Start, Hungaroring, 2013

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Start, Hungaroring, 2013Hungarian Grand Prix pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was expected to struggle with tyre degradation during the race and come under pressure from the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

But it didn’t work out that way: Vettel got stuck behind Jenson Button in the opening stages and had to drop back for cooling at one stage. An earlier radio message suggests he might also have had to do this when trying to pass Hamilton in the opening laps of the race.

Romain Grosjean had an eventful race which ended with him receiving two penalties and incurring the wrath of Button.

Another unhappy driver was Paul di Resta, who fumed about his enforced retirement from 14th place at the end of the race.

Here are all the team radio messages that were broadcast during the Hungarian Grand Prix on the world feed and pit wall channels:

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript

Lap* From To Message
PR Gary Gannon Max Chilton Happy with your drinks, Max?
PR Max Chilton Gary Gannon Yes, all good.
PR Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington I’m a little bit nervous that we don’t have enough front wing in.
PR Jock Clear Peter Bonnington We have lots of scope on the diff settings, Bono, and not much scope to come down on the diff settings, really. So half a turn extra would be more easy to deal with than half a turn too little.
PR Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton OK copy that Lewis just having a quick chat with Jock on the scope of the diff settings. We’ve got more scope in the diff to handle a little bit more more front wing rather than less so if you want that extra half-hole, we’ll go for it.
PR Paul Davison Jules Bianchi We’re clear for our three burn-outs coming up to the back of the grid here as late as you can before the grid slot. Once we’ve fired up and we’ve left the grid five seconds after we take the blankets off and do a bite point learn as normal. On the formation lap remember to switch to seven, mixture one and the clutch setting. And then on the first timed laps as always we’ll go to revs one, torque one, but I’ll remind you.
PR Tony Ross Nico Rosberg You had some brake knock-off from hitting the kerb in turn four so you had a slightly long pedal into five, just to bear in mind.
PR Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Just two reminders: Remember what the difference is between Plan A and Plan B, you know that. And the other is to remember about DRS leaving the pit lane, if you’ve got it leaving the pit lane.
PR Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade How much more we have now than the qualifying, the front wing? Two-and-a-half turns?
PR Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Yeah that’s how much we’ve come up.
PR Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade OK I have no really good idea how much we have to back off. I guess one turn at least, probably one turn.
PR Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Plan is: One turn down on the front wing.
PR Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade On the start nothing really happens when I let go of the first clutch, it’s very slow.
PR Dave ? Kimi Raikkonen Raikkonen gives a further reply to part of this message describing the understeer he gets when he releases the second paddle. It’s unclear exactly where the reply fits into this conversation.
Kimi it’s Dave, yes I’m aware of that. After the formation lap start I’ll have to make a decision on where we’re going to go with the clutch paddle. In the last start on the way to the grid you pulled KERS release before upshifting to second and it stopped you getting any KERS because the cars was still under 100kph.
PR Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas So Vergne in front [soft] tyre. In front of him Button on the [medium]. Gutierrez on [medium] behind you as well.
FL Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Need to synchronise third, sixth and seventh gears.
FL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Engine cooling wherever you can and now you need to back up the grid so slow up a bit.
FL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Remember your procedures: it’s bite point learn and one burn-out. Good clutch prep so straight to your box. Focus on KERS at the start and KERS eight when you stop.
FL Dave Robson Jenson Button Please use the yellow button while you’re stationary. Tyre temperatures look good to us.
1 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Cancel RS.
1 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Torque one for running.
1 Mark Webber Simon Rennie Check the pressures, mate.
1 Simon Rennie Mark Webber All looks good so far.
2 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Rosberg touched Massa’s car on the first lap and ran wide, losing several places.
Let us know if the car’s OK, Nico.
2 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean KERS mode seven.
3 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Can we have Green KERS F5. Car in front, Ricciardo, is on [soft]. Maldonado behind is too. There’s about five cars on [medium] like us.
3 Simon Rennie Mark Webber DRS is now active. Remember use all the KERS each lap.
4 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Forward bias if you can.
4 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez DRS is enabled. If you need special two for overtaking use it as we discussed and brake balance plus on. Push, push.
4 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We are in our Safety Car window. Can you go harvest mode five.
4 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Vergne in front of you is on [soft].
5 Simon Rennie Mark Webber We are the lead car on [medium] tyres. Button behind you also on [medium].
5 Dave Robson Jenson Button Obviously a great opening lap, we’re P8, Webber in front is the only [medium] runner ahead of us, we’re in a really good position here.
5 Simon Rennie Mark Webber We are now the lead car on [medium] tyres. Button behind you also on [medium].
5 Gary Gannon Max Chilton KERS recovery two, doing a good job, just stay with Jules. How’s your pace relative to Jules?
5 Max Chilton Gary Gannon Nothing in it. He looks like he’s using his tyres pretty hard.
5 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Understood.
6 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton You’re currently on your target lap
6 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Rocquelin gave Vettel an earlier message which was not heard. It’s possible he was instructed to drop back from Hamilton for cooling as he had to do when following Button later in the race.
Grosjean is in DRS range. I appreciate that’s what I’ve asked you to do, just information.
6 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Recovery three, try forward brake bias to cool rear tyres.
7 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Grosjean wants less his front wing angle reducing when he pits.
Minus two turns on the pit stop.
7 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK, minus two at the pit stop, copy that. How is your pace?
7 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Bit quicker than those guys.
7 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Understood.
7 Dave Robson Jenson Button Good job you’ve broken Ricciardo’s DRS. Just keep using this space in front to pull away
8 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Di Resta behind is out of your RFA [DRS] window.
9 Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez Tyres are starting to go.
9 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde OK, box Geido. Pit confirm. Push all the way in.
9 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Massa damaged his front wing in the first-lap contact with Rosberg.
With this front wing problem can you feel the understeer?
9 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Yeah maybe a little bit.
10 Dave Robson Jenson Button You’re going to be racing Hamilton at the exit. You need to push now.
10 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Jenson on the [medium] tyre running a 29.0.
10 Giampiero Lambiase Paul di Resta You’ve got Chilton, that’s Bianchi ahead,
11 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Sutil on [medium] as well but is not quick at the moment.
11 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean How’s the tyres?
11 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Stage two plus.
11 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Copy that, stage two plus.
11 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Vettel is struggling, we need to overtake Vettel.
12 Dave Robson Jenson Button That’s OK, none of the lead cars have a gap yet.
12 Dave Robson Jenson Button You’ll be racing Vettel at the exit.
12 Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade The rear tyres are dropping off.
12 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Understood, rear tyres giving up.
13 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We think Grosjean is going to a two-stop, we do need to look after these rears, we’ll update you on traction metrics.
13 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Rear tyres are coming towards the top of the window so we need to manage these tyres. You’re going to be on your target lap.
13 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez How is the car, question?
13 Esteban Gutierrez Francesco Nenci Car feels good, tyres feel good.
13 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez OK then stay close to Massa.
13 Simon Rennie Mark Webber All the leaders have pitted apart from both Lotuses. Hamilton, next car behind you, five seconds behind on new [medium].
14 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Driving style: Turn two tighter to take a wider line in turn three for tyre temperatures.
14 Dave Robson Jenson Button Racing Grosjen at the exit.
14 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Use KERS to defend if you need it.
15 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Get out of Button’s slipstream to cool the car. Stick with him but try to cool the car down the straight.
15 Dave Robson Jenson Button Recommend brake balance forwards one percent using fine adjuster.
15 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Grosjean is stuck behind Vettel.
Push to overtake.
16 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley And Massa is staring at the back of Sutil’s rear wing.
Really difficult to overtake.
16 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa We need to get past as soon as possible, he’s going to ruin everything. You need to do everything you can.
16 Dave Robson Jenson Button Orange E3 and Green F4 to increase KERS harvest.
16 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Yellow G5 please.
16 Simon Rennie Mark Webber You need to keep using all the KERS, please, each lap.
17 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Brake balance plus two if you get can.
17 Gary Gannon Max Chilton We’re looking at ten more laps, let’s try to stay with Pic as best you can.
17 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Vettel tried to pass Button at turn two but clips the Mclaren’s left-rear wheel.
You need to drop back in the middle sector to cool the car and the brakes.
17 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Check my front wing.
17 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood. And toggle KERS, Sebastian, we cannot have high power.
18 Dave Robson Jenson Button Doing a fantastic job. We’re looking for target plus for.
18 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Similar pace to Maldonado in front. Ricciardo behind is helping us. Good job so far.
19 Dave Robson Jenson Button Our car is OK. Vettel has front wing damage. We are in the window.
19 Mark Temple Sergio Perez We’re in the window, confirm.
19 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel You’ve got some damage on the front wing, right-front.
20 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Revs seven for overtake.
20 Adrian Sutil Brad Joyce I have a problem with my gearbox.
20 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil Adrian switch it off. Adrian we’ve had a hydraulic leak we believe, just happened over the last lap and that’s why you couldn’t change gear, Ithink. We’ll see.
20 Adrian Sutil Brad Joyce Out of turn 11 I couldn’t upshift any more.
21 Brad Joyce Adrian Sutil We’ve had a hydraulic leak, we believe, just happened over the last lap.
21 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Good pace, mate.
22 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Gap to Webber now 4.0, we’re going to need to close this gap up.
22 Gary Gannon Max Chilton In now, Max.
22 Tim Wright Charles Pic Mixture 12, target lap one minute 30.5.
23 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen We’re thinking of target plus ten for this stint.
23 Paul di Resta Giampiero Lambiase Di Resta is stuck behind Ricciardo.
I’m not going to be able to overtake him.
23 Giampiero Lambiase Paul di Resta No, copy Paul. Hungary 44 for the moment.
23 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Diff entry eight and attack entries less. You’re harder on the entry to slow corners than Daniel.
23 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Lotus convert Raikkonen to a two-stop strategy.
We’re thinking of target plus ten for this stint. Is that OK?
24 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Webber 2.7 ahead, Button 12 seconds behind.
24 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu One turn less front wing at the next stop.
24 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean OK copy that Romain, one turn less front wing.
25 Jenson Button Dave Robson Vettel passes Button, then Grosjean does the same but the Lotus driver clips the McLaren.
Might have front wing damage. (Censored) idiot in the Lotus decided there wasn’t enough room for the two of us.
26 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Box, Romain, box.
26 Dave Robson Jenson Button Front wing is good. Orange E2 and down on diff.
26 Dave Robson Jenson Button Grosjean and Button pit and the Lotus stays ahead,
Push now, you’ll race Grosjean at the exit.
26 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Push now Romain.
27 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington How’s my pace?
27 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Pace is good. Three tenths faster than Vettel.
27 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Tyres are good.
27 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Copy that Lewis you’re currently on your target lap.
27 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Last lap was the fastest lap of the race so great pace, let’s make these tyres last, get past Hulkenberg if yuou can, his tyres are 15 laps old.
27 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg We’re just trying to find a window, Nico, push hard to get that window.
28 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Massa in front is on 16 laps old tyres.
28 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Max is currently 24 seconds behind, the next two cars on track have blue flags it’s Grosjean and then Button. Pic is ten seconds in front.
28 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa You need to use one light out of corner one as well.
29 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel We’re hoping that Grosjean’s going to be stuck behind Massa. You doing those lap times in clear air is our best strategy. Good job, mate.
29 Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo Jev three seconds behind you, same lap time.
29 Francesco Nenci Esteban Gutierrez Esteban we need to retire, the gearbox is going, so box now, pit in, cool down car. Sorry.
30 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Massa asks how long his third stint will be as he begins it.
How many laps have we left?
30 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Seventeen.
30 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Push now Romain, we are racing against Vettel at the moment, we are just behind so push now please.
31 Jean-Eric Vergne Phil Charles I have to pit the tyres are gone.
31 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Box, Jev, box.
31 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington How’s my pace?
31 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton One-tenth off Vettel last lap but you’re doing a great job, Lewis, give it everyhing you’ve got mate.
32 Dave Robson Jenson Button Button passes Massa.
Great job Jenson now let’s use this clear air and let’s pull the gap.
32 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Hamilton just pit stopped, he’s just behind you on new [mediums].
32 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton You’ve got Webber ahead on eight-lap-old [medium] tyres, Alonso ahead of him, 19-lap-old [medium] tyres, we need to get past these guys.
33 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Last lap you were seven-tenths quicker than Vettel so your pace wsa good last lap.
33 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Keep an eye on the vibration, let me know the pace.
33 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood. Hamilton has pitted, the only reference is Alonso. Alonso, 27.9. Raikkonen 27.9. That’s the pace for people on your strategy.
33 Giampiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Lap time delta to Bottas ahead 1.8 seconds. We need to clear him ASAP.
34 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Great job Checo let’s push now, make the most of this clear air.
34 Dave Robson Jenson Button Traffic ahead is Van der Garde, this pace is superb.
34 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Recovery seven, brake bar minus two. Can use diff entry to lock more.
35 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Blue flag: Button and Vettel. Both together.
35 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Let’s do five more laps on this set, build up a gap to Hulkenberg.
35 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde OK Giedo stay with them and push up to them, Charles is just in front.
36 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton We’re going to start looking after these rears now so we’re going to target 27.5 and we’ll keep that updated so look after your traction metrics.
36 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Half a second to a second faster than Perez in front. He’s on the soft and he has done 11 laps.
36 Jenson Button Dave Robson Traffic, Pic.
36 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Button has done 11 laps on his [softs] so he’s close to the cliff. Grosjean has a drive-through penalty. Be patient.
37 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Grosjean is given a drive-through penalty for going off the track while passing Massa, though he gets a partially incorrect explanation from his race engineer.
We’ve got a drive-through penalty.
37 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Why did we get a drive-through?
37 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Because of the incident with Button. We left the track.
38 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean So this is with Button incident. We need to do it so please come in end of this lap.
38 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Stay with them, we have some gap behind.
39 Dave Robson Jenson Button Orange E3. We have the clear air and there are 30 laps to go.
40 Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach Hulkenberg is brought in for his second and final pit stop with 34 laps remaining. The timeing of the stop allowed him to take a place off Ricciardo.
Why did we pit that lap? Because I was getting back into a good rhythm. Just Perez and the Ferrari cost time. We could have extended.
40 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg We had to protect, that’s why we pitted.
40 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde You need to push now.
40 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Don’t take too much out of the rear tyres, especially at turn five.
40 Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch Copy that, turn five.
41 Jenson Button Dave Robson You need to give me a run-down of what’s going on around me, Dave.
41 Dave Robson Jenson Button You are in clear air at the moment. Cars behind are Massa and Rosberg, we’re racing them at the end. And we’re racing Grosjean who has one more stop to make, he doesn’t have the gap on us at the moment.
41 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Hulkenberg broke the pit-lane speed limit during his previous pit stop.
Drive-through penalty, box this lap.
42 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu I cannot overtake.
42 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Copy that.
42 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton You’re doing a good job, there’s anorther half a second to Webber, you’re the fastest man on track.
42 Dave Robson Jenson Button McLaren wonder if Massa is planning to finish the race with a 39-lap stint on mediums. He wasn’t – the Ferrari driver pitted again with 22 laps to go.
Last stint Massa did 20 laps on [medium].
42 Jenson Button Dave Robson So, stopping again?
42 Dave Robson Jenson Button Yeah, we’re not sure. He could try and get to the end.
43 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Understood, how is the tyres?
43 Romain Grosjean Ayao Komatsu Rear is going and it?s difficult to overtake.
43 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Understood.
43 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa We have completed 42 laps there is 28 laps to go. You’re still much quicker than Button in front.
44 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Aero-wise car is OK. Suspect front tyre overheating occaisonally.
44 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Looking at seven more laps on these tyres, mate. You’ve got Vergne behind, Hamilton is the leader behind Vergne.
45 Mark Webber Simon Rennie Fernando going to the end?
45 Simon Rennie Mark Webber We think Fernando will stop again. He’s already done nine laps. We need to keep the pace high now.
45 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Watch for Perez coming behind, you are racing him.
45 Mark Webber Simon Rennie Fernando going to the end?
45 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Not sure mate. You need to keep pushing, we need to push now. We think Fernando will stop again, he’s already done nine laps. We need to keep the pace high now.
45 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yellow flags are displayed after Valtteri Bottas parks his car.
The car is stopped off-track, exit of turn 14, last corner.
46 Jenson Button Dave Robson Traffic, Van der Garde, he was very bad last time at getting over.
46 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Because of the yellow we need to use all the KERS before the last corner. Use all the KERS earlier in the lap.
47 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Target plus four, lap 47 at the moment.
47 Jonathan Eddolls Valtteri Bottas Car problem so engine off, pull over.
47 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Track clear. Bianchi to lap.
47 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton All clear last corner, DRS has been enabled.
48 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean Box Romain, box.
48 Dave Robson Jenson Button As in Canada, Button is reassured that race team engineer Hiroshi Imai is happy with their tyre strategy. He finished the race with a 33-lap stint on mediums.
Longest stint is 28 laps but Hiroshi is confident we can do this to the end. You will be racing Grosjean for position at the exit.
48 Mark Temple Sergio Perez We need to preserve, look after the rear tyres. Go up on A, D and E.
49 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg Box, boost to zero.
49 Giampiero Lambiase Paul di Resta Paul do you need to box?
49 Paul di Resta Giampiero Lambiase Yeah, box.
50 Dave Robson Jenson Button Massa and Rosberg both pitted so the only threat from behind is Grosjean.
50 Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean We need to get past Button while tyres are good.
50 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen You need to avoid throttle overlap, turn nine and eleven for fuel consumption.
50 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton You can afford to pick up the pace, it won’t be long now. We suggest diff high speed five.
51 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Nico stopped a metre long so be careful on entry to the box. RS modes.
51 Dave Robson Jenson Button Button has Grosjean on his tail but he’s more concerned about Massa and Rosberg, who are further back. Grosjean passes Button on lap 50.
There are 21 more laps to go. You know how we need to drive this to defend that position.
51 Jenson Button Dave Robson It’s not him I’m worried about it’s the other two behind.
51 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Don’t worry about him. We need to keep the pace up, still racing Vettel and Raikkonen.
51 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton 20 laps remaining. You’re going to have to do two more laps on this tyre compared to the previous one.
51 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Maldonado is the only car we’re racing currently. Let’s make sure we get him. We want to make sure these tyres last to the end. Eighteen laps to go.
52 Simon Rennie Mark Webber We need to keep the pace up, still racing Vettel and Raikkonen.
52 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde We need to take care of the rear tyres on traction a little bit.
53 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Release seven, recovery eight.
53 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen Webber ahead of you has one more stop for [softs].
54 Tony Ross Nico Rosberg The decision at the moment is whether you attack Massa now or look after your tyres and attack him at the end of the race.
54 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Blue flag, Pic.
55 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Engine 25.
55 Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde We still need to manage the rear-left tyre a bit more.
55 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton This pace looks good, three-tenths faster than Vettel last lap.
56 Gary Gannon Max Chilton Vettel’s in, no blue flag. Let’s push and try and build the temp in this tyre. 14 to go.
56 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Vettel has just made his last pit stop.
56 Dave Robson Jenson Button There are 15 more laps to go. The gap to Massa: 16 seconds.
57 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel The situation is this: you’ve got Kimi ahead of you. He’s going to the end like this. Your tyres are 13 laps fresher than his. That’s it. But he’s ahead on the road. Next point: Mark, who’s ahead now, will have to stop and fit the [softs. He’ll come back behind you on fresh [softs]. Depending on where he comes out, he’ll be quick, could be challenging as well. So you’re racing Raikkonen ahead, Webber behind.
58 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa 14.5 seconds gap behind and there are 14 laps to go.
58 Dave Robson Jenson Button This pace is still strong and the gap to Massa is 14.5 seconds,
59 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Can you go diff entry four, diff high speed four.
59 Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Hey man, I’m trying to focus here, I’m happy with the way the car is. Do you want me to increase pace?
59 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Just keep doing what you’re doing at the moment.
59 Simon Rennie Mark Webber Box, Mark. Clutch 14.
60 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen OK to use the overtake button to defend your position.
60 Simon Rennie Mark Webber You’re clear of Alonso. Clutch nine.
60 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton All the temperatures look good if you’re happy with the tyres. We could do with another half second just to make everything nice and safe.
61 Tim Wright Charles Pic Rain position three for temperatures.
61 Simon Rennie Mark Webber These tyres should be good ’til the end, you should be able to push to catch Raikkonen and Vettel ahead.
61 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Traffic ahead: Maldonado.
61 Dave Robson Jenson Button There are ten more laps to go. Massa is 11 seconds behind. He will catch us on the last lap.
62 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Blue flag for Raikkonen.
62 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Vettel is in P3, he’s stuck behind Raikkonen. You were two-tenths faster than Raikkonen on the last lap, he’s 12 seconds behind.
63 Mark Temple Sergio Perez Car in front: Bianchi. Keep this pace up you’re doing a really good job now. This pace is good, we can keep going to the end. Eight more laps after this one.
63 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi KERS recovery four, Jules.
63 Dave Robson Jenson Button Default X11.
64 Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Release six.
64 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa Rosberg behind starting to push now so I think it’s better to think about him.
65 Paul Davison Jules Bianchi We should have another three laps of clear air now.
66 Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg Possible oil right-hand-side before turn two.
66 Felipe Massa Rob Smedley Rosberg was just beginning to put pressure on Massa when his engine failed.
What is it?
66 Rob Smedley Felipe Massa I think he’s just blown the engine up. Yeah, confirmed, engine problem. So car behind you now is Perez, 24 seconds, so no threat whatsoever from behind. You’re seven seonds behind Button and at the end of this lap there’s five laps to go.
67 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Mate you failed 23. So you need to fail 23 again, then fail 22. Fail 23, fail 22. Fail 22 OK but we need to fail 23 as well, to undo what you did. I’m sorry mate, I know it’s a bad time.
68 Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Gap to Raikkonen, 11.4 seconds, you were four tenths faster last lap.
68 Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Vettel tries to pass Raikkonen on the outside going into turn four but runs wide.
Hey, he didn’t give me enough room.
68 Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Understood, get back to him. We’ll talk to Charlie.
69 Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Blue flag for Webber.
69 Simon Rennie Mark Webber There may still be some action ahead so we need to keep pushing mate.
69 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen We need to save 10% KERS for the final lap.
70 Giampiero Lambiase Paul di Resta We are going to retire the car. Straight into the box, please. Stop on your marks and kill the engine. There’s nothing for us to gain there, Paul, by keeping you out any more.
70 Paul di Resta Giampiero Lambiase Keep the car on the track at the end of that race that is absolutely appalling. Shocking.
VL Peter Bonnington Lewis Hamilton Get in there, Lewis, that’s P1, man.
VL Ross Brawn Lewis Hamilton Brilliant job, Lewis, fantastic drive, Brilliant job.
VL Lewis Hamilton Peter Bonnington Excellent job this weekend, guys. Thank you so much for all the hard work. Pit stops were fantastic. What a surprise with these tyres. The car was a dream.
VL Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen You need to stop the car at the pit exit, pull over and stop now please. Well done mate absoutely brilliant drive.
VL Kimi Raikkonen Mark Slade Thanks guys. Have a good holiday everybody!
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Good job mate, that’s a good day in the office, good points. Well done.
VL Christian Horner Sebastian Vettel It’s OK Seb we lost a lot of the time behind Button after the first stop. Then that bit of damage on the front wing so it’s a good result, another podium, extended the points.
VL Sebastian Vettel Guillaume Rocquelin Yeah guys I tried everything. Got stuck behind Button at the beginning, obviously damaged the front wing which wasn’t great, so sorry for that. I tried as hard as I could, was quicker than Raikkonen, but no way past.
VL Guillaume Rocquelin Sebastian Vettel Yeah good job mate.
VL Simon Rennie Mark Webber Nice job. Again a very good recovery mate. Finished P4. You certainly made the strategy a lot easier for us with a good first lap.
VL Christian Horner Mark Webber That was a very good recovery, Mark, well done. That was a really strong drive.
VL Mark Webber Simon Rennie Thank you.
VL Ayao Komatsu Romain Grosjean It was a tough one, we finished P6.
VL Dave Robson Jenson Button Fantastic job. Yellow G3, please. Normal in-lap. That was a superb drive, Jenson, a lot of effort for seventh place but I think there were elements of that drive that were absolutely brilliant. Picking up the tyres, the pace on the [soft] was fantastic: defending, attacking, that was a really good drive.
VL Jenson Button Dave Robson Cheers, Comedy Dave. Yeah all the hard work, all that effort and we get seventh. I think we made some improvements, guys, that’s the positive thing, but there’s still quite a way to go. I think when we get to Spa, a few little updates and this car, we’ll see a much bigger improvement. Well done for all of that hard work, guys, we’re moving forward.
VL Dave Robson Jenson Button Yeah as I said before I think that pace on the [soft] particularly was stunning. Several purple laps through that phase, and to keep that up as long as you did was really, really good.
VL Jenson Button Dave Robson Cheers!
VL Mark Temple Sergio Perez We finished P9, it’snot quite what we wanted but still got a good couple of points. We’ll have a look into it and understand why we struggle so much in the first stint. Possibly because we were on used [mediums]. Well done though, great job yesterday and good pace in the last stint and on the [soft[ tyre.
VL Andrew Murdoch Pastor Maldonado Great job we are P10. Just remember to drink something and pick up some rubber on the in-lap.
VL Pastor Maldonado Andrew Murdoch Good job guys. There’s no more water in the car!
VL Marco Schupbach Nico Hulkenberg P11. Hamilton won, Kimi second, Vettel third.
VL Nico Hulkenberg Marco Schupbach I have the problem again there, that ruined our race. I’m stuck in first gear, the car upshift and then with brake balance and everything it’s too much. Well I don’t know if it’s just me or if that’s difficult.
VL Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne P12, Jev. Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel, Webber top four.
VL Jean-Eric Vergne Phil Charles I’m very slow in a straight line.
VL Phil Charles Jean-Eric Vergne Understood.
VL Marco Matassa Daniel Ricciardo P13. Good effort, Daniel. It was not easy today. Thank you for the effort.
VL Juan Pablo Ramirez Giedo van der Garde Good job, Giedo, very good job.
VL Giedo van der Garde Juan Pablo Ramirez Yes! Thank you guys. The last pit stops were completely gone I think I pushed a bit too much. Thanks a lot. The car was really good until last pit stops. We still understand the tyres a little bit more but thank you, good job. Perfect pit stops. Thanks guys.
VL Paul Davison Jules Bianchi Good job mate not an easy race we finished P16. Pic was P15, Van der Garde P14 and Max was in P18. Correction Max P17. So Max did a 28.1 he just had one lap of free air towards the end of the race.

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58 comments on “2013 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript”

  1. That lotus chassis is something… “Target plus 10” squeaking out 10 extra laps on these tires is nothing to sneeze at.

    1. Looking at the lap time of both seb and webber, both of them could’ve run to the end as well.

      Kimi had been saving his tire right from the beginning on his final stint as evidence cause he didn’t pace particularly fast while he was on fresh set.

      And this is hungary where traffic and overtaking is not easy.

    2. JP (@jonathanproc)
      2nd August 2013, 21:52

      I think this message is the equivalent of the “Switching to plan B” messages we often here. I think this was the call to swap to a 2 stop.

    3. In case you forget, Kimi used to target +70 when he won 2005 Hungarian GP. He was dominant when the tyres must last ENTIRE race, so what the meaning of +10 for him.

  2. I love the ? next to ‘Dave’ when he radioed Kimi. Does anyone know who this ‘Dave’ is?

    1. Probably the one who beat Goliath :)

  3. It is astonishing how Alonso drives silently race after race. Not a single transmission. One of the last I remember was that incident with Perez at Monaco.
    Also, some may note the comment to Maldonado in the VL:

    Great job we are P10. Just remember to drink something and pick up some rubber on the in-lap.

    Are they in dire need of weight?

    1. I’m sure there are transmissions, we’re just not hearing them.

      1. probably but way less than the others. I read he had a DRS activation problem and was told when to use it. But we cannot see any here :/

    2. All the drivers are told to pick up on the in-lap. Best to have that extra weight just in case.

    3. It seems that he is a robot and just being programmed:-)
      But I’m really curious why there isn’t a single word? It’s not because SF try to keep everything secret:-) because Rob Smedley and Felipe do talk.

    4. I strongly doubt the amount of conversations between Stella-Alonso is any less than those of others. The most probable reason is that they talk in Italian, as pointed out several times before, and presumably the person who controls the channel doesn’t speak the language, at least not fluently. Not many TV commentators all around the world would understand their messages as well. Hence little coverage of their team radio.

      Does the transcriber of these speak Italian by the way? If not, it’s practically impossible to put their messages here after all?

    5. Yes, they are very much in need of weight. They lose a lot of weight throughout the race; both the car and driver lose a lot of fluid, and the tires become lighter as they wear out. There is a weight check during post-race testing, so the drivers pick up as much rubber as they can during the VL so that they can make up for the lost weight and meet the post-race requirements.

      1. @ndhanik Seems strange that they’d ask him to have a drink since it’s the combined weight of the driver and the car that needs to be within spec.

    6. @spoutnik Fernando saves his words to speak to journalists!

  4. Really, have Ferrari got some private deal with the FOM to not publish Alonso’s radio messages? It’s beyond peculiar how in race after race we see absolutely nothing between him and his engineer.

    1. Alonso and his engineer speak, AFAIK, mostly in Italian, ergo….

      I believe it is done entirely in purpose, so that their info is not aired, or less likely to do so. If they switch to English, it’s a choice which is taken for a reason.

      1. I meant on purpose…

      2. Even if that’s true (and I doubt it is, as why aren’t Massa and his engineer doing the same thing) Italian is a widely spoken language. it’s not like they’re speaking in some obscure dialect known only to a few hundred tribesmen in the remote reaches of the Amazon rain forest. At least I assume they’re not doing that.

        Also, many other drivers can speak other languages. Vettel can speak German, Italian, French and English. Kim speaks Finnish. Even Webber speaks Australian! But everyone except Alonso (presumably) talks in English during the race?

        1. I imagine it’s also what languages do both the driver and the engineer speak… I don’t think Rob Smedley speaks anything but English. There is an agreement for broadcasting purposes that all the transmissions be in English… but Ferrari could care less.

          1. Smedley speaks Italian as well

    2. I am expecting some people to blame Alonso and Ferrari of breaking some technical regulation by speaking in Italian over the team radio… :)

      1. @puneethvb I don’t know if some commentator or journalist said that was the case at some point because there did seem to be quite a lot of people who believed it was the case a while ago. However they seem to have been disabused of the notion now, I haven’t seen a comment along those lines on here for a while.

      2. It would be quite ridiculous for Alonso/Ferrari to break a rule by speaking a different language. It’s an Italian team with a driver who can speak Italian. I say let the teams and drivers converse in whatever language they please.

    3. I don’t know if you guys remember, but last year on the Brazilian GP, the FOM actually put subtitles for something Fernando said, it was a one off and I’ve never seen it before or since.

      Unfortunately I can’t remember if he was speaking Italian or English or what lap it happened for that matter, maybe I’ll watch it again later on.

      1. I’ve checked it now, it was on lap 28 during the safety car and Alonso was indeed speaking Italian.
        That shows that the FOM have the capability to translate and show Ferrari’s messages in real time, so @imarlab the language is not an excuse, now I’m starting to wonder myself if there really is an agreement between them, strange!

        1. Good research job! I did not remember that situation…

          In any case, I also heard the real best way to avoid being “on air” was to use strong language…which I know for a fact Alonso does….in Italian!!

  5. I like “we left the track” (explaining Grosjean’s penalty to him) – good team spirit, collective responsibility and all that.

    1. I agree, @tomsk. Glad someone else picked up on that!

    2. @tomsk I wonder if they said that after he collecting several cars in Spa last year or running into Webber at Suzuka last year? :P

      Komatsu to Grosjean: “We stuffed up and took out half the field, that’s why we received the grid place penalty for the next race.”

      1. Hahaha!

  6. Alonso didn’t talk a word all race. May be there is some truth to the Red Bull rumors then…

    1. He talks plenty, just in Italian, so it doesn’t get transcribed or broadcast.

      1. @raceprouk Just to be clear, if it gets broadcast, it gets transcribed.

        1. I think one “Fail 22 for Webber” is missing though if I recall correctly. It came right after the message to Vettel.

      2. where do you get your info from Dave?

        1. From the TV coverage

          1. so how do you know Alonso ‘talks plenty’ if it doesn’t get broadcast on the TV coverage?

          2. Because the presenters and commentators say so. Is that really so hard to figure out?

          3. ah okay, sorry i thought you had a special feed direct from Ferrari for a minute! and yes it is hard to figure out as i didn’t think that the commentators and presenters have access to any more Team Radio than that which is broadcast.

  7. 70 Giampiero Lambiase Paul di Resta We are going to retire the car. Straight into the box, please. Stop on your marks and kill the engine. There’s nothing for us to gain there, Paul, by keeping you out any more.
    70 Paul di Resta Giampiero Lambiase Keep the car on the track at the end of that race that is absolutely appalling. Shocking.

    Any idea what Di Resta’s means by this comment?

  8. Alonso’s radio messages are in Italian mostly as has been said before, so to those constantly reiterating “why don’t Alonso’s radio messages appear” that is the most probable explanation.

    Looking through Vettel’s radio transcripts reminds me of just how frustrating a race it must’ve been being stuck behind other cars, the front wing damage, constant cooling requirements and having technical problems whilst in a battle for position. So really considering some of the bad strategy decisions et all 3rd wasn’t really a bad result.

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      3rd August 2013, 0:43

      @vettel1 the best of all is that Kimi, even being consistent every race, is not going to become a “real” contender unless starts winning a couple of races. I’m betting all to him in Spa, he had there a victory (in 2009) when Ferrari was not the best car. Probably this time he wins there.
      About the other contenders, some people forget Hungary is one of the “exception of the rule” tracks, very hot and very narrow. Hamilton had a great win but I don’t think Mercedes can keep up with the good job. Alonso is always a challenge but this year he’s becoming less threatening. So 3rd was the best way for Vettel to reduce damages. Now comes Japan, India, Korea, 3 pressumably strong tracks for Sebastian, even Brazil can be on his side.

      1. @omarr-pepper I still maintain Kimi will be the main title threat to Vettel if indeed Lotus keep up in the development race for as you’ve said he’s been very consistent which isn’t as true of Hamilton and Mercedes. They are definitely on an upward trajectory it seems though so don’t take my word for that ;)

        On Vettel at Brazil though, interestingly Brazil has really not been a very happy place for him during his Red Bull days: in 2009 he had a wretched qualifying due to the tropical storm, in 2011 he had the gearbox problems which led him to lose an almost certain win to Webber and in 2012 obviously he had the tangle with Senna. So although Red Bull have seemingly been very strong there (two one-twos in a row in 2010-2011 and a win in 2009) the pendulum has never seemingly seemed to swing in Vettel’s favour.

      2. @omarr-pepper if Mercedes make their tyres last at Spa, Hamilton is the one to beat.

    2. So imagine Webbers frustration after a poor start Max, @vettel1

      1. @hohum I know: Red Bull really didn’t have a great weekend all-round!

  9. I’m looking at di Resta’s comments on lap 70 and I’m not quite sure what he means – could someone explain? Is he having another jab at his team or just cursing their bad luck?

    1. I think he was venting at not finishing the race? He deserves better than what he’s getting at the moment. The cynic in me wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a pay bonus related to % of races completed etc and the team want to save that money! Pure speculation on my part though

    2. Sounded like he meant they should leave the car in Hungary because the pace was so bad he doesn’t want to drive the car in that condition again. Kinda fluffed the wording though.

    3. It seems he felt that retiring the car on the final lap was an unnecessarily disheartening and weak-looking way to end to end a race, when they may as well at least be seen to cross the line.

    4. @jackysteeg I think he was referring to a car that had retired towards the end of the race and that was left on the side of the track. I’m not sure who’s car though?

  10. Lap 40: Hulk – Why did we pit that lap? Because I was getting back into a good rhythm. Just Perez and the Ferrari cost time. We could have extended.

    Hulkenberg is a great racer. He is one of the guys that gets the bit between his teeth and just goes for it. Not like some others that constantly whine on the radio…

    Lap 16 – Rob Smeddley to Massa – We need to get past as soon as possible, he’s going to ruin everything. You need to do everything you can.

    Sometimes I wonder if Ferrari “need” to baby Massa… This radio communication is verging on telling Massa to do whatever, and might even suggests to go beyond the limits of the car to overtake on a circuit that is renown for its inability to overtake.

  11. Does anyone have any idea what that “fail 23, fail 22” issue is about?

    1. As I read it, it’s probably a command or setting on the steering wheel. He was supposed to set/execute Fail 22, but he instead did 23 by accident. So he would need to undo that setting, and then do 22. Maybe it’s KERS related? Supposedly Webber had been told the same thing. Could also maybe be heat related.

      1. That’s how I read it as well. If I remember the explanation from the Sauber steering wheel correctly, they have to turn one knob to Fail, then another knob to 2, and another knob to 2, and then execute (may be different for RBR). Easy to see how it can go wrong.

    2. I think it is a coded message to express disappointment with the result.

  12. Still FAR too much tyre management going on. And McLaren being ecstatic with 7th just shows how torrid their season has been.

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