Jaguar Racing's first practice session this morning was curtailed to just twenty minutes after stray dogs were found to be within the confines of the track and all running was halted for safety reasons. After securing the dogs the session...
Jaguar Racing's first practice session this morning was curtailed to just twenty minutes after stray dogs were found to be within the confines of the track and all running was halted for safety reasons. After securing the dogs the session continued with the second session running as planned. The team carried out general balance and race set-up work ahead of qualifying.
The afternoon qualifying session, earlier than usual at midday saw both Mark Webber (28) and Christian Klien (21) complete error free laps in both sessions placing them in 10th and 11th place respectively on tomorrow's grid for the ultimate race of the 2004 season at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The team remains upbeat and focused, determined to finish the season on a high.
"This morning's practice was slightly shorter than we would have liked but stray dogs on the track is out-with our control and everyone was affected. We made the most of the second session and I was relatively comfortable with the car's set-up going into qualifying. My first qualifying was not ideal as I felt that there was more to be extracted from the car and it needed a bit of fine-tuning."
"My second session was better and I was pleased with the balance and pace of the car during the lap. I would perhaps have liked to have extracted a bit more from the last corner but it is easy to make a mistake there and lose much time so I did what I could and am overall pleased with my final positioning for tomorrow."
"I am looking forward to the race tomorrow here at Sao Paolo as it is usually a race packed with action and given that it is the last race of the season it is guaranteed to throw some surprises. Lets see what we can do to finish in the points and reward everyone involved with Jaguar Racing for all their hard work this year".
"This is not an easy circuit to master and one that punishes you for the slightest error. I have been working hard with my engineers to find a good balance for the car and I managed this ahead of qualifying and was looking forward to this afternoon. My first session was ok but I needed to extract more from the car but the grip was quite low in the afternoon and this was affecting me."
"I did what I could to secure a good position on the grid and given our strategy going into tomorrow I am pleased with my final position of fifteenth. I have had a fantastic year with the team and I am will be doing what I can tomorrow to enjoy the race and give both the fans and the team something to cheer about".
Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance:
"Despite the shorter session this morning we completed our full programme of testing ahead of qualifying. Both of the cars had good balance although we were making changes to keep up with the on-going changes of the track conditions, with increases in temperature and changes to grip levels."
"Mark's lap was really encouraging and I am pleased with his final position of 11th. Christian also did a good job here and although this is his first time here he has really made the most of his practice sessions and learnt a lot. He was distracted at the end of his lap by the Jordan of Timo Glock who was still on his in-lap and this may have lost him a tenth or two on his time."
"Overall, we are in a good position for tomorrow's race and we are looking forward to going out and fighting with Toyota to keep our seventh position in the Constructors Championship.
Best time: 1:11.665
Best time: 1:12.211