to make another one count, Jenson.|
|Q1||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Yeah, I went off the track because I had traffic in front!|
|Q1||1:04||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||OK Sebastian, mode seven, mode seven. People are still improving. Mode seven to start your timed lap.|
|Q1||0:00||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||Really wet, the second sector. Can’t improve.|
|Q1||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK, understood.|
|Q1||0:00||Marco Schupbach||Adrian Sutil||Sutil has spun off.
Can you continue, Adrian? Try to continue.
|Q1||Adrian Sutil||Marco Schupbach||No! No… Stucked [sic].|
|Q1||0:00||Marcus Ericsson||Angel Baena||Ericsson also went off during Q1.
I tried to give you my all on the slicks, but… Difficult. It was different wet at different parts of the track. Need to improve a bit but, yeah… that’s what it is.
|Q1||0:00||Kimi Raikkonen||David Lloyd||It’s still wet, I almost lost it.|
|Q1||0:00||Andrew Murdoch||Felipe Massa||We’re P18, Felipe. We’re P18.|
|Q1||0:00||Jonathan Eddollls||Valtteri Bottas||So, Valtteri. Unfortunately, P17. Massa P18, so we’re out. Both Ferraris got knocked-out as well. Not our day… So box straight back into the garage.|
|Q1||Valtteri Bottas||Jonathan Eddollls||Unbelievable…|
|Q2||15:00||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||We’re P7 and we’re currently in for Q2.|
|Q2||15:00||Francesco Nenci||Jules Bianchi||We should be in, Jules. We should be in, OK?|
|Q2||15:00||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||OK Max, we’ll be queueing again, so wait for the green.|
|Q2||14:51||Craig Gardiner||Esteban Gutierrez||Remember the mediums are two-plus-three. Or all eight in a row.|
|Q2||14:25||Xevi Pujolar||Jean-Eric Vergne||OK Jev, track is clear. We can do three timed and two timed.|
|Q2||13:02||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, currently 13 cars on track. Everybody is on a new inter. Car in front in Perez, he’s got a reasonable gap ahead. You’ve got a ten second gap behind to Hulkenberg, who’s on an out-lap.|
|Q2||12:23||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Err.. Track is inter at the moment. Yeah, a little bit wet here also.|
|Q2||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy, copy.|
|Q2||11:56||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||Jules’s first sector was .5 quicker. First sector, Jules, .5 quicker.|
|Q2||11:22||Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||Car’s loose, front-end.|
|Q2||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||Understood, Max. Understood. Go to diff-4. Diff-4.|
|Q2||9:51||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||Yeah, it’s drying up pretty quickly. It’s still more damp than it was before. But it’s drying up pretty quick. Tyres are OK for now.|
|Q2||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK, so look after the tyres this lap. We’ll go for one more.|
|Q2||7:48||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So Lewis, confirm – do you want to go to slicks now, or do you want to leave it another couple of laps?|
|Q2||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||I think we should come in now.|
|Q2||6:20||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Sebastian, some cars are coming in for dries. Pit this lap, pit this lap. Your fastest lap has been deleted.|
|Q2||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Yeah… box.|
|Q2||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Press ‘reverse’ if you can. Press ‘reverse’.|
|Q2||6:03||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||What do you think about the track?|
|Q2||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||Yeah, it’s started to dry out again. Think we can have a crack on slicks.|
|Q2||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||Yeah, understood. We will pit stop now for slicks.|
|Q2||Daniel Ricciardo||Simon Rennie||Do you want me to push on this lap?|
|Q2||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||Yeah, keep up the pace, please. Keep up the pace.|
|Q2||4:59||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, tyre switch purple R1, please. Tyre switch purple R1. OK Jenson, quick as you can please. Quick as you can.|
|Q2||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Yes Dave.|
|Q2||3:34||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||How are people finding the first lap?|
|Q2||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK so Nico’s finding time, but it’s not a lot. He’s found a tenth in sector one… and he’s gone purple sector two, so looks like sector two is improving a lot. Bianchi’s now gone purple sector one, a second quicker. So your diff is fully locked through turn one, you may want diff high speed four, have a think about that.|
|Q2||1:05||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Keep pushing, keep pushing.|
|Q2||0:55||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||So .1 slower than Jules, all middle sector, Max. You’re quicker in the last sector and quicker in the first sector, your delta to Jules is all in the middle sector.|
|Q2||0:00||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||So to confirm, pit this lap mate. The DRS has been disabled, so I don’t think you’ll improve. You’re currently P3.|
|Q2||0:00||Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||Gutierrez has crashed into the barriers at Luffield
It was a double-waved [yellow]! I had to do more than a lift!
|Q2||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||Yep, understood Max. You did the right thing. The chequered is out, so in now. In now.|
|Q2||Max Chilton||Gary Gannon||It was a double-waved! You can’t be going quicker.|
|Q2||0:00||Pastor Maldonado||Mark Slade||Maldonado stopped at Woodcote. He was later excluded from qualifying after his car was found to have too little fuel on board.
What happened there? Losing power.
|Q2||Mark Slade||Pastor Maldonado||We’ve lost fuel pressure, Pastor. We’ve lost fuel pressure. Stop the car please, Pastor. Stop the car please.|
|Q2||0:00||Gary Gannon||Max Chilton||If you’re still there, Max – so we’re P13. Excellent job. And you did the right thing on the yellows, you did what you had to do. And in now, Max. In now. Jules did not go quicker – he’s 38.71.|
|Q2||0:00||Francesco Nenci||Jules Bianchi||OK, it’s confirmed, we are P12. P12 is confirmed.|
|Q2||0:00||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||OK Romain. Sorry – P11. Good effort though, good effort. Good effort mate, we missed it by… err… three tenths.|
|Q2||Romain Grosjean||Ayao Komatsu||Yeah, I lost four by the yellow flag!|
|Q2||Ayao Komatsu||Romain Grosjean||I think our planning was right though and you did a good job.|
|Q2||Romain Grosjean||Ayao Komatsu||Yeah and the car is feeling better than ever, so that’s good direction.|
|Q3||10:27||Simon Rennie||Daniel Ricciardo||OK Daniel, so some advice – stay away from the limiter, third to fourth gear. We’re losing some performance, third to fourth gear upshifts, make sure you hit the lights.|
|Q3||10:16||Marco Matassa||Daniil Kvyat||Good work on tyres and brakes. Tyres and brakes. Don’t be too close to Jev. Jev is six seconds in front of you.|
|Q3||8:44||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Starting to drizzle in Stowe…|
|Q3||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy, copy.|
|Q3||7:39||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||Heavy rain on the back straight. Heavy rain.|
|Q3||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Understood, keep pushing. That could still be the best conditions.|
|Q3||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||No, I think inters is quicker. Honestly. But I’ll stay out for now.|
|Q3||7:10||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||It’s raining at Stowe. Let me know what other people do.|
|Q3||6:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, looks here like the rain has stopped. But we’re going to box this lap and we can sit in the garage and we’ll go at the end of the session.|
|Q3||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Roger.|
|Q3||3:35||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||So we’re P8 at the moment, Nico. This next set of tyres has to go back anyway, so we might as well run.|
|Q3||1:49||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||Use your head, OK? Just have a look.|
|Q3||1:17||Mark Temple||Kevin Magnussen||We can’t afford to back off too much as it will be very tight to get a timed lap. So keep up with the car in front and make a gap at the end.|
|Q3||0:36||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||It’s pretty slippery out here…|
|Q3||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis. If you don’t think you can do a lap, then let Nico go. Let Nico go. If you think you can complete the lap, then carry on as you are.|
|Q3||0:01||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||Tell Lewis that he needs to speed up!|
|Q3||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||Copy, copy!|
|Q3||0:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||OK Jenson, keep pushing. Keep pushing. There could be a lot of time to find in sector three.|
|Q3||0:00||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Perez had begun his final out-lap in front of the Mercedes drivers but they overtook him at the exit of Stowe.
Checo… What happened, mate? We’re down to P7.
|Q3||Sergio Perez||Gianpiero Lambiase||[sighs]|
|Q3||Gianpiero Lambiase||Sergio Perez||Checo, why did we let the cars through after Stowe? Why did we let the cars through after Stowe, mate?|
|Q3||Sergio Perez||Gianpiero Lambiase||Because I had very cold tyres. I went off into Copse. I had no temperature to do the lap.|
|Q3||0:00||Tony Ross||Nico Rosberg||And that’s pole position! Well done, Nico! Go strat one, box, box, box. Really good job, really good job.|
|Q3||Nico Rosberg||Tony Ross||That’s damn awesome! Come on!|
|Q3||0:00||Guillaume Rocquelin||Sebastian Vettel||P2! Atta boy!|
|Q3||Sebastian Vettel||Guillaume Rocquelin||OK guys. Kept our heads cool. Good job. I tell you, this kind of rain… England is the only place in the world where you can see this! It’s not necessarily nice, but it’s unique.|
|Q3||0:00||Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||The track’s… slower.|
|Q3||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So currently no one finding time, Lewis. So no one improving.|
|Q3||Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||No reply broadcast.
OK Lewis, I’m afraid that last sector really picked up some pace. So we’ve been bumped mate to… so we’re now down in P6.
|Q3||0:00||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||We are P3, JB. That’s a fantastic lap. Great job at the end there.|
|Q3||Jenson Button||Dave Robson||Ha! I know it’s not pole, but, [unclear], so good job guys!|
|Q3||Dave Robson||Jenson Button||That’s a magnificent effort, JB. That last sector was pretty damn good. So Rosberg, then Vettel, then yourself in third, Hulkenberg, Kevin in fifth, Hamilton sixth, so, yeah, we’ve got a few good scalps there. Great job!|
|Q3||0:00||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Great job, Nico! P4 with that, P4!|
|Q3||Nico Hulkenberg||Brad Joyce||Really? Jesus! Did everyone who run get out at the end, or not?|
|Q3||Brad Joyce||Nico Hulkenberg||Most people did. Three cars didn’t. But that’s P4. P4. Great job mate.|
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