British GP: Jaguar preview

Silverstone will mark Jaguar Racing's home Grand Prix this weekend and after countless hours of testing at the Northamptonshire circuit, it's a place well known to the Milton Keynes based team. The team arrives in Silverstone having completed a ...

Silverstone will mark Jaguar Racing's home Grand Prix this weekend and after countless hours of testing at the Northamptonshire circuit, it's a place well known to the Milton Keynes based team. The team arrives in Silverstone having completed a four-day test programme split between two days straight-line work at Lommel (Ford Motor Company's Proving Ground in Belgium) and two days at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain.

Niki Lauda - CEO and Team Principal

"Silverstone is one of only a handful of circuits on the current F1 calendar that can claim to be legendary. With over fifty years of history in the racing world, it is where the great champions have all raced and conquered. I won the British Grand Prix in '76, '82 and '84, yet never on the Silverstone circuit, always at Brands Hatch. Silverstone has seen many changes over the years and has become one of the safest on the calendar thanks to the efforts that they have made to keep up to date with the FIA changes."

"Next to Monaco it is also one of the most exciting races and as a result one of my favourite. Our four-day test last week was encouraging, but inconclusive. We have some modifications to our aerodynamic package for the British Grand Prix and this will mark the beginning of an on-going aerodynamic programme for the remainder of the season."

Eddie Irvine

"Silverstone is not known for it's good weather and although I like coming back to the UK, it can be pretty miserable at the circuit when it's raining cats and dogs. I am hoping for a dry weekend so we can at least see the track and the poor fans are not drowned as in previous years. When it is dry this track is one of the best, the run down to the first corner at Copse is amazingly fast with a slight brake and maybe even a down change."

"The Maggots/Becketts section is very, very fast. It's important to try not to brake and to keep the thing flowing, keeping the car on the limit all the time. The Hangar Straight is where we reach our maximum speed - about 200 mph, and although the Stowe corner is also fast, it's bumpy through there and very demanding. A very slow left-hander follows a short straight down to the club section and a very slow right-hander and you can get a wheel spin out of it. It's easy to make a mistake there. Then comes the run up the hill to the Abbey chicane, a left-hander that is taken in third gear."

"That leads into Bridge and the Complex section. I once went off at Bridge in practice, when the car bottomed out on my first lap out of the pits! You're not going so fast into Bridge these days and it should be flat, but you've got to try to keep tight for that next left-hander. Priory is quite fast compared to the next left at Brooklands and then Luffield. The last double right-hander is taken in second or third gear, depending on your set-up. Then it's on with the power, round Woodcote and back past the pits for another lap -hopefully! With the amount of support that we receive at the British Grand Prix it would be good to start giving the fans something to cheer about".

Pedro de la Rosa

"We use Silverstone for most of our testing and it is a circuit I enjoy driving. I know this track well and it's interesting enough with Becketts being the most challenging corner. The circuit is quick and challenging, but unfortunately it is very difficult if not impossible to overtake. Copse is one of the few corners where there is very little run-off area so you have to be careful not to go off."

"It is certainly one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar, with more fast and slow corners than most. Again, with the area being so flat, wind can affect the handling of the car in different ways at different parts of the circuit and you have to be ready for that. Tyre strategy is vital too, as Silverstone is quite severe on tyres. Whatever the weather, we are in for a challenging weekend both on and off the track".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Pedro de la Rosa , Niki Lauda
Teams Jaguar Racing