Romain Grosjean, Haas, Baku City Circuit, 2017

2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix team radio highlights: Practice

2017 Azerbaijan Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

It was another unhappy Friday practice for Romain Grosjean, who ended the day slowest at the Baku City Circuit.

Here are the team radio highlights from him and the other drivers on the first day of practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

First practice

the first practice session began with many teams conducting aerodynamic tests, taking advantage of Baku’s long straights.

To Palmer: “It will be aero P3 after turn two.”

To Vandoorne: “And remember to stay off the kerbs.”

Stroll: “There’s something wrong with the brake pedal. Feels very, very soft.”

To Stroll: “OK Lance we’re happy with the brakes.”

Verstappen: “The battery’s completely empty. I should charge it.”

However the long straight also made it difficult to keep the tyre temperatures consistent front-to-rear.

To Massa: “OK Felipe try to keep temperature in the front tyres, cool the rears a bit.”

Hamilton: “Overtake not working.”
“OK, we’ll look into it.”

To Kvyat: “Keep in mind to stay off-line at the exit of turn 17 when you do the constant speed.”

To Vandoorne: “Priority is to cool rear tyres, keep temperature in the fronts.”

To Stroll: “Carried a little bit more speed into five and lost a bit more in six. Otherwise a good lap.”

Sergio Perez, Force India, Baku City Circuit, 2017
Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice in pictures
Ericsson: “Very low power out of the corner.”

Vettel: “Went straight into turn three. I ran a bit into traffic.”

To Perez: “More front temperature. Cars behind are slow. You have space ahead. 20 seconds.”

Sergio Perez crashed at turn eight, bringing out the red flags.

To Ricciardo: “Perez is in the barrier. There’s a lot of debris. I’d suggest… you’re going to have to have a look mate.”

“Grosjean: “The brakes are not braking. I have got no grip.”
“OK understood.”

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Second practice

The second session began the way the first one had ended for Grosjean.

Grosjean: “Issues on the brakes.”
“OK we’ll check the brakes for you.”

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Baku City Circuit, 2017
Kvyat was one of many drivers who went off.
Daniil Kvyat got stuck up the escape road at turn 15 but managed to get going again after restarting his engine using the MGU-K.

Kvyat: “Yeah I’m in the escape road. A lot of front locking.”
“OK Danny can you go back on the track?”
Kvyat: “Yeah I’m trying to put reverse. It won’t go into reverse.”
“Try now Danny, try again. You are in first. Neutral.”

Kvyat: “OK. What should I do now? They push me back and I can start now?”
“OK start with the K. Go for it.”

Meanwhile Grosjean’s woes continued.

Grosjean: “I’m sorry but I cannot drive that. I cannot.”

Grosjean: “It’s ridiculous. Ridiculous.”
“Watch for Bottas and Perez.”

To Palmer: “Recharge off and press the overtake button half a second later than the previous lap.”

To Kvyat: “OK cool the car. High gear, low revs.”

Kimi Raikkonen was unhappy with one of his rivals’ driving.

Raikkonen: “OK what’s the rule on people weaving on an out-lap? Because if I try to pass him he’s going to hit me in the side.”
“He shouldn’t be erratic and dangerous. That’s the rule.”
Raikkonen: “That’s what he’s doing.”

“Hamilton: “Is DRS not working?”
“No there was a yellow at turn three.”

Raikkonen: “I would like to try one more lap, get a good warm-up lap.”

Grosjean: “Mate I don’t know what’s going on. Another massive front lock. I can’t go rearwards on brake balance any more. They are hot.”

To Ricciardo: “OK make your own space, make a decent space. It’ll be mode nine after turn 20.”

Another McLaren stoppage occured in second practice. However though Fernando Alonso suspected the engine was to blame, McLaren later claimed the gearbox was responsible.

Alonso: “Engine. Engine.”

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5 comments on “2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix team radio highlights: Practice”

  1. Alonsos gearbox had a nice ring to it. It looked and probably smelled like a engine blowup.

  2. Didn’t the replays of Alonso stopping show smoke coming out of the back of his car? If so, how does a gearbox failure cause that, unless they are saying that the gearbox failure caused an engine failure? Oh dear!

    1. you know gearbox use oil? if it gets to hot is will smoke like you see yesterday by Alonso.

  3. “Grosjean: “The brakes are not braking. I have got no grip.”
    Engineer: So from our data we can see that your brakes nearly broke when you tried to brake, we think they might break next time you brake.

  4. Whats the difference between GRO and MAGs brakes? You never hear a word from the dane and he even drives faster in fp1,2,3 and qualify…?

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