Jaguar Racing drivers Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa will start the British Grand Prix tomorrow from 19th and 21st positions respectively. The one-hour qualifying session was compromised, however, with Pedro suffering from an engine problem...
Jaguar Racing drivers Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa will start the British Grand Prix tomorrow from 19th and 21st positions respectively. The one-hour qualifying session was compromised, however, with Pedro suffering from an engine problem that eventually forced him into the spare car. Because the spare car was set-up for Eddie, it took some time to make the necessary adjustments and this delayed Pedro's return to the track -- something he managed to do within four seconds of the qualifying hour ending.
Niki Lauda -- CEO and Team Principal
"I am obviously disappointed with our qualifying positions for tomorrow's race but we knew this weekend would mark the first step in what is an on-going aerodynamic programme. We ran the new package in Barcelona for the first time last week and combined with yesterday's wet Free Practice sessions, we haven't had anywhere near enough time to understand it fully. There are definite improvements in certain areas, but we still need to extract more and address some issues. The challenge, however, is finding that extra speed at a quicker pace than our competitors. Nobody is resting on their laurels in Formula One and while we have certainly taken a step forward in finding more downforce, our competition has also moved forward. We will continue pushing forward and I am sure we will exploit the package to its full potential -- something we haven't seen in the very short time since it arrived on the car a week ago. Pedro's problem today was initially caused by an engine water leak at the entry to the radiator. That caused the coolant to leak and after we had fixed the problem and sent Pedro back out, he reported an electrical misfire that may or may not have been caused by the earlier coolant leak. In the end, we had no choice but to resort to the spare car which was set-up for Eddie. Given the many adjustments that needed to be made to accommodate Pedro, we were right up against the clock, but the team did a good job to get Pedro out in the nick of time. Tomorrow's race will be tough, but it will also be the first time that we'll see this new aero package in race conditions and we will learn a great deal from this."
"Of course we would have liked to have qualified higher today, but don't forget the fact that I have hardly tested this new package. Apart from a couple of hours in Barcelona last Thursday combined with the Free Practice sessions here, the team's knowledge of this package is still quite limited. It will take time for us to understand and exploit the new development. We certainly have more downforce and the handling has also improved, but there are still some issues we need to address. This we will do as part of our on-going aerodynamic programme, but for now, at least we have a much better car over a race distance."
Pedro de la Rosa
"Things like this happen in motorsport and today simply wasn't my day. The coolant leak problem was then followed by an electrical misfire and as the clock ticked, I began wondering whether I would actually qualify at all for tomorrow's race. Having got in the car, I pushed very hard on my out lap and managed to get across the finishing line within four seconds of the session being declared finished. The new aero package is an improvement in many areas, but we still do not know enough about it yet. Tomorrow's race will inevitably generate a lot of valuable data in this area"
Eddie Irvine Position: 19th Best Time: 1:21:851
Chassis: R3 -- 05 T-Car: R3 -- 06
Pedro de la Rosa Position: 21st Best Time: 1:23:422
Chassis: R3 -- 04