Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

2017 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio highlights: Practice

2017 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Practice began half an hour later due to rain and ended 20 minutes early due to a broken drain on Friday.

Here’s what the drivers had to say during the restricted running.

First practice

After a few tentative installation laps on wet weather tyres, the drivers did limited running on the wet track using intermediates.

To Verstappen: “Tyres are a little bit cold, Max. Suggest staying out and trying to build some temperature in them, especially rears.”

Charles Leclerc, Sauber, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Malaysian Grand Prix practice in pictures
“Rear tyre temperatures are low, you’re going to have some grip problems at the rear.”
Sirotkin: “OK.”

To Ricciardo: “Tyre temperatures are quite stable at the moment. I don’t expect them to change too much.”

To Raikkonen: “OK understood, how are the tyres? Just be cautious for damaging this set.”

“We’re happy to push again but if you have visibility issues we can take a slow lap.”
Stroll: Yeah I’ll take a slow lap.”

Stroll: “I’m worried I’m damaging the tyre, starting to see some front graining.”

Wehrlein: “I locked the fronts.”

Verstappen: “I’ve got a bit of understeer.”
“OK, copy.”

“Three percent shallow.”
Hamilton: “Was intentional.”
“What’s the condition of the tyres, Max? We could need them in P2 for a bit of a run out.”
Verstappen: “It’s OK.”

“If you think you’re learning, one more lap is fine.”
Verstappen: “I want another lap.”
“Copy.”

“This lap is four-tenths down, want to box?”
Verstappen: “No it’s not.”
“Ignore your dash.”

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Second practice

The second practice sessions was more straightforward – until Romain Grosjean hit a loose drain cover which had been raised by another car, and crashed heavily.

Palmer: “There’s a little bit of oversteer off the brakes still.”
“OK, understood.”
Palmer: “There’s no speed.”

Palmer: “Front locking becoming a problem.”
“OK understood. We’re looking into that.”

Verstappen: “Way too much understeer. Unbelievable.”
“OK, box.”

Stroll: “I have a problem with the brake. I flat-spotted the tyre.”
“OK understood we’re just looking at that.”
Stroll: “And I hit the bollard by accident.”

Magnussen: “The understeer on this is crazy.”
“Yeah we had the same comment from Romain.”

To Hulkenberg: “Left-hand front and left-hand rear tyres getting hot.”

To Raikkonen: “Sorry Kimi about that. We knew we picked up the tape as we went out of the garage, we thought it was just on the tyre so we thought it would just come off as you ran. At the last minute we spotted it on the suspension as well. Sorry for the late call.”

To Ricciardo: “OK for info both Renaults started 37.4s and now after six laps still in 37.4s so their degradation looks quite low. They’re both on super-soft so super-soft degradation looks quite low.”

Wehrlein: “Have you check the tyre pressure on the left-rear? I think I hit something.”
“Copy Pascal we’re checking. Pressures looking fine so far, pressures looking OK.”

Sainz: “I have no power on the straight.”

“Are you OK?”
Grosjean: “[Censored by FOM] what happened? I lost the wing or something on the [censored by FOM] kerb.”
“Yeah OK, something.”
Grosjean: “Lost the tyre mate, tyre.”

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12 comments on “2017 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio highlights: Practice”

  1. Wehrlein: “Have you check the tyre pressure on the left-rear? I think I hit something.”
    “Copy Pascal we’re checking. Pressures looking fine so far, pressures looking OK.”

    Wehrlein hitting the drain cover?

    1. Nah. Left rear. Pay attention man!

      1. Well spotted

        1. Definitely NOT Joao
          29th September 2017, 17:45

          Why am I talking to myself?

    2. @johnmilk – if you’re referring to the specific drain cover that affected Grosjean, that was on the right side (it shredded Romain’s RR tyre).

      1. @phylyp yup just had a conversation with myself pointing exactly that

        1. And if you were wondering, yes I’m bored

          1. @johnmilk – eh, its Friday, and its 5pm somewhere!

    3. Was it not Kimi that sprung the Drain Cover Joao?

      see here on Sky

      Actually, maybe it was up before?

      1. I think it was Bottas, Kimi and then Grosjean

      2. It was Bottas who bounced/punched it up. Kimi following Bottas took a slightly looser line thereby avoiding it. Romain wasn’t as lucky.

        1. It came loose when Bottas passed over, but it was still lying somewhat flat. Kimi didn’t miss it, he flicked it on the outside, so it pointed upward and shredded Romain’s tyre.

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