Jaguar Racing drivers Eddie Irvine and Luciano Burti made steady progress to finish an incident packed 2001 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in 11th and 8th position respectively. Irvine's preparations for the race received a set back when the ...
Jaguar Racing drivers Eddie Irvine and Luciano Burti made steady progress to finish an incident packed 2001 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in 11th and 8th position respectively. Irvine's preparations for the race received a set back when the power steering on his Jaguar R2 failed before he took to the grid and was forced to use the spare car. During the opening lap, Irvine ran wide on the third corner after an incident with BMW WilliamsF1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya relegated him to the back of the pack. A fuel pressure problem hampered Irvine's race further when he was called to make a late pit stop for fuel 8 laps from the finish while holding 8 th position. Burti's race was an assured and mature one with the 25 year -old Brazilian making the most of the race's many retirements.
"It could have been better to be honest and it's never a good day if you don't finish in the points. I had to use the spare car due to a power steering failure and it didn't get off the line as well as my racecar. Montoya tried to overtake me into turn three from a long way back and knocked me off but there will be no re percussions. I drove around an engine misfire for the latter part of the race and this also meant coming in for a late pitstop."
"I was pleased with my start because I managed to overtake a few people on the fir st lap. I pushed very hard throughout the race and I'm happy to have finished in 8 th place. My finishing position was obviously helped by other cars having problems and accidents, but I'm very pleased to have found a workable set -up from which we can now m ove forward. We changed the brakes from this morning's warm -up and they felt much better. We will now focus our efforts towards getting more pace out of the car, but overall I'm encouraged by the way our season has begun."
Bobby Rahal - Chief Executive and Team Principal
"Our cars were reliable today apart from a fuel pick-up problem on Eddie's car which meant he had to pit six laps from the end of the race. The biggest thing that hurt us today was both cars being at the end of the line after the first lap, which makes it very hard to come back. Both cars, however, went well and we benefited from the high rate of attrition. From here we need to step up the pace and work relentlessly in an effort to move this team forward quickly.
"On a sadder note, I would like to extend the team's deepest sympathies to the family of the track marshal who tragically lost his life here this afternoon."